Coffee, First of the New Year

Coffee, first of the new year

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:29 am

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Come on in. Visit a spell & tell a quick story. The coffee of a 52 part blend of every week's coffee from 2012. The biggest claim to breakfast blend in the nation is right here. Woohoo! This stuff has some kick! I smell blueberry muffins cooking too. Enjoy.

I sold some coal on Craigslist. It was stuff I picked up for cheap this summer when no one wanted it. Now it has value. Awww, not much, but the profit is like yard sale money in your pocket. Almost a ton of Pea & 3 or 4 hundred pounds of stove. I could burn the pea, but it's bagged & I use bulk. It seems that someone that uses bagged should get a break. $260 a ton is cheap around here.

The wife is officially retired. She will work "pool" two days a month just for pin money as they say, but Wed was her last official day. 13 years graveyard shift ICU. 12 years Radiology and 15 years of "pre-admission testing" (pushing a pencil). Wow.... 40 years, zip, gone. Strange the twists that life throws us. I met Marty in 1976. A tiny grocery store had two apartments up over it. I'd rented one, she the other. That was when we were both previously married. She was working graveyard shift so we rarely saw or paid any attention to each other. In over a year we talked for perhaps 3 minutes. Once we had a medical emergency & knocked on their door. Once I saw her crying in the driveway as her hubby was a jerk. My then wife & I move away. I never see Marty again for 4 years, although, oddly within a year I see her (ex)husband & learn they are divorced. I never see him again. 3 years later I went through a thinking... I hunted her down, talked her into a date & the rest is history.

This weekends project: Dance in subzero wearing just a hat. If it's true that we lose 80% of our body heat through our head, I should hardly get cold at all!

Hope you are all staying warm. Enjoy the weekend.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Coffe, first of the new year

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:45 am

Thanks for the coffee Freddy...

For anyone that cares about such things, my wife and I met online through Christian Mingle and highly recommend it to everyone. A good friend of ours got married last week who met through that site as well.

It was kind of funny how things came about, I was at the local USDA Office and the woman in charge there told me about her friend who grew up on a sheep farm, was a Doctor, had lots of money and was single. She said she was going to NH that weekend and would try to play matchmaker. Since it is not too often you put the word "rich" wit "sheep", I was already in love, and thought that NH would be perfect...just the right distance to travel for dates, but still enough distance not to rush things. So after a week or so I told my USDA friend this, and she was like, "she is not from NH, she is from Maryland", well rich or not, that would not work so I went to Christian Mingle. When I did not find anyone in Maine, I though about how NH was the perfect distance away and widened my search and that was when I saw Katie's profile, dated her for awhile and then married her last summer. Due to her ex-husband being nasty, he filed an injunction against her which the sheriff brought over on her wedding day, keeping her from moving back home with me. It took months of legal battling, but the judge ruled that because I was a farmer and could not move to NH, she could move to Maine, but for months we were married but could not live together. Boy that really sucked!

But atlas that was then, and this week I was cutting wood all week and what a bear! My little tractor struggles in deep snow, but after it packed down and froze overnight I think I could haul out 2 cord twitches such was the traction! The wood was hard to cut...frozen through and through, but limbing was easy, by the time I got to the yard every limb had snapped off on its own. It was a tough week, but I managed to get a load out (12 cord) so I am happy.
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: New Yoker WC90
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vogelzang Pot Bellied Stove
Coal Size/Type: Stove/Nut/Pea Anthracite
Other Heating: Munchkin LP Boiler (Back-up)

Re: Coffe, first of the new year

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:46 am

Mornin. Nice coffee choice Freddy & I'm glad you froze up some of those blueberries. Outstanding muffins :) At 67 & being out in the "lookin for a new woman market" I got nothin to say relationship wise except--slim pickings to say the least :whistle: toothy I do have a date for our Firefighters Banquet tonight so I'm going all out--shower & it's not even the end of the month, clean jeans, button up shirt & I'm gonna throw some polish on the old boots. I might even vaccume the dog hair out of the truck seat--that's right, I'm lookin to make a good impression. double LOL Hell, I might even wear my top teeth :rofl: Have a good week end all.
freetown fred
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut

Re: Coffe, first of the new year

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:25 am

Good morning boys,Wow Freddy now thats some strange tasting coffee lots of flavors going on there.This week is another sad week for the family as my wife's 82 year old Aunt passed yesterday from cancer,I think she could have went 10 or more years as her mind was as sharp as a tack but her body gave up,she had her family by her side up until the end and she didn't suffer so that's a good thing.I hope there is a end to this family members dying *censored* soon been way to much of it lately but were all getting old and we can't live forever.Back in 1993 my friend and I planned a party which ended up being a pig roast and at the time I wasn't aware he had a sister until the day of the party,this blond pulled up in a car and got out pitching a bitch about her car(was not running very good plus she got lost driving to my house)I looked at my friend and asked who the hell was the blond(still to this day I don't what the hell I was thinking :D )but we got married three years later and are still together,It's been a fast 20 years and getting faster,but I would do it again in a heartbeat.I have to run take care everyone and stay safe.Keepaeyeonit
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood #8
Coal Size/Type: Direnzo nut, Lehigh stove
Other Heating: 45 year old oil furnace,and a crappy 24 year old heat pump

Re: Coffe, first of the new year

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:01 am

Good morning all,

Im new to the coffee house but Ilove coffee and friendly folks as well. I looked here several times and was confused but now I think I get it. Fred do ya think you could fax me one or two of those muffins? my pants are startin' to loosen up and unlike you Im not for dancing in the snow wearing only a hat :D Freetown Fred, first date countdown always started with new boxers just in case I didnt run her off before the end of the night but teeth were next in line! :inlove:

coal is cool......waldo
waldo lemieux
Stove/Furnace Make: efm
Stove/Furnace Model: s-20

Re: Coffe, first of the new year

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:02 am

Good morning, and Happy New Year! Nice story about your and your wife Freddy. Was she working the night shift recently? If so, in about a month she will feel like a new woman. That night shift really wears on you. People think they "get used to it", but that just means you get used to feeling lousy. Freetown Fred, what can I say...go for the gusto and pick her up in the new plow truck. :D

Interesting stories about how people met their wife. Mine used to be my boss in the cooperate world, now she is the boss at home. :roll:
Rob R.
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Coffe, first of the new year

PostBy: the snowman On: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:16 am


If dancing in the cold will bring snow, send it my way. We already have three feet but could use a little more. We had two night this week with -22F with daytime highs of only 10F. I didn't have to throttle up the stoves just ramp up the distribution fans. Our local community already had the polar bear plunge and I missed it. Today is one of those mornings I wish I had not given up drinking soda. It is going to be a long day....... The coal stoves are running good and the driveway needs to be plowed. We received another six inches of snow last night. Freddy too bad your so far away, I'm always on the look out for cheap or free coal.

Neighbors will contact me about giving me the coal sitting in their basement and they start out the conversation," I don't know if it is any good anymore but." I once had a guy stop by my shop to give me coal. He said he heard I will dispose of any unusable outdated coal. He said he was told the coal was stove coal, however, after looking in the bags it was not stove coal but egg coal. I had to break the coal so I could burn it. It was great coal just had to break it down to a usable size. In the end he brought me over two ton. I'm not working in the shop today since I have family coming to visit. Hopefully I will be able to get some work done tonight after all the family leave. I will probably continue my restore work on the Jr Chubby instead of working on customer projects. Well, I need to get moving. I hope everyone has a good weekend filled with quality time with their coal stoves or stokers.

The snowman.
the snowman
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Jotul 507
Coal Size/Type: Nut, Stove coal, Egg coal

Re: Coffe, first of the new year

PostBy: echos67 On: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:28 am

Morning all,

Freddy, congrats to the wife for the retirement ! I so envy her being able to get away from this work force but I have many years of work left. O yeah, love the blueberry muffins, I actually grab a couple during the week from wawa but I'm sure homemade is much better.

Fred good luck tonight, maybe take a coal hod tonight and see if she can pass the test to fill the Hitzer !

I met my other half at a 7-11 convenience store, she needed air in her tire and me being the proper gentleman obliged. I guess she kept me around to fix things because she can't love me for my money if I don't have any :lol: .
Stove/Furnace Make: Glenwood No. 6.

Re: Coffe, first of the new year

PostBy: coalkirk On: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:32 am

Morning all. I'm going to try and stop by the coffee house more often this year. Don't worry, I'll behave. Great story on how you met your wife Freddy! Isn't amazing how quickly the time has zipped by? I mey my wife in 1973, 40 years ago. She was an administrative assistant to the vice president of the bank I worked for and her desk was right outside of the elevator on my floor. I would see her every morning when I arrived and I liked what I saw. I was 21, she was 19. Here she is in 1973 wearing bell bottom jeans on the beach in Ocean city, Md. She still looks like that to me. :oops:
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Today is Christmas at my house. On 12/12, my oldest son and his new bride were in Brule, Wisconsin at her parents home. so today is the first opportunity that all of us can be together so we are having what Rachel is calling 2nd Christmas.

Fred, I hope your date goes well. you are pulling out all of the stops. I can't imagine dating at my age. No one would put up with me.
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1981 EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: anthracite/rice coal

Re: Coffe, first of the new year

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:44 am

Congrats to the wife in the retirement. I was woken up this morning to my two cats tearing the house apart. See, we've been fighting with mice, they are in the attic and for a while the cats have been completely useless. They'd just ignore the mice, until we started feeding them twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. So, when the mice come down to play the cats do their best to catch them. Except, since they've gone so long without catching any mice they don't have coordination. Here I was moving furniture trying to help them. Eventually the mouse ran into the bag my wife keeps her Wii fit board in. I quickly grabbed it, a bucket and put the bucket in the tub. Filled it with water and dumped the mouse in. But, I felt bad for the mouse and couldn't just let it drown in my bathtub. I also couldn't release it because I knew it would get back in to the house. The only humane thing I felt was to put it down. I grabbed my BB gun and put a stainless steel BB in it. If it had just wandered into the spin trap I wouldn't of had to be the one. Or even better, if my useless cats would've just done their jobs.

As for my plans of the day, I'm in the process of shutting the DS down. I've gotta put in the anti-explosion louvres and change the draft inducer. I'm also going to go pickup a 100# propane tank for the generator.
I'm On Fire
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: Coffe, first of the new year

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:51 am

Rob R. wrote:Was she working the night shift recently?

Naaaa, it's been years since she worked night, but I remember those times well. The bad one was when she worked two nights on, one off, and one on. She never knew if she was awake or asleep! I could tell a story a week of things that happened over the years..... I used to take her to work some nights & I'd sit in on the nurses meetings at the change of shift.... one night they mentioned a suicide was my best friends ex-wife! I phoned him at 1AM asking if he knew where his kids where... telling him that I knew where Mom was! It was illegal for me to say anything! I didn't care. He drove the 45 miles to Bangor arriving at 2AM. A neighbor had taken the kids in, she'd found them locked out of the house in the snow. The only thing that ever came of it was....he got served papers so he couldn't see his kids without supervision, and I could never sit in on nurses meetings again. Crazy world.

Fred... good luck on your date tonight. Check the bottoms of your boots for animal poop just before you leave!
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Coffe, first of the new year

PostBy: KLook On: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:54 am

Morning all, heavy frost here again this morning. Brrrrrr! If this keeps up I may get to see some accumulating snow yet! :shock:
Nice story Freddy, I have one to but it is to long to tell as I am off to work this morning. Happy camper! Starting to make inroads and getting opportunities. What I can't get used to is how late people down here go to work or get up! Meeting at 9:30 for breakfast! :shock: Dang, half the day is gone in Maine! Been up drinking coffee for hours! Oh well, another thing to adjust to.

Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF 3000
Coal Size/Type: rice, bagged, Blaschak
Other Heating: Gas boiler backup/main
Stove/Furnace Model: VF 3000

Re: Coffe, first of the new year

PostBy: buffalo bob On: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:54 am

congrats on retirement now she will have a new outlook on life...EVERY DAY IS A SATURDAY...dont know bout that coffee got me running in circles lol...have a good day...tell the wife this is the first saturday with 6 more to come in a row
buffalo bob
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 354
Coal Size/Type: anthracite nut

Re: Coffe, first of the new year

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:54 am

Good Morning everyone, a pleasant day it is..
I'm on the 'mending' side of a cold, the first one in a year.. When I quit flying, I was no longer in contact with hundreds of people everyday, back then I'd get a cold ever month or two. But none last year,, Until Christmas..
One my Nephews had the sniffles and sat next to me when unwrapping presents.. and sure enough,, I got a 'present' from him!! Wasn't too bad, bit of sore throat, I gargled, took Zycam and had two days of 'the snots' now I'm just about done with it..

We've had a fair amount of snow, about 6" on the ground still, supposed to get above freezing on Tuesday,, slushy mess that will freeze to ice.. Yuk.

Great stories Freddy, Sounds like you both found a 'keeper'.!

Freeetown Fred.. you are really pulling out the stops !! Must be lonely up on the hill ! ? Go borrow a puppy to take to the Hoe-down, that'll bring lots of ladies by to visit.. :D

Yesterday was the first sunny day in over a week, There finally was enough sun to start to melt the snow off my solar panels,, I had recently bought a snow 'broom' on a handle that extends to 20', and it worked well to pull the loosened snow of the panels.. I finally made a little juice yesterday.

We time to eat one of those muffins and that super-coffee.. and get to work!!

Greg L
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

Re: Coffe, first of the new year

PostBy: gaw On: Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:12 am

I’m having Folgers in my cup.

All this talk of retiring and I just quit my job of 26 years to start a new one that I hope lasts for 20 years until I can retire. The new job is giving me a 6 – 3 work schedule so I will miss some Saturdays but make some as well. So far the new job is good, I made the move hoping for job security. I hope I chose correctly.

Wow, just when I was feeling old coalkirk and the Freddy make me feel young again. Getting married and dating back when I was a wee pup and still able to piss over a four foot picket fence.

Freetown, you know now days you can send away for a girlfriend. They don’t cost money to feed and you don’t have to buy them expensive gifts. They deflate nicely and store conveniently on a top shelf in the back of the closet. They never have a headache either, just pump her up and she is ready for action.

Sorry for the loss Keepaeyeonit, that’s what sucks about getting older, it seems like you start knowing everyone who is dying.

Time to get busy. I have a bunch of onions to brown, it is going to make French Onion soup.

Stay warm.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice from Schuylkill County