If We Were Having Coffee – May 3/2015: Guest Post.

Happy Thoughts


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?

Well, it’s been an interesting week all around. It never ceases to amaze me how kind people can be just out of the blue. I’ve had a problem with water leaking into my apartment through the ceiling for about a year now. The manager had a lot of work done on the roof and the problem stopped for the winter. A few weeks ago when it rained hard, the leak started up again. It is a lot of water and I have seen myself haul over 100 liters (about 25 gallons) out in buckets after a storm. So, the manager approached me this week and asked if I would move into another comparable but slightly larger and newer unit this coming week. He will keep my rent the same and give me some people to help me move. I agreed; glad to be rid of the water. Anyway, I met one of my fellow renters, Steve, who I chat with regularly and he asked how things were going. I mentioned the move to him and he said I should give him a call and he would be happy to help. I thought that was very kind of him and agreed to call. So, I’m tidying up this weekend and getting ready to move. It isn’t much but I like to leave the apartment relatively clean when I go. I know they will be tearing out the ceiling and walls, so I’m not overly concerned except on general principles.


Would you like a refill of your cuppa? Perhaps a sweet – piece of cake or biscuit or a slice of pie? All our sweets are calorie free here. Oh, as a follow up to last week’s rant, I received my bus pass in the mail on Friday before I needed to use it to go to dialysis. My little tussle with the bureaucracy paid off. I should mention, as one of the commenters suggested last week, that this whole pass thing is a basically me wanting to stay straight with the world. It is the city that sends the pass and it is the city that supplies the transportation, so there is no money that changes hands and whether I get a pass or don’t, the drivers will still give me a ride. Everyone who does the actually work realizes that this is a simple accounting activity (i.e. which department gets to claim the cost) and there is no enforcement that would deny me a ride. I just try very hard to play by their rules as I am grateful for the service and don’t want to do anything to jeopardize the services.


So, for our British readers, congratulations on the newest addition to the Royal family this weekend. I see Kate has come through with her health intact and now has a new 8 pound baby girl. It is wonderful to see all the happiness and cheer and celebrations in the news for a change. In perusing the news of the birth I found it amusing that many publications were listing the odds that gamblers were placing on what name will be chosen for the new princess. That’s not something that would be seen here in Canada. It occurred to me that Prince William could disguise himself and place a bet and then name the princess so he would win. Ha! Not that he would but it is a humorous thought.

Would you like a refill while we chat? Please feel free to choose anything from our large selection. Anyway, on the cheerful front (for some) this week in Vancouver, British Columbia’s foray into legalized marijuana has run into the surfeit of laws yet again. Ha! Apparently one of the “illegal” marijuana dispensaries decided to enhance business by offering a free joint (or marijuana cookie) to any first time visitors to their shop. There are dozens of these “illegal” shops as defined by federal laws – which, in Canada, are responsible for drug regulations. However the province of British Columbia has decided to tolerate the sale of marijuana as it is so popular in that province (the weather is perfect for cultivation, there is cheap electricity and the public attitude is very permissive). In fact marijuana is the largest cash crop in the province – over $6 billion annually. Anyway, the police are scratching their heads because they have no laws to enforce and yet really don’t want marijuana being distributed free. So, the promotion continues – if you are interested in trying marijuana, then hurry on over to Vancouver where, for now, you can not only buy it but, for now, try it for free.


Oh, in closing did you know that Saturday was World Naked Gardening Day? How did you celebrate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Naked_Gardening_Day )  If you forgot or weren’t aware, then we will allow you to celebrate on Sunday instead.

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

And of course  the


over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s


29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    May 02, 2015 @ 21:10:07

    Thanks so much for the fine editing and for posting my humble piece Willow. And thanks for incorporating the update. I hope all is good with you and yours. Have a great weekend!


  2. cordeliasmom2012
    May 02, 2015 @ 21:28:58

    I’m glad you’re being moved into a better apartment. Living among water damage is not healthy.


    • willowdot21
      May 02, 2015 @ 21:40:28



    • Paul
      May 02, 2015 @ 22:00:24

      Hi CM! Thanks for dropping by for a cuppa and a chat. Great to see you. I keep a fan running in the room and have the window and door cracked when it is warm enough.That keeps the moisture content down. It will be a relief to get away from the rain and I can enjoy thunderstorms and heavy rain without worrying about bailing out my room. Besides i get a bigger and more newly renovated room for the same price. The new fridges are double the size of the little ones – and the freezers are much bigger and frost free (I have a growth of frost on mine right now that halves the size). I will still be on the first floor with a back door and a small deck with internet and cable TV. Perfect. There are a few ruffians in that building (it is 3 buildings down on the same block) but the manager says they are not on the first floor. I should be fine.

      Thanks again for visiting CM. have a great week.


  3. Corina
    May 03, 2015 @ 07:16:46

    So glad you are getting to move to another apartment. Larger, newer, and the same price! Super. And it was thoughtful of the landlord to find some people to help you move. I hope it works out for you. I don’t know how it could be worse than all that water, though!


    • willowdot21
      May 03, 2015 @ 07:21:59

      Hi Corina have a comfy seat Paul is on his way.


    • Paul
      May 03, 2015 @ 09:11:12

      Hi Corina! Thanks so much for dropping by for a read, a cuppa and a comment. Yes, it will be nice to not have to worry about that any more. I’m not looking forward to moving as I don’t walk very well and stairs are a pain – there are 5 stairs up to each unit. But we shall make it work. Thanks again for the visit Corina. I hope your week goes well.


  4. Let's CUT the Crap!
    May 03, 2015 @ 10:37:41

    Awesome about the move to another apartment. Guess your landlord is one of the good guys.
    I can’t remember the rest of your post because of your closer: naked gardening. They have a day for that? Hmm. 😀 😀 😀


  5. morgaine620
    May 03, 2015 @ 15:56:53

    Glad you are going to have a new apartment. That’s mighty nice of the manager and the guys who are going to help you. It was a bit cold for the naked gardening around here and I believe we would have lost our accommodation as our landlord and landlady live right next door and are devout and very conservative Christians :-)… never mind I’m not into the naked thing anyway. Have a great week and thanks for a great post!


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