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Bookend Beverages

July 4, 2011

My days are bookended by beverages.  I start most days with a cup of coffee and end with a glass of wine.  If I am able to enjoy at least one cup of coffee while it is warm, it’s typically a good day.  Granted, it may take a few zaps in the microwave to keep it warm, but at least I can still enjoy it.

My habits may occasionally change — I might switch to iced coffee on a hot summer morning and a cold beer at the end of the day — but I’m a creature of habit and I enjoy my bookends.

I tend to categorize life events into similar bookend beverage categories.  While sipping my morning cup of coffee, I think of what’s to come.  The outlook of the day is often defined by that first hour each morning.  A warm soothing cup sparks my hopeful, tender thoughts and feelings toward my family and my life.  Sometimes, though, I may encounter those stray bits of acidic grounds that can alter my outlook and bring forth the bitter.

At the end of the day, I’m more reflective with my wine.  I may want to vent my frustrations over my own sour grape moments or I might rather pour another glass and toast to the hilarity of life with three kids.

It’s with these thoughts in mind that I invite you to pour a cup or a glass and read along as I share my bookend beverages with you through this blog.

Depending on your own mood, here’s a little menu to help you choose where you’d like to go:

 A Warm Cup — a soothing blend highlighted with sweet stories and a warm heart.  Best paired with a positive outlook reflecting on parenthood’s many blessings.


 Bean Grounded — a darker grind with a bite to it.  Perfect for those occasions where a time-out won’t cut it.  A read through these may spark thoughts of “at least my kid didn’t do THAT.”



 Sour Grapes – an adult beverage for a mature palette.  Its dark color and sour aroma reflects its harsh growing season.  These stories may include the not-so-pretty thoughts we have has parents and spouses.  This wine may turn if not vented and aired properly.  However, once it breathes, has a much smoother finish.


 Pour Me Another –  a light beverage suited to social gatherings where more than one can be consumed without risking headache.  Low on any classical scales, but fruity and high on fun.  Even has a pleasant taste when snorted through laughter.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Katie Horan permalink
    July 13, 2011 5:29 PM

    Love it! I enjoy my bookends too…Look forward to some pour me anothers with you all this summer! Good luck with the blog!!
    Katie Horan

  2. Katie Horan permalink
    July 13, 2011 5:30 PM

    Love it! I enjoy my bookends too…Look forward to some pour me anothers with you this summer! Good luck with the blog!!
    Katie Horan

  3. July 13, 2011 5:43 PM

    Thanks, Katie! I can guarantee lots of Pour Me Anothers with the combo of our 6 kids!!

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