RDP Monday: Muddle

Gone are the days when I did my shopping myself; a natural thing to do. In Winter this is no longer possible due to weather conditions. I thought I could manage the short train trip to the store, just one station, but realised it would not be possible and so I now have the goods brought to me.

However today was a muddle. Now and again the store cannot deliver what I need. This happened last week when I did not receive the meat I needed for the next day’s dinner. Luckily my son was able to go into town and fetch it. I always receive a confirmation of my order before they deliver and today all my cold cut dishes were missing, not a slice of ham to be seen. My son to the rescue again and he brought me some meat from town for the evening meal. In the meanwhile I placed an order for what was missing for next day delivery as it was shown as being available. I wrote to the customer service in the meanwhile and complained. I got an immediate answer that due to the snow the transport was delayed with meat and dairy supplies to their shop, with their apology. I explained that I was dependent on their deliveries for my meals. Eventually my delivery arrived later in afternoon, even containing two of the articles that were apparently not available. This was now a complete muddle. Tomorrow I will be receiving another delivery of the goods that should have been missing, but were apparently found. Online buying can be quite muddling sometimes.

RDP Monday: Muddle

Good Morning

There is not a lot to say about this morning’s weather except that it is snowing and really snowing. Not just that it has been and gone, but it is still here. I waded out in it to feed the birds and although they remained silent I am sure they were pleased as they afterwards made the most of the feast. I suppose it is a typical Swiss Winter this year, but we have not had such a typical one since a few years. Again I am glad that I am at home sitting in my nice comfortable kitchen with my breakfast.

I am so glad that I do not have to go out in this weather on a hunt for food. My weekly rations will be delivered today some time in the afternoon. It seems the afternoon is a better choice for Monday as the deliveries to the supermarket have been completed and I have a better chance of getting everything I ordered. At the moment, due to my careful logistical planning, I am very well equipped with everything: meat and veg and all the necessary accompaniments. I have enough freshly frozen bread, although today I will probably bake a loaf to have with the evening meal.

Talking about food, I listen to quite a lot of radio, watch TV in the evening and notice that most of the adverts for food are now including the best vegan choices. Are we no longer eating meat? Is it now bad to eat meat. Admittedly I also love the chickens and the cows, even pigs, but since mankind began to exist we were carnivores. We ate would we could find, whether animal or vegetable. We had to survive. Today food has become perhaps more luxury, We can choose what we want to eat. and I choose to eat meat. I was watching one of those David Attenborough films yesterday and one of the scenes was showing a colony of birds living from fish in the sea. They were nesting and then the sea eagles arrived looking for food for their chicks and the smaller birds were the ideal victims. It showed how nature works. It is a vicious circle for survival, but they do not decide to pick and choose, they eat what they find and the balance of nature is maintained, something that we humans seem to have forgotten, I respect anyone that deicides to live vegan, but it does not impress me. I am now in a position where we would have nothing to eat if I was living without assistance from my online food deliveries. I could not go out with my scooter or wheelchair in the ice and snow and cold. I count myself lucky to be able to order my food to no extra cost, but I am certainly not being fussy about it. I am glad for anything that arrives on my table. I am sure many would not agree, but I am now too old and fixed in my ways to change my way of life.

Yesterday I noticed a bigger bird was hanging around. At first I saw him in a tree and then he joined the sparrows on the ground for a feed, I was not so sure what it was, so took a few photos. I then realised that it was a starling. Now and again, about once a year, they arrive in our area, often in large flocks. I remember one year there were about 20 of them in my garden. Now we have a few, but perhaps they are the reconnaissance for the rest. They are indeed an attrractive bird.

I am now off to do some housework. There is a cool breeze coming through the open window, so about time I warmed up. Have a good day, and may the weather be with you. It is not really with me at the moment, but I am not going anywhere and my lunch is slowly thawing.

In the meanwhile the sun arrived in my front garden.