Mad Morning


Dear all I hit the publish button in error on my If we were having coffee post. I hope to publish it Asap so apologies to anyone who got half a post. Love to you all willow


If we were having coffee.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would  say hello  and how are  you this week , then we could  smile  at  the fact that  we can  have two  get together’s because  we have all had  coffee with  Paul    and  I really enjoyed  that!

Now  this week,  though I am hosting  we are going over  to the  The Blue Madame  to have tea at  her place! I am really  looking  forward  to  this  as I have heard  so  many little  snippets  about  what  she would  like to do. In  fact , I think it was last year,  she had a lovely  Tea Afternoon  with all her local  friends and her sister. She has lots of  lovely  china  which  she was delighted  to get  to use! … I hope  we get the best china  and as long  as there  are no  marauding Raccoon’s  hiding in the bushes I shall be sure  not to drop  any  cups  or saucers.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would have  say  isn’t  it lovely  here. Look we can either  sit in the garden ( yard if you are American) or inside ! Look  here is Deana  the cat  coming to welcome us , oh! hello  sweety  you are so pretty, it is so  nice  to meet  you at last. Look  there is the husband he is keeping  in the background… I think  that, that  apron  really  suits  him.

Aha!  here is  our delectable  and generous  hostess   Hi  there Madame  or  shall  we call  you Blue. It is  so lovely  to see at  last  we have chatted  or  wordpress  and the occasional email  it is so lovely  to be  here  with  you to relax over tea  and have a chat.

Now  as  we are  here on a visit  why  don’t  you tell us some  more about your  job  you always have me in stitches  when you describe  some of  your more precise clients ( code  for winging  moaners ) it always  reminds  me of  some of the awkward  souls I had to deal with in my customer service days!

Is  that  your  sister, I can see  the likeness, look she is coming over, hi  there  how are you today.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would  tell you how busy a week I have had , it just  has not stopped. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday  I was up at 6pm  and off to the gym. I have been told  by  the doctors  if  I don’t  exercise regularly my  back  would slip again  apparently  not where  they fixed  the breaks  but above or below. Luckily  my  two  classes  were not on this week  because I don’t  think  I could of fitted  them in!

view of  the lake

views of the the walk

IMG_20140723_120451818 IMG_20140723_133638032_HDR IMG_20140723_135837049 IMG_20140723_135926578 IMG_20140723_140004138_HDR IMG_20140723_140624865_HDR Monday  was  gym, shopping housework washing ironing, Tuesday much  the same , Wednesday  I visited a local beauty spot  with a friend  and we walked  around  it twice! We are in the middle  of  a  spell of  wonderful  weather here  in the UK  at  the moment  so with  the view the weather  and a couple of  stops  for coffee  and icecream  we had  a perfect day!

Thursday  the gym  housework  then in the afternoon I  met  some  of  the girls I used  to work  with  before I retired …only  one is still working . Then in the evening  we were out  with friends  for an Indian meal  which  was yum!

Friday  we were up early  and , my  hubby  and I  caught  a bus (  new route which  actually   passes  our front door ) to our nearest large  town . We  did some shopping , had a coffee  and a chat  then  we walked  along  the river, we saw lots of  water  birds. The  stars of  which  was this Swan family. Dad  spent  a lot of  time chasing  the Canada  Geese  away… we have a lot  of Canadian Geese  we also have some English ones too!

Views  from that walk and  the Swan family

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:   I  would  mention  that  we went over to see the Newbie  who is growing so  fast I can’t  keep up !! Hubby  and son did some gardening , daughter in  law and I helped a little  then we played  with Newbie   and we all had a cup of coffee.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I will have to say I must  dash no  as there  is  a lot  to be done  this afternoon! I  would  love  to stay   but I have to go but  you are  all more  than welcome  to stay…OH! Hang  on Blue is it alright  if  everyone  stays a while.

Thank you so  much Madame for  putting  up  with  me  and  being  so gracious  to  all our  visitors!!

If we were having coffee I’d ask  you : would you like another  cuppa, or  a biscuit . I’d  tell you I have really  come to enjoy  these chats  and I’d  love  to here  what you would  tell me , If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from

If we were having Coffee: Guest Post From Paul.

If we were having coffee – July 27/2014

Of butterflies – of happiness – of aircons –and raccoons


Hi there, my name is Paul. Willow has graciously asked me to serve up tea and coffee here today– and that’s new to me, so I’m a bit nervous. I’m hoping that you, her readers, will drop by to chat and have a cuppa while we share stories.

Welcome and come on through to the garden – we’re having our coffee and tea back there where we can enjoy the flowers, watch the butterflies and have a biscuit while we chat. What is your favorite kind of tea or coffee? We have quite a selection, so just name your brand and I’ll prepare it. The cream, sugar and honey are on the table.

Beautiful day isn’t it? Where I’m from – Ottawa – we’ve had some hot days this week, over 30 Celsius, but it’s cooled down now and is quite enjoyable. That is significant to me because you see I’m pretty clumsy and when I tried to install my window air- conditioner recently, I accidentally dropped it out the window down two stories. No  casualties except the air con but I think I can fix it. I’m sure it would have been amusing had anyone been watching.

Well, what has been happening in your world this week? No topic is off limits. Me? Well, quiet for now (except for the crashing of an air conditioner) – the way I like it for the time being. Are you ready for another cuppa?

I’m often taken aback at where I get good life advice when I’m open and listening. Does that happen to you sometimes too? Just Wednesday this week I was resting for a moment on a concrete bench outside the hospital before I went in for dialysis and a young woman of about 16 years asked if she could sit beside me. I moved over to give her room and she sat down. She had a round and cheerful face and was dressed in a pink hoodie with matching sweat pants and sneakers. She told me that she was 17 days sober today and I congratulated her. There is an addiction inpatient program there as well as a mental health inpatient facility. Most are allowed out around the grounds when they are deemed

safe (for others and as a flight risk). She introduced herself as Karen (name changed) and then asked if people as old as her could learn to speak French.

It is Canada’s other official language and around the capital here much is bilingual and some is uni lingual French or English.

Karen told me that she had been accepted into a rehab facility but it was French. She also told me that she had a learning disability. From her logic and conversation I had suspected she might be challenged. I assured her that she could learn French a long as she practiced it – and that she could learn a new language with practice no matter how old she was. She then turned to me and said; “You know it really doesn’t take much to be happy does it? I’m happy with a safe place to live, people who will help me, enough food to eat, and some sunshine.” I agreed with her and then had to say Good-bye and go in for my treatment. Life really is that simple isn’t it? What do you think? What makes you happy?

Can I refill your cuppa? Another biscuit perhaps? You know one of my English friends described meeting a hedgehog recently. I’ve never seen one – they don’t live here in Canada. We do have a small woodland creature though that causes some havoc and survives well in urban areas – the raccoon. I understand that they have packed their little suitcases and emigrated to the European mainland but haven’t gotten to England yet. I suspect they’d enjoy the British countryside. They are very cute   read about  them  here.  but terribly curious. They are quite smart, can get into any containers, and are a pest. One of our major retailers –Sears – has produced

a commercial using a raccoon to sell their glasses. It is hilarious (and only 33 seconds)

The moral is: Don’t forget your glasses. Raccoons generally don’t get that aggressive but if they are used to humans they can. When my ex and I were still together, we had a raccoon family of four arrive on our back step one evening. They discovered a tub of jujubes that the kids had left there and were busy chomping and slurping the candies. We tried to shoo them away but they were not going until the jujubes were finished. It was too funny watching them get the chewy candies stuck between their teeth.

Well, it’s been great having coffee and tea with you today. I enjoyed our chat and hope you’ll come back again. Any comments or suggestions or just a “Hi!” are greatly appreciated. I will respond to them all. And a special thanks to Willow for providing the forum.


‘”The time has come,” the Walrus said,

“To talk of many things:…”’ – The Walrus and The Carpenter, Lewis Carroll

If we were having coffee I’d ask  you : would you like another  cuppa, or  a biscuit . I’d  tell you I have really  come to enjoy  these chats  and I’d  love  to here  what you would  tell me , If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from

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