If we were having coffee: Scans, Orchids and pills!

Hello  and  welcome  come in it is lovely  to see you all here again. The fires are lit  the cushions are plumped up and  we have  the coffee and tea on  the go  and the cakes and sweets are all set out.  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 ask  you what  has been going on in your world this week, has  anything  deeply affected  you, have  you need a sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry  on or  just  needed someone  to make  you laugh! If  yes  feel free to talk it out  here  with us. We will all help if  we can.

If we were having Coffee: I would  remind  you  that  there  are lots of  other  coffee mornings  all shared  and organized  By  Diana  and  Gene’O  over at, Part time monster   and it is growing like Topsie!

If we were having  Coffee: I would tell you  that it  has been a busy  week  full of  all the usual  things, housework, shoping, going to the gym and classes.  On Friday  I accompanied  the husband  to the  same  National Health  walk in center  that we took  our  neighbour , who  had fallen out of  a  tree, last  week. ( Newsflash  the neighbour  has  three cracked  vertibra and  bruised  ribs! He is a lucky  fellow  not to have been more seriously  hurt. He  has been warned  to take it easy  but  he  is a stubbon  guy  but I  guess  he knows  his own  body)

Good News

Now I was saying  I went  with the husband  to the NHS walk in  center he was sheduled  to have two scans. If remember  I have  been mentioning  how unwell he has been  since  he had an operation on 10 December. Anyway  the scans  revealed  two  problems  that  we were  aware of  and nothing  new  and sinsiter .  This  is good  and  he will see his doctor  next  week  to find out  the best way  forward. So  that  is really  good news!

If  we were having  coffee : I’d ask if  you would  like another  cuppa  or even something  stronger  maybe  or  even some  lovely  cakes  or  biscuits. We do have a vast selection.  Oh!  have I shown  you our Orchids? Now  we have two, a dark  pink one  which  has  not  flowered or even  really  grown  for two years  now   but  which  has suddenly  decided  to  wake up  and be  totally  stunning .  The  second  is a lighter  pink  that  has been in constant flower  since  September.  It is  really lovely  to see these  two  beautiful  plants flowering in our  kitchen brightening  up  out  winter  months.

Here  are  some  photos

Deep Pink Orchid

Deep Pink Orchid

Light Pink Orchid

Light Pink Orchid

Deep Pink Orchid

Deep Pink Orchid

If we were having  coffee: I would  say that I am finding  my  core classes  harder  since  having  dropped one  of  pain killers, Tramadol . I was on 12 x 50 mgs  a day  it has taken  me  18months  to  get rid of  the damn things  and at times I have suffered  terrible  withdrawal  symptoms especially the last two months of  coming off them. I am menally  more  aware   but  the pain levels  have increased  but  I am learning to  cop  with that. I suffer  with constant  pain  but I would of  still be in pain  if I was  still on them   so better  to be in full comand  of  my whits. I do still take Gabapentin  , I have  cut  them  down  from 2 x 300mgs 4 times  a day  to I x 300mgs  2times a day. I am proud of  that  too. It  does  make life harder  but I do  not  want  to be  a zombie , which I was!

If we were having  Coffee:  would like to remind  you  about

A Thousand Voices Speak For Compassion

I heard about it first  on TanGental’s page here   and also on Gene’Os page  here . The idea  is to get 1000 bloggers on the same day to write posts about compassion, kindness, support, caring for others, non-judgement etc.? (Date to be decided.(it’s suggested 20th February 2015) We could call it 1000 Voices For Compassion.Who’s in? I really  would  like to be  but I need to think really  hard  about  what  to write about  but I am  going to think about it  and I am going to take part … If  anyone  has any  suggestions I would  be very grateful to hear them!

And of course  the

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over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

 

If We Were Having Coffee – Feb.01/2015: GUEST POST

Mosques and Toast

Paul your Barista

Paul your Barista

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul, I’ll be your barista today and I’m happy to be here once again. Please come in and make yourself comfortable. Willow has plumped the cushions and started a cozy fire so we can warm yourselves while we have a cuppa and chat. As usual, 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. Also available is a large selection of spirits for addition to your cuppa or in its place. We can relax while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

Well, it has been cold and snowy here this week and is currently -24 Celsius (about -16 F) as I write this. I am looking forward to joining with you in Willow’s cozy living room by a warm and cheery fire.

As a short update on the Islamic extremist issue, some push back is being felt here in Canada. According to the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, a particularly violent imam in Montreal is planning to build an Islamic community center. But “The Islamic community centre that controversial imam Hamza Chaoui had hoped to open in east Montreal will not see the light of day, local officials said.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/montreal-wont-grant-imam-permit-to-open- islamic-community-centre/article22734064/ The city went on to elaborate: “Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre backed Menard’s decision, saying it was an issue of public order and safety, and not freedom of expression.” This statement has solidified the Canadian belief that Freedom of Expression is not inalienable – that in fact other concerns come first, like public order and safety. To me this is an inevitable result of extremism that is taught in some mosques by some imams. The issue here, of course, is that now we are legislating religions and what they can say and where they can say it – a form of censure. Religion and politics have always had an uneasy relationship as both seek to capture people’s hearts and be their source of power. And, as the Bible itself says: “No man can have two masters.” The extremists have crossed the line and forced politicians to takeaction to maintain order. This will have serious repercussions but I do not see any meansof avoiding the coming conflict.

So, how about a refill of your drink? And would you like a sweet too – we have cake, cupcakes, biscuits, brownies, and beaver tails (a recent Canadian addition of fried dough with a sugar coating and a fruit or chocolate filling – yum!).

Well now, time for a little levity. A small company in Vermont, US, called Vermont Novelty Toaster, has perfected the ‘Selfie toaster’. For the reasonable price of $64 USD you can send a picture of yourself and receive a toaster that imprints your picture on every slice of \bread you toast. Also available are Jesus, Virgin Mary, Buddha (thank God no Mohammed) and others. The pictures are generated by stainless inserts that slide into a specially designed toaster and which can be interchanged. So, you can have a selfie one day, Jesus another and then a peace sign the following day – it’s all up you. The company can be found at http://www.burntimpressions.com/ . Or if you have a teen who is into Buddhism, you can give her toast with Buddha smiling up at her and you can have your Jesus toast. Hopefully they will not make this available to Muslims.

The possibilities are limitless – if you can take a picture of it, they can put it on toast… That’s about all we have room for this week, so it’s time to settle in with another cuppa and watch the fire. Sweets anyone? Please join me in thanking Willow for her invitation to tea. We are all honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. Willow is over there serving her guests and chatting it up. Let’s go see how she is today. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you back here for tea again next week.

 

Just Jot It January: Dawn Reflections

Alone , at dawn I  sort out  a quiet  place

Finding a vantage  point  I sat  and rested.

My  mind  took  flight  conjuring up  your  face.

Looking  back over the years  at  emotions  invested.

 

Yes  we were young  lovers once  before  the years came

And  took away our  innocence  and freedom

We tried, we worked hard,   but things  changed  all the same

Awaking one morning and the passion is gone.

 

Friendship  though  and deep love can be of  more use

Than mad boiling passions. Bills to pay children to raise

Some one to lean on, talk to,  shield   from abuse

Together, older, wiser  but  as one to end our days.

 

 

 

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Just Jot It January: Jealousy

Okay I  cannot  do a  proper post  tonight ! I had  a  very  special  poem I  was going  to write this evening.  A  poem about  leaves.

But  the  husband  is being  a green eyed  devil  tonight  he is jealous of my  writing .

He  hates  me  being on  the computer   but  that  is okay  because I am a determind creature  when I want  to  be.

Anyway I  am so  tired  tonight I  cannot  argue  so I  am giving in  and only  writing  this  very  short  explanation
just  so I  can qualify   for  my

Just Jot  it January! MEN!!

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Counting Stars

I need something  inspiational !

Hugs  to everyone!

Just Jot It January: Music Theme – The Doctor Is In

Johnny chose the music theme for this week.

Now I have not been able to do one of  these  themes  for a while  and I  may  not  be able  to another  for a while  so I  hope  the others  will not mind  my  jumping in!

When do we need a doctor?

Well  who  knows  but  I am going  back to my  youth  for my  Dr tales… Better  than the real ones!!

First off  lets  have a smile  with  Peter Sellers  and  Sofia  Loren  with   Goodness Gracious Me 

Then  lets  go  back  to  when I was a young  gal!! with  the Thompsom Twins  with a slower  than usual version of  Doctor  Doctor

It takes  me back  to when I was 27yrs .. better  than a Doctor!

Next  lets have  the  sugar  and honey  voice  of Gregory Isaacs  with Night Nurse. His  vocice  could cure  most  of  my ills !

Lets  pump  the medicine up  now  with some heavy !! Van HAalen  Somebody  get  me a doctor

Phew  lets  take it down again…… Another  soothing  doctor , who might  ask, “if I said  you had a beautiful  body  would  you hold it against me!” Its Dr Hook  and When you are are in love  with a beautiful  woman.

Now  when the world is in trouble  who  do  you call        NO! Not  ghost  busters.  You  need  Dr Who , here are  the  original  theme  and the rejigged theme  from 2014.

And  finally  the time comes  when you reach  the bottom of  the pit  or  the end of  the road. No  doctor  can help you them. The most poigniant  song I have ever heard  is  from the Verve  singing The  drugs  don’t work.

Please  check out  the other themists.

Lisa       Bear    Maddie    Antanya   Johnny

 

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Jut Jot It January: I won’t get out of here.

Help they are coming

Sliding  down  the walls, creeping  across  the  floor

Seeping in through the windows sticking  to the sills

Emerging  through  the  floorboards peeking in at  the door

Smelling  quite  unholy, ever  urging draging out  all ills.

 

There is  no  escape  for  me I  am truly  trapped

By  this  evil  creeping, slimy monster

It’s opened up my inner fears  and has  my life’s blood tapped.

I must not  alert the others. Don’t want cause a stir.

 

Now  it’s  making  noises,  winding up to a scream

I don’t  want  the others to hear  them,  that  would’nt be right.

They are  becoming louder,  spinning like a dream.

Closer  and closer  they come, will I survive  the night.

 

Louder  and louder  their  screams  begin to rise

They  are  filling the space in my head, I cannot  breathe.

Smell is eating up  my  nose  and here come the flies

They  have shut the door and locked it, now I shall never  leave.

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HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY 27/JANUARY. 70YEARS ON.

Today  is  Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) is a national commemoration day in the United Kingdom dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in The Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

On  this  day  70 years  ago  the Russian Troops  arrived  at and liberated   Auschwitz.  I have  written  two poems to try and express how terrible  Auschwitz and the other death camps were.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Arrival

The  train stopped!

Days had  passed, lost count

Pleople  had died  like  flies they’d dropped.

The  smell the fear, bad  enough, began to  to mount.

 

Get out,  Get out  get out, quick , quick

They  screamed at them , move, move  are you thick?

The  dead  and  weak at the front they scrapped to  the floor

The  rest of them  fell or stumbled out of the door.

 

Line  up , women and children here

Men and teenage  boys over there .

They  did not  know  the  significance

Right, left  , life  death  the difference.

 

The  old,   the babies , those  who were weak

Went one  way, lost  forever  tired, quiet and meek.

The  S.S. doctors selected  the fit and  the strong

To  work  them to death …… It  would  not take  long.

 

This  way , hurry  we have nice showers  for you

You won’t  need  your  clothes we will give  you all something new.

Into  the showers yes  mixed no room for shyness or  shame

Who  bloody  cares  you will never  be seeing anyone  again.

 

Thousands when into the” Shower Blocks” unsure  and scared

No one  came out  alive,  hydrogen cyanide made  sure  they died .

Sonderkommandos where waiting  to clear  the  dead bodies 

Into the furnaces , the doors open wide.

 

Those who  went the other  way

Were stripped and shaved, to survive another day

They were registered  and given   numbered tattoos

Forced  through  a shower given striped pyjams and wooden shoes.

 

No one lasted long they were worked to death

The  food was to little  and  people  would fight

To survive , but hunger  and exhaustion took their last breath

Or a bullllet, a surgeons knife , a beating  or sicknes  in the night.

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Voices

Tell me now and tell me true

What have I ever  done to you

I have never even raised  my voice

Tell me now is it  a crime to be a Jew.

 

Why did you  you take  my baby

Left me to live this evil life

Snatched from my breast , leaving me crazy.

All my  family  gone, escaped, at least  this strife.

 

I no longer see men , women or children

I just see bodies, I push them through

I scrape  them out again to burn

They will kill me  too, I am a Sonderkommando what can I do.

 

Turn away do not  look

Here comes  the Kapo 

Don’t get in his bad book.

He is  the one in the know.

 

Yes sir  no  sir , lick  your boots

I shall do anything  to stay alive

I’ve no family  left  or any  roots.

If you like me I  might just  thrive……….

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I cannot  write  enough in this  blog  it would  be never ending . I do urge  you to read The Holocaust Explained . I would also recommend  a film  The Devils Arithmatic  it is a very  good  film  and even children  could  watch and  learn  much  from it.

I have done  my  best  with this post, I cannot do the subject justice  but I have done my  best.

I cannot  apologize  for the words or  photographic material, all I can say is, it is all true.

PLEASE MAY WE NEVER FORGET. 

Just Jot it January: Exposed,trapped.

Once blessed  and smiled on from up above

Yes showered  with adoration

All was within my tiny grasp

What more was there I’d ask

Queen of all I saw

Then exposed

My flaws

All.

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Flutter here flutter  by

Come  come  sweet  butterfly

Why such  sorry  why  such pain

Spread  your wings  smile again.

Unfurl your  wings  you must  try

To  reach the sun you must fly.

Don’t  lie  there on the ground

Escape escape  before  you are  found!

 

 

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If We Were Having Coffee – Jan.25/2015 Guest Post: Missed the Target

Missed the Target

Paul your Barista

Paul your Barista

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul, I’ll be your barista today and I’m happy to be here once again. Please come in and make yourself comfortable. Willow has plumped the cushions and started a cozy fire so we can warm ourselves while we have a cuppa and chat. As usual, 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. Also available is a large selection of spirits for addition to your cuppa or in its place. We can relax while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

Hi, willow  here,  please  forgive  my  intrusion   but I somehow  lost Paul’s  guest  post  somewhere  in the ether   so  it is all my  fault  he  is late  here  . Please  all of  you and  especially  Paul  forgive  me!! 

It’s been cold and dark and damp here all week. We haven’t gotten any more snow but there is no doubt that it is the depths of winter. There hasn’t been much exciting in my week, just the same routine. Which can be interpreted as good.

From a business perspective, though it has been an interesting week in Canada. The big news has been the failure and subsequent $7 billion bankruptcy of Target stores Canada announced a week ago Friday after less than 2 years of operating in Canada.

Would you like another cuppa and a sweet? Before your eyes cross with boredom – I promise that I’ll keep it interesting by looking at it from a shopper’s perspective and from a human perspective. Target is a competitor of Wal-Mart in the US. Wal-Mart does about $100 billion sales per year in the US and Target does a respectable $60 billion. Canada was Target’s first foray outside the US and they made quite a few serious mistakes that turned off customers so they stayed away in droves. Target bought out a Canadian chain that was failing in order to get the properties for development – properties that were in older malls and locations. They opened 133 stores right across Canada within a year and a half, employing over 17,000 people. And then they failed to have competitive prices and they had serious supply chain issues that left their shelves often empty. After losing over $2 billion in operations alone, they gave up and decided to slink back to the US to lick their wounds and give their stockholders the bill for the total $7 billion dollars they burnt through in less than 2 years – no doubt the largest retail failure for a company starting business in Canada.

Before Target arrived here, the Canadian retail market was basically shivering with worry that Target would come into an already well served market and take business from current retailers. To address that threat retailers prepared by increasing their efficiencies,holding prices steady, and trying to make customers happier by improving current prices and services. We, the customers, were quite happy with that and looked forward to Target’s arrival to provide even more competition. In the preventative category, the properties that Target was looking to buy changed hands a few times just to keep them out of Target’s hands. Eventually that proved to be a losing strategy and Target bought the leases and properties they needed.

So, on one hand, we were all interested to see Target reduce prices and yet we were all a bit scared about what they would do to the retailers and jobs that were already here. On Target’s part, they were certain – $7 billion worth of certain – that they could move into Canada and compete here to their profitability. And we believed them – the only question as how profitable, not whether profitable. Many of the Canadians who had been hired as the management of Target later said that Target was very arrogant and refused to listen to any of the input and suggestions of the very people that they had hired to run the company. Target simply ignored the reality of retailing here, and just transplanted their American operations into this market. They ignored the long distances between stores, the lower population, the longer supply lines, the competitiveness, the Canadian culture and, most of all, the sophistication and desires of Canadian shoppers. Target didn’t even bother to set up an online sales presence- a service that Canadians use a lot as one of the most wired countries in the world with long empty distances between markets. .

So, we stood in awe and fear as we watched an American giant march across our border and set up shop, determined to woe us with their operation and cleverness. And we peeked at what they had to offer and decided it wasn’t as good as what was already here, and we left. Not long after we watched with mixed feelings as the giant announced a massive failure, closed up shop and marched back from whence they came. On one hand it was sad to see the 17,000 jobs disappear, on the other hand it felt good that we had a marketplace that could withstand such an assault and walk away unscathed. It meant that we really were being well served by our marketplace and less of our hard earned money would now be siphoned south of the border. All in all an interesting story in Canadian retailing and a tale that will keep Business School students busy with case studies and assignments for years to come.

That’s about all we have room for this week, so it’s time to settle in with another cuppa and watch the fire. Sweets anyone? Please join me in thanking Willow for her invitation to tea. We are all honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. Willow is over there serving her guests and chatting it up. Let’s go see how she is today. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you back here for tea again next week.

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