Those Boots Are Meant For Walking On Glass

Leather button boots from J.FitzPatrick.

My taste in footwear matches that of Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.

I’d quite enjoy wearing a pair of button boots worn by him. They’re chic to the eye. Also, they’d fit snugly. The absence of laces would remove the hassle of their coming undone as the day wore on and the danger of tripping over them.

The only downside to them is that they wouldn’t be easy to fasten.


The Little Coffeemaker That Could

We resumed brewing coffee at home after a long gap of about 19 months. I see it as a good omen and the herald of better days to come.

For the purpose, we bought a new coffeemaker, though a much smaller one than we had earlier. Everything about Mr. Coffee’s 4-cup coffeemaker is, well, small, from the size of the decanter to the paper filter to the gadget itself.

It’s an astoundingly simple analog machine that has only one button. The only challenge it presents is in the area of measurements. As Starbucks’ 16-ounce bags of ground blends are made for standard, 12-cup coffeemakers, I had to do a little math to nip and tuck the recommended proportion to fit our dollhouse-size pot.

To make 6 ounces of coffee, you need 2 tablespoons of grounds.
To make 1 ounce of coffee, you need 1/3 tablespoon of grounds.
Therefore, to make 15 ounces of coffee, you need 1/3 x 15 tablespoons of grounds = 5 tablespoons = 0.3 cups.
In Mr. Coffee’s coffeemaker, 1 cup equals 5 ounces of coffee. So, 3 cups equal 15 ounces.