Cocoa Days

It’s kind of humorous that I enjoy cocoa so much and brought home a youngster named Coco. It’s funny that I drink several cups of cocoa a day while young Koco hangs out near me. It wouldn’t sound so odd if I called my drink hot chocolate, but from the time I was very young, my family called this chocolate drink cocoa. When I was in 9th grade and we wrote essays every two weeks, one of our essays was to be about our favorite food. After thinking about this a lot, I decided that my favorite was our family snack after Sunday evening church, –a cup of cocoa and home made bread and real butter. As I remember it, my mom thought that was a rather plain food for me to chose as a favorite, but after she read my essay, she said that it really did sound very inviting in the way I had written it. I did not keep a copy of that essay but now I really wish I had. I would get a kick out of reading it again.

I’m sipping cocoa as I write. It’s a cold, snowy day. It’s not the “snow globe” kind of snow but it’s covering our community with a blanket of white. It’s been sifting down sparsely but steadily all day long since before I got up this morning. The wind makes the hanging bird feeders dance and the wind chimes make a joyful sound. It’s a good day to be indoors, and do some domestic chores and delve into some creative, artistic activity if possible.

As I write this, a weather alert interrupted the afternoon radio program to inform us that the weather will worsen into a snow storm which will last until tomorrow morning at 10. As the reporter told what the accumulation of snow would be, Koco realized how intently I was listening and broke into a volley of her own “tell Nancy about it,” conversation, and I could not hear the number of inches that was given. However, the wind speed is 30 mph and I think I heard that the temperature is 19 degrees, possibly dropping.

It is a good day to sip cocoa, dig in deeper into cozy, and enjoy some time with my little Koco!

Last evening we finished our puzzle Small World at the home of friends. I took Klondike bars for each of us, and a packet of vanilla sugar wafers, the kind that is waffle like with vanilla icing between two layers of cookie. They are light, sweet and small. We had cups of hot cocoa with our cold Klondikes and they went together wonderfully well.

We finished the puzzle last night, –our third evening to work on it. It was such a fun puzzle. The pieces were a good size, were very interesting shapes, and oh, so colorful. As we put the puzzle together, checking the picture on the box often, we kept noticing more animals that we hadn’t seen before. The green snake, twisting around and doubled back on itself among the foliage was hidden from me until the puzzle was complete. There were big animals, –elephant, lions, bears, and very tiny animals, –butterflies, salamander, spider, very small birds. It was really a fun puzzle to work on.

About NJ

I love to write! I realized in 9th grade that I really enjoyed writing. Every two weeks we had assigned topics that we were to use to write an essay. I liked writing the essays. I'm a mom and a grandma. None of my family live nearby, but they visit when they are able to come. I've been a pastor's wife and a grade school teacher. Now I'm retired and enjoying visiting others, and indulging myself in my hobbies, --writing and art activities. I'm very thankful for the blessings in life.
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