JNW’s Halloween Challenge: Blood


“Oh Morticia, blood sausage, my favourite.”

“Dracky you deserve a treat now and again. Since people have begun to walk around with garlic in their pockets and wearing a cross around their neck, you have been losing weight. The daily flights to the blood bank are such a strain on your wings, and their blood quality is not so good.”

“They even shut the window at the blood bank in the evening and I have to knock on the window for them to invite me to enter. They usually scream vampire and hold a cross up to the window and I fall off the window ledge in shock. No wonder my hair is turning grey .”

“Oh I see, that is why you are using my black hair dye.”

“Sorry Morticia, but there is no consideration for the needs of a vampire today. But now I have a wonderful meal of blood sausage. Did you get them from the basement of the cemetery.”

“Not exatly Dracky. The had a special offer in the supermarket as it will soon be halloween, but they assured me they were fresh. Shall I cook them, or do you prefer them raw.”

“Morticia, what a silly question. I like to savour every drop of blood from the last squeeze of my teeth. Are they imported sausages, or local.”

“Of course they a local Dracky. We don’t want any foreign rejects.”


“I asked, but the butcher refused to answer and just stared at me. A woman pointed her fingers and uttered a curse. Just try them Dracky, they were the best I could get, oh and Happy Halloween”

“A Happy Halloween to you as well my lovely.”

JNW’s Halloween Challenge: Blood

Daily Prompt: Bravery at the Steering Wheel

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They are lurking everywhere, waiting for an innocent person like me to make a mistake, but I have fooled them all, because if  I enter a car it is on the passenger side. I was a late starter  and was 36 years old when I took the driving test. It was a long job, and I almost gave up in between. Even my instructor had doubts. but we still greet each other today if we meet in the supermarket. He survived me so I suppose I should congratulate him. I had a total of approximately 90 driving lessons, which almost deserves an entry in the Guiness Book of Records. However, I still have my driving licence today, although I no longer really drive.

Everyone thought a miracle had happened when I passed the test the first time and at last I had a licence to kill drive. When I was a working woman I did not have a big choice, and had my own car. With time Mr. Swiss and I became golden oldies and only needed one car for various shopping safaris. I now had a chauffeur, so why drive a car. After half a year as a passenger Mr. Swiss found I should drive now and again otherwise I might forget how it works. I was quite happy sitting in the passenger seat.

When I became 70 years old I had to take a driving intelligence test to see if my body was still qualified to grip a steering wheel. I was driving now and again, but only if I had to and suddenly everyone began to encourage me to drive again. In the meanwhile I had been diagnosed with MS, but even my neurologist found it would be important for me to keep my driving licence and so I reported to my doc for the golden oldie test.  Of course I passed. It was all ablout putting a cross in the right place on the form. I was supposed to walk backwards in a straight line, but we left that one, because I could not even walk forwards in a straight line.

Eventually I was finished and everyone clapped and said I could keep my driving licence. I still drive today, but only when necessary. Mr. Swiss can do it much better than I can. I am now the emergency driver. I told my neurologist that I have difficulties with my left foot and leg. He found that as I was driving an automatic car I did not need anything left of my body because I would brake with my right foot and did not have to change gears. What a lovely man.

Today I really only drive if absolutely necessary. I do not like or enjoy driving, and prefer to take photos from the passenger seat.

This photo is posed for the camera. I am standing next to door on the passenger side of the car.

Me and car

Daily Prompt: Bravery at the Steering Wheel

Good Morning

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This was yesterday evening. We were getting one of those photographic sunsets and a plane appeared to finalise the photo. This morning there are no clouds, not even a moon, not to mention a plane. What is the point of havig a sky with no clouds, especially since I am learning all about them. This could  be a cirrus cloud, although I am only a beginner. I know it is definitely not a cumulus, because there are no apparent cauliflour shapes. Why I decide to learn new things at my age I do not know. I have now decided to join the Cloud Appreciation Society, I could do more stupid things I suppose.

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Yesterday they let me out for a trip to the local town of Solothurn. No. 1 son needed a new mobile phone and Mr. Swiss accompanied him. I just went along for the ride and left Mr. Swiss to it for a while. I was busy taking a few photos. This is the main street of the town with the St. Urs Cathedral at the end. On the right you can see the Jesuit church. My No. 2 son was a member of the boys choir with his unbroken voice and I would often attend a few concerts in the churches. Although our area is principally Roman Catholic, they accept everything in the choir. We are basically Swiss Reform Church, but the choir is ecumenical so it makes no difference, as long as you can sing. The sun was shining and it was very warm, almost late Summer weather.

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There was also a street musician in town and he was playing bandoneon type music in the Argentian style of Astor Piazolla and he was really good. If you sat outside on a street café and closed your eyes you could imagine you were in Buenos Aires.

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Our Chestnut House had also returned to the market place in town, meaning that the cold winter days are not so far away. The chestnuts grow in the Italian part of Switzerland and since I have lived in the town, almost 50 years. it is always the same family that sells them. They are now in the second generation, that I know, although perhaps it goes even further back in time. One of our Solothurn traditions.

Both Mr. Swiss and I were worn out with walking around the town, we are no longer used to this stress and were both glad to arrive home again where we had a surprise. Our remaining builders had been busy. The outside steps had now been finished, with their edges and the white covers over the outside tiles had all been removed. We now have a situation how it used to be before the mess and noise began.

We also have our complete blind organisation, but with a difference. The new blinds are OK, really, no problem, but the insulation on the walls of our building is thicker making an overall bigger appearance of the building and keeping everything nice and warm. Sleeping with closed blinds is no longer as pleasant as it was, far too warm and no fresh air. After two days with the new blind experience we have realised we do not really need them. We had organised the curtain stripes for all the windows when they removed the blinds and they do a perfect job. So the blinds are not really being used except for our kitchen, because it is easier for our cat to enter and leave through her own private door. If we have storm and tempest they will be useful for covering the windows to keep the rain away.

When I returned home yesteday I wanted to catch up on my blogging. The first entry was OK, but as I was preparing my second blog WordPress told me it could not be saved. Been there before, so I continued and then it would not upload my blog. I checked on my other Internet stations and nothing was working. Mr. Swiss checked the modem which was OK, but then he also had no connection to the outside stations on his computer. I made the most of lost time by uploading my photos. After an hour Switzerland had solved its online problem and everything was working again as if nothing happened. I still do not know why this was. I only know I was stuck on my computer until mid evening yesterday.

And now to continue with daily life. We will be on safari in the supermarket this morning to replenish our empty shelves. Have fun, see you around.

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Photo from my garden