Just another morning in the Angloswiss household. The table is ready for the day to start. Note my Christmas decorations which are probably the only ones I will have. I have my Christmas Poinsettia and next to it I treated myself to a Christmas cactus (schlumbergia). I have not had one of these cactus sorts for some years, since one of my felines, Fluffy, decided a flower was something to eat and had to go to the vet. He survived, but it was a lesson. It seems christmas cactus flowers and cats do not go together. The poinsettia is also poisonous, but I have had one for many years (not the same one of course) and nothing has happened. Tabby is now my only remaining feline, is a very resistant cat at the age of almost 15 years and shows no interest in my plants. She has enough to sniff on in the garden.
The only problem I once had with her was when she had an attack of tonsillitis and had problems with swallowing. After a treatment with tablets (antibiotics) she recovered OK. The only problem I had was getting her to take a tablet. I had to give up and make daily visits to the vet for an injection. Luckily she got over it quickly, it was becoming an expensive job.
The computer is plugged in and ready for action. I had not yet fired it up into the cyber world. I was a bit late this morning, as I spent and extra 5-10 minutes cutting up bread remains for the birds which we will no longer eat. Mr. Swiss mentioned that there was far too much, but it was an exception. The birds did not complain and it has all been carried by beak transport to their varioius places where they live. I have the camera ready on the table for any shots I might want to make of the birds that sit on the tree in front of the window.
Since I received my order from the english shop, I now have tea leaves instead of bags, but this was only because I wanted the tins that contained the leaves. They were exactly my tea sort: Twinings english breakfast and Lady Grey. The Lady Grey was finished last week, so I have now filled the tin with the tea bags. I still have the english breakfast as I only take a cup once a day in the morning. Lady Grey is for after dinner and tea. There is naturally a problem with the remaining tea leaves. If I throw them into the drainage, we will soon have to organise the plumber to do some unblocking. I read somewhere that tea leaves are good for the earth, a sort of fertiliser. I do not know if this is true, as there seem to be many things good for the earth, but my garden now has a layer of tea leaves everywhere.
There is no shopping today, although Mr. Swiss says he will make an excursion into town to get bread. Yesterday he discovered we needed new ink refills for the printer. He had to recover from the shock when he paid for them. It would probably be cheaper to buy a new printer than refills of ink. It is ridiculous that you have to buy all colours of the rainbow. I very rarely intentionally print colour and so does Mr. Swiss. Black and white would do the job nicely. We do have a laser printer for only black and white, but it is an older model and does not work with WiFi meaning you would have to attach it to a computer to get it working. It is all too complicated. Oh the modern cyber life of golden oldies. At the moment I have my Kindle uploading. Actually Mr. Swiss Kindle because the book is on his Kindle. My Kindle is fully loaded. Yesterday we did not even watch the TV until 11.00 in the evening. There we were both sitting in our comfy chairs, Mr. Swiss reading a book on his iPad Kindle app and me on his Kindle. Strange new world we live in.
And now to move on with my faithful vacuum cleaner and mop. Today is spaghetti day, with minced meat and tomato (al sugo) and a side salad. Last week I had to make it with tuna as we forgot to buy the meat, but no problem. We also like that variation. No. 1 son is visiting a local beat band performance in town this evening, so he will not be around to finish the remains of the spaghetti for the evening meal. He loves spaghetti and we never have leftovers.
Must move on, the church bells are ringing outside. Do not know why, but perhaps they are telling me it is time for real life and not cyber life. Have a good day everyone, make the most of it, it might be …. the day when your computer breaks down.