There is a cold wind blowing, but the sun is making an effort to appear. It is still wet outside, but no rain – up to now. Not exactly an ideal beginning for the month of May. At least the clouds arrived and formed a nice pattern, even with some patches of blue in between. I now have three days of isolation in front of me. We used to say “stay at home” but now we isolate – modern times. We used to work at home, but now we have a home office. Again a sign of the Covid days. It seems that a new language is developing. I was a working lady before my golden oldie days, and that was no about 10 years ago, but I never had the opportunity to have a home office. Every morning I would drop my son off at work and continue to the office and do my daily hours, with a lunch break incorporating a visit to the local supermarket and its restaurant for a bite to eat. Home office would have been a profanity most probably.
Now I live in my own home office, but the office work is mostly manual with a little bit of blogging and reading in between. I even no longer read so much, and since completing my last book a couple of weeks ago I have not bothered to upload anything new on my Kindle. I really should read more. I used to follow the best selling book lists, which is also something I no longer do so much. All I seem to follow at the moment are the Covid 19 statistics to see how they are developing.
I was watching the British BBC TV yesterday evening as always and Boris Johnson is now back with the Downing Street briefing of the latest details after his covid illness and as a dessert becoming father to a boy. He was telling the Brits that the peak as now been overcome in the statistics and things are improving, although he did add that they are long from relaxing the restrictions. Our peak in Switzerland was reached in the middle of April as far as I can see from the statistics, but a country with a population of 8,000,000 is not the same as a country like GB where the town of London has almost nine million inhabitants. I was in the chemist shop in the store yesterday and all the assistants were wearing masks. It seems that most of our stores have now received masks. We do not have to wear them, but it is recommended for the others. It offers no protection for yourself.
Of course I have a packet of 20 pieces, but have not yet worn it when out in the public. I notice that more people are now wearing masks and perhaps I might chance it on my next visit. I should really have to get used to it. I remember seeing masks worn by the Asians, especially China, many years before we had a pandemic. They would wear them if they had a “normal” cough or cold. We would watch the news films with interest to see how other countries have other customs, but today it no longer seems so strange. The assistant at the chemist, who I know quite well, said they also have a more expensive version, but as I am not a medical person, I think I would rather pay my one franc the piece instead of ten – mask is mask. – and you have to dispose of them after wearing them for a day.
Taking my usual quick walk this morning in the yard I noticed that my mega sized hostas are now growing. It only seems yesterday when I removed the leaves from last years crop in early Winter.
And now for a day of isolation. I did my shopping yesterday afternoon covering all I need until Monday afternoon as the stores are now closed for May Day. It used to be only a half day holiday in the afternoon, but now it has become a complete day, except for the stores. They are still open in the morning. I again had a day of planning yesterday getting food to last until Monday, but it is becoming routine. When I arrived in the store yesterday afternoon I saw that the crowds had invaded in the morning, although there was still plenty to buy. You notice that a few items have been sold out. I managed to get everything I needed with the exception of celeriac. I like to add a piece of celery to my cooked meat dishes for the flavour and also as a veg. I was surprised yesterday as it is not really something that is important, like a toilet roll or a tin of tomatoes, but it seems the housewives had suddenly developed taste for it. As an alternative I bought a Pasternak, which although has more a nutty taste, will also cook well with my chicken casserole tomorrow.
As I was finishing the day yesterday evening by closing the blinds, I noticed the beginnings of an interesting sunset. the sun was shining at an angle on the clouds making quite a colourful evening background.
And now I am off for the daily tasks, so keep safe from the you know what.