If We Were Having Coffee; Day 9 Nano Poblano

Hello  and welcome  again to Sunday  morning  If we were having coffee!  This week  and all through November we will as always  be  joining  forces with Paul  and his gang but for me it will also  part of  Nano Poblano ! This  will not effect any  of  you no one will need any  special injections  or travel sickness pills , Trust  me I am not a doctor.  Also on the “do not worry” front  the strange looking  guy in the Black Cowl has finally  left . Yesterday  morning  he picked up  his Scythe and walked. No thank you or by  your leave … not  a word! I have just managed to clean up the carpet, but it maybe still a little wet.

So come on in,I must apologize  for being so late! We have the coffee and the cakes  ready and set out  and  the fire is lit! The sofas and armchairs  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 and as a special winter  treat  we have some liqueurs ! I can hear Paul has all his guests,  who also  have moved in here now,  so lets mingle and  see, what have you been up to this week?

If we were having coffee : I would ask you what have you been up to this week. Have you been well, have you done anything out of the ordinary? Now  before  we go any  further is there a particular drink  you would  like, lets have some cake too. The  magic about things  here is that  all food is calorie free, all drinks  too no matter how much cream or sugar  you may  fancy . No matter  the size of cake  you might wish to eat  or  what ever liquor you might  decided to lace  your  coffee, tea  or chocolate  with it will never affect your  health or  your waistline! This is a healthy zone.

I mean just  look at this one  and this is just one of  many!

If we were having coffee : I tell you  how I have been beavering away  at Nano Poblano. I have joined  Mark  Bialczak’s  Team Pepper, check Marks  blog out here.  I have  found this  quite challenging  but very rewarding  and I have met lots of  lovely  new bloggers which is reward enough. So a big  hand  for Mark  and Team Pepper!

If we were having coffee : I would say I have not been on top of  my game  this  week I had to have a small op which  was not a very  nice way to spend an afternoon. Luckily I did not have any anaesthetic and so I was able to go home afterwards … no so lucky  in that it was not  a little harrowing  but happily soon over.  I shall know the results  soon  but  hopefully  all is well  and  that will be that. I was in an NHS hospital and it was a very different  experience  to the hospital that Hubby had to visit last week. I have to say though  what my visit lacked in surroundings, comfy chairs , free tea and coffee was made up  the pleasant  and caring staff. There are pros  and cons to both. Hubby could not park as the car park was full and unlike the Private hospital where the parking was free it was very expensive. Luckily  Hubby knows the area well so he cruised around until he found an offsite  parking space after dropping me off.

If we were having coffee : I would  say that this week has the build up to Remembrance Sunday and there have been people selling poppies to raise funds for the Royal British Legion. The Royal   British Legion  help soldiers injured in service  and families of those have died in wars to cope emotionally  and in anyway way they  may need help, ie, giving  them monetary help and any support they might need. If the soldiers come home maimed  or have lost a limb  they help the to adapt or find  new homes among other things.They  work very hard as there is never enough government  money around  and they will often go cap in hand to Charities.

Tomorrow is  the Remembrance Day Parade  at the Cenotaph  in London  to find out  more  read here . My hubby goes up to London  every Remembrance  Sunday to help marshal  the older and disabled  service men and women. It is a very long day  for some of the older people and  they do need some shepherding!  It is also a long day for Hubby!  Hello  it is now 6.30am  Sunday  morning and still I have not  got this coffee morning  sorted,  my apologies! The  hubby  has  been gone an hour  and I have  my fingers crossed the weather will stay fine  and all will be well and safe.

If we were having Coffee : I’d  say  Paul is that piece of cake  big  enough I am certainly  going to have some! Would  anyone else like some there is plenty here for all. I am going to get a coffee would  anyone else like one?? I am trying to think if  I have any amusing  stories to tell you this week  but I have not really  it just seems to have been a hum drum week  with some  heavy  personal things going on… No I think I need to explain that if I can.  We, mainly  the husband,  have been helping  some disabled  acquaintances who have had some bad luck of late  and we have found  that  some of the channels  to use to get them this financial  help are  very hard to navigate. Plus  we have been busy  we our own lives.

If we were having Coffee :  I would tell you that I am very jealous of the hubby  because on Thursday he was over a the Newbie’s house doing a job  for the little family  that required an empty  house. I was unable to go as I was feeling not so good from the little op the day before  and while  he was there the  Newbie and his Mum  dropped in. ( our  son was  way abroad on business, home now, and Newbie  and Mum were staying  with the other grandparents) . So hubby  got to see Newbie!!  He did bring me home some photos. So that at least was a consolation! It is amazing  he  seems to grow every time  we see him, I get so exited even over a photo!

If we were having Coffee : I would say I make no apologies  for the  two Remembrance videos. I will say I am including soldiers  from  ALL Nation’s FROM PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE when I say THANK YOU. 

If we were having Coffee :  After one minutes silence, we really  must never forget, and we should be grateful for what member’s of our different  country’s military services  have done for us. Let’s pray that one day  not too far away  we can celebrate  the day all wars stopped and we have Peace.

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/ 

 

If we were having Coffee: Guest Post Wildlife and a Good Supper

If We Were Having Coffee – Nov.09/2014

 

Wildlife and a Good Supper

 

 

Paul your Barista

Paul your Barista

 

 

Your Barista – Paul

 

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. 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?

Well, the world this week seems to be rolling along without any headline grabbing news. I am surprised at how low key the whole week has been. It seems, from here, as if everything is more subdued this week as the weather gets increasingly colder and a sense of an impending storm gathers. Clouds and wind and cold have reigned with a sense of changes coming. Our weather forecasters are predicting snow flurries over the next 3 days. The last vestiges of summer have come and gone and fall is giving way to winter.

The trees are all bare now and the squirrels are wandering around with little to do. I was walking home late Wednesday afternoon from the corner store and a single squirrel stood on the sidewalk, eating a nut while he watched me approach. For a minute I started to slow down as he didn’t seem to be willing to give ground. Tiny bits of shell sprayed as he nibbled on his nut. He seemed rather threatening in a way but eventually turned and moved further down the sidewalk where he stood his ground yet again, waiting for me to approach. This happened twice more before he moved off the sidewalk, stood beside a tree and watched as I walked past him to my door. Squirrels with too much time to kill can be scary. What is the wildlife up to in your area? Any changes in behaviour as the season changes? Perhaps deer or skunks or raccoons or other animals changing their habits?

 Would you like another cuppa? Perhaps a sweet to go with that? Maybe a Christmas nut or mint? We even have some candy canes for the children in us all.

Have you noticed that Christmas is starting to get in your face lately? I was checking for a favorite TV program the other day and realized that our Showtime cable channel is now playing all Christmas movies. Yikes! I have to admit, though, that I do enjoy the more positive perspective of these movies. One gets tired of action shows with people getting killed and things blowing up. A little Christmas cheer helps the psyche by times. I have to confess that I’m the guy your will hear humming Christmas songs in July. The stores are starting to display their holiday goods and some decorations are going up. Many grumble about this but I’m OK with it. A few years ago, one of our national drug stores started to play Christmas music 24/7 at the beginning of November and got so many complaints from customers that they stopped until early December. I rather enjoyed the tunes.

On a more personal front I had an alright week. It started off poorly as I felt so unwell Monday that I skipped dialysis, something I rarely do – perhaps once every six months or so. This does not make me feel any better but as long as I don’t miss two treatments I just feel lousy. I have a bit of kidney function left so it is not immediately life threatening for me to miss – but it is for some. A patient with no kidney function at all risks electrolyte imbalance – electrolytes are responsible for many functions including setting heart rate and beat – and is at risk of dying of a heart attack after 6 days without dialysis.

Anyway, I’ve been having some issues with restless legs just during dialysis and it seems to be getting worse. I have tried a couple of medications but they only work for a few weeks and then they stop working. The doctors are working on it and hopefully will have an alternate answer by next week. Meanwhile, I got fed up with my legs moving all during dialysis – it is very tiring and frustrating. So, I tried taking both medications simultaneously on Wednesday and Friday –EEEHAW! Ha! I was out like a light during dialysis – it worked like a charm. However, afterwards I felt like I had a hang over – red eyes, headache (which I rarely get) and nausea. Yum. Hopefully we’ll come up with an answer next week. Have you ever had medications that interact with each other? How do you control the interactions of what various doctors prescribe? Do you consult with your pharmacist? Perhaps do you have a family member who is in the medical field who helps?

On a happy note, I was busy sleeping during treatment on Friday when one of the aids woke me up. She had an extra meal, still hot, that had come for an inpatient who did not get to dialysis, and she wanted to know if I wanted it. I agreed and ate a very nice supper – chicken basted in some kind of sweet sauce, mashed potatoes, peas, tea, a roll and for desert, an apple crumble. The hospital has been making a serious effort to improve their food, and I must say it was very tasty. Of course, I’m a bachelor so my meals are pretty basic but still the supper was delicious. I kept falling asleep as I was eating the crumble, and would wake up with the loaded fork sitting on my chest – Ha! – imagine, not even able to get the food to my mouth, that’s a sad state of affairs. .What is your experience with hospital food? Do you think it has improved over the years or gotten worse?

Would you like another cuppa? I think I’ll have a candy cane as well – I brought some just to spread the cheer… 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 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/     

 

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