Good Morning

Another dull and cold morning, no sun up to now although it might break through. Our temperatures are also not so perfect, below 10°C which is not exactly Spring weather. However whilst there is a computer you can always find something to do. At the moment I am having a gradual Spring clean, although nothing too adventurous. It began with defosting my freezer and fridge in the kitchen and deciding to throw away various food remainders in jars and bottles which had not been touched for a few years. I suppose it happens to all of us. You get used to seeing the same things in the fridge, they almost become family friends. One day you realise you do not need them, someone gave them to you or they were a free sample, so out with the old and definitely not in with the new. Life changes over the years and your requirements today have also changed. The next project is to tidy a few drawers in the kitchen. One has a mixture of string, paper rolls, tooth picks and various gadgets such as bottle and wine bottle openers, not to forget the many wooden tooth picks which like to line the bottom of the drawer.

Otherwise I escaped to town yesterday. Although our street cafés are now serving outside this café is still completely closed as it is being renovated. Since the pandemic with the hairy peas floating in the air, many businesses are closed and are taking the opportunity to renew. This particular café was usually a hive of movement during the normal days. Now it is closed although the chairs and tables have again been replaced outside, and due to the improvement of our covid cases, it might be opening soon. The café next to it is still completely closed but work is progressing also there. Our largest supermarket had a hotel next to it, but the hotel owners have now closed it. They were there many years but due to age no longer. That is a large building with many rooms which are now being converted in apartments. It is a bit of an obstruction with the renovation work, but one day that will be finished and things will be back to normal.

Mr. Swiss was low on supplies of his expensive, gold plated cigarettes.They have really become expensive through the years which was the main reason I gave up 25 years ago. He tried now and again, but eventually found that he could not manage without. I suppose at the age of 82 years and still thriving, except for back problems, you no longer bother. And so either myself or my son become cigarette messengers now and again. There is only one store selling them at a reasonable price so I took the opportunity to do some grocery shopping in my supermarket which is in the same place. Once a week I like to take advantage of the special offers and get some meat at the butchers counter instead of the ready packed selection.

I moved on passing part of our old town fortress protection on the way. I must say everything looked so fresh and clean in the sunlight with the clouds as a background. However, I was glad to be back in my scooter on the way home. It was very windy and not so warm. I had dressed warmly with my padded winter jacket and I really needed it. The sun was just an ornamentation.

I will now probably be remaining at home for the next few days, although Sunday is again warm weather so I might venture out on an excursion. Although I live in a wonderful picturesque village out in the country, there is not very much action here. My main work is gathering herbs from my raised bed in the garden for my cooking pastime.

And now to move on with some housewife hobbies like tidying up the apartment. Luckily Mr. Swiss has the chore of making the beds in the morning, so that little pastime is not on my list.

I wish everyone a good restful day. Make the most of the chores and work that confronts you during the day.

I leave you with a view towards south from our estate as I was wheeling home on the last stretch yesterday from town.

11 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. Good morning … do they have “Mother’s Day” in Switzerland? It is this weekend in our country … the area where we live is starting to open up again although the manager of our particular county is “old school” and is taking a more conservative tack. I leave it to the parents with kids in schools for form an opinion about the schools opening or not opening, I just listen .. but the rest of it .. .I am sort of “old school” too about masks, surgical gloves, etc … I think going forward it is going to be like that … those who want to cover and take precautions will do so … if people don’t … that’s fine … as long as they are not walking around sick … have a great day .. .SLP …

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    • We have our mother’s day when you have yours, although I do not really bother with it so much. My kids always gave me gifts, but now they are no longer kids and have their own kids. For me every day is mother’s day when they call or visit. Mr. Swiss and I are now both vaccinated since March so we feel a little safer. I think the main thing is to stay away from others where possible. We live in a small village and our town is also qiute small so we never mix with crowds. I wear my mask in closed spaces, like stores where we have to by law. I donot wear gloves. The Covid cases in our area are now quite low and gradually our state is getting complete vaccinated.

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    • I found remainders of packets of frozen goods which were now more ice crystals and really did not look so appetising. I am glad I cleared it all and now can avoid those problems, but it will probably happen again.

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  2. I went through our fridge last week and we tossed several bottles that had long since expired. My husband used to like all kinds of spicy hot sauces, but this tastes changed and he can no longer tolerate those–so out went those bottles.

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    • My fridge does not have a lot in it. All the meat I need is frozen in vacuum packs for use when I need it. I can no longer just go shopping when I feel like it, but it depends a lot on the weather (and special offers). Yesterday I went to the stores knowing that the weather would change and it did. It only rained once today, but from the morning until now and it does not look like stopping. I also find stuff in the fridge that no-one eats. Mr. Swiss had a thing for English marmaelade but no longer eats it. There is a remainder, and now I am eating it – just enough for a couple of days.

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  3. Good Morning!
    I work for a Conference Center for part of the week. Most of the crew was furloughed or laid off while the Conference Center was unable to operate. It was like a fancy ghost town! The big walk in refrigerators and freezers of the kitchens needed to be emptied out, so all of us who were unemployed took what we wanted. Some items were in such large quantities that it is difficult to use them. For example, I have huge cans of condensed soup that I am hesitant to open because I know that I must use it all within such a limited time. What can I do with a gallon of cream of celery soup?! It is too much of a good thing.

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      • Actually, the soup is in big cans, rather than frozen. If I want to, I can divide it into smaller quantities to freeze for later. What I have been doing so far is merely finding odd uses for the soup once I open a can. So, once a can is opened, I can use it all before it goes bad. It can make weird gravy for potatoes. If I had neighbors here, I could share it that way. I suppose I could share it with the crew, except that they already have the same canned soup that I have.

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          • Homes for Senor Citizens are so well stocked that they have no use for our surplus. Besides, their discriminating standards might not allow them to take food that was already in another kitchen, or if it is close to the expiration date. Food banks have somewhat discriminating standards as well. Some of what I collect here is surplus from a food bank. It comes here before being discarded on the compost piles or given to hogs. Canned food lasts much longer, so eventually gets used, even if slowly, and after expiration dates. One of the refrigerators that was replaced in one of the cabins merely because it is old was installed in one of the shops, so I can refrigerate some food, and freeze some if necessary. Homeless people sometimes stop by to get small volumes of food. They can not store large volumes. It is sort of like the bottom of the bucket food bank, but it somehow works.

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