FOWC with Fandango: Stage


Yesterday I was the star of the presentation, the middle point, I became well known and famous. Perhaps I am exaggerating a little.

It was my 73rd birthday, not really a big deal, after all I had 72 behind me already. The scene was in the local supermarket. I was finished with my shopping and remembered I should visit the drug store as I needed those special brushes you use to clean between your teeth. OK, that is not so important, but I have to fill in the details. As I am more or less a regular customer at this particular shop, I have a special card that gives me a little percent once a month, just a couple of Swiss Francs, not a fortune. I showed the card at the cash desk and suddenly one of the assistants said “Happy Birthday Mrs. Angloswiss” although she used my real name of course. I looked at her and felt quite important asking how she knew it was my birthday. They always used my name. She laughed and said it was on my card.

Now the big part of the scene arrived. As it was my  birthday she said I could choose one of their products as a birthday gift. Now there was a problem. You have the complete choice of a drug store, but you do not use make up, no hand cream, and definitely nothing for your skin.  I am just not the type. I always use a special shampoo which they do not have.

She gave me a choice and I was overwhelmed. Eventually I settled for a bottle of hand soap which I can always used. That was my big moment. The cameraman was not there, so I have now taken a photo of the bottle of hand cream as a memory of my big break. I will definitely make a point of visiting this store again on 6th December 2020. I then have a year to think over what I would like.

FOWC with Fandango: Stage

RDP Saturday: Excitement


Yesterday was my 73rd birthday, and that was enough excitement for now. I did not have a big celebration, I did not even feel like I was a year older. When you become a golden oldie excitement is the last thing you need.

However, this afternoon I took a wheelie in my chair for the first time since about 2 weeks. I have had so much going on in my life with my dental visits, private stuff and Mr. Swiss dental visits that there was no time to enjoy anything. I was driving back and forth and fitting it all in. A new grandchild also arrived in between.

As I was wheeling home I notice a bright light behind me. It was the sun setting. I so wanted to take a photo of this for some time, but I am usually at home or somewhere else and I can only see it from afar and think how nice it would be to get that sunset in the camera. Today I achieved it all. On the way home in my chair, I turned the chair, looked back towards the West and I captured the sun shining in all its glory.

Now I am at home and noticed a red glow in the sky. I was immediately out with my mobile camera in the garden and the result is the photo above. That is my excitement.

RDP Saturday: Excitement

Good Morning


At last a bit of cloud structure in the morning instead of the boring grey sky. The sun has been arriving but always only at midday. Today it looks like it will arrive a little earlier. Being a little homebound, except for my excursions to the store, I appreciate every change in the surroundings.

Yesterday it was again time for week-end shopping, although I noticed it was not such a lot to buy as I had done some shopping already on Thursday as an exception. It was an exceptional week all together and I am hoping that the stress will now be less towards Christmas. I find it quite a sensible holiday this year. Tuesday is Christmas Eve, our big day for a food in the evening and the shops will be open until mid afternoon. The we have Wednesday and Thursday, and life begins normally again on Friday, so no big stress with the shopping. It is only Mr. Swiss and I and No. 1 son, so I will not have to feed an army as in the earlier days when all four kids were at home, plus a mother-in-law at Christmas.  There was a Christmas tree, excitement with presents for the kids and a lot more was expected from me as cook and hostess.  Is it a wonder that I got to become a Christmas grinch? It took a few years to get me into the spirit again, but this year I made a little effort and even have a few Xmas decorations in the apartment.


This was my breakfast table this morning. OK, nothing special, but my poinsettia is doing well. I have never had such success with them before. This time I had a look at some instructions on Internet and it said that you should not give them too much water. One suggestion was a bath once a week for a few minutes, so I fill the container with water and let the plant soak it up for about 5 minutes once a week and it seems to do the trick. Up to now it works and I almost no leaves have fallen up to now. It still looks as good as the day I bought it.

And now for a peaceful relaxed week-end. I am thinking about a short wheelie in my chair into town this afternoon, although I am not sure. I am getting too comfortable in my old age, but I would like to see the Christmas decorations and perhaps drive through the Christmas market for a few photos, although it is the same every year.


Since I park in the reserved spots for handicapped in the store, now and again someone brings their dog. They leave them outside until they finish their shopping so as I enter there is often a dog waiting. Another opportunity for a photo. I have never had a dog of my own and now it is too late, but something I would have liked to have.

I would like to thank everyone for their birthday wishes yesterday. I did not do anything special, although special for me means today taking it easy and not having to do anything. So now to move on with the usual routine. May you have a good day today and stressless. See you around