Sunday, June 6, 2010
Another good day yesterday . Shopping for groceries, but a detour to pick up a replacement to our French Press coffee maker. It met with a tragic fate as I accidentally knocked it off the counter in a rush to do all things that needed to be done, and if shattered. At one time french press pots were very hard to find in this area, but now they are becoming common. Not only did we find another large pot at Target, but these handy dandy wonderful personal travel presses
I was about dancing in the isles, and so was Bob . Now good coffee can come with you anywhere ! What is the deal with French Press pots ? For many it is a taste issue, but for me it is a health one. I used to drink coffee from a Mister Coffee type machine , and after the unit got to be about 2 weeks old , coffee would start to make me sick. No matter how many times I cleaned the pot, the machine and the tank, I would get sick if I drank coffee. If I drank from a commercial coffee maker or an old fashioned percolator , I would not get sick. I finally figured out that it is the little rubber hose that delivers the water from the reservoir at the brewing part that was doing it ( commercial units have copper pipes and not rubber hoses), and the answer was find a percolator or something else. I learned about the french press, and not only did it prevent me from getting sick from coffee, but it made the best cup of coffee ever. I would encourage anyone who has a problem with coffee ( other than getting too jittery) to give a french press unit a try. It can also be used to make loose tea in a way that is superior to teabags.
So excitement from shopping, home for lots of chopping and 35 minutes riding my new little friend. Years ago , before pregnancy, I had an old stationary bike that I would ride for an hour 6 days a week , along with a 45 minute walk most days. I used to pedal while watching my favorite shows , or chatting on the telephone with a friend. I want to work back up to that level- not so much for the weight loss benefits( my hormones have more to do with that than any intake or output of calories) , but for the stamina and mobility. We are going to take out first vacation in 20 years in a couple of weeks to The Great Smokey Mts, and I want to be able to hike a few trails and explore Cades Cove while on foot.There is something about that place that makes me feel like I have come home, and I have a suspicion that one of my ancestors may have lived there or something else. I don't know, but I want the opportunity to wander around there pain free and in freedom.