Good Morning

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It is not a bad morning although could be a little better. At least we see a patch of blue sky and I managed to leave my bed to see it. I have now learned to appreciate the little things during the day. We are now all under pressure from the virus. Will I get it? will I survive if I do? How strong will it be for me as a golden oldie with a few “underlying” problems, whatever they are? So many uncertainties.  This thing does not go by unnoticed. Everyone is panic buying mode which does not really astonish me. I have joined them, not just panic, but as long as I can go to the store with the car and as long our stores still sell fresh goods every day I have decided to just buy a little more every day: pasta, some canned goods, lentils etc. and yes, even toilet rolls, although as long as we have water from the tap we would even survive without the toilet rolls.  I just realised how much it would really need to keep a 3 person family happy with food if you would be isolated for two weeks, although I have a feeling if the flying peas with with stalks would hit you, eating is not the priority you would have. Thank goodness our governments have everything under control, or do they?

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In the meantime let us have something a little more cheerful. I had noticed my crocus in the front garden were now ready to flower and thanks to my new iPhone 11 Pro with its super camera, I manage to get this photo. I am really enjoying this new camera experience. With the 10x zoom on the lens I can really get a close photo without having to bend closer and I find the quality is great. Of course it was not a cheap telephone, but not only do I now have a qualitative camera but all the other accessories on the phone.  I am really only using this camera at home at the moment. Another advantage is that I can upload the photos direct to my app on the phone and less than a minute later I have them here.

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I took this photo of the visiting chickadees just now as they landed on my bird house in front of the kitchen window.

Otherwise life goes on. It is already Friday again and I have not yet made my week-end shopping list, not really knowing what we want to eat. Mr. Swiss has already added his sweets and various candies on the list, but I do not think we would survive on them. I have not made any plans for the week-end, but week-ends for a golden oldie and really nothing special. I am glad to be at home with my computer and do a bit of this and that.

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Of course the crows have returned this morning and managed again to get an action photo of a crow take off with a walnut in its beak. So enough photography,  I just love my new telephone toy.

I am now off to the daily chores and if things carry on as they are, I will be doing my week-end shopping in a relaxed atmosphere at the supermarket. I must say an actual panic buying we do not seem to have and the shelves are well packed in the store. It just seems to me that there are less people around, although in our area we do not have so many infected as in the large towns of Zürich or Bern.

And so enjoy the day and look after yourselves: wash hands and you know the routine by now. Actually my hands are getting just a little sore with so much washing.  I leave you with my shot of the garden daffodils this morning: at last I could get a close-up.

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10 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. OH the crocus photo is really pretty …. so sharp and clear. Missed your blogs the last few days. Glad to be reading them again. Take care. Drink tea. A shot of bourbon in the tea also helps cheer the spirit. Have a great day. SLP …

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    • I had to stop writing as I had too much happening in my other world, but now things have quitened down. No alcohol here, but I like a cup of tea now and again

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  2. My crocus are blooming, too. I really want that phone, but not enough (yet) to spend another $40/month for it. I was just at the post office. The woman working there said, “Things are awfully quiet today.” I do not think my government has a handle on this at all, but at the local level (state, county, town) people seem to be making wise policy decisions. If they closed the San Luis Valley no one would know. Hardly anyone comes here anyway. Our big event was last weekend. Hopefully no one from the “outer world” brought anything with them.

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    • It was an expensive phone, I bought it completely. I had been thinking about it for some time, but just did not want to spend the money. Now I had no phone and decided to go for it. It was a shame I lost the other phone, but I have no regretted my decision. Living in a small country, we can easily keep track of how many people have the virus. It is just a bit of a Democles sword hanging over our heads. I notice the store does not have so many people. We are just avoiding going places. Our government is working on various ideas, but at least they are doing something.

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  3. Our crocuses are blooming. All purple with ONE single white one in the middle. Where did THAT come from? Usually, we get a bunch of yellows and mostly purples. I can’t remember the last white one.

    I wonder if Garry will find eggs?

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  4. It is no surprise that most of those infected with the virus in California are in Santa Clara County. People get around the way they do, and so many came and went from places that are now more seriously infected. I am not too terribly worried, but I am annoyed that while some are so panicked and doing what they can to stay put, so many others are not concerned enough, and still coming and going on airplanes. I was to take the next two weeks off from one of my main jobs to catch up on other obligations, but got laid off instead . . . for the same time that I was going to take off. (However, I can not even come in to tend to necessary chores that I was going to tend to during my time off.) There is not enough revenue to pay staff while all the big groups at the conference center are cancelled. I have no problem with that, but I feel badly for those of us who need their pay!

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    • I do not know how it will develop further in Switzerland. All areas have infected people. Based on the population it is perhaps not so many, but every day there are more and more. Our government are organising daily new things. We now have 3-4 border areas closed. All restaurants are closed, office staff are working from home on computer. Shops are still open in our area, but the Kantons hard hit are now closed. No planes are going anywhere at the moment. Taxi and train journeys are still allowed, but only so many people in the trains are allowed. My oldest son still goes to his factory up to now, but otherwise he stays at home. I should go shopping tomorrow and am hoping that it will be possible. Europe is hard hit. Germany closed their borders today.

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