FOWC with Fandango: Excuse

Did I have an excuse to remove my masks today in the store, when our government has decreed that we should wear one? Of course this was not my actual mask, although I would like something like that, a bit different to the rest.

However, just before I entered the store I put on my mask.

Admittedly it is not film star worthy, but it is all we get at a decent price. The first thing I noticed was that my glasses began to steam up. I groped my way through the store, glancing at my shopping list which is always on my iPhone. I noticed that my phone refused to recognise my face and I had to insert the code constantly. Phones do not include masks in their facial recognition. My shopping expedition was eventually completed. We all seemed to have the same masks in the store, the pale blue effect with the white lining. They are the ones you can buy at the stores. Anything else would be a special execution, or perhaps if you know someone with a sewing machine, it would be an individual choice.

And then I arrived at the cash desk to pay. I have an app on my phone which I switch on by looking at the screen and then it came to a full stop. I did the unthinkable, I removed my mask from my face and slipped it under my chin still hanging on my ears. You know the effect, the one everyone does when the mask is not called for and you do not want to remove it.

It was then that my app on my phone recognised me and I could pay. I assured the lady at the desk I was not trying to find an excuse not to pay. I blamed it on the phone where facial recognition was not working. I remember the introductory conference when Apple introduced their new phone system. They did not say anything about wearing a mask. Perhaps I should have programmed the phone when I was wearing a mask.

FOWC with Fandango: Excuse

RDP Friday: Again

Look who turned up again. Our neighbour’s cat Roschti was here. He decided to wait outside at the window. He still remembers the days when Tabby was still with us and her food was in the kitchen. When the coast was clear Roschti would make a quick visit for an extra snack in between.

Now he sits at the door waiting patiently. I am getting a guilty conscience as I have nothing for him. My cat days are now gone, but he is still hoping.

RDP Friday: Again

Good Morning

I decided to include the front of the neighbouring block on this photo. Not only are you getting the morning sky, but the reflection of the rising sun which I hope means a good day. It certainly puts you in a good mood for the rest.

Yesterday I did not have anything particular to do, but had to go to the local store as someone had used the last 60 liter plastic waste disposal bag for the garbage and did not tell me it was the last. I did not bother to have a discussion who it was, I just knew it was not me. I decided on the wheelchair as it was not far and I did not really have to buy in the store, but just at the cash desk. They keep these bags at the desk. They are very expensive because the tax of collecting the rubbish is high, and they charge it extra on the purchase of the bags. They were in the store for self service at the beginning, but too many were being stolen, so now you have to ask for them at the cash desk.

I saw my reflection on the empty property next to the store as I wheeled past, so decided on a photo. No-one ever takes photos of me. The empty room used to be part of my garage sales store before they moved out. Half of the property became our new supermarket and the rest is still waiting for someone to move in as it has not yet been further rented.

Yesterday was the first compulsory day for wearing a mask in the store. We were all masked shoppers, but I had a small problem when paying at the cash desk. I have an app on my phone for payment, and it did not recognise me when I wanted to use because of the face mask. However, I have just seen in Internet that the new update will overcome this problem, so I will have to try it out. I spent half an hour updating my phone, iPad and Apple computer yesterday, so something should now be working. Yesterday I just removed the facial part of the mask quickly when paying.

As this store had a direct way down to the river, I decided to travel home in this direction. I had not been down to the river for some time. It is quite a bumpy stony path, but works fine with my wheelchair. The scooter would be more complicated. There were a few boats moored along the side of the river.

I passed by one of our bridges before moving along the river bank. This bridge has no name I discovered on the map. It was built for the students of our high school which is quite near and only for pedestrians or bikes. Many live in the villages on the other side of the river and it certainly shortens their journey.

I continued on my way seeing a few people taking a walk or sitting by the river, and then a I saw a young man with his dog- As the dog was chasing a ball that the owner was throwing into the river I decided to take a few photos. It was then that the young man greeted me by name. I had to look twice, did I know him? He greeted again and then I recognised the voice. It was my boss of many years when I was a working lady. He left the company on the same day as I did and we had a lot to catch up on. He is the same age as my No. 2 son and they were both at the same school together. That was a wonderful meeting after so many years. He was always a dog person. He said he is often at the river when he has a free day. They are the situations that really cheer you up.

As I wheeled on I could hear the quacking of ducks, but saw no ducks. I was poised with the camera when a lady, who was also watching, stopped as hoped she was not in may way for the photo. I said not at all, but was waiting to see some ducks that I could hear and suddenly they appeared. There were three together, the first ducks I had seen for some time.

I eventually reached home and met two neighbours so stayed for a chat. One had her Jack Russell terrier with her. Apparently it grew up on a farm, and had already had six litters of pups when the neighbour adopted it. Her puppy days are now over, and she now leads a nice relaxed life with the neighbour.

I decided it was now time to enter my apartment otherwise Mr. Swiss will be getting worried where I was. I intended a short journey, but it grew a little longer. I enjoyed being in the fresh air and my various encounters.

I should really go down to the river more, especially when the weather is good. It is now a good time of the year as there are not so many insects flying around.

And now for the daily chores. I am still working on the menu plan for the week-end. Actually I have most of it, but Sunday lunch is a question mark. I think I will have to cook something from the freezer to empty it a bit. Somewhere in the shadows there is a family portion of veal that I could cook for Sunday lunch.

Have a good Friday, the end of the week, and make your plans for the week-end, although I prefer to be surprised and not so keen on everything being planned. Keep safe, avoid the dreaded coronus floating in the air and do not forget your masks, hoping they will work with facial recognition.