I need to set the record straight about how I like coffee. The other day a friend and mentor sweetly informed me that she had studied up on lattes, so that when I come by to see her she could indulge us in my favorite drink. After doing some research she had found a recipe for lattes to make with her Vita-mix. This was after our first meeting at our local coffee shop, where I think I must’ve taken her by surprise with my coffee choice. While it seems natural to me to choose a latte with no flavorings, (though sometimes I indulge in half the regular flavoring amount), skim milk and slightly less hot than normal temperature, it was a new thing to her, to order beyond a simple cup of “joe”. So while I have fun with a love of coffee and have even blogged about methods (check out this post if you’re interested), here’s the REAL scoop on my coffee habits. My favorite thing really isn’t about the coffee, it’s about what that cup of joe, latte, tea, juice, water or whatever the drink is, really speaks.
My favorite way to have coffee is with a Bible nearby on the arm of my recliner. It may be accompanied by a devotional book, a Bible study book, Sunday School literature, and definitely a highlighter and ink pen. Though I put this at the top, it often gets put off until afternoon, due to blurry morning vision.
This coffee method ranks right up near the top, and occurs when Tony has picked up his FedEx load and comes back through right past our house on the way to his route. It is a blessing of enormous magnitude to have a few minutes together over a cup of coffee before we embark on our separate daytime roles. That stern look is only to belie the fact that he spoils me with great breakfast eggs before he rushes on. It also may be expressing how he feels about me having Hannah take this picture.
This is another lovely way to drink coffee. In a chair beside my teens who wish to remain obscure after stumbling out of bed to the couch while they try to make their eyes open for the day by way of a cup of coffee. This is that time of day that I enjoy bugging my children with conversation. Sometimes they actually wake up and converse coherently and pleasantly back with me. And that makes my day.
This is a great way to enjoy an occasional sip of coffee. I love to sit on the back deck and enjoy the view while I sing hymns or practice choir or ensemble songs. Not only does it afford a great view, but it makes my kids happy when I take this part of my day outdoors. Buck, my Boston, often joins me, and, when I have to hit the high notes, he accompanies me with howling. I’m not quite sure how to take that, but it’s camaraderie with the dog and worship time together.
Here is another enjoyable way to have coffee. Sitting at the computer writing, blogging, or connecting with friends. Yes, I’ve enjoyed many a cyber cup of coffee. If the drink cools, which I am not really focusing on, anyway, I may add a splash of hot coffee from the pot. If I can connect with friends in person, that’s all the better.
This is the “siesta” cup of coffee. Not long after lunch, I often gravitate to a cozy sitting position on the bed with pillows of every shape and variety to support my neck, which often needs a rest. I love having a lamp on, a Scentsy warmer wafting some favorite or seasonal scent, and a stack of books beside me. I may even read a chapter or two if my eyelids allow it. There is usually a prayer list tucked inside the books for this “coffee” time. The rest of my day may be on autopilot, unless I get this little break. During the days of all (or most) of the kids at home and doing their school, I often unintentionally took this little break in a living room chair “while” reading History to them. They hated it when I began slurring words and nodding and jerking my head. It is the time of day that may be beyond the reach of a cup of coffee. Sometimes it’s just better to take a 5-20 minute time out!
Though it may seem like I drink coffee, espresso and precision lattes all day long, that is only a little bit true. I just like to have a cup of something nearby, even if it has the original morning coffee in the bottom of it and I’ve just refilled it once or twice. So, please, don’t think I am truly a coffee snob. I mainly just like all the pleasant habits that I associate with it. And for that friend who is investing in me, mentoring me, encouraging me, and/or allowing me the privilege of mutual friendship, I don’t even need a drink at all! It’s just an added nicety any old way you serve it!