Wonderful Canterbury Cathedral : Day 26 Nano Poblano

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Fish of Gold

Wordless Wednesday brought to you from
TEAM Mark 

Argument: Day 25 Nano Poblano.

Anger on  the left anger on the  right

Biting at each other what ever gets you through the night!

Shut  your ears don’t  listen, you will here no  good

Will it come to blows .. no  your words cover your soul like a hood.

 

Every ounce of  good is  gone , fled for the hills

Sanity has left , leaving blows and harsh  words shrill!

No sight of grace , anger  written all over  your face.

Talk to each other talk  before it is too late. Be men about this  share the saving grace!

 

TEAM Mark 

 

Autumn Trudge: Day 24 Nano Poblano.

 

Headphones in I trudge  the Autumn morning

Cold nipping at  my  hands  and nose

The pain though  in  my being eating  me since  the dawning

Leaves  gold, brown and red swirling  round as  the wind  blows.

 

Turn the music up to drown my  fears out

Stop my thoughts they are running wild

My head is  bursting I want to shout

Why is  this time of year  such a trial.

 

The  wind is rushing  through  the trees

I watch  my  hopes  and  dreams escape

Lost  alone in the cold cold day I see  my future  as it flees.

Turn  the music up, drown out  the hate.

 

 

 

TEAM Mark 

Hey, Geek Squad, give Linda G. a new laptop

willowdot21:

I am with Mark on this Linda G. deserves a new Laptop! I am all for standing up for the deserving!!

Originally posted on markbialczak:

I think Linda G. Hill deserves a brand new laptop from her local Geek Squad.

Do you want to become part of a grand blogging/social media experiment with me today?

Reblog. Share. See how far we can get this statement out, out, out.

Here’s the back story, as I was reminded by Nano Poblano teammate Linda G’s post Friday.

(From geeksquad.com)

(From geeksquad.com)

She took her broken laptop to her Geek Squad reps with a battery problem half a year ago. The battery they ordered just came in. It was the wrong battery. They want her to wait around some more.

She wondered in her little story why they don’t give her a new laptop. Take a look at the happy Geek Squad agents in the logo I culled directly from their site above? Don’t they look like they might get on the phone, call headquarters, and get the OK to…

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IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: DAY 23 NANO POBLANO.

Well hello everyone  you have caught me on the hop. It has  not been a good week and I been on the back foot , but that is my problem not yours!

If we were having Coffee . Come on in the fires are lit  the cushions are plumped up and  we have  the coffee and tea on the cakes and sweets are set out.Paul  and  his guests  are all here  and enjoying  the warmth  and food and drinks. We  have  tea  and coffee  from all over  the world not to mention all our cakes  and muffins  and  as Paul  calls  them sweets! Every single  one  is  calorie  free! Plus of course  we now have spirits  and liquors  to warm the coldest of  you .

If we were having coffee : I would tell you  that I had tried to be  busy yesterday  but I  found it so exhausting. Fighting  pain, depression and the feeling that you are wading through sand!

I am not really  sure what I would want talk about my week today  If  we were having Coffee: 

If we were having  coffee : I would say okay   it is Sunday  and  I have to apologize,  here  you are all waiting on the doorstep  and where am I , in my gymjams  and slippers  with my favourite warm hoody and slippers, no make up  and and hair all over the place.

But  If  we were having Coffee: I’d say  sorry  I look such a mess but I am sure you’ll forgive me.  Everything is  ready  so come on lets all sit  down and have a chat. I think I shall have  a Gaelic Coffee.

If  we were having Coffee: I had a shock  this morning I walked into the lounge  and  there large as life was one of the  squirrels sitting in the middle of the front lawn ( very close to the window)  oblivious to the world and me! Franticly  digging holes in the lawn, three large ones in fact! After  a little while  he scampered off across the  lawn  and after a few minutes found  some nuts! Then  before  scampering off with them  he took time out to stand  and eat one!!   Finally  he shot  back across the lawn to the Willow tree  and  he settled  there for another  dig.  Then his mate  came rushing  down the tree and almost jumped on him! Well that was it they were off, scampering  and jumping. Up trees and and down trees round and round!! Having  so much fun! Boy  if  we could  bottle that energy  we could  make a fortune!

Happy Eater

Happy Eater

Holes in the lawn

Holes in the lawn

 

I took these through the window  and I only  had  my phone  to hand!  I had  the largest  magnification  I could  and the light reflected  through the window my side! So the are not brilliant  but I think you can see the holes ( though I only  got two) In the second photo and in the first one the  eating chappie!!  Just about anyway!! Lets  try a professional  shot  this  the nearest to the two out front!

If we were having Coffee:  I say  just look at the difference  between my poor efforts at photo the squirrels at  play compared to the professional one! Well now can I get you another drink , what takes  your fancy, tea,   coffee or just a cake it is all here and it is just for you!

How are  you coping with the onslaught  of Christmas? Have you done all you shopping and written all your cards? I have only got close family  presents  so far, the Newbie of course I showed you all the  Rocking Horse and Xylophone  didn’t I.

All my cards  are sitting on the table  shaming me as I sit  here and type trying hard to ignore them, failing miserably. I am just not in the mood and now all the adverts on the TV  are “Buy, Buy ” “Perfect family , perfect Christmas) which I am afraid to say is  Bullshit! sorry  but  nothing is ever perfect …. maybe  the happy  few, but no even they are exaggerating orlying or incredibly self obsessed or   money orientated!

If we were having coffee :  I would have to apologise  for letting  my  low mood rip  but these adverts  give off the wrong  messages , spend , spend, through money at it  just take take  and MUST HAVE!  The real meaning of Christmas is lost. Personally  I find it gets worse every year. Raising  everyone’s expectations  is  never good, is it do agree or disagree. Let us  face it  family  forced together for a couple of days  is not always a good thing  (not everyone gets one ) . Then loads of people spend the next year paying off their credit/ debit card  bills off! Here are just  three of the current ones! Debenhams first so all children are allowed to be  set three in a huge store  just to get what they want… Yes  REALLY?

Secondly Marks  and Spencer, the fairies  are going to make  everything  right , even find  your cat  or a new man  for you!!

Finally  the Sainbury’s advert  which is  about a true story and  is beautifully  done  but actually offends me. Not like  the other adverts which  just irritate for their twee perfectness. The Sainsbury’s advert is set in 1914 the first Christmas in the Trenches. Some  troops  from both side sang carols  exchanged  gifts  and played  football. Well to my  mind to use something so  special, that only  happened once.  In this year of  the centenary of WW1  and so close to Rememberence /Vetern’s day  to use the story to make people shop in their stores is …cheep to say the least  and down right ignorant at the most.  Here it is  you can make up  your own minds.

If we were having coffee: I would say  sorry I did not mean to go on a rant ignore me, it is just  me feeling low. Come on  tell me off if  you want! Look I am sorry  as today  has gone on I have actually got worse, I can hardly  walk around the house, it has taken  me all day to get washed and dressed. I have done  my hair . Made  the bed. hovered the stairs and now I am done! I am beginning  to sound like a real whiner . So I am going to have another coffee  get  you all one  and  tell you to help yourself  to  food!

If we were having coffee : I ham going to lie down now  but I am going  to leave  you with my happy song  in the hopes it will make up  for  my moody rants!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would say  lets  go and see what Paul’s  guest are up to lets  all mix  and have fun.  I would ask you if you would  like another  cuppa, or  another cake . !   If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/ 

 

TEAM Mark 

If We Were Having Coffee – Nov.23/2014 Guest Post

A Personal Rant and Missing Trees.

 

Paul Your Barista

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul and I’m happy to be here once again inside Willow’s home where it is nice and toasty, tending to your needs for a cuppa, and sweets. We’ve moved inside to beat the winter cold in the garden. 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. We can relax with a cuppa and calorie free electronic sweets while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

On the news front, it appears to have been a rather slow week in general – a few hotspots in the world to concern locals, but no large issues. I get a lot of my news from Canada’s national newspaper – The Globe and Mail – and two of today’s articles on the first page of the e-edition are: “The cold hard facts about seven winter driving myths” and “Tedium, kids? It’s all in a day’s work.” Mind you, these are two small articles, but still they seem to point to a slow news cycle. Which, I would argue, is a good thing. Anything of interest happening in your part of the world? Local or national news that affects you?

On a personal front Friday night’s dialysis went poorly, very poorly. I upset one of the nurses; numerous attempts at inserting the dialysis needles failed; at which point the hospital RAN OUT of the type of needles I have used for 6 years. I threatened to leave; they scrambled and found two needles of which they only successfully inserted one; they tried to do the dialysis with one needle only partially working. This lead to successively poorer and poorer dialysis until after part way through, it failed completely (line pressures went out of range). They then insisted that they wanted to use a different type of needle. I’ve tried these before and because my fistula (the vein constructed just for needling inside my upper arm) is very mobile, they inevitably fail causing haematoma and a great deal of pain and swelling. I basically told them to stick it where the sun don’t shine (in a nice way) and expressed my disbelief and pissed-offedness (made up word there) that they had run out of the correct needles.

Steel dialysis needle – approx size

There was no real choice at that point but to stop the dialysis and go home. The nurses explained that this was my fault because I refused to use the steel needles (mine are angios which are flexible, once inserted, allowing the tips to move with my fistula). I told them that it was hardly my fault that they ran out of needles that I had used successfully for 6 years. Anyway, they removed me from the machine having completed only about 1.5 hours of a 4.25 hour treatment. And the part we did complete was very, very low quality, leaving me tired and sore. The way the treatment is structured, saline is used for starting and finishing – and there is a break-even point in the treatment such that it is only successful if that point is passed. We did not get past that point, meaning I actually came off worse than I went on. Not a good thing. There will be no more angios available until next week, so I couldn’t go back and re-dialyze over the weekend to make up for Friday’s fiasco. If it was life threatening, I could get treated at another local hospital but it is just painful and annoying, not life threatening. Have hospitals or medical facilities ever pissed you off? Any stories that have left you upset or angry? Or perhaps a funny or cheerful story to cheer us all up?

Well, that was quite a rant – I feel much better now, thank you. Would you like a cuppa refill and a sweet? You’ll need a piece of cake or a biscuit with your coffee in order to make it through the next topic, one of my regulars: The Squirrel Report. For some reason squirrels seem to make it into each post – not sure why.

 

So, Friday I arrive at the hospital and walk over to sit on one of the outside benches for a minute before heading into the building. On Wednesday I had noticed a construction fence had been erected along the walkway and behind the benches as far as the entrance driveway. I hadn’t thought much of it as there is always construction of some sort going on around the hospital. Friday it was dark when I arrived and I hadn’t noticed much detail. As I approached the benches, I realized that something looked different, not quite sure what yet. And then I stood facing the benches and the woods behind. The woods were GONE. There were a few trees left to shade the benches in good weather, but the forest was missing. From the building to the main street entrance, it was about 1⁄4 mile of woods and green space. That area is now completely lifeless, without a sign of a growing thing. It has been levelled, gravelled, covered with compacted sand and readied for paving. The whole front of the hospital property next to the main building has only a handful of trees left. This is the area where the squirrels had been gamboling all summer long; where they chased each other for our amusement; begged food from passers-by; where they raised their families; where they gathered their nuts and where they hid their nuts for the winter. All gone now. I hope the squirrels got out OK and that they manage to make it through the winter with the food they can find. Has your community lost any green space to development lately? How do you feel about sacrificing trees (and all their inhabitants) for pavement and buildings?

Winter has finally arrived to stay here – early this year. It has snowed and then turned to ice on the ground and stayed for a full week. Walking is a nightmare because of the ice. Next week appears to have only one relatively warm day and then more cold. Would you like another cuppa? Willow and I are honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please feel free to look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you here for tea again next week.

Slightly Stronger Coffee After a Hard Week

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would ask you if you would  like another  cuppa, or  another cake . !   If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/ 

Winter’s Depth : Day22 Nano Poblano

Is that right, it can’t  be so

I am seeing butterflies in the snow.

Gently round  my  fingers  they go

Enchanting  me why, I d not know

 

Little beauties don’t  you know

This is not  nature  for you to be her in the snow

Yet though it is right that you should go

I want you here because  you cheer me so

 

Here in the winter of my life

You show me that life and time are trite

Please if you can stay with with me for if you leave I shall cry

The only sanity I have left shall die.

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Low in the sky the winter sun is hung

Relieved now that  the year is neigh done.

Starling  light blinds  the eyes

The last of the remaining  birds have domain of the skies.

 

Morning draped in silver frost with veils of fog

Cold and daunting  arrives the dawn

A hoar on path and grass and log

Dark is unwilling to leave, slowly my fears are born.

 

Bleak and empty the world appears

Such a sad and sorry time of year!

 

TEAM Mark 

 

 

 

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