Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday Ramble - In My Cups

It is still dark outside, and through the window comes the clatter of the wind across our roof, the susurrus of snow falling on the deck and the trees in our engulfed garden. Here in the kitchen, there is the burble and hiss of the De'Longhi espresso machine, the rattle and hum of the refrigerator in the corner.

By rights, there should be the sound of a toaster too, but it will be an hour or so before I can even think about toast. This is a "bang up" month for migraines, and I have awakened with a whopper - thought about doing prescription meds when I opened my eyes but opted for a beaker of industrial strength espresso instead.  The stuff in my cup approaches the consistency of solid propellant rocket fuel and could be dispatched with a fork. Steam rises in arty curls from the surface, and a splendid darker froth rings its shores. The fragrance of freshly ground North Star Espresso (fair trade, organic) from Equator Coffee Roasters is ambrosial. So were the beans. Think I will draw pictures in the foam. Yup, I can do this.

Why is it my thoughts always turn to Paris when the weather is like this? With badass beaker in hand, I am looking through my rainy day "stash" of Cavallini rubber stamps, vintage postcards and notebooks - the little ones with maps of France, old French postage stamps or the Eiffel tower gracing their covers.

Snow or no snow, it will be a grand day. When the migraine has expired in my espresso sea, I will curl up in a corner somewhere and read something in French, perhaps the latest Fred Vargas.


Barbara Rogers said...

Sorry about migraine...I haven't had one for a few months. But I also did have espresso to wake up with, an Americano. I'm not that particular and just smashed some regular coffee grounds into the little cup...but oh it did have so much more caffeine, now that I've been doing decaf most mornings. Zoom, I'm out of here!!

Mystic Meandering said...

Your "remedy" sounds delightful! We're not having a big winter here and I don't get migraines, but I love the idea of "cocooning" i.e. curling up and taking care of oneself, as you do, imagining far away places in the here and now. I think I'll head to my meditation room for my own version of "cocooning" :)

Guy said...

Hi Cate

Cold here for the last couple weeks, with the dogs following us around all day, cabin fever.

Sorry about the migraine. Some Billie Collins perhaps from Morning Poem.

This is the best—
throwing off the light covers,
feet on the cold floor,
and buzzing around the house on espresso—

maybe a splash of water on the face,
a palmful of vitamins—
but mostly buzzing around the house on espresso,

I suspect the buzzing will minimal but Paris sounds nice.