If We Were Having Coffee…..

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how you felt about cats. There are two different Cat Cafes in Montreal. I haven’t been to either and I’d really like to go. Of course, none of the cafe cats could ever be a cute as my Ewok, but I think it would be a fun experience and it’s something I could check off my life list. We would go to Cafe Chat L’Heureux. It looks like this cafe lets you hold the cats, the other one doesn’t. I’d get a coffee with one of their lemon raspberry marshmallow kitty paws. What are you in the mood for this week? A cat-pucchio perhaps? Haha! I’m not kidding, that’s on the menu!

marshmallow cat paw

Here is my order! Coffee and marshmallow cat paw. This is a picture from their menu.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how you were and how your week went….after I finished gawking at the cute furry beasts. Sorry! I swear, you’ve got my full attention now!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my week went by pretty fast. I did get some bad news from my friend Lynne though. She was diagnosed with colorectal cancer last spring. By the time they found it, it was a stage IV liver metastasis. She has been on chemo all this time and handled it really well. She kept her strength and only felt sick when she was actually plugged in to the drug. The tumor in her colon is pretty much gone and the one in her liver has shrunk significantly. The next step is surgery. This is the bad news. They have to take out 70% of her liver. Removing this much means it will not regenerate and if the cancer returns, they can’t remove anymore. The surgery is also risky (8% mortality) because the excision site is right by the portal vein. If she makes it through the surgery there is a high chance of liver failure afterwards. When she asked about the colorectal surgery she also needs, they told her to forget about it. They wanted to get though the liver first. It’s really not sounding good. Lynne is a quiet and kind person. She looks after animals for a living. She doesn’t deserve this.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I spent the first half of the week tied in knots and completely dreading going to work on Wednesday. I had a list of patients from a previous study (a few years ago) that I could use for my study. I had to go to their retina clinic and find out who was dead and who was still alive. A rather morbid task, but this is something you have to do when you work with a geriatric population. I was dreading this because I knew a rather nasty ophthalmologist was going to be on duty and he always sneers at my genetics research. Also, the last time I tried to do this, the clinic staff was just annoyed with my presence and refused to show me how to use the computer system. I anticipated the same thing this time. To my surprise, it wasn’t like that at all (probably because my supervisor came with me). Dr. Nasty didn’t say anything about my research and the clinic staff were very helpful. I got into the computer system and determined about half of my list had future appointments booked. There may be hope for my research yet.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I am still loving the art journaling. I had brunch with a friend last weekend and we went to a scrapbook store afterwards. I bought some new stencils to try, some metallic watercolour pencil crayons, a waterproof pen and a cute little cupcake stamp. I love cupcakes. I’m hoping to have a chance to play with my new goodies later today. I’m also going to participate in “Happy Mail” with one of my art journal groups. Happy Mail is basically a trade of scraps of unique paper, stamps, stickers, charms or anything else you can journal with between artists via snail mail. Different things are available in different parts of the world. It’ll be fun to see what I can get and make some other people happy.

2015-01-23 10.59.21If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that Thursday was really zen. After getting over the shock of Lynne’s news and my work anxieties, I was able to relax a little. I spent the day at home with Ewok and got caught up on research articles and blog stuff. Ewok was really sweet. She sat with me all day drifting in and out of nap land. She got up only a few times to play, snack or drink. We have a water fountain for her to drink out of. When she was just a little thing, she was always desperate to get to the tap whenever we turned it on. So we thought getting her a tap-like water fountain would be a good idea. She’s a little weirdo with it though! Before she drinks from it, she swipes her slipper paw through the stream of water. It’s like she is testing the temperature or something. Even weirder, she sticks her head right under the falling stream of water! I thought cats weren’t supposed to like getting wet. Ewok hated the two times she got a bath, but she gets her head soaking wet! I often pick her up and kiss her on the head between her ears. Sometimes when I do this, it’s like kissing a puddle. Silly kitty.

2015-01-23 10.57.20If we were having coffee, I’d thank you for joining me and tell you I think it’s time we go. There is so much to do on a weekend. I’d probably grab a souvenir to take home to little Ewok and we would bid adieu to our new feline friends as we head out.

2014-09-04 09.25.35(This conversational coffee post is part of a weekend link-up hosted by Part-Time Monster. Join in the fun!)

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27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. trentpmcd
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 10:05:38

    We had a cat that only liked running water. We got him a “waterfall” like the one in your picture. When it broke we got another type, but he hated it so we just left a dribble running in the bathtub and he was happy.

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  2. Deb
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 10:15:10

    Thanks for the coffee in such a unique little shoppe. I had never heard of such a thing before, but it is a pretty nice idea and concept, especially the one that lets you hold the kitties. 🙂
    Many, many prayers for your friend. I always wonder why good people get sick, but then nobody deserves the illnesses this world gives us.
    Your art journal sounds like an interesting concept as well. If I could draw, it might be something I would consider.
    Thanks again for the coffee and the chat! Both were enjoyed immensely.

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  3. The Chaos Realm
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 10:32:39

    I haven’t been to a cat cafe yet, but I so want to go…one of the relocation possibilities has a cat cafe!

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  4. Diana
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 11:51:31

    I love the idea of a cat cafe, and I’d love to go to one someday. Maybe. I’m actually really allergic to cats, so maybe I’m better just loving the cat cafe in theory. lol

    And so sorry to hear of your friend’s illness. That’s such a tough spot.

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    • somberscribbler
      Jan 24, 2015 @ 15:48:53

      Thanks. I’m really hoping for a miracle for my friend.
      I’m sure you’d survive the cat cafe if you took an antihistamine before going and remembered not to touch your face while you were there. I’m so excited to check it out for real.

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  5. Chris of Yoda Archives
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 12:39:35

    Our cats love to drink from the bathtub. They will sit in the tub and wait for me to run water. But turn on the water too much and run.

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  6. Gene'O
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 13:11:31

    I am so sorry about your friend. Thoughts and prayers to her.

    I’ve never heard of a cat cafe, and I’m allergic to cat hair, so I suppose that is one experience I will just have to miss out on.

    Thanks for joiining in with the coffee!

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    • somberscribbler
      Jan 24, 2015 @ 15:57:33

      Thanks for your kind words.

      I told Diana to pop an antihistamine and go to a cat cafe anyway. It’s a bucket list kind of experience. You should be fine as long as you don’t touch your face.

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  7. Robin Rivera
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 13:25:51

    Wow, that is a hard week. Best wishes on your friend’s surgery and hopefully for her full remission. I love your cafe pick, I have three cats of my own.
    Thanks sharing coffee.

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  8. mbarkersimpson
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 13:50:31

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. I know from experience how helpless you must be feeling. I will be sending all my positive thoughts and wishes. Thanks for the delightful coffee 🙂

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  9. Corina
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 20:07:36

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. Nobody deserves to go through that. When, when, when will there be a cure for cancer? If I could do one thing…

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  10. Mental Mama
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 20:34:14

    I’m sorry to hear about Lynne. Losing someone is always terrible, no matter when or why.

    Ewok is a beautiful little girl. Evie Cat prefers to drink out a small drinking glass or, recently, a small plastic tub the size you’d get butter in. She’s incredibly spoiled. The cat cafe sounds really interesting, though I’ve never heard of eating marshmallows with coffee.

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