Coffee with Friends

If  we  were having  Coffee  :  time  again to ask how  are  you all are   and  what  have  you been up  to this  week!  Come in it is lovely  to see you all here again. The fires are lit and  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  

Right  now I am exhausted  it has  been a  busy  day  set  at  the end of  a very  busy  week! I am not  really  sure  where  to start!

Yesterday  was Anzac Day, and  there  was  a  full day’s  worth  of  Remembrance for  those who  fell .  Read  here.  Princess Anne  her  husband  , the  Queen  and Prince  Philip  all took part  in  the services  today,  read  here . Prince  Charles  and Camilla  traveled  to Anzac  Cove  to  lay a wreath read  more  here .



Tomato plants.
Sunny Daffs

If  we  were  having  Coffee  : I would  tell  you  that  our  tomatoes are  growing  well  and  soon  they  will be  ready   to  put out  into  grow bags! I have  also  put up  a photo  of  my  beloved  Daffodils. I  do  love  them  so for  their  colour  the  freshness  and  their  hopefulness!  There is  not  enough  hope  in this  world  that  we cannot  enjoy  the  sunny  Daffodils.

Garden flowers
The Rockery

If  we  were having  Coffee:  I wold  share  with  you some  photos  of  my  week of  the unseasonable  sunshine  and  the  joys  of  nature! All  this  month  I  have  been  very  busy  keeping up  with  April A  to Z  Challenge   which I  had  decided  not  to  do  but  when it  came  to the  crunch I  could  not , not  pick  up  the baton  and  run  so  all  this  months  I have been  writing  a  Nonet  to  correspond  to  the  letters  of  the alphabet yesterdays  was V  and  with it  being  Saturday it  was  conjoined  with LindaGHill‘s  SoCs  with  the prompts  being  Very or  Vary  or  derivatives there of!

It  has  been  fun  but very  hard , finding  a  subject  each  day  beginning  with  the letter  of  the day  has  been hard  but I have  done  my  very  best!

If  we  were having coffee : I  would  replenish  your  cup  and off you  a cake…

Coffee and cake

I  do like  the  though  of  chocolate  and strawberry  cake! What  type  of cake  do  like  best ? Do  let  me  know  even  send  a photo  or  recipe  or  even  both ! I  could  display  them  next  week.

Now it is  getting  very  late   and I  need  to get  to bed  so I  am setting  this  up  now  to  go out  tomorrow  which is in  a few  minutes  time !I  need  my  sleep  and I have  to admit  that  I am very  tired  so I shall have  to  bid  you all farewell  for  now  and look forward  to seeing  you all again  next  week!

Okay  lets  all go  and join  Paul  and his  guests  now  for  a  chat  and  more  coffee!

And of course  the


over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

Hugs to you all

If We Were Having Coffee Guest Post– April 26/2015


High tea in Government House in Edmonton Alberta.
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?

So, I travel to dialysis three times a week by a handicap bus. Because it is so often and I am on disability, the bus pass is covered under Health and Safety Services (HSS). For this I am grateful. However, dealing with HSS has to be the most frustrating experience I have ever had. Naturally enough, they want yearly confirmation by a doctor that I still qualify for this service, so they send a form to me for the doctor to sign. I received that form late last week and on Monday, while he was doing rounds, I got the dialysis doctor’s signature. So far, so good. Dialysis is very obliging and has some stake in their patients arriving in a timely manner so they offered to fax the form to the appropriate government office. The form says clearly and unambiguously “… fax to Valerie Gauthier at 613-580-4760” in big letters on the top. So, dialysis faxes this form, attaches the confirmation of fax receipt from the receiving fax at the correct number, to the form and returns it to me. Knowing this department is notoriously incompetent (very kind and considerate and easy going and approachable and very seldom, if ever, get anything right the first time around) I decide to follow up to make sure this form has been received.

Para Transpo Handicap Bus

Would you like a refill? Perhaps a sweet? On Thursday afternoon, I look up the number for Valerie in the city of Ottawa employee directory, and call. Valerie informs me in a very upset tone that I have the wrong person – she no longer does that. Fine, I tell her that her name is on the form – I hesitate to ask what her problem is. So Valerie kindly gets me the number of my worker and explains that all services are coordinated through her – Diane Miron. So I call Diane, identify myself and explain why I am calling. Diane informs me that she doesn’t take care of that and asks who and what number I faxed the form to. So I tell her the name and number on the form. Diane tells me that the person and the number are wrong – and uses a tone that implies I’m stupid. I object that I did precisely what the form asked me to do. Diane says they haven’t gotten around to changing the form yet and checks the computer. She tells me that the computer does not show that the form has been received and asks when I sent it. I tell her (4 days ago) and she says that Julia Hamilton now takes care of this and that she should eventually get the form anyway. So, I thank Diane and look up Julia’s number. She is not in and I leave a message. So far I have used over ½ hour of my time and city workers time fruitlessly because the form had the wrong info on it. And still I have no answer and the city wonders why their workers’ productivity is so low.

City of Ottawa HSS Building

The following day I received a call back from Julia who told me that the form was no where to be found and that I should re-fax it to 613-580-2790. Of course I don’t have a fax at home so I faxed it that night in dialysis. I impressed upon her that the form had a different number on it and she told me that the form had been revised now, which of course was after it had already been sent to all the applicants. So anyone who got the renewal form this month will not get their bus pass unless they followed up with a call and re-fax to a different number. Oh, and by the way, she informed me that there is a number that I should call in future for inquiries and they will relay a message to her- I  shouldn’t call her direct. How do you do dealing with government departments? Do they frustrate you as well? Do tell.

Another cuppa perhaps? Would you like a sweet, they are very tasty and calorie free. On another note, I was reading an article in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper and paper of record (a national newspaper that carries official and legal notices by government decree) about a group of 3 young men who disappeared from a Winnipeg university in the mid 2000’s read  here  They communicated that they were going to join Al-Qaeda. One man was American and he showed back up in the US – extradited from Pakistan – charged with providing help to terrorists. He has since been incarcerated. The Canadian families of the remaining young men had some hope that their sons would be found and extradited as well, but that is not the policy. Apparently, in its war on terrorism, the American government has been getting a lot of flak at home about killing American citizens who are affiliated with terrorists overseas. Consequently, when possible, they capture and return Americans to the US where they are charged and imprisoned. That being said, they do not have a similar policy for other foreign nationals including Canadians – they are killed on sight when appropriate, often by drones.

Ahmad Waseem, left, of Windsor, Ont., was wounded in combat in Syria. John Maguire, centre, is a former University of Ottawa business student who was under RCMP investigation after leaving for Syria last year. Hasibullah Yusufzai, right, is a B.C. man charged with terrorism in July.

So, it occurs to me that the US government is seeing negative backlash at home when it kills Americans overseas – how do they think everyone else feels when other nationalities are killed by Americans in other countries? And their backlash is coming on proven American terrorists, how do they think others feel when innocent people are killed in American raids and activities? The Americans call this “collateral damage” – I call it generating more terrorists and people worldwide who hate America’s foreign policy, military, and government (note the Oxford comma after “military” – a tribute to Doobster’s punctuation lessons.) What do you think? Does anyone (regardless of nationality) who engages in terrorism or collaborates with terrorists deserve to die overseas even if they have not personally harmed anyone? (For example the terrorists’ bakers and confectioners are considered collaborators and are killed on sight.) And what about the innocents who are killed – those whose only crime was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?

On that note, 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 sweets and beverages of your choice again next week.

Afternoon Tea In The Desert
And of course  the


over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

Not the A to Z April Challenge : SoCs. Very Viscous Circles Vary.

Very Viscous Circles

Round  we  go in very viscous circles

Beating our heads against  the  walls

With varying  degrees  of

Pain. We  hurt so very much

Recoiling  at  the

The slightest touch.

So very sad

We vary


LindaGHill said  Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: vary/very. Use one, use ’em both, add stuff to ’em, your choice. Have a blast!”

So this  is  part  of  LindaGHill’s  Stream of  Consciousness Saturday  : Rules  here







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