This morning I beat Mr. Swiss to it. When I pulled up the blinds after I stopped hugging my bed, I noticed that we had another brilliant sunrise. I jumped at the chance, pulled the curtains and opened the window (in minus temperatures) and took a photo whilst the going was good. By the time I reached the kitchen on the other side of the apartment, the sunrise had already melted into nothing, just a few boring normal clouds.
It will be another fun-packed excursion to the supermarket today to re-inforce the food supplies for the week-end. I composed my online cloud list yesterday evening and gave it to Mr. Swiss for approval and complements. He had nothing to add, although we will be adding continuously until we arrived. It was just food, although we are missing out on something.
Today is Black Friday, one of the imports from across the pond to Switzerland. With only eight million inhabitants in our little country it might be a bit too much to handle for us. Forget it. I read in an online announcement from a daily paper that the majority of the Swiss are determined to spend at least 300 Swiss francs on this black day. I am not one of those. I have even saved money but not buying anything in particular, just food.
Our local chain store supermarket, known as Migros, have announced that we will be showered with special offers in the elctronics department. I can already see the happy shoppers with television sets in their trolleys, the golden oldies proud of their new computers, which are probably not so new, but if its got a mouse and you can go surfing in Facebook and googler, then it is a bargain.
I still have not worked out why we need a Black Friday in Switzerland. We do not celebrate Thanksgiving to follow it up with a black Friday. The swiss turkeys are already worrying as they are sure they will be targeted next year for Thanksgiving, although Switzerland was not colonised: it was just there filling up a small space in Europe.
The skies over Switzerland seem to be darkening at the moment.
Switzerland is not actually in the EU collection of states, we voted against it democratically. However the chief of the EU, Jean-Claude Junker, has been visiting our country and Switzerland’s President, Doris Leuthard, has had discussions. The result is that Switzerland have agreed to give/donate 1,3 billion Swiss Francs to the European Union “to stablize its messy ties with Brussels”. I was not aware that we had messy ties, for me it is quite clear that we do not belong and I am not sorry about it. I always thought we had a direct democracy, but it seems not really, it just sounds good. My son lived and worked in Brussels for 3 years and the only mess was the fat from the french fries, which is a stable part of the Belgian diet it seems.
And now to move on, there are places to go and things to be seen, and money to spend in the store. I noticed there is a special offer of lamb filet which I like to chop to small pieces and cook in one of my prize crowned sauces garnished with herbs from the garden and cooked with plenty of garlic. Lamb without garlic is not worth being called lamb.
I am on my way with various cleaning implements in the appartment. Enjoy the day if it is possible and I will spare a thought for all the victims of Black Friday. I will be taking my various credit cards with me to the supermarket, you never know.