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/     


37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cindy knoke
    Nov 09, 2014 @ 02:09:00

    Such an utterly charming post! Thank you~ ❤


  2. Paul
    Nov 09, 2014 @ 02:47:04

    Hi Willow! As you can see, my week got a bit better as it went along – I even managed to squeeze in a few guest posts. I am proud of that as I am quite new to blogging. How did your week go? Any new visits from the Newbie? Oh, and i hope your Rememberance Day is a good one. Thanks for the opportunity to post. I know I got a bit picture crazy this week -thanks for leaving them all in.


    • willowdot21
      Nov 09, 2014 @ 05:05:51

      Hi Paul that was a brilliant post. I am glad to hear that your health has improved as the week has progressed. I have to admit that I was concerned about the fact that you mixed two medicines, never a good thing to do. I know you slept well , even with you extra supper… I can see you slipping off to the land of nodd whilst you PhD was getting cold!! It not so good that you awoke feeling so unwell.
      It is 6am the parades do not start until 10.30am with everywhere stopping for a minute’s silence at 11am.
      Oh! Paul can I have one of those sugar canes they look delicious. I have to dash now as my guests will be wondering where I am I have to still finish my post so if you give me a few minutes, virtual ones of course, then I bring you the largest piece of chocolate cake you have ever seen. xxxxx


      • Paul
        Nov 09, 2014 @ 05:29:36

        YUM! Chocolate cake – my favorite – a nice big piece please. That’s right thtis is the last weekend before Nov 11. Sadly it is not a lot celebrated here, except by gov’t and veterans.My prayers are with you and all those who fought so valiantly for our freedom.
        Yes, you most certainly can have a candy cane – that’s what I brought them for – to share. Please make sure that your guests help them selves as well – there’s lots to go around.

        I rarely mix medications but I was getting so frustrated and neither one was working – apparently they interact to make something much greater than either independently. Ha! Well, at least i made sure I was already in a hospital when i did it – do I get some points for that? 🙂 Remember – I’m charming. **Pours on the charm** How about now? 🙂

      • willowdot21
        Nov 09, 2014 @ 05:36:03

        Okay okay Sir Galahad a couple of points for being in the right place … but don’t do it again we do not want you to be unwell!! 🙂 😉 xxx

  3. markbialczak
    Nov 09, 2014 @ 03:43:16

    Sorry to year that you felt so lousy this week, Paul. To miss a dialysis treatment is not good. Get that blood cleaned out, my friend. And the restless leg during the dialysis, they must get that med balanced at last. Woeful that they have not yet.

    I saw the falcon walking our dog this week. Otherwise, the animal life here is Syracuse isn’t acting out of hand. Winter will be here soon enough, and squirrels will be attempting to chew their way through our screens to live in the rafters of our back porch attached to our house. I spread smelly granules up there in hopes of keeping the nut-hoarders out. The year we were between dogs, about six squirrels beat my efforts and stuffed pounds of insulation and branches and nesting material in the rafters. It was awful.

    I got the result of a glucose test this week. My three-month A1C was the lowest its been since 2010. My doc’s email to me said “Not Shabby.” I see him for six-month checkup in two weeks. That’s a good sign, good lab work numbers!

    Well, it was a great week for you with your two fantastic guest blogs elsewhere, Paul. Well done, both of them, so very different, too. I look forward to more. I have been hosted Nano Poblano, with 50 team members on Team Pepper, the Little Peppers, all posting at least once a day. Willow is on the team with me! Yay Willow!!

    Have a great week, Paul.


    • willowdot21
      Nov 09, 2014 @ 05:10:04

      Yea Mark I have given you and the team a heads up in my post.. Running late though but will be brewing up very soon I will cut you some sugar free cake . 😉 xxx


      • markbialczak
        Nov 09, 2014 @ 12:21:16

        Thank you, Willow! It is so very hard to keep up. Late is OK. I loved your poem in the form with the decreasing word count by lines, 10-9-8-7 …. It was a very cool poem. 🙂

      • willowdot21
        Nov 09, 2014 @ 12:33:41

        Thanks Paul I am glad yo like it. It is a nonet and goes 9 syllables down to one… I probably got my count wrong! 🙂 Yes it is hard to keep up!!! xx

    • Paul
      Nov 09, 2014 @ 05:46:25

      Hey Mark! Great to hear that your test results are good. Nothing better than going to a Dr’s appointment knowing there is good news. I got some phosphate test results back a few weeks ago and it seems we have beaten that problem after 5 years of trying – and like you said it feels good to win every now and then.

      Thanks for the compliment on the posts – I much appreciate it Mark. I’m working at it and have a few more lined up – two submitted and a few others started. A couple are Christmas posts, so you may not see them for a while. You’re doing a fab job co-ordinating the writing contest this tear – the Peppers are on top of it. i read as many as i can get to -it has increased my e-mail considerably since I already followed some of the participants. I had my e-mail down to 300 waiting and then I had a nap for 2 hours this afternoon and when i next looked there were 550 messages waiting. i may not survive this contest. ha!

      \Your battle with the squirrels each fall is a familiar one. When I lived with my wife in east Ottawa, we had a semi-detached with lots of squirrels. It was a yealy battle to keep them out. I wish you the best of luck.

      Thanks again for dropping by for a chat Mark and have a candy cane – they are calorie free e-canes. ha!


  4. socialbridge
    Nov 09, 2014 @ 07:40:37

    Paul, hope you’re feeling a lot better.
    Must say I’d go berserk if you started singing Christmas numbers anywhere near me in high Summer. Permitted after December 1!!!!


  5. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Nov 09, 2014 @ 13:45:12

    Sorry about the lousy feelings this week. Why is it that doctor’s don’t know what the right hand and the left hand are doing? Everything is filed electronically, so at least the pharmacist should see what you’re being prescribed. Do you tell each doctor all the medications you’re on?
    Hope for a resolution soon.
    We had a hint of snow showers yesterday. Nothing drastic yet. Three days of snow you say? It’s coming too fast. Hope a better week is ahead for you.


    • Paul
      Nov 09, 2014 @ 17:10:54

      Hi LTCT! Great to see you again this week. Thank you for dropping by for a cuppa and a chat. Yes, the doctors don’t play well with others for sure. My pharmacist is pretty good about that. he’ll usually le me know f two drugs react together.

      Our three days of snow only amounted to flurries, so it wasn’t too bad. I am feeling much better now – no idea what that was all about.

      Thanks again for coming by, I hope your week goes well too.


  6. tesscol
    Nov 09, 2014 @ 15:42:47

    Well hello again Paul, thank you for the warm welcome. i look forward to our chats in the virtual coffee room enjoying coffee and cake.
    On the theme of Christmas I have to tell you that both leaders of my 2 weekly singing session have been on the case this week! On Monday evening we were practicing christmas songs, one by Elton John that I had never heard before! and a couple of Carols. then on Wednesday afternoon we began with ‘Walking in the air’ the lovely song from a really old children’s film which is usually aired on TV around Christmas time. I won’t say ‘the holidays’ that is an American term applied to the Season which I don’t like.
    A cappucino would go down well now and maybe a piece of lemon drizzle cake if you have any?
    During the week I treated myself to a Manicure..a little luxury that I thought would cheer me up. I have been feeling particularly down lately,
    The beautician is a lovely young woman whose partner is a member of the Air Force and he is expected home from Afghanistan this week. She and her 2 little boys will have a period of adjustment ahead of them .I wonder is there anyone else among your company who would experience the same thing?
    last evening we had a special TV programme live from our Famous Albert Hall..A festival of Remembrance and then this morning we had the special ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall honouring all those who have lost their lives in WW1 and WW2 and many other conflicts. I was surprised to hear that many Canadians gave their lives to give us freedom. may they rest in peace. We will remember them.
    This coming week I am looking forward to meeting up with my youngest brother. I know it is a couple of years since I saw him so we have lots to catch up on. I will probably tell you about our day together next time.
    yesterday I had a great day at my Scrapbooking club with 10 of my fellow members. I am currently working on a book for one of my grand-daughters. She will receive it on her 18th birthday in 3 years time.
    I would love to post a picture of the page but am not skilled in that aspect!!!
    Thanks again for inviting me have a good week.


    • willowdot21
      Nov 09, 2014 @ 16:36:36

      I am glad to see you found us early this week!! Tesscol xxxxx


    • Paul
      Nov 09, 2014 @ 17:28:20

      Welcome Tesscol! Wow, you have had a busy week. Here’s your cappucino and lemon drizzle cake , put your feet up and relax. It’s fun to hear that your singing groups are practicing Christmas songs – and i do believe it is SIR Elton John, am I correct? Ha!

      Yes, our Armed Forces are also in Afaghanistan – they mostly won’t talk about it when they get back – pretty nasty stuff there I guess. Canadians did have a lot of forces fighting in Europe during both WW’s. Of course we are not a very large (population)country and many other countries contributed as well. All the Allied forces pulled together to get the job done. The bravery and sacrifice that so many made to ensure our freedom is staggering. I am glad there is a still a large celebration in Britain. here in Canada it is mostly gov’t and military who celebrate – although the poppies are everywhere to help us remember.

      You are working on a scrap book as a present in three years time? Wow! You plan ahead. I hope that your visit with family goes well this week.

      Please take care and we’ll meet again next week. Help yourself to another cappucino and lemon drizzle cake. there’s lots to go around.


  7. Exile on Pain Street
    Nov 10, 2014 @ 11:15:09

    Thank GOD for the change of seasons! I’ve done without–I served an 18-month sentence served in Arizona–and it’s better WITH than WITHOUT. Sure, there’s no snow (and I’m not even sure that’s a bad thing) but there’s also no spring or fall. Nuts to that, I say.

    I absolutely love the holiday season, mostly for secular reasons. I like the music and the way New York gets all gussied-up like a cheap, dime store whore. My deepest desire is to visit London during Christmas but it’ll have to wait until the kids are grown or I win the lottery.

    So sorry to hear about your meds. I wish I were a wizard. I’d wave a wand, sparks and smoke, and you’d be 100% healed.


    • willowdot21
      Nov 10, 2014 @ 11:30:39

      I agree it’s difficult to live without seasons . This year I will be spending in a warm climate and where they celebrate Christmas on January 9th. It will be strange. Hey ho we will see what we shall see. Any who welcome have a cupps Paul! One for you. xxx


  8. Paul
    Nov 10, 2014 @ 11:50:01

    Hi Mark! Great to see you here for a visit. I haven’t seen you around much in the last week or two. Yes, seasons make a nice change. I too enjoy the variation and sense of “What’s coming next?” And the Christmas season seems to be much more cheerful. Thanks for your concern about my health Mark – it’ll be fine eventually. It’s an honor to see you here. please come back again.


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