Monday, May 25, 2020

Coffee Loving Monster

     On this Memorial Day, let's remember
why it's on our calendars and honor those 
who fought for and even gave their own lives
that we might enjoy our Freedom.

     This fun and slightly distressed (ok, a lot distressed!) monster is the Progressive Challenge image from Limited Runs for May/June.  The expression on his face just shouted that he had tasted his coffee and found something horribly wrong.

     It reminded me of an incident when I was probably 10 or 11.  I wanted to do something really special for my dad on Father's Day.  He was never one for big, noisy, celebrations, especially when he was the object of them, and he had announced that he planned on going off early in the morning to spend the day fishing; no fuss, no muss, no celebration.  After a few minutes of begging to go with him, he agreed and I said I'd fix the picnic basket of lunch and snacks.

     I suppose I made sandwiches or maybe even potato salad (one of his favorites) but what I really remember was the thermos of coffee.  He loved coffee and drank it year round, cold weather or hot.  His coffee thermos went everywhere with him.  I made coffee as soon as I woke up and, because I might end up drinking some of it myself if there was nothing else available, I added a bit of sugar since I really didn't care for the taste of coffee back then.  It's an acquired taste, you know.  :-D

     We were probably 10 or 15 miles from home when Dad had me pour him his first cup from the thermos, and his face turned an apoplectic red, then white as he swallowed a big mouthful.  Dad took his coffee black - no adulteration allowed!  He looked just like that Coffee Monster!  lol  As I remember, we turned around, went back home, remade the coffee, and then went fishing.  He never scolded me about it but it remained a long-standing joke between us for the rest of his life.  :-D

     OK, after that rather long story, here's my card. Consider it a salute to the greatest dad who ever lived (and a WWII vet, also!)

Colored with ProMarkers
Image and sentiment cut with Dare 2B Artzy dies
Background CS cut with same D2BA dies
Die cut circles inlaid into background
Satin bow dyed with ProMarker, pearl added
CAS design

Artsy Stamper
Arty Divas
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Creative Craft Cottage
Incy Wincy
Pammie's Inky Pinkies
Paper Girls
Simon Says Stamp & Show

     Take a moment and thank a veteran, won't you?  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie


meg said...

a lovely memory and a great card

Lady Joyful said...

Lovely card, and a great story to accompany it!

New Creations said...


Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I can see your Dad's face now, especially in this funny coffee monster.
Take care
Faith x

Sandra said...

Love it!! Perfect coffee card! And great story!

Bunny said...

Great story. You're right about it being an acquired taste. And to change it up on him it just cracks me up that he came all the way home to fix a new thermos full. Cute card. [Bunny]

Billie A said...

Oh so fun and funny. Cute card. Cute image.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Super cute!

jimlynn said...

Super cute card and I can just imagine how your dad must have looked after gulping down that coffee. Fun memory! Love the expression on that fact - cute image and your card is precious.

jimlynn said...

oh.....and thanks for joining us at Pammie's Inky Pinkies too!

creationsnz said...

I like your dad story, I hope you had a nice day fishing together afterwards. Fun card. Thanks for sharing with us at Incy Wincy, CarolG

Verna Angerhofer said...

Cute card your Dad will love. A great memory too.

Cheryl said...

I saw your card on the 2020 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop and thought I would pop by. Cute card!


*Vicki* said...

OK, this guy is absolutely too cute for words! The colors are just perfect!! Love him Connie! Perfect masculine style card too!

Alex (PinkCraftyMama) said...

I love your masculine card! Very cute!
Thank you so much for playing along at The Paper Girls Challenge.
Looking forward to seeing you again next time.
Love Alex
Paper Girls Challenge DT

Monica C. said...

What a great story! I enjoy a little sugar in my coffee. Your monster card is lovely.
Hugs Monica