It’s Coffee O’Clock!

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I feel like I am lagging today.  It is mid-day for many of you and I am just sitting down with this Friday greeting.  And late as it is, according to Boots Time, it’s still Coffee O’Clock and I want to wish all of you good people a Happy Friday Feeling.

There is something about the Friday Feeling that give me a boost of joy — the same feeling that I get each morning when I look at my first cup of Joe.  Why is this?  I don’t know.  Coffee is a beverage that packs a powerful boost — which I thoroughly appreciate . . . but I am also thinking that there is also a great deal of the Sense of Tradition that coffee brings to my day.

Cup_of_turkish_coffeeTradition.  What is it?  Google’s “define: tradition” offers this: the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation.  Well, this hardly defines my relationship with my first cup of coffee in the morning.  I distinctly do not recall having a cuppa with my grandpap or sharing a latte with my mother in a swanky coffee shop.  Maybe the word tradition is a misuse . . . I am now thinking that it is more a sense of Ritual.  Back to Google’s “define: ritual” . . . a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.  

That works for me.  Ritual.  A ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.  Is my Coffee Ritual religious or solemn?  Well that kind of depends on how much sleep I got the night before or what kind of day I am heading into.  I can definitely see how making my first latte of the day could be considered religious and solemn.

coffee and burlapI remember this old-timer that used to come on one of the pack trips.  At the time, I thought he was sort of different concerning his morning coffee.  He wanted to drink it privately, away from the madding crowd surrounding the campfire.  He would go off on his own, yet within eye-shot of camp.  He would find a rock or a log to sit on, turn his back on the other guests, and sip on his coffee.  Looking back, I can now see that there was a Ritualistic endeavor that he was participating in while enjoying some relative solitude with his brew.   That or he was super grumpy in the mornings and couldn’t stand the circular B.S. that the campfire tended to generate.  Either way you look at it, I have to hand it to the guy as to knowing how he liked to start his day.

What about you?  What is one of your favorite coffee rituals in the morning?  For me, I grab my cup of Joe and head to my desk.  I get myself settled, look out the window at the glorious day and I start to collect my thoughts via the keyboard.  The days that allow for this luxury I call special.  The days that don’t allow for this luxury I call my Friday Feeling . . . knowing that the next day is going to be wide open for my sense of Ritual of drinking coffee and writing.  I know that life is all-encompassing and it’s all wonderful, but I have to confess to super-enjoying the mornings when I am able to prioritize and enjoy my Preferred Rituals.   Simply put, it’s fun to be living my preferences.

Check out these cool coffee mugs below that give a shout-out to your Friday Feeling:


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And I know some of these added gizmos seem kind of over the top but check out this inexpensive mug warmer to keep your Joe hot:

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Life is a super lively event and ALL days are good.  Make them even better with the ritual of some morning Joe!

Journey to Your “When I’m Gone” Place

IMG_3119Love this!  Take a moment today to dream about where your “When I’m Gone” place is . . . and then go there, if only in your mind.  It might be Paris or it could be that high mountain lake where you go camping every year.  Take some time today.  It only takes a moment.  Shut the door, put your feet up on the desk, close your eyes, and just imagine.  Breathe.  Dream. Open your eyes.  Life is good, isn’t it?

“He who travels has stories to tell.” – Irish saying

Tell your story.

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Cowboy Coffee Gear Store

Cowboy Coffee. This post is all about Cowboy Coffee, dutch ovens, and grub box gear. Click on the images and you will find some great pots and paraphernalia for your next camping adventure. Have fun daydreaming about the campfire as you peruse the pots and gear.  So many fun things to consider adding to your grub box! Life is good!

Happy trails, you outdoorsy souls! xox Boots



Think Big Boots & Strong Coffee

boots adventure milneThank you for opening the Cabin Door and putting on your Big Boots.  Let this adventure into the world of coffee begin.

And thank you for posting your comments, re-telling your stories, and sharing your own photos and quotes about coffee, boots, life, love, adventure . . .

And how do coffee and boots relate to one another?  I’m not exactly sure how to explain it but, like peanut butter and jelly, the combination has proven itself to be a good match in my life.  Maybe the world being a large and varied arena, it asks that we be ready to rock and roll — properly caffeinated and wearing the right boots.

one good cup deserves anotherAnd like coffee, one good adventure deserves another.  Some adventures are as homely and primitive as a cup of chewy cowboy coffee while others are as refined as the foam art on an award-winning latte.  No matter the presentation, caffeine is the workhorse that gets the job done.  Window dressing, or its lack therein, be damned.  Just give me my cup of Joe.  And let the adventure begin.

Coffee imitates life.  Or does life imitate coffee? Drink it one sip at a time.  Savor it.  Add some honey when it tastes a little bitter.  Zap it when it gets a little cold.  Share it with others.  Avoid the grounds that are certain to be lurking at the bottom of certain cups.  Stir it up if it is too hot to drink.  If its not robust, simply start over.  Don’t chase bad coffee with good coffee.  Offer it as a gesture of hospitality.  Sit down to drink it – who drinks coffee standing up?  Make time for that second cup.  Life is short, so drink it up.

Coffee is a little shot of love in a cup.  It is a social link that brings us together.  It is the Third Place in our social, professional, and academic worlds.  Its ritual defines the way we start our day.   The easiest way to say it?  Coffee just feels so darn good.  Stop and smell and savor the coffee.  One good cup deserves another.