RDP Thursday: Hold my Hand


Holding hands is now a thing of the past. Our supermarket now has new rules and regulations and I must say I do not blame them. We have already been told to keep our distance to the others, which is working very well.

If I now go to the supermarket I have to wait at the entrance until I am given a card telling me that I have admittance and must return it when I leave. The new rules are that not more than one person per 10 square meters is allowed. Mr. Swiss assured me that our supermarket has many square meters and plenty of people will have room. I had a look in Internet, but although the store has a web page there is no mention of how big it actually is. Tomorrow I am going for my week-end shopping, so I am hoping they will let me in.

They have also put high plastic protection next to the cash desks for the people working there. I find that very sensible as working in a supermarket at the moment is not a desirable job.

I never did hold hands in the local supermarket with anyone, and very rarely otherwise, not even Mr. Swiss. Now the only thing I seem to be holding in my hands lately is my protective gloves or at home a bar of soap. Yes times are changing.

RDP Thursday: Hold my Hand

Good Morning


And another day begins in my part of the world. The sun has risen and the birds are singing and the news of the day is I just received my MS medicine – wonders happen. I should have had it last week, but it was blocked on the German border most probably. I got a call yesterday that I would definitely receive it today. Even the post guy that brought it knew I would be happy to receive it. I am now covered for the next three months and that is the main thing. I also checked on Internet with the link to the official Swiss branch for MS illness as I wanted to know how it is with this Corona virus and was reassured. Of course being a golden oldie and having MS is negative, but MS affects all ages and I just happen to be towards the end of the scale. Anyhow it seems that I can continue with my meds, and there is no need for worry, at least not more worry: another reassuring factor. At the same time I had a look on how the situation is in Switzerland with these little hairy menaces wafting around. It seems that our Kanton/State, together with a few others, is one of the areas less affected. Of course we also have a few cases, but nothing in comparison to other areas.


I ventured out to the supermarket yesterday which is open. As it is in a complex with other stores, they were all closed. I walked past the supermarket restaurant and saw it was all blocked with a black band.


My opticians were also sealed off, so no new glasses for now. Luckily I do not need any.  One of the TV programmes where our government expert was answering questions from the public was interesting. He was asked whether it would be OK to have an operation for a glaucome at the moment. His answer was no, and he was very well informed as he should have such an operation himself, but has postponed it until things are “normal” again.

I managed to get everything I needed yesterday at the store and probably as it was mid afternoon it was pleasant shopping: no great crowds and the shelves were normally full.  Everyone was keeping their distance when waiting at the till. I think we will all have to learn semaphore eventually to communicate. I think I still know how to do it from my guide days.You could even buy toilet paper, although I now have enough. Next week my new big deep freezer will be delivered on Monday, so I will have more room for provisions. I am not a panic buyer, but Mr. Swiss and I both being somewhat disabled, want to be sure of having enough food at home. Today I am having an isolation day more or less but perhaps I might venture out this afternoon. People have become rare and I am curious to see what an empty town looks like. My No. 2 son goes into town now and again but everything is closed and wandering around in the open fresh air is apparently not so dangerous, at least in our area. We have lots of forest, and a river runs through it. 

And I found my missing telephone, although I now have a new one – an expensive loss. As I was preparing to leave my car in the garage yesterday I hear a thump and realised that my new iPhone had fallen out of my pocket. Made a not to self to never keep my mobile phone in the jacket pocket. I searched around in the car and found had settled in a slot next to my seat. I then decided to look further and yes, there is was. My lost phone was wedged further down out of site. Now I have two phones although only one that communicates. Naturally my new phone is the more advanced model, and I am now debating what to do with my other good quality phone. Mr. Swiss does not want it as he is happy with the phone he has. Face identification is not his thing. At the moment I am having a streak of luck, but let’s not get too self assured. The next obstacle to conquer is probably not far away.


I even managed to capture a crow in flight with my new phone camera as it winged its way past. I wish you all a good day, and of course the best of health. One day this scourge will disappear I am sure, but it will need patience.