Daily Prompt: Juxtapose

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I seem to be doing everything wrong. This morning the cleaning lady was here busy with this and that and I naturally had some spare time. I could take it easy and let someone else do the work. On the other hand I had naturally some time on my hands having done my usual morning chores and I was left with nothing to do, nothing for a juxtapostition with me or did I again not get this one right, so I had a look at the German word which was easier for me or should have been. In any case we have it, or do we? Two objects together. Oh, I give up, and decided to return to cleaning windows which I actually did this morning. Just the two big ones which form the glass exit and entrance to my kitchen. I will do the rest during the week.

I passed this guy yesterday when travelling home from my shopping trip. He was in a juxtapose with a lot of windows, but he was lucky. He had a crane to stand on and just move his arm up and down with the window cleaning implements. I see these juxtapositional window cleaning cranes a lot. Where I grew up in London, we were working class, not rich, but for cleaning outside windows you always had a guy that earned his living as a window cleaner. They arrived with a ladder and some rags and a bucket of water and cleaned your outside windows. Even the window on the ground floor was too high for mum to reach.

Today you organise a mini window cleaner holding crane and the job is done. I can imagine something like this in New York City where the skyscrapers achieve untold heights. Just imagine cleaning the top windows of the Empire State Building with something like that. The Juxtapositional possibilities of man and machine are fantastic.

So, did I do it, was I juxtapositional? If not, who cares. This is the antepenultimate Daily Prompt, and I really want to be one of the last survivors.

Window Cleaner

Daily Prompt: Juxtapose

Good Morning

Rainy morning in garden

Today is cleaning lady day, so I am a little late with saying a good morning. Some over the pond may already be in a deep sleep unless they are nightworkers. Some time in the early morning it began to rain and I awoke to the sound of raindrops outside. This did not bother me as hugging the bed is the best place to be. We were actually quite glad for some rain, otherwise we would have had to give the garden some water. Water is an expensive commodity in Switzerland, although so is electricity and gas, but when nature helps to save money, why not.

My garden is growing very well, probably  because of the sunny days and the rain. On the left my hollyhocks are doing well. Actually this one is from a seed that found its way in the garden. The original mother plant was a builder’s victim last year. The hostas are always a reliable plant and even these are now more, as I had some transplanted when the builders arrived last year from the place where the scaffolding was planted. In the corner I have some storks beaks (geranium?) which are now beginning to flower and then we have the Japanese Maple which has been there since at least 15 years when I planted it.

I also have patches of shamrock springing up everywhere. For the Irish it is probably a sign of luck being a national plant. For me it is a disturbance, as in every space these green clover leaves appear. The only advantage is that they do not have a deep root system and are easy to remove. They have small yellow flowers which seem to be very good at spreading their seeds everywhere.  I know it looks nice and fresh and green, but eventually your plants appear as an in between event and the main background is this Irish lucky clover.


Yesterday was a stay at home afternoon. The weather was warm and sunny, but I decided now and again it is good to relax with the computer outside. I usually write my WordPress daily prompts (RIP from 31st May) some time in the afternoon which means transporting my computer to the porch, the weather being good. That is the advantage of a walker. I only use it for walking now in the supermarkiset, or for transport. It has become very useful for moving my electronic apparatus from inside to outside. The first step is to shift my Mac outside. As this computer needs no support from the electric system for a few hours and is lightweight it is not such a problem. I could even carry it under my arm, with the magic mouse in my pocket, but the wheeler is better.

After writing the prompts I move onto my Windows 10 Acer Aspire V Nitro, which needs to be plugged in. Luckily I have an electric point outside on the porch. I have all my thousands of photos on this computer, although the photos I need for WP work are online in Flickr. I then process a few challenges that I take part in and continue with some photo uploading if there are any to upload.

The life of a cyber golden oldie can be quite a stress sometimes ensuring that the computers are where they should be. Transporting the Acer on the walker is more complicated. It is a bigger laptop and heavier, and I have to lift it over the entrance to the porch. Now and again I might go for a wheelie in my wheelchair, there is always time for everything.

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A few days ago I showed a few photos of a stork I saw near our high school perched up on a tower, which was probably built with stork nesting places in mind. Yesterday on our way home from the supermarket we drove past the area and I saw the stork on its platform. It has a baby in the nest. I decided I must take another wheelie for some more photos as the baby is growing.

And now to do something constructive, like perhaps cleaning a window, and beginning to cook lunch. Otherwise I have done all my daily chores and I can hear the cleaning lady taking care of the rest.  Oh what a life we golden oldies lead. Make the most of what is left I say. Enjoy your day everyone, or night, let’s clean that window and cook.

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