January 7, 2012

Busy Saturday

First off, I will show you my AWESOME bargain I picked up at an estate sale yesterday.

I am so excited, I got this working vintage fan for $5!!! Last year, Nic and I were at a sale and we saw one but I passed it up. I have regretted that ever since. So now I found another one! It is really cool. A nice addition to my shelf.

Today I am putting away all the Christmas decorations. I hate this task. The reason I hate this task is because I have no closet or storage space in this house. The only closet that is not in a bedroom is my front hall coat closet. All the Christmas decorations are stored in this space. Therefore, I have to take out every coat that anyone in this house owns, plus the vacuum cleaner, a huge case of cassette tapes (don't ask), a bed tray, tripod, etc, etc, etc, to get everything put away. Add to this the fact that my husband can't stand having the closet laying all over the foyer and the living room and you can see why I dislike it so much.

While I was pulling out boxes, I rediscovered this cool coffee maker that belonged to my parents when they got married. My dad said it was a wedding gift.

I was puzzled with how it worked, but a few months ago I caught a bit of a story on the Cooking Channel about coffee made with coffee makers similar to this, using the vacuum principal. I asked Ron to help me figure it out and since the closet was pulled apart anyway, we might as well use it to make some coffee. So, we looked up a Cona coffee maker online and we found out they are still making them. There was an explanation of how to brew the perfect cup of coffee.

Step 1. Put hot water in the bottom vessel and turn on the heating element.

Step 2. Put the glass stopper in the funnel and add ground coffee.

Step 3. As the water in the bottom bubbles, it travels up the funnel and into the coffee.

Step 4. Remove the heat source and watch the finished coffee travel back down into the bowl at the bottom.

It still was bubbling when it all finished.

They claim it makes the best tasting cup of coffee.
I have to say, it was really good, and I'm not a big coffee drinker. I'm a tea person, based on the fact that since I'm half British it's in my blood. Or is there a saying that British people don't have blood, it's tea in their veins? I'm not sure, maybe I made it up. lol

So, continuing the day...

...someone said, "let the dog out in the back to run around." He will remain nameless, but here's a hint, he's the only man in this house. I don't really let her do that too often because the yard can get very wet and soggy. So, as we were researching this coffee making process, we were not watching what the dog was doing. She was digging a hole in the yard.

She was covered in mud. And grass. She had the second bath in as many days. But now she's clean again, and whining to go back out to finish her work.

After all the excitement, I am going back to the ever-boring-and-annoying Christmas un-decorating.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
See you soon!

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  1. Happy New Year! Love love love the fan and the coffee maker! Those are amazing treasures you have there.

  2. It's so easy to decorate but a pain to put it away.Great fan,awsome coffee maker. Good thing I live alone I would hurt someone waiting that long for morning coffee,can't wait to see it.

  3. Your vintage fan is a great find! It looks like it is in excellent condition. I have never seen a coffee pot like that. It looks interesting.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today and following. I am your newest follower.
    Have a great week.

  4. Oh Mary, your dog is adorable! The story of dog gone wild while coffee was brewing is pretty funny. I poked around your blog and love your photos and stories ... so I'm now a follower. I'm glad you stopped by my blog because it led me here. Nice to meet you! I'm looking forward to more of your stories.

  5. Hi Mary, thank you for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower - I'm following you right back! You take the most amazing photos. Look forward to reading more. Nat