Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/31/2015
sound awoke me at 3:48 AM. At first I wasn’t sure what it was I was hearing as
I was still half asleep. Shortly after 4 AM the chirps became constant, each at
equal intervals. I came to realize the noise was coming from the smoke detector
on the wall immediately adjacent to my bed. The battery must have “died” during
the night causing the smoke detector’s battery alert system to be activated.
is a well know saying in life, “The only two things in life that are certain
are death and taxes.” Well I want to add another thing to that statement. I’m
sure you will agree the person who invented the smoke detector did it with two
features in mind.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/30/2015
ever been asked, “What is the greatest invention of all time?” After giving it
some thought you might answer air conditioning, the microwave, the wheel, the
internet, the “doggie-door”, instant coffee or something else, perhaps the cell
phone, if you’re a teenager or young adult.
If you live in a humid
climate you could make a strong case for air-conditioning. Think about the
comfort air-conditioning gives you as you drive, sleep, fix your hair or put on
make-up in the morning. This could be the answer. Or, perhaps the microwave is
the answer-after all, it saves us substantial time when we are preparing a
meal, and not to mention, it makes great popcorn, too. If you have a dog, you
surely will vote for the “Doggie-door” since the door enables you to go about
your day without having to return home to take care of “Fido”.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/29/2015
Call me what
you wish, I’m not the first person to drive away having left their sunglasses
on the roof of their car. Today, my wife, Barbara, and I are at the mall looking
to replace my sunglasses that are now “vacationing” at a Sunoco gas station on
I-80 about 15 miles west of Du Bois, Pennsylvania.
As late afternoon began to
set in, I was becoming hungry and extremely frustrated that Lord & Taylor,
Dillard’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and even the Sunglass Hut didn’t
have my Ray-Ban navigator sunglasses, you know the aluminum ones with the green
polarized lenses that cost $195. Sensing my frustration, Barbara suggested we
get a bite to eat.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/28/2015
Did you ever
wonder why one day you wake up feeling great, while other days you wake up
feeling drained or not motivated? Well, this morning was one of those days. I
woke up feeling great and full of energy.
Like every morning for the
past 40 years my day began with my morning coffee brewing ritual. “Fresh
coffee”, I said to myself as I pulled a new container from the cabinet. Without
thinking I twisted off the cap and pulled at the sealed foil, but it would not
tear open. Now, like a wild animal hungry for food, I yanked and tucked at the
foil. Still no luck, so out came the knife to cut it open. Five minutes later I
poured a cup of deliciously smelling brewed coffee. I then pulled a new gallon
of milk from the frig, set it on the counter and began to twist its cap. “Come
on,” I whispered out of frustration as I exerted some pressure to my next
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/27/2015
Last year I
missed my son’s 5th birthday because I had to work overtime delivering
a train load of cargo containers that were released earlier in the week as a
result of the Port of Los Angeles strike settling. I pledged to myself then
that I would never miss Craig’s birthday again (they grow up so fast). To make
it up to Craig, this year my wife and I decided to have a sleep over birthday
party and invited six of his friends.
It was shortly after 6 PM
when the kids finished the hot dogs Emily had made. I could see from the look
on their faces that the 3 hours in the pool this afternoon and the hot dogs was
not getting them excited. They needed something special. I looked to Emily,
“They need to be ‘Imped out’”, I declared. She immediately knew what I meant
and headed for the kitchen.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/26/2015
The thermometer on the side of
the house reads 106 degrees but it feels more like 115 degrees with the
humidity. My wife see’s my tee-shirt is completely soaked through but realizes
I only have about a half a yard of mulch to haul to complete garden renovation
so she decides not to interrupt me.
Twenty minutes later with the
wheel barrow safely stored in the garage and my tools put away I returned to
the backyard, where I found my wife sitting at the outdoor table. “I thought
you would enjoy this”, she stated, as my eyes saw this delicious iced coffee
topped with whipped cream and garnished with cinnamon spice and cinnamon sticks
sitting in the middle of her favorite wooden serving tray. Wiping the sweat
from my forehead I took a sip. “Well if this isn’t a mocha moment I don’t know
what is”, I happily stated. “Where did you find this recipe?”
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/25/2015
I just volunteered to be in
charge of fundraising for the senior prom at my daughters high school. The
first thing I did was contact Amber, the person who was responsible for last
years fundraising. Amber told me last year 328 seniors attended the prom held
at the Innwood Country Club and it cost a staggering $24,687! She also told me
that she held dance-a-tons, washed cars, sold candy, cookie dough, Tupperware,
candles, popcorn, magazine subscriptions and wrapping paper. She even told me
that they had a basket raffle at Christmas and sold bulbs and flowers in the
spring. What was I thinking"ť, I thought to myself after I hung up with Amber. "Too many events," I proclaimed. There has got to be a better, more efficient
way to raise money."ť
Over the course of the next 3 days, I spent many hours
researching fundraising ideas and how to fund them. I made a list of the key features
I wanted in my fundraising program.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/24/2015
I pledged to myself last month when school ended I was going
to go to the gym over the summer and return to school more toned, more
conditioned and with more stamina and drive. Today, as I laced up my sneakers
and readied myself for the gym, I took mental inventory of my progress. The
conclusion-not so good. I missed many days, haven’t been pushing myself, have
been going though the same daily workout routine and haven’t been eating
right-not enough vegetables and fruits and too many carbs, although heaven
knows my 108 lbs body doesn’t need to lose any weight.
Traveling to the gym permitted me to change my mental
state, which has now motivated me to want to workout and “get ripped” for the
first day of school. Once at the gym
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/23/2015
Summertime-that time of year when the days grow longer, the
air is fresh and warm, street fairs occur, carnivals come to town, the kids are
home, vacations are taken and life is good and enjoyable. So, its time to ask
yourself do I really need as the first thing in my morning to jump in the car,
drive 5 minutes and then wait in line for another ten minutes for my coffee,
latte or cappuccino? Or do I need the hassle of mixing and cleaning up the mess
of making freshly brewed coffee? No, you conclude as set out for the
supermarket to find the best tasting instant coffee you can find.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/22/2015
For the past 2 years I have wanted to replace the old deck
on the house we purchased shortly after we got married with a much larger one.
Last weekend my friends helped me rip down the existing deck, rough out the
ground and haul away the deck debris. All week long my focus was on the
upcoming weekend when I actually would begin building the deck. At work, my
attention was not on my work but on designing a plan for the layout of the footings my lunch hours were spent purchasing supplies and my evenings spent
racking out the ground to get it as level as possible. I was as excited as a
little boy at Christmas who awaited Santa.
Finally, Saturday arrived. With hammer, string and stakes in hand I walked onto the immaculately level ground of my new deck site.
My moment of manhood glory had arrived. Over the next 4 hours I measured the
ground, hammered in the stakes and strung line onto the stakes, standing
back with the addition of each new strung line to proudly acknowledge my work. Shortly
after noon I hammered the last stake into the ground and attached the string.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/20/2015
Its late afternoon on a very hot, hazy and humid 94-degree
day and I'm out playing golf for the very first time (everyone thinks that
since I'm a baseball player I'll naturally be a good golfer) with my three friends
at Silver Spring Country Club in Ridgefield, CT. All day each of them were
playing close to par while I was playing 6-8 shots over par-per hole! We're now
at the 398 yard, par 4, 18th hole. I hit first, driving the ball high
and long-straight down the middle of the fairway and what appeared to me to be
a shot that went over the horizon. It reminded me of when Hercules threw the
discus in the first Olympics-it went so far it went beyond the curvature of the
earth. This was a once in a lifetime shot-a shot I'll surely, never, ever repeat.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/19/2015
6 AM Monday morning. The alarm clock awakes me. One eye
manages to squint open while the other eye remains shut, full of sleepy sand.
My hand hits the snooze button and I roll over to enjoy 15 more minutes of shear
comfort. Several minutes later I begin to wake up. I try to generate some form
of energy to get me up and going. I stare at the ceiling and begin to think
about the pleasant memories of the weekend. First a smile comes to my face,
then another and then outright laughter. The snooze alarm goes off interrupting
my moment of joy. I hate Monday mornings, I thought to myself as I swung my
legs out of the bed and ready myself for the trip to the dark, cold kitchen to
make some delicious coffee.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/14/2015
Most people associate hot chocolate as a beverage that is
only consumed during cold weather months. The fact of the matter is research
indicates about 20 % of people that drink hot chocolate consume it year-round
regardless of the season or where they live. In addition, my research indicates
that about 20 % of the people that drink hot chocolate drink it as a dessert
"A really delightful, healthy dessert..."
Kenney Newhouse-Chicago, IL
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/13/2015
Ask any connoisseur, aficionado or master brewer who markets
coffee and they may tell you gourmet coffee is a stimulating drink created from
coffee beans found in exotic shrubs or trees grown in the tropics of Asia or African countries. They might also try and convince
you that “gourmet coffee” should demand a premium price citing the coffee’s
unique preparation process of drying, grounding or roasting the bean to crate a
highly unique flavor.
Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/12/2015
It’s 9 PM and
your cuddled on the sofa with the best selling summer novel you purchased this
afternoon. The kids are asleep. Your spouse is watching something on TV that
you couldn’t care less about. You’re anxious to begin reading, but something is
not right. Your taste buds explode recalling the “Queens’ Nightcap”
Kemosabe Crčme Butterscotch flavored gourmet coffee recipe you discovered earlier
in the day while browsing the internet under, Southwest Beverages-Delicious Drinks to Make at Home.