Good Morning

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What a lovely morning, birds singing, sun shining and pleasant. How I used to dislike Monday mornings in the olden days when I had to work for my living. I still work, but voluntarily keeping the place clean and cooking the food. Even the washing and ironing is no longer a must, but a want. There was a day last week when I had finished everything earlier, probably because there was not so much or someone might have helped. I had an hour with nothing to do. Even my blogging was done and I was bored. It does not happen very much I am glad to say.

Yesterday I at last tackled the scooter. I saddled up Mr. Swiss new scooter to have a practice run as I am getting mine this week and wanted to see if it works well. I think he thought I would just do a trip up to the castle and back, but I had another plan.

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My main purpose will be to go to town and do my shopping, so I made my way on a practice run. The photo shows the controls as I ride. The lines on the left show how much power I have and the battery was full. On the right you see the speed. As I was on a first run I kept the speed moderate showing three lines, but I can increase it by pressing on the button with the running rabbit to six I think, although I did not want to overdo it. To go slower the button shows a tortoise, so what could go wrong. As I already knew the way from my wheelchair I also know which places are better to cross the road.

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When I saw the cathedral I knew it was now or never and was approaching the entrance to town. It was a beautiful day and could not be better for a maiden journey.

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Being a Sunday afternoon the town was quite empty and basically just people wanting to take a walk and enjoy the weather. That was OK for me. Driving over the bumpy cobblestones was perhaps a little bit better than in the wheelchair. I decided to go the whole hog and drove through the town to the other side. The route I would generally take to the store.

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When I approached the Biel gate it meant I had done, a maiden voyage through town with a scooter. There were no crowds cheering and clapping when I got there. Perhaps I should have invited the newspaper. I now left town and took the circular path away from the cobblestones and now I was on my way home. I only made a stop now and again for my photos. Driving a scooter and taking photos at the same time does not work. I think my first experience was OK. I had no big problems, just noticed that taking curves was a little different than in a wheelchair, but I even mastered that. I arrived home and parked in the underground garage meaning opening the door with my remote and going down the slope to get to the parking space. My voyage was completed and I it worked. I cannot wait this week to get my own scooter. Shopping will be a lot easier for me in the store as I can walk upright with my walker picking the goods from the shelves without having to ask for help.

I should also receive my food vacuum sealer this week. It will make freezing meat and veg easier. I just attach a plastic bag roll to the machine, put the articles in it and remove the air and seal the bag. There is even an automatic bag cutter on the machine. Then it will be ready to freeze. I had been thinking about getting one for some time. I usually have it vacuumed in the store, but sometimes there are things that you buy you want to prepare yourself.

I had a great experience this morning.

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My first orchid had opened. I did not even know what it would look like. I bought the original plant a year ago when it was flowering and it has been sitting out on the porch through the summer, but is now full of buds. I have never been so successful with orchids and now I have another two full of buds, and two with new bud stalks.

And now I wish you all a very good week, keep safe and according to where you are, wear your mask. It makes you more mysterious and interesting.

22 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Good morning!!! Such a great start to the week!!! Perhaps you can get one of those little cameras and show us your runs as you zip along in the village streets … or up the hillside to the castle? That would be so fascinating. Have a great week. Welcome to the new scooter !!! SLP …

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  2. What a fun time you had! I wondered about the cobblestone streets, and am happy to hear the scooter is better than the wheelchair. Your orchid is a beauty! You have me energized to start my week now! Have a great one, Pat.

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  3. I’ve been off-line for nearly two weeks and am just catching up on everyone’s posts. Delighted to have such a long and interesting one from you as I’m thinking of buying an electric scooter myself. My doctor does not approve, that is what’s holding me back, as I don’t want to get in his bad books! He is of the opinion that if I get the scooter I will no longer try to walk short distances, but I don’t think this is true. I want to be able to go to the end of town, take my books back to the library, carry parcels to the post office etc. Being a man, he doesn’t understand this! You’ve given me hope and inspiration.

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    • I remember the reaction of my neurologist and doctor when i announced I had bought an electric wheelchair. My Ms had began to cause balance problems and so I did something about it. I was lucky that I had the money as if I had done it officially I would probably still be waiting for financial benefits. i still had my car. Now I no longer drive and it was complicated relying on the wheelchair for shopping. In the meanwhile my husband got a scooter. I tried it and decided that was for me, especially when i discovered I could have an attachment for my walker. It is ideal for shopping now. Nothing against the doctors, but we are the ones that have to live with our illness whatever it is. The scooter is ideal for mobility.

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