Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Necessity, what a great big mother.....

I woke up this morning with a gigantic headache and in need of coffee. When I went into my cupboard it held no coffee filters. I thought about knocking on a neighbor’s door to borrow one, but then I caught a glimpse of my hair standing out all willy nilly in the toaster. I also thought I heard the toaster snickering, but that was probably just a side effect of the headache....

*makes a note to check on that later though*

I had just resigned myself to some really strong tea when I had an idea. No, we need a word bigger than idea here….not quite a word as big as epiphany, but close. I think what I had was an inspiration. I looked at the tea bag in my hand and thought, hey why not?

I cut the end off of the tea bag and dumped the tea into the trash. What I had left was a little tube of cheesecloth open at both ends. I stapled one end, stood the tube up in my coffee can and filled it with darkly roasted ground up heaven. Then I stapled the bundle shut on the other end and lovingly snuggled it into my coffee maker’s basket.

Now here’s the thing. It worked great, and I’ve since had my coffee, but what I want to know is when you look at the photo, do any of you have an urge to draw a face on the little bundle?

…..and maybe give it a blankie, some arms…. a hat….and a teddy…..?

There goes the damn toaster snickering again…..



"Little bundle of caffeinated joy"

22 comments:

poemblaze said...

Funny story but I would stick with the tea.

Karen from Mentor said...

That's just because you don't like coffee Matt. Let's see, what was the highly sophisticated and erudite word you used that one day to describe coffee? Oh yeah, I remember...it was "icky"...

You poets really know how to turn a phrase.

Thanks for stopping in.
*BIG smile*

Laura Eno said...

The "little bundle" doesn't speak to my maternal side - but I would like to have a long conversation with your toaster. I bet it would have lots of stories to tell...and it has my sense of humor. ;)

Karen from Mentor said...

Hee! The toaster portion of the story was written with you in mind Laura. How did you know?
Oh wait, yeah, now I remember, you can read my thoughts.

[but she NEVER brings me any damn donuts. What's up with that?]

Marisa Birns said...

I used a square of paper towel once. It was delicious. Coffee with Bounty. Though that brings to mind mutiny, doesn't it.

Sure. I can see a face on that little bundle in your picture. I would call it Juan Valdez. *nods. and drinks*

It's spritzing rain here so I think a cup of coffee is needed. May I borrow Juan?

Cat Connor said...

Absolute brilliance... ignore the toaster it's just worried you'll come up with a replacement for it next. :D

Karen from Mentor said...

Good advice Cat. Maybe I'll get someone to knit me a toaster cozy. I really don't like the way it's been looking at me lately.

Karen from Mentor said...

Loans Marisa "juan" [be careful he drips a bit]

The word mutiny always takes my brain sorting equipment directly to Bogart as Captain Queeg in the Caine Mutiny. I just found a video titled "visible madness" with the scene with Queeg on the witness stand. Funny thing? Now I'm wondering if just before all of that happened he was being taunted by his toaster.

Kris said...

Ah, ya gotta love American ingenuity! Good call!

My mom got me a Mr. Coffee when I started college. I guess she thought I was becoming mature enough to appreciate the taste. Didn't happen. I did make chicken noodle soup in it once though, so it wasn't a total waste.

Mary Vaughn said...

Karen- I'm thinking maybe you need a little more coffee. Just sayin'. :)

Karen from Mentor said...

*feels sad for your unfullfilled appliance*

You know I've heard that they can go mad if you don't let them perform the job they were built to do, Kris. Kinda like when you try to stop [blank] from [blank] <--everybody insert something really politically incorrect but hysterically funny here for me in your heads ok? I still have the damnable headache and it's beyond me to think of an appropriate smarty pants comparison at the moment.

[but I'll call Kris at 3am if I come up with one and she can email you all and clue you in]

Karen from Mentor said...

Hee, Mary you snuck in there while I was still talking to Kris.

*nods head at your yoda like wisdom*

:0)

Daniel W. Powell said...

My mom sewed us a nativity scene when we were kids. It had a little baby Jesus that kind of looked like that coffee, if the coffee Jesus had eyes and little felt arms. I wonder how that would taste--heavenly?

Nice MacGuyver work in the early morning!

John Hayes said...

What I find amazing is that you were able to think of this without the benefit of coffee!

Alan W. Davidson said...

The poor little thing looks to lonely at the bottom of the basket. You are so inventive and you whipped up that little solution in no time at all, MacSchyndler.

estrella05azul said...

I would've just gone with the tea myself, but maybe it was the toaster and headache's combination that made you so inspired :)

Hugs!

Karen from Mentor said...

You made me laugh Daniel. I can absolutely picture your baby jesus with his little felt arms.

I'm glad I wasn't inspired to add felt arms to my little bundle of aromatic joy. I don't think the felt would have held up to the boiling water. And the colors would have bled into my coffee. Then I would have had a purple tongue. [only kind of felt I have on hand] Literally. I'm wearing a purple felt hand puppet even as I type.

Jodi MacArthur said...

YES. I do. If ever we get caught in zombie apocalypse, I want to be with you, Wiswell, and Conan the Barbarian... you for your lovely improv skills, Wiswell so he can make commentary on your improv skills and for his good plans, and Conan so we can watch him as he fights off the zombies. (Of course, I hear Conan is busy governing Cali, so Gerard Butler might have to do....)

Good. I feel better. All because of your brilliant coffee. Have a great day, hon!

John Wiswell said...

I have no problem hanging out with a barbarian Gerard Butler. Dude needs a break from RomComs.

If the toaster gives you any more trouble, plug it into the toilet. That'll teach it.

Karen from Mentor said...

Wow, that was a monday morning eye opener John. I didn't know off hand who Gerard Butler was, so I googled him and my exact response when he came into view was "oh my" ...laughing...so thank you for that.

I told the toaster what you said, and it's been behaving ever since.
*Wiswell School Of Tough Love*

Karen from Mentor said...

Jodi when the zombie apocalypse happens, I want to party with you guys.

oh man that was funny.

I love Jodi.

Tricia said...

Karen, you are a survivor. I would have died in that situation.

I have spent many hours (longer than considered normal) pondering why they don't make coffee tea bags. I have asked anyone who'll listen why this isn't so. No one has yet come up with a satisfying answer.

Seeing what you have done here means you have taken the "tea by the bag" and did what no human has dared before. You are my hero.