Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tricky Coffee

Miguel has a wonderful habit of preparing the coffee maker in advance; all we have to do when we are ready for our morning or evening cup of coffee, is 'push the button'.

This morning I checked the coffee maker and noticed that Miguel had it all ready to go. I pushed the button and went about the morning routine of taking out the garbage and sweeping up the back terrace. When I went into the kitchen all set to pour the coffee, I saw that nothing had happened. It was unplugged.

Why was it unplugged? Because the light doesn't work any more, and more than once we've forgotten to turn off the machine and we've wasted hours of electricity. Miguel's solution is to unplug it, that way there is no doubt that the coffee maker is really 'off'.

So I plugged in the coffee maker and found something else to do while waiting for the coffee to brew. Miguel was in the kitchen starting to make his red sauce, so I helped clean the tomatoes. He reached for something in the dish drainer and a bunch of things fell and crashed into each other, making a lot more noise than we really wanted to make at 6:30 in the morning. As I helped Miguel extract himself from the sliding dishes, I took out the coffee mugs and set them on the counter.

After finishing with the tomatoes I went to the coffee maker but was surprised to find the level showed only 1 cup of coffee. I looked in the back and it was dry, and there was no water/coffee leaking out of the coffee maker. Where had the liquid gone? Where did 5 cups of liquid disappear to?

Miguel didn't know, I didn't know, so we just shrugged our shoulders and I put 6 more cups of liquid in the coffee maker and 'pushed the button'. The coffee maker started its gurgling noises, and I walked away. I walked over to the counter where the coffee mugs were sitting, and they were both full of black coffee.

Ok, who poured that coffee? I certainly don't remember doing it, and Miguel denies that he did it. It does explain where the liquid had gone, someone had poured it already. But who? I think Miguel did it and doesn't remember, and he thinks I did it and don't remember.

The only clue pointing to me is that the level was a bit higher than Miguel normally pours the coffee. The level was at the level where I pour the coffee. But I still don't think I did it.


KfromMichigan said...

Oh the wonders of getting "older"..!!

Ann said...

I'm doing stuff like this more & more!..part of getting old!

Charlotte said...

Sounds like Aluxes to me! They're always tricky....(I use them all the time to explain things...)

Life's a Beach! said...

If you read my post today, you'll see I'm having problems with the aging mind! My coffee trick is that I forget one piece of the equipment and water runs all over the place. : )

Jackie said...

Oops! How did that happen? Sometimes I am so preoccupied thinking about something else and don't realize what I am doing. Thankfully it's not when I am driving.

Sue said...

I think I'm going to go with Jackie (preoccupied) or Charlotte (aluxes) instead of 'aging'.