Good Morning


No morning snow photo but sunset from yesterday evening for a change.  I was on my way to the hairdresser for my short back and sides and am I glad that the job is now done. I was feeling uncomfortable with hair all over my head. I am fed up with the snow already, and we have only had it a few days. At least we are not subject to the polar vortex as my online colleagues in the States, although I am sure that yesterday was one of the coldest nights.  I am glad that today I do not have to go places shopping. That will be tomorrow and I am hoping that tomorrow will be better.

Yesterday I had to go shopping, but it was surprisngly tame on the roads It was wet but no skiddy bits although it was snowing all the time: sometimes more and sometimes less. I never thought I would have to drive in winter weather again, but Mr. Swiss no longer driving or being able to come shopping, it is all I me and myself. Luckily my shopping time avoids the working traffic and the roads are quite empty.

As soon as I put out some bread this morning the crows pounced following by the sparrows. This is the weather where they are glad for my canteen food and for a drink of fresh water from my cat’s bowl outside.


I just got the expected telephone call from our vet with the results of Tabby’s visit to the vet this week- Tabby is her usual self actually and shows no signs of illness, but as with most golden oldie felines, she is feeling her age and has a kidney problem. She now needs special food, which is also available in pellet form, even from Hills which she has lived on since her kittenhood.  She will also be getting a medicine to take, available as a tablet or liquid. I decided on the liquid and felines seem to have something against tablets, unless tuna fish flavoured.  Our vet is a lovely lady, and very helpful. She noticed that Mr. Swiss and I are somewhat incapacitated with walking and at the moment we are sinking a little in snow, so she will send us what we need by post for the moment, which I am quite glad about.

This seems to be a general problem with elderly cats. I remember our cat in England which was 60 years ago. Vets never did such tests then, although probably the cats also had their kidney problems. In herself Tabby is as usual and sleeps her normal 22 hours a day. She is also drinking well.

And now to move on to the daily chores which keep me going with a target in mind for order at home. What else does a golden oldie do all day. Of course we also blog, even the vet asked me if I am still blogging. I seem to have become well known in the neighbourhood, even if I do write in english and not German.

Snow morning

This is the morning view of the garden. If you see the tracks on the righthand side, they are from me and my walker when I supply the morning bread for the birds. Mr. Swiss asked if I my shoes get wet, but I told him no problem. I return in the same tracks as I went, and the snow is quite dry in the morning. Sometimes my walker gets snowy wheels, but I shake it off before entering, and our floors are stone, so no problem.

Have a good night/day and wrap up warm especially if you have a polar vortex.

11 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Good morning. YOu are right about the polar vortex … this morning 5 am on USA east coast … it is 7 degrees Fahrenheit. And the high today will be 15 … so that is cold. Last night they said on TV that many places in USA were colder than it is in Antarctica …. that’s cold …. have a good day. You seem to have snow just like we have, except we also have ice on top, which will not melt until Sunday at the earliest.

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    • We have ice in the night and early morning, but later it warms up a little. I could hear the snow ploughs on their way this morning clearing it away. Hope it warms up a little for tomorrow when I will be driving again


  2. Parker and Piper eat Hill’s Science Diet food, also, and I received a notice from our pet store about their food. New packaging! New taste! Newly shaped kibble! Will my cats notice the new shape? I suppose all this newness means it will cost more because there were two discount coupons attached to the flyer……

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    • I don’t know what food Tabby will have, the vet is sending me samples, but it will probably be something as you mention. I always bought 5 kilo bags for Tabby. I am sure it will not be a cheap solution. She is also getting medicine.


  3. Your sunset photo is awesome. So sorry Tabby is not well. Our daughter’s kitty, Shadow who we really adored as she shared our home till we moved to where are now, died of kidney failure recently. He lived happily with the condition for quite a while – also had special food.

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  4. When I started writing my garden column twenty years ago, such work was somewhat respected. People recognized me about town.Nowadays, anyone can do it, whether or not they should. Old fashioned printed newspapers are dying out.

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    • But it still needs someone with the knowhow. We get our local newspaper, but also online. If we did not subscribe we would not be able to read the digital version. You are my support and help when I am lost in the world of flowers and plants. About town is good, but about Internet even better for me.

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      • Thank you, but I do miss the credibility of what such information used to be. Such information should be provided by those who are qualified to share it. Even though my articles are available all over the world, they are probably read less than when they were available only in the Santa Clara Valley.

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  5. They all get old too soon. Bonnie is our oldest dog and is heading towards 12, which isn’t terribly old for a scottie, but she is also nearly blind. She does okay in the house because she knows her way around having lived here her whole life. The rest of her seems to be in decent shape, but she gets a lot of eyedrops as many times a day as we can give them to her … and I don’t like leaving her alone anymore. The do get old much too soon.

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    • Tabby has always been in good shape, but is now nearing 17 years and it seems cats do have kidney problems as they get older, but she doesn’t seem to be in pain. We humans now have to adjust with her food


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