Mundane Monday Challenge #135: Crows and Clouds

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Mr. Swiss called to say to see the evening sky this evening. As I am a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society, I decided it would be worth a few shots. What happened next surprised me. A flock of crows took flight as I was shooting a photo. What could be better: a wonderful evening sky with bird accompaniment.

Mundane Monday Challenge #135: Crows and Clouds

Share Your World – November 13, 2017

Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes?

Bench in the field

My walks are planned around benches. I have a diagram in my head where all the benches are positioned and I know exactly which route to take to aim for a bench. A problem with MS is fatigue. I can walk more or less, but it is tiring, half an hour is my limit. The benches are my lifebelts when I am on a walk. Take a river walk and aim for the bench. I can take it easy sitting on the bench and take a few shots with the camera. Walk up the stairs to the top overlooking the river where there is another bench. Let’s go to the castle, now that can be tricky as it is uphill. If exhaustion gets me before I reach the top I can take a seat on the bench in the photo, otherwise if I have a good day I will reach the top of the hill and sit on one of the three benches in front of the castle. This is usually more than a ten minute rest, usually a quarter of an hour.

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light?


It does not even need a storm, just a power cut of some sort. Been there and done it, so just stay where you are and do not walk further. You could trip over a cat, or walk into something. If I had to light a candle I would have to find one, and a match to light it – so forget it. We have a few flashlights, but do not even find them when there is not a power cut.  My iPhone goes where I go. It has become my lifeline for everything. It even has a lamp included, but it usually gives enough light without. I even use it as my  bedside lamp and to find my way to where I might have to go in the middle of the night.

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

That is a question I did not have to think about. Forget the strangers, my mum always told me not to speak to strangers. It is all I, me and myself so give me the $10,000. I wonder how Donald Trump would answer that one? No, forget it.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Replacing tiles

We got out paving stones back on the front garden. After 7 months of building work, the scaffolding is gone and the ditch in front of my window has been filled in. We are living almost a normal life again. My cat is so happy she can now walk out of the window instead of jumping over a deep ditch to get to the other side.

Share Your World – November 13, 2017

Daily Prompt: Riffs are part of my daily life

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There was music in the background as I was performing the usual vacuum cleaning journey through the appartment this morning, nothing special. There is always music. I rarely switch the radio on in the morning, I leave that to Mr. Swiss. I heard Dave Brubeck with “Three to Get Ready” and then someone switched off the radio. Not really that I am a passionate jazz fan, but when you are married with a jazzer for almost 50 years, somehow you get infected. “Oh” I said and was asked if I was listening. Of course I was, but it was also time for me to move on.

I like music, always have, but my youth was spent with the Beatles and the Stones, although jazz was not a foreign word in my language. I was a little infected with its riffs.

And so one day I married someone that knew his way in the jazz scene and was also a drummer. If Mr. Swiss switches the radio on it is usually Jazz 24, Swiss Jazz or however they are called. I have grown up with riffs in my married life and got to know most of them. Sometimes I might even play a game with Mr. Swiss and try to guess who is playing and sometimes I guess right.

My dad was a jazz lover, but his taste originated from the 1930’s, so I was prepared for my future life of Riffs. Today we are two golden oldies, but the music lingers on. Now and again a jam session might be organised, but the young musicians that would meet and play it all, are now golden oldies. There is a new generation developing, but the jazz lives on. And don’t turn off Dave Brubeck, I wanted to carry on listening.

Daily Prompt: Riffs are part of my daily life

Good Morning

Front garden in rain

Its been raining non stop for the last 5 days, even my trees are getting webbed roots. Forget the wonderful Autumn foliage, that disappeared a week ago and now the remains are lying on the ground. I would love to post some photos of interesting cloud formations but they no longer form, it is just a sheet of 50 shades of grey

I have now adopted yet another iPad. I already have two, my super 256 sized one that has room for hundreds of apps and games and its predecessor which still functions but I have to give it a push in the morning to switch it on. My iPad is my second lifeline to my computer. I can stay updated with any comments on my WP site whilst sitting in the airmchair in the evening reading a book, or even watching the TV which I do not really bother with, just East Enders, my BBC soap based on the East End of London where I originate.

My new iPad is one of those coincidences. It is a Samsung iPad. I am an Apple person as far as iPads go, but this Samsung was actually for my No. 1 son, although he now uses an older iPad from Apple and so the Samsung was forgotten until I remembered it. I love learning new devices, just because they are there probably. Mr. Swiss wiped the Samsung clean and I adopted it yesterday. It was quite easy to set up. Of course it wanted all sorts of secret code numbers that no-one else could use it, but I refused. My iPads are for home use and I have no secrets on them. My secrets are all on a USB stick which keeps it all out of the online circus. I never have my passwords on the computer, you never know.

So now I have yet another iPad. I noticed Samsung is all Google, a so-called Android. Now I have the hang of it, I am still working out what to use it for. I now have Word and Excel at my fingertips. When I was a working woman Word and Excel were my daily bibles, without them the cyberworld was not complete. I was accountant for our local first aid society for many years and Excel was a second language for me. Yesterday, after setting up my new Samsung iPad, I realised that Excel had become a mystery. I had the formulas and strange terms at my finger tips and brain tips, but now have no idea. I suppose other golden oldies are more interested in a new knitting pattern, but I am not even sure if I now know the various stitches. I now have a grandson, but his wardrobe is more versatile than mine. Every photo and video shows him wearing something different.

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The only action  I have in the morning are the crow visitors for the bread remainders I feed them with. The gardeners are still working on renewing our garden to its old condition, but the West side has not yet been completed which is where I deposit my super penthouse bird suite. At the moment my birds have to managed with bread cuttings, but the crows are not fussy. It is quite a good logistic organisation. First the crows whilst the magpies watch from the trees, and when they are finished they leave the crumbs for the sparrows.

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Yesterday our Swiss football team qualified for the world cup in Russia. Not any team can compete, only those that score enough points in the preliminaries. I have no high hopes that they will bring the cup home to Switzerland, but you never know.

Today being Monday, we will be aiming for the supermarket this morning.  It is now quite cold and snow has reached some parts of the Swiss lowlands, but not yet in our area.

And now I will depart, have better things to do than sit at a computer, surrounded by iPads and a Kindle, as well as my iPhone. Oh what a lovely life it is when you are online. Have fun, it is Monday, the beginning of a new exciting week full of surprises.