Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ahhhhh. . . . Caffeine

by Maggie Sefton

This post may sound strange, but there are lots of us out here in the General Public who actually welcome that provocative substance called Caffeine.  It's most easily found in a very popular beverage----Coffee.

Although I am a die hard Tea drinker and have been my entire life---the story goes that I actually had it in my bottle as a baby.  Yes, indeed.  As a six-month old baby I was crying a lot with teething pain. So much so, that my born in Ireland---raised in England father finally went into the kitchen and brewed up a pot of hot tea, put some in a baby bottle, added lots of milk and sugar (the preferred way the English like their tea) and gave it to me.  Apparently I greedily drank it and immediately stopped crying and went to sleep.  Story of my life, I guess.  :)

Well, that's hot tea, you say.  What about that even more popular hot beverage Coffee?  Well. . . it took me a while to adapt to it, but I did start adding coffee to my list of regular beverages.  Not for the taste of it?  Goodness, no.  It was because it was the easiest way to guarantee wakefulness when you're sitting up late at night writing fiction.  More about that in a future post.  :)  Whereas I actually love the flavor ot Tea and now drink it black with no sugar or cream, I find the taste of unadorned coffee harsh and bitter.  That's why I have to obscure that taste with cream.  No sugar, mind you.  That's another post for another day.  I kicked adding white sugar to anything years ago in the 90's.  And, I don't even flinch at the calories in whole cream. Bad Maggie, Bad Maggie.

That's right, folks.  The author of the Kelly Flynn Knitting Mysteries with the undisputed Queen of Caffeine consumption, Kelly Flynn, does not actually love the taste of Coffee.  Hey. . .that's the reason it's so fun to write about Kelly's caffeine habit.  I can exaggerate all the traits of coffee drinkers I have known and put them on the page.  :)  That's what we novelists do.  We exaggerate.

So-----if you're reading this post in the morning with a cup of Joe or in the afternoon with a cup of hot tea and curled up in a comfy chair, or at night with a a glass of your favorite wine or stronger beverage, I have one word for you.   Enjoy!  

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