If We Were Having Coffee – Nov.23/2014 Guest Post

A Personal Rant and Missing Trees.

 

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

On the news front, it appears to have been a rather slow week in general – a few hotspots in the world to concern locals, but no large issues. I get a lot of my news from Canada’s national newspaper – The Globe and Mail – and two of today’s articles on the first page of the e-edition are: “The cold hard facts about seven winter driving myths” and “Tedium, kids? It’s all in a day’s work.” Mind you, these are two small articles, but still they seem to point to a slow news cycle. Which, I would argue, is a good thing. Anything of interest happening in your part of the world? Local or national news that affects you?

On a personal front Friday night’s dialysis went poorly, very poorly. I upset one of the nurses; numerous attempts at inserting the dialysis needles failed; at which point the hospital RAN OUT of the type of needles I have used for 6 years. I threatened to leave; they scrambled and found two needles of which they only successfully inserted one; they tried to do the dialysis with one needle only partially working. This lead to successively poorer and poorer dialysis until after part way through, it failed completely (line pressures went out of range). They then insisted that they wanted to use a different type of needle. I’ve tried these before and because my fistula (the vein constructed just for needling inside my upper arm) is very mobile, they inevitably fail causing haematoma and a great deal of pain and swelling. I basically told them to stick it where the sun don’t shine (in a nice way) and expressed my disbelief and pissed-offedness (made up word there) that they had run out of the correct needles.

Steel dialysis needle – approx size

There was no real choice at that point but to stop the dialysis and go home. The nurses explained that this was my fault because I refused to use the steel needles (mine are angios which are flexible, once inserted, allowing the tips to move with my fistula). I told them that it was hardly my fault that they ran out of needles that I had used successfully for 6 years. Anyway, they removed me from the machine having completed only about 1.5 hours of a 4.25 hour treatment. And the part we did complete was very, very low quality, leaving me tired and sore. The way the treatment is structured, saline is used for starting and finishing – and there is a break-even point in the treatment such that it is only successful if that point is passed. We did not get past that point, meaning I actually came off worse than I went on. Not a good thing. There will be no more angios available until next week, so I couldn’t go back and re-dialyze over the weekend to make up for Friday’s fiasco. If it was life threatening, I could get treated at another local hospital but it is just painful and annoying, not life threatening. Have hospitals or medical facilities ever pissed you off? Any stories that have left you upset or angry? Or perhaps a funny or cheerful story to cheer us all up?

Well, that was quite a rant – I feel much better now, thank you. Would you like a cuppa refill and a sweet? You’ll need a piece of cake or a biscuit with your coffee in order to make it through the next topic, one of my regulars: The Squirrel Report. For some reason squirrels seem to make it into each post – not sure why.

 

So, Friday I arrive at the hospital and walk over to sit on one of the outside benches for a minute before heading into the building. On Wednesday I had noticed a construction fence had been erected along the walkway and behind the benches as far as the entrance driveway. I hadn’t thought much of it as there is always construction of some sort going on around the hospital. Friday it was dark when I arrived and I hadn’t noticed much detail. As I approached the benches, I realized that something looked different, not quite sure what yet. And then I stood facing the benches and the woods behind. The woods were GONE. There were a few trees left to shade the benches in good weather, but the forest was missing. From the building to the main street entrance, it was about 1⁄4 mile of woods and green space. That area is now completely lifeless, without a sign of a growing thing. It has been levelled, gravelled, covered with compacted sand and readied for paving. The whole front of the hospital property next to the main building has only a handful of trees left. This is the area where the squirrels had been gamboling all summer long; where they chased each other for our amusement; begged food from passers-by; where they raised their families; where they gathered their nuts and where they hid their nuts for the winter. All gone now. I hope the squirrels got out OK and that they manage to make it through the winter with the food they can find. Has your community lost any green space to development lately? How do you feel about sacrificing trees (and all their inhabitants) for pavement and buildings?

Winter has finally arrived to stay here – early this year. It has snowed and then turned to ice on the ground and stayed for a full week. Walking is a nightmare because of the ice. Next week appears to have only one relatively warm day and then more cold. 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.

Slightly Stronger Coffee After a Hard 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/ 

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: HOT GOSSIP

Welcome , welcome to  you  all, how  are you  and what  have you been up to this last  week. Things  are still not letting up  for  me as far  as being busy  is concerned ! I just do not  have a lot  of time to even turn round or  even smell the coffee.  🙂

Now  where are  my  manners  come on  in  and get comfortable  as  you can see Paul  has  done a great  job with  the place , we even have a fantastic  set of cushions  to match  the marquee  and rugs!

This  is just one end  and we have different  themes  in different parts of  the marquee, we  shall be decorating  for Halloween, fireworks night, Thanks Giving  and Christmas  so if  anyone  wants  to suggest  an interior  or some  decorations  do please  send  me and Paul  a link  so we can incorporate  your  ideas in to our space . By our I mean yours, Paul’s and my  space!

IF WE WERE HAVING  COFFEE: I would  be so pleased to see you and very pleased  for the chance  to sit  down and have a cuppa  with you.

I do  try  not  to be  too controversial here  but I do think that  I should say  something  about  the latest murder of an innocent  man  by  Isil .  So far two Americans  James Foley and Steven Sotloff and two British men David Haines Alan Henning  have been beheaded  by  a nameless faceless shadow.  I am truly stunned  by  the barbarity and ugliness  of  the way  these men’s  lives  has been taken.  Not  only  were  they beheaded  but  also  videoed  and shown on youtube.  Apparently  another American  medic  has been named  as their  next victim. I pray  for him  but I ear  those who  hold him  and hide  their faces  appear to be without  mercy.

All this is very  sad well actually  sad  does  not quite  cover it, it is sad, dreadful  evil  even. I will not  say  any  more because I do not want  to politicize our  coffee space  but I would like to pray  for  all these killings  to end . Maybe whatever  your faith or creed  you could join me.

IF WE WERE HAVING  COFFEE: I would say  okay  that is all I wanted  to say on that  sad matter. Lets  move on . We  have had what is called an Indian Summer, this usually  means  beautiful  sunny  and hot  weather in late September  and early October. This

Still looks like summer

Still looks like summer

last week has been amazing  and so this  morning it was a disappointment  to awake  to a drop of 5 degrees  in temperature and pouring  rain!  But hey I am not  complaining  the gardens  really  do  need the rain !

Over  on  the left is  a photo I took on Wednesday  when the husband and I took an afternoon walk   by  the river it was so like the hight of summer, hot, sunny  and such a treat!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would regale  you with the great day I had  on Thursday  my  friend and I  had a another day trip into London. I had as I always do  enjoyed  Tangental’s   blog  and I had been enamoured  by  his  post  My kinda town  part 2   I do urge  you to pop over  to Geoff’s  blog I can really recommend it!

Well, armed with  Geoff’s   blog on  my  phone  and  a map  and suggestions  from  the husband, who  also worked in  the Fleet Street and Inns of  Court  areas  for many  years, probably  overlapping   and passing  each other on occasion! Well we had  a wonderful  day full of sun, fun and barristers, lawyers, students and cats !

We had a wonderful time. We had lunch at  the Ye old Cheshire Cheese and walked  miles. We  had a very nice young man, a lawyer, maybe a barrister  take our photo, he told us  we looked  like Kate Moss  we told  him  he needed glasses! We saw barristers  running around  carrying  robes, wigs  and brief cases.

We even saw one young lady  dressed to the nines, slip off her comfy  shoes  and put on her killer heels  before she entered one of the chambers! We smiled  at her and said  time  for your  big girl’s job shoes! she laughed and nodded in agreement !

View of the Eye midday

View of the Eye midday

Courtyard in Somerset House

Courtyard in Somerset House

Hodge, Samuel Johnson's Cat

Hodge, Samuel Johnson’s Cat

Hodge's  explanation

Hodge’s explanation

Huge flowers in one of  the Garden's in the Inns of Court

Huge flowers in one of the Garden’s in the Inns of Court

Plaque on Samuel Johnson's House

Plaque on Samuel Johnson’s House

Heraldic decorations

Heraldic decorations

One of  the gates

 The right gates

The other gate

The left gate

The Entrance  behind  those gates

The Entrance behind these gates

A Panda  Scooter outside  the Inns of  Court

A Panda Scooter outside the Inns of Court

a dragon with a St George's  shield

a dragon with a St George’s shield

Almost cute

Almost cute

Only  can you see this in London!

Only can you see this in London!

Charging electric  cars

Charging electric cars

fancy lamp post

fancy lamp post

early  evening view Waterloo Bridge

early evening view Waterloo Bridge

glistening on the river, early  evening

glistening on the river, early evening

time to head back home.

time to head back home.

We set off  for home after a lovely day  and in the evening we went out with our  husbands to celebrate  our  joint birthdays, a fortnight apart so we had chosen a date in between! Thanks Geoff for the post  that  gave us such a great day  and thanks hubby  for the extra  information

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would say  okay Saturday has been a total wash out, gym in the morning then shopping  in the afternoon, near row with hubby managed to avoid it by just ignoring him  until  he stopped moaning! Today Sunday  we are off out for a hog roast  with  really  good friends, so I am happy  about that.

So  come on  would  you like some  more cake, of  tea/ coffee, have you been over to  Paul’s amazing  part of  the Marquee he  certainly  is  worth a visit!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would ask you if you would  like another  cuppa, or  another cake . I’d  tell you I have really  come to enjoy  these chats  and I’d  love  to hear  what you would  tell me. Please feel free to stay  as long  as  you like  and don’t  forget  to visit  Paul’s  post  now  while  you are  here!   If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/

 

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