Help – too much snow

2nd snow day in garden

What you see on the right of the photo is not the beginnings of a snow pyramidical art piece, it is our pampas grass is slowly disappearing under a blanket of snow.

It started snowing on Friday morning around 11.00 a.m. and decided not to stop until Saturday morning. Then it snowed again on Saturday afternoon and on Sunday we had a snow free day. Unfortunately it started to snow again through Sunday night. The result was that our region got a record amount, not seen for a long while. 38 centimeters is about a yard in the english system. Mr. Swiss only drives a car to get somewhere. We are not devoted drivers that love doing kilometers, we prefer a nice comfortable train for long distances.

We discovered that the cupboard was almost bare, not quite. Mr. Swiss did buy some extra provisions for the week on Saturday morning. I was running out of bird food for our friends in the garden, vegetables were almost non-existant, fruit was diminishing and we were down to the last liter of milk (I usually buy 4 liters at once). Butter was also getting sparse – there was a lot of shopping to do on Monday. Unfortunately Monday was going to be the snow days of snow days and then we (I actually) had a brainwave. Let’s order the shopping online. Our supermarket, known as Migros, has a computer shop known as “LeShop”

I logged in before Sunday lunch and began. They had everything on their computer site. Each article photographed, complete with price, and even the special offers were shown. I started the list. Of course delivery is not free, but the more you spend, the less the delivery costs. When you compare, the delivery costs work out cheaper than the petrol you use to get to the supermarket if you consider the car costs in general. Actually I don’t reall y understand all that, but Mr. Swiss does, so what more could you want. I could even register my Cumulus No. Now what is that you may wonder? If you buy in the Migros you have a sort of plastic card which is scanned after buying, registering how much you have spent. You then get vouchers for a price reduction on your bill, handed out once a month. Cumulus is one of my favourite institutions on the shopping scene.

My order was finished by the afternoon. I had time until 16.30 hours to place the order to be delivered on Monday, from 5 in the evening until 8 were the delivery times.

I ordered enough to cover our food needs until Thursday. The weather prophets said the snow would stop on Wednesday, but we did not want to take any chances. I even got a confirmation by mail from the Migros enclosing a copy of my shopping list today in the afternoon. We did not know when the chauffeur would arrive, but at 16.50 we had a ring at the door and there he was already pushing two trolleys full of shopping.

After he left Mr. Swiss and I packed out the goods. I was putting it away in the kitchen and Mr. Swiss was ticking it off the list. What a partnership: we are, completely organised. All my shopping wishes were fulfilled and now we can hibernate until Thursday. I had already settled the bill by online payment. That is also in the computer programme.

Actually the roads are ok at the moment. Our Swiss State spends a lot of time (and money) clearing the roads from snow. Even our little village paths had been cleared. I have to go to my Tai Chi afternoon tomorrow, and if we do not get swamped in snow again tonight, I might even be able to use the car.

This is what we ordered. Fluffy our blind cat, had a sniff at the paper bags, but decided everything was too well wrapped to be eaten.

Migros delivery

Daily Prompt: Time Capsule

The year is drawing to a close. What would you put in a 2012 time capsule?

I suppose it is according who is going to look at this time capsule when it is dug up or taken out of the safe or removed from the numbered bank account vault. So let us start at the beginning.

I remember just before last Christmas, I had dental problems, After having two teeth removed and still suffering, my dentist sent me to the dental department of the hostpital in Bern. They possessed one of the two existing super x-ray machines in Switzerland, able to take a photo of every nook and cranny in the dental region. The result: everything in order, probably sinus complications. There were no sinus complications, after visiting the specialist and having a camera put into my nose, I eventually diagnosed myself that the pain stemmed from the jaw bones which were over worked (do I talk too much?). After a course of tablets everything seems to be ok. So what goes in the time capsule, my x-ray of course. I might go into the medical history books, when they dig this one out.

Teeth Pat Inselspital 2 docx

A memorable photo, costing three-hundred-and-fifty Swiss Francs.

I think I will put a bottle of Feldschlossen beer in the capsule. I visited a cyber friend that lives just over the border from Switzerland in Germany. We met in Rheinfelden, in Switzerland. In Rheinfelden you find the biggest brewery in Switzerland, looks like a castle. They even have a restaurant there. We had a fantastic time together and decided to do it again.

In October, I visited my father in London, England. I would perhaps put a photo of my case in the capsule. The was given to the Swissair, with the idea that it would travel on my plane to London. Unfortunately, due to a mishap, it did not arrive in London, but in Lisbon which is in Portugal. After a rather annoying 24 hours I got the message that the case was found and on its way to London. After spending two days with a borrowed nightdress, and other garments from my friend where I was staying, my case arrived.

In November, my cat Tabby decided to have a physical argument with the neighbour’s red monster cat. I think it was something to do with territorial rights. After two days Tabby had an eye problem, a scratch. She had decided to go into recluse, which is never good for a cat. After a visit to the vet and a few injections, we were given drops for her eye. After a day she was back to her normal feline self, so perhaps a bottle of feline eye drops in the capsule.

I would like one of those special bags for frozen goods to put a handfull of snow in the capsule, to remind all that it was a record year with 38 centimeters of snow in one day.

A photo of various Chinese people doing Tai Chi in a Chinese Park somewhere in Beijing would be very nice to commerate the year when I decided to do something about my physical condition. I can no longer stand on one foot, have broken my left arm twice already by falling. That was when I found our local town offers Tai Chi courses. I have now been going for almost two months and love it. Nice and slow, no rush. I now know where the dan tien is (just below the belly button and as all good Tai Chi students know, it is one of the centers of energy). I can now do two forms and combine them. I still have a problem finding my right and left side, but it can only get better. Yes, 2012 was a Tai Chi year.

Otherwise it seems that the capsule is now quite full, although there are still a few days to go and something might turn up.

Daily Prompt: Time Capsule