Not such a good morning. Since yesterday evening I have been having problems with viewing my blogs and viewing those of others. This means that I cannot make the comments or likes I want to make. As my computer is functioning perfectly otherwise, I can only deduce that this is a WordPress problem. WordPress is constantly telling me that the site is not responding and I should check this, that and the other, but to no avail. I can post my blogs and I can read other blogs on the Reader. I can also post comments on the reader, but not get to the various sites. Funny thing is that it works perfectly on my iPad, so whats up doc/WordPress. I can only hope that they are having a temporary problem which they will cure at some time. And now to the daily business.
Yesterday morning Mr. Swiss decided to go shopping. It was Saturday and I was safe at home organising our week-end life. There were a few odds and ends to purchase and so he made his way to the supermarket – see photo of entrance. We are now 2 weeks away from Christmas, you know the time of goodwill towards men and also the time to buy, buy, buy that nothing is forgotten. The stores are there to help us on this quest, which is probably why they are already wishing us a happy Christmas at the end of October.
So, Mr. Swiss arrives at the supermarket parking lot and already he has the first problem. There are no parking places free. At the entrance he sees an illumated screen showing how many places are currently free. There is a large “0” for the the top floor and the bottom floor, so he waits behind the line of cars already waiting for the next free space. As he crawls along he hits pay dirt. A man approaches his car with his wife, with a full supermarket trolley, and they will be departing. So what do you do? You wait until they have finished piling their shopping in the car and leave them enough space to drive away, so that you can take their empty parking lot. In the meanwhile Mr. Swiss had about 10 cars behind him which could no longer drive on because he was blocking their path. That’s life and he was not going to ignore the chance in a million of finding a place to park the car.
He then made his way to the supermarket which was packed full of jolly shoppers. As it was Saturday they had naturally made a family excursion of it all, and brought the kids and the grandparents. Luckily there is a place outside for dogs. Things were tough in the supermarket. We really only needed some chicken, which we had forgotten and bread, we do not ask for too much. Eventually Mr. Swsiss arrived at the cash desk to pay. Here again he was confronted with a queue of people where you could not see where it began. After another 30 minutes he arrived at his target, the cash desk. Unfortunately the person in front was shopping for others, and naturally paid for each neighbour or relative separately, but using dividers for the various sections of goods she was buying for the family, neighbours and herself.
Success, he had fought his way through this pandemonmium and returned to pick up the car. A lady at the wheel of her car who had been searching for a free parking place, saw Mr. Swiss and waited patiently for him to drive away. In the meanwhile this young lady was also causing a traffic jam, just like Mr. Swiss did when he arrived. Oh happy days, Merry Christmas everyone, and is this really the meaning of the season. Ok, I am not a Christmas person, but you are forced to do it for the others, if you have any others. Luckily my others are diminishing every year and it is now me and Mr, Swiss and No. 1 son. No. 2 son now has his own family to look after.
Mr. Swiss asked me yesterday when I stopped believing. I think it was when I began to think for myself. I am a logical person, do not really want to have a theological discussion here, but seeing this Christmas carnival year for year I ask what is there to believe. A shopping spree, piles of presents for everyone and one big stress to go with it. Mr. Swiss is no longer a youngster, but he is fit. However when he arrived home yesterday, I think he was approaching a Chrismas nervous breakdown.
I just had to get rid of that.
Today is Sunday, a day of rest, although I just had a look at the opening times of our local supermarket on Internet. I was curious to know something and yes, it was confirmed. Today is Christmas shopping in the supermarket as an exception. Otherwise we do not have Sunday shopping in the stores in Switzerland. Thank goodness, if Mr. Swiss has forgotten something he can buy it today. We will never learn. Gone are the days of Charles Dickens, and the days of A Christmas Carol.
And now I am moving on. I have nothing special to do today. Just cook and eat, a little bit of ironing and a little bit of clearning.
By the way this is not my Christmas Tree, I do not have one yet, must take a look in the cellar I might find it. This is the Christmas tree indoors in the supermarket.