If We Were Having Coffee – April 05/2015 Guest Post : Perked Coffee, Hot Toast and a Bump

Perked Coffee, Hot Toast and a Bump

Paul your Barista

Paul your Barista

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul, I’ll be your barista today and I’m happy to be here once again. Please come in and make yourself comfortable. Willow has plumped the cushions and started a cozy fire so we can warmourselves while we have a cuppa and chat. As usual, I’d be pleased to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide range of teas and coffees to satisfy our world-wide readership. Also available is a large selection of spirits for addition to your cuppa or in its place. We can relax while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

It’s great to be back after a week off for medical reasons. Last week I had a fist sized bump pop out beside my colostomy (left over from my successful battle with cancer some years ago). I was going to go into the emergency on the weekend and contacted Willow to let her know I wouldn’t be able to do the weekly coffee post. She was very understanding and wished me well. I did eventually go, after chickening out a few times and realizing that it wasn’t going to get any better. Expecting an abdominal surgery to fix the problem and fearing the worst, I packed up some clean clothes and my shaving kit in a reusable cloth grocery bag and made my humble way to the hospital. After some waiting I saw a young resident and he took a history and sent me for blood tests and an x-ray. Upon returning to the emergancy  area, the doctor put me into an examining room and went to get his supervisor. I feared the worst.

His supervisor was a cheerful woman of about 35 who whooshed into the room at a pace that made it clear she was a busy person. She was pleasant and asked me to lie down on the examining table. Flipping up my Johnny shirt she inspected the bump and ran her fingers over it. She told me that the blood work and x-rays showed that there was currently no blockage or perforations in the colon. She said that the stoma – the end of the colon that that protrudes into the colostomy – is held in place by a ring of muscles and sometimes, under strain, colon and such will get out between the ring and the colostomy- causing a hernia-like bump such as I was seeing. At this point she asked me to relax and she began to massage the bump, pushing inwards with her fingers as she went from side to side. There was no pain. Amazingly, the bump slowly began to disappear and within a few minutes was completely gone. I patted my stomach and couldn’t believe that it was gone. Here I was expecting serious abdominal; surgery and she just popped it back inside. After telling the resident to book me an appointment with a surgeon for a later time, she took off on yet another mission. Have you had any such positive experiences or surprises with the emergency department (A & E in Britain)? It was rare for me – usually going into emergency means increasingly bad news.

Would you like another cuppa? Perhaps a sweet? So, my good readers, that is the sad story of why I went missing last week – please accept my apologies. I have an appt with the surgeon for later this month and no doubt he will want to discuss how to keep this from happening again. Anyway, my week actually took a very positive turn from thatpoint. The next morning I was checking e-mail when there was a knock at my door. I opened it to a young man who lived in the apartment above mine, He was moving out and had a sad story of how he had made an appt with the manager but the manager didn’t show up. I have no idea why he chose to tell me, but whatever. I suggested he leave the keys in an envelope and I gave him and envelope and addressed it for him. He thanked me and left. A few minutes later there came another knock at the door. Sure enough there was the same lad, this time holding a 3 in 1 coffee maker/toaster/egg boiler. It was an almost new machine and he insisted that I take it for helping him. I objected that I had only given him an envelope and he said that he had no room for the machine and would have to throw it out if I didn’t take it. So I thanked him very much and took the machine.

I haven’t had perked coffee or hot toast for three years now and I didn’t realize just how much I missed it. The smell of fresh coffee and hot toast slathered with butter is so relaxing – one reader to whom I mentioned this suggested that the smell should be cologne. So here I sit writing to you while I munch a toasted egg salad sandwich while sipping hot coffee – all thanks to my new machine. I haven’t been able to find a machine like it on line and although there are no manufacturer’s markings, the water container has lines labeled in German. Ahhh, the simple delights of life. Do you have any simple delights that you enjoy? Foods that say “home”? Do tell.

On that note, that’s about all we have room for this week, so it’s time to settle in with another cuppa and watch the fire. Sweets anyone? Please join me in thanking Willow for her invitation to tea. We are all honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. Willow is over there serving her guests and chatting it up. Let’s go see how she is today. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you back here for sweets and beverages of your choice again next week.

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28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    Apr 04, 2015 @ 17:23:42

    Thank you so much for the guest post Willow. I hope your Easter Weekend is going well.

    Reply

    • willowdot21
      Apr 04, 2015 @ 17:30:31

      Thank you Paul it is going well thank you, how is yours my dear friend? I am so pleased that you are recovered and I hope you stay that way! My heart was warmed by the lovely gift the young man gave you , even mor so that it is bringing you so much pleasure!! xxx

      Reply

      • Paul
        Apr 04, 2015 @ 17:44:46

        I’m as good as new Willow – who would have thought? Perhaps i’m built stronger than I am aware.

        yes, it was a wonderful gift from the young man. Many years ago i shared a kitchen where i boarded and I had a lot of small kitchen appliances. I had to move from there as my land-lady very sadly passed away suddenly from a blood clot and the house was sold. That was 4 years ago and each place i went after that already had a shared kitchen already stocked, so i was carting around all these utensils and appliances. I gave them all away and then had to move into an apartment that had a kitchen built in and no utensils. I bought only the minimum utensils and no appliances. So it had been about 3 years since I had brewed coffee or toast – or even made a boiled egg. The 3 in 1 unit is really handy and compact for the small place I have. i am enjoying it greatly.

      • willowdot21
        Apr 04, 2015 @ 17:47:41

        I am delighted on all counts!! what goes around comes around! xxxx

  2. leighmac17
    Apr 04, 2015 @ 17:55:16

    Thanks so much for the tea, Paul,…and the chat. I happened to be drinking warm lemon juice instead of tea. But I just ordered some sample cans of loose leaf tea form The Republic of Tea and have enjoyed them so much. I ‘m going to order the large cans next. I love tea steeped and in flowery tea cups. this is a charming blog and I hope to be invited next weekend. I’m sorry abut your hernia/left-over cancer bump. But glad that it could be pushed back in. I had a stomach surgery for a hernia last June. Also had surgery for breast cancer 2 years ago. God was so good to me during all that…and I’m happy to see good to you, too. Happy Easter weekend.

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  3. cordeliasmom2012
    Apr 04, 2015 @ 18:01:31

    What a cool little kitchen machine! It would be absolutely perfect for someone in a studio type apartment (you know, one huge room with a “kitchen” consisting of one small counter).

    So glad you’re feel better, Paul.

    PS Everyone – Paul will be posting over on my site on Monday. It’s a post you will definitely not want to miss.

    Reply

  4. Paul
    Apr 04, 2015 @ 18:13:58

    That is exactly what i have CM – a studio. The machine is ideal and I’ve never seen anything like it before. I’m quite tall so I set it up on top of my microwave (that was left by the last tenant and works great). It does an awesome job of hard boiling eggs with steam. So cool. the eggs perch in a little 4-egg holder in the top. You put in a measured amount of water that sits down on a heating element and pop the top on. There is a small hole in the top that steam streams out and then the machine clicks off and beeps and your eggs are done and the water is gone. Ha! great stuff.

    for our readers info- i wrote a guest post for CM and sent it to her just before I had to go to the hospital. She opened the post and realized it was entitled “Death” I didn’t intend to scare her but i did. the post is not related to any hospital visit.. It was life changing for me – for sure.

    Anyway, thanks so much for dropping by CM – great to see you here. please drop by again.

    Reply

  5. tesscol
    Apr 04, 2015 @ 21:32:19

    Good to see you back Paul. You have had an interesting couple of weeks.I agree with you about the smell of coffee perking and toast smothered with butter.
    I yearn for a coffee machine but there Isn’t room for one in my kitchen (according to my husband!)
    I have had a busy week with duties at Church.
    We had good news about a recent biopsy that my Husband had. He got the ‘all clear’ from the Oncologist at the Hospital.
    With it being the Easter Weekend it is a Holiday and we have plans to visit family in Nottingham on Monday. We will take belated birthday greetings to our Grand daughter who celebrated her 16th today. Coffee and cake always goes down well. Thanks for the welcome. Have a good week.

    Reply

    • willowdot21
      Apr 05, 2015 @ 06:13:00

      Hi Tess good to see you here as always, Paul is on his way with your cappuccino! 🙂 xx

      Reply

    • Paul
      Apr 05, 2015 @ 09:15:15

      Hi Tesscol! It is great to see you again. Please pull up a seat to rest and I’ll pour you a cappuccino. I am pleased that you dropped by for a read. That sounds like good news about your husband Tess. That is a relief. So, you’re off to Nottingham? ha! I was brought up on British literature – it was common in Canada in the 60’s – everything from Robin Hood to Lady Chatterley’s lover to Pride and Prejudice – and it always surprises me when I hear the names of towns and cities that I have read about in stories. You wouldn’t be seeing the Sherri ff of Nottingham while you are there would you? Ha! Well, your granddaughter’s 16th is a pretty important birthday. it is wonderful that you get a chance to go and see her..She will be delighted. have a safe trip tess and we’ll see you back next week. Take care and have a Happy Easter.

      Reply

  6. Diana
    Apr 05, 2015 @ 16:38:09

    Glad you had a positive experience! Happy Easter!

    Reply

    • Paul
      Apr 05, 2015 @ 20:08:49

      Thanks Diana! Welcome, have a seat and a cuppa of your choice. it is a pleasure to have you drop by and I hope you and yours are having a Happy Easter. It is rare for me to go to emerg and have a problem fixed that fast and with no pain. It is a wonderful service and i am glad they are there and i seldom use their services and have it come out as simply and well as it did. Just enjoying my new toaster/coffee maker/egg boiler. Ha! I made some toasted egg salad sandwiches for lunch today – with hot coffee, of course. vary nice.

      Have a great holiday Diana and please come by to visit again.

      Reply

  7. 1EarthUnited
    Apr 06, 2015 @ 06:38:40

    Hi Paul, glad to know you are doing well, and the herniated bump was nothing serious. Good to have you back, happy Easter everyone! 🙂

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  8. ~ Sadie ~
    Apr 06, 2015 @ 14:27:33

    So glad your ER visit turned out NOT to be an emergency!! Looking forward to today’s post on CM’s blog! Hope you & Willow had a peaceful blessed Easter.

    Reply

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