Good Morning

Pawprints in the snow

It’s a cold damp morning. Yesterday evening it began to snow and this morning it had already started to thaw. The mysterious pawprints have appeared again in my garden, but this time on the back porch. According to research made in Internet from the last appearance, it is probably a stray dog, although dogs do not go on a walkabout in gardens at midnight. Cats might, but they are not usually lovers of snow. Yesterday evening late I heard a few curious thumps outside, but assumed it might be falling snow from a top balcony. I now suspect that a fox might be prowling around now and again looking for something to eat. We have wild deer in the forest across the road, but you do not often see them and they are too far away.

Perhaps I have triffids in the garden going for a hop now and again, the although the garden is quite bare at the moment.

Alps 29.12 (2)

Yesterday was an alp-view day and I took this photo from the top floor of the parking lot showing the peaks of the Bernese Overland. The three high peaks on the left are Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

We managed to get our New Year’s holiday shopping done yesterday when I realised that we forgot the bread for the evening. No. 1 son was going into town in the afternoon, so he was told to bring home bread. An hour later he called us on his mobile phone for an update, telling us that our usual preferred store had no bread, everything sold out. He then moved on to another store and eventually found fresh bread. Mr. Swiss will be going for a few bits and pieces this morning and I am continually adding stuff to the new list before I forget it.

Clouds 29.12 (7)

I was going to go on a practice run with my new wheelchair yesterday afternoon, but I was not feeling up to it, so decided instead to practice a few manoevres in the appartment. I felt like I was having driving lessons again. It is really not so easy steering a wheelchair, especially if you have a problem with right and left. Of course I know which side is which, but operating a wheelchair joystick can get confusing, especially in the backwards gear. Mr. Swiss was helping with instructions (in the german language) which confused me all the more. Eventually I managed to park the chair after having a few meetings with a chair and settee on the way. These are things that you take for granted when you see someone in a wheelchair, but everything has to be learnt. Steering a car was never easy for me. The instructor said the same rules and regulations for a pedestrian are to be applied to a wheelchair driver. I think when I hit the open spaces it should be easier with more room to turn. Mr. Swiss also tried it out as he said it cannot be so difficult. He changed his mind afterwards.

Today is a day of rest, and I will not really be going anywhere or doing things spectacular. There is a little bit of ironing to do, duvet covers, but to the tune of my iPad radio I will manage that as well.

Jura 29..12 (12)

And now to move on when the light turns green. The Jura moutains had quite interesting cloud formations yesterday. Have a good day and make the most of it, it will soon be 2018. Everyone seems to be posting reviews of 2017, I cannot even remember what I did yesterday.

10 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Yeah I think every end of the year they also use to travel to the another part of the world, may where your garden is, is their way out to other places.

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  2. Enjoy your snow people, we are so dry and hot when we should have had all the ski slopes open a month ago. I don’t ski so I don’t miss it, but I don’t want the garden to be fooled into thinking it is spring already and then to die in the late frosts. Weather is such a confusion these days. Happy New Year, Pat, and all blog readers.

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    • Our snow has not gone and we are left with so-called sludge, because it rained down on us. It is a funny thing about the late frost here, but the plants seem to have a defence system somehow and go for survival. Our weather is fairly predictable: summer hot with some rain and winter cold with some snow. In between it might get windy. Wishing you also a vey happy new year and blog on.


  3. Good luck with the backing up thing. I have never done well going backwards in cars. If I’m going to bang into something, it will usually be while I am backing up. I never remember which was to turn the wheel when I’m going backwards, either.

    I can easily imagine learning to control the chair is not all that simple. It’s why I liked scooters better than chairs. I have an easier time with scooter. Just point and charge!

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    • I have problems turning my neck to see what is behind me. As I cannot ride a bike with my balance problems I was not keen on a scooter. I could have gone onto a zimmerframe which is usually the next step, but my main reason was the photography. I can now take photos comfortably without worrying about falling. I can hold my camera and even manage to change lens. Walking outdoors has become tiresome and I never know when my legs decide to take a rest without telling me first


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