So much that I made a batch of images with them. Feel free to share. Have a great weekend!
Yes, I’m still fooling around with design. I doubt I’ll ever get really good at it, but I do enjoy the process and find it very relaxing.
So…what do you think? Good? Bad? Sucky? Too weird? Not weird enough? Creepy? I’d seriously love to know what you think and if it does anything for you. Thanks!
Yes, I definitely remember feeling that way in the golden years of teen-hood.
If you want to know more about the book that the quote came from you can check out The Summer I Turned Pretty at Good Reads.
I remember feeling this way as a school kid – just as summer vacation was about to end. 😀
Just for fun, here’s a link to a NYT review written about Brideshead Revisited, in 1945
It’s been so bloody hot that most of my writing time has been reserved for the new Trilogy – but I’ve been playing with quotes and images and thought I’d share a few… This one sends me back to summers at my Granny’s cabin when I was a moody teenager.
In case you are confused, I’m talking about coffee. That glorious, dark, rich liquid that wakes us in the morning, picks us up in the afternoon and seemingly kicks our brains into high gear at any time. At least, for writers…
Did you know that…
- According the the USDA (from 2016-2017) worldwide demand for coffee is expected to be 156 million bags. Which is about 10 million tons of coffee beans. No shock but most of that coffee consumption will be in Europe and the US. Like, how many barristas does it take to make that much coffee?
- Brazil is actually the coffee capital of the world, Viet Nam is #2, and Columbia is #3 – who’d a thunk? Sorry Juan Valdez but the truth hurts.
- According to historians, coffee showed up in Ethiopia, circa 850 A.D. However, it took a little time to catch on – it wasn’t until 1100 that the black gold was popularized in Asia. However, it wasn’t until 1515, that Europe got a taste of this magical nectar.
- Attention barristas – the first ever café opened in Constantinople in 1475. I wonder how you say latte in turkish? By 1675, England had over 3,000 cafes offering our beloved café au lait.
- There are two types of coffee plants harvested for coffee production: Arabica and Robusta. The Arabica plant originated in the Middle East and the Robusta from the Congo. Arabica beans are known for their premium quality and 75% of the world’s commercially produced coffee comes from them. On the other hand, Robusta coffee beans are hardier than Arabicas AND contain 50% more caffeine.
- Throughout history, coffee was officially banned three times. The first time in Mecca in the 16th century, though no one seems to know why. The second in England when Charles II banned the drink and coffee houses because he suspected coffeehouses offered a perfect opportunity for plotting sedition and treason among the population. The third time took place in Germany in 1677. Frederick the Great prohibited his people to drink coffee because he was worried about money leaving his country for imported goods rather than being spent on his own country’s goods, such as beer and ale. Ironically, despite his ban, he continued drinking coffee himself.
- Coffee grinds are a fabulous and cheap fertilizer for your garden. Coffee grinds are rich in nitrogen, an element that all plants need to grow and especially seedlings and young plants. Many Starbucks still offer home gardeners bags of used coffee grounds free just for the asking.
- Coffee grounds are also helpful in repelling snails and other hard-shell insects from your garden – they hate the taste.
- World famous spas offer coffee grind wraps, facials, and skin treatments to reduce the look of cellulite, loss of skin elasticity, and under eye bags – and to promote improved skin firmness.
- Coffee grounds can also be used as an all natural dye or stain for fabric or wood.
- Coffee grounds also make an excellent drink that can be consumed hot or cold with milk or without – and even the beans can be covered in chocolate and eaten.
What’s your favorite use for coffee? Have any secret recipes or tips on coffee? Feel free to share them in the comments below.
And here is the last image in this ‘series’ Thanks for your thoughts and input. 🙂
Happy Monday and here’s another in our series…
Okay, moving right along is the 3rd in our series….. Too much? Not enough?
Next pic in this little series…thoughts?