Good Morning


Yesterday my day did not actually develop as I had planned. It should have been a tidying session, some ironing, cook lunch, midday golden oldie sleep and then up and away for a tour somewhere with the camera. My No. 1 son was at an open air rock concert all day, so it was just the two of us. Unfortunately due to one of my famous falls in the morning we were four, or was it five, hours in the “Notfall” (ER in english) in the afternoon in hospital. I had a few knocks, but also managed to alter the shape of my ear a little with a neat and tidy cut. After an hour waiting and a few registration processes that they actually knew who I was and insured, I eventually saw the doc.

She saw that there was a large tear in the  cartilage on the ear and it was not just a question of sewing it together. It needed a specialist. They found him and eventually he got to work with an assistant. First of all I had to have a few injections, something like the dentist. During the op he added a couple more. Poor Mr. Swiss had to sit around waiting for it all to happen. Eventually I was sewn together again and now resemble Van Gogh the painter with a bandage cover on my left ear. He chopped his ear off in a fit, I just did it all by accident. The ear is still there of course, but will now become an interesting ear when the stitches are removed next week. I am now confined to home until tomorrow, when I can remove the bandage. I do have a photo in glorious technicolor that the doc did for me with my iPhone, but will keep it in the files. Not everyone enjoys such photos.

View from the window

Luckily life does not only have a dark side. Yesterday it rained now and again, by the afternoon it had cleared away and this morning we are back to normal. It is still nothing special, with a lingering mist in the air from yesterday’s rain, but the weather prophets have declared a return to heat wave temperatures this week. The view from the living room window looks OK. Do you see the plant at the front on the right? That is my mint plant in the living room.


I also have one outside on the table on the porch and this one is in the kitchen. They are there for a purpose. I don’t mind a mint tea, but that is not the reason. I read somewhere in internet probably, that mint keeps the flies away. They are an annoyance outside and in the kitchen and living room. It only needs one or two buzzing around. Armed with a fly swatter does not help much, they are the survival acrobats. They were selling the mint in the supermarket so I got a few and I must say I now rarely see a fly indoors and we can now eat outside without any buzzing interruptions. There is always one or two that slip through the radar system, but it does help. I could plant the mint in the garden., but it is a plant that spreads and can take over the garden.

Pine Hawk Moth - dead

Anther interesting discovery this morning was this dead moth outside on the porch table. After examination and comparison it seems to be a Pine Hawk Month that had got lost on a flight and did a kamikaze nosedive. After having its photo taken we disposed of it. It was really big, perhaps escaped from one of those laboratories, who knows.

Today is a no stress day for all I hope.  My mum always did a Sunday dinner whilst me and dad disappeared to the Sunday morning market “down the lane” in my old home town section of London in Bethnal Green. Look after yourselves and be careful where you walk and how you walk, although as long as there is an ER there is a way.

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41 thoughts on “Good Morning

    • I can remove the Van Gogh bandage tomorrow and can show myself again. I am sure if I had posted the photo of my ear,on Facebook it would have gone viral 🙂


  1. Aah poor woman. You really do a lot for attention! But seriously, it’s wonderful that you nearly lost your ear but never for a amoment yr sense of humour. Get well quickly!

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  2. So sorry to ‘ear about your accident. Does Mr Swiss sit on the other side to talk to you with that one bandaged up? So, ‘ere’s to a quick and successful ‘ealing!

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    • I have such a loud voice, Mr. Swiss never has problems hearing me and the doc confirmed my hearing is OK because the injury is on the outside of the ear. It doesn’t hurt at all, but the stitches will have to be removed in a week and I can only remove the bandage tomorrow afternoon.

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  3. I used to have mint planted in my garden, but I just planted it in the ground while still in the pot – that seemed to work as without removing the pot the roots don’t seem to spread and take over in the same way. Hope you get well soon Pat 🙂

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  4. Thanks for the tip about the mint. We have several pots going out in the sun so I can bring one or two indoors and then swap them in and out. I think we will try that. Hope you are on the mend.

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    • Now and again a fly gets through, but they don’t stay long. It seems to be working. We have hot sunny days and as soon as there is food around they arrive,


  5. Those moths only live a couple of days, so I suppose they have to die somewhere. This one decided your patio was the spot. You could build him a little memorial. Make a headstone. Write an obituary.

    Keep careful!

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  6. Oh, this is what you were talking about earlier. I will not repeat what your friends have already told you. Besides, you already know, and it really does happen to anyone.
    Why does it say ‘animal dung’ above ‘notfall’? I suppose it makes sense. Do not fall into the animal dung. Swiss hospitals are . . . different.

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    • Thanks Susan, I was lucky, just an alteration to the shape of the ear, something very unique. My first thought is always is anything broken. This time I was lucky.


  7. Thank you for the tip about mint! I did put it in my garden and had to dig it up, also lemon balm which (unbeknownst to me) is a member of the mint family! I dug up the roots of both plants but obviously missed a few because I see mint and lemon balm popping up here and there in my garden. As soon as I see them, though, I pull them out! I should dig out one of the mints and put it in a little pot to keep the flies away!

    I also fell recently (and also have a couple of very gruesome photos which I refuse to post) but the biggest damage was to my right knee. I fell flat on my face, but didn’t break any bones or have a concussion, thank God! I was at the ER twice about this, and now, a month later, I’m left with a hematoma in my right knee which is gradually getting better. The doctor said it could take up to 6 months to clear up completely!

    So I related well to your post!

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    • The mint is still working well, although better when the plants are fresh. Now the weather is changing here at last, getting cooler and I am hoping the flies will also be less.
      I seem to be a regular customer at the ER so I know how it works. I am sorry for your accident. One of the worst things that could happen is to fall on your face, although the head would be more dangerous. . I am glad for every day that passes when nothing happens. My therapist mentioned after I broke my leg that it takes a complete yerar for total complete recovery.


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