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Today I’m Grateful for…

Today I’m Grateful for…

…lots and lots of stuff.

…that I have learned, over the years, how to give up habits. My counters, now denuded of coffee machines, are just a reminder.

…that I’m feeling pretty darn good, considering I’ve started exercising again – the hour a day kind. Ouch a little. Stanley is a good exercise buddy. I throw him kibble. He sits on the floor and waits until I’m finished.

…that I write historical romance. I like writing about when men were manly men and honor meant something. Don’t kid yourself, there were always women who triumphed no matter the societal restrictions. But there were heroes, too.

…that we’re having cool days interspersed with 70 degree weather. What’s not to love, right?

… that there’s a company called The Farmer’s Dog. They make human grade dog food specially formulated for your dog’s breed and ideal weight. The more I’ve been investigating pet food the more horrified I’ve become. After a long talk with my vet I’ve decided to try their food for Stanley. I’ll let you know how it goes.

The other day I realized that I’d forgotten to send some CDs to a reader so I’m sending the package out this weekend. I have three more sets of CDs for To Love a Duchess. If you would like one, please send me an email to karen@karenranney.net with CD as the subject. I need your emails by 12:00 Midnight today because I’m planning on sending out the packages this weekend. I’ll draw names on Saturday. (And I’m sorry, but because of how heavy they are, it’s prohibitive to ship overseas or to Canada. So this drawing will have to be US only.)


A Tremendously Lazy Day

A Tremendously Lazy Day

I’ve been diagnosed with a form of acid reflux. I suspected as much due to some weird things that happened in the past month.

The upshot is that I am on a diet that eliminates a lot of foods. Most specifically, however, I can’t drink coffee, tea, or any kind of carbonation. I do have a reverse osmosis drinking water system, though, and my water tastes great.

For the past year I’ve been drinking decaffeinated coffee. Decaf still has some caffeine. Plus, I’ve been augmenting it with caffeine from time to time. So, for the past two days – without any caffeine at all – I’ve been asleep more than I’ve been awake. I have absolutely NO energy.

Stanley has been my nap buddy.

He’s sitting on my lap right now. We took a nap about an hour after we got up. Then another one a few hours after that. We may take another one in a few minutes. He’s not recuperating from the effects of caffeine, but he is willing to nap whenever.

We saw the trailers for Aquaman and A Dog’s Way Home a little while ago. He whined all during the dog movie, but didn’t seem impressed by Aquaman. I want to see both of them, but I will wait until they’re available to rent.

I had to work Saturday and Sunday so I’ve considered Thursday and today my weekend. That’s what I’m telling myself so I don’t feel guilty.

Stanley has fallen asleep in the time it took to type the above. I got a message from his FitBark yesterday: Stanley seems to be sleeping more than usual. Is he feeling all right? I turned off the notifications. I wanted to tell them that Stanley was doing sleep therapy, thanks, and mind your own business. 

Just think what I’m going to be like off all stimulants. No coffee. No tea. No soda. I will be so mellow I’ll be annoying as hell. No more ranting for me. I won’t be awake long enough.



Another Chapter in My Coffee Wars

Another Chapter in My Coffee Wars

Two months ago I rebelled again. I was tired of paying $80.00 for a shipment of Peet’s decaf coffee k-cups. It was the only decaf coffee I liked. It came out to about $.75 per Keurig k-cup or – as I read somewhere – the equivalent of $20.00 a pound.

So, I started researching decaf coffee beans again. I knew that the Kicking Horse brand of decaf was wonderful, but also mucho expensive. It uses the Swiss water extraction method of removing caffeine which is much better for you than the chemical process most coffee makers use. Kicking Horse has to be the BEST decaf in the entire world. It’s wonderful and it has a kick (pun intended) that most decaf coffees lack. 

Along with my search for coffee beans I also started looking for coffee makers. (I had donated all my coffee makers to Salvation Army.) I wanted something inexpensive, easy, fast, and safe that brewed a good cup of coffee.

For the last two months I’ve been in luv. I bought the Bonavita coffee maker.

It is so cool and amazingly fast. Plus, it brews a wonderful cup of coffee. I don’t think I could go back to Keurig now. It only takes minutes more than the Keurig and the coffee is stronger. If I have to drink decaf I want it to taste good.

Oh, and here’s my winner for taste testing – Don Pablo decaf – using the Swiss water extraction method. It’s much less expensive than Kicking Horse, but it’s as good. (I buy it from their website.)

The Keurig is still on my counter. I use it for hot water for tea.

How about you? Do you have to drink decaf like I do? (My blood pressure is affected by caffeine.) Have you ever tried Kicking Horse or Don Pablo coffee?

Today I’m Grateful for…

Today I’m Grateful for…

Peet’s Coffee K-Cups – specifically their House Decaf blend which is so good that it tastes like “regular” coffee but it’s decaffeinated. (I recently discovered that caffeine does a number on my blood pressure and it’s a no go for me for caffeine from now on.)

Flash. After he’s gotten his second bag of kibble he’ll come and stand in front of the chair on which I’m working. I ask, “Is it time for a cuddle?” He doesn’t move, which is my cue. I get into position (and so does he, kind of backing up to me), grab the percussion massager and proceed to give Flash a full body massage. Then the massager gets put up and I have to do the hands on massage and full back scratch (and ear rub, nose rub, and under the chin chuck) followed by the crooning and praising part of our morning ritual (“Aren’t you a good boy? Who’s a good boy?”) When that’s over I kiss him on the forehead and off he goes to sleep by the front door.

Tornado alerts – I have my phone set to buzz me when there are warnings of an emergency nature. In the middle of the night a bloody siren goes off on my phone. I woke up, reached for the phone to read about a tornado warning. (I always get confused on which is more serious. A warning is issued by the National Weather service and is more serious. A watch is issued by NOAA and means something could happen.) Now I wasn’t all that happy to have to turn on the news at that hour of the morning, but what if there had been a tornado near me? I would have been mucho grateful.

What’s Your Must Have Food in the House?

What’s Your Must Have Food in the House?

I watched the funniest video clip the other day. I didn’t make a note of it or I would feature it here. The guy was saying that they made a point of keeping whole milk in the house for their one year old. He added that he’d already told his wife that she was to consider chips and salsa – for him – to be the equivalent of milk. At no point were they EVER to be out of chips and salsa.

I thought about what would be a necessity for me. The answer was quick and almost automatic: coffee.

Everything else I could buy later, but I absolutely, positively must have coffee.

How about you? What’s your must have food in the house?