Wednesday, November 18, 2020

A Wee Note On A Wednesday

Without my morning coffee,
I’m just like a dried-up piece of goat. 

I am chuckling as I try to imagine Johann Sebastian Bach, famous musician of gorgeous old music, quipping that line to his wife one morning before he picked up his quill to compose one of his great fugues. Funny thing, there are days I totally relate!

Went searching for a coffee quote since the beverage was on my mind earlier than usual this morning—I woke in the wee hours and couldn't go back to sleep. I finally came into my study, spent time writing in my journal, made some notes for my writing project. And then around six o'clock, I decided to surprise Hubbs and baked a batch of blueberry muffins for our morning coffee. Do you know how loud a bowl and some measuring spoons and a muffin tray can clatter when you're trying to be as quiet as a mouse because someone is fast asleep?

Soon hubby was awake and the smell of freshly brewing coffee wafted through the house. It's the smell that separates night from day, asserts Japanese author Haruki Murakami. So true, although I would have to include toast and bacon as two other smells that markedly announce morning has broken.

“How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble,
I can’t make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless."

"Well, I can’t eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would
probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly.
It is the only way to eat them."

"I say it’s perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all,
under the circumstances.”

OSCAR WILDE, The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde reminds us that no matter what horrid troubles are going on around us, one should always eat muffins calmly. Good advice, and we calmly take it too.

After breakfast, I went out first thing to the post office to mail birthday cards and get a supply of holiday postage stamps. They are ready over there for the crowds of Christmas lineups, Covid social distance style. The line snakes around this corner and that one—just follow the footprints towards the service counter and keep your social distance. Being the only customer at the time, I was in and out of there in a flash.

A supply of Christmas stamps in hand, I popped over to HomeSense to scout their Christmas card selections. I used to LOVE shopping for Christmas cards early in the season. Nowadays it's not quite as much fun; they don't stock up on the variety of wonderful designs, at least not around these parts. I certainly miss the Hallmark shops in our region of the world. But I found three boxes I like and home they came with me. 

That quick errand done, I went for my wee walk around the block when just a few pleasant snowflakes were falling. The birds were in full chorus. Now, the weather outside has turned frightful. It's more serious, with intermittent tiny snow flurries, big fluffy ones, and ice pellets. And it's constant today, Sandra! It will be a pile by day's end if it keeps up, making the roads dicy with low visibility for drivers on their way home tonight. 😟

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As far as I know, I have no Scottish ancestry, but you will have noted that I've adopted the use of the Scottish vernacular often using the word 'wee' which means 'little, small, minute, tiny'. With this post being a wee thing, you'll probably only need a sip or two of your favourite beverage and you'll be on your way to the rest of your day. As I wind up, the day has well begun, and for some of you, you'll be heading towards late afternoon. On that note...

Whatever you are up to,
here's wishing you a pleasant day.

And I hope you haven't minded my wee bit of blethering*!

*Definition of blethering:
"talk in a long-winded way without making very much sense"

Heart Hugs,

Photo credits:
(top) Image by Monika Robak from Pixabay
(middle) Image by RitaE from Pixabay
(bottom) Image by Brenda C Leyland



  1. Love this post Bren. I can just taste those blueberry muffins and we had snow yesterday also. Not much just a few flakes here and there. However, our mountains had quite a bit. I am ready for it - snow always makes me happy as does winter. It is never quite long enough to suite me.

    Have a great remainder of the week.

  2. Oh what a lovely morning you describe here! I love that Bach quote about coffee. I can relate!

  3. Reading this at 9 pm as I'm heading to bed...the muffins look wonderful!

  4. I suddenly feel a kinship with Bach! I am not a morning person, so I admire the number of things that you accomplish while I am barely slogging along. I am sure that your hubby was eager to get out of bed once he smelled the coffee and your morning surprise! What a great day-starter!

  5. Such a delightful wee post. Yesterday was a dreich day here - I love that Scottish word! And Oscar Wilde's thoughts on muffins are spot on. I'm wishing you a lovely day today!

  6. Beautiful post! Muffins sound delightful. I love the Importance of Being Earnest! Such a hilarious play. I buy my Christmas cards from Half Price Books. I'm not sure if they have locations in Canada, though. They usually have a whole table full of discounted Christmas cards, Hallmark style.

  7. For some reason I received this on a Thursday morning, and now I'm craving blueberry muffins. I've also found myself wanting to read Oscar Wilde! I don't own any of his writing, so I'm going to have settle for Hemingway.

  8. That evocative smell of coffee brewing signals the beginning of a good day for me! I love muffins, but rarely make them (just in case I eat them!)
    Christmas Cards have been in our shops since round about August!

  9. Loved this post and admire how you can turn a poor sleep night into such a productive morning. I can barely function in the morning after a poor night.

  10. I quite enjoyed your post. The other day you had me looking for that One-bowl Chocolate Cake recipe, which I made and now it's Blueberry Muffins. Yummy.

  11. How lovely! I wish I had read this earlier! It’s just the thing to calm my jangled nerves today! Now I look forward to the morning and that freshly brewed coffee! I believe tomorrow may call for bacon!

  12. I’m reading this at 10:00 p.m., so I don’t think it would be a good idea to start making blueberry muffins now. At 6:00 a.m., it would be all right because the man of the house doesn’t have his hearing aids in yet, but I don’t know if I’d be UP for it. All in all, it sounds like an interesting morning. We got a dump of snow too.

  13. I do have Scottish heritage and I love the word 'wee!' And blethering! (smile) Lots of cheer in the post Brenda!

  14. It's funny because I like the smell of coffee, but the taste? Not so much!

    My card hoarding has finally paid off--I'm well-stocked in Christmas cards and will start writing them next week!


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