Share Your World – April 2, 2018

What was or is your favorite cartoon?

It was and still is Beavis and Butthead. I even had a t-shirt with the two guys on it that my colleagues in the office, when I was a working woman, had specially printed for me. I love those two, such dry humour. It was a shame that I did not have a digi camera at the time. The t-shirt was washed so much, that the picture eventually slowly disappeared.

Which cooking utensil (other than the usual pots and pans etc) would you miss the most?

Turning the Rösti (5)

My nice non stick frying pan for my Röschti, Swiss potato dish

Would you dare to sleep in haunted house overnight?
 Road to Solothurn 29.03 (13)

This is just a house I happened to take a photo of last week. Our area is full of houses like this. I do not believe in ghosts, but you cannot avoid a funny feeling in some places. When I was fresh in Switzerland, I stayed for a week-end with a friend who worked in Basel in a restaurant. She had a room in an enormous house with the restaurant included and they let out many rooms. I spent the night in an empty room that no-one was using which did not surprise me. It was a very big room with  high ceiling, just my bed in a corner and otherwise not very inviting, and a musty smell to go with it. I had  a funny feeling all night and did not get much sleep. OK, no ghosts, but the imagination can sometimes play tricks.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? 

Geese 30.03 (1)

I enjoyed getting out and about again, even if only in my wheelchair. The weather was OK, and I could occupy myself with taking some photos. We have so many interesting places to see in our village. The stables not only have horses, but a lot of various bird life. The geese are always in the front row

Share Your World – April 2, 2018

Daily Prompt: Radiant

Sunrise

Sometimes you get them, the radiant days. You even wait for them, to lift your spirits, to escape the drab clouds hanging over your heads, and so when they arrive you make the most of them. The sun has to be in the right place at the right time. There has to be an illumination to magically change some plain old trees into something special. This happened on 5th March, 2017, just over a year ago.

I was checking on my photos and discovered that approximately at this time a year ago the builders moved in with their renovation work.

Renovation 20.04 (15)

This photo was taken on 20th April, 2017, just a little more than a month from the first idyllic photo. It is amazing how quickly the radiance of nature can be destroyed by a corset of metal. We still have a radiant sky with its clouds and even a sun, but the rest is steel and shadow and a mysterious figure perched on the top of our building looking down as if to say “now it is all mine, mine” and it was his until some time at the end of October. Was it the return of King Kong or Godzilla ready to pounce and absorb its human victims?

I have 1,038 photos to illuminate our odyssey with the builders and the machines and the dirt and changes in our surroundings. We came unscathed out of the misery, and our building now radiates with a pale green sheen. I preferred the natural radiance of the sun before it all happened.

Daily Prompt: Radiant

Good Morning

Easter

Is this the “after Easter” decoration, I think so because I feel just like this duck. I must be honest, the cooking was no big deal, just the three of us and easy dishes, nothing 5 star hotel cuisine, but we needed the easter days to recover from the stress shopping before. I know some go away for Easter to a far flung country in the warmer areas, or even visit one of those towns you always wanted to see in the world. I never had the opporunity as there were kids to look after, although we did go to Paris once for a week with our teenage sons, but that was many years ago. We were both earning and could afford it. Today we would have the time, but not the health that should go with it. Two golden oldies the wrong side of 70 and no longer so mobile, cannot manage these holidays. We stay at home and perhaps think and talk about the good old days.

We watched another old film yesterday evening, at least I watched it from the side whilst reading a book. It was one of our favourites, “Avanti, Avanti” with Jack Lemmon and Juliet Mills about a business man and shop assistant that arrived in Ischia where their parents were killed in a car crash. They had no idea that their mother and father had been meeting for many years on this island as a couple. The story develops, full of italian romance and italian ways of life. The hotel manager is played by Clive Revill, and is very good. I remember seeing him live on the stage in my younger years playing the part of the Mikado in the Gilbert and Sullivan opera.

Otherwise I went nowhere and did nothing spectacular. The weather was quite nice in the afternoon, but I decided to stay at home. Today I might risk a drive in my wheelchair in the afternoon, weather permitting if the sky remains as it did yesterday afternoon.

Clouds

And now I am off to continue my training programme. After breaking my leg at the end of January, I am slowly getting back to my wanted state of affairs. My first steps in the morning are still with the support of the walker, but afterwards I concentrate on my stick for support. I can now mop the floors in the apartment and even manage to clean the toilets. I can also now move around my computer alone without calling for help with the aid of my walker and cooking was no big problem from the beginning. I am now aiming to being more independent when taking a shower. I still have to be very careful not to lose my balance and make sure that there is always something near to hold onto.

My biggest problem is that Mr. Swiss is also handicapped with his back, so there is no help around. We both have to rely on ourselves: and all the more reason for me to become independent again.

And now to move on. The daily chores are not solved sitting at the computer and eating breakfast, action is required. Enjoy the remainder of the Easter holidays.