Of Birds and Bunnies

It’s time for our weekly installment of Paul Curran’s wit, wisdom and wonderful way with words. Here’s to you, my Canadian friend.

Paul Curran, our esteemed writer.

Paul Curran, our esteemed writer.

Birdies and Bunnies You Say?

Welcome to the weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul, I’ll be your barista today and I’m happy to be here at Mark Bialczak’s Little Bitty in Syracuse, New York. Please come in and go through to the living room. Mark, his wife Karen and their pooch Ellie B, have prepared a nice, warm, comfy place for us so I can tend to your needs for a cuppa, and sweets. The weather this morning is unseasonably cold, below freezing with snow flurries forecast for later. 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 worldwide readership, and adult beverages for those who wish something stronger to warm up. We can relax with a cuppa while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. Ellie likes to be patted, so please indulge her when she greets you. How has your week been? Have a sweet. Electronic sweets are all calorie free!

Yum, Yum

So, I haven’t been paying much attention to the American political scene lately. The rhetoric all seems to just be repeats. That said, Alice over at Aliceatwonderland ( https://aliceatwonderland.wordpress.com/ ) said that one of her daughters (Thing#1 I think) found this YouTube of Bernie that was quite amusing and I have to share it with you here to brighten up your day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhezYYiTUm0

Would you like a refill of your cuppa? Perhaps another sweet? My week was fairly uneventful – I was a good patient and went to all three dialysis appointments this week. To be honest, there are times that I feel better when I skip the odd one. I sleep better and any needle marks, etc., seem to heal faster and cleaner. But that good feeling fades by the third day, and I feel rather draggy and have to go back. I don’t have any problem meeting my dialysis goals (blood chemistry, weight, etc.) even when I skip occasionally – although that may be because I still have about 10 percent of function in one kidney. This week, though, I had some extra fluid aboard, so I went all three days to rectify the situation.

I see that Easter candy is being deeply discounted this week – Wheee! Ha! I have a good friend – Steve – and he likes to go for walks. There is a Shoppers Drug Mart (a large Canadian drug store chain) close by, and he always drops in there. Well, every time he always calls me to see if I want anything, and he describes what is on special. It’s like having a personal shopper, and I get lazy. So this week, the phone calls have been: “Paul, Paul, you should see the prices on the Easter candy!” So on Tuesday I told him to bring me back $4 worth of candy – couldn’t be much, right? Back he comes with four solid Easter bunnies at 175 grams each (about the same as three chocolate bars each).

175 gram (6 ounce) Solid Bunny

Of course, I ate them too fast, not being used to chocolate, and I felt woozy. Lesson learned — or was it? Friday, same call, same request – but $5 worth this time. When he dropped it off, I had to grab the bag hard as it was very heavy. I looked inside, and there were five solid bunnies, but this time each one was 350 grams – double the previous bunnies or about the equivalent of seven chocolate bars for each bunny (that’s right total equivalent of 35 chocolate bars for $5). Yikes!

350 gram (12 ounce) Solid Bunny

I’m sitting here munching on a chocolate bunny as I write this – if only I could stop – sigh.

The Vancouver road trip appears to be roughly on schedule – more like the third week of May instead of the second now, but I am confident that all will work out. The owner is eager to get the two of us out there. The house we are renting for six years is undergoing some repairs of drainage and having central A/C installed, so we may have to reside in a nearby house also owned by the same guy until repairs are completed – still around May 20. He appears to be very up front about times and schedules and construction, so I’m not worried. Getting excited now about my cross-country road trip.

That’s about all we have room for this week. folks, so it’s time to settle in with another cuppa and pat Ellie B. Sweets anyone? Please join me in thanking Mark, Karen and Ellie B for their 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 Mark’s other posts while you’re here. Have a great week.



14 thoughts on “Of Birds and Bunnies

  1. Those Easter bunnies chocolatey a good pricing-WoW! Oh Paul I’ll have my cuppa black this am.- and those sweets oh my! How about a thin slice of that lemon poppy bundt cake? Soon, you’ll be travelling cross country-not far off now Paul. I can imagine you ae very much looking forward to the change! Well…greetings to Elle B, Mark and Karen I’m off to begin the day. See YOU Paul-thanks for the cuppa/cake/conversation. Gatorette.

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  2. Chocolate is a blessing and a curse, isn’t it? So wonderfully creamy and delish … I think it is bothering my system so I am on a break from it. So thanks for sharing yours!

    Be careful skipping — but I really understand the feeling. Sometimes I just need to do something that isn’t strictly prescribed because damn I am sick of all the stuff I must do that others don’t have to. And then I feel awful so … C’est la vie.

    I was just wondering about the road trip. I’m so excited for you!

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    • Thanks so much Elyse. yeah, I sometimes think skipping has most of its attraction in the fact that I am making a choice where there wasn’t one before – now there is. yeah, I think the chocolate is messing with my innards too – a year of none and then as much as i can eat, not a good thing. (many trips to the facilities).

      I love road trips! It’s been a while so I am praying that current health issues aren’t going to interfere with the road trip. They shouldn’t but we shall see. The plan is to do a few day trips first to try things out – like a visit to Syracuse. 😀

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      • That’s a great idea! You and Mark will have a blast.

        I do hate having to think about what I put in my mouth. The things that kill me are the things that are good for everybody else. LETTUCE is the worst! As a kid I wouldn’t eat veggies at all, then I grew to love them and now I can’t have many of my favorites. Life can be so cruel!

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  3. Sale on chocolate. Life is good.

    I’m so looking forward to your move Paul, and the things you will see and think. Good news on your health. Sounds like you know what to do and plan on taking care of yourself. All pluses.

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