FOWC with Fandango: Clear

Garage Zuchwil

This afternoon I did a quick trip to my garage. I have been the proud owner of my own car since a year and some things are still not clear to me. I just need a transport possibility, not a miracle machine with so many gadgets and extras that I have to discover how they all function.  I have so many helps: cruise control, GPS and a radio with many stations. From the day I bought this car I was happy. I could drive it, no problem. That is the most important thing. I think the salesman was quite disappointed when I told him he does not have to organise my car radio with its many stations. It was the same with the telephone connection. When I am in my car I drive it and go where I want to go. Sometimes Mr. Swiss calls me on the phone which is OK, as long as it is not in the car, because I then ignore it. I have never bothered to find out how the GPS works.

Today I had a purpose, something about when I should change the oil. I arrived at the garage and a young lady at a desk asked how she could help. I told her I was not really sure why I was there, but I think I should soon have my annual service. We then went together to my car and she switched on one of those bord screens where I see the various details of my car. She showed me how to find the information I needed on the screen and after a few minutes I discovered it was not so difficult. She was a wonderful person and really a big help and I did not feel like a complete idiot. Somehow woman to woman is much easier as woman to man.

And now the best of all. I do not have to take my car to the garage for a service. They would fetch my car from my garage and bring it again after the service is finished. It is a service they have. They just leave their own car in my garage while the service is being done. I am so glad as for me it is really complicated to travel with the local train and bus to arrive at the garage with my walker. Climbing the steps with it is not very easy and public transport tends to shake from side to side causing me to lose my balance. Balance is not something that I have.

The best of it all is that my service and oil change is only due in Autumn and I can then combine it with the winter tyre change. What could be better? I am now a very happy person.

FOWC with Fandango: Clear

RDP Thursday: Looking out of my back Door


Being afternoon, it is quieter than in the morning. We have a small garden, with two raised beds. I had it altered a couple of years ago as I could no longer bend for the garden work. On the right you can see our sparrow club. They always gather when they are hungry as that is where I spread the food. We also have a bird house on the other side, but that is more reserved for the tits.


If you look straight ahead on the right in the tree, our jay is perched there, but too small to see in detail on the photo.

Otherwise our back garden has a table with plenty of room to eat lunch or just to sit outside. We even have an electric point for the iron, if I want to do ironing outside, or for the computer, although my Macbook does not really need electricity as it has enough reserves.

We live on an estate, mostly with bought apartments, so you can see the other blocks in the distance. I find it an advantage with a ground floor apartment as we have a garden instead of a balcony. It is in a small village, and very quiet.

RDP Thursday: Looking out of my back Door

Good Morning


Just a normal very cold morning with a drab sky. I had to give myself a push to leave the bed as today is bed linen change day and I like to get an earlier start. Mr. Swiss used to do do it all, but with creeping golden oldie problems I began to help and now I do it all myself unless I need him to give a hand with the complicated parts. I broke my left arm about 8 years ago, and still feel the twinge when I have to cover a certain corner of the mattress with a fitted sheet. At the beginning the whole job was very exhausting, but I have now developed my own logistic over the years and manage the whole thing in half the time.


My jay again paid a visit yesterday in the garden. I was so excited when I spotted it the first time. Since then he brings his mate as well, takes some food and afterwards sits in the tree eating it.


I read somewhere they are hoarders of food and like to do it all in secret. They usually only appear when the other birds have left.


On my visit to the store yesterday one of the customers had left her two doggies outside to wait for her as they are not allowed into the store. As I left my car I saw them and naturally took my camera for a photo. They saw me and that two such small dogs could make such a barking, yapping noise I did not know. The pulled at their leads to get closer to me. If they were free to run around I might even have been a little worried, but they made such a perfect poise for the camera. The smaller one on the left was the noisiest. When I left the supermarket an hour later they were no longer there.

Otherwise it was just a normal day with no great surprises. This afternoon I will make a short trip to my garage to make an appointment for my first service. It is apparently now time for an oil change.  I also have to take Tabby, my feline, to  the vet next week for her annual jabs and check up. She has now been on special food for her kidneys and medicine once a day and seems to be keeping OK. Of course at the age of 17 she is now an elderly lady, and not as adventurous as she used to be. However, she still likes to have a little wander in the apartment now and again and look out the window to keep an eye on her territory. She no longer goes out so much, but we are having quite cold weather.

Although the results of my blood test were normal, Mr. Swiss had an appointment with the doc (we have the same doc) and she mentioned that my Vitamin D levels were low and I should take the drops. I must admit I still have my bottle at home and forgot them. However, it seems that everyone now needs Vitamin D. Is this something new and modern. Vitamin D is the sun vitamin, if I remember rightly, and something you give babies, especially if they are born during the winter months. Now it seems we all need them. Probably as  golden oldie they are important. Another signal to organise on my telephone. I already have one for my MS medicine NS  one for the dishwasher in the evening. My life is composed of acoustics.

And now to move on. I still have half the beds to complete and some housewife chores. Have a good day, will be back later.