Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Brrrr.....Chilly Mornings Made Better

Wow, Brrr is definitely what I've been saying these past several mornings. The summer heat fled and it fled fast. Here in SW Virginia our temps have been topping out in the low 60s these past few days. So what better way to jolt yourself into a better mood when your alarm inevitably goes off and you know you have to drag yourself out from under those warm covers?

What about coffee that is already waiting for you? There are many programmable coffee makers on the market. Programmable coffee makers have been out for awhile, but they really aren't talked about or bragged on as much as I had expected them to be. Thus far, I am really enjoying using mine. I set it to have my coffee ready after I have had time to get showered, dressed, and a bowl of quick oatmeal fixed. So why aren't you utilizing this great little early morning pick me up?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Coffee and Society

You need only search the term "coffee quotes" to see how coffee affects most people in today's society. So many use coffee to help them greet the day, socialize, get through energy lags at work and/or school. Coffee comforts, energizes, and is there.

 Many people do not even consider themselves to be fully human until they have consumed that first morning cup. And I will admit I am in that group of people.

I find the task of preparing my coffee maker each morning to be a friendly ritual that does not change no matter where my day may take me. It is a comfort when facing an exam in a college class, facing a move across several states, or starting a new job. No matter how new my day is, one thing remains the same in it, and that is my coffee prep. Measuring out the water and coffee grounds, then waiting patiently for the gurgle and steam that lets me know it will only be a few moments before I can have my first cup. Then measuring out my cream and sugar, and depending on the flavor of coffee, perhaps a little sprinkle of cinnamon or a small drop of vanilla extract.

Coffee and the preparation of my coffee is a little anchor to hold me in place, remind me of where I am, and that adjustments to new things can be made.

What is your anchor to calmness and sanity?
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