Today is NOT the day to run out of coffee because it’s INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY!!!  Coffee traces its biological heritage to plants known as Coffea.  Coffee plants are cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southeast Asia, India and Africa.


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The two most common types of coffee are arabica and robusta, which has a more bitter taste.


Bill has his free coffee???  Where’s yours???

Once ripe, coffee beans are picked, processed and dried.  Unroasted green coffee beans are one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world.  The beans are roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor before being ground and brewed to create coffee.

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I lost my mother eleven years ago yesterday.  Isn’t God good to us through our friends?  Lucinda reminded me of today’s special holiday and it lightened my countenance immediately!  If ever there was a coffee lover, it is me!  Some of the best memories I have of my mother were made over a cup of coffee.  We used to go to the Kings-X restaurant on the north end of Wichita nearly every Saturday to reconnect over a breakfast of biscuits & gravy and a lot of good hot coffee.  We solved all the world’s problems with that winning combination!

These days I enjoy coffee in the morning while reading devotionals.  Do you ever wake up in the morning and think about coffee – and feel the need to get out of bed just so you can get to it?  I do!

I wondered about the history of this amazing beverage, so I found a PBS documentary.  There are 3 parts, so grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up as you watch it – wink!  😉


My favorite cup of coffee comes from Chick-fil-A.  Why?  Because the folks there actually know the farmers who grow the plants around the world.

Do you know of another fast-food restaurant that knows the names of their coffee farmers?  I don’t.  It’s one more personal touch that Chick-fil-A brings to the table – the breakfast table.  🙂




Most of us have had to fill out paperwork before having surgery.  They always want you to list your medications, including herbal supplements.  Have you ever wondered why?

Just as our prescription medication does a certain job, so the herbal supplements do a certain job.  I want to urge you to look through your medications, including the herbal supplements, and find out if there may be some interaction between them.

There are other sites that offer this service, but I trust WebMD.  If you are unable to find a drug or herbal supplement on here, please write down the name of it and contact your pharmacist about possible interactions.

While we should not discount the use of herbal supplements, I do think we should be aware of what they are capable of doing before just popping them because sister so-and-so has had great results with them.

Here are just a few drug interactions that I’m aware of.  In most cases, the herbal supplement basically does the same job as the prescription medication – so it’s like getting too much of a good thing – which is not always good.

  • An anticoagulant prescribed by the doctor should not be combined with Chamomile, Ginger or Ginseng.  Large amounts of cranberry juice or a cranberry supplement should not be taken.  Green tea has a blood-thinning quality and could cause problems.  Coenzyme Q10 and Feverfew also thin blood.
  • An anti-depressant prescribed by the doctor should not be combined with St. John’s Wort, Yohimbe, or Goldenseal.
  • An anti-seizure medication prescribed by the doctor should not be combined with Ginko Biloba or Evening Primrose Oil.
  • An oral contraceptive or hormone replacement therapy should not be combined with Saw Palmetto.
  • If you ingest much caffeine, Echinacea should not be used.  It slows  digestion of the caffeine, causing headaches.
  • Acetaminophen interacts with Black Cohosh.
  • Pain medications interact with Valerian.
  • Buprenorphine interacts with Kava.

Obviously, this is not a complete list.  Of course, if you have more concerns, talk to your pharmacist. 🙂





Mornings…  sigh.  Are you at peace with your pace?  As a kid I woke up listening to my favorite music on my stereo.  Daddy used to come in my room and turn on KLEO – and my day would begin.  Once I was a married woman, I had an annoying alarm clock that made a very annoying buzzing sound to wake me up.  It didn’t even have a snooze button!

As I get older, I have a desire to wake up more slowly and with a greater sense of purpose.  I have the most wonderful and aromatic way of being allured to consciousness – I recently purchased a coffee maker with a timer!  I set the timer, the coffee is made and I smell it!  Ah… time to wake up – and I can handle that!

I asked the group, A Second Helping of Wellness…  with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, how they deal with this common problem called – morning.  Here are some of their responses:

  • Coffee
  • Tea (hot and iced)
  • Facebook
  • Coke
  • Pepsi Zero
  • Exercise (most said a walk outside)
  • Meditation / Devotions / Prayer Time – to seek purpose and direction
  • Sunlight streaming through open curtains into bedroom
  • A glass of cool water to invigorate and prevent dehydration

So even if we are caffeine junkies (and most of us are), we should still begin with that glass of H2O because we need to be rehydrated.  We care for our physical, psychological and spiritual needs every morning.  It’s important to keep a balanced attitude toward morning – every morning.

Get a full 8 hours of sleep because it’s during that time physical repairs take place.   Choose a way of waking up that will make you happy to begin with.  No matter how you begin your day, make it a great one to whatever extent you can!  Your routine each morning should reinforce the joy you want inside that will spill out to others.

If you are still part of the workforce (not to rub it in, but I’m retired)…  here are some good tips for streamlining your work week:

Wow – that brings back some memories…  I used to plan my wardrobe a week at a time.  It really does save time in the morning.

Having my gallbladder removed has left me feeling SO much better with tons of energy!  It’s so weird – I didn’t realize how bad I felt until I felt really great!  Since the surgery on June 3rd, I’ve lost 12 pounds and a few inches off my waist.  This is my head start on significant weight loss!  I am so very excited about the future, and the future begins…  tomorrow morning!  🙂




I know it’s Monday and you might be tempted to call in and skip work.  I thought I might give you a few suggestions about the excuse you give.  These excuses didn’t work the first time, so chances are they won’t fly a second time either:

  • My false teeth flew out the window while I was driving down the highway.
  • I quit smoking and I’m grouchy.
  • My favorite football team lost on Sunday, so I needed Monday to recover.
  • I received a threatening phone call from the electric company and needed to report it to the FBI.
  • I got lost and ended up in a different state.

And while I’m giving you Monday morning advice – let me tell you what NOT to say to the officer who pulls you over for speeding this morning:

  • Officer, I was speeding because I hit a skunk a few miles back and I was trying to outrun the smell.

Yes, folks – that’s a real excuse that my husband, a former officer, heard from a guy.  Actually, it did work because it made my husband laugh – he did let the guy go.

March is NATIONAL CAFFEINE AWARENESS MONTH!!!  My question is…  can one consume too much caffeine on a Monday morning???

Wow – there’s something to think about.

What is your Monday morning source of caffeine???

It’s amazing how quickly an office full of people can go through one pot of freshly brewed coffee.  There are other sources of caffeine besides coffee though – I know it’s hard to believe, but it seems there is a new trend toward those energy drinks – like Red Bull.

A few years ago there were several reports of deaths from over consumption of energy drinks.  Apparently the caffeine over stimulated the heart, causing death.  I haven’t heard any of those stories lately – and I’m not sure if it’s because young people have gotten smarter or the stories just don’t make headlines anymore.  I’m sure there is still some pending litigation.

Caffeine is a drug – a stimulant!  I know if I have too much caffeine and then don’t have any for a while – I get a huge migraine headache.  Excedrin Migraine (which, interestingly enough, contains caffeine) is the answer for me.  Weird though – I have to take the migraine pill – I can’t just load up on caffeine from any other source – that makes the headache worse.

A girl I worked with used to have a diet Dr. Pepper every morning of the world – that was her caffeine source.  A lot of people choose pop instead of coffee for their morning fix.  I used to walk in to work every morning with my large refillable mug of coffee from the QT.  There’s no way I was going to throw stones at the pop drinkers I worked with.

I have a flirting acquaintance with diet pop.  In my mind I know it’s not good for me – it’s got all those chemicals I can’t pronounce and is sweetened with aspartame to boot.  It’s unhealthy bad stuff – but I go back to diet Dr. Pepper time and again.  I quit and say I won’t drink anymore – but once in a while I just have to indulge again.

The main sources of caffeine for me are chocolate, coffee and diet Dr. Pepper…  oh, and Excedrin Migraine when I get a migraine headache from withdrawal.  Am I aware of caffeine?  Yeah, I think it’s safe to say I’m quite aware of it.  🙂