Earlier this week -Tuesday or Wednesday (I'm not sure which day now -see my "Memory" post for clarification) -the FedEx delivery guy pulled up in front of the house. Mandy asked me if I was expecting a delivery and I said not to my knowledge. Of course, considering how well I remember -or actually don't -that comment is open for debate.
Well, after waiting a bit while the driver apparently was rummaging through the truck to locate whatever he had there to deposit at our house, he finally strolled down the walk, carrying a relatively large package. I signed for it, brought it in and deposited it on the table.
The return address was that of a lady in Nevada -a former girlfriend of my ex-husband. From the time Mandy learned she was pregnant with Maya, this lady pretty much adopted Maya, then Kurtis, as her grandchildren too. Over the years, she has been extremely generous in sending many packages of lots and lots of pretty little outfits for both kids. One year, she even made one of those plush blankets -the kind that don't require any sewing because you have these ties that you loop around the edges of the blanket as fringe. That cover is probably the warmest blanket you'd ever hope to have and it's come in handy here not just for the kids but for lots of adults trying to keep warm on a frigid day or night, for sure.
She had kept in contact with Mandy via e-mail even after the ex married someone else. My son knows her as he lived in Nevada and then Arizona for a couple of years and he tells me that of all Dad's ex's, he thinks I probably would like this lady as a friend because she's nice, friendly, funny -all the neat attributes one generally appreciates in a friend.
Addressed to Mandy, this package contained a present that most definitely would sell me on her as a great friend. It contained a coffee grinder and seven boxes of the wonderful Gevalia coffee in two different flavors! Being coffee hounds, Mandy and I have both been reveling in the generosity of this gift all week now.
However, at the rate we've been consuming coffee -since we have some really GOOD stuff here to make and drink right now -we're liable to burn out the old pot and may need to look into coffee makers to consider a replacement.
This coffee is sooooo good, I've even taken to using my Penn State coffee mug -which holds about 2 1/2 cups of coffee at a clip.
So if you're reading this blog, here's a toast to you, Jacque Mustard, with utmost thanks for a delicious, super good treat!