RDP Thursday: Sangfroid

“Dracky, dinners ready. It’s your favourite.”

“Looks great Morticia, what group is it?”

“They said at the blood bank it was AB negative.”

“Great, makes a change from that O positive that you always get on special offer. Was it very expensive.”

“Not really, they seemed to have quite a lot of this sort. Apparently a whole family decided to give a collective donation so they were giving two for one.”

“Two for one?”

“Two arms full for the same price as one. And be careful with it when eating. Use a serviette. I don’t want to have to wash your white shirt, the stains do not wash out so well.”

Just to add, we had beetroot salad for tea this evening

RDP Thursday: Sangfroid

Good Morning

It is an overcast sky this morning and surprise, it is raining. I was expecting a snow filled day after reading the forecast. We evening had a blizzard warning for our little village with its 920 population, but someone somewhere up in the sky decided to spare us and instead we are having a watery morning. At least the snow is now disappearing, and the birds do not have to seek for their food.

Am now in my second week of isolation and to be quite honest, I am enjoying it, although I suppose there will come a time when I will be glad to escape again. However, I think my days of wheeling off to the stores and buying are now almost over. Online buying is great for us golden oldies. No more stress or rush, just take your time looking at the pretty pictures of meat and veg and choose what you want. Yesterday I suddenly realised I had forgotten Friday evening food. I had a completed my order for delivery on Friday morning, had a quick look and saw the Friday morning slot still existed. I sent a separate order including a couple of other items, paid online and it worked. The store thanked me for my order as always and it will be included with the Friday delivery. Although it is not something I would do regularly, I was just lucky to be able to choose the same slot. I am learning my new life style fast.

My little robin arrived again yesterday and made the most of having the bird house to himself. It had been quite crowded during the snow storm with sparrows, but they are now quietly digesting somewhere. I am always reminded of the Britsh Christmas cards when I see him in the garden, especially when he is surrounded by snow.

I made my first attempt at making mayonnaise yesterday, but it did not exactly turn out as it should. I probably added the oil too quickly. It did thicken, but more resembled a pea soup than mayonnaise. Mr. Swiss found it tasted fine although perhaps he was just being polite. I suppose we learn by our mistakes. The next time I am hoping for more success.

I watch mainly the BBC British TV and am not getting very good reports on the progress of the fight against Mr. Covid. Their new solution seems to be putting hospital patients who are not considered bad enough to warrant a hospital bed, into hotels. At least the food might be better. It seems to me the British government no longer knows what to do with their medical problems. However, in Switzerland things are also changing daily. We now have lock down all over the country and not just a few Kantons that are making their own decisions, I have not been into town for more than a week but I know that all restaurants are closed. Actually it is now only the grocery departments of the stores that are open and they are only allowed to sell articles necessary for daily use, such a food and toilet paper of course. Everything else is tabu. The more I hear about the vaccine productions and distribution, the more I am becoming uncertain. I am no longer so worried not yet being on the waiting list as I am spending my life at home with no socialising. I might see a neighbour but not very often, otherwise it is just Mr. Swiss and No. 1 son. This vaccine is OK. I should have two injections within the space of three weeks, although it is now a problem to get enough for the country. Otherwise I will probably have to inject annually to keep the coverage. What a life. I sometimes feel as if I am part of a science fiction novel or film, although they generally have a happy end. Reality can be a little different unfortunately

And now to move on, although my daily routine is not so full of stress. I am expecting a couple of parcels from online orders. At least that is not yet forbidden. Keep safe, try to relax and make the most of what you have. I close with a photo of my sparrows siting in the tree opposite digesting.