A Recipe for the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Start with an extra hour of sleep on Saturday morning, be sure the window is open so you can hear the crows and the gulls and the tide flowing past Pyramid Island. It helps if the sheets are old and soft and have been dried on the line, and that the pillows are lumpy and stuffed with feathers. A small dog on the quilt by your feet is not necessary, but a good book is. The secret to the best cup of coffee you will drink all week is that you don't make it. It is a gift.  Your husband brings it upstairs and sets it on the dresser while you are still sort of sleeping, so that you will smell it and wake up and go bike riding with him.

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