Time for Tea

I’ve recently stopped drinking coffee. It’s an experiment to see if that is what has been making my stomach unhappy.

But this is no happy experiment.

This summer I replaced my afternoon cup with green tea. I had been eating chocolate every day with my coffee and my pants were getting snug, so it was time. To curb the chocolate cravings, I stopped the coffee at the same time, hoping to delete the association. It worked. I even started to look forward to my daily cup of green tea.

But then my stomach started acting up. I tried eliminating other items from my diet, but nothing helped. Then it occurred to me that it could be coffee.

I love my morning coffee. I look forward to it every day, savour every drop. The thought of eliminating coffee from my morning ritual was disappointing, to say the least. But I thought if I replaced it with tea, I just might be able to do it.

I expected some adjustment, knew I’d get headaches, knew I’d miss that smell in the morning, that first sip that starts my day.

I did not expect the brain fog.

Lack of coffee made me clumsy and forgetful, sluggish and unproductive.

But slowly, slowly I am adjusting to a cup of tea each morning. My energy is beginning to return; my head is clearing up. Im even starting to enjoy it, a little.

It’s not coffee, but it’s a steaming cup of comfort nonetheless.

I hope you find comfort in your rituals, calm in your mornings, and clarity in change.


Today I am grateful for beautiful fall weather, getting stuff done, and caffeine in tea form.

Currently reading: Indelible, by Amelia Saunders.

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Not my Mug

harley-mug

Sometimes I steal my husband’s favourite mug.

I drink my coffee out of his Harley-Davidson cup just because I like it. It’s the perfect size for my morning coffee, and has a nice, smooth handle.

It makes me think of him, too, when he’s not here. It also reminds me of rides on his bike in the summer. (And anything that reminds me of summer is a good thing.)

And now I’ll go heat my coffee in my husband’s mug since it’s gone cold while I’ve been writing…

Yummy Yummies

coffee-and-yummies

I know I’ve posted about coffee and chocolate before, but I just can’t get enough.

Especially when the chocolate is yummies. You know, the round ones with all the rainbow candies on top? The perfect mix of melt-in-your-mouth and little gritty bits.

(When I was pregnant, I subsisted on these!)

With a cup of coffee, they are a happy little treat. (They just look sort of cheerful, don’t they?)

Weekly Photography Challenge: Good Morning

keyboard

I just snapped this photo for this week’s photo challenge…

Every morning, before the kids are up, I sit at my computer with my coffee. It is my quiet way to start the day. I check the weather, my emails, and yes, Facebook. It is also when I write my blog, and work on other writing.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/photo-challenge-morning/

Mmmm… Coffee

coffee-cup

Waking up is better with coffee.

I set my alarm each morning, early, so I can get up ahead of everyone and have my quiet cup. Taking that first sip starts my day on a happy note.

I savour it so long, I usually have to reheat it in the microwave several times before it’s gone!

My favourite coffee in my favourite mug = many happy morning moments!

(Mug by Branches Pottery – thanks, Sarah!)

Morning

morning

I set my alarm for 6:00 am, every day. Even in the summer.

I do this for a few reasons: To get the most out of my day, to write, and because I love mornings. I especially love quiet mornings, before the kids are up and there are things to do, places to go. If I’m lucky, I get an hour; sometimes, I might get fifteen minutes. Today is especially quiet.

Just me, my coffee, and my thoughts.