If We Were Having Coffee: Guest Post– Sept.21/2014

If We Were Having Coffee – Sept.21/2014

Scotland Renewed and Little Happy Moments

A small part of the coffee selection available – all fair trade products.


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. It has gotten quite damp here recently and Willow has put me to work helping her to arrange some comfy chairs and sofas under the marquee where we will be warm whilst we sip our cuppa.

The addition of some heaters has made this little nest quite toasty. I’ll be happy to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide range of teas and coffees (as you can see above) to satisfy our world-wide readership. Willow has been busy sniffing some of these unfamiliar beverages and has declared that some are “smelly”. I think that’s a technical term for “tasty for non-Willows”. We can relax with a cuppa and calorie free sweets while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/ or worldwide. How has your week been?

A difficult outcome to guess



Well, on the world scene, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the Scottish referendum. As everyone now knows, Scotland voted to remain with England in the UK. Watching this from over here in Canada this week, I was reminded of our Quebec referendum some years ago, which turned out the same way. There is a lot of stress and worry and very strong opinions around a separation referendum.

It will take some years for the rifts to heal, but heal they will. And with the healing will come a new awareness of the feelings and expectations around the relationship between Scotland and England. This turned out to be a good thing in Canada re: Quebec. Just like any relationship, putting the concerns on the table usually helps to strengthen the bond in the future. I wish well to all the various sides and factions that they may heal their wounds. I know it’s a sensitive topic but if you have any comments we’d love to hear them.

How about another cuppa? (You can try one of Willow’s “ smelly” concoctions if you wish.) There are lots of sweets: cakes, scones, biscuits (cookies for our North American visitors), flans, etc. And all are calorie free here in the garden. But only here.

“When medication is right and on time and covered, it is happy medication”



As a short funny that happened to me this week, regular readers will remember that I spoke in earlier posts about the difficulty in getting prescription drug coverage here in Canada if it is not employer provided. Anyway, after much moaning and groaning and paperwork and meetings, I did successfully attain coverage and all went well. It came time for me to renew my prescriptions this week and it went smooth = no problems –except there was one medication that the drug store did not have and they offered to drop it off to my home the next day, free of charge. You can’t ask any more than that.

Meanwhile, at dialysis on Monday the doctor wanted to change one prescription. I agreed and didn’t think anything of it. The next morning, bright and early (just a minute until I get out of bed, early) the delivery of the missing prescription showed up and I just set the bag on my desk and went back to bed. Later in the day I figured I’d better chase down the new prescription and called the pharmacy. The pharmacist checked her records and asked if I had received a delivery this morning. I replied in the affirmative and she told me to look in the bag. Sure enough, there was the new prescription along with the missing prescription. It’s hard to believe that the system, once in place, works so well that drugs are delivered to me before I have a chance to ask for them. Apparently the doctor had my drug store on file, faxed the new prescription which was then waiting when they came to work. Someone noticed there was a delivery and added the prescription. Amazing. I hope it keeps working this well.

Did you have any small happy occurrences this week? Perhaps a little surprise that made you smile? It’s the small things in life that make our days happier.

“Inspirational thoughts”



Speaking of which, there seems to be a fun activity going around in my neighborhood. Being close to a university, our telephone poles have become billboards – not unusual. Well, yesterday I was walking back from the store and I noticed a small pre-printed post it note stuck on a pole a few feet from the bottom. In fine red script it read: “You are special and unique in this world.” And that was it. It wasn’t selling anything, held no expectations, and demanded nothing. It was refreshing and made my day. Again, it seems to be the small things that matter. Have you noticed any small happy moments or occurrences lately? Some small thing that made your day? Or perhaps even a big thing?

Would you like another cuppa? Willow and I are honored that you dropped by the marquee in 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.

Flowering and Blooming Teas (They smell good Willow!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would ask you if you would  like another  cuppa, or  another cake . I’d  tell you I have really  come to enjoy  these chats  and I’d  love  to hear  what you would  tell me. Please feel free to stay  as long  as  you like .  If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/

Photo  credits :  http://adamsfarms.com/departments/coffee/.   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/scottish-independence/scottish-independence-on-a-knife-edge-as-yes-vote-narrows-gap-ahead-of-referendum-9729506.html  and http://cdn.visualnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/things-we-forget-post-it-notes-10.jpg   and  http://cdn.teavivre.com/media/gallery/images/m/i/mixed_flower_teapot_1_1.jpg

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    Sep 20, 2014 @ 23:16:58

    Thank you very much for hosting my guest post. You are very kind.


  2. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Sep 21, 2014 @ 00:33:03

    I feel a warm fuzzy for your prescription delivery, early and unexpected. This is a great country after all. 😀


  3. Paul
    Sep 21, 2014 @ 05:35:33

    I’m thinking that may be a fluke. Ha! A sort of “gimme” because of all the anguish it took to get registered. Shew. I’m not expecting it to continue. thanks for dropping by with a comment LCTC. Willow and I are honored. Have a cuppa and a great week! (and a sweet, fo course)


  4. tesscol
    Sep 21, 2014 @ 17:21:35

    Well Paul here I am again ready to enjoy a cappuccino or a Herbal tea in your newly furnished and heated marquee in the garden.
    I have had a very varied week beginning with a really bad cold, my birthday, a day in bed on Wednesday due to a terrible stomach bug and then a visit from our eldest son and his daughter Thursday and finally a family meal Friday evening with yet another son and his wife, my daughter,son in law, grand daughter and my husband.
    Lots of highs and lows.
    Gosh that has made me thirsty…..perhaps another cuppa and a cookie?
    This coming week I am looking forward to a day out visiting two beautiful houses in Warwickshire. One is Tudor and the other Elizabethan. Apparently they have beautiful gardens too. I hope to tell you all about the day next time I come for a coffee.
    This evening we are in for a treat with our TV entertainment……..Downton Abbey returns to our screens….Having visited the House this Summer we will watch to see if we recognize some of the rooms!
    Thank you for the invitation to drop by….I hope I haven’t bored you with my chatter


  5. Paul
    Sep 21, 2014 @ 17:39:42

    Tesscol – awesome to hear from you again. Yes, yes, have a seat in the marquee and I’ll pur you a nice relaxing cuppa herbal tea. We have many varieties, so which ever you please. You could never bore us, it is wonderful to hear what is going on in your life. You certainly have had an up and down week – but it ended well. Being around family for a meal is a special treat.

    The house tours later his week sound really interesting. Will you take any pictures? I remember you mentioning that you had visited the downton Abbey house – that is so neat to then watch it on TV. Please help yourself to the tea and the cookies. There is plenty to go around for everyone. Don’t be shy.

    Thanks again for coming to visit, it is always an honor to have you here. have a great week! We’ll see you agian next week.


  6. Paul
    Sep 21, 2014 @ 17:43:41

    I think WP just ate my comment – I’ll check later and see – not ignoring you Tesscol! In case it doesn’t come back – it is an honor to have you visit us here – please have all the herbal tea and cookies you like , there is plenty. You had a busy week that ended happily it is always great to hear about your week – you could never bore us. Some more tea?

    Thanks again for dropping by – see you next week.


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