If we were having Coffee: Uppers and Downers! Day 16 Nana Poblano


Hello everyone  and welcome to  this weeks  If we were having Coffee . Come on in the fires are lit  the cushions are plumped up and  we have  the coffee on.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!

morning ,noon and night

I do  hope  you have had a better  week than I have ! If we were having Coffee . I would  tell you what a strange week I have had  a meds  change  only  two tablets   but they are  Tramadol which is a morphine  based tablet making them addictive. I have been working at  getting  my  pain management regime under control for over eighteen months.I had  managed  to get from 26 tablets  daily  to 10. I had  had  not help  from my original GP  he was just  happy  to deal with  me over  the phone  just  refilling  my  prescription not once checking  me out or  enquiring if I felt I could drop any of the tablets.

It Hurts

I managed to find a  friendly  and helpful pharmacist who recommended a cut  down regime  which I  followed! Two  months ago I changed  my  Doctors surgery. I now  have what seems to be intuitive, and caring  help . I have had a  small op, a change of  tablets  loads and loads of tests all to make sure things are all A Okay! Her latest idea  is  for me to drop the two remaining  Tramadol which I am. BUT  I am suffering  I am having  to cope  with withdrawal which my  dear friends is not  nice, not nice at all. Joints hurt, my back hurts, I have a runny nose  and I have fits of coughing and sneezing, I feel so low  almost depressed  but I know  the anxiety and fear is withdrawal induced. Nightmares  and being unable to breath or relax in the night, headaches and Oh! the tiredness. But  Day  Four and I am still standing.  She  has upped the Gabapentin  though . These  are a neuropathic pain killers. I have to take  these, one ,  three times a day ( I was taking one twice a day ) It is a trade off  but it should  keep the pain at  bay  when the withdrawal is over and I am back to my old self.

yum yum 

Right sorry enough of  me moaning, lets have some  hot chocolate  and brandy  and a huge piece of  calorie  free cake!! There is so  much here to choose from. So  come on  have your  fill, enjoy.

If we were having coffee :  I would  tell you we saw  the Newbie  on Friday  and  he  was such a joy , the hubby was over helping out  by  doing  a repair  job for our son and his wife I joined  him as  I was feeling  stressed and anxious due  to the above meds  situation. While  the little family  was out (our son having a day off) I did some ironing as I cannot  just sit around. Unfortunately I think I overstepped a line.

Not Normal?

If we were having Coffee: I would  tell you that I am going  to try  and colour  my hair today . Of late  I have to admit I have let  the colour grow out . I had,  had it done black one  side and a subtle  red the other  the two colours feathering in to each other at  the rear! Well I do not feel like a trip to the hair dressers  so I am just going  black I am sure  the colour  will give a highlight effect.  I am doing this because  whilst out with a friend  we dropped into where I used to work and one of  the woman there asked  my  friend ( I had  gone in to the Ladies) ” Is  that  willow ? I hardly recognised her , she looked so normal” That  hurt so it is time to take action. I do not mind  normal  but …… well maybe I do.

Autumn Colours

If we were having Coffee: I tell you all about the wonderful  Autumn colours  and the fogs that are closing in on us. Sometimes  we have fog all day and it is damp and wet. Then a beautiful day may,  just as easily  emerge  through  the fog  and we can have beautiful Autumn sun. Mind  you  it is very difficult  to drive into low sun… especially  people  like  me under 5ft! I must not  moan  because it will be Winter soon and then it will be dark and cold  most of  the time!

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

 Yea Mark 




If we were having coffee: Guest post. Life and Death

Life and Death

Afternoon Tea (The Gossips) by Sir John Everett Millais 1889

 by Sir John Everett Millais 1889 Recently acquired by the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Recently acquired by the Winnipeg Art Gallery

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 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 an calorie free electronic sweets while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/ or worldwide. How has your week been?



This week I have been closely following Sue Jones blog as she and her family go through the loss of her granddaughter. Their strength and emotional fortitude is inspirational. I cried often while reading the real-time series of blogs that describes the premature birth of the little girl, then her subsequent death and burial. My heart goes out to Sue and her family. My prayers are with them.


Poppies laid on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa 

Photo Courtesy of: TOM HANSON / The Canadian Press

Remembrance Day was unseasonably warm this year as Canada paid tribute to all who fought and died to secure our freedom. The recent memories of the deaths of two Canadian soldiers here at home by murder – one at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier– have weighed heavily on the ceremonies. How did Remembrance Day go in your country? Was the weather decent? Were any particular ceremonies memorable?

Would you like another cuppa? Perhaps a sweet (remember these e-sweets are caloriefree)? Moving along then, the week here had one very warm day – November 11, Remembrance Day – sandwiched between below freezing temperatures with dark, threatening clouds and brisk winds. Friday afternoon and evening it snowed fast and hard for short periods of time. Sitting in the handicap bus waiting for another passenger on my way to dialysis, the snow swirled around and the world disappeared from view. It felt very peaceful, as if nature was covering the sins of the world in a clean white blanket. The mini blizzard slowly died down leaving a slight dusting of white on the ground and trees.

Mini Blizzard


So, the doctors finally got my medication right in order to control the restless legs in dialysis. As a result, this week’s treatments have been going very well. I was a little stiff after Friday’s treatment (not being able to move around during dialysis does that sometimes), but a good sleep cured that. My energy levels are up and I feel more positive.

Here in Canada this week all eyes have been on a developing story in Winnipeg, Manitoba (on the plains in central Canada). As a bit of background, there has been an increasing clamor about the worrying increase in the disappearances and deaths of First Nations Aboriginal women. The province of Manitoba has been the worst, with Alberta not far behind. The statistics are a bit confusing and the government has been hiding behind those statistics. Over the whole country, the deaths are slightly above average for the general population – nothing worrying. But when the small geographical area is taken into consideration and the history and increasing numbers – the picture is very, very bad. A number of high profile groups have been demanding an inquiry.

Eagle and Wolf Tattoo


Earlier this week a young 16 year old First Nations girl by the name of Rinelle Harper went for a walk with two young men down by the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg. She and friends had met the men earlier and when her friends left she decided to stay chat with the men. They then beat her, raped her and threw her into the very cold river to die. She managed to scramble out downstream and while lying there, the young men came by again and beat her once more. Seven hours later some passers-by found her and rushed her to the hospital. She is recovering – against all odds. The absolute horror of this behaviour – the inhumanity of the men – is resounding around the country. In order to find the perpetrators, the police got permission from Rinelle’s parents to release her name. It worked, and the two men responsible were arrested on Friday and imprisoned.What are your thoughts on this horrendous behaviour? Can someone exhibit this behaviour and still be sane? What do you think should be done with the young men? (They will be tried and sentenced here, likely on attempted murder charges as well asother charges.) Meanwhile the really BIG question remains – Why is this happening to our Aboriginal women? What are we doing that is failing their safety?

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/ 





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