Daily Prompt: Let’s panoply

Armoury, Solothurn

“Ideal, at last a chance to wear a suit of armour. I think I will take the one on the right, it looks so feminine with the two extra bits at the top.”

“What are you talking about? You can’t go out wearing that. You will freeze in that cold weather and if it rains it will get rusty.”

“It will not get rusty, it is stainless steel. My online bloggers supply store sent the catlogue to choose from  and they know what they are doing.”

“But what is it for.”

“The Daily prompt of course, Panoply.”

“There must be another meaning?”

“It definitely says “a complete suit of armour in Internet and what’s good enough for Google is good enough for me.”

“But it also says “an extensive or impressive collection”. Write about that.”

“But I no longer have collections. I only really collect books and they are all on my Kindle, so only I can see them.

I think I will have something to eat. Eating always helps with my concentration. Do you want that piece of remaining cream cake I got yesterday in the supermarket.”

“No, you can have it.”

“But there is also a piece of the apple tart left from yesterday that you made, as well as a selection of Christmas gingerbread biscuits. I am really being spoilt for choice, a genuine panoply.”

“I am not sure you can use that word like that.”

“But it says so in the Internet google online dictionary “an impressive collection” and that collection impresses me to the extent that I do not know what to eat.*

*Then eat nothing, do something for your body. You could go for a walk in the fresh air, naturally without the suit of armour.”

“Does my walking stick coiunt as a panoply,  I have quite an impressive collection of two.”

“No, I do not think so and you only use one at a time.”

“I can also only wear one suit of armour. It would clank and squeak when I move and would probably  be very uncomfortable. Should I order the helmet as well, to keep my head warm.”

“Forget it, you do not have to do everything that your daily prompt says. What if the daily word is “murder” or “robber”.  You would not rob a bank or murder someone, it is only a suggestion.”

“But you have to do these things to live the real meaning of the word  All over the world there are now thousads of people discovering the meaning of the word “panoply”. I even had to wait to get into my dictionary on the computer to find the word. There was a message on my computer that this word was not accessible due to an overload. I should try again later.”

“In that case just stick to the suit of armour. At least you have a pretty picture from your visit to the local armoury.

And now eat a piece of cake.”

“Or perhaps a gingerbread biscit. No, I think I will take a banana, that would be healthy, packed full of vitamins and helps the digestion. I have a plethora of choice. Now that would be a good word – must suggest it.”

“No, it might be too complicated for some people and incur a waiting list on the computer until eveyone knows what it means. You could eat a dictionary, and you would no longer have problems with the daily prompt. Ouch, I said eat it, not throw it at me. That was a Webster and they are heavy.”

“Be glad it was not the Encyclopaedia Britannica.”

Daily Prompt: Let’s panoply

Good Morning

apple tart

Here it is: the remains of yesterday’s apple tart, made by Mr. Swiss. Something for my afternoon session at the computer.

Feldbrunnen to Langendorf 02.12 (2)We have quite frosty mornings currently as temperatures sink below 0° C during the night, but still no snow. Mr. Swiss said there is a high pressure zone hovering over us at the moment, which is the reason for the snow staying away. It is funny, I used to hate the snowy days during Winter. It was probably because I was then a working woman and had to make my way at 6.30 a.m. to work, dropping my son off at his workplace on the way. Luckily we have a garage, but if it snowed during the morning it meant I would have to spend time scraping it off the car at work before going to lunch. I also combined lunch with shopping in those days, as the supermarket has quite a good and reasonable restaurant. If the snow continued it could become quite precarious in the evening when driving home. Slow traffic, bad road conditions sliding everywhere and you were glad to arrive home safely. Mr. Swiss worked even further away and it took him almost an hour to arrive home. On the snowy and icy days even longer. However we survived and as two golden oldies can now watch the flakes falling and think “how pretty”. If it snows, it is usually good road conditions when we leave for the shopping safari and going places in the afternoon are postponed. If you have a doctor visit or something important in town, you can always take the local road train.

Next week we plan on going out in the evening on Thursday for my birthday meal. I am hoping that the snow does not decide to arrive on that evening, although we only go into town.

My online photo programme, Flickr, on the computer has been demanding a new password for the past few months. Up to now I have ignored it, pressed the continue button and everythig was fine. They also have a new code number which apparently is foolproof and kills all evil intentions from the virus infectors, but that is also something I have avoided up to now. Things are just getting too complicated for a golden oldie and who wants to steal my photos? I do not care. Anyhow yesterday they got me, I could not get any further without setting a new password. I really have other things to do. I now have the new password and I hope everyone is happy. Afterwards I had to use my memory stick to record this new password, because guranteed I would forget it by the next log in. At the same time I recorded my Chess.com password as I now pay chess now and again to see what it is all about. I do not have passwords on my computer, they are all on a stick – you never know.

So as I was dealing with the memory stick on the computer Mircrosoft tell me my annual subsription to Word, Excel and all the rest will expire in 14 days. Would I like to renew it? Silly question. If I do not renew it my computer is a lifeless electronic entity with nowhere to go and nothing to do. In between I renewed this as well. I now had too many options open on my computer as when this all happened I was in the middle of writing a blog on the WordPress app. I removed my stick, and carried on. If I had been working on my Apple, this would not have happened, but I was also uploading photos in between and they go on my Microsoft computer. What a stress.

And now to begin the manual work. Sitting around on a computer is not keeping my body fit, although I enjoy it more than housework.

Feldbrunnen to Langendorf 02.12 (10)

A photo taken from the car on the way to the supermarket. In the background our local mountain with restaurant on top, Weissenstein. The big building is our local psychiatric clinic with attachments of the older buildings and in the front the farm.

Have fun – see you later.

Flower of the Day: 02.12.2016 Bromelia

Bromelia

Today I saw a yellow bromelia in the store, so decided I must take a photo. They are usually red, but I suppose they come in all sorts of colours. As they do not grow wild in our meadows or mountain sides, I have no idea what can be found. My bromelia dried up some months ago, but is producing 4 new branches from between the leaves, so I am interested to know what might happen.

Flower of the Day: 02.12.2016 Bromelia

CHRISTMAS WRITING PROMPT #2: HARDEST PERSON TO BUY A GIFT FOR

christmas tree
This is our Christmas Tree, and has been for the past 10 years. The idea is to surround the Christmas Tree with all the gifts on the day that you “pick the tree” as my mum would say. Luckily as the kids grew bigger, the actual square boxes dwindled into envelopes, so there was no problem in what to buy. They dealt with that part of the logistics themselves.

This leaves Mr. Swiss and Mrs.Angloswiss. If Mr. Swiss found he would like something, he did not ask or wish, he bought it. This was a similar case with Mrs. Angloswiss. We were both working. Christmas arrived and we discovered there was not very much remaining on the wish list. Somehow it developed into an exchange of book tokens and record tokens until one day a few years ago, when Mr. and Mrs. Anglo-Swiss were retired. Both sons had regular jobs and one had been living away from home with his own Christmas tree, although he would visit at Christmas.

One day Mrs. Angloswiss made a decision. Mr. Swiss was mentioning what he would like for Christmas and I was thinking about what I wanted and then I broke the news. Buy your own present and I will buy mine. Forget this financial exchange of wishes every year. Clothes do not come into the question as shapes and sizes change – we get wider over the years and proportions are no longer what they used to be. We both have a Kindle for our book wishes and the Mr. Swiss computer is fully loaded with all sorts of online music, mine with various photo programmes. He gets his electronic gadgets because he knows what he wants – I have no idea. I get my photographic equipment myself for the same reason, that he does not really understand what I need and want.

So let’s forget the whole thing. Even son No. 1 has now realised that this Christmas present re-occurring nightmare can be avoided if we just treat ourselves to what we want.

And so we now sit around our little Christmas tree, which has no baggage surrounding it, eat and drink and be merry (although I do not drink), but we have fun all the same. I take photos with my new 300 lens and Mr. Swiss listens to his favourite jazz (modern) online. What more do you need?

To answer the actual question, there are no hardest persons left to buy a gift for, we do-it-ourselves.

CHRISTMAS WRITING PROMPT #2: HARDEST PERSON TO BUY A GIFT FOR