Things My Grandmother Knew: Necessity is the Mother of Invention

If you live in a rural setting, you know how inconvenient it is to run out of anything….especially coffee….and especially when you realize that you are out of coffee at 5 a.m. before ANYTHING is even open.  We live 40 minutes from the closest grocery store and there was no way I was making that drive this morning…sans coffee.  So, I began to scrounge around in my cupboards and found one of those specials that Starbucks runs.  You know…you buys something and you get some instant iced coffee for a discount price.  (HA!)

Well, I took the packet of instant iced coffee poured it into 16 ounces of water as instructed and stirred while I watched it dissolve.  I then poured some into my coffee cup until it was about 2/3 full and put it in the microwave for about a minute and then finished filling the cup with milk.  Oh my goodness!  It was delicious.

Necessity will certainly make you think out of the box…especially when it comes to my morning coffee.  I’ve reheated some still left in the coffee maker from the morning before (gross but true), I’ve made it using paper towels as a coffee filter when I had no filters in the house and the list goes on.  I’m sure you have a list of your own and I know that my grandmother did.

I’m sure that some of the things that I shared in my Waste Not, Want Not post were results of her thinking outside of the box for solutions.  She ran out of twistie ties to tie up drooping tomato plants so she tore up bits of old panty hose and used those instead.  She didn’t want to buy ice so she froze ice in empty milk containers.  She wanted extra room for plants so she used empty milk containers.  She didn’t want to spend money on buying plants so she traded cuttings with neighbors and relatives.

I thought of her this morning as I tried to find a solution for my serious dilemma of being coffeeless…I think she would have been proud! : )


2 thoughts on “Things My Grandmother Knew: Necessity is the Mother of Invention

  1. You write so vividly that I could see you doing everything this morning!! Coffee!! I enjoyed the coffee you bought. Thank you!!! Blessings!!

  2. Being out of coffee in the morning is a problem whether you live in the city or in a rural area. Especially at 5 in the morning. I am a coffee addict. It is what gets me going in the morning, keeps me happy all day and relaxes me right into bed at night. I have been in your shoes before and did the same kind of hunting around in my cupboards. Since tea is not an option or replacement for coffee I have learned to always keep a special stash enough for one pot of coffee in my cupboard away from the regular canister. That way when the canister goes empty and I miss getting to the little market I at least have one pot of coffee left in the house to get me started and going for another purchase of my coffee. It sure beats having to think that hard at 5 in the morning. That event happening just once was enough to wise me up. Now I even have a spare pot of coffee in a container in my purse and a filter just in case I reach my destination and there is no coffee there. So as I read your blog I could not help but laugh knowing just what you were going through. My advice is to hide that extra pot of coffe so you are never out.

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