If We Were Having Coffee Guest Post – May 31/2015 Chickens

 

 Chickens

 

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 into the garden and make yourself comfortable. Willow has put out the cushions on the chairs and set the table under the canopy so we can 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 amongst the flowers while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

 

Well, on a personal front, my disability cheque came this week, so I got to stock up on groceries. I decided to pick up a hot BBQ whole cooked chicken. Here they package them in a hard plastic clamshell container that is black on the bottom half and clear on the top half. It looks like a small space helmet so I call them astronaut chickens. Normally they are a bit expensive for my budget but this store had big ones (1,5 kg, about 3 lbs) on sale after 3 pm for $7.49 , normally $10.99. The problem was that I was ready to check out at 2:30 pm and still had more shopping to do at another store nearby before my scheduled pickup by the handicap bus. I couldn’t wait the ½ hour to get the special price. So, I asked the check-out woman if I could get the cheaper price given I was handicapped and could not get a later transport. She got the manager who decided that he would authorize this. I must have looked sad that I might miss my chicken. Ha! He disappeared for about 5 minutes and returned with a sticky tag with the scannable special price on it. So, having saved $3.50 I escaped with my astronaut chicken, quite chuffed with myself.

On the home front, the manager has decided that today will be moving day. A crew is supposed to be here in a few hours to move my meager belongings to another larger, newer unit so they can tear this one apart to find and stop the leaks in the ceiling. My new unit will be permanent- and when I was checking it out the other day I realized it had one less step to get into the unit – 4 instead of 5 front steps. That may seem trivial but it lessens one small barrier and every little bit helps.

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Current 5 Steps, Soon to be 4

Another cuppa ? Perhaps a sweet? I was over on Insanitybytes2 web site last night and she had done a post against homosexual marriage. You  can read  here 

I wrote a rather virulent response accusing Americans of being violent bullies (as a country). She has placed the comment into moderation so it is not visible to anyone but me. I may have been too aggressive but it really is what I think, so it is hard not to be honest. And yet I worry. I will likely be banned and I really enjoy her dialogue – most of the time I agree resoundingly with her observations. But not this time. I’m not sure why I was so aggressive in the response but it struck a sensitive point. Have any of you written a response that you worried about? What happened in the end?

 

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.

 

And of course  the

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  WEEKEND COFFEE SHARE

over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

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

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  WEEKEND COFFEE SHARE

over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

 

A secret for Romi

My Home

Romi Romi follow your star, home for you is where Mum and Dad are. You are so lucky a perfect little girl with a bouncy little  brother to keep you in a whirl.

Things are not always easy and sometimes it doesn’t seem fair but you need never worry as long as Mummy and Daddy are there. Soon you will be flying with Beau up in an aroplane to places unknown. Now that might seem scary but let me make this clear with Mummy and Daddy with you there is nothing to fear.

It is never easy to leave friends and home and fly across the world to a different time zone. Just look at it this way with Beau, Mummy and Daddy at your side you’ll always be home where ever, world wide. It will be hard to leave Nanny and Granddad alone but they will still be there waiting for you when you  return to their home.

Now here is a trick and it is a secret Romi, just for you. If you pick a sparkling star in the night sky and Nanny does too.  Where ever you are you can look up to the sky and find your star. Just remember that Nanny does that too, to see where you are. Which  means you are together no matter how far the miles between you both are. Close your eyes and reach out your hand and Nanny could almost be with you, together you’ll stand.

Nothing lasts forever and things change, it’s true. Yet Nanny and Granddad will always be here for you . So leave with stars in your eyes and smiles in your heart no amount of miles can keep you apart. Walls and roofs do not make make a home  but Mummy, Daddy  and Beau do, because no matter where you are  you will not be alone.

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