If we were having Coffee: Guest Post Wildlife and a Good Supper

If We Were Having Coffee – Nov.09/2014

 

Wildlife and a Good Supper

 

 

Paul your Barista

Paul your Barista

 

 

Your Barista – Paul

 

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?

Well, the world this week seems to be rolling along without any headline grabbing news. I am surprised at how low key the whole week has been. It seems, from here, as if everything is more subdued this week as the weather gets increasingly colder and a sense of an impending storm gathers. Clouds and wind and cold have reigned with a sense of changes coming. Our weather forecasters are predicting snow flurries over the next 3 days. The last vestiges of summer have come and gone and fall is giving way to winter.

The trees are all bare now and the squirrels are wandering around with little to do. I was walking home late Wednesday afternoon from the corner store and a single squirrel stood on the sidewalk, eating a nut while he watched me approach. For a minute I started to slow down as he didn’t seem to be willing to give ground. Tiny bits of shell sprayed as he nibbled on his nut. He seemed rather threatening in a way but eventually turned and moved further down the sidewalk where he stood his ground yet again, waiting for me to approach. This happened twice more before he moved off the sidewalk, stood beside a tree and watched as I walked past him to my door. Squirrels with too much time to kill can be scary. What is the wildlife up to in your area? Any changes in behaviour as the season changes? Perhaps deer or skunks or raccoons or other animals changing their habits?

 Would you like another cuppa? Perhaps a sweet to go with that? Maybe a Christmas nut or mint? We even have some candy canes for the children in us all.

Have you noticed that Christmas is starting to get in your face lately? I was checking for a favorite TV program the other day and realized that our Showtime cable channel is now playing all Christmas movies. Yikes! I have to admit, though, that I do enjoy the more positive perspective of these movies. One gets tired of action shows with people getting killed and things blowing up. A little Christmas cheer helps the psyche by times. I have to confess that I’m the guy your will hear humming Christmas songs in July. The stores are starting to display their holiday goods and some decorations are going up. Many grumble about this but I’m OK with it. A few years ago, one of our national drug stores started to play Christmas music 24/7 at the beginning of November and got so many complaints from customers that they stopped until early December. I rather enjoyed the tunes.

On a more personal front I had an alright week. It started off poorly as I felt so unwell Monday that I skipped dialysis, something I rarely do – perhaps once every six months or so. This does not make me feel any better but as long as I don’t miss two treatments I just feel lousy. I have a bit of kidney function left so it is not immediately life threatening for me to miss – but it is for some. A patient with no kidney function at all risks electrolyte imbalance – electrolytes are responsible for many functions including setting heart rate and beat – and is at risk of dying of a heart attack after 6 days without dialysis.

Anyway, I’ve been having some issues with restless legs just during dialysis and it seems to be getting worse. I have tried a couple of medications but they only work for a few weeks and then they stop working. The doctors are working on it and hopefully will have an alternate answer by next week. Meanwhile, I got fed up with my legs moving all during dialysis – it is very tiring and frustrating. So, I tried taking both medications simultaneously on Wednesday and Friday –EEEHAW! Ha! I was out like a light during dialysis – it worked like a charm. However, afterwards I felt like I had a hang over – red eyes, headache (which I rarely get) and nausea. Yum. Hopefully we’ll come up with an answer next week. Have you ever had medications that interact with each other? How do you control the interactions of what various doctors prescribe? Do you consult with your pharmacist? Perhaps do you have a family member who is in the medical field who helps?

On a happy note, I was busy sleeping during treatment on Friday when one of the aids woke me up. She had an extra meal, still hot, that had come for an inpatient who did not get to dialysis, and she wanted to know if I wanted it. I agreed and ate a very nice supper – chicken basted in some kind of sweet sauce, mashed potatoes, peas, tea, a roll and for desert, an apple crumble. The hospital has been making a serious effort to improve their food, and I must say it was very tasty. Of course, I’m a bachelor so my meals are pretty basic but still the supper was delicious. I kept falling asleep as I was eating the crumble, and would wake up with the loaded fork sitting on my chest – Ha! – imagine, not even able to get the food to my mouth, that’s a sad state of affairs. .What is your experience with hospital food? Do you think it has improved over the years or gotten worse?

Would you like another cuppa? I think I’ll have a candy cane as well – I brought some just to spread the cheer… 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 in the garden again next 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/     

 

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