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September 5, 2019. Thursday. Basket flowers now at peak: Deck baskets with their Begonias and Ivy. Pergola baskets with their marvelous Coleus.
September 1, 2019. Saturday. Northwest Quarterly featured Mocha Moment in its section "Nooks and Crannies" section.
August 10, 2019. Saturday. Mocha Moment baristas are always growing up and moving on. Remember Micaela? Now a lovely bride.
July 9, 2019. Tuesday. Mocha Moment's flowers hitting peak: Isiatic Lillies and Sign Flowers and Black-Eyed Susans.
March 4, 2019. Monday. Cinnamon Rolls are back for the first time in 4 or 5 years.
March 1, 2019. Friday. A little excitement this afternoon. We heard a great, dull "thud" like one of our wooden chairs falling over onto the wooden floor. A hawk had crashed into our window between the fireplace and the deck. We found him sprawled and dazed on the stairs below. Within a few minutes he had pulled himself together and was eyeing us warily. Happy ending: within 15 minutes of his navigation error, he flew off into a tree.
January 23, 2019. Wednesday. A beautiful snowfall at Mocha Moment.
December 10, 2018. Monday. A stunning hoarfrost blanketing everything this morning. Sparkled in the morning sun.
November 28, 2018. Wednesday. Our youngest worker so far, Felix is the regular bird feeder now.
October 27, 2018. Saturday. A turkey looked like it wanted some seed from the bird feeder at Mocha Moment. Thanks to Pam for this photo.
October 26, 2018. Friday. Mocha Moment held a fund-raiser for the Doty Alley renovation. Its solar-powered lights were turned on last night.
October 4, 2018. Thursday. My cousin, Tamara Hey, a musician from New York City came to visit me and played Open Mic last night. The Coleus in the pergola planters are outstanding this year. Our grasses, both in the front flower bed and the gardens are beautiful again. A new bird feeder outside Amber's window at Villa Decoris.
September 11, 2018. Tuesday. 2018 deck. Spectacular ivy this year.
August 1, 2018. Wednesday. There are reasons the planters look so beautiful. Kathy watering the planters.
July 27 2018. Friday. Using the drive-thru features quite a view of Black-Eyed Susans this year. Sign flowers looking south. And north.
July 20, 2018. Friday. The 2018 view of the Mocha Moment inner gardens.
July 3, 2018. Tuesday. The Tiger Lillies and Coleus in the pergola are looking their spactecular selves.
April 18, 2018. Wednesday. Spring snow covered Mocha Moment beautifully this week on Monday and again on Wednesday.
April 17, 2018. Tuesday. We've always made a lot of fruit trays, but we delivered a veggie tray along with a fruit tray today.
Kathy has offered both seasonal scones and bars already. But with the launch of her first seasonal scone, she now bakes the "Pumpkin Pecan Muffin."
November 17, 2017. Friday. Almost Thanksgiving and our ornamental cabbage and kale, as well as the Pansies and Violas, alive and well after several freezes in the mid-20's.
October 19, 2017. Thursday. As usual, the knitters showed up in force this morning.
October 13, 2017. Friday. Without collusion, Micaela and Morgan wore the same shirts and jeans today. We are a team.
September 8, 2017. Friday. Oakhill phy. ed. class enjoying the new volleyball court.
September 5, 2017. Tuesday. Three deer greeted me to Mocha Moment this morning.
August 31, 2017. Thursday. Our front sign flowers still looking mighty fine. Irrigation has sure helped keep the flowers prettier for much longer.
August 29, Tuesday. Here's the reason we are installing another 5 parking places. The city removed the "No Parking this Side of Street" signage, and customers park cars down towards Marquette Park.
August 19, Saturday. Mocha Moment held benefits to pay for the South Side's first sand volleyball court in Marquette Park adjacent to Mocha Moment. Didn't take long for players to discover it.
August 8, 2017. Black-eyed Susans are spectacular this year. I like our Coleus in the pergola planters the best yet. Also like the snapdragons and zinnias by the front door. I'll likely use the same arrangement next year.
July 2, 2017. My favorite Mocha Moment flowers: Asian Tiger Lillies. My two favorite views every year. Zoomed Out with Yellow Foreground. Zoomed In with Orange and Red.
April 28, 2017: Very exciting development for me. After 14 years of dragging a lot of hoses, we are putting in irrigation. I should be able to keep Mocha Moment lush with my phone in one hand and my coffee in the other.
April 25, 2017: Jeanne's Redbud, as beautiful as ever.
April 15-17, 2017: After 14+ years of traffic, our Mocha Moment floors looked pretty rough. Bob Hull and his father (3rd and 4th generation, same business) had laid both our house and Mocha Moment hardwood floors. Bob and his son (4th and 5th generation) sanded and applied the 1st coat of finish in about 3 hours Saturday evening. Sunday and Monday saw the 2nd and 3rd coats. Brought back great memories about how efficiently and professionally they installed the floors and applied the 1st coat (less than 4 hours, both house and Mocha Moment) years back. Just like new.
January 10, 2017: Bailey, a student at Northwestern, interviewed me for a class assignment. You might like to read her perspective on Mocha Moment.
December 17, 2016: Another beautiful snow at Mocha Moment.
Decmeber 4, 2016: First snowfall of the season.
November 10, 2016: It's going to frost hard tomorrow night. Such a fall. Petunias still beautiful. Who would have thought?
November 7, 2016: Yet another day in the upper 60's. Hard to believe the deck was full on November 7.
November 1, 2016: Special enjoyment for drive-thru customers, a Praying Mantis. So warm this fall, and the flowers still looked, so I never planted Violas and Violets. Pergola flowers finally looking scraggly in late October. So replaced them with mums, as well as ornamental cabbage and kale.
August 11, 2016: Thanks to Nick, we have a new, sturdy picnic table in our woods. Nick located an old sturdy frame and rehabbed it with new boards. One more place to enjoy your Cup of Jo and scone. And Nick, a carpenter by trade, could build a table for you, too.
July 13, 2016: We welcome Janesville's Bike Chicks to Mocha Moment.
June 25, 2016: Good group of Madison area bikers found us for a stopover.
May 10, 2016: We buy many of our difficult-to-find bulk ingredients at Detweiler Bulk Foods, a "back-in-time" Amish store just north of Brodhead. Always a pleasure to buy from Fannie.
May 6, 2016: We supplied the goodies for Janesville Fire Department's Station 1 closing. Ashley and Autumn made up these yummy fruit skewers. And Autumn made coffee, lemonade and served Kathy's chocolate and blueberry cream cakes. Great story on rich history. Paul Ryan spoke.
May 4, 2016: Jeanne's Redbud as beautiful as ever. Our new Cafection Coffee Lite machine at Data Dimensions. Grinds and brews a really good cup of coffee as well as dispensing our hot chocolate and vanilla chai. Great machine from a great company out of Quebec.
April 23, 2016: Rode my bike over to Cedar Crest Saturday morning to see their new coffee shop for which we were a consultant and now supply coffee, chai, and syrups. Three Mocha Moment regulars, Donna, Loraine, and Nadalie, invited me to sit with them by their gardens. They wanted to know when Kathy was bringing back her eclairs.
April 18, 2016: The Daffodils are back: it's Spring.
April 15, 2016: We supplied coffee, lemonade, and cakes for Janesville Fire Department graduation at JPAC. Kathy baked cakes. Charlene lettered them. Autumn put it all together.
November 22, 2015: Record November snowfall (11") and cold (3 degrees) this weekend. Mocha Moment fantastically beautiful today.
November 6, 2015: We are now sellilng our coffee at a fourth grocery story, Woodman's. The other 3: Basics, Sentry West, Sentry East.
October 15, 2015: First time planting pergola flowers in the fall. Pansies and Violas are frost resistant. First time for decorative cabbage and kale.
September 12, 2015: We appreciate thoughtful customers like Jonathan who came to read all morning. Starting out at a table, he moved to the roaster counter to give other customers a table when he noticed Mocha Moment filling up.
September 8, 2015: Now we are making our own waffle cones to go along with our own "made-from-scratch" ice cream.
August 16, 2015: Our front sign flowers are maturing.
July 31, 2015: On an otherwise cloudless morning, a small raincloud gave us this brief complete double rainbow for about 3 minutes. Not a photography buff, didn't think to put my camera on panorama and catch all the rainbow.
July 16, 2015: Kathy's Impatiens beautify the deck again this year.
June 9, 2015: First Place in Janesville Gazette's Reader's Choice for "Best Coffee Shop" award again this year. That certainly feels good. Thanks to our loyal customers.
May 28, 2015: Dame's Rockets at their peak.
May 23, 2015: Spring returns to Mocha Moment: Redbud, Bluebells, and Dame's Rockets.
April 19, 2015: Kathy's cooking up some new Spring treats: Almond Puffs, Blueberry Cream Cake, and Hard Boiled Eggs. And the eggs crack quite easily. Took some experimenting to figure that out. Many of us staff are enjoying sliced hard boiled eggs on Kathy's delicious bread toasted.
February 8, 2015: The Mocha Moment deck in winter is beautiful.
January 31, 2015: With snow and ice around, brothers Jonathan and Josh played chess on the deck at Mocha Moment. A little comfort derived from the deck heater.
January 7, 2015: You know Jasmine! She will play Eponine in the Rock River Repertory Theatre production of Les Miserables at the Edgerton Performing Arts Center. Your chance to hear her.
December 22, 2014: Jordan's last week at Mocha Moment. End of an era.
December 18, 2014: Our coffee is featured in this year's Rotary project: a wagon maufactured in Janesville by the Wisconsin Wagon Compay filled with local products including Mocha Moment coffee.
December 15, 2014: Installed a deck heater for fall and spring. Warm Monday. Tried it out. Nice.
December 8, 2014: Kathy launched both her cherry bars and her pumpkin roll today. Customers are having a hard time just looking and walking on by.
November 25, 2014: Jared has upgraded our tea display. With our "sniffer jars," you can now smell each and every one of our tea offerings. We use the teas from Empire Tea Services, an Indiana company owned by Lalith Guy Paranavitana, an Indian immigrant who managed large tea plantations in Sri Lanka. He imports and produces all of his own teas. We have a nice tea selection: blacks, greens, oolongs, mates, and herbal teas. We use tea infusers for steeping your tea. We also offer refillable tea tins for purchasing bulk tea. Come and enjoy; you will not be disappointed.
November 13, 2014: We now furnish our coffee to grocery stores (Sentry East & West, Basics), coffee shops (Bass Creek, Loon Lake, Java House), offices (Marling, BMO Harris, Data Dimensions), a pub (O'Riley's), and a workplaces (Data Dimensions, Tigre).
October 5, 2014: Completed this history of 1121 Center Avenue in the 1900's. This complements the already existing "Early History" of the property that is now Mocha Moment.
August 6, 2014: While enjoying the deck, Catherine, a Mocha Moment regular, photographed these birds: #1, #2, #3.
July 19, 2014: "Run Janesville" frequently leaves from Mocha Moment on Saturday mornings, and returns for espresso after their run. Today, and two weeks ago.
July 17, 2014: Janesville Community Coffee met on our deck this morning. Nice to host them.
July 15, 2014: My Grandpa Abram and his brothers owned "Hey Brothers Dairy and Ice Cream" company. For almost a century, they manufactured a qualitiy ice cream which I could purchase in Janesville in 4 locations including Woodman's in 1971. It seemed only natural that we would eventually make our own ice cream at Mocha Moment. This week, we introduced 3 flavors: Mocha Jo, Vanilla Chai, and Vanilla. You can now enjoy shakes and malts of various flavors made with our vanilla ice cream.
July 10, 2014: Taylor moved over to our gardens this morning.
June 5, 2014: We've enjoyed Taylor setting up his easel before dawn this summer and capturing the serenity and quiet beauty that we "early birds" appreciate at Mocha Moment when the sun rises each morning.
June 29, 2014: Mocha Moment has won the Coffee Shop "2014 Gazette Readers' Choice Award": First Place. 2014 Rankings. Thanks to all our loyals customers.
June 18, 2014: Mocha Moment now hosts a roosting duck with several eggs. While they wait, drive thru customers have entertainment to their right in the island.
June 15, 2014: Thanks everyone for a successful "Amy Vegter Benefit": $3,700 in 2 Sundays.
May 22, 1914: A luna mouth stayed near our drive thru for about 24 hours and then moved to the deck end of Mocha Moment.
May 15, 2014: Oriole at MM this year.
March 14, 2014: Gorgeous sunrise at MM.
January 26, 2014: Made the Janesville Gazette again. Reporter did a column on "Third Places." Apparently, when Janesville residents think of public spaces where people "hang out," they think of Mocha Moment. Front page. Page 7. And "Ole".
January 19, 2014: Made the "Fabulous Finds" section of a new Wisconsin women's magazine: 5ive for Women. Jared finished installation of our Office Elite coffee brewer in the Data Dimensions employee cafeteria. Two hoppers supply either a dark or medium roast bean for a freshly ground and brewed cup of strong coffee, light coffee, or espresso. We also provide employees with a selection of fine teas.
December 26, 2013: Beautiful snow for Christmas.
December 22, 2013: Another member of our Mocha Moment community: With his heavy duty pickup, Glenn picks up 16 bags (about 2,200 lbs.) of coffee and brings them to Mocha Moment to keep our roaster supplied.
December 15, 2013: Thanks to Susan for decorating our planters for the season. And Autumn adds a nice touch to our gift baskets.
December 8, 2013: Our 7 benefits in the fall of 2013 are now history. We netted a total of $6,706. Our 11 year total now stands at $81,872. Thanks to all.
December 6, 2013: Last day for Abby. Moving up north with Brian for a great job. We'll miss you, Abby. And thanks for several months of dependability and pleasantness.
November 27, 2013: Three of our great bakers and baristas: Krista, Kristin, and Ashley. All done baking, serving bakery, and making lattes. Anticipating Black Friday.
November 23, 2013: Starting her young. Born on Tuesday; coffee at Mocha Moment on Saturday. New parents Katy and Steve bring Emma Rose to MM along with proud aunts Jenny, Jasmine, Jean, Jackie.
November 17, 2013: Picked a warm day to string lights. LED's. Hoping they'll last more than one season. We leave the lights up and on through late March because it's quite dark winter nights in our woods.
November 8, 2013: Took Marquette Park trail hike and made this map for this poster.
November 5, 2013: Lauren and Alli feed the birds. Rock Trail built a trail from our Mocha Moment trail through the Marquette Park woods. Oakhill students helped. Didn't take long. Thanks much.
November 3, 2013: We had a full house most of the morning for the Anna Schenker Memorial Scholarship benefit which garnered $1,852 in sales and donations. Thanks to generous customers and efficient baristas Blake and Abby (Anna's sister) for a busy morning serving up lattes.
October 30, 2013: In addition to selling our coffee at Basics, we now sell our coffee and chais at Sentry West on Court Street. Last Sunday our Habitat benefit totaled $602. Thanks everyone.
October 27, 2013: Kathy and her sister Carol give MM the semiannual "white glove" cleaning.
September 12, 2013: Baking her new "Almond Joy Scone," Kathy poses beside her bakery. Only the early morning crowd sees the bakery like this—not picked over.
August 11, 2013: Our Black-eyed Susans were the best ever this year thanks to composting and organic fertilizer by Matt who spends a lot of time making Mocha Moment a beautiful place. Hard to believe it's been over ten years since Matt and Colleen showed up unannounced, at night, and planted our islands with Asian Lillies, Black-eyed Susans, and Autumn Joy Sedum. Didn't even know them. Just said they wanted to help. Yet another couple chose our beautiful gardens for their wedding. Kathy tried orange Impasiens for the first time. Good call. Featuring Cleomes this year, yet another unique front sign flower bed design by Scott.
July 6, 2013: Our Asian Lillies were in standard form this year.
June 26, 2013: Jerry Aitkens, Mocha Moment tree trimmer, passed away. No bucket necessary. Just climb the tree. Great skill and a great guy. Memorial at Rotary Gardens' gazebo. One of the coolest memorials I've ever attended. Educated, smart, wise, and skilled. You'd never know it to look at him. Plain, kind, and good. Jerry spoke seven languages. One story: "Jerry was helping his brother-in-law sell timber in Michigan. The buyers switched into German and intended to cheat Jerry's relative. After allowing them time to "hang" themselves, Jerry joined the conversation in German. Then the buyers switched to Portuguese. Again, after a few incriminating sentences, Jerry joined them in Portuguese." We'll miss you Jerry.
June 19, 2013: Mocha Moment regulars Kurt and Sue gave us this antique coffee grinder which they found in their old barn.
May 26, 2013: Who would have thought that the junior high girl who helped us open Mocha Moment would grow up, open Villa Decoris, get married at Mocha Moment, and keep coming around?
May 11, 2013: Our family helped us yet again. Uncle Ron and cousin Mike spent Saturday evening putting stone on the front of our new counter at Mocha Moment. Uncle Ron and Mike had originally given us the stone, built our fireplace, and put stone on the exterior at Mocha Moment. Interesting how the installer used vacuum pads and a corkscrew to create virtually perfect seems. Finished project.
April 22, 2013: We made the front page of the Janesville Gazette again. The column is titled "Ring it Up."
April 2, 2013: Our Timberland/Villa Decoris building used to be Rock Hill Grocery. A service station had existed immediately south of that building: "old timers" told us about it, and we removed its foundations to landscape our corner. Dan periodically stops at MM for coffee. His grandparents, who lived at 1214 West State, owned that service station, Benzie's Standard. Dan gave me a photo with the following information: "This photo is of my Uncle Dave, my mother Peggy's older brother who grew up at 1214 West State." At Mocha Moment this morning, I showed this photo to a group of retirees. Two of the seven women said, "That's Benzie's. My brother used to work there." This 1953 south view of Benzie's features owner Benzie, Benzie's son-in-law, and grandson Dan.
March 10, 2013: Sunday, an incredible benefit for Lori Burns, Principal of Monroe Elementary, one of those great principals that has magic with students, parents, and staff. Who can forget her leading Monroe to the grand prize of $50,000 in the US Cellular competition and keeping her promise: a night on the school roof. Lori is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Insurance does not cover a second opinion, so we raised funds for this dear lady to seek the best treatment possible. Lori's fellow teachers and Bob's co-workers turned out in droves. A record number of staff helping (8) and still lines all morning. Total sales plus donations: $3,203, a single day benefit record at MM. I have a feeling we'll be changing the total to a recdord soon. Thanks to our entire Mocha Moment community. And our best to Lori and her family.
March 9, 2013: Roger Olson, our Mocha Moment excavator passed away. Was asked to give eulogy at his funeral.
February 8, 2013: Katelynn and Nikolas enjoy Mocha Moment's homemade vanilla whip cream. With that energy, Katelynn helps me feed the birds.
January 29, 2013: End of an era. Dawn's last day at Mocha Moment. Been with us 8 1/2 years. Moving to Madison. Couldn't ask for more in a worker.
January 20, 2013: Amie is a Mocha Moment regular. We knew she'd lost a lot of weight and had become a runner. We had no idea how much until CNN featured her on their main page.
December 26, 2012: First snowfall of the year. Paula gave us this cool birdseed wreath. Thanks. Carol and Doug were admiring our Christmas tree Saturday morning and gave us this coffee decoration later that evening. Thanks.
December 13, 2012: Throwing away Christmas tree lights, power cords, or anything else made of copper? You may place it in a collection tub at Mocha Moment. Carol and Dave Schenker established the Anna Schenker Memorial Scholarship in memory of their daughter, a Mocha Moment regular and U-Rock student, who was killed January 31, 2007 in an accident at a dangerous Dane County intersection . In 2010, the family gave a $1,000 scholarship to a hard-working single mom who was a U-Rock student with a 4.0 GPA. Local media carried this writeup for 2012.
September 16, 2012: Late summer. Front flower bed mature. Deck through wild flowers.
August 25, 2012: It's always tough to say goodbye to our great high school baristas. But Shelby and Maddie have to move on. Both headed to UW-Madison. Good luck and thanks for being the great people and workers you are.
June 24, 2012: Again this year, Gazette readers chose Mocha Moment Janesville's #1 Coffee Shop.
June 18, 2012: Catered coffee today for the Romney campaign stop at Monterey Mills in Janesville. Walker, Ryan, and Romney appeared together on stage before Romney's speech. Notice secret service facing the camera, far right, final photo. Perhaps 30 of them. Probably never this safe again in my lifetime.
June 16, 2012: Rayne helps me feed the birds. Today she gave me flowers from her own house.
June 13, 2012: Always something blooming at MM. Now the Asian Lillies are beginning their annual performance.
June 10, 2012: Set a single day record with our benefit for Heidi today: $3,137. Great support from staff, Mocha community, and Heidi's St. William School and Parish. Last week Cindy and Christian led a great fund-raiser for their Janesville Lacrosse Club: $1,258. Take a look at our benefits page.
May 25, 2012: Newly refurbished deck: power-washed and sealed by longtime friend and painter, Mike Myers (608-758-3642).
May 20, 2012: Have you taken the path in our woods this year? Dame's Rockets wonderful as the first time we saw the woods. You simply must see the grand burr oak.
May 9, 2012: Whenever you see a group of women with Kathy, several of whom look and act much like her, you'll know it's yet another get-together of the 8 Vegter sisters.
May 7, 2012: Always a pleasure to have Mrs. Meller's Oakhhill kingergarten class visiting and with those great bird-watching binoculars.
March 14, 2012: Our longtime farmer friend, Budd Sarow, passed away on March 6. Budd made us our "Private Event" signs and our coat rack.
March 7, 2012: Dawn made the Janesville Digital Billboards. And a close up.
February 24, 2012: Beautiful 6 inch snowfall this morning: deck and woods.
February 21, 2012: Janesville's United Arts Council awarded Mocha Moment 1st Place for Outstanding Live Music Venue, 2011. Jim Lykes presented the award to Kathy
February 16, 2012: Watch Dawn's appearance on the Martha Stewart Show today.
February 13, 2012: Our quote of the week at Mocha Moment: Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door. (—Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit) Best explained by Tolstoy: Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
February 8, 2012: Dawn did it again! She's featured in the February 8, Janesville Gazette for being among the 100 finalists to compete in Orlando, Florida, March 25-27, in the 45th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest.
December 8, 2011: If you are going to throw away Christmas tree lights, power cords, or anything else made of copper, you may leave it in a collection tub at Mocha Moment. Carol and Dave Schenker established the Anna Schenker Memorial Scholarship in honor of their daughter, a Mocha Moment regular and U-Rock student, who was killed January 31, 2007 in an accident at a dangerous intersection in Dane County. In 2010, the family gave a $1,000 scholarship to a hard-working single mom who was a U-Rock student with a 4.0 GPA.
October 27, 2011: Al returns in his 1950 Studebaker Land Cruiser to Mocha Moment via the drive-thru. To refresh your memory: Jean's girlfriend wanted a ride in Al's "hot car" and so set Jean (age 16) up with Al for a double date. After Jean and Al married, Jean was asked what impressed her, Al or the Studebaker. Jean said, "Neither," but fell in love with both Al and the Studebaker anyway. The rest is history. 1950 price: $2,187.
May 29, 2011: Janesville honored us with a Sustainability Leader in the Community award. Amber received it for us. These are just a few of our practices: All coffee grounds (about 5 gallons daily) and fruit cuttings (2 gallons daily) go on gardens or flower beds. We recycle two thirds of all other waste. We produce virtually every product at Mocha Moment that can be produced and so minimize packaging waste.
April 21, 2011: Janesville Gazette readers voted us 1st Place Coffee Shop for 2011. Thanks to our great staff! And thanks to our Mocha Moment community who have given us quite a high standard to maintain!
April 14, 2011: Noticed Steve Knox's blog about Mocha Moment service. And Autumn created this delightful fruit tray for a show featuring antioxidants.
March 31, 2011: One group photo of Caleb's medical mission. And one child treated.
March 20, 2011: Thanks to our generous people who supported Caleb's medical mission to Haiti benefit. He just arrived in Haiti. Follow his weeklong trip on this Haiti Nursing Trip blog.
March 10, 2011: Once it starts snowing, people repeatedly look wistfully outside and say, "Can't wait till spring to sit on the deck and drink coffee." Not Mike, Maxine, Marcella, and Myron (left to right). Cold air and hot coffee.
February 22, 2011: Ken was on hand one Sunday afternoon to record our deck visitors: a "good to the last drop" chickadee, and, of course, our squirrel. A blizzard on February 2 left us with mounds of snow. Last Sunday's benefit for the Larry Cain Memorial Track at Van Buren was especially memorable and raised $1,021. Larry's wife, Karen, family, friends, teachers, and parents kept baristas busy and Mocha Moment full most of the morning. If Sunday's happy gathering was any indicator of Larry's life, his life was warm, generous, happy, and full. We miss you Larry.
December 27, 2010: Finally some time to catch up. Sadly, a blizzard canceled our final fall benefit, but we'll reschedule. Our 7 Sunday benefits totaled $5,077. Many thanks to our generous MM community. On November 22, Mocha Moment's "Quote of the Day" played a significant role in Jamie Swenson's blog in the Janesville Gazette. And Chuck, friend and former (because he changed jobs) regular at Mocha Moment, posted these kind words on his family blog.
October 21, 2010: Get Dawn's autograph now before she charges! Dawn is featured on this week's episode of "What's Cooking?" We posted Dawn's news at Mocha Moment. And on November 27, the Janesville Gazette featured Dawn.
September 19, 2010: Tom Barret, Milwaukee mayor and candidate for Wisconsin governor visited Mocha Moment. Jane and Bob celebrated their 70th at Mocha Moment last year; this year Bob celebrated his 100th birthday at MM. I asked him the secret of longevity. Bob answered, "Tender, loving care and two television sets." Cindy and DeAnna and their families rode to Mocha Moment for drinks. Sandy planted the front flower beds this year. Black-eyed Susans were spectacular as usual.
July 22, 2010: Thursday. Scott and Jared finished the stairs except for some decorative work to follow. You can walk down the stairs, hike the trail, and walk back up the stairs.
July 19, 2010: Monday. Last week we said good-bye to a close friend and Mocha Moment regular; Joe was one of the happiest persons I've ever met. Scott and Jared are about half finished building the stairs down to our trail.
July 1, 2010: Thursday. Ken was busy again on Father's Day, recording some great scenes at Mocha Moment: Our butterfly weed is coming in strong. A wren on his house and a goldfinch.
May 23, 2010: Sunday. Local photographer Ken Tapp took a hike down our new trail and recorded this view of Mocha Moment. May 20, 2010: Thursday. Jared is building a trail through our woods. We are planning a stairs for access to these scenes. May 13, 2010: Thursday. Oakhill's kindergarten class returned again this year to watch birds from our deck. April 13, 2010: Tuesday. It's Spring again at Mocha Moment. Our waste collection company recently informed me that we are exceptional recyclers: Weekly, we dispose of 3 yards of waste—2 yards of which are recylables, 1 yard is garbage. In addition, we produce daily a 5 gallon pail of grounds and a 5 gallon pail of fruit cuttings (from our fruit cups), both of which go on gardens or flower beds. Lisa Parsley is a Saturday morning regular at Mocha Moment. She writes a blog for the Janesville Gazette and recently featured our Mocha Moment decaffeinated roast in her blog: My Newly Decaffeinated Life.
March 1, 2010: Monday. Cindy wanted to do a Haiti benefit: all 4 Sundays in February. The Mocha community and volunteers raised $3,571 for the Good Shepherd's Love orphanage. Orphanage after the quake. Wilky, a Haitian adopted 5 years ago with a local family, spent time at that orphanage. Wilky came up to help each Sunday.
January 6, 2010: Wednesday. At the end of a mid-December storm; day after the storm. It's always fun to have former baristas come back from college to work over Christmas vacation. Sisters Dani and Tara worked together at Mocha Moment for the first time ever.
November 27, 2009: Friday. On November 15 we finished a run of 9 straight Sunday benefits. The OccuPaws benefit, to pay for trainers for guide dogs for the blind, was a popular benefit with kids and adults. Gross sales and donations totaled $7,014 for 10 different causes. Thanks everyone. We had fun, but it's time to rest on Sunday again. When you're in next time, check out 3 new pics of family businesses in our heritage. When Kathy and I first came to Janesville, we could buy Hey Brothers ice cream in four locations, including Woodman's. Our quote marked a sober "good-bye" to Larry, a regular who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last week.
October 15, 2009: Thursday. Last week Bob (age 99) and Jane (age 97) pre-ordered their usual cinnamon rolls and drove themselves to Mocha Moment to celebrate their 70th anniversary. When I congratulated Bob on his Beloit Daily News feature for his volunteering at Beloit Hospital, Bob said, "I leave my cane at home when I volunteer. That wouldn't look good." Bob and Jane, "Good luck and God bless!"
September 3, 2009: Thursday. The Black-Eyed Susans are spectacular. Another view. Look, it's roasting day. On Friday, August 21, Anthony, Ike and friends played to a packed house: a grand evening! After 5 years, Shantelle's last day: married in July and moved away. Sarah and Mallory: off to school. Last Day!
July 6, 2009: Monday. The flowers and gardens are spectacular again by now. Walk our gardens yourself and appreciate the various shades and views. This wren was happy to pose for Ken, who also caught Teresa and Steve in our "bike thru".
May 13, 2009: Wednesday. Many enjoy our new photo of my Grandpa Hey delivering milk in 1908. Thanks Sabrina! What were the odds on my mom having the negative! Ken is still capturing beauty in our gardens and woods. Our parking lot was full bringing attendees to an environmental meeting for Earth Day, April 22. Our roaster can be a popular gathering spot during roasting.
April 19, 2009: Sunday. Tracy and Robert are Mocha Moment regulars. She is a self-employed marketing consultant. In an interview on the Stan Milam show on April 1, Tracy made some amazing remarks about Mocha Moment. If you listen to the podcast, you will hear Tracy's comments on Mocha Moment several minutes into the interview. Or, you can read a transcript. Tracy and Robert are self-employed and provide a wide range of marketing services through their business, The Write Call.
April 9, 2009: Thursday. On Sunday, lots of family and friends helped celebrate the startup of our roaster with its fresh aroma. Ken provided a record of the cool reflections off the stainless of our beautiful roaster. And family friend and helper, Lance, showed up early on Wednesday morning to be part of Day One of official roasting.
April 3, 2009: Friday. We finished installing our roaster. Jared, Kevin, and I have been roasting between 9:00 p.m. (closing time) and 1:00 a.m. all week. We've gone from burning the beans on Monday to passing taste tests on Thursday. Thanks to Corey for trapping our year-long nuisance which cost me a 5 minute cleanup every week inside the dumpster corral. Corey and his family introduced Mr. Raccoon to country living; far, far from Mocha Moment.
March 22, 2009: Sunday. Yesterday, Amber held her open house for Villa Decoris. Kathy made treats. Chris Kohn provided music, creating a happy, party mood. Lots of people stopped by to see Villa Decoris, and Mocha Moment was full for most of the afternoon. It was an unually warm (over 50 degrees) first full day of spring; lots of family and friends returned to the deck.
March 15, 2008: Sunday. The big news this week: Amber opened Villa Decoris next door to Mocha Moment. Open house is this Saturday, March 21, 1-4 p.m. Way to go, Amber!
January 6, 2008: Tuesday. After six years, a fresh look. We held a party! As usual, we closed at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday; by 7:30 p.m., we had finished prepping and masking, and had started painting. All our kids were there, plus Sabrina and Cindy. Friend Mike, a painter by trade, who originally painted and stained Mocha Moment, directed operations! On Monday, our community was treated to coffee in our fresh environment. Come and check it out for yourself! Thanks for all the help, family and friends!
January 5, 2008: Monday. WOW! We made it to a Page 1 article of the New York Times business section for December 24, 2008. Read it for yourself. We are referenced in the 4th full paragraph on page 2 of this file.
December 24, 2008: Wednesday. Photographer Ken Tapp paid us a visit during the magical snow of Christmas Eve morning.
November 16, 2008: Sunday. Grandma Betty's grandchildren had talked her down from a 4 shot to a 3 1/2 shot latte. But they weren't around to stop her from drinking shots with our baristas. Grandma says she has lots of energy for cleaning and yard work after a visit to Mocha Moment.
October 26, 2008: Sunday. Thanks, Dave, for the compliment! And, Dave and his staff at Team give great service. I know! Do you remember the adage, "Only the cobbler's children have no shoes"? Kathy and I caught a rare moment together on our deck. Our gardens enjoyed a long, beautful autumn.
October 2, 2008: Thursday. Perfect timing on changing to fall decorations. Saturday was a balmy summer day on the deck. Sunday was chilly and the deck had turned to autumn. Our variegated maple flower elicited as many comments this summer as any single flower ever has. But it too gave way to fall. Again, thanks to the cousin act, Dawn and Kathy! This change always reminds me of Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay."
September 10, 2008: Wednesday. Last Sunday these volunteers helped Cindy hold a benefit to buy a bullet proof vest for Karo, one of Janesville's K9 officers. Vests cost $840 each, and total sales and donations were $1,696, enough for two vests. Thanks everyone. Karo was popular!
August 25, 2008: Monday. Ean, Sarina, and Lance are searching for what? Did you guess? Butts! And they found a half a bag! Thanks guys for a yuch job! It's cleaner again for a while. And the new flower bed has matured! From the east! From the north! We didn't think another record was possible, but Bridget's cinnamon rolls rose to a new high last week!
August 15, 2008: Friday. Al drives his 1950 Studebaker Land Cruiser to Mocha Moment. Jean's girlfriend wanted a ride in Al's "hot car" and so set Jean (age 16) up with Al for a double date. After Jean and Al married, Jean was asked what impressed her, Al or the Studebaker. Jean said, "Neither," but fell in love with both Al and the Studebaker anyway. The rest is history. 1950 price: $2,187.
July 24, 2008: Thursday. You hardly noticed, but our tile floors were recently reinstalled. Unfortunately, we did not originally install concrete board under the tile. Due to water damage, the tile was broken in several places, of course! Hard lesson. Ben, who built Mocha Moment, agreed to help. Rory, Timberland Builders, also helped. My four boys and one of Rory's guys provided extra muscle. Plumber Keith and Electrician Scott were on site to make disconnects. Nephew Jon, a tile setter from Florida, flew up to lay the tile. Several women moved and stacked dishes and product. We started at noon on Saturday, July 12. By 2:00 p.m., the kitchen, bar area, and bathrooms were gutted of all cabinets, equipment, and fixtures. By 6:00 p.m., the tile and underlayment had been stripped, and Hardibacker thinsetted in place. Jon and Jared tiled all night and grouted on Sunday morning. While the grout was drying, we cooked out on Sunday afternoon. Meeting back at 5:00 p.m., we reinstalled cabinets, equipment, and fixtures. We were home cleaning up by 9:15 p.m. Not bad for 33 hours! And since we served coffee in our gardens on Saturday afternoon, and opened right on time, Monday, 5:00 a.m., Mocha Moment Never Closed! With more than words can say, THANKS to our friends and family. You guys are loyal and amazing.
June 26, 2008: Thursday. Hope, one of our baristas, has been with us for five years, while going to school at U-Rock and graduating from Whitewater. Hope held her graduation party at Mocha Moment on Sunday evening, June 8. Our developing gardens provided added room to roam! And Hope will teach next year at Franklin Middle School. Go, Hope!
June 11, 2008, Wednesday. Another very successful benefit last Sunday. Very busy, and everyone very generous! $2,758 for the Derek Mattingly family! Thanks to Derek's teachers at Madison Elementary, thanks to our great staff, and thanks to our supportive and generous Mocha Moment community. Check out our benefit history if you wish. Our thoughts and prayers are with this still grieving family.
June 4, 2008, Wednesday. We've been busy! Improvement on our Mocha Moment sign is in progress. The sign is now surrounded by a flower garden. The back of the sign is being given a "decorative garden shed" look. Just keep watching! And Mocha Moment patrons can now enjoy sitting at our new picnic table in our corner garden. And we're hosting a benefit Sunday, June 8, 7:30-12:30, for the Derek Mattingly family.
May 15, 2008, Thursday. I couldn't get a close up photo, but deer did visit us this week.
March 30, 2008, Sunday. Friday morning at Mocha Moment brought us this fantastic winter scene.
March 18, 2008, Tuesday. Mocha Moment made the Janesville Gazette again! Gazette Columnist Stacy Vogel featured us on her blog. Our Java Jacket Junction experiment is hugely successful. Our signs say, "Used and Clean Java Jackets / Got One? Leave it! Need One? Take One!" We have three locations: the condiment table, over the waste basket, and drive thru. Many of our Mocha Moment community either return and reuse jackets or save and resuse their own. As usual, "going green" keeps costs down. At 4¢ each, assuming patrons reuse 50 per day, that's $624 per year in lower prices! Thanks everyone! You're "the best."
March 6, 2008, Thursday. Kathy and her sisters (all 8) celebrated Carol's 50th last week in Janesville. Of course, the girls had coffee frequently at Mocha Moment. Remember these are the girls who helped us open? It's not time to sit out on our deck yet, especially not on this bench. Each 2nd Friday of the month, Mocha Moment welcomes a new group, La Leche League of Rock County. Look at all those babies!
February 11, 2008, Monday. Remember Keith? who plumbed Mocha Moment as a friend? whose wife, Jeanne, baked for us on Saturdays so Kathy could get a break? and who passed away over a year ago? Anyway, Keith and Jim, have opened Mocha Moment with me virtually every day for five years. Well, Keith has married Judy and moved to western Wisconsin. So Keith, Jim, and I drank one last 5:00 a.m. cup of coffee together. And life goes on. Last Saturday, we donated coffee for Janesville/Rock Valley Project Linus' 7th Annual Make A Blanket Day. Many groups helped, including the Girl Scouts.
February 10, 2008, Sunday. During the big snow storm on Wednesday, we offered the city plow drivers coffee. They accepted. At about 10:30 a.m., Mocha Moment's parking lot looked like a "plow/grader convention." The Gazette mentioned the coffee in its "snow storm stories." We also made the Gazette in January, when we were interviewed for a story about business blogs. Mocha Moment's deck showed the 14 to 15 inches of snow.
January 30, 2008, Wednesday. Remember baby Jayden with the herniated diaphragm for whom we raised almost $3,500 in our benefit last fall? Even with added complications (several organs protruding into the chest cavity), Jayden came home in just 5 weeks. He's going to be "perfectly normal." Kathy and I got to hold Jayden and eat dinner with Jayden and his parents. Thanks Mocha Moment community! You all are the best!
January 1, Tuesday: Ken Tapp recently documented some of Mocha Moment's "Off Hours Visitors" during a two hour period on a Sunday afternoon. Ken gave us a booklet of his winter bird photos for display at Mocha Moment. Come, view the photos, and see our feathered friends for yourself. As we've learned, Ken has a penchant for framing wildlife in action. Remember the squirrels and their acrobatics? We recently had a Mocha Moment first: 3 guys (and no girls) working the bar on a Saturday afternnon. (Yes, we were capable!) Winter is beautiful in our woods!
December 17, Monday: Yesterday we held our Rock County Habitat benefit. Gross sales and donations were $812. (ECHO & Salvation Army benefit on December 2 was $795.) Sarina and Lance kept drive thru moving, while Claire and Abby fed the birds. Keife brought some musical friends and provided "Sunday morning blues" for our customers. (If you're interested, our benefit history.) Our deck shows the 17 inches of snow we've had already. And the Janesville Gazette put us in one of its columns last week.
December 9, Sunday: My Grandma Hey's birthday. She's been gone 31 years now. Thanks, Grandma, for the gift of music. It's really winter now. Local photographer Ken Tapp, who frequents Mocha Moment, caught us in the festive spirit. Ken also caught the wreaths and welcome bench. And the deck is closed for the season. Do you remember when it was warm? Awaiting the highlight of her week, Grandma gets spoiled every Saturday with a cinnamon roll, hot chocolate, and special attention. We share the same birthday. And remember our Habitat benefit, this Sunday, December 16, 7:30-12:30.
November 28, Wednesday: Dawn & Kevin and Kathy & I held our annual Christmas decorating event last Saturday evening. Decorating done, the shop looking ready for the holidays, we dimmed the lights, brought out the Wisconsin cheese, sausage, crackers, and veggies, before settling in with a glass of wine by the fireplace for an evening of friends. We marvel at the myriad friendships Mocha Moment has fostered. Our annual benefit for ECHO and Salvation Army is this Sunday, December 2, 7:30-12:30. And finally, you'll probably enjoy reading about local musician Steven James' November 17 performance at Mocha Moment.
November 13, Tuesday: On Sunday, our Mocha Moment staff enjoyed the annual dinner at Prime Quarter, a "grill it yourself" steak house. The Mocha Moment staff, Dean cousins, and Dean girl cousins were together for the dessert phase back at Mocha Moment. Make sure you read Jayden's parents thank you letter to our community.
October 28, Sunday: Successful Benefit Conclusion. Jayden's uncle, aunts, and grandma helped today. Thanks again for our very cool and useful sign, Karen. Steady flow of customers. People so generous: $1,030 today. Total benefit: $3,471. We more than reached our goal to cover Jayden's insurance premiums while his mom's off work three months caring for Jayden. Thanks again, everybody. Different subject. Do you remember the city storm sewer that failed in our parking lot last spring? Huge hole! The city rerouted the sewer through Marquette Park in September. Wide swath through the woods. Sad. But Tom and Brian from Janesville Parks provided 15 grand, beautiful trees and drilled the holes. Christian, Seth, Jordan, and I planted them. Take a left out of our access drive and look to your left.
October 21, Sunday: Just a quick benefit update. Another solid day for our Jayden Benefit: $950. We have a two day total: $2,441. Again, thanks everybody.
October 14, Sunday: Incredible! Very, very busy for this morning's Jayden Benefit. Total Gross Sales & Donations: $1,491. Amber & DeAnna (Jayden's cousins) worked the bar all morning. And Kathy and a few of her sisters (Jayden's aunts), converging from Florida and Texas, worked the bakery and washed dishes. And we properly initiated Karen's sign. We're 2/3 to our goal of meeting Jayden's insurance premiums. Our family was again overwhelmed by your generosity. Two more Sundays: October 21 & 28. Thanks to our community seems inadeuqate, but thanks!
October 10, Wednesday: Our greatest challenge in hosting benefits is that "everyone knows we're closed" on Sundays. I've always wished we had a "real" sign. Karen solved that problem, presenting us with just the solution. You'll see it this Sunday (October 14) and each of the next two (October 21 & 28) for the Jayden Benefit. On October 3, our first scheduled tour bus (from Illinois) visited Mocha Moment, bringing 41 guests. Kathy made 4 great pans of cinnamon rolls for the occasion. "41 guests" + "regulars" = "a crowd" But one of our dream teams served the entire line in less than 15 minutes. Guests filled both the dining area and deck on that beautiful October morning. The driver remarked, "This place is great. Everybody ought to come here. We'll spread the word!"
September 26, Wednesday: What a difference 6 hours makes—with Dawn! Summer impatiens bloomed early Sunday morning. Dawn came and went. By late afternoon, Mocha Moment was ready for Autumn. Come and admire the harvest decorations.
August 27, Monday: Cindy organized a Sunday benefit for Hannah, a baby with cerebral palsy who had made the front page of the Janesville Gazette. In hope of improving her health, Hannah's parents are raising money for a therapy not covered by insurance. With the generous help of the Mocha Moment baristas, and by Mocha Moment's donation of total gross sales plus generous donations from supporters, the benefit raised over $1,161. Thanks, everyone! (You can check out Mocha Moment's benefit history, if you'd like.)
August 23, Thursday: Last Saturday evening, TPR (a local band of young people: Jake Stottler, Mike Kuerschner, Jackson Butler and Andrew Stark) played to a packed house for the YWCA benefit. Our barista, Abby, initiated and organized the benefit. Fellow baristas for the night were Kallison, Abby, Amber, and Lailey. Abby's mom made pies for sale! Mmmm! By Mocha Moment's donation of total gross sales plus generous donations from supporters, the benefit raised over $650. Doesn't it just make you proud of young people!! Way to go!! You guys are the best!!
August 6, Monday: I finally wrote it. When I'd tell someone about some aspect of our opening Mocha Moment, he or she would often say, "You should write that down." Well, I finally did. I spent a couple of weeks writing and creating the Mocha Moment Story. Please read... and enjoy!
July 17, Tuesday: Brief update! The Ken Lyons Benefit on Sunday, July 15, was a great success. Bands played to a festival atmoshere. Sales and donations were $1,100. Thanks everyone. More on the benefit later.
July 10, Tuesday: In February, we changed all our lights to energy efficient CFL's (Compact Fluorescent Light): fan lights, kitchen lights, parking and sign lights, etc. Our monthly electric usage correspondingly dropped an average of 1125 KW per month from the same period (March-June) last year. At $.11 an hour, that's a savings of $123.78 per month. The positive environmental impact of CFL's reminds me of Treebeard's explanation of why Saruman is destroying the forests. "[Saruman] has a mind of metal and wheels; and he does not care for growing things, except as far as they serve him for the moment."
June 21, Thursday: Mocha Moment was nominated and selected for the Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award, 2007. Judith, a Mocha Moment regular, nominated us months ago and worked hard to see us win the award. Thanks, Judith. Amber attended the banquet, accepted the award, and made a brief acceptance speech. The trophy currently rests on our computer table at Mocha Moment. The Janesville Gazette gave us a nice announcement on May 19.
June 10, Sunday: Mrs. Meller's Oakhill kindergarten class visited Mocha Moment in May. Notice the "made in class" binoculars for bird watching. And we have more Mocha Moment nature photos posted from local photographer Ken Tapp.
May 28, Sunday: We never get used to our woods, shrubs, flowers, and wildlife at Mocha Moment. I sometimes double wish— that more friends could view our feast of nature & that the charm could be preserved. Wishes granted! Local photographer Ken Tapp meanders our woods periodically to convey to you some fresh trophy of nature. Thanks Ken.
May 21, Monday: Hunter (Drooly Dooley) literally drools for Mocha Moment puppy biscotti. Yes, those drips on the side of the vehicle are fresh! Angie needs wet wipes after a visit. Our dog biscotti are made from scratch by Cindy for Mocha Moment.
May 13, Sunday: Wedding at Mocha Moment. Without many good friends, Mocha Moment would not be. Two of these are Jeanne and Keith. Keith plumbed our building as a friend; Jeanne baked on Saturdays so Kathy could get a break. Jeanne passed away last September. We planted her favorite tree, a redbud, with money donated for her memory. Mike, their son, and Amanda, were married at Mocha Moment on Friday, May 11. Mocha Moment is a nice setting for a wedding. Don't you think?
May 6, Sunday: The well construction benefit finished with a resounding success last night! The band was a big draw; sales and donations were good: $590 for Saturday evening. The 3 day total sales and donations stand at $2,833. Outside donations have surpassed the goal of $3,000 to build a well for a village in Africa. Mocha Moment donates food and coffee, staff donates time, and the Mocha Moment community makes regular purchases plus donates generously. This combination has been extraordinary: $23,857 in gross sales and donations in 18 benefit Sundays over four years. Thanks again, everybody!
April 29, 2007, Sunday: An amazing continuation of the benefit. We were soooo busy! The pace felt like Saturday morning. And you were generous as always. Sales and donations for the second Sunday of the benefit were $1,480 for a two week total of $2,241. The goal is $3,000 to build a well for a village in Africa. Mocha Moment donates food and coffee, staff donates time, and the Mocha Moment community makes regular purchases plus donates generously. This combination has been extraordinary: $23,267 in gross sales and donations in 17 benefit Sundays over four years. Thanks again, everybody!
April 22, 2007, Sunday: Hope and friends with the Mocha Moment community raised $761 today and successfully concluded Stage 1 of their quest to raise $3,000 to build a well for a village in Africa. Mocha Moment donates food and coffee, staff donates time, and the Mocha Moment community makes regular purchases plus donates generously. The formula is astonishing: $21,787 in gross sales and donations in 18 benefit Sundays over four years. Thanks again, everybody!
April 18, 2007, Thursday: Claire and I have this Saturday morning ritual: we feed the birds. Claire is the daughter of Cate, who helps us serve coffee, lattes, smoothies, and bakery early in the mornings. Even our little workers have big smiles! And don't forget about "Hope's Well Benefit" (Sundays, April 22 & 29 and Saturday, May 5): Barista Hope and friends are raising $3,000 to provide a well for a village in Africa.
April 9, 2007, Monday: Quite often someone asks me, "Do you ever hear from Jackie Jackson?" Yes, Jackie just sent an Easter card to me and her friends at Mocha Moment. Last week by phone, Jackie told me she's doing very well. Recall that her house was destroyed by Katrina and condemned by the city. She owed more money than it was worth. In 5 Sundays the Mocha Moment community raised $7,381. Having obtained special permission to rebuild the house, 7 men went to Laurel and rebuilt her house in 6 days. Our project made the annual, front page, Thanksgiving story for the Janesville Gazette because the crew left on Thanksgiving Day. Jackie has a house and a good life today because of your generosity and industry.
April 2, 2007, Monday: Remember Bryan? the man for whom the Mocha Moment community donated $2,209 for medical expenses last fall? Last week in drive-thru, Lauree told me that the back surgery was completely successful; Bryan is back to work for Hufcor, operating out of an office set up at home. Lauree says the bills are almost completely paid.
March 28, 2007, Wednesday: The flower gardeners were "at it" again! Early Monday, these daffodils greeted us at Mocha Moment. We didn't know who did it, but it sure reminded us of four years ago. People we didn't even know brought flowers from their yard and planted them (at night by head light) in the main bed with the sun dial. And this couple just kept planting: all the islands, the long rows of Black-Eyed Susans, and more! And that's how we met Matt and Colleen. And yes, that's who brought us daffodils. Thanks, you two! And thanks from the hundreds of people that enjoy the beauty that you arranged.
March 26, 2007, Monday: So many of our customers are so thoughtful! On Friday at about 8:00 a.m., someone told me the computer keyboard wasn't working. Someone had spilled a lot of drink in the keyboard and didn't tell me. I removed the keyboard and replaced it with a note: "Someone spilled a drink in the keyboard; I'm buying another one." Before 10:00 a.m., Dan said, "I've got several keyboards. I'll bring you one." By 11:00 a.m. our computer was back up and running. Thanks, Dan. One more reason I love our Mocha Moment community!
March 22, 2007, Thursday: When we first opened, longtime friend Jeanne didn't need a job near as much as Kathy needed bakery help so she wouldn't get exhausted. Jeanne's been gone 6 months ago today (September 22). Husband Keith still has coffee here every morning at 5:15 a.m. Mocha Moment is so new! Could we already be missing a worker and friend? Make sure you look for Jeanne's Redbud tree (the burlapped shrub by the round deck) to burst into life this spring. "Shadows gone, break of day, Real life just begun. I'm a goin' home." (Dvorak's "New World Symphony")
March 19, 2007, Monday: On Saturday, March 10, Mocha Moment supplied coffee for the Janesville/Rock Valley Project Linus' 6th Annual Make A Blanket Day. The caffeine boost helped enable volunteers to knit, crochet, and quilt 505 blankets for children in need throughout the Rock, Green, and Walworth Co. area. Since the Janesville chapter began in March 2000, it has distributed over 4,300 blankets. Begun in 1995, Project Linus is a 100% volunteer, national organization with nearly 400 chapters that have donated nearly 2 million blankets. If you want to connect with the Janesville chapter, join Judith and the stitchers at Mocha Moment on Thursday nights.
Thursday, March 15, 2007: Blade would have lunged through the drive up window for her dog biscotti (made from scratch by Cindy for Mocha Moment) if it weren't for Amber's firm grip. It's fun to see dozens of excited dogs drooling for their Mocha Moment fix. Some owners treat their canine friends at home with a purchase of Mocha Moment dog biscotti for $1.50 per dozen. But do the treats make it all the way home???
Monday, March 12, 2007: Meet local singer/songwriter Becca Tracey who performs regularly at Mocha Moment. If you missed Becca's performance last Saturday, all is not lost! She returns this Saturday, March 17, from 1-3 p.m., for the 2nd week in a row. This young performer sings a variety of pop, jazz, Irish traditional, country, blues, rock, and gospel. Grab a mocha--or a rich, dark coffee--and listen for yourself!
Saturday, March 10, 2007: Since the squirrels destroyed the last suet feeder, Kathy replaced it with a squirrel proof (oxymoron?) version, guaranteed for life. In just a week, our guests have made good progress in gnawing the frame. Just a few more days...
Thursday, March 8, 2007: We seem to get busier and busier at lunch. Sold out of chili, and taco and broccoli soup today. And Kathy had to make up another loaf of those tasty, hot "ham with rye on swiss" sandwiches. Hot soup, hot sandwich, and hot coffee on a cold winter day! A Mocha Moment trilogy!
Friday, March 2, 2007: Thanks to Devon's suggestion and source, we have a turtle shoe brush/cleaner. He suggested the idea and told us a source. Kathy picked out the turtle. Arriving at 4:20 a.m. on Friday, I placed it by the door and wondered if it would scare anyone. At 4:30 a.m., our first customer of the day arrived. Chace said, "Steve, you scared me with that turtle."
Tuesday, February 27, 2007: Two days in a row for "behind-the-scenes" people at Mocha Moment. The replacement thermostat from the espresso machine (see last Friday's blog entry) arrived, as did the replacement faucet (hot water for tea) for the brewer; we already had the steam wand valve replacement for the espresso machine. Our friend Dave installed them all yesterday afternoon. Hopefully, Dave can come and enjoy mochas for a while-- and leave his tools at home!
Monday, February 26, 2007: The great snow virtually closed down Janesville Sunday, but Mocha Moment opened at 5:00 a.m. Monday morning, right on time--with parking lots scraped clean. Meet long time friend, Sean, one of the many "behind-the-scenes" people who make Mocha Moment happen. Our landscaping is beautiful, but one price is a lot difficult to plow. Where do you push the "stuff" without destroying something? Sean had come and gone before 5:00 a.m. We didn't even notice because he DID his job. "Thanks, Sean."
Saturday, February 24, 2007: Another snowstorm. Everybody hunkering down for the predicted blizzard. But not Grandma! She won't miss Saturday morning with her hot chocolate topped with whip and chocolate drizzle along with a cinnamon roll. Grandma's got some aches today but said, "I'd rather feel bad at Mocha Moment than at home."
Friday, February 23, 2007: Today was "muffin day!" Few muffins left by 10:00 a.m. So Hope baked six more. They were gone by afternoon. And we replaced the nice, wooden suet feeder with a cheap metal one--for now. The squirrels ate through the wood and destroyed the feeder.
Friday, February 16, 2007: Wow! Did we have excitement at 7:40 a.m. today. Rush hour! And the espresso machine just quit! Lines formed soon. (So glad we have that little backup machine.) I felt grateful in several ways: I called my long time friend, Dave, who came from a mile away, diagnosed the failure, and had our machine running again in just about an hour. Second, all our lines of customers were calm and cool with the delays. No frustration! No attitudes! Just patience. We are privileged to have such a good community to serve! Third, the cool young people who work with us just kept their poise and worked through it. We are indeed fortunate.
Thusday, February 15, 2007: I guess today was "soup day." We sold out of all our soups and chili by 12:00 noon today and put on our backups. I guess you all like hot soup and chili on a cold and sunny winter day.
Monday, February 12, 2007: Several inches of new snow welcomed us to Mocha Moment today. Although snow thinned the usual crowd in the morning, the Cedar Crest van arrived right on schedule. These hardy souls showed their senior spirit: "Don't let a little snow keep us from coffee and a scone at Mocha Moment!"
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