It is late afternoon, Wednesday, February One, in my world. Many happenings in the past two days. To begin: a little red hen got a new outfit.
To make the changes, I used the re-design service at TypePad, thanks Melanie. The next blogging year (#6 begins in March) features fixed width margins, an enlarged hen and chicks, part of the loaf of bread hen has made--with no help from the neighborhood cat, dog, pig. And so much more RED. With a serious line failure in my building, I had no way to make an "announcement." Thanks to the universe, Ellen of Cinderellen's Corner happened by, noticed, liked it. Approval from Cape Cod, excellent.
We awakened too early yesterday. That was Tuesday. Why, we wondered, then remembered it was a BIG day for our liquid of choice, HAPPY CUP COFFEE. Joe V. from the local Fox TV News was coming to visit at the roaster. An early morning guy, Joe Vithayathil did six segments of "Joe on the Go." We were impressed with his 5 a.m. energy and enthusiam. Listen to one segment HERE and watch the roaster spin.
KABUM is the name of the Ugandan coffee beans he's holding. Last month the company came to Happy Cup because they wanted to make the connection with another organization like theirs, one working to improve the lives of the less fortunate in the world. There's an impressive story at the Kabum website: sending the majority of profits back to the individual grower, who gets bonuses for a quality product and micro-loans to buy their own land and equipment.
After asking about the art, music, theatre programs for people with disabilities at Full Life, the twelve year old organization behind Happy Cup, Joe V. stayed to meet several clients as they assembled the new Happy Cup Valentine Gift box (now with Portland's own Moonstruck chocolate). The name of the client who packs the coffee is stamped on each bag.
Flash TV and a radio program are other activities women and men enjoy at Full Life. There's an impressive Drum Circle led by one of those talented musicians attracted from elsewhere to Portland's lively creative life. Clients and staff enjoyed Joe V's interest and look forward to a return visit to see more of all that goes on at Full Life