Good Morning

A cold misty morning, so it can only get better. If today is like yesterday, there will be sun sometime in the afternoon. I am not planning anything for this morning outside. I have already done my bird duty by filling the feeder and with a little extra on the side.

Yesterday I decided to have a day at home. It was Sunday, not very much happening and with our voluntary lockdown there are few people on the streets of the town. I kept myself busy with baking a cake. I had meaning for so long to bake one of my favourites, a pineapple cake, but it seemed to be doomed. You have to mix crushed rusks (sort of hard baked bread known as Zwieback in German). The idea would be to squash the hard slices of bread with a rolling pin, although the result might not be so good. Now I have my machine and in a couple of minutes the rusks became a fine mixture of crumbs. I could now use my new hand machine for mixing the cake and it is perfect. I can even adjust the speed on this one, a new development. I soon had the cake in the oven, and afterwards decorated it with some pineapple pieces I had prepared by cooking them in a sugar syrup. Now all we have to do is eat it. I think I get the most fun out of trying out my new machines.

Mr. Crow arrived again today to take the choice of the breakfast table. I knew what he was after.

He eventually got his walnut and afterwards flew off to crack it open and enjoy the nut inside. Crows are very clever birds and adept at opening nuts. This is a really big crow and I am sure it is the chief.

Today was looking a little complicated with shopping as it meant visiting three different places: the supermarket for groceries, the other supermarket to replenish the smoker’s wishes, and in between the chemists for both Mr. Swiss and I. I discovered this morning that I am very low on my diabetes tables, and only have a few of the stronger variety which I only need once a day. However, I can halve them for during the day. No chemist stocks them, and I have to order them in the morning to get them on the same day. However I can get through until tomorrow and Mr. Swiss said he also has enough medicine until tomorrow, the cigarettes also will be enough. This means that I can organise it all today and do the shopping in the store along the road which simplifies matters. I would then have enough time to deal with the rest tomorrow.

I spent the evening with Vera Lynn yesterday. The Brits were celebrating armistice day in remembrance of the last two world wars and Vera Lynn was the lady that had success with her songs of the time.

She died recently at the age of 103. I quite enjoyed the programme yesterday, not really my sort of thing, but I remembered all of the songs she sang from the good old days. She was even a success in the States it seems. Her origins were in the same part of London as myself, which made it more interesting.

And now to move on. It seems Mr. Trump has still not realised that he is no longer and will no longer be the boss. I read that even certain members of his family are having doubts about his mental health, although that is nothing new for me. In my mum’s words “there are more out than in” and he is one of the main examples.

So let us take the week as it comes, we are living in the days that will make history and our great great grandchildren will probably have to learn all about it in the school books of the future. Perhaps our Covid problems will be recorded as the great plague of the 2020’s. The Brits are still talking about the great plague of London from 1666, so you ever know.

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      • I am happy for mine to be delivered – but I have to prime maysel to order them two weeks in advance. Normally, these days, it only takes a few days but I got into the habit of ordering that early because a service I used to use was that poor. There are many “online pharmacies here, who will post out meds.

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        • I have my MS injections supplied by special delivery. I always take a three month supply. I have a small fridge to keep them as they have to be kept cool. Otherwise I only have my diabetes tablets. Mr. Swiss has quite a palette of various medicines, but he is 8 years ahead of me and I suppose the older you get the more you need.

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  1. Good morning … I am sitting here with my Intermittent Fasting and Keto Diet … looking at your pineapple cake .. devouring it with my eyes … OMG !!! Great photos. Keep moving forward … that is all any of us can do … great pictures yesterday of Prince William and Duchess Kate at the war remembrance … they will give England great pride for a long time. Have a great day. SLP …

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    • I am also looking at my cake, but first of all I will serve lunch. The cake is for this afternoon. I saw the news at the cenotaph yesterday, but because of lockdown there was no audience there

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  2. The pineapple cake looks delicious. Trump will not let this go. Gee whiz–talk about a sore loser. And already they are talking about him running in 2024. I hope this is only an idle threat. I could not imagine him coming back again.

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    • He is the same age as me, and I couldn’t imagine a 78 year old like Trump surviving so long. Mr. Swiss told me today that he saw he seems to live on tablets to keep him going. And the cake is great

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  3. Yes, Vera Lynn was a success in the USA, and her “White Cliffs of Dover” and “We’ll Meet Again” were as encouraging and inspiring to Americans in the war years as to you in the middle of the Blitz and the endless threat of invasion.

    No less than loisajay, the idea of Trump running again in 2024 is unimaginable. First of all, I suspect (hope!) he goes into exile or jail from the White House. I don’t care which, only I hope he takes his nasty children with him. If there is truth to Melania having a male friend in New York City is true, perhaps her fate it to divorce the old guy, take her son and new husband with her, back to Slovenia.

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    • Vera Lynn had many hits. On the film I saw yesteray it showed her singing a duet with Bing Crosby.
      Mr. Swiss told me that Trump would probably go to prison, although I think a psychiatric clinic would probably be more suitable. I did not know that Melania already has a friend, but it did not surprise me. I am sure that the divorce will soon be happening.

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    • Jail sounds good to me, Doug. It still irks the living daylights out of me how he kept calling her ‘Crooked Hillary.’ He is so much more–he and his entire family are a bunch of crooked, lying thieves. We need him gone.

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  4. Good afternoon, our skies are very similar.We got some snow over the weekend and another is is expected tomorrow. November 11 is Armistice Day and I remember the celebrations that explored when the news announced. This a year. The party in charged will sit the political map for the next 10 years. Have stress free rest of day and evening.

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  5. An intern from Germany stayed with me many years ago. He was intrigued with American culture, and I was intrigued by what he was intrigued with. I mean, just normal aspects of our culture were rather strange to him. While he was here, he discovered maple syrup. Well, I had always thought that maple syrup is something that is quite ‘normal’, and that pancake syrup (which is maple flavored corn syrup, or corn syrup flavored with some maple syrup) was very common.
    Anyway, is maple syrup popular there in Switzerland now? Do people know what it it? Is it used for baking? If pineapple is popular there, maple should be too.

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    • I have heard of maple syrup, but not something found easily in the stores. W e had something in England called golden syrup which is probably something similar. Peanut butter is also something not very much eaten in Switzerland, although you can buy it in the bigger stores in larger towns like Zürich or Geneva.

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      • I have heard of golden syrup. I believe that it has a similar rich flavor, but is made from different sugars. Peanut butter is VERY common, while Nutella is still uncommon. All of us kids from the Santa Clara Valley grew up with (and now detest) apricot jam. It went well with peanut butter.

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