RDP Tuesday: Call

New Migros Baselstrasse 23.11 (4)

Today I felt the call of the supermarket, but not my usual store which is a drive away in another village. I am still practicing for life without a car. This store is just along the road from me, about five minutes by wheelchair and just perfect. It opened last year in November.  Our national supermarkets in Switzerland have the name of Migros, although we also have Co-op and various other smaller stores, but Migros is my favourite. Their advertisements on the TV tell us constantly that the Migros belong to everyone. Perhaps not exactly, but I feel comfortable there.

And so today on my way home from a wheelie in town enjoying the sunny weather, I dropped in on this Migros which will probably become my local. Migros come in various sizes and this is a so-called “M”. There is also the next larger version, the “MM” which is in our local town, just a little further along the road, and has a butchers department. The “M” just has packed meat and groceries. And then there is the “MMM” with a bit of everything including clothes,  which is the one I have been visiting up to now.

I decided to enter in my wheelchair, found that it was not overcrowded (keep your distance due to corona virus) and I could move around quite comfortably. I bought a couple of items I needed. I discovered an extra wide entrance to a cash desk which suited me perfectly with my wheelchair and the guy was very helpful when I paid for the goods and told me to ask if I had any problems. Afterwards I moved on to their pick up station, for assistance in bringing goods home. I wanted to get information how it functioned. It was next to the till and all I have to do is pack my goods in a bag or two and bring them to the pick up desk. I pay for the pick up and afterwards they contact the company that bring the goods home by bicycle with carrying attachment. I also learned that I can pay an annual subscription which simplifies the process as I do not have to fill out a form each time, but just show my card. As this supermarket it so near I would no longer have  to divide my shopping to three times a week, but could just pop along when necessary.

They also have the mineral water and pepsi 6-bottle packs and If I need one they would organise it in the store to add to my shopping. I would only be allowed one 6-bottle pack at a time, but that is no problem. I rarely buy both together and if I need two I can get the second pack the next day.

I think I am going to enjoy life without a car when I go shopping. And if I really want a little more, I just wheel a little further into town and see what they have on the butchers counter.

RDP Tuesday: Call

Good Morning

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I did not really want to use this photo from this morning, as it is almost the same as yesterday, but not quite: the sun is even more vivid and strong. It really looks like we will be having a summer this year and no sign of rain up to now.

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There is something else that is becoming a regular appearance in the morning. As I raised the blinds in the kitchen there he was already waiting, the neighbours cat Roschti. He seems to spend more time at my place than the human he owns at the moment. He just waits silently outside for an opportunity to enter for food as Tabby’s food bowls are just behind the door. At the beginning he would disappear as quickly as he arrived when he saw me, but now he just acts if I did not exist and munches away. He ignores me when I tell him to go, and even gives me a friendly rub when I approach. You just have to like him despite his take over bids.

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Even a few birds still arrive to see if there is anything on offer. Word has spread in the local animal kingdom that there is some to eat at my place.

I had to call in at the chemists yesterday for Mr. Swiss medication and also picked up something for me that my neurologist had prescribed. It seems there is a relatively new medicine to ease the ministry of funny walks syndrome that you have as an accompaniment to MS. The doc said I could try it to see if it works. I took one tablet yesterday evening, awoke at 3 in the morning with an attack of giddiness, my head was spinning all the time. I thought something like that might happen as when I read the brochure to the tablets, there were more disadvantages than advantages. Today I will call the doc to tell him that it is a no go for me. After almost five years of silly walks, I prefer my silly manageable walk to a giddy head and that was with one tablet only. If I continue to increase the dosage as prescribed who knows where my head will be eventually. And I still feel the effects, although now not so much. I am glad I do not have to go anywhere in particular today, just a free choice and driving a car would be out of the question at the moment.

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Flowers are appearing everywhere in the garden at the moment and my allium has at last opened almost all its flowers.

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Not to mention my Asian peony which are really doing a wonderful job this year. We might all be suffering from the hairy pea virus, but certainly not nature which seems to be compensating.

I announced yesterday that I am seriously thinking about getting rid of my car as I no longer really need it, and for the very few occasions where it would be necessary (doctor visit, dentist etc.) I can take the bus or even a taxi if necessary. Otherwise we have an organisation called “collectors” which bring the goods home that you have bought in the supermarket. As I am dependent on my wheelchair, they would be ideal. I can leave the goods I buy in the supermarket. They organise it and pack it and it is brought home a couple of hours later. To explain how it works, here is a video. It is in our local Swiss German dialect unfortunately as in english it would be of no use to us Swiss. However, it gives you an idea of how it happens.

In the meanwhile they have a new central office where it is all organised and have expanded quite a lot. It began with 4 bikes and now they have at least 10 when not more.

Today would be a cleaning lady day, but she is still suffering with rib pains. I hope that she is feeling better soon.

And now I am off to do other things in the apartment. Today is going to be a nice relaxing day, no special chores and perhaps a wheelie this afternoon. Have fun, may you have a good day.

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