There always seem to be roses in a flower store and they always look so perfect.
There always seem to be roses in a flower store and they always look so perfect.
It was not a perfect year, I lost my father in July. He had a good long life and passed away at the age of 100 years and 7 months. I lost my ability to take long walks without support of a cane. But have food on the table every day, clothes to wear and a family that I can be proud of. And above all the sun still rises every day. We do not always see it, but it is there.
And it towers above the local supermarket. It was actually a watch manufacturing machinery plant before it was transformed into a supermarket many years ago, but the tower remained with the clock.
The cheese selection in the supermarket – I do not get out to see many different places these days, so I make the most of what I see.
Just driving through, so took a shot of the fencing to the underpath to cross the road.
I was not weeping, like the willow in the photo, but I am still moping now since this morning, but less. I was ready to go shopping, armed with a list that had been combined with Mr.Swiss list on our telephones and iPads and then it was gone. My icon showing “Notes” was no longer on my phone, it had diappeared. The “Books” and “Reminders” icon had got so close together that the “notes” had completely disappeared in between
It must be a conspiracy and I was annoyed, really annoyed, and everyone was waiting for me to ge ready to go shopping. Not without my list, this was becoming an advanced stage of moping, it was a complete disaster. In the meanwhile Mr. Swiss somehow found the icon and I was again connected. My list made via a cloud was reinstated. I do not know how he did this as I was busy with other things. Luckily my list was on a cloud, but all my other notes were gone forever. I will never understand the world of connectivity. On my iPad my notes were there, but seemed to disappear before my eyes, leaving a blank space. In the meanwhile I have discovered that they were also now non-existant on my apple computer, although I thought it all belonged to one big happy family. The strange thing was that although my devices were complete blanks, Mr. Swiss still had a few remnants of my notes. They wre not complete, but at least something, and he is only connected to the cloud for a shopping list. Probably he once connected to my notes some time ago, as they only covered August to end of September – however better than nothing. There are certain events in my life I like to keep track of.
The most important stuff is in reminders, and that is still there.
Obviously my future online life will now be planned more carefully. It seems that the cloud survives everything, so I will not have my notes only in a cloud. I will also do a manual backup on my computer, so what could possibly go wrong.
I noticed today that Mr. Obama and Mr. Putin were also moping. Mr. Trump was not moping, because he was too busy thinking about what to write next on Twitter. It seems that 30 Russian diplomats had to leave the States, due to dubious online activities in connection with the American electtions. Mr. Putin immediately retaliated by deciding to expel 30 american diplomats. Yes the sand box game between the rival gangs had been re-activated. In the meanwhile Mr. Putin has changed his mind and will keep his American diplomats, not witout making the remark that he has no idea what the Americans are talking about “Me influence the American elections? No way”, and so life continues. Perhaps it was Mr. Putin that stole my Notes on my telephone, or it was a joint venture with Mr. Trump as he needed material for his next Tweet.
Oh forget politics, we have them in Switzerland as well, but it interests no-one.
This photo shows the Swiss Government ministers for 2017. Sorry but it is only a small photo, but it was the only one I found. Seems they were saving money with the photography this year. They always try something new with these photos, and this one appears to have been taken in a factory, showing the nearness to the people probably. We have 7 ministers. there are eight in the photo, but the 8th one is not a minister but something else important – am not sure what. The president this year is the lady in the grey dress, third from the left. She is ok, no problem. I bet no-one notied we had elections is Switerland. That is because we choose a new president every year from our choice of ministers and it all happens before Christmas. No moping here, everyone gets a fair chance.
This morning did not get off to a good start. I succeeded in leaving my bed and arriving in the kitchen in one piece, which is an achievement to begin with and then the problem began.I was chopping remaining bread ends for the birds and realised it was becoming a dangerous task, narrowly missing a finger in between. The bread was diminishing in size and the knife was slipping on the slopes of the crust. Mr. Swiss to the rescue. He found that a visit to the hospital in a ambulance, accompanied with part of a finger in a plastic bag in ice would not be the ideal start to the day and so he took over. He said he would distribute the bread as well, which saved me the energy of dressing in my big black padded coat and my clogs for an early morning stroll over the frosty layer of the garden.
This continued when it was time for me to cut my bread for my breakfast. There was a large hole in the bread, one of those that meant that the butter would not spread evenly, but sink onto the surface below. The baker should really pay more attention I thought. I had to cut my bread in pieces to ensure that there would be no further complications. This meant that my bread slice was reduced in size, and another threat to my fingers that could result in an unwanted amputation. However, I managed it all on my own, not wanting to disturb Mr. Swiss as he was now reading the daily newspaper on his computer.
This had now, naturally, used up valuable time for writing my morning greeting to the WordPress world.
Now the birds have been fed and I have been fed, so what could possibly go wrong. We are embarking on yet another excursion to the supermarket. My list of things to buy has grown, but now it is a combined effort, since I linked it by a cloud to Mr. Swiss on his iPhone. He can do it quite well. I just had to correct a few aesthetic points yesterday. When you write down what you need for a meal you should leave a larger space afterwards to continue with other bits and pieces which would be extrasand have nothing to do with a meal, but he is learning fast.
This year is the first time when it seems St. Bartholomew’s day is no longer such a national holiday. It began with St. Steven’s Day on 26th December, when our supermarket, one of the bigger ones, was open normally. It seems that the local town was still closed.And now on 2nd January, they willl also be open as a normal day, so I have a day less to look after. Next week will again be a normal week with no added shopping stress.
Our Chrismas cards have disappeared with most of the bits and pieces, but we only really had bits and pieces. Our mini Christmas tree is still illuminated with its 6-7 lights, but as soon as we get time, it will be removed to the cellar. And now I will remove myself, there are things to be tidied and cleaned before I become frozen onto my chair in the kitchen.
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