• Why does my coffee get cold?

    by  • April 2, 2011 • Spring • 10 Comments

    I only set my cup down for a minute.

    Miniature daffodil, a little too contrasty

    Miniature daffodil, photos a little too contrasty

    Seeing that the morning light was diffused, and remembering my ‘too contrasty’ photos of the miniature daffodils I took yesterday, I walked out into the day and set my steaming cup on the arm of the bench by the front door. Climbing the hill I was annoyed that the sun had again come from behind its cloud, but got into position to catch the tiny flowers when the time was right.

    Daffodils...too sunny

    Daffodils...too sunny

    As I waited I reached over to nip off the seed heads on the foothill penstemon, already showing some reddish green new growth. Ooh, there is a new seedling nestled under the parent plant!  I’m so happy to see that, knowing that there will be more of the iridescent lavender-blue later this spring.

    I nip off the penstemon twigs with their seed pods attached, moving from one plant to another of the three.

    Softer light on daffodils

    Softer light on daffodils

    Oops!  The light is softening….over to the daffodils now; remember to put the camera on close-up, and there!  Got this group!  Now over to the other cluster, the really small ones just opening.  Drat!  Here comes the sun again.  Moving back to the penstemons, I sit down in the bright light and gently tear the patches of grass and weeds growing underneath each plant.  These wild penstemons have very brittle stems and it’s easy to knock a branch off the plant if you’re not careful.

    Okay, sun’s behind the cloud again, I can get the last shot I wanted. Thinking “I hope I got a good focus on those daffodils…..”

    Great!  I gather the seedy penstemon twigs to look over for seeds when I go in, and spot my coffee cup on the bench as I go by. “Ah, not too cold”, I think as I head in to the microwave.

    Indirect light shows more detail on the tiny flower

    Indirect light shows more detail on the tiny flower

    About

    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    10 Responses to Why does my coffee get cold?

    1. April 3, 2011 at 7:02 am

      I just had to laugh at you, Sue. I am, truly, exactly the same. When I’m in the garden, I’m so easily distracted and by the time I return to my nice hot tea or coffee, it’s ice cold. Maybe if it were cool to begin with, I wouldn’t need to put it down to wait for it to cool down! Then, I’d be able to drink it down quickly and get back to work. But it really doesn’t feel right, starting with a lukewarm cup of tea or coffee. Then I’d just moan, because it’s not hot!

      I loved the way you told this story – it really felt as though I was there with you.

    2. April 3, 2011 at 7:02 am

      I just had to laugh at you, Sue. I am, truly, exactly the same. When I’m in the garden, I’m so easily distracted and by the time I return to my nice hot tea or coffee, it’s ice cold. Maybe if it were cool to begin with, I wouldn’t need to put it down to wait for it to cool down! Then, I’d be able to drink it down quickly and get back to work. But it really doesn’t feel right, starting with a lukewarm cup of tea or coffee. Then I’d just moan, because it’s not hot!

      I loved the way you told this story – it really felt as though I was there with you.

    3. April 3, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      Hi, Sue. Love your Ice Follies and the jonquilla. My daffodils are mostly gone now. Reminds me to plan for next year.

      Thank you for visiting my RHS 1960 blog and leaving a note. Since you like family histories, here’s the link to a site I made some years back using old family photos scanned by my nephew.

      The Way We Were

      I’ve kind of graduated from genealogy. My husband has four generations of ancestors around the corner in an old cemetery and I know mine far enough back to give up looking. I still make little sites now and then for the delight of my nieces and nephews and myself using old pics, but I’m trying to live in the present now.

      • April 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm

        Thanks, I’ll look. I know what you mean. Sometimes you have enough info about relatives! In a day or two watch for a post on one of our rellys!

    4. April 3, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      Hi, Sue. Love your Ice Follies and the jonquilla. My daffodils are mostly gone now. Reminds me to plan for next year.

      Thank you for visiting my RHS 1960 blog and leaving a note. Since you like family histories, here’s the link to a site I made some years back using old family photos scanned by my nephew.

      The Way We Were

      I’ve kind of graduated from genealogy. My husband has four generations of ancestors around the corner in an old cemetery and I know mine far enough back to give up looking. I still make little sites now and then for the delight of my nieces and nephews and myself using old pics, but I’m trying to live in the present now.

      • April 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm

        Thanks, I’ll look. I know what you mean. Sometimes you have enough info about relatives! In a day or two watch for a post on one of our rellys!

    5. April 4, 2011 at 11:07 am

      Hahaha! I know what you mean…although with me it is not usually my coffee, but a little one waking up from a nap. And I think to myself, “How can naptime *possibly* be over yet?” hee hee…

    6. April 4, 2011 at 11:07 am

      Hahaha! I know what you mean…although with me it is not usually my coffee, but a little one waking up from a nap. And I think to myself, “How can naptime *possibly* be over yet?” hee hee…

    7. April 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Hi, Hanni, I can sure identify with that. Guess we’re having fun out there, huh? It’s amazing but often, I’m out there for a time and haven’t had a thought in my head. No worries!

    8. April 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Hi, Hanni, I can sure identify with that. Guess we’re having fun out there, huh? It’s amazing but often, I’m out there for a time and haven’t had a thought in my head. No worries!

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *