If We Were Having Coffee: Guest Post: – Oct.26/2014

If We Were Having Coffee – Oct.26/2014

Shoot Out in Ottawa

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 marquee tending to your needs for a cuppa, and sweets. I’d be pleased to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide rangeof 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?

Janet Kruskamp ‘Afternoon Tea ‘

 

 

 

 

 

Shooting at  the war Memorial

On Wednesday, October 22, at 9:50 am EST, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau walked up to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who was on ceremonial guard duty at the National War memorial here in Ottawa and shot him dead with no warning. Zehaf then proceeded to the Canadian Parliament buildings, across the street, and entered shooting. He was shot and killed by  the Sergeant at Arms of the Parliament before there were any injuries.

At first glance this appeared to be a terrorist act as Zehaf was a self-identified member of Islam and because of the targets attacked. Truth be told though, he was a very disturbed young man of 32, who had recently switched to Islam as his life fell apart around him. He was described by friends as a troubled man who followed no religion. He was Canadian born, although his father is a business man from Libya who owns companies in Montreal and his mother is a high ranking member of the Canadian Immigration Ministry. Zehaf had been involved in drug use for many years, had a difficult time holding a job and had a criminal record for property crimes. He had been estranged from his parents for many years and had drifted around the country doing odd jobs, ending up in Ottawa to try and get a Libyan passport from the embassy here. His Canadian passport had been revoked. The Libyans turned him down partially because of his criminal record and partially because he appeared physically unwell and mentally unfit.

I actually live about 2 miles (3 kms) from the War Memorial and Wednesday was a hectic day with road closures, lockdowns of all public buildings and a huge police presence. At first it was said to be a terrorist attack but it eventually turned out to be the work of one sad mentally disturbed individual who happened to be in Ottawa when he suffered a breakdown. He did not plan the attack, did not have an automatic weapon (they are banned in Canada) and was dispatched by the first armed officer (the soldier’s weapon was not loaded) he encountered. Zehaf had previously tried to get arrested by police at one point by confessing to a crime that had never been committed. Whenasked why, he had said that he wanted a roof over his head and a meal in jail. The police declined.

Aerial View of Parliament Buildings and War Memorial (war memorial is on the V-shaped traffic island at lower right)

Would you like another cuppa? Perhaps a dollop of something stronger to warm the cockles? Please try the sweets- these electronic versions are very tasty and calorie free. So, instead of the terrorist attack it first appeared to be, it was yet another mentally disturbed person with a gun who had needed help and had been denied. How long will it take our society to realize that denying help to those who need it always ends badly for all?  This is just another example of the lack of attention and funding to mental health issues. How is mental health addressed in your country? Is it adequate? Has treatment improved over the years or gotten worse?

Whew, anyway, that was the excitement of my week. Personally things are looking up as some new medication seems to be working well and has reduced my joint pain and muscle weakness that comes with dialysis. That’s very freeing to be able to move again with less pain. No side effects yet. How have you been feeling this week? Being well into fall, I find that my sleep patterns and eating patterns have changed somewhat with the cooler weather and shorter days.

Would you like another cuppa? I think I’ll have a sweet as well. 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.

 

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/     

Like A Rocketship

Karen

A personal poem  for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

❤   ❤     ❤     ❤

I rang her each day for over a year,

I begged to come see her but she would not let me near.

We laughed with each other often but more often we cried.

I wanted to be with with her but her fears, this to me denied.

I begged her to fight it she told me she was tired

I nagged and bullied she said I was fired!

Things never got better she slipped from my grasp

I tried hard to see her but she still refused, so I did as she asked.

Then finally the day came and I got the call

At last I got to visit , not that she knew at all.

I talked of blue skies and beaches and clouds

I did not whisper I told her out loud.

She was struggling for breath then I caught her eye in a moment of clarity

I told her I  loved her she flashed at me   “no pity!”

Her hands were dirty her nails were lined black

Her pain and the squalor are the memories that keep coming back.

I spent four days in her company

I could not believe what I had to see.

I hated  her suffering as she breathed her last,

Sadly these horrid memories stuck in my mind are the ones which I cannot get past.

It was a foggy freezing December day

When we all met at the Crem our goodbyes to say.

To a larger than life, loud colourful girl

Who with a flash of her eyes could set our working day in a whirl.

I sat there sobbing but she had to have the last word

“Get a grip you silly cow” were the words that I heard.

Then as her coffin disappeared for her final bow

She went out  with  a flourish to Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’.

Karen 1958 –  2010

 

Be Alert

A little  niggle  a  little doubt

Don’t  delay  check it out.

It  may be nothing  it may  be nought

Yet  nothing is lost if help is sort.

 

Don’t  let that evil take it chance

Be alert  to it  lead it a merry dance.

Crush it  snap it in the bud,  dead

You  know if  something’s amiss in body or head!

 

The chances are there’s nothing there

But remember  don’t care  was  made to care.

So check you breasts  and watch for any sign

That something in you  might not  be benign.

 

Cancer is a sly  and vicious  enemy

It hides and devours you  in places  you can’t see.

So  be alert  don’t  hide  behind  denial

Sort niggles now, not in a while!

 

A little  niggle  a  little doubt

Don’t  delay  check it out.

It  may be nothing  it may  be nought

Yet  nothing lost if help is sort.

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Another poem  for Brest Cancer Awareness month. Well any  cancer! 

 

Music Themes: Hunger

Bear  chose  this  weeks  theme  HUNGER.

Lorde  Yellow Flicker : Mockingjay  Part 1 Hunger games

What is  this came  true?

Years before the start of the series, the thirteen districts attempted to start a revolution against the Capitol. The Capitol won, District 13 was destroyed and, as punishment, an annual televised death match called The Hunger Games was created by the Capitol. Two participants, one male and one female, known as tributes, between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen randomly in a “reaping” from each district. Children may volunteer as a tribute instead of selection by ballot. They are taken to an arena and fight until only one is left alive.[8]

Katniss Everdeen is a 16-year-old girl from District 12 who volunteers for the 74th Hunger Games after her 12-year-old sister Primrose Everdeen is picked for reaping. She survives the games along with Peeta Mellark when they both defy the Capitol by threatening to commit suicide.[8]

The Capitol is angry at their defiance, which inspires rebellion in several districts. Katniss and Peeta tour the districts, attempting to subdue the rebellion. Then, the reaping for the next Hunger Games takes place. For these games, part of the “Quarter Quell” that takes place every 25 years, winners of past games are forced to participate. When only a few participants remain in the games, including Katniss and Peeta, the arena is destroyed. Three of the tributes, including Katniss, are rescued by survivors of District 13, but the other three tributes, including Peeta, are captured by Capitol hovercrafts.[9]

The rebellion continues with Katniss being used as a figurehead.[10]     more info  here 

Elastic Heart: Catching Fire Sung  by Sia  

A Future  world vision.

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Chandelier  by Sia.

A whole generation  hunger  for meaning  in their lives. They  want  a real reason to their  being. They don’t  see it  so  they  drink. They  get drunk  before  they go out  then  they act badly  then  they hunger  for  forgiveness to get away  from their shame… they do not get what  they want  so  they drink more!

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Then there is self inflicted hunger,  some starve  themselves  because  they  do not want  to grow up, because  they  are  or have been abused. So  many reasons  for anorexia . Song  from Maria Mena

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Charles Dickens  wrote  the story, Lionel Bart  wrote  the songs.

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A clever  song  from Marina  and  the Diamonds.  About  how  the  media  and fashion  world  wants  to sell the female  as a perfect (  just as relevant for males too) It depicts one girl  bucking  the system!

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The  most reliant song  about  hunger  to this day. Band Aid. Do  they know its Christmas. 1984

Please  check out  the other themests.

Bear, Eva, Johnny, Lisa Maddie

The Bloody Tower.

 

Pouring out of Poppies

Pouring out of Poppies

On realizing my eyes opened wide

Each poppy was a soldier that had died.

I was so  shocked to see

The pouring out of red running into a sea.

 

On Monday  we went to London Town

To see the poppies swirling  the Tower round  and round.

I was shocked  through to the core.

To witness  the  number of  those who were no more.

 

poppies galore

poppies galore

Rows and rows  growing into a river

Tumbling  from the window pouring on forever.

Each one was a mother’s son, a  husband or a brother

Such sacrifice displayed for all to see , cousin, uncle even lover.

 

I humbly prayed for God  bless them all

Each soul represented  by a red poppy growing tall.

Such a sacrifice for  what gain

“They”  said  a war like that  would not come again.

 

Sadly  now we know the great “They” lied.

For  along came world war 2  and more people died.

War goes on and never stops, no matter how we try

It will always raise it’s ugly  head and more men and women will die.

 

It’s Not Happening

Explosion! what did he say.
No way this is not right
He cannot say that today.
If I close my eyes it’ll be all right.

Let me out I need some air
This is not happening now.
Not me, no this is not fair.
I can’t breathe,this is …. wow.

Open a window I am chocking here.
Yes a glass of water please
You spoken the words we all fear.
Please say it’s not true, this is just a tease.

Out in the street the traffic is loud.
Sweating profusely I shiver and shake.
I want to scream caught in this crowd.
Not Cancer it’s more than I can take.

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Another Poem for Breast Cancer Awareness Week.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE : 19/10/14 Good times

Well hello everyone  how are you all today, come on in we are  still using  the marquee but I think  we will all have to go inside  soon as  the weather  will not  last  much longer! We have the coffee and the cakes all ready the heaters are on and the Marquee is all warmed up. The sofas and armchairs all have their cushions all plumped up! So go on spoil yourselves we have stocked up on hot chocolate now and brought in some good books for you to read too! I can hear Paul has all his guest here many of whom you will know so lets see, what have you been up to this week.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE : Exciting  news! Paul  our dashing  guest author has exciting news!  He has been asked to write a few guest posts for other blogs and he has  accepted. The  one I  need to mention  is Mark Bialczak a great blog  and now this Sunday  our gallant Paul  will be branching out!  It is  very  exciting  isn’t  it!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I’d tell you how  concerned I have been about  the Ebola . Tell  me why a huge  and self-assured  country  like America  can  make so many  mistakes over  Ebola protection  procedure! A nurse  who had looked after a patient  with a Ebola. Somehow  did not  follow  the correct  procedures and somehow  manages  to come into contact with the virus: She  becomes ill. Another  person  who was involved with the Ebola  patient’s  treatment is allow to take  an internal  flight even though they were already  displaying  signs of fever read more.  It looks  to me  that  things  need to  be taken  more seriously  and safety  procedures  need to be tightened up!

Hats off to William Pooley  the English Nurse  who has managed to recover  from Ebola  and is now  showing such bravery  and is returning to the thick of the  outbreak. Read about him here. We are  all very proud  of  our British Medical  Core  who have already  sent out  100, nurses, doctors  and consultants to join those already out in Sierria Leone read about it here.  IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would  say please  let  us all pray  that  we can beat this  virus before things  get any  worse.

Okay that is  the hard  hitting  part I felt it had  to be addressed  and now I have  addressed it , please tell what  your  thoughts  are on Ebola.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I’d  have to say I have not had  the best of weeks health wise, I have been on the back foot all week! I even missed a morning at  the gym  Wednesday  and I found it a real struggle  to get through the day!  But  I have to say I am not one to give in too easily  and I managed  to keep going  and here I am having survived another  week!

Now  how are  your cups does  anyone  need a top up , or  some of this lovely  carrot  cake, or  the coffee and walnut cake!! OR!! we could  have  an Irish , Caribbean  or  a Russian Coffee OR we could have a hot chocolate   and Brandy!!…………. YUM YUM!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: ( EVEN BOOZY COFFEE) I have to tell you that  we went out  for a fabulous evening  with friends Friday night. We had  an excellent meal, in their beautiful home  great  food  and such fantastic  company! We had lots of  laughs and  fun! We stayed late too  and so it was very  hard to get up  Saturday  morning  and go to core class. But I did!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would  tell you that I have to admit  I have not  a great  deal to report  this week, it  has  been a slow  but steady  week! I can however  report  that  my sister  who went into hospital   has had  her operation   and is slowly on the mend  , and  my other  sisters  and brother  seem  to fairing  slightly  better than last  week ! Okay  anyone  fancy  a top  up! Time  for some photos!

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/       

Please  don’t  forget  to pop over  to   Mark Bialczak’s site to see his  and Paul’s posts!

My flowers of the week!!

Some of our best cakes

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE : GUEST POST 19/10/14

Grass Roots and Silver Linings

Join Us at The Table. It’s Set and Ready for Tea and Some Nibbles

 

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’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?

Sound Familiar?

This week I’m feeling very positive. Because of my medical issues I have basically given up looking for a job, having tried for over three years. I won’t rule out a job and mentally I am prepared, able and willing (within physical limitations) to work but I have stopped actively looking. I’ve always wanted to write and have turned to blogs as a way to see what types of writers and “voices” are out there. My inability to get a job has produced the silver lining of being able to spend time writing. Ha! One blogger referred to me as the ninja commenter for the depth of my comments. This week I have been asked to write a few guest posts for other blogs and I have accepted. It feels good to be asked, as Willow was the first to ask me. I am indebted to her for her trust and for being the first to give me this opportunity to try out my writing. I enjoy having a weekly cuppa with all of you here in the garden and I look forward to continuing as long as you’ll have me. Iwas hesitant to jump into writing without knowing if I can give readers enjoyment. I have written a few stories and such before but never had any published – just some rejections.

My Mother, whose opinion I respect and who has had a book published, does not seem to think my writing has any value. This reaction of hers is fairly typical and I explore it further on Sunday over at a guest blog at Mark Bialczak’s site. If you’d like to drop by, I’d enjoy your input on the piece Here 

Why do you blog or read blogs? Do you do any other writing? Do you enjoy writing? Why? Would you like another cuppa and a sweet? We have a vast selection of teas, coffees (with an addition of something a little stronger to warm your blood if you choose) and sweets. Note that all our sweets, being of the electronic type, are calorie free.

Spring Tulips in October at Floriade in Canberra

My personal news of getting writing invitations has lightened my mood considerably this week. My local world is busy getting deeper into fall. The sidewalk outside is

covered with fallen maple leaves and squirrels and it has been rainy and windy. Oddly enough, it was very warm during the day this week but that is not unusual just before the temperature drops off for the winter. The local university students have cut back on their front porch gatherings on the street as they write their mid-terms and avoid the rain.

Is fall progressing in your home town? Then, of course we have our southern hemisphere visitors who are just starting spring. What does that mean to you? Does it mean more rain or higher temps or storms? It seems so odd doesn’t it, that while one part of the world gets colder, another gets warmer.

Well, the bigger world seems to be mostly negative news this week. Although along with any negative, there is often a way to see a silver lining. The big worry, of course is Ebola. The good news here is two fold: first, so far the virus is not transmitted by air, only body contact, which makes it far easier to control and allows you and I to help protect ourselves. Second, a vaccine has been developed by a Canadian company and is now in the US and Africa being field tested on humans. With any luck this will be the silver bullet that will end this disease. Meanwhile our hospitals are becoming more aware and prepared, reducing the chance of accidental infection. Is there any news in your country? How do you feel about this situation?

Global Economy

World wide there also seems to be a drop in economic activity that is deeply rooted. Here in Canada the slowing economy has dropped the demand for fuel products resulting in lower crude prices, lower gas prices and a lower value on our dollar. This opens an opportunity for our industry to be more competitive in the export markets – a good thing. If companies can tool up and improve exports fast enough, this could mean more jobs for us, the grass roots individuals. The bigger picture can be dealt with by the movers and shakers who get paid the big bucks to worry. Have you seen any signs of changes in your community? What do you think will happen? Is this just a natural market correction or does it hide a bigger problem? No matter what life throws at us, there is always a way to see past it to the positive. On a grass roots individual level silver linings are real and are always there if only we take the time to look.

Would you like another cuppa? I think I’ll have a sweet as well. 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.

Relaxing for a moment of peace

All photos are  as below in order

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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/       

Please  don’t  forget  to pop over  to   Mark Bialczak’s site to see his  and Paul’s posts!

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http://nezuki.com/2014/03/03/lovethread-garden-party/

http://www.thegreatonline.com/inbound-marketing-blog/bid/100057/When-Can-I-Expect-To-See-Results-
From-Blogging

http://30minutebiblestudies.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/spring-in-australia-floriade/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

http://nezuki.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/lovethread_gardenparty03.jpg?w=1024&h=683

Sun Lights Up October

Bear took some words that  I had  put into a comment, on a beautiful post of hers, and made  the first  verse of the poem  below.

The photo I have used is from her  blog too. Bear has a way with her  camera  and always  catches  magic  and more!

Do  go to  Bear ‘s  page to see her version.

 

This photo belong to Bearspawprint

The autumn
Light gently
Reaches through
The trees,
Softly caressing
Our weary hearts
With love
And warmth.

 

Mother  nature  kisses you and  me

With tender lips  never seen.

A thousand  faces in the wood we cannot see!

Yet the camera catches Ents, Dryads,Loa and  Fairy Queen.

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A Poem by Bear and willow

Dreams : A Lyric

Dreams  they ravish us and then they hang us out to dry

Encroaching on the everyday  changing our outlook

Lifting us they can inspire,yet  they can drag us down until we cry.

Dreams love to write our lives like an endless book.

 

Dreams keep writing , writing our lives, dragging our secrets across the skies

 

Catch me I am falling to ground

Put out your loving arms  and rescue  me .

This dream has me spinning round and round.

The wind is rising save me before I am sent whirling out to sea.

 

Dreams keep writing , writing our lives, dragging our secrets across the skies

 

 

Dreams are enemies dreams dictate our fate

Dreams are our lovers our  truth is in them to be found

Save  me help  me dear one  before it is too late

Put out your loving arms and save me before I hit the ground.

 

Dreams keep writing , writing our lives, dragging our secrets across the skies

Dreams keep writing , writing our lives, dragging our secrets across the skies

❤ ❤ ❤   ❤ ❤   ❤ ❤

 

Johnnyojanpera  composed  a beautiful piece of  music , hear it  here . He has inspired me to write  a poem about dreams in reverse.

Johnny’s beautiful  wife Lisa  also has a wonderful  blog  at Underground Energy   .

They are a beautiful and talented couple. xxxx  ❤

 

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