Typically. . .our day begins at precisely 7 AM.
This year for Christmas we got this amazing coffee maker which .. .
works really well.
It grinds the coffee and after selecting the desired strength of coffee . .
it brews a beautiful pot.
When our mornings begin quickly .. .aka cousin camp/grammie days. .
sometimes. . .even the simplest tasks are beyond my capability.
Grandgirlie arrives. . .7 AM. . .about the time. . we open our eyes.
This last Tuesday. . .it went something like this. . .
6:55. . .I said. . "we better get up. . I hear the truck"
(shuffling to the kitchen. . . to get the coffee started before the door opens)
7:00 AM. .Greetings salutations and all around happiness. .
7:01. ..my senses alert me to the fact that the coffee pot is filling with hot steaming water. . . . .
I spewed out my most common minced oath. . "Oh brother". .I forgot to unpress the "grind off" button. .
Try again. . .refill the water reservoir.. . . . press grind. .
I begin to settle into routine. . .asking typical mom questions. . I glance over at the coffee pot. . . .again a minced oath .. . stepping it up a notch . ."Oh shoot". . I forgot the filter. .
Trying to stay calm. . I rinse out the pot. . .fill the reservoir. . assure that the filter is in place. .
press the on button. .. .and then. . .nothing. . silence. .
Now I am looking at the coffee maker with a mix of fear and disappointment. . how could it cause me grief at such a crucial time of my day. .
Then it dawns on me. . .that quickly read instruction on Christmas Day that referred to the cleaning of the grinder after every six brews. . .My mind cannot calculate how many brews have happened since Christmas morning. . perhaps too many?
Tossing bits of toast to the wee one. . .I unplug the coffee maker and send it over to my beloved for a closer look .. He takes it outside for a bit of a discussion. . . .while I go to the pantry to find the trusty old coffee grinder that was unceremoniously cast aside when the new complete coffee maker with attached grinder arrived.
I ground up a healthy amount of beans. . .and quickly made a pot of coffee ..
What happened to the new improved model you ask?
I found the brush that comes with the coffee maker with the attached grinder. . .
and gave it a go. .
It swept the tightly packed espresso grounds nice and smooth. .
realizing that this would not even chip the surface. .
I did what everyone does that has not a proper tool. .
I used my sharpest paring knife. . and poked and chipped away at the ground espresso . .
until. . I found the bottom. . .
How that coffee maker managed to grind coffee with decent strength until Tuesday morning is a small miracle in itself . .
Tuesday evening before retiring. . I took no chances. .
I filled the reservoir with water. . .filled the bean grinder with beans
checked to make sure the filter was in place. .
and got up at 6:45 to be sure that my son would not have cause to say ..
as he walked out the door. .
don't forget about the child.