Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year, Coffee Mates!


Well, here we are. Another year, all wound down and coasting to a stop. Time to snip off the loose ends and tuck everything in and put it away. It was certainly a year full of highs and lows for this sturdy band of Coffee Mates. Some of us welcomed brand new loved ones into the world, some of us suffered grievous losses when loved ones left this world. And everything in between.

So here we gather at this end of the cycle, all ready to open the door and let in the next year. Before 2010 toddles in, though, I just wanted to let you all know I've loved hanging with you this past year and will be very grateful to be able to extend the privilege through the next one. Whether you've spent 2009 up, down or sideways, I have a hug for each of you -- some for celebration, some for consolation, all for friendship. Hugs are healthy. It says so right here.

Oh . . . no matter how late you stay up tonight, I'll have the coffee on for you. (See above.) Special coffee. Magic coffee. Enhanced coffee. (wink, nudge)  See you next year!


83 comments:

kate et jim said...

Um - 'enhanced' coffee sounds good to me! I was just about to toddle off to make myself a cup of 'enhanced' tea!!! ;) before heading off to bed. (A little Amaretto splashed into a hot mug of tea is simply bliss)!

Happy New Year, Dee! And the same to all the other readers here. It's been wonderful getting to know all of you!

Work for me, tomorrow. So I'll miss the partay...have a good one!

The Old Guy said...

Perhaps this new one will be the year in which you decide to gather up all those wonderful recipes and pictures and commentary and put them into an e-book for the e-dification of a wider audience? Maybe call it "See Dee in the Kitchen"? I'll buy that!

Wendy said...

Wish I was joining you for that enhanced coffee, Dee and fellow readers. As it, I'll raise my virtual mug to you all and wish you many good things in the coming year.

John Bailey said...

The coffee in my mug has just now taken on an extra special flavour. Happy New Year, Dee, to you and to all of us.

~ Sil in Corea said...

Lots of Love and Best Wishes for the new year, Dee.
{{{{{HUGS}}}}} ~ Sil
{Do consider the cookbook!!!]

Bonnie said...

Sending hugs right back at you. Come visit us in this new year. It's 39 degrees outside right now. Of course yesterday got up to 68. :-)

Stephanie said...

Happy New Year, Dee!

Maggie said...

No enhanced coffee here. But joy and appreciation for you being here with us. Hugs and healthy back at you.

Kate said...

Thanks Dee, you've brightened many a day for me this year, so Bliadhna mhath ur! to you, and may your first footer be dark and bring you a lump of coal and a loaf of bread. And I hope you ate your black-eyed peas on New Year's Day!

Maggie said...

Hey Dee....it's all new now. :)

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Maggie said...

OKOK, I've been one of your readers since tim-buc-too, and I miss you. I'm officially worrying about you now.

At first, we knew all about you, your mom, and your work. Then we learned all about you and your books and the munchies. Finally a muchie here or there....but not a lot before you vanish. We miss ya.

Anonymous said...

Hello All,

I am Dee's brother. I am sorry to inform you that Dee passed in her sleep last night.

She will be missed dearly.

Regards, Merle

merlin1churchill@comcast.net

John Bailey said...

Thanks for letting us know, Merle. The world is a smaller, less smile-full place today.

Monique said...

We'll all miss her so much. We loved her so.

xoxo

Monique

Jan said...

Sad news. I've read on and off for years.

mcmanly said...

This is Peter Macinnis in Sydney, Australia. I have known and corresponded with Dee for the best part of a dozen years. Many people in many parts of the world will find their lives a little poorer for her passing.

Anonymous said...

Snowy (Deb in Alaska) was so involved in her own sorrowful life recently that she MISSED what was happening with Dee the past few months. I missed an entire person.

How can you miss an entire person? It's easy. I MISS you, Dee. Godspeed.

~ Sil in Corea said...

Oh! I'm so sorry to hear that Dee has left us! I've enjoyed her writing since she started journaling. Met her at John's journal many moons ago. :-) Blessings and happy memories to you and your family, Merle.
{{{{{Hugs to all}}}}} ~ Sil

kate et jim said...

Oh Dear Dee - I am so saddened. My heart is heavy and I will miss you. You brought such laughter and light into our lives. It was always wonderful to get an e-mail from her, to chat and exchange ideas.

Condolences and sympathy to her family.

Kate from NY

Bex said...

Just heard this sad news, and I will miss Dee very much indeed. She was a top notch blogger and so talented. My condolences to her family and friends.

Maggie Turner said...

Always a pleasure to visit, Dee will be missed.

Maggie in Canada

Julie said...

I've known dee as a friend for nearly 14 years. Her tiny self was a such a huge vat of wisdom on coffee, cats, cooking, and most of all enjoying life. That crazy lady mailed me and my sons a big box of sand and shells one time, to our landlocked home in Indiana, just to give us a laugh and a little of the sea. I will miss her beyond words.

Julie Teague

Bonnie Blayney said...

Deepest sympathy Merle. I will always hold my visit with her in my heart.

Wendy said...

Merle, my condolences to you, Dee's daughter and grands, and all of your family. It seems as if Dee left us as simply as she lived. Godspeed, Dee.

Jim said...

Yes, my condolences also to you and to the rest of Dee's family. She will be missed by a huge number of people who knew her on the Internet for her good humor, her wit, her writing about every day life and about spiritual thoughts, her photographs, and her recipes.

Bev Sykes said...

Dee was one of the first bloggers I started reading 10 years ago. I send my condolences to the family. She will be missed.

Mike said...

I love you Dee. I know you're in a warm kitchen somewhere; the coffee is on, and there are birds outside the window. I will miss your laugh and your warm heart and your shining bright spirit.

-Mike

Linda Ball said...

I never met Dee, but felt I knew her from checking in here over the years. Condolences to the family. She loved you!

Maggie said...

Thanks so much for letting us know, Merle. I've been a reader and a correspondant for years, and I have missed her online this last month....and now will miss her terribly forever. We are so sorry.

AlphaButterfly said...

Merle,

I loved Dee so much. She was an angel of laughter in my life and I will
miss her vibrant spirit so very much.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

....Barbara

Lou said...

Merle and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Dee, safe home, x

grrprr said...

This is impossible to absorb, but I have tears in my eyes. Thank you, Dee, for your love and support. My kitchen utensils are in a ceramic coffee cannister she sent me many years ago. They always will be.

Dee. I miss you.

Sidda

Wilma said...

I will miss Dee. We have been online and phone friends for the past ten years. The world has lost a ray of sunshine. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. Dee, our love goes with you.

Doug said...

We miss you, Dee. Sad.

Theta B said...

Ah, dear, dear Dee. I've known her for years - every time we drove up or down the Oregon coast, we stopped to have a cup of coffee or a dinner with Dee. She has a very special place in my heart and I will miss her terribly.

Kate said...

What a hole her passing has left in my heart!

Anonymous said...

I'll miss my link with the Pacific Ocean and many things tasty and good. This is the second Bandon cyberfriend gone. I'll think of her often, especially when I think of funny kitty happenings and her unique inventions of new words and pronunciations, ie coinkydinky for coincidence. kdip

Krista said...

Oh Dee! I will never forget your sense of humor, your delight in the people around you, your amazing skills in the kitchen. I love you. I never met you in real life, but I will never forget you ever.

Anonymous said...

Hello All - Please see below words about Dee. - Warm regards, Merle

Deanna “Dee” Churchill
Nov. 7, 1938 - Jan. 31, 2010

Dee was born Nov. 7, 1938, in North Bend, the daughter of George and Donna Churchill. She died Jan. 31, 2010, in Langlois.

Dee was known as the favorite bartender while working at various businesses throughout the area. She was also most proud of being the owner of The Crime Scene bookstore in Langlois.

Her children, Sandy and Danny Romine, Kenny Kikuchi, Terre and Roger Cram and Patti and Roger Sheffield; brother, Merle and Linda Churchill; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren survive Dee.

Her Father George Churchill, Mother Donna Joy Roush, and Sister Glenna preceded her in death.

A celebration of the life of Deanna “Dee” Churchill is to be held on Elk River at a future date.

The family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Amling/Schroeder Funeral Service, Bandon, 541-347-2907.

Maggie said...

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a note, dear Merle. We surely do appreciate your leaving us this brief bio.

Thea said...

So sad, and so sudden. No time to prepare for a life without the Coffee Bean Goddess. I hope this blog stays up for revisits. It is so inspirational.

Rest in peace, Dee. I know you will...

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Anonymous said...

I met Miss Dee over the counter at the Spoon back in '96 I think. She always remembered to leave some cheese out ...

Blog well Dee where ever you are ..

Wolfe
RedWolfe@juno.com

~ Sil in Corea said...

Thank you, Merle, for sharing Dee's last news article with us. She was a dear friend and fellow coffee lover. ;-) I'm missing her! Hugs to you and all her relatives, ~ Sil in Corea

The Old Guy said...

How sad to note the passing of such a creative, genuine and fun-loving person! Dee specialized in observing life with both her camera and her sense of humor. She took time to respond to comments on her blog in a way that made us all feel noticed and appreciated. My wife, Jo, who died of breast cancer in September 2009, was so inspired by Dee's blog that she adopted the "life, illustrated" style that set Dee above the mundane.

We have all been companions on Dee's generous journey of many twists and turns, each of us waiting to see what was around the next bend. Go in peace, Dee, and thank you.

paul said...

I don't know how Blogger works but I ran a little prog called httrack and I think it captured the site. Yeah, comments are still on Blogger.

Not a perfect job. Pretty big site though and the file structure is ah, interesting.

http://remsset.com/Coffee Bean Goddess/

Mind the spaces....

paul

Anonymous said...

i miss my grand mother and i love every single person that has left a blog on her page for all these years. i wish the best for all of you. thank you for loving my grand mother soo much she deserved every bit of it.

albert

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kate et jim said...

Dear Albert and Merle ~
Dee is always still in our hearts and her humor and wit will always be with us.

I miss her.

I tried to e-mail you Merle - but it came back as "undeliverable". You and your family are always welcome to view my blog greenleafjournal.wordpress.com

Love to you all,
Kate

Wendy said...

It's been a year now but it still seems strange. Miss you, Dee.

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Anonymous said...

Still miss you Dee :(
Maureen

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I love the part when you said that you are giving away hugs mostly for friendship. It is undeniably catchy and it gives readers the feeling of warmth that eventually results to a sweet smile. I, myself, felt that. It is inspiring and it initiates a heads up for what the future holds. Great job! May we share many more reasons to celebrate with a cup of coffee.

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Mage said...

We still miss you Dee.

nilky said...

Yes, you are still missed, Dee.

kate and jim said...

I know you're up there...'making God laugh'.

Miss you.

Kate

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Jasmine said...

Ah, dear, dear Dee. I've known her for years - every time we drove up or down the Oregon coast, we stopped to have a cup of coffee or a dinner with Dee. She has a very special place in my heart and I will miss her terribly.

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Five years and I still have your blog bookmarked--and still consult your recipes. Miss you, lady.

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