Friday, March 21, 2008

You're Welcome

What’s with toadsdrinkcoffee? Well, we’ve lived in a house named Toad Hall since 1981. Toad Hall was an imaginative designation from our children who thought the old house looked like the mansion from the book, Wind in the Willows. This, in part, because they were little people and used to the low-slung adobes of New Mexico. I’ve been thinking we should’ve named our home something more chic or artful like Cascade Creek Cottage and we’d sound, if not look, a bit more charming. But we’re stuck. The “drinkcoffee” half is no surprise. We love coffee. I don’t like to think of it as a need, but I suppose if you have a nervous breakdown from accidentally drinking decaf, you need it, so I confess: regular, steaming, cold-pressed, iced in summer, laced with cream – just the sound of the grinder or the teakettle heating water for the French press – makes me happy. Coffee is a way of comforting friends and strangers. So, if you came by, I might offer you a cup of my favorite, Ethiopian yergacheffe. And finally, there is this: BLOG is a word a toad would probably like – it would sort of remind her of her damp, marshy home and she’d check it out? Right. It’s ludicrous to pretend toadsdrinkcoffee could replace a latte in real space and time, but we’d still like to think if you stepped into our living room or blog you’d feel safe, a little bit at home, and that we could talk about anything. You’ll probably get more of Margie’s voice here than Denis’. And a final warning: I’m not good with commas and I know how bitter that makes some people feel. I suggest a 20 ounce coffee with a triple depth charge, and you’ll be more apt to overlook a lot of things that upset you.

13 comments:

Karen Baldwin said...

Freshly ground steaming hot "laced with cream" a touch of sugar that's the way I like it. We discovered Ecuadorian coffee for the first time and I believe the word the roaster used was elegant. Let's have a cup together.

Denis said...

There is something about unhurried conversation that is a deep delight. Perhaps its the busyness that swirls around us, or the shallowness of so much in the media--everything reduced to a sound bite. So, whatever the reason, sharing coffee with someone who listens and isn't in a hurry to get through an agenda in order to move on to the next thing--that's the gift of unhurried time in a time-starved world.

A blog is second best to sitting together, but it's still good. I'm glad this has begun,

Rebecca said...

So excited about your blog! :)

I love coffee as well. I'll be over regularly. ;)

lukebobo said...

nicely done; despite what you guys claim, you are techno-savvy!

Luke

Drew said...

We are tea drinkers...and rather avid ones. Being stuck with being serious anglophiles gave us the bug almost two years ago to have daily tea at 4ish...and there's always a pot on with breakfast (when we don't seriously need caffeine, at which point we jump to the coffee pot.) On Fridays, it's a homebrewed pint of Drew's bitter or stout.

In any case, we are happy to see your venture into regular writing that we all get to read.

-D & S in Saint Paul

Abigail said...

I've followed your writing for some time and am thrilled you're now blogging. My husband and I moved to the UK four years ago from St Louis, and are in the process of transition yet once again. I will look forward to this space for a cuppa and a bit of chat. Thanks, Margie.

Abi Matthews

jason said...

I always liked the name "Toad Hall", but I've always liked a good story, too.

It's nice to read what you guys are up to, since it's been years since I've come over and eaten all your food.

jason r

Ransom Fellowship said...

Thanks so much for the warm welcome. Far better than I deserve. I look forward to all this, I think!

Candace said...

MMM, Yergacheffe. I will stop in often. Welcome to the blogosphere.

Ransom Fellowship said...

Candace,thanks, I have everything to learn. You have a beautiful blog.

Megan said...

Well, I haven't said it yet, but I am also very glad you are doing this! Thanks!

jenni said...

Well, I, too, am pretty excited about this blog.
:)

cvpath said...

One ought not read this blog while working in the pathology lab. I laughed out loud when I read the comment about commas...some poor patient might think I was laughing about their cancer diagnosis!