Share Your World – January 23, 2017

Do you prefer juice or fruit?

Cranberry juiceNeither nor actually. I do not like fruit juice so much. The only juice I drink is cranberry juice. All my life I had problems with my waterworks: continuous attacks of cystitis. These disappeared after my big operation. I read somewhere that cranberry juice is very benefical for such problems and since many years I drink just a 1-2 deciliter a day. A bottle lasts me about 3-4 days and I really feel the benefit.

I do not drink any other  juice. The cranberry juice I drink is from the original fruit, perhaps more in the smoothie line of things, although still liquid and very organic (although I am not really an organic type of person).

Otherwise I rarely eat fruit or drink any sort of juice. I must admit I do enjoy a glass of coca cola now and again, but plain water from the tap is just as good. There is always enough and it costs nothing. I used to drink mineral water with the bubbles, but found it was something and nothing. So give me a glass of plain water any time.

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

Westminster
Westminster

I grew up in London, so it cannot get bigger as far as towns go. At the time I yearned for clean air and the country, but I was only a kid, and London was definitely not clean. The only trees were in the parks and the only plants were a few that we had in the garden. Otherwise it was more weeds on the bombed ruins of houses left from the war which were my playgrounds.

Reflecting on it all, I realise what a wealth of benefits London had for me, in the historical way. It was all there to see: museums, monuments, churches, things that people now go on holiday to visit as tourists, and I lived in the middle of it all. I know London perfectly, growing up in the East End near the River Thames and the Tower of London just half an hour to walk from where I lived.

If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?

Grey: the houses were grey, there was brick dust in the air. The pavements were light grey, the pigeons were grey. My mum liked to dress me in bright colours, probably as a contrast, but she never had any dress sense. And when it rained in London, which it did very often, the skies were grey. I think we had a few days of blue skies in Summer, but they had to poke through the grey roof tops.

Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm.

Who wants to relax and feel calm? After lunch I take a golden oldie 1-2 hours in bed. I do even more than relaxing – I sleep and I could not be calmer. Otherwise I need some sort of action. If I am not at the computer, I am reading a book, cleaning or cooking. I like to be occupied with something. In the evening the TV might be running, but not really for me. I like to watch East Enders, a BBC British programme. I do not really do relaxing, I can do that when I sleep. I often read a book when everyone else is watching TV. I used to enjoy going for a walk, but in Winter it is almost out of the question. I need support with a cane, and in the snow and ice it is not so good. However, when summer returns I will be out and about again with my camera making the world unsafe. Relax? there is a time and place for everything.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I think I will have to skip this one as I cannot think of anything I was grateful for last week except for survival. This week I am at the doctors for my examination to see if I am still mentally fit to drive a car at the age of 70. We all have to do it in Switzerland, every two years. That will be fun – I have not driven a car for at least half a year, I let Mr. Swiss do it. I do not like driving, but he finds it would be a shame if I lost my licence. I have to walk backwards in the test – I cannot even walk forwards in a straight line – how will that one work out?

Share Your World – January 23, 2017

24 thoughts on “Share Your World – January 23, 2017

  1. Wow!! London sounds so exciting! One day I want to go there to visit the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Plus I’d love to see Buckingham Palace and travel on the London subways which I hope are cleaner than the ones I ride on every day in New York!! LOL!! 🙂 😀

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    • Have been there and done it all in London, but New York is also a fantastic city. I was there a week. I found the New York subway had some interesting people. There was a lady who was practicing her singing in the subway, probably for a show. I felt quite at home on the subway, but Mr. Swiss was feeling a little worried.

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    • I grew up in the after war years, when there were still reminders of what the city had to endure with nightly bombing raids. My mum lived through it all with her family. The new London is not really my London. Everything is so new and shiny, but has lost a part of the originality of the London I knew.

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    • We were a working class family, and as poor as the working class were in the fifties and sixties, but I really know how lucky I was to actually be at home in London,not just London, but in the east side of the middle. Going to Oxford Street shopping was nothing special and trips on Saturday evenings for a treat to London, especially at Christmas for the lights, were the way of life. The River Thames was ever present and visits to museums and places of national interest were all part of the deal. I suppose. My last trips to London were mainly Dagenham where my dad was in an extra care home. He passed away last year at the age of 100 and 7 months and so my days of London visits are now finished. I do not regret it, I love Switzerland, but I realise how lucky I was to have grown up in London. I saw a lot that many have never seen.

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  2. Growing up in New York was also great. Because whatever home was or was not, that great big wonderful rich with experience city was at your doorstep. City kids have problems, especially poor kids … but the city itself is worth a lot. The library, the museums alone. And then there were theaters and plays and those were the days where you could show up right before showtime and get a ticket for almost nothing, just to fill the house. New York made up for a lot of other stuff.

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    • It sounds similar to London. I think I made the most of London at the time, but did not really treasure what I had. I grew up in the middle of it all. When I reflect on the theater visits I made, the shows I saw, all in London. I was very lucky, but at the time it was all so normal. I saw operas once a month at Sadlers Wells and the late Sir Colin Davis was their music conductor at the timeso many years ago. Others had to plan and travel and perhaps take a hotel, and I was just a short subway or bus ride away from it all. Our museums had free admission then and there were many things in London free to the public, so even we poorer kids had the chance to see it all.

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  3. I grew up in San Francisco, but in the 50’s it was really like a small town. People did not lock doors, kids would just go out to play and the parents would yell out when it was time for dinner. I would ride my bicycle over to the playground 8 blocks away, and look for kids to play with. I mean, can you imagine it now? All kids are under lock and key. I lived near the ocean and I grew up with a love of the sea, even though I was the city. I still live here and it is hard for me to accept the changes. But I still love the fact that the ocean is 5 minutes away from me.

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    • Sounds very much as it was when I was a kid. You played in the street, stayed out until mum and dad called to come in. Even the front doors of the houses were open so that you could come and go as you pleased. Today you would probably be robbed.

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  4. I’ve always had waterworks problems, too, and my “big surgery” just made things worse, unfortunately. I have found cranberry juice to be very beneficial, too. I think it tastes great, too. When you said water costs nothing, do you mean you folks don’t have to pay for water over there? The government just provides it for you? How very blessed you are if that is the case!

    If you want to be out of your house in the winter time, you should move to Texas for the winter. Our winter this year was three whole days, January 6-8. Now, we’re working on spring. It pretty well always gets here earlier than it does anywhere else in this country. 🙂

    Good luck with your walking backwards test. My big test for driving will be closer to August. The fact that I now have cataracts might cause me to not pass the test this time. Whatever happens, happens.

    Have a blessed day!

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    • Of course we pay for water like electricity and other basics to the local government, but water is in the tap which I can turn on and drink. Other drinks have to be organised and bought. A matter of convenience. Every season has its time here. I will take this test, and see what happens.

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      • Water from the tap is definitely cheaper than buying bottled water or soft drinks. I was hoping for you that it was actually free. It would be wonderful if, in this world, the basic life necessities were free and clean. It is my understanding that in some countries taxes are very high, but everything is covered. I just know it isn’t that way here and safe drinking water isn’t a given and it sure isn’t free here. There are wide ranges of costs, too. In our place in South Carolina, we paid $18 a month for clean water. Here on the Texas Gulf Coast, we pay right at $120 per month for water that consistently has unsafe levels of ick in it. So, we drink the bottled water and hope it is actually okay.

        Have a blessed day.

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  5. Oh, it seems that it would hard to take a driving test when one hasn’t driven for two years! And that walking backwards. I’d seen mention of this test some place else, and tried it. Whew! I can do it. Taking a driving test every two years after one turns 70 isn’t something they do in our country, at least not yet.

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    • It has been a couple of months since I last drove the car, but health does not improve with age, and I have to be careful. It is a test at the doc’s with various things I have to do, but not drive a car. This is since the last couple of years in Switzerland.

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  6. Here in Gulf Coast Texas our winter lasted three days. We even had snow for about two hours or so. It did not accumulate. It melted before it hit the ground. If you need to get out in winter, Gulf Coast Texas is the place to be. Not a good idea in summer though.

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