Daily Prompt: High Noon

At noon today, take a pause in what you’re doing or thinking about. Make a note of it, and write a post about it later.

Christmas 2012

And our Christmas decorations  just stayed cool and our Santa looked on at the stress in the kitchen.

I believe it is called “living for the moment”. At least that was my doing and thinking at noon today. It seems, however, that the Daily Prompt gurus do not realise that the countries of the world operate at different times. I receive notice of a Daily Prompt at 14.00 hours, two o’clock in the afternoon to write about my condition at midday, meaning that the time in operation on this WordPress system is two hours later than mine.

Today is Christmas Day, the day when many families, and mostly women, are busy with the final preparations of the turkey, or whatever you eat on this special day. Living in Switzerland I have all this behind me, as our main meal is Christmas Eve in the evening. I had my stress yesterday evening, cooking meat, frying potatoes, preparing and cooking brussel sprouts and vichy carrots. Why? Because it is something called Christmas. This whole thing is getting out of hand. In the olden days people were just statisfied with less. Now it is one big competition to see who serves the best meal, organises the most presents and of course the right wine has to be served. The gourmet feeding seesions continue over Christmas and I have the complete family at home, my external son will be leaving us this afternoon after lunch.

At midday today, I was cooking my Christmas Day lunch. I had just one single thought, the meat will be ready in thirty minutes, the water is heating in the saucepan to cook the noodles. I just did not have the time to make a study of the weather or solving intellectual problems. Day dreaming was not possible, as I had an oven full of meat cooking and the water was approaching boiling point. The noodle packet was opened ready for the dive into the boiling water. First of all add salt and then let the cooking process take its course. At 12.30 the dinner will be served and afterwards,perhaps a desert,  a coffee or tea and another stress process comes to an end.

If it was a normal midday, a normal week, no Christmas stress, then I would have finished the meal by midday and might even have had thoughts about what to do today. Go out to town, take a walk through the countryside, even read a book, but no chance. It is Christmas and we are all trying to do our best to please all the people all the time. I really do not need this holiday marathon. No chance to take a pause or think, just work.

At least Gary Cooper could have a shoot out with the baddies and rid himself of unnecessary trouble. He won the gun battle and everyone was happy. I will have a shoot out with the meal and afterwards recover with an hour’s sleep, before the carousel starts again.

Daily prompt: High Noon


Daily Prompt: It’s Alive

Write a Q&A-style interview with an inanimate object.

Closeup Fountain, St. Urs.

“Good morning, and how are you feeling on your high pinnacle above civilisation?”

“Civilisation? Well it is a bit confined to say the least. For the past few hundred years all I see is the main street. The only purpose I seem to serve is a photo subject for the tourists and inquisitive types like yourself, that think holding an interview with me will be interesting.”

“But I noticed you were covered over for the past weeks. Now they have removed your covers and you look like new.”

“i would hope so, all that slime and grime from the continuous water spashes, I was really turning green in certain places. Now I have been cleansed, although being showered with chemicals and hard jets of water was really very uncomfotable. It was not really done for my benefit, just for the general public that stare at me when they do not have anything more worthwhile to do. Now look at that, there is a man down there in the crowd in the street, just dipped his hand into the open handbag of a lady standing next to him and she did not even notice. Took her purse out.”

“Is there nothing you can do about that?”

“Am I supposed to shout, point my fist, throw a stone at the thief? Hardly, they constructed my body to be strong, but forgot the inside parts. Even my brain is carved out of stone.  You would be surprised what I see up here. Do you remember the house roof that was destroyed by fire?”

“That was last year, it was in the newspaper.”

“I can tell you that was uncomfortably close. One of the hottest days of my life. Even had a few black sooty marks to prove it. No-one seemed to bother about cooling me down, the firemen were only interested in the building that was burning. No consideration. I did not ask to be put here, listening to the endless noise from a stupid fountain. Typical human – just thinking of theirselves and a boost for the town. Not that people visit because of me, mainly because of the cathedral standing behind me.”

“But you are a vey nice statue. Are they horns on your head?”

“On my head? How am I supposed to know what I have on my head, when I cannot turn it or look into a mirror. Now and again I do have a few negative thoughts. I would love to turn around and look at what is behind me. A cathedral? I must admit it is not my sort of thing. Would prefer a night club, or a bar. Bring a bit of spice into the surroundings.”

“I think I will have to end this interview. The sky is darkening and I felt a few drops of rain. I heard some thunder in the background.”

“Lucky you, no go along and hide in a nice warm dry place. Don’t bother about me standing here in the pouring rain with lightning flashes all around me. I am used to it. Just a few more green streaks on my body from the rain. And do not forget, there is many a monster which has been brought to life through a touch with a bolt of lightening.”

Daily Prompt: It’s alive