Good Morning


Here it is again, the sun has risen and the birds are singing. We are now getting a dawn chorus as the weather is now officially Spring. It would be nice to get out and enjoy it more, but being a golden oldie, I now feel like I am the member of a leper colony and my country, as many others, are saying to us “Stay at Home”, but I am still working on that one. Unfortunately groceries do not grow on my trees, although I do have two apple trees, but they are not even showing flowers at the moment, so forget the apples.

The new thing is that many people are offering help with the shopping for you, younger and with a better chance of survival than we oldies. This is wonderful, and I have been meandering around the computer for a few links, which I have found. I now realise my daily shopping is not so popular and how am I supposed to pay for it. The stores are now recommending plastic  as being more hygienic than money and I can only agree.  And so it seems I should trust a complete stranger to do my shopping with the use of my credit card. OK, it may be possible, I have not yet taken any concrete steps. I have a five minute drive to the store, and as they are now reduced in customers, due to the new admittance amounts, I will not be surrounded by people. I need an hour for the shopping (today is week-end shopping) and then I escape to home again for a few days isolation.

I am getting a little fed up with the phrase “Stay at Home”. I really find that wonderful to be at home all day, no stress and let the others do it for me, but with a handicapped son an an 80 year old husband who also has his disabilities, I am the most fit at home, despite my 73 years and MS. On top of it all I am now feeling guilty that I actually show myself, as a grey haired oldie, in public. No-one wants to see old people walking around, it is frowned upon. A broadcaster on one of the private Swiss radio stations had a half hour rant about it on his station and even got praise for it. Needless to say the broadcast went viral on Facebook. It is hurting, very much so. I am not alone and I am sure there are many in my position. I will definitely make attempts to get the necessary help, but not just anyone. Perhaps I should feel ill and miserable, then it would be easier, but this golden oldie still has some life left in her and I am really not planning on a demise yet. Corona, keep away from me, you are not welcome.


So let us get to something more uplifting. I got a magpie in fight this morning outside. I have to juggle a bit with the photo as I always take a “moving” photo containing many scenes. I got this one as the bird was planning to fly in for a landing. You just have to love those birds.


Afterwards a crow joined him and they made the most of a few seeds together, with no arguments.

And I am now off for an apartment clean and shower in preparation for my escape this afternoon to the store just an hour. Perhaps I could disguise myself that no-one would recognise me as an unnecessary golden oldie, but these days more people are wearing masks. I don’t even have one. Perhaps there is something hanging around from the carnival. Mr. Swiss said he as a couple of pairs of blue plastic gloves he once got as a free offer.

Anyhow have fun, enjoy it and all golden oldies everywhere have my deepest understanding about their incarceration.


31 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Good morning Pat. Good to see you around. I haven’t read your post completely yet but I just wanted to say good morning hoping that you read it before you get on with your day. It seems a really quiet in here so I guess people are either out stocking up on their shopping if they can do but I am hoping it does not mean that they are sick. I awoke from a terrible nightmare and immediately came in here to have contact with people again. I will read your post and respond to it properly in a few moments so I hope you have a good day. These are such trying times and so much more so for those of us who are disabled or ill in some way. Speak soon Pat. Lorraine


  2. This virus phobia is bringing out the worst of people, I’m afraid. So sorry you have to be suffering from what they say on social media and the TV or radio. Awful. It’s been going on for almost a month now here in Italy (Rome.) I’m taking refuge in the rebirth (literal rebirth) of nature this year. The air has never been purer and i never thought i’d live the day when dolphins would swim back into the lagoon at Venice.

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    • I also noticed that the air seems to be fresher, cleaner, than it was. It must really be bad in Italy at the moment. Every time our government announces another update of the conditions they are proposing, I am wondering what will come next.

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  3. I am here in Florida–one of the favorite places for college kids on Spring Break. But bars and restaurants are closed and some of the beaches are being closed. Hotels are no longer advertising, even. They interviewed some 20-somethings on TV yesterday, who went on and on about how they ‘earned’ their break and should be given refunds because there is nothing to do if you can’t drink….it was ridiculous. I hope the sobered up and were embarrassed at their comments. The fact that we older population are up and about is a tribute to our health and our common sense. Getting off my soapbox now….Have a good day, Pat.

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    • It goes to show what a lovely life the youngsters have had up to now, equipped with their mobile phones and wearing the newest fashonable clothes. And now they have problems because they can no longer go out and “have fun” poor things. At the moment I just keep going, but I also might be taking a pause until I get sorted. It is all becoming a little too much for me handling it alone. We had a large increase of coronus virus victims today and it is really a good thing if I can stay at home. Today I shopped until next Tuesday and I have the opportunity to have someone to go shopping for me.


  4. Good morning, it was discouraging to read the information about some feel old people are a problem and about buying by plastic rather than cash. I feel lucky my caregiver is very good and it is not any difference in my life. I am still in bed watching the daylight approaching and my orange rose has open completely. It is going to be a spring day today. Have a safe shopping trip today.

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  5. Good Morning. I am sorry that this social isolation is unpleasant. For me, it was older people of your parents’ generation who instilled the importance of being more self sufficient than the rest of society. However, they were feisty too. They survived other epidemics, wars and the Dust Bowl; and that was not even nearly as bad as being in London at the time! Your generation has more of that than younger people have.

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    • And I am having problems with it. It is becoming a burden for me and I am having to adjust. Shopping is not something I should be doing as the risk is too high when I leave the house.I am thankful for every day that I am feeling OK.

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  6. “My” store is offering oldies only shopping from 7 am to 8 am MWF. I’m sure that I will NEVER take advantage of that. Does your store allow you to order online? I’m thinking of doing that then showing up only long enough too pick up my stuff and pay.

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    • I have ordered online now and again and it is quite good. They deliver the next day, costs a little extra for bringing it. However, now it is completely overbooked, everyone is ordering online, and the next free delivery date would be beginning of April, if you actually get into the site on the computer. We do not have the system to order it at our store to pick it up.

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      • I’m going to try the ordering and picking up at the store. I think that would be a good thing since seeing the people in the store Tuesday was incredibly depressing. I can live without that.


  7. At least you are being offered help. No one is offering us any kind of hope, but medication and groceries have to be gotten. We can’t even order and pick it up later, not at the pharmacy or the grocery. I wonder if we are going to survive this thing.

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    • It gets very depressing. I would rather stay at home and have stuff delivered, but when I try to Organise online, I get the message that slots are filled, so I go myself. It is weird. The roads are almost empty of traffic and the stores have few people. Now I am covered until Wednesday and am staying at home, who knows what will happen until then.


  8. New Zealand has the best answer, Get out and exercise but stay away from others.. We are allowed 1 hour no more than 1km from your home with a piece of paper at all times stating your address and the time you leave home.. Mentally it will kill far more after this is been and done.. Shame on the others.. a little bit of outdoors hurts no one.. ;-(

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    • Sounds like a good solution. Luckily I live out in the country and have plenty of room outside on the porch. My exercising is mainly in a wheelchair, but even that gets you in the fresh air, hoping you meet no-one on the way. Everyone seems to be taking walks at the moment.

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