Good Morning

Day 8 of my self isolation and I am quite enjoying it: no stress, no thinking about I have to go shopping this afternoon and just taking it easy. When I awake to such a wonderful sunrise it compensates everything for me. Yesterday we had permanent snow.

The birds were flocking to my meals on stilts in the garden. Usually it is only one or two tits that feed from the birdhouse, but yesterday the cheeky sparrows took it over. The snow had completely covered their ground rations and so they moved on to where they didn’t have to dig for it.

I used to hate the snowy times, going back to the old days when I was a working lady and had to drive to work on the snowy and sometimes icy roads. After my retirement Mr. Swiss gave up driving and I was still doing the store run once a day and being glad when Winter was over. Eventually I also stopped driving. That was in Summer which was no problem. I had my electric wheelchair and scooter for transport. However the Winter arrived and I had to gradually start to rethink. Then we had Mr. Covid and pandemic to complicate things. Although an inconvenience in Switzerland we have worked on overcoming the problems and now there is a perfect online delivery service. I also had to re-organise my home life to deal with the changes in my comfortable life, but I now seem to be on a discovery voyage.

I am beginning to learn how to bake my own bread. It is not absolutely necessary and I get deliveries of fresh bread from the supermarket where they bake their own. Freezing it is no problem. The fresher the bread is when frozen the better it is. And yesterday I made my own spätzle. For those that do not know what it actually is, it is a mixture of eggs flour and milk-water and some salt. You form small pieces and drop it in the boiling water. It cooks for just a few minutes, remove it with a slotted spoon and eat it.

Here is my machine. It looks a bit complicated. On the left is the part that makes the spätzle and on the right the support for fitting to the pan to let the completed spätzle drop into the boiling water.

Here is the finished product. I put them into a pan with some butter to finish them off.

I served them with meat and veg. They need some sort of gravy to to eat with. I must admit I was really proud of myself. I usually bought the ready made, but now I make my own. Although Mr. Swiss is not a fan, even he said they were perfect. I had a feeling of culinary achievement. And now to continue with my bread making efforts. I am waiting for a delivery of a suitable pan to bake it in the oven and a new cookery book to go with it. I am definitely not wasting my time of isolation at the moment.

I still have not been able to book my appointment to have my vaccination for Covid, but as I no longer mix with the others so I suppose there is no great rush.

So here I am sitting in my kitchen with the computer, just eaten breakfast on the side and a camera on the table. What could be better? Of course a wonderful view in the garden of bird life. Perhaps they are only sparrows or tits, but I enjoy every minute of it.

And now I should move one, life is not only pleasure, there is work to be done as well, although even that breaks the monotony. Have a good day, make the most of it and it can only get better.

12 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Good morning … great photo of your sunrise this morning .. .so encouraging … there is a popular song from an American Broadway play .. “on a clear day … you can see forever …” … Have a great day .. SLP …

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  2. Good afternoon. I am late again. I have been spending too much time reading social media. A winter storm is passing through our area bringing a lot of rain and wind. The sun is trying to break through the clouds. It has been a while since we had a lovely sunrise or sunset. At times the days go fast or times they are slow. We order a wheelchair yesterday, I don’t need it around the house but when We go out it will be a good help. The medicine the doctor order seems to be helping. No sign of the vaccine here but as I am not sure I want to take it, I am not worrying about it. Have a stress free evening.

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    • You can never spend too much time on social media, so enjoy it. We are expecting more snow through the night, but I don’t mind. I don’t have to go anywhere. The wheelchair will definitely be a help. Can you move it yourself or does someone have to push it? I am also not bothering so much with the vaccine. I do not go anywhere so no rush and I am not completely convinced of its benefit

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  3. Good Evening (or almost morning).
    The description of spatzle sounds like dumplings, but they look more like they are deep fried. My sister still sometimes makes cavatelli, which are sort of dumplings with potato starch, like gnocci, but supposedly firmer. (I know it as ‘cavatell’ or ‘cavatells’.) I really do not know how similar it is to the cavatelli of Italy. The Italian food that I remember here in California may be very different from that of Italy, since it has been separated from Italian culture and perhaps evolving for a long time.

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    • The pastry is similar to dumplings, but the pieces are much smaller and cooked quickly in hot water. They are absolutely not deep fried, but you can toss them in better when cooked. They are made in Europe mainly in the German speaking countries.

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