Daily Prompt: Frigid

Frosty Morning 23.01 (20)

I am one of those people that rarely freeze, I have my own central heating system running through my arteries. At the moment I am sitting at the computer next to an open window.  Temperature is about 12°C outside, which is not really cold, but I am convinced that he who will not be mentioned will soon appear and ask if I  could shut the window as I am probably causing a draft in the home. Yes, he just appeared asking if I could shut the window as it seems a state of freezing temperatures has our house in its grip.

I am quite comfortable in my short sleeved t-shirt, even a little overheated. I am not wearing socks or any other foot cover, just my comfortable Sketchers. I suppose some of us do react more sensitive to the cold than others. Perhaps it is a symptom of my MS, who can say, the complaint with a thousand faces. If I go out in Winter, of course I wrap up warm on top with my padded jacket and woolly scarf around my neck but underneath? Still short sleeeves, no woolly jacket, I am warm enough.

My mum always referred to drafts as fresh air in our house in London. this was probably because our doors would never shut properly, or the windows. If your house was built in 1884 and survived two world wars, the second war having bombs dropped around you and the house foundations no longer as intact as they should be, you have a different outlook on temperatures. Every door had a space somewhere, as nothing was straight, but had a slight angle. The windows had sash chords, a system of holding them together with ropes. If the rope wore through you could not open or shut the window, but dad knew how to repair it and replace the chords. We were not spoilt. I remember getting our first fridge, when I was still a kid. We made the most of it and put ice in every drink we had, winter or summer. Gone were the days of keeping the butter cold and fresh by putting it in a bowl of cold water, we had our own cold system.

There was a problem in Winter, because most of our water pipes were outside and they would freeze. If water freezes it expands, and so the pipes would burst. Dad to the rescue again, with strips of recycled torn sheets or other material, he would wrap up our pipes outside to keep them warm. As the whole street had the same system, all the piping was dressed in this way, so nothing was out of place, it was the normal appearance of the houses.

They were the memories of childhood. In the meanwhile I have closed the window in my room, although I am warm enough. I only wanted a little fresh air.
Alps 03.04 (4)

Daily Prompt: Frigid

Good Morning


Am not sure what the day has planned weatherwise, so must wait and see.  This morning was again fresh bed linen morning. I can just about manage to cover my own  duvet and cushions with fresh linen, but the rest I must leave to Mr. Swiss, although he also has to take five in between. These are days when we remember how agile we were in the years gone past. It is not an every day job, for which we can be thankful.

Me at the computer

Yesterday it seems the paparazzi were busy at home. I have my photos online in Flickr and Mr. Swiss also has access, although does not use it  very much. I discovered this photo on my computer this morning. When asked, he said he found Tabby looked so good in front of the window. The fact that he captured me writing my daily prompt yesterday afternoon at my computer was secondary, but now you see the expert at work.

Yesterday I was busy with a big update on my Mac computer. It seemed to be a big one, although I did not notice any big differences afterwards. I had to remind Mr. Swiss to update his Mac as well, as he does not use it so much as I use mine.  I used to have only a windows computer, but one day Mr. Swiss brought home an apple computer, a smaller one, as it was a special offer. He said we can both use it. He even had it fitted with Word and Exel. He used it now and again and I fell in love with it at the first glance, but said I really do not need Window apps. After a while he organised the computer in my name, as he realised he never really used it and I got rid of the Window apps. In the meanwhile I decided I wanted a real good Mac and bought myself one, the best at the time. I gave him the smaller Mac for himself to use and now have my big Mac. I had also got a new Windows computer equipped with  Windows 10, so that is why I have two computers. I like to used my Mac for writing and my Windows for photos, although in the evening I only use the Windows.

Yesterday was a safari to the supermarket, so today will be a stay at home day with some cooking and a little bit of cleaning and a practice in walking with my stick. It can only get better. Make the most of the day and I hope the sun is shining where you are. If not, then enjoy the rain.  I will leave you with another photo masterpiece from Mr. Swiss, our bowl of daffodils on the porch which are not yet flowering.