Written By: Ash Catcher
Happy Actually Ash Wednesday! The freaking unthinkable happened this past weekend, I actually had a day off to myself. I love these rare days, and just like snow days this rarity must be treasured and treated with the utmost planning and respect. So the night before I hopped on google maps and It's kinda funny I have this weird knack for cartography ( the study of drawing maps) who knew I am not the straightest thing in the world, but boy can I draw a straight line to your allotted destination. I usually will keep it under an hour for a morning excretion. I like to be home in the afternoon to catch the sun and cuddle my cat. We have some solid naps, now that I finally found the right pillows for my couch. Achievement unlocked. So what I like to do is come up with a list of places, usually it centers around coffee or food base to get me going, and then I like to find a secondary activity usually something physical like hiking this past weekend I had some other plans:
I first started out my morning at The Blossom Cafe in Skippack PA, I have never been here in my life, I literally thought there wasn’t a place I haven’t stepped foot in in a 60 mi radius. I guess I was wrong lol, this place was very cute with some of the most impressive pottery and mugs I have ever seen- for background I spent 5 summer teaching kids art and mostly ceramics. This place also offered classes :) I’ll definitely be back for that. The upstairs of the cafe offered a cosy feel. I poked my head up there cause it was super crowded while I was waiting for my cortado, and toast. Very cute, and they had a succulent bar, where you can make your own succulent- I thought that was such a cute idea! I have been wanting a new plant lately but after parting with 2 I think it's best to hold off and enjoy the plant babies I have already. It was warm enough that I got to eat outside and under the heat lamp sunning myself in the midmorning sun, and artificial heat my lizard ass enjoyed the heck out of my breakfast. I also watched a couple meet up for the first time on tinder. He should have paid for her drink, just my opinion. Overall, The Blossom Cafe was so cute and I really want to go back and check out the ceramics classes, as well as the actual town.
My second stop, also coffee related idk I guess that was this Saturday's theme I found myself at Speakeasy Coffee Company, Pennsburg PA. I almost drove past this place because it is allllllll theeeeeee wayyyyyy in the back of an industrial park. But I found it with plenty of parking. Looking like a relatively new outpost, Speakeasy Coffee Company had a great selection of drinks, and my cortado was like double the size of the first one I had, and the same price, a win in my book. I got another mug because eh fuck it- and proceeded to a room where I could see the roasting process. If you also don't know a fun Ash fact is I have about a little under 5 years working with coffee, and spirits, distilling grain, and roasting beans aint all that different as I found out. There was a cool map that I saw where their coffee beans grow, and I got to choose a few sample flavors because I answered the owners trivia questions all correctly. I am a slut for trivia- and yes I am super competitive. There is only 1st, everyone else is a dumb dumb. Bonus: Spice and Such room I bought 1lb of Catnip for my floofy son because he was crying when I left that morning and he was home all alone. He loved it, he was so cute. The dried forest mushrooms seemed really interesting - I love weird food ingredients.
Final fatality: I took a really long walk up the Schuylkill Towpath. I saw some nature, some cool ducks that knew what was going on, and lots of water. I grounded and recentered myself. BOOM!I am ready for the week! I also saw the coolest little library, it was anything but it was huge three shelves high! I was super impressed. I always like to fill my free time reading or walking, drinking coffee, driving- cause I treat that as a sport / therapy / stress reducer. All in all, if i can do anything on my days off it would be to find a cool cafe, go on a walk, read a good book, and maybe I don’t know about fussing over my cat and plants, I have to keep all my things alive lol. Including myself.
Happy Ash Wed