IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: NANO POBLANO DAY 30

Well there  you all are  welcome, come on in it is lovely  to see you! We have decided  that as  we are not  putting a tree or  decorations up  this  year ( in the real world )   that I could  put up Christmas  decorations in our virtual one! …all I want! So here we go!

If we were having Coffee . Come on in the fires are lit  the cushions are plumped up and  we have  the coffee and tea and the cakes and sweets are set out. Paul  and  his guests  are all here  and they are 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 .

What  can I get you, how about  some Christmas cake?  They  do look good  don’t  they, Holly

and Penguins.

If  we were having coffee:  I would  say  I need to think hard  about positives and happy things  because I am low , but hey you don’t  want to know that!

More coffee or tea anyone  or shall we go mad  and have a drink ..why  not  lets  get hung for a sheep as a lamb!

If  we were having coffee:  I ‘d say  there were some high spots in the week where I managed to forget  the real world. The visit to Canterbury  and West Gate on Sea was wonderful  and the husband and I  were bowled over  by the fabulous Cathedral! We spent three hours wandering around  this wonderful palace of God.

It was not  hard  to see  why the pilgrims of  the 10th century  and forward  were amazed  by the sights. They  must of  felt  they were in the entrance  to heaven. It was  so other worldly  and huge  how on earth did they  manage  to build it  , if  you are interested  you can find out here! .

  1. It is the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Its formal title is the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ at Canterbury. Founded in 597, the cathedral was completely rebuilt from1070 to 1077. read  more about it here.
    The  Next day  we met up  with friends  we have known for 48 yrs…that is a long time isn’t it ! We sat around chatting  all day then in the evening we went out for a meal.. then drove home , a two hour drive , well worth every mile!
    If  we were having coffee:   I would ask if  you would  like to see some more Cathedral photos. You really  do not  have any  choice  here they are ready or  willing or  not!

    A meeting Hall

    A meeting Hall

      blues on the  stone

    blues on the stone

    Stain Glass Windows

    Stain Glass Windows

    The amazing cloisters

    The amazing cloisters

    Modern Artwork

    Modern Artwork

    Dusk  outside  the Cathedral

    Dusk outside the Cathedral

    the spotlights on in the darkening evening

    the spotlights on in the darkening evening

    If  we were having coffee:  I would  tell  you how behind I am with  Christmas preparations, no  decs  or tree  this year  so really  it is just cards and pressies . So far I have only  written about  10 cards  which means at least another 200 to go! 😦  So  after  I have finished  this  I will really  have to  set to and get them written  today.

    Carrot Cake

    If we were having coffee: I offer  you another  cuppa  and ask you what  has happened in your world  this week? If  you are American  you will have celebrated  Thanks Giving. I do hope  you have had a wonderful  time. It  has been a long  week packed  with busy things. I even managed  afternoon  tea with a friend . That was fun we took a bus  to the nearest town  and had tea and  naughty  cake !

    Well I do need  to go now  so I will apologise  for for  not being  myself  and probably  just rambling ! I promise I am going  to pull my socks up  and sort myself out! No one likes  a miserable  toad so I am not  going to be one!!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/ 

 

If We Were Having Coffee – Nov.30/2014 : Guest Post

A Rant on Racism.

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 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. Willow has fluffed the cushions and stared a blaze in the fireplace to make a cozy place

to sit. 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?

The talk of the week here in North America has been the Grand Jury in Ferguson, MO (US) refusing to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black man – Mr. Brown. This triggered rampant violence and rioting that has destroyed numerous buildings and many vehicles. For me this has unveiled a huge lurking problem that is the elephant in the American room. There are only two people who were close enough to see what happened: Mr. Brown and the police officer. And one is now dead. The policeman insists he did not do anything wrong and describes a scene where Mr. Brown tried to get his gun and assaulted the officer and his only defence was to shoot Mr. Brown. He makes it sound reasonable. Apparently the evidence matches the policeman’s story within reason. Hence the pass by the Grand Jury. It is still possible for the policeman to be charged but it is unlikely.

Would you like another cuppa? This story turns nasty very shortly. Have a sweet and cosy up to the fire. So, there were numerous complaints from the black community that disputed the policeman’s story basically saying that Mr. Brown was a kind and peaceful young man who was the subject of police prejudice and racism that resulted in his death. To the best of my knowledge no one has come forward and said they were close enough to see it and will testify. There were accusations that Mr. Brown was shot in the back while trying to remove himself – but it turns out all the bullets went into his front. Another blow to Mr. Brown’s supporters.

I used to truck in the southern US and I can tell you without any hesitation that the level of racism, hatred and prejudice between the whites and blacks is palpable. It has always been so and was imported from Europe and Africa when the US was settled. It is covered by a white wash (pun intended) of laws and political correctness but just below the surface is the rot, and this incident scraped the surface revealing just how bad the relationship between the races really is. For me as a Canadian, working in the south was scary – hearing the abuse and the racist vitriol that spews from the mouths of other wise perfectly fine and trustworthy people. It is not true of everyone, but many think this way.

The actions of the Grand Jury could not have been otherwise – the only one who could dispute their interpretation is dead. Fair or not, just or not, right or not – it could have ended no other way. Other than God, no one will ever know what the truth is. And if it had been a white man dead, the whole situation would have been left right there. But the dead man was black – one of a long line of dead black men. Perhaps one too many dead black men. And the built up anger and hatred and disrespect simply spilled over and burst out in the form of violence.

I watched President Obama’s message on the Grand Jury and I was seriously disappointed. He spoke for 9 minutes and came up with nothing more exciting than “We have to look at the positive side…” It was the most insipid, meaningless, trite speech I have ever heard come from his lips. If the Americans think for one moment that they can solve this with more police or more laws or even adjudication, they are seriously mistaken. This problem will require all the participants to respect each other as human beings for a generation or more before it starts to get better. And I am here to tell you that, in my mind, they are simply not capable of brushing off so many centuries of hatred passed from generation to generation. Neither side has the reason or the guts to trust the other side long enough to solve this. Anyway, it felt good to have a great rant like that. Thanks for letting me bend your ears.

My week personally has been uneventful – dialysis went well. . 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.

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/ 

Nano Poblano : Day 29. If I never

If I never  saw  you again? I would not die.

There would be nothing I’d want to see. I would cry.

If I never  heard  your little voice? It would not be of  my choice.

There’ll music, speech and birdsong. Yet nothing to make  me rejoice.

 

So  full of  hopes  and dreams, for you was I

I hoped  to spoil  you, teach you, love you  then watch you fly.

I may not  witness all this now, it is true.

Please believe  me, to not see you, is not  what I want to do.

 

If I never  held  your hand again. It would cause  me pain

Photos  and second hand  news are not the same.

I shall carry  my  memories with me all the time

I shall savour  them as a glass of of vintage wine.

 

Let me tell you now, though  you may never see this page

I pray all this will pass and something will dissolve the ‘Adults’rage.

Watching  you from afar, keeping  you in mind, praying all will be well.

I shall pray every night  for sense to win out, and end this hell.

If  I never………..

 

TEAM Mark 

 

Belated But Meant : Nano Poblano Day 28

 

HAPPY THANKS GIVING TO ALL OF YOU WHO CELEBRATE THIS HOLIDAY!

WITH LOTS OF LOVE WILLOW. ❤ ❤ ❤

Team Mark 

The Nano Poblano Oddly Specifically Gratitude Blog Hop Day: 27

The Nano Poblano Oddly Specific Gratitude Blog Hop

Thanks to grandmalin for tagging me to continue this rather impressive list of gratefulness.  I’m happy to have discovered so many new blogging friends, especially the ones who are drunk on life.  There is no better way to be.

Here are the rules

Add to the list with your own oddly specific bits of gratitude. Add as few or as many things as you’d like. Include a picture or two if you’d like… but you certainly don’t have to. Put your name at the top of the list to see where yours started and the next blogger’s begins.Tag the post with the usual pepper tags and oddly specific gratitude. Tag another pepper to add to the list by linking to their About page, but there’s a catch! When you tag the next blogger, be sure to include a bit about why you’re grateful to be in the same blogging world with them.:) (Try not to tag anyone who has already been tagged that way more people get to join in the fun.) The List of Oddly Specific Gratitude

Nerd in the Brain:

1. the smell of wild onions when I mow the lawn
2. coffee makers (having the coffee already prepared in the mornings is magical)
3. the way my crazy dog barks likes a vicious beast at the horses across the road, but then cowers behind me like a needy wimp whenever a horse actually comes close
4. hearing my husband talk on the phone to the rest of his team at work… it reminds me that he’s not just my silly, sweet, awesome husband… he’s also my competent, responsible, highly skilled husband
5. opening a blank lesson plan book and imagining the possibilities to come
6. sausage balls
7. watching Grace’s enthusiasm for all things musical
8. the way I can hear a smile on Olivia’s face whenever we say hello or goodbye on the phone
9. knitting with really soft, squishy yarn

Not a Punk Rocker

10. Getting a random text when Matthew is in cell-signal range. (“Hi”)
11. Awesome stuff in the mail, including Legos and letters from friends, making me smile when I need it the most at the end of a long day.
12. Cherry chapstick.
13. Somebody found my blog by searching for “deadpool talks about political social issues” yesterday.
14. Skype and chat for keeping me in touch with friends in “real-time” when one or the other of us needs it the most.
15. Finding new blogs to read and follow through this challenge!

Jackie P (tobreathistowrite)

16. Having friends like I do here in the blogging world. You all make my days brighter.
17. My dog Sam. He loves me unconditionally, wish more people could love like that. Plus, he makes me laugh daily.
18.Coffee. Without it the world would be a much sadder and thirsty place. And I would be a much harder person to deal with.
19. All the bright and cheerful colors around. Something about bright colors makes me happy. The gold of the sun, the cerulean blue of the sky, the wonder of a rainbow, they never cease to make me glad I’m alive.
20. Books…… you all know what I mean.

Fish of Gold

21. Spell check. Even though it did just strangely try to correct my horribly botched spelling of “another” to “Antoine.” I don’t even know anyone named Antoine, spell check.
22. I’m grateful to myself for being the sucker who couldn’t walk away from my dog’s cage at the animal rescue. My failure to do so has converted 70 dog pounds into a metric ton of joy and unconditional love.
23. Male’s hilariously failed attempts at sexting.
24. My sense of humor. I wouldn’t have survived this long without it.
25. To the Peppers for continuing my harebrained Nano Poblano Blog Hop Story idea and turning it into something unexpectedly awesome. Go Team Pepper
26.I also second #18.

Knocked Over by a Feather

27. My aunts Oreo truffles. They are addictive.
28. Finding my comfy spot in bed.
29. Receiving a spontaneous real hug from my daughter, which rarely happens.
30. Watching stupid TV with my husband.
31. Hearing my mom call me sweetie or something similarly saccharine sweet on the phone

Mental Mama ( Mental in the Midwest)

32. the world’s best tiny mommy
33. Evie and Sissy Cats
34. lithium, depakote, and gabapentin
35. the world’s most amazing support network
36. good dark chocolate, preferably with cherries
37. the jumbo margaritas at Romeo’s – lime, on the rocks, extra salt

Mark Bialczak

38. My dear wife Karen for buying me two season tickets for Syracuse University football six years ago, going to every game with me (but one when she went on a cruise) since and turning home game Saturdays into Happy Happy days win or lose. 39. That Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle usually looks like this on the end of the living room couch and her specially covered ottoman daily come 10 p.m. after a day of enthusiastically ruling our Syracuse city home we call Little Bitty

40. That Karen talked me into going to the Paws for the Cause rescue dog event that March day four years ago when we saw Ellie marching around in her orange “Adopt Me” vest.
41.That my daughter Elisabeth was smart enough and confident enough and brave enough to go back to school this fall to get her associate’s degree and New York State certificate to become a physical therapist’s assistant, 2 1/2 years after getting her bachelor’s in biology.
42. That writing every day on markbialczak.com since Oct. 27, 2013 has turned out to be so much fun.
43.That Sheena Not a Punk Rocker talked me into hosting Nano Poblano this year, allowing me to meet so many interesting new bloggers! Wait. I want to add two more exclamation points to this one!!

Coulddoworse (Rachel or Lundygirl)

44. The park that I walk through four mornings a week

45. Iced fingers

46. Crochet and blogging; though never at the same time

47. making something beautiful

48. flowers

49. Hot toasted sandwiches with my family on a very rainy bank holiday.

50. beauty that you see in the detail

51. Great memories to mull over and enjoy.

Notes Tied On The Sagebrush

52. I am grateful that I was able to copy this whole list with pictures and get it pasted on to my post without messing it up at all, I hope.
53. I am grateful for my kids xoxo, and my husband xoxo
54. I am grateful to read good books, and watch good films
55. Good food, good wine and good friends
56. That I live in the state of California, USA
57. Discussions with my blogger friends and getting their support for my writing

Linda G. Hill – Life in Progress

58. That moment when I’m not aware that I’m falling asleep.
59. The one Smartie (candy-coated chocolate) that tastes slightly different than every other one in the box.
60. #18 – on this list, not the number eighteen.
61. That my children are alive.
62. Whatever it is that compels me to write; specifically to tell stories.

Idiot Writer ~ Idiot Writing :

63. Poetry (obviously) – mostly my poetry – I need it – lots to say things I cannot say any other way.
64. The Sun – when it shines in the UK.
65. The cheap chocolate bars I found! (and so do not feel guilty buying)
66. The fire-place – though I hate the smoke it emits.
67. Figuring out how to pump the tyre on my car yesterday.
68. Internet – SPEcifiCALLY – finding WordPress.
69. Saturdays – Cos I do not drive on Saturdays. Usually.
70. The sound system in my car – and my teens choice of music…it COULD have been – so so – not good.
71. I nearly forgot about SALT. Salt has so many uses! I am eternally grateful that salt – AND potatoes exist.

72. Last but not least…or rather first – EVER so, very grateful – that Linda has wine.  😛

Doobster418

I’m grateful for:

73. The 11 bloggers who came up with 72 oddly specific items for which they are grateful, leaving me to really stretch to come up with anything new or different.
74. That said, I wish to second, third, or fourth (I’ve lost count) #18. COFFEE!
75. God, the almighty creator of everything and everyone, for granting in me the wisdom to…oh damn, the devil made me write that. Never mind.
76. Those rare days when I’m able to sleep later than 6 a.m.
77. My wife, for being a wonderful mother who stayed home to raise two great kids while I was off doing my worky-thing.
78. San Francisco weather, because it never snows, never gets below freezing, and never gets really hot and muggy.
79. My health, except for my vertigo, tinnitus, and my current lameness due to plantar fisciitis. But otherwise, my health is pretty damn good.
80. My blog and the fellow bloggers I interact with on pretty much a daily basis.
81. iTunes
82. The Oxford comma and those who use it.

Lucy at the Excessive Gardener

I am grateful for :

83. I am so grateful for Evernote. Those of us who use and cherish it know why life is so much better. I am really grateful that I spend the few dollars each month for the premium version.
84. Golden Retrievers. My Golden, Roger, died years ago and I still miss him. I live with a Golden, my roommate’s, and he is a joy and a pain to live with but he is proof that if you know one Golden Retriever, you know them all.
85. My new knee. How wonderful it is to walk without pain. I can hardly wait to have the other knee replaced.
86. The drug Avastin. The FDA withdrew approval of the chemo drug for breast cancer, which means insurance companies won’t cover it, and it is not cheap.  I was lucky and got in on clinical trials for Avastin. It saved my life.
87. That I live in Florida, right where I want to be: minutes from white, sandy beaches and warm Gulf waters and only 2 hours to Disney World.
88.  Better World Books.  If you know it, you know what I mean.
89. Quad Core.
90. Defensive gardening. There’s nothing more satisfying than out-smarting a bug or an animal.

Now my list:

91. I’ll start by saying what goes without saying but should be said anyway:  I’m grateful for my husband Mark, my family, and my friends.

92. I’m grateful that I live in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) of Minnesota. We have an amazing combination of abundant cultural opportunities, a highly educated and literate population, PLUS endless amounts of parks, lakes, bike trails, you name it.  We need the horrific winters to keep out the riffraff.

93. I’m grateful for having a job that provides me opportunity for (partially) subsidized travel experiences.

94. As everyone else said, #18 (coffee!)

95. I’m grateful for books! So many books!  So many writers with so many words!  As long as I have the capacity to read, I’ll never be bored.

96. I’m grateful that my husband has the best hobby ever: in his spare time, he makes furniture out of wood in our garage.  He loves doing it and I love the furniture he makes for me.  Talk about win-win!

97.  I am grateful for the internet, which provides me with the opportunity to blog and to meet all of you amazing bloggers. I’m particularly grateful for the Nano Poblano Peppers for the sense of community y’all have been providing this month.

98. Cats! I’m grateful for my kitties Tennessee and Zelda for being such cute and cuddly pains in the butt.

Me – Who Am I

I’m grateful for:

99. Warmth! When it’s -10 outside, I’m grateful for a heater that works.
100. We made it to 100! I feel privileged to be the one who fills this one out.
101. My son. He shows me the world in a way that no one else can.
102. Fellow bloggers and the wonderful community we have here.
103. Today I’m grateful for today; a day that I may not have had.
104. Fruit. Fruit does a body good.
105. Sleep, finally! Insomnia is terrible.

Me Next – Chatter Master

106.  Not having a body temperature of 94 degrees.

107.  Fat baby cheeks that split in to super wide grins and smiles with various numbers of teeth-when they see me.

108.  That moment at the end of the day when I know I’m done “doing” all that I am going to do for the day and there are those peaceful few minutes of quiet and relaxing with my husband.

109.  Saying “I love you” at the end of phone calls and visits and not feeling awkward about it.  And knowing my kids don’t either because I raised them with it being easy to say “I love you”.

110.  Remembering a song from childhood and thinking no one else in the world knows it, only to Youtube it and there it is!

111.  People.   Good people.  I’m so very thankful for good people.

Pssst!  It’s me, Ann Koplow, from The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally, trying to let go of judgment and add my list of oddly specific gratitudes, starting with #112, which is a number I have no particular associations with:

112.  Numbers and other things I have no particular associations with, since I love seeing things in a new light, letting go of baggage from the past.

113. Numbers and other things that I do have particular associations with, since I love things that have been in my life, up to this point.

114. Even though #112 and #113 cover everything in the universe (at least the way I think), I am also oddly specifically grateful for the way I think.

115.  Everybody who had ever read my blog or anybody else’s blog, which may seem oddly general instead of oddly specific, at this point.  (I’ve been in a very feisty mood lately, so I would like to see ANYBODY give me a difficult time about how I’m choosing to participate here.)

116. My cats, including Oscar, shown here moments after he accidentally accessed Siri — the alleged “personal helper” on my iPhone —  having about as much luck getting help from her as I usually do:

117. My keyboard (pictured) and my fingers (not pictured):

118. Photos I take accidentally with my iPhone, like that one directly above.

119. People I meet during the day who are willing to engage in an authentic, open way, even if only for a moment, like Kenny

who stands guardian at the parking lot where I get my medical care, where I’ve been needing to go to several appointments lately because nobody knows what the hell is going on with my health.p

120.  My memory, which allows me to quote, accurately enough, dialogs I have with people like Kenny, such as:

Kenny (obviously using the memorized script he has to say to every driver who enters the parking lot since, apparently, people are parking there who shouldn’t be): Do you have an appointment here?  Are you a patient?

Me (making an exaggerated sad face, because I REALLY DON’T WANT TO BE GOING TO A MEDICAL APPOINTMENT and then nodding “yes” slowly, saying nothing).

Kenny: (after a brief pause) Oh.

Me:  Do you believe me?

Kenny: No.

… which cheered me up considerably and resulted in my Literally Laughing Out Loud.

121. My memory, which allows me to recall another thing Kenny said to me, after I Laughed Out Loud: “You have a good day, sweetie.” (Yes, I know this is supposed to be a list of Oddly Specific Gratitude, not Oddly Repetitive Gratitude, but please see #115, above.)

122. The room to have all my feelings, including sadness, humor, fear,  disappointment, annoyance, gratitude, etc. etc. etc.

123.  The opportunity to end lists (at least my portion of them)

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After I published this post, I realized I forgot to include something, for which I am NOT oddly specifically grateful:

Michael’s cooking. On what planet would it be odd to be grateful for that?

Kim at Drunk on Life

Not sure if I start with “123.” or “124.” if I include Ann’s postscript?

I’ll go “124.” so…

124. My warm, fuzzy Sasquatch slippers.

 

 

 

125. Sunsets from the terrace at my loft.

126. A fire in the fireplace on chilly Sunday mornings, especially if accompanied by #127/#18

127. #18 (Coffee ) even more so with an upgrade (a little Bailey’s Irish Cream)

128. My sister-cousins Patti and Christa.  Let me be clear that “Sister-cousins” are not a weird Southern relationship like an “Uncle Daddy.”  It’s merely cousins that are more like sisters and mine are a wonderful part of my life.

129. Making jewelry.  I don’t do it much anymore, usually just for gifts around the holidays, but I like working with beautiful materials and the soothing feeling you get while working with your hands (and letting your brain go wander).

130. That awesome feeling when you get “your hairs did” as we say in the South.  Going to the salon, getting a shampoo with a scalp massage, a glossy new cut and color and the fabulous super-shiny blowout that makes you feel like a rockstar for the rest of the day until you sleep on your glorious new “do” and wake up in the morning looking like a haystack (i.e. back to normal).

131. The good things about Christmas (not the commercial, mass media stuff). Christmas music, candles, Christmas trees and all the sparkly holiday decor, parties, party dresses, cookies, old movies, feeling festive…most of all being with friends and family and the stuff that’s all still a little magical.

132. Nano Poblano and Team Pepper.  The support and comments and community are wonderful and I have greatly appreciated being a part of it.

Grandmalin at Breathing Space

133.  My little library, which doubles as a spare bedroom, so when you sleep over at my house you can stay up all night reading.

134.  The Kindle I have now, which is not the original one (I have gone through 4 of them).  They just keep getting better.  I could read on my I-Pad or my I-Phone (if I wanted to go slowly cross eyed) but Kindle was my first love for downloaded books.  If I find a book there that I really love, I just might go out and buy the real thing to add to my library to tempt visitors  to stay up all night reading  borrow them.  Yes, it’s a lending library as all good libraries should be.

135.  Just to be oddly specific about my love for coffee, I am grateful for my little Tassimo which brews one hot, fresh, delicious cup of coffee at a time.

136.  The specific spot on the love seat in the living room where I sit every morning to read, and every evening to draw, and a whole lot during the day to do a whole bunch of nothing much.  The arm rest is a perfect spot for my I-Pad to perch to blat out Netflix movies, there is a little table for my coffee and my jar of pencils, room beside me for my sketch book, and a view of the outside world straight ahead out the living room window if I choose to ever look up.  The butt print you see there?  Yes, that is mine.

137.  I know saying “family” is not very specific, so here’s the short list – husband, adult children, five grandchildren, siblings and their families.  The long list includes relatives too numerous to mention, except for a special two who are both estheticians and do great pedicures on these ugly old lady feet.  Which then turn out to be not so ugly after all.

138This weird guy. My alien giraffe. You cannot be unhappy when you look at this face.

willowdot21

139 the Newbie he has really become the joy in my life, yes very specifically  grateful for him.
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140 being able to walk , there was a time nearly five and again four years back when a wheelchair was on the cards. So no matter how much it might hurt some days I am walking. If I could not walk and travel I would never seen the view below.
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141 I am grateful for the birds and animals around where we live. They give us so much pleasure, especially the squirrels and even the foxes. Even these guys 😉
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142 I am very specifically grateful for my husband who when he had to stepped up to the plate and take over all my jobs. Becoming so good at all things household he will not relinquish all tasks back to me!! I am not complaining. I am randomly grateful.

143 I am randomly grateful for all the wonderful bloggers on wordpress who have helped and supported me through some hard times, some good times and some brilliant times. I hope I have been as supportive to them as they have to me. You are all my happy pills.

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144 I am randomly grateful the friends and family in the real world. Sadly the real world is a harsh and unforgiving place.
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145 for the beauty of our garden where there is always wonder whatever the season.

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The garden still looking good.

146 I am specifically grateful for all those who have given their lives to make our lives better in all wars old and knew.

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Pouring out of Poppies

147 for the River Thames

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London Town

148 for a sunset

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Sun setting from the car

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I nominate

galesmind.
Because I have only just discovered her blog and I am already impressed. Good luck Gale

I am grateful for being asked to take part in this listing of things we are randomly grateful for.
The List of Oddly Specific Bloggers

Nerd in the Brain
Not a Punk Rocker
To Breath is to Write
Fish of Gold
Knocked Over by a Feather
Mental in the Midwest
Markbialczak.com
Coulddoworse
Deborah at Notes Tied on the Sagebrush
Linda at Life In Progress
Idiot Writer
Mindful Digressions
The Excessive Gardener
Booking It

Me – Who Am I.

The Chatter Blog

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

Drunk on Life

Breathing Space

willowdot21

 

 

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Wonderful Canterbury Cathedral : Day 26 Nano Poblano

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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

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

Mark Bialczak

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 

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