Well here it is — 5:30 a.m. on Saturday of our long weekend. Early mornings are not for everyone I know, but I’m grateful that they are for me. 

My coffee is brewing “properly” and the aroma is lovely. 

The smell is definitely not as strong, or throughout the entire house, as it was Friday morning. This morning is just right! In just a few minutes my Friends coffee cup will be next to me, with my handful of chocolate chips, and boy do I have a story to tell you. 

John and I have a little routine that we try to follow every night. Nothing big, but one of us always try to get our Mr. Coffee coffeemaker set-up the night before. 

If you’re a coffee drinker, you will understand. We clean out the carafe, add the fresh coffee flavor of the season we want, and of course then add the water. I always tend to add a little too much water, and it overflows ever so slightly out the hole in the back — but no big deal.

You would think we would set the timer, so it would go on automatically for us, but we don’t. Whoever gets up first in the morning pushes the start button and “voila” fresh coffee in minutes.

Well Thursday night, both of us were too tired to follow through, so we just went to bed. John was the first to get up Friday morning, so he decided to surprise me with setting everything up and having our fresh coffee waiting for me. Well surprise me he did.

As I was walking down our stairs, half awake, ready to start my day, I noticed that there was an extra strong aroma of coffee greeting me from the kitchen. 

It seemed oddly strong, but I just thought to myself “This pot is really calling my name!” 

I could not wait to take the next six steps around the corner that would lead me to our fresh morning coffee.

Well I quickly had my answer as to why the coffee aroma was so strong throughout the house. John did a great job making the coffee, but he forgot to do one small thing. 


The delicious coffee reminded me of that horror movie of the past, the blob! To my horror or humor, I’m not sure which one really, it was streaming down the counters, the cabinets and into a huge puddle on the kitchen floor! No wonder it smelt so strong throughout the house! Funny how a nice relaxing start to your day can change so quickly.

I started yelling “John, John, you forgot to put the container on Mr. Coffee!” Of course John started yelling back down to me, “What, What did you say?”

At this point, I just started to laugh — what else could you do? We both grabbed any towel we could find and did our best to sob it all up. What a mess!

You know how those things go, what seemed like hours later, when we thought we were finally done, there would appear another puddle of pumpkin spice coffee somewhere on the floor. 

The worst part of all was that there was no coffee left and at that point neither of us wanted it anyway. 

What a way to start a day! You can bet I will never let John live this one down.

It turned out to be another one of those mornings, when I was wishing that it was a meeting day for our local Rotary Club. Remember they meet every Wednesday morning right at our Coach Stop restaurant at 7:30 a.m. Heidi Jones is always there to greet us and take care of us too. Heidi is one of my favorite people in the world, kind, caring, loving and grateful.

The Rotary Club shares breakfast together, fresh coffee, and plans ways to help our local community. You should think about joining, too!

This Friday, Oct. 20, they will be having their annual major fundraiser. Tom Dixon a well know Country music singer and his band will be performing at the Nashua Country Club. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tom plays all over the country, but he wants to help our Rotary support great local charities such as Liberty House, our food pantries, soup kitchens, and our own Community Care Givers too.  How great is that?

Call Faye at Martinelli Travel, 434-4989, or Jason at Professionally Yours Hair Salon, 432-3040, for ticket information. You can call me too at 512-5596.

Just on a side note, John will be the auctioneer for the evening. I bet you didn’t know that John is more than willing to be a volunteer auctioneer for nonprofit organizations that need him, and if I do say so myself, he is pretty great at it too.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, John will be the auctioneer at another event that is near and dear to our hearts, St. Gianna's Place Spaghetti Dinner Fundraising Event. The festivities start at 5:30 p.m., at our own St. Thomas Aquinas Church right here in Derry. Tickets are available at the door. Just $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Just one more way you can make a difference — our local Grange is selling Scarecrow Kits for just $20. Contact Janet at 966-7636 for more information.

Sherry Farrell is Londonderry town clerk and a lifelong resident of New Hampshire.

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