Pastel 5 x 7 inches
I started drinking coffee probably when I was about 10 years old or so back in the fifties. At that time, no one worried about children and caffeine. I never liked breakfast food. My Mom worked so she would leave and it was up to my sister, Barbara, to make sure I was ready for school. She would fry bacon and an egg and toast or make oatmeal. I don't do plain eggs (did you know that?), I don't particularly like cereal and I don't care for anything sweet for breakfast, so didn't think about pancakes or sweet rolls, etc. So, much to my sister's chagrin I would get me a cup of coffee with cream (real cream skimmed off the top of the milk) and sugar. I would have a piece of toast or two loaded with butter (real butter) and be very satisfied. Barbara also braided my hair and she would pull it so tight so it would stay for a couple of days that my eyes hurt. Ouch.
That went on until my Dad realized I was using the cream that was for butter and whipped cream, and instructed me that sheepherders (sorry, but he was a cattleman) were the only people that used cream in their coffee! If I wanted to be a cowboy, I was going to have to drink my coffee black like they did on cattle drives. Well, I was going to be a cowboy, so I never used cream in my coffee until we went to Bolivia in 1974.
I drank coffee all day when I was around the house or working. Before microwaves, I would just drink it cold if I forgot about it for a while. In Bolivia they made a thick dark coffee by pressing water through the grounds. The grounds had sugar already added. They would pour about 1/4 of a cup of the "syrup" into a cup and fill with hot water. Most then added 3 or so teaspoons of sugar on top of that. Not a favorite for me, especially for breakfast. I liked it after dinner, but a little stronger than the usual mixture. For breakfast they added hot milk instead of water. I began to like that, but it was not coffee to me, just a good drink, somewhat like cocoa. I didn't know that that was somewhat like latte, right? I do like strong coffee and have an espresso once in a while.
I imagine it was Sue Modrak, my Michigan painting buddy, that introduced me to drinking lattes. You can read about that in the link to the post about the painting above.
About five years ago, I found that I am gluten sensitive. I was anemic and it was suggested that I cut down on my caffeine. I have been drinking decaf coffee and Cokes since then. I had withdrawals from the caffeine of course, headaches and the works. I still have decaf for breakfast and usually the other half of my little pot after dinner. It is not the same...... The taste isn't bad, but I miss the caffeine.
Oh, but I did get to be a cowboy for a while. The best job I ever had. I worked for a month gathering cattle for the Wilsons. But that is another story...............