Good Morning

Back Garden

What a bleak morning. No clouds, bare branches on the trees and just a background noise of crows – could be something from a horror film. However I am up and ready to go, although it takes time to get into movement. Do you have that as well, when you take the first steps in the morning and your back stays in bed. You wonder if you will make it to the kitchen? I do, but here I am hammering away again on the keyboard.

Crows

The first crows have already arrived for breakfast. I took the photo from my place in the kitchen with my mobile phone, close up manipulated,  so quality is not exactly Pulitzer prize worthy. Actually the sparrows were there first, but as soon as the big birds arrive they fly off, probably something to do with species dominance. After the crows chose the best bites they flew off and yes, the sparrows are back again. The main thing is I have no old bread remainders left.

Baking bread

Speaking of bread, I have even baked the week-end bread. OK, I am cheating. You can buy the bread in the store sort of half baked and do the finishing touches at home for 10 minutes in the oven. I usually do this in the afternoon, but I discovered I only had a hard remainder from yesterday which I chopped and scattered for the birds in the garden. I like something a little fresher for my breakfast.

Christmas Decorations Supremarket

I am a little short on new photos this week, due to doctor appointments and driving the car myself alone, no longer being the passenger. I used to take a few photos from the car on the way to the store, but that is finished. I did managed to get a photo of the Christmas decorations in the mall for something a little different but even there my opportunities are now more limited as I have at last found a better place for handicapped parking, with more places available, but at the side of the store, meaning I no longer arrive at the entrance where the big Christmas light show is. Although I still take the lift down when the shopping is completed if I have a few other things to get, like in the drug store.

Yesterday I had to make a detour as my doc told me I should get some vitamin D. It would help to strengthen my bones in the case that I might/probably would fall. They do not need a prescription and I was surprised that the price was reasonable. She usually gave me the medicine herself, but I only visit now when I must. I got the results by telephone of my blood test for the long term diabetes test and it seems I am in perfect health. Even the sugar was manageable with 6,5 whatever. This was a surprise as now and again I might forget a tablet, especially in the evening when my sugar is at the highest point, and I do like some chocolate now and again. It’s the daring things you do in life that breaks the boredom.

Christmas Flowers
The rescue mission for my amaryllis is now completed and I hope it is a success, the problem being that it was top heavy and looked like the leaning tower of Pisa/amaryllis. It is now tied to my flower table with string and it standing upright again. I really did not want to risk losing my flowers as last year when it took a dive to the ground. These white ones are a bit special, not the normal white ones and I managed to get the last one they had in the store.

And that is all there is to report from the wilds of Switzerland. This morning I will stay at home tending to the apartment and myself. I will probably take a trip to the temple of shopping this afternoon. Saturday afternoons are fun as I do not have to get a lot of shopping, this time bird food is on the list. I can take my walker, do not need the trolly and there is some people action, but not too much. Yesterday there were some little frozen spots of snow in the air, but today it is just plain cold.

Enjoy the week-end, make the most of it, and keep safe.

Christmas Roses 12.12.2018

FOWC with Fandango: Electric

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What a beautiful horse and she decided to take a photo, trying to avoid the sign showing that this is a real electric fence in the capture. She took a step for a better photo, and her feet were no longer attached to her legs. It was the last photo in the camera for the day. As she was falling she gripped the wire to stop her. A tingling sensation travelled through her arm, she immediately released her grip on the wire and fell. And the horse just stood there and wondered what the stupid humans would do next.

Based on an experience made by me a couple of years ago. Never grip a wire when falling, you never know.

FOWC with Fandango: Electric

RDP Friday: Overture

Bed Linen

The soloist has entered the stage. Her instruments are an iron and an ironing board. She will be playing the duvet and pillow covers. There is silence, a pregnant expectancy surrounding the stage. The artist fills the iron with water and connects it to the electricity. There is resounding applause for these first actions. The first outbursts of steam appear, yes the ouverture has begun. She places the first movement on the ironing table, a duvet cover, raises her hands containing the baton iron and rolls into the accompaniment. There are puffs of steam escaping and rising to a crescendo. The first movement of the duvet is completed, the next movement, the pillow,  follows and then there is a diminuendo whilst the iron is tuned with some water. And so the performance continues.

Eventually the overture is finished and the accessories are folded away and put into the cupboard. The performance will continue in two weeks when a new musical event appears. The old overture will be replaced by something different. Other colours and design. Watch this space, the ironing concert always has something new to offer.

Ironing

And here is the maestro herself at an earlier rehearsal in Summer.

RDP Friday: Overture

Good Morning

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One of my shots on my last walk from the top of the hill where our local castle is. And now to continue. This morning is a boring sky, no clouds, but a promise of a little sun. It is still quite cold and my cat’s water in the bowl outside was again frozen this morning. My first job of the day has become to refill her water. She waits for me impatiently outside looking at me and the bowl – feline communication.

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And now to continue. I spoke of the apple tree at the local stables, still full of apples, but that has a reason and here it is.

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The geese, and the ducks, have plenty of winter food for the time being. I saw them discovering the apples fallen from the tree and eating them. It is a good idea. I saw at least 4 geese enjoying their apples.

And now to yesterday, although not such an exciting day. I had to venture into town to see my neurologist, and this had to be carefully planned. I had to take the car and my walker. I parked in our underground car park, 3rd floor down, the one at the bottom. That is the floor with the most empty places and it suits me. I do not have to search for an empty spot. I packed out my walker which I had in the boot of the car and just opposite there was another lady, about my age, with her walker. Of course a conversation arose about how we transport them. Her car was about as big as my Skoda Fabbia, but just a little wider and she could put hers at the front. My car does not have the width, but I manage OK in the boot.

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And here I am on my way with my walker. The window front opposite was an idea opportunity for a photo.  Just a walk along the road and through a small tunnel.

Gasse zur Tiger 28.11.2018

And then just around the corner and I was there.

Gurzelngasse Dr. 28.11.2018

The steps were not so easy to conquer with the walker, but when i entered and left there was always a friendly lady passing by that saw me dilemma and helped. I was so glad. My neurologist afterwards told me that with my parking permission for handicapped it meant that I could enter the town and park where I wanted, in front of his surgery even. This is naturally quite good, but I decided that parking in the park house and walking the few steps was also not so bad. One way or the other our town still has cobblestones. He decided that I was doing fine and suggested perhaps another visit to tunnel machine to measure how my nerves look with the MS. I told him is it really worth it? and he had a smile on his face when he decided, no really: another ordeal saved for me.

Bus stop Amthausplatz

I passed by the bus stop on my way back to the car and noticed a lot of police standing around, although there was no bus there. A lady told me that the latest idea is when the bus arrives all the doors are locked. No-one can leave or enter except for the police and all the tickets are inspected. It seems we have too many fare dodgers on the busses. I found this method a bit of show time, but I suppose it works. I drove off home after leaving the parking house. I am really getting the hang of this car driving again.

Today it is week-end shopping. The list is made and I am now off to the shower to get my shopping done first of all.

I almost had a problem with my amaryllis this morning. It is now top heavy.

Amaryllis

For the present I have deposited in the kitchen sink and tied it together with some string. When I come home after shopping I will have more time to think over what to do with it.  Last year my amaryllis topped and broke and this year I will do what I can to prevent this happening again.

And now I am off, so hope your Friday is a good day.