Good Morning


I was taking a walk outside this morning, filling the bird feeder and noticed that the leaves have now really fallen all over the planting area. I decided to leave them for a while. I do not have the time or energy at the moment to rake them together and they do make a nice colourful basis between the plants that still exist.


I even discovered that my gaura still has a couple of flowers here and there making a spot of colour. They must be the last, as temperatures during the night are now around 0°C, even a little lower.

I got my family excursion to the local authorities achieved yesterday afternoon. It was good to go somewhere with both of my sons. It was family business and I took some good impressions with me afterwards. At least that is now dealt with for now.

Otherwise I have a new obstacle to conquer. I have a cleaning lady, I pay her a wage and everything is fine, at least I thought so. Of course I have reported that to the authorities (again that word) and pay the necessary fees in connection with the state pension as I am technically her employer. I have now received a letter and document to complete from the pension people.  The problem is it is complicated for me being in German. There is a web site for support and they write a very nice and polite letter with it to tell me I can call them for any help I might need for filling out the form, which I will do. I have a few months time to complete the details, but I am slowly losing my patience with such surprise letters. Mr. Swiss gives me a bit of advice, but I still have to do it myself.


For a light point in my day, my amaryllis has yet opened another flower bud, now making three. Usually there are four, but this particular sort has only produced three, but really big and special.


I have now attached a supporting stick to the stem to make sure it does not decide to take a plunge when the flowers get too heavy and the plant loses its balance.

Today will be back to normality I hope with a little bit of cleaning in the morning, nothing big, and preparing lunch. This afternoon a normal excursion to the store for a few items of grocery and that is all. I am now gradually losing my patience with all these extra tours I have been having lately, and the various other jobs in between dealing with documents. I always thought that growing old was a peaceful job, but there are so many details to deal with, especially if there are no smooth runnings.

I am also on a late start this morning so will now move on. Have a good day everyone, stay safe or sleep well, whichever the case is.


8 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. But you know what, dear Pat, all this wheeling and dealing with the authorities also keeps your brain sharp and because you CAN do it, it should give you some satisfaction too. Looking at the bright side!
    I’m saying this because long ago I ’employed’ a woman who worked twice per month for a bit in the garden. I had her rightfully and gainfully employed and still NOW, many years later, I receive, from time to time, a Governmental invite to declare my ‘salarié’…. It would have been SO much easier to just pay her out her money but no, I wanted to do it the correct way (I’m Swiss, after all ;)) and it’s such a nuissance.
    Also, I have to say I do envy you your fabulous amaryllis. It is a real beauty. Mine occasionally do fall over resp. their juice-heavy stems just buckle under the weight. But oh so beautiful!

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