Good Morning

Ice on the water

The first thing Tabby, my feline, does in the morning when life returns to our environment, is look out the window, make sure that there are no dangers lurking in her territory and make a dainty exit through the cat flap. She visits the water bowl outside, but she was quicker than us this morning.  We were busy distrubuting bird food, so we forget to replace the water. She gave me one of her accusing glares, sitting next to the bowl. I soon realised this was part of Tabby’s human training programme to remind me to immediately replace the water. Yes, the water was frozen. It was a cold night last night it seems, with freezing temperatures.

It is funny how at the beginning of the year you receive reminder letters, that you wish you had not. England have signed some sort of European contract about paying tax. Because I have the remants of an english bank account somewhere they now insist I give them my Swiss tax no. The problem is I have many numbers from the Swiss authorities and because the brits are not capable of telling me which no., I sent the wrong one. This all happened in October. During December I get the form again to fill out as they said my information was not correct. The British wheels of beaurocracy move slowly. After two telephone calls to the no. given on the form and receiving a third copy of the form to complete (the first two I had already completed), I got the formulas for the no. they required, If they had told me in the first place, instead of beating around the bush with tax numbers, that it was my social security no. they needed, things would have been more straight forward, and I would not spent money on two unnecessary phone calls, although they did call back immediatly, because I complained this was costing me unnecessary funds. I have now sent off the third completed form with the correct number I hope.

In the meanwhile the local transport authoritiy has sent me a letter to remind me that as I was now 70 years old, I am due to a doctor’s examination to prove that I am fit enough to keep my driver’s licence. I do not think I have sat behind the steering wheel of a car for at least half a year, but probably I can still do it. Mr. Swiss is 8 years older than me and passed this examination with flying colours, so he told me all about it. Walking backwards without losing my balance is one of the tests. I am not sure if I can still walk forwards in a straight line. I have a feeling that my driving days will be finished after going through this examination. My doctor is convinced I will pass. If I do, I will have some serious thoughts about the golden oldie drivers on our roads.

I am not going to bore you all with reviewing my year on this piece of Pulitzer prize suspicious work. I am still here, after writing every morning for some time, so I have passed my endurance test for blogging. Tonight I will be celebrating in my armchair, reading a book or playing a game on my iPad. At midnight I will wish Mr. Swiss a happy new year, he will wish me one, sealed with a kiss, and then I will disappear to bed. I think once in our 48 years together, we visited a New Year’s Party. No. 1 son will be in town celebrating, No. 2 son will also be celebrating wherever he is. I just asked Mr. Swiss if we have a bottle of champis somewhere, but he said he will not bother and I am not sorry. Our digestion no longer manages that fizzy stuff at midnight and I do not like it in any case.

And so I wish everyone a happy blogging 2017 and look forward to it, you never know what fate has in store for you. Perhaps it might be the year of my Nobel/Pulitzer/Blogger of the year prize, when I will be celebrated and my genius will at last be recognised. Otherwise, I will still have 2018 to look forward to. It seems only yesterday that we were celebrating the year 2000.

Schanz, Solothurn, 1st August

12 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Walking backwards to pass a driving test….most interesting. Of course you will pass. Bloggers can do anything! Happy New Year to you and Mr Swiss. I will wish the same to Tabby on her blog page…..if Happy New Year is even in meow. I am sure she will let me know…

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    • I passed the actual test many years ago, this is just to test if you can still do it. I suppose I can, but i do not like driving in any case, and as long as I have the perfect chauffeur, why bother. I will ask tabby if she has years in meow, I think they are more into lives that years.

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  2. This is definitely the time of year for reminders. From doctors for all those tests you avoided in the previous year. From banks on how much you still owe. From the mortgage company, the tax authorities, your medical insurance. I don’t have to deal with my driver’s licence until a year from March. Just as well. I haven’t driven more than twice since my heart surgery. I’m sure I can, but I don’t want to.

    The best news of the day? Our property taxes went down by about $50 a month, which should bring our monthly housing cost down by the same amount, or close to it.

    Happy New Year … and I hope it really IS a happy New Year. We could use a good one.

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    • I seem to have given up on driving completely, although it would not be a good idea if I no longer was allowed to drive a car. You never know when it would be a necessity. Some people seem to thrive on driving. I only took the test when I was already 36 years old and drove daily to work. Since I am a golden oldie, I cannot be bothered and rely on Mr. Swiss.

      We do not get any end of year gifts from our tax people, so everything remains the same. At last the road repair works are finished on our stretch, so we can now leave the village again without any restrictions. and we have a nice new main road, although the other one was just as good, but I suppose they have to justify handing out money somehow.

      Marcel and I wish you and Garry also all the best for the New Year.


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