If We Were Having Coffee – Sept.07/2014


Paul your Barista

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 in the garden tending to your needs for a cuppa, and sweets. I must say, it’s great to see you all here in this relaxing atmosphere surrounded by flowers and butterflies. Have a seat where you choose, at a table in the sun or shade, and I’ll be happy 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 while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

The university students are still moving in here, most in a large rush as classes started this week. I was sitting out front in the sun with a cup of tea and I saw two young men wearing only shorts and ball caps skateboarding very fast down the street. A few minutes later, here they come back again. This time one had a four shelf bookcase balanced on his head and the other had two armfuls of bed linen so large that only the peak of his ball cap was visible. Moving by skateboard – new to me. If it has wheels, I’ve seen it moving furniture this week.


One young woman was moving into a unit next to mine and she had her Mom and Dad helping her with a small truck. They appeared late morning one day and diligently started carrying furniture inside. Now the units are quite small and they took in a lot of furniture.After a pregnant pause, the Mom and Dad started carrying furniture back out again. They took out a number of large pieces and reloaded them into the truck. Dad took off with the truck while Mom went back inside. After about an hour, Dad returns, opens the truck and starts carrying different furniture into the unit. Ha! Apparently the young woman was decorating her room by hit and miss. Dad carried out some more furniture as he was carrying the new in. Eventually he was done and he and Mom left together in the truck.

Ahhh, the discriminating tastes of the freshmen.

The students are so easy to separate into freshman and returning students. The freshmen wander along with wide eyes and a sort of lost look on their faces while their colleagues appear sure of themselves and look down their noses at the naïveté of the newbies. Do you remember you first year at University or perhaps at a new job? How were you treated? When you were the experienced one how did you treat the new arrival?

How about another cuppa? We have calorie free sweets, scones, biscuits – pick your favorites, there’s lots to go around. While the weather has remained sunny here this week, the temperatures have dropped considerably and the humidity is low. The slight breeze has a taste of Fall. I love this kind of crisp sweater weather. How about you? Long walks in the sun with the crunch of colorful leaves underfoot are soon coming. I live in a unit in a row of 100+ year old brick houses that have been restored. There is a line of large maple trees in front of the buildings and they are starting to drop their leaves. It brings back so many memories of family walks and strolls with my girl friends of past.

Judith A. Lindberg – Shades of Autumn

Do you have any favorite poetry about autumn? What is fall like where you live? Anyautumn stories that you’d like to share?

When I was younger I owned a 15 foot aluminum canoe and I loved going out for a paddle in the autumn on the smooth lake waters with the kaleidoscopic trees reflected in the surface. Exploring close to the shores, the quietness and the leaves in the water made the trip almost magical. My girlfriend and I would pack a lunch and then stop on an uninhabited shore to eat when we were hungry. The rustling of the leaves and the squirrels with the crunching underfoot made a sharp contrast to the quietness of the water. Floating back at the end of the day we would pause and just enjoy the sun and the colors and the glass like surface of the water. Occasionally we would see wildlife on the shore, deer and moose and other animals coming down to drink. Lord I loved those fall trips, a feeling that was irreproducible. No other season held such a sense of peacefulness for me as autumn. What feelings does autumn bring out in you?

Would you like another cuppa? Willow and I are honored that you dropped by the garden 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 in the garden again next week.


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 hear  what you would  tell me

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 03:42:49

    Thanks you so much for having me Guest Post once again Willow. I hope that you and your readers enjoyed this post and a cuppa. The memories are wonderful for me.


  2. 1jaded1
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 06:48:21

    I was welcomed by two people at company on my first day. I try to pay that forward. Fall, glorious Fall….giddy.


    • willowdot21
      Sep 07, 2014 @ 07:08:50



    • Paul
      Sep 07, 2014 @ 08:35:37

      That’s wonderful 1J1! It is so nice to get a warm welcome one your first day. I agree,, pay it forward. I greeted our new accoutant the first day at the trucking compnay where I worked many years ago. It just seemed natural to me. About 5 years later we were out have a coffee, and she told me that she never forgot that and that it made her day. That really surprised me – it takes so little to be kind.

      Thanks so much for dropping by 1J1. Willow and I hope that you come visit again. Please feel welcome to drop by and chime in whenever.


  3. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 14:31:10

    Thank you for the coffee break. Indeed the weather has improved as the high humidity of the past week finally dropped. Only a few trees show signs of change.
    Glad I’m not one of those parents setting up house for their first year Uni students. I’d rather watch from here. Lots of heavy lugging.

    I love the picture paddling on the lake. The crunch of leaves on shores and their smell in the air reminds me of North Eastern Ontario when we lived on a lake.

    Must run. Thanks for letting me drop in for a coffee and chat. See you next time.


  4. tesscol
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 14:47:28

    Thanks once again for the invitation to have coffee. Not much to tell you this week. 2 branches of my family have returned from holidays or vacations as you might call them. Son and family spent 2 weeks on a Greek island called Kefalonia. They stayed in a beautiful villa high in the mountains but with a sea view. Their visits to the beach were made exciting by seeing turtles close up!
    Daughter and family were at a resort on the Mediterranean coast of Tunisia. One of the highlights of their stay was a Catamaran trip to see Dolphins. To see them in the wild in their natural habitat is very exciting.
    Yesterday I heard that Willow has travelled to France……..it seems she is in a lovely spot too.
    I don’t think I will be traveling anywhere for the foreseeable future.
    My Friday morning coffee was noisy this week….not a bit like your peaceful garden Paul….Thanks for inviting again. I hope you have a good week. Maybe it will be a little quieter once all the Students have settled in.
    We have a grand-daughter starting Uni this month. She will be travelling to UK from her home in Dubai with her Dad in a couple of weeks. Luckily there are plenty of family here to look out for her and make sure she is happy.
    I’ll finish off now.


    • willowdot21
      Sep 07, 2014 @ 18:08:20

      Big hugs from me xxxx


    • Paul
      Sep 07, 2014 @ 19:12:24

      Hello Tesscol! So great to see you here in the garden having a relaxing cuppa. Wow, your family has had a busy few weeks. The Greek Islands – I’ve always wanted to visit there. The pictures I’ve seen are fantastic and the warm ocean with the history and the views and the food. Whew. that would be an amazing trip. I’m sure they had a good time. You’ll have to tell us all about it once they’ve filled you in.

      Your daughter’s family trip to Tunisia sounds like a blast as well. the dolphin watching is so peaceful – seeing them in the wild must have been a very joyful experience.

      What made your morning coffee time so hectic Tesscol? I am happy for the students, they bring back memories. Their noise doesn’t bother me.- these buildings are very old (renovated) and have walls that are about 2 feet thick and soundproof. All I have to do is close the door and you could hear a pin drop. The kids will party outside as late in the year as they can on weekends – it adds life to the neighborhood. I hope your grand daughter has an enjoyable year – I’m sure she will with family to give her support. Such an exciting time in her life.

      Well, thanks so much for dropping by again Tesscol, and we hope you will honor us with future visits.


  5. Paul
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 15:11:16

    Good morning LCTC! Thanks for dropping by for a cuppa and a chat this morning. We are pleased you came by. yes, the humidity has dropped here wildly since Friday. We had wicked Thunderstorms at the end of the week and some homes are still without power. I live in Ottawa so I understand your love of the leaves in fall. It is beautiful and invigorating.

    My favorite place was floating on a calm lake in the fall. It is so, so peaceful and gorgeous. The less poeple aorund the better (except, of course for a female companion 😀 )

    Thanks again for your visit and we hope to see you again soon. 🙂


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