Limited Time: Jose’s Coffee Available Online

This is for a limited time – Jose’s flavored coffee is available on Don Francisco’s website. With that, Jose’s coffee will not come to Costco (roadshow) until further notice.

Because of the pandemic, Jose’s had stopped visiting Costco for the roadshow. I could not enjoy Chocolate Raspberry coffee last year. That made my pandemic-riddled holiday season seemed even more empty.

I rarely enjoy flavored coffee. In fact, I look down upon flavored coffee because they are not pure coffee. But, during the holiday season, I must have some flavored coffee. To me, flavored coffee is essential for creating that cozy holiday feeling. The flavor of Christmas is just as important as Christmas decorations.

My favorite Jose’s flavored coffee for the holidays is Chocolate Raspberry. This coffee smells like Christmas to me.

Our second pandemic holiday season should be more relaxing and enjoyable. I am glad and relieved that I can enjoy Jose’s coffee this year.

Limited Time: Jose’s flavored coffee is available on Don Francisco’s website

August 2019
Costco Shopping – August 6, 2021

15th Costco Shopping in 2021 – $90.42 / $2165.35 this year

It’s amazing how people can get used to the global pandemic. I was wearing a mask, but it didn’t bother me much. I took my time and enjoyed my Costco shopping.

Coupons (member discount) saved $21.50.

Bottom of the cart: Kirkland Signature bottled water, Charmin bath tissues

I was happy to see the Christmas ribbons. The ribbons mean Christmas is coming to Costco in 3-4 weeks.

I bought Peet’s French Roast coffee. They were on sale ($4 off). I took it home and realized it was ground coffee, not coffee beans that I prefer. But, I guess I couldn’t really tell the difference, anyway. The coffee is excellent. I like it. It’s more enjoyable than Starbucks’ French Roast. Starbucks coffee is bitter (acidic). Your opinion may vary.

I like dumplings of any kind. People like it when food comes in small units. That’s why some people enjoy tacos. It’s fun eating small units of food. The same goes with hot wings & Hershey’s Kisses. If your kids don’t eat a full-size sandwich, try cutting them into small strips. I usually buy dumplings at Costco whenever they are on sale. I can boil them, steam them, or fry them. Dumplings are fun, exotic, tasty, and easy to prepare.

There were plenty of Clorox wipes. I found it fascinating that their containers now mention Covid-19 on the package. It’s a scary time, but also fascinating.

I have over a year’s supply of toilet paper, but I bought one more bag just to make myself feel better.

Chobani yogurts come out about 50 cents a cup. They are normally $1.00 or more at discount grocery stores.

Kirkland Signature’s sharp cheddar cheese (I bought 2) is super tasty and affordable.

After my Costco shopping, I bought a Cold Brew Mocha Freeze (with Chocolate) for the road.

Mocha Freeze

First Sign of Christmas 2021

It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas

Here’s the first sign of Christmas (2021) in Costco.

My regular visitors know how much I enjoy Christmas. Forget Christmas in July. I listen to Christmas music year-round. I have 70+ Christmas CDs (physical CD collection from the 90’s). I decorate my cubicle at work with a full-size Christmas tree with a train running around it (picture below)

Naturally, I enjoy looking at Christmas items in Costco.

I see these ribbons at Costco, usually at the end of July or early August. They rotate the designs of the ribbons every year. Last year, the ribbons had a slight hint of Winter. But this year, the ribbons scream Christmas~!! I like these.

After these ribbons, there will be about a month of calm at Costco. After 3-4 weeks, by September, there will be Christmas isles at Costco. Some items will look familiar. But they will also have stuff you have never seen before. You never know what you will find.

FYI: Some cool Christmas items sell out quickly at Costco, way before Christmas. And you may never find them anywhere else.

2019, my cubicle at work
Costco’s Cold Brew Mocha Freeze

13th & 14th Costco Shopping in 2021 – $3.27 each visit / $2074.93 this year

I had Costco’s Cold Brew Mocha Freeze for the first time.

I took 3 days off from work. My plan was to take care of some errands, eat out, and enjoy my time alone as usual. On the first day, on my way to the tailor, I stopped by Costco and ordered a Cold Brew Mocha Freeze. When I said “One Mocha Freeze, please!” the lady immediately asked me if I wanted chocolate with it. My answer was “Yes”. The drink was a delight. 580 calories with chocolate was worth it. I recommend it to any coffee lover.

I put the Mocha Freeze in the cup holder, put on my driving gloves, and put the convertible top down. With that, my vacation had officially begun. I drove towards the ocean to look for the best tailor in town.

Costco Cold Brew Mocha Freeze
Costco Cold Brew Mocha Freeze

What I did during my 3 days off.

  • Took my Christmas coat to the tailor. I recently bought a green coat for the holiday season.
  • (Day 1) Ate a big lunch at a Cajun restaurant (shrimps, catfish, red snapper)
  • (Day 2) Ate a big KFC chicken lunch. (very disappointing, old chicken)
  • (Day 3) Ate a big fish and chips lunch with a bowl of clam chowder. (Amazing-good eating)
  • I saw the ocean 3 times.
  • Took my Prius station wagon to the dealership (software upgrade – safety recall).
  • Took Lyft ride twice.
  • Got my Prius back the next day.

On day 3, at the fish and chips parking lot, somebody stopped and complimented my sneakers (picture below). I rarely leave home since the pandemic. So, I was excited about talking to a stranger. I had a quick chit-chat with her and we bid each other good day. “You make my day,” I said with giddy.

FYI: Before the pandemic, people often complimented my shoes.
Shoes are my hobby (picture)

On my way home, I stopped by Costco and picked up a Cold Brew Mocha Freeze to mark the end of my 3 days off. Oh~, it was good. I see myself enjoying Cold Brew Mocha Freeze often in the future.

Costco’s Cold Brew Mocha Freeze is a guaranteed good time.

Cold Brew Mocha Freeze #2
Italian sneakers
CK Socks from Costco – November 7, 2010
Jeans from Costco – 2017(?). I hemmed that pants. I can tell by the color of the threads.

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Costco Shopping -July 9, 2021

12th Costco Shopping in 2021 – $197.19 today / $2068.39 this year

Hi, I am doing well. I am healthy and still have the same job (still working from home). A few weeks ago we thought my mother was gravely ill. I even packed my bag for 3-day travel. Then it turned out she was just fine. That was a little stressful.

Back to Costco. I didn’t take any pictures while I was shopping. I couldn’t focus, I forgot to bring a camera, etc… just tired…

I went to Costco with a friend. Her birthday was coming up in a few days, but I had nothing prepared for her. I’ve been busy and distracted. The time flew by, and I had absolutely nothing ready for my friend’s birthday. So, I did what most men do – I took care of it with money. I took her to Costco and paid for whatever she picked up, including 2 dozen roses.

I bought a case of Monster Energy Drink. I rarely drink energy drinks. But, when I need it, I need it desperately. For example, if I have a big project that’s approaching the deadline, energy drinks help me stay all night and work.

Since I work from home, I have time to prepare and enjoy Coach’s Oatmeal for breakfast ($5.99 after $2.00 off).

This is how I make my oatmeal – Southern style. Let me know if there is a tastier way to prepare oatmeal.

  • 1 part oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 part milk
  • 1 1/2 part water
  • Microwave 3:45 at 50% power. Let stand 2 minutes.
  • Add cinnamon, salt, & honey to taste.
  • No topping for me – (too much work)

After Costco shopping, I told her we can have dinner anywhere she wanted, and she picked Costco pizza (again). again, maybe she didn’t want me to spend any more money after paying for all her Costco shopping, or maybe she couldn’t resist the smell of Costco pizza.

This time the soda fountain was opened for the customers. It was no longer restricted. But they still had the sippy-cup lids instead of straws.

Life goes on. Please enjoy whatever you have, rich or poor. I had more fun when I was poor.