Thursday, June 21, 2012

Life Expectancy

My life just got a little longer. Or so I'd like to believe. A new study reveals that coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer. Regular or decaf? It doesn't matter.

I read it in my newspaper a few weeks ago, so it must be true, right? Since I definitely like my coffee, I sure like this study better than the one that said coffee will be the death of me.

I thought I'd share my rediscovered health. I'm always looking for blog topics. So I took a photo of coffee in this pretty cup. It's the china I inherited from Randy's Grandma Ava.
I don't usually drink my coffee in it. In fact, I rarely use the china, except when we have guests. And even then, I don't usually serve the java complete with cup and saucer.

I could use the china. I probably should use the china.

But, truth be told, I drink my coffee in an old plastic mug that Jill gave me. Every single day. She bought it one year at the Kansas State Fair. It has a photo of her in all her junior high girl glory enclosed inside a plastic liner. It's been washed so many times that you'll have to take my word that it's a photo of Jill. 

It's horribly stained and ratty, and I didn't want anyone to think badly of me. So I took the photo of coffee in the pretty china cup.

And then I saw a video on Facebook called Life Is Like a Cup of Coffee. It was posted by a blog friend I've never met, but I hope to someday.

And I got to thinking about my need to "look good" for other people. I'm perfectly happy drinking my morning coffee in my ratty plastic mug. In fact, I prefer it. But if you see how I really live my life, you might not respect me. Or like me. You might judge me.

So I got out the pretty china cup.

After I watched the video, I thought again. It does give me a Touch of Class.
It says so, right on the mug.

So, yes, I'd like to believe my morning coffee isn't taking minutes from my life. But along the way to this post, the message changed just a bit. As the video says:

The happiest people 
don't have the best of everything.
They just make 
the best of everything.

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

Those things will probably help me live happier and longer than any amount of coffee - whether it comes in a china cup, a stained plastic mug or a Styrofoam cup.

I hope you'll take time to watch the video. It'll take 3 1/2 minutes of your life. Have another cup of coffee. It's worth the life investment.

Tomorrow: Check back for something to eat with that coffee.


  1. You always have such nice articles with lots of depth and caring for others, even with those great recipes!

  2. Great post, Kim, and neat video find!

    My everyday coffee mug is one from the local crop insurance office. I take it everywhere with me. Coffee in another container just is not the same. My old blue mug is well seasoned!

    If you come to my house I will serve you off my good china. It does my heart good to have special guests and an excuse to pull out the beautiful dishes once in a while. They are to pretty to be covered in dust. Not that my old farm house is dusty, lol!

    1. Robyn - If you come and visit me, I promise I won't serve you in this old mug either! I'll break out the good stuff. I promise!

  3. How did I miss this? I loved that video! And what a great reminder for all of us. I had a thought about a blogger meeting for a few of us in this area. What does your July look like?? There are several CC bloggers, too. Tasty Pastry and a cup of coffee might be quite fun!

    1. Sounds good. I think I know a lovely B & B in CC where I could stay :0) Maybe as it gets closer, we can find a day.