Daily Prompt: Talisman

Grandmother Relf at Sissinghurst0002

My grandmother grew up in the country. This photo shows her as a little girl at the door to her house that she shared with her many brothers and parents: the priests house at Sissinghurst Castle. The family were not aristocrats, just farm labourers. I remember my grandmother as a little old lady, her hair always in a fine net showing a  a platt. It was probably very long, but also very fine: just a little old lady. She had her beliefs and superstitions as did most simple country folk in those days. She lived with my grandfather in the London suburbs, Essex as their house in London had bomb damage during the war and they were found a new house.

She was fill of superstitions. If a gypsy visited her house to sell goods (and there were many roaming folk in her area) she would buy. She was convinced that if she sent them away without buying their goods she would be cursed. I am sure she had a collection of special charms from the gypsies so that her life would remain enchanted.

Of course this is not something that I would practice today. I have a computer that knocks at my window, via internet, and sells me all sorts of charms, or tries to, and often uninvited, just like grandma’s gypsies but it is all in the name of security. As a computer user we are exposed to everything. A trojan might come knocking at your screen and there is an invasion of e-mails daily with invitations to lead a safer life, virus free. You are regularly informed that someone tried to invade your privacy on a certain web site and there are numerous parcels waiting to be delivered by Fedex which you must confirm. It is like buying from the gypsies that will curse you if you do not oblige. I even read that Mr. Zuckerberg from Facebook is now facing a dangerous attack. It seems if you continue with Facebook you face a massive privacy attack. It is no longer the exception to online life, but the rule. As I have no deep secrets to be ashamed of, I can still sleep.

My computer has slowly become a Fort Worth lookalike. I have a virus protection. When I am finished with my computer I empty my browser – you never know what still might be lurking inside. I have a crap cleaner, yes even the computer needs a toilet roll now an again where you have to pull the chain when finished. The final step is a Malwarebyte disinfector, just be sure that you leave a clean and antiseptic world behind when you switch off. Grandma, you had a good idea, just buy from the gypsies and then there will be no curses or unknown attacks, And never walk under a ladder. If you do you can always throw salt over your shoulder. There is always the windows defender to help of course, but grandma preferred dealing with human threats in the real world. She was lucky. The computer had not yet been invented.

Daily Prompt: Talisman

Good Morning

Sunny morning

Just look at it, what could be better? Admittedly it is very cold and crisp, but the sky is there, blue and promising. Not a cloud in sight except for a few white traces, and the sun is shining. Today looks good for a wheelie in my chair, although I cannot complain.

Flower Store

After almost three months of exile being cooped up at home with a broken leg, I broke out yesterday morning and went on the morning shopping tour. My heart literally bounced when I approached the supermarket and saw that they now had the plants outside. Oh, how I missed this. I know it is shopping and we all hate shopping, but when your are no longer able it is almost a holiday to get out in the fresh air and see it all. I loved this section of the store outside, it was a place to pause and take a few photos and see what was new in the plant world. There was a nip in the air, so they had covered the more sensitive plants with a plastic foil. Otherwise I felt good. I was pushing my walker as I am not yet in the advanced stage of using a stick outside, but it went well.

I was back in my old routine again. It is only 3 times a week I go shopping, but I was picking and choosing on the shelves, exchanging comments with the shop assistants I know and decided yes, life can be good. My only excursions since my accident were to the doc and hospital which were not exactly the peak of entertainment.

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Even the drive to and from the supermarket was an excitement. The same roads, same scenes, but it was now all new to me. Even the clouds seem to be celebrating with a few interesting formations and the sun was shining.

I had a an hour physio therapy in the afternoon and had a few good moments. I spent the time walking with my stick, like in the good old days. Yes I am now on my way. I now avoid my walker when possible. The therapy lady brought a pair of crutches with her to try, but I was uncomfortable and a little unsteady. I can keep them a week to practice. With my stick it goes perfectly. Of course I am not Speedy Gonzales, but it works. I now see some light on the horizon.

Yesterday was good day for me and I have a feeling that I am getting there. This was just the first shopping trip, but I will now be going shopping again regularly like in the pre-broken leg days. Mr. Swiss is glad needless to say.

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As we left our village I felt the first signs of emotion when I saw the Jura mountains in the distance, I was on my way again.

So now to calm down, I have a normal stay at home day today, although perhaps I might be on my way in the wheelchair this afternoon if the weather stays good.

Enjoy your day, and make the most of it is all I can say.