Good Morning

A very misty morning with only vision of the trees at the edge of my front garden. Every day I hope for the breakthrough of some sunny rays, but if it happens, then only some time in late afternoon and not very long. I am getting used to not expecting too much and I suppose can be glad when it does not rain or snow.

Yesterday I was at the local supermarket, just along the road for a few items and as I passed the Jura mountains opposite the road I noticed that the clouds were rising a little. I will probably be visiting this store more often now. The entrance to the store in town is now blocked by Christmas trees, which makes it difficult for me park my scooter as the space has now almost gone. The local store is not too bad, although they only have packed meat, but their vegetables are fresh daily.

There is a very friendly young man working at the cash desk. The store were giving free marbles for a a game at the till. I was not collecting them but this guy was collecting them for his younger brother so I was giving him mine. Yesterday he told me he was only engaged for a few months as a holiday job and would now be leaving as after Christmas he would have to do his Swiss army duty as a recruit. I told him my No. 2 son also worked for this store during his studies at the University for some extra money. Then he told me he would also begin his medical studies after completing his army duty. I was immediately taken back to the days of No. 2 son who worked for a few years until he had completed his studies as a law student. Time flies so quickly and now I am grandmother to his two children.

I was snapping away with my camera yesterday and noticed this lonely bird perched on my birdhouse and pecking a few seeds. When I developed the photo I realised it was my friend the robin. He was again alone, and always leaves when other birds arrive. Robins are really the loners of the bird world. I am glad he found the way to my garden as there will always be something for him to eat here.

Mr. Magpie was also hovering around again. When he arrives the other birds all disappear and leave him to the food. It seems that no-one messes with a magpie.

Otherwise nothing new happened yesterday. I spent the time on my computer writing a few blogs and preparing food for the family. It was a television evening and the final of the master chef programme where they appoint cook of the year on the British TV channel. The decision had dwindled to three cooks. This time they were all professionals cooking in their own restaurants. I love watching those cooking programmes, but their creations are really something completely different. I would love to sample some of the food they cook, but that is only reserved for the TV.

Today I am expecting another delivery from the store. The slots are now getting narrower as Christmas approaches but I could book a space between 12 and 1 o’clock which is OK with me. No. 1 son will be home so he can help to sort the delivery. I have ordered 2×6 bottles of Pepsi to cover us for the Christmas holidays. I still have 2 packs in the cellar but it is always good to have a reserve. I am now well covered for the Christmas/New Year weeks. My brain has been doing overtime to plan it all. It is just a matter of getting fresh veg and a couple of items of food for the evening buffet next week and that will be no big job. I do have enough veg in my freezer but always prefer rresh food. How I am hating this holiday and will be glad when life can return to normal again.

And now to get on with my daily boring life, although I suppose at my age I do not need any extra excitement. Keep safe and follow the Covid rules. I have discovered that golden oldie life with no big social events is perhaps not so bad in view of the pandemic. Our village seems to be spared from the illness with only single cases and that very rare. Have a good day, it’s Friday so the week-end will soon be here for those that work for their living. I remember my days as a member of the work force.

9 thoughts on “Good Morning

    • I always associate robins with snow. At the moment our robin is happy with food. Our sun only appears now and again. Today it was after midday for a few minutes. Now the mist has taken over again. Have a good day as well.

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  1. Good afternoon, we were treated to a nice sunrise this morning. The sun makes several visits during the day and it still cold but above freezing. WordPress acted up yesterday. Like you, I will be happy when Christmas has passed. It is just another day for this oldie. There seems to be a shortage of soft drinks. The store had no bottles of DR. Pepper and I saw where CokoCola was closed. Your pictures are interesting as always. I hope you have a pleasant evening.

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    • I saw the sun for a few minutes after midday and since we only have mist everywhere. I have never seen Dr. Pepper, we do not have it in Europe. There is no shortage of anything really here. When the pandemic broke out some months ago, everyone was buying toilet paper, but since then people no longer do any panic buying.

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  2. Good morning .. such wonderful photos and pleasant thoughts. The current time requires us to draw from our inner energies. You have your blog and your household organizational details. I am working on my websites and taking daily walks. I just finished the first of two walks over to the main road … they are 2 miles each roundtrip .. .so total of 4 miles today. Fighting the bulging waistband here. At least we won’t be having Christmas feast .. it is just my wife and I so something simple … have a great day. SLP …

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    • I am now just going to the local store along the road. I will be glad when I get through the first days of next week.Then it should be easier. My time is really spent with working out what to buy and getting things organised at home. We will also be having a quite time this Christmas, just Mr. Swiss and me and my No. 1 son.

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  3. That is a different species of robin from what I remember in the Santa Clara Valley. Ours did not even seem to be related, and since they ate worms and insects, were not likely related. I remember them showing up when the orchards were tilled. They like the works that the tilling tilled up. They ate pyracantha berries too, like your hawthorn berries.
    Our Covid situation here is not so good. I was supposed to go to town on Monday, but am advised against doing so. I would like to get my mail and work on my planter box, which has been neglected for a long time. However, I will not go if it will be a bother to anyone.

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    • For us in Europe robins are birds associated with Winter and often pictured on Christmas cards. They seem to be quite happy with birdseed at the moment, but I am sure if they found a worm they would be happy.
      Covid is increasing everywhere at the moment. I think the best we can do is to stay in isolation as much as possible

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