Just Jot it January: Foggy Haikus

My big sister told  me  to lighten up  so  here I am trying!

January Haiku

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Damp, dull and  foggy Twilight

Short steps,long steps join,

Head home cozy for the night .

 

Cold fingers, cold toes, red nose

Mist  as  you breath out

Keep moving keep warm, eyes close.

 

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IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: JUST JOT IT JANUARY

Welcome, come on in it is lovely  to see youthe 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. Paul  and  his guests  are all here  and they are enjoying  the warmth , 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.

It is  lovely  to see  you  all here today I  really  did  miss you all last  week! I hope  you all enjoyed Paul’s  post  over at  Marks place last Sunday! I was away in Spain, hubby  and I and our  two older lads. We stayed at  a nice place  and  we had plenty  of  good times  but I am afraid  my  heart  was not wholly in  it ! I did not want  to be abroad for Christmas. Our  youngest  son, his  wife  and  the Newbie  went to our daughter in law’s parents. ….

Anyway  here are some photos  of  the beautiful area  we stayed at.

Sun  Sea and wine

Sun Sea and wine

 

Restaurant  where  we had Christmas Dinner

Restaurant where we had Christmas Dinner

Looking  down to  the valley

Looking down to the valley

Afternoon Sun

Afternoon Sun

restaurant view

restaurant view

yes  we did have coffee

yes we did have coffee

trip to the mountains

trip to the mountains

Mountain Village

Mountain Village

Well we returned to freezing  weather  and I can  tell you it was quiet a shock!

Now  If We  Were having  Coffee: I would ask you how  your  Christmas  and New Celebrations went? Do  you celebrate  Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or  do you, like the Spanish Celebrate on the 6th January , the Epiphany, when the three kings arrive.

We had a lovely meal out Lunchtime on Christmas Eve.  In the evening though we found everything  was shut and the streets were empty as everyone  goes  home early  for what they call “Family  Meal”, so we went into the town square  and  looked  at  the  amazing  Nativity scene!  I did make a video   but have have put an older one  that I found on youtube   it  was taken in the daytime, mine was taken at  night and not as professional  so I have spared  you my video and a feeling of sea sickness! 🙂

Would  you like some cake? Did  you enjoy the video  it was beautiful at  night!  But  the video I  put up  shows  you much  more!

If  we were having coffee:  I would  ask  you  why  horrible  things happen in this  world. Paul mention  the Phu Family, Mr Phu  shot all of  his family  at three different  locations, why  was  this allowed to happen, especially  as  the man was known to have mental problems  and had  attacked  his wife previously! Well just before  Christmas, 24th December , Glasgow  was shocked  and stunned  when an out-of-control lorry careered along a packed pavement in George Square – which was packed with Christmas shoppers and families enjoying the annual festive carnival.  Read  more  here .

This  is so  sad so many lives touched.

If we were having coffee:  I would  offer  you more coffee and cake  and maybe  a liqueur coffee I think I would like an Irish  coffee

Irish Coffee

 

 

This Month January  is  Just Jot  It  January   run  by  LindaGHill  Well I am always up  for  challenge and I have done JusJoJan  before  and survived  so I am doing it again this  month/year. It  means I  must  jot out  a post  every day  of this month!……………….. eek! It is  a twofold blessing  not only  do  have to use  my grey matter I  get  to meet  lots of  new bloggers! I  hope  some of  them will come and join us  at our Sunday morning  get together’s.

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 Guest Post– Jan.04/2015

Foggy Thoughts

“Hedgehog in the Fog”

From a Russian fable directed by Yuri Norstein Hedgehog and Bear Cub having tea and counting stars “Isn’t it wonderful that we are together again?” “Oh, who other than you knows how to count the stars?”

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. This week Willow has returned from traveling over the holidays and we’ll be meeting once again at her home. 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. 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? Personally, my holidays have been quiet and I have gotten a lot of reading and writing done, By Friday, I realized that I had lost track of what day of the week it was, with so many holidays and a modified schedule. My dialysis appointments were all changed to accommodate the holidays, although they all went well. It is interesting how life seems to be organized by recurring circumstances like weekends or, in my case, appointments. Changing those leaves me a bit confused and I have to think about what day of the week it is. It has been very quiet here in my neighborhood as most of the university students are gone for the holidays. It seems so strange to walk out the door and see an empty street with no cars and no people. How has your world changed over the holidays? Will you be glad when your schedule returns to normal or will you be sad to say good-bye to the holiday celebrations?

The weather here in Ottawa has been very unusual for the time of year. It was above freezing most of last week and the bit of snow we had received has all melted – in contrast to last year when we had snow piled up from November. Towards the end of the week, it got very cold (it’s currently -20 C – about -4 F) and now we are expecting a snowstorm this afternoon changing to freezing rain with temperatures rising to well above freezing. Weather warnings have been issued and drivers have been asked not to travel unless necessary. Typically this time of year it is just plain cold without a lot of precipitation. Has your weather been unusual this year? Granted “usual” is hard to define but there is still a sense of “This doesn’t happen this time of year.”

Would you like another cuppa and a sweet while we chat? I don’t normally talk much about the weather – it is what it is – unless there is a major change. However, I seem to be sensitized after the last few years of climate change talk – waiting and watching for the other shoe to drop; a sort of nervous tension that asks if each slight difference is the beginning of a large change. Do you find yourself pondering any small change in the weather.

Anyway, enough of that, it doesn’t help to focus on it. On a national scene we had a domestic tragedy here in Edmonton western Canada this week when there was a mass murder of a family by the father – including 5 adults and 2 children. The man, Phu Lam, had a serious history of violence and troubles with the law. He had assaulted his wife and threatened to kill his family some years ago but his wife refused to press charges and had dropped all legal action. He also had a gambling problem that left him deep in debt. When he declared bankruptcy, the court decided that Mr. Phu had deliberately overspent with no intention of ever repaying the monies and consequently charged him with “Abuse of credit.” Ha! I didn’t realize such a law existed in Canada but apparently spending and then trying to renege on payment by declaring bankruptcy is against the law. You have to intend to repay any debts in order for bankruptcy to apply.

Over a period of a few days Mr. Phu shot and killed his family at 3 separate residences before he was caught. It seems so senseless that such a person who was known to have murderous tendencies and who had mental issues should be wandering around free to kill as he pleased. The news was in the media but there is not a lot of call for any reform or investigation because it was a family tragedy – no randomness to threaten anyone non- family. In other words, the rest of us feel pretty safe so no one bothers to question how this could have happened. And as much as I hate to admit it, the idea that the Phu’s are immigrants also seems to play some role in the lack of interest. The dirty little thought that, after all, they brought their problems with them to Canada. No one will admit this – it is politically incorrect – but you can feel it in the air along with a sigh of relief; see, there’s nothing wrong here that needs to be fixed. A lie we tell ourselves to make us feel better and sweep the problem under the rug. Do you see similar reactions in your country? – That those who are new citizens are somehow not as important as those who are born in your country? That their problems are not our problems?

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.

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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