As I Sip My Coffee

January
As I sip my coffee, there is a fire in the fireplace. The flames dance and dazzle. It is a friendly fire emitting warmth and light. It is a perfect setting for me to write. I may even make some New Year’s resolutions. Then, maybe I won’t. I never keep them anyway. My friend the tree looks cold and bare.
February
As I sip my coffee, it is still cold. There is snow blanketing the ground. It is beautiful as it glistens, catching light from the elusive sunshine. The fireplace is aglow and inviting. It is a perfect setting to write. I did make a couple of New Year’s resolutions. I thought one step at a time and to my own self, be true. My friend the tree is dressed in pure white and quite stunning.
March
As I sip my coffee, the chill is still in the air. The snow is slowly melting, as it waters the earth. From earth to sky, and from sky to earth. I made that up but perhaps, it has been said before. The fireplace is lit and I feel the urge to write. I am keeping up with one of my New Year’s resolutions. I’m not ready to divulge what it is. You know, in case I don’t keep up with what I resoluted (I just made up this word and kind of like it). My friend the tree has sprouted a few buds.
April
As I sip my coffee, the amazing feel of spring is in the air. It is still chilly, but the sun is shining and bringing life to the earth as plants and trees reach for the sky. There is a fire in the fireplace making the room cozy and warm. Maybe I will write – one of my resolutions, you know. My friend the tree is covered with delicate pink flowers and seems to be smiling.
May
As I sip coffee, it is beautiful outside. What an amazing time for mother earth, at least in my part of the world. Flowers and trees are in bloom as if to be donning their finest jewelry. I won’t put a log in the fireplace today. I have the windows open to bring in the freshness and scents of spring. I feel like writing. A whole new world awaits me, and I am going to take advantage of every moment. By the way, I am still keeping up with my New Year’s resolution. My friend the tree is ablaze with limey green leaves.
June
As I sip coffee, I can’t believe I’m half way through the year. My birthday is this month. My, how time flies. I don’t want to think about it– at least not today. I may write about it. My days of yore may make a good story or two – maybe more. I can fill in the cracks with some real juicy stuff. I may want to allow intrigue and mystery to filter in and add appeal for my audience. My friend the tree is full and its leaves are a very pale yellow – emitting a sunshiny glow.
July
As I sip my coffee, it’s warm and humid. The sun has taken over with its glowing rays that are warm and bright. Children are outside playing and the pool is packed with sunbathers and swimmers. It is a long weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July. I feel like I should write something patriotic. I will do some research in order to write a factual story about this special time in my country. And, in case you are interested, I am still keeping my New Year’s Resolution, in tow. My friend the tree is in dressed in bright green large leaves and exceptionally beautiful.
August
As I sip my coffee, it is quite warm outside. In fact, it is downright hot. Not much goes on in August. A lot of people take their vacation this time of the year. The pool is still busy with children frolicking and teenagers sunning themselves. I am sitting on the back porch getting ready to write. I really need some inspiration today. August is such a boring month. My friend the tree is still full of itself, with its summer attire.
September
As I sip coffee, I didn’t realize that September can be so hot and humid. The sun is shining very brightly and really bearing down on the flowers and trees. Our ground coverings are in need of water and a good rain will be truly welcomed. The children are getting ready for back to school and those familiar yellow buses are everywhere. Traffic is snarled and patience is wearing thin for the commuters. I am happy I don’t have to commute anymore. Those days are behind me, now that I am retired. I think I’ll write about my freedom from the corporate world. Oh, and I am keeping up with my New Year’s resolutions. My friend the tree is still full and lush and getting ready for the change.
October
As I sip my coffee, I think about how much I love this month. October is my favorite month. The leaves are changing and the air becomes somewhat cooler. Towards the end of the month, the air is crisp and the wind has a bite to it. Fall festivals are popping everywhere enticing people to get outside and mingle. Of course, there are pumpkins upon pumpkins, which I adore pumpkins. Every beverage and food product is now laced with pumpkin spice. I love it! I am very inspired to write during this time of the year. Our friend the tree is has changed its attire in keeping with the seasonal change. Its leaves are taking on a golden hue.
November
As I sip my coffee, I am sitting on the back porch and enjoying the crisp weather. I like cold weather as I like to bundle up. I also like winter fashions and lit fireplaces and the feeling of the season. Again, I am very inspired to write. Ok, we are in the eleventh month of the year and I am still working my New Year’s Resolution. I didn’t say working on, I said working – there is a difference. My friend the tree is OMG – is in its most glorious form. It is swathed in gold, magenta and brown with a touch of burnt orange. I find it amazing that Mother Nature can reflect such beauty but can turn ugly as well. I believe Mother Nature is fickle and likes to kick up her heels every now and then – just to show us she is the boss.
December
As I sip my coffee, I can’t believe it is already the end of the year. Where has this year gone? Time flies when you are having fun – right? The Holidays are here and everyone is busily scurrying around trying to do what they do at this time of the year. People seem a bit stressed around the Holidays, however, more caring and giving than usual. I don’t understand why people can’t be caring and giving all year – why so much during the Holidays?

By the way, I have a fire in the fireplace and I definitely have the urge to write! There is something about a fireplace that brings on a feeling of coziness and security. Well, I made through the year by keeping up with my New Year’s Resolution. I am so proud of myself that I actually reflected on the past, the present and the future by writing at least once a week, if not more. I also kept up with my exercise routine, as well. Hooray!

My friend the tree has again changed its attire and this winter has proven to be a gorgeous time for the tree. Its branches are laden with sparkling snow, which the tree has taken on a completely different personality. Beautiful, delicate, and absolutely stunning.
As I sip my coffee, I think back upon the year and I am very appreciative of what I see and hear. There are times when I have to block out the doom and gloom projected by the media. Why dwell on bad news! Too much of a waste of energy, in my opinion. A cup of coffee; a fireplace; a tree are I need to brighten my day. I think I’ll write about it.

Cheers!

 

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“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” ― Maya Angelou

8 thoughts on “As I Sip My Coffee

  1. What a lovely perspective of a year. I especially like the positive reflection at the end. I agree about the gloom and doom closing in – I don’t check the news in the winter. Good writing!

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