October 13, 2017

Coffee time with Scooter's Coffee

While I purchased my coffee and breakfast sandwich this morning, the nice folks at Scooter's Coffee in Springfield gave me a $25 gift card for future use and a $25 gift card to give away to one lucky Greater Springfield Kids Directory Facebook fan.

I grew up in a coffee home. My parents have always been coffee drinkers, although not the kind of people who have to have that cup to get going. They genuinely enjoy drinking coffee. Black coffee--none of that fancy stuff.

I, on the other hand, am a leisure coffee drinker. I don't drink coffee every day. Once in awhile, I drink a cup to jump-start my day. And, I'm not choosy -- make mine a flavored latte ("pretty" coffee) or black with cream and sweetener.

Not far from my house is a new coffee stop, Scooter's Coffee. It's drive-thru only and located near a busy intersection (Battlefield Road and Campbell Avenue). Great location for all those commuters coming in from the south on Highway 160.

I stopped in this morning for their grand opening. I met Mary, the owner, through the drive-thru window. And, the young lady that took my order was smiling and pleasant. I watched her explain something on a smartphone to the driver in front of me -- an app, Apple Pay, maybe? I'm not sure, but she was quite helpful and didn't seem to mind taking a few extra seconds with this customer.

Turtle Latte and bacon ciabatta sandwich, please. The latte was well-mixed, top to bottom, and frothy. And, while the coffee was hot, it wasn't so hot that I couldn't drink it right away. The sandwich was warm. The bread was soft while still having the ciabatta texture, and an easy-to-handle size if you're eating on the go. (I was already home and at my desk checking email when I dove in to the sandwich.)

Will I go back? Yes! Granted, I have a gift card to use. But, that aside, it is a locally owned franchise, with a great location convenient to my travels around and about the city. The coffee and sandwich were delicious. The prices are competitive with other brands. Service moved quickly for drive-thru only. The drive has good access, even located near a busy intersection. (Being the "back-roads" person I am, I looked for alternative ways to navigate the parking lot. There's back access through neighboring parking lots.)

November 7, 2013

Counting My Blessings - Day 7

Oh, this one's easy.

Day 7 - Today, I am grateful that God gave to me a child so I could be a mother. Today is his 11th birthday, and I'm so proud of the young man his is growing to be.

I've written a few times about "Motherhood Mountains," and I've truly learned much about myself while raising him for the past 11 years.

I nicknamed my son Wonder Child on Serendipity - not because he has some magical power or is more special than any other kid.

No, Wonder Child comes from my seeing the wonder in his eyes as he explores the world to take in what's around him, asks questions, accepts the differences among us, and learns. The lessons aren't always easy, and sometimes I question if I'm doing the right thing. But, what I love most is catching him in a moment like this, when he doesn't know I'm watching - so I can just .... wonder ... right along with him.

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