A misty one today, but can only get better. Temperatures are going down and Autumn is now upon us, although the trees don’t seem to have noticed it so much. Of course there are falling leaves, but nothing dramatic up to now and I am sure that the sun will also make an appearance. No sign of the promised hurricane in our part of Europe. Except for a few islands on the edge of the Atlantic and the english coast where they had a some floods, everything seems to be going its normal way.
Our porch is getting an Autumn look with the apple harvest on the table. Not very many this year but I noticed this morning there are still four apples hanging on the tree which Mr. Swiss is now retrieving. He has just informed me that there are more than four, about nine. He even commissioned me to organise a pastry on yesterday’s shopping trip so that he can make an apple tart. I usually keep them on the porch as they stay fresher. Last year I had them outside until February. Near the house walls there is no problem of them freezing.
The garden is certainly looking a little different now.
Yesterday I was on a shopping trip. My No. 1 son told me we have only 1 bottle of Pepsi so I put a pack of six on my list. He added that mineral water was also only 1 bottle in reserve so that went on the list as well. I do not usually get both together because of the weight of lifting them into the car boot, but had no great choice. This time I left them in the car when I parked at home. I usually put it on the garage floor, but the last time someone got thirsty and decided to steal three of my bottles, and left one half empty on my neighbours car place and this in a closed garage except for when someone leaves the garage. However, Mr. Swiss went to the garage and brought them up to the appartment. We have a trolley in the garage for such heavy loads.
Today is a day at home basically. I do not intend to go anywhere, it is getting colder. This morning my time will be occupied, on top of the general household chores, with putting new laundry on the beds. I have already re-covered the two duvets and pillows with a little help from Mr. Swiss. Practice makes perfect. It used to be a Mr. Swiss job, but he is no longer as mobile as he was and so now it is my turn. At the beginning I really needed more than an hour, but now practice makes perfect and I have developed a system cutting it down to half an hour. What I very much dislike are the paper handkerchiefs that wander to the floor beneath the bed frames, but due to my newly developed system it no longer happens so much because I remove them daily. Some are not even used, just a habit to put one or two (even more) under the pillow in case. Little things that we probably all do, but eventually becomes a major obstacle when you are the person that has to clear them away.
I am really becoming a TV addict. Now that Mr. Swiss disappears to the bedroom 1-2 hours before I do, I am stuck with the TV (and also a good book of course). Yesterday they were showing the commonwealth athletics from a place called Doha, somewhere in the Emirates. It seems it is not such an attraction for the Doha people and the stadium is half empty, which is really a shame.
Afterwards a programme known as “The Apprentice” was shown. I believe the American version was even organised with Mr. Trump. Anyhow you get a group of managers and chiefs in small companies who have the promise of a future job in big business if they win the various trials and problems given in the competition. It has been running for a few years, but the first time I ever watched. It was interesting and astonishing how the contestants amongst theirselves could be brutal with their attitudes towards the others, each one doing their best to show what wonderful ruthless managers they could become if given the chance. It even included an excursion to Cape Town with a task to form a company. I am always a little sceptical with such programmes and wonder how much was really naturally done, and how much was planned. Anyhow it was entertainment before I retired to bed around 11.00 p.m.
And I am now off to finished the task of coating the beds with fresh linen. I hope your daily tasks run smoothly and at the end of the day you will have the feeling of success (sounds good, but I do not always have that feeling).
See you around and as I look out of the window the first rays of sun as showing outside. It can only get better.