Colour Your World: Indigo

Magpie 18.11 (7)

We have a magpie colony in the trees opposite my home. There are a chattery race, and seem to have a lot to say to each other. They build nests in the forks of the branches from twigs and afterwards the nests remain in the trees when the babies have already flown away. Every morning we scatter our bread remains and they have loud discussions with the crows about who feeds first. Usually the crows are the first and the magpies sit on the branches of the trees and wait for their turn. There is never a dull moment with a magpie and they have indigo feathers on their back.

Colour Your World: Indigo

Daily Prompt: Life’s Allergies

Rainy Clouds

At the moment I am allergic to rain because I now have a possibility to go out with my wheelchair. This morning it looked like a sunny pleasant day, but gradually the clouds began to gather, so now I am stuck at home.

I have discovered many allergies as life goes on. Mum would fill me up with travel sickness tablets if were were going anywhere by bus or subway as I tended to inform her “I feel sick” if we were on our way. I could even enhance this with a white face and an embarrassing could occur if I put my threat into practice. As soon as we left the transport, whatever it was, I felt fine. There was a memorable landing in Switzerland on a plane returning from a visit to London. It was a bit of a rough flight, and as the pilot sunk to the landing manoevre, my stomach also sank to the degree that I grabbed one of those handy paper bags they keep in the back of the seat in front of you. As I left the plane I handed the now full bag to the air hostess. I suppose she knew what to do with it.

Doing the customery hilicopter flight over New York as a tourist, there was also a problem. The helicopter was full up with tourists like me and I did my best to take a few photos on the way.

New York 1993

Seeing Lady Liberty at a slant from above was not exactly healthy for my condition but I managed to keep everything under control. The last five minutes of the flight were the worst, but I left the helicopter with dignity.

During life I discovered that I was allergic to coffee, to milk, and to my cholesterol tablets. I once bought a smoked salmon at Christmas some years ago and two days later had strange lumps appear on my hands. I visited the doc and he said it looks like an allergy. The salmon did smell strange, not bad, but sort of medicinal. It was probably some sort of chemical treatment they gave to the fish, but I was given cortisone to cure the problem. My little boy once played with a box of ajax cleaning powder and managed to tip it all over the bathroom carpet. The easiest solution was to shake the carpet into the bath and wash it away. Unfortunately I got a couple of lungfulls of the powder. A day later I began to scratch and eventually my arms and hands were covered with strange lumps and bumps. Another visit to the doc and I was cured.

Of course there are various people and situations that I am allergic too, but this can be cured by avoidance. This morning I did the usual week-end shopping trip, the first normal one since the Christmas and New Year holidays. I enjoyed it, made the most of it, and liked to poodle around in my usual slow motion. However, he who may not be mentioned does not enjoy this stress and was trying to find the cash desk with the less people as he also seemed to be allergic to waiting.. I do not find it a stress but enjoyed every minute of it. Not all have the same allergy symptoms.


And it still seems to be raining and dull outside.

Life’s Allergies

Good Morning


The aftermath of the storm with again a normal sunrise. When I opened the blinds in the bedroom I saw clouds and blue sky. This was so refreshing after the grey of the last few days. We were in the middle of a storm and now it has left us as if it was never there. We have clear skies and fresh cold air and we again have a normal sunrise. There are some things we have to be thankful for in life.

Due to all this I have been nowhere and seen nothing new in the past couple of days. Yesterday Mr. Swiss made a short trip to town and said there were quite a few people walking around. This is no wonder. We had New Year and on the day when everything should have got back to normal we were confronted with Burglind a hurrican which was known as Eleanor in other parts of Europe. A quick escape to the shops and afterwards you were housebound. Yesterday people were again making the most of being able to leave their houses.

Moon over Feldbrunnen

Today is looking good and I even saw the moon this morning. Long time no see I would say. I took the photo with the mobile phone, but added a couple with my zoom lens to get it in its full glory.

I spent time yesterday composing a shopping list for the week-end. Life seems to be full of shopping lists at the moment and sometimes the ideas are few and far between. Mr. Swiss makes suggestions and I make suggestions and somehow we construct something to eat. I think it is a symptom of goldieoldie-tum when you life’s content is deciding what to eat: one of the few highlights left.

I saw that the book Fire and Fury by Michel Wolff including comments from ex Trump advisor Steve Bannon is on its way to be a best seller. Why not? It is a confirmation of what we all suspect and it seems that Donald Trump is really not worthy of being called a president. He is now panicking and making stupid statements like a kid. The White House seems to have become a place of chaos. After all when it all gets too much you can always take a golfing holiday. Politics is a funny world. Even Kim Jong-Un, president of North Korea, is showing himself more from the human side. Wants to take part in the Olympic games and hold discussions with South Korea. He has even changed his appearance and now appears in a light grey suit instead of the usual dark blue military look. Perhaps he might even let his hair grow. He almost looks human.

It seems a computer chip is causing problerms with a security flaw, and so we are all in a panic situation. I often wonder what will be my problem. I am 71, have two computers, and one and a half iPads, but does this mean that all my blogs will now be a target and everyone will know about my secret life. I suppose I should be concerned, but who am I to worry. I am just a little cog in this mysterious online world, so will let the others worry.

Photos are few and far between at the moment due to my stay-at-home life in the last couple of days, but today they are letting me out again to visit the supermarket. In the meanwhile I will leave you with another sunrise from this morning. Enjoy the day, and take care, especially those of you snowed in and freezing in the States. I am thinking of you all. It seems even the iguagnas in Florida are dropping from the trees in their frozen state.