Good Morning

Begins with some cloud and mist, but I think it will be Ok today. Everything is closed here for Ascension Day, a holiday for those that still have holidays. I have a holiday every day, so it can get a bit boring. I was thinking of going places today, but I had an excursion in town yesterday. I loaded up the battery on my wheelchair, but have postponed its use until perhaps over the week-end. I will be baking a bread today and yes, it is again time for a bed linen change. I was dreading the getting up a little earlier and re mounting the new covers on the duvet and pillow, but I was awake anyhow so did it already an hour earlier. Afterwards I remained hugging the bed (with the new covers) knowing that I still had an hour or a little more to relax and take it easy. As you get older you tend to change your time table to suit yourself.

Actually I really enjoyed my trip to town yesterday. Mr. Swiss had already ventured out in the morning (clapping with recognition) and had got his cigarette ration for the week so all I had to do was go to the supermarket and get a few bits and pieces, but not so much. I decided to take another route home along our river quai.

It is also a restaurant mile and all along the was there is one row of tables and chairs. The weather was OK and there were a few people having a break. You are still not allowed to sit in the enclosed spaces of the restaurants inside due to Covid, but there is no problem sitting outside in the open air.

Some of the squares in town had also been taken over again by the roadside cafés adding a little atmosphere to the town and livening it a little. Is the quality of life now improving again, and are we slowly getting back to normal. Perhaps thanks to the vaccination programme cases are reducing and we all feel a little safer. I still wear my mask when in enclosed spaces such as stores but otherwise no longer.

I saw these two pigeons busy finding something to eat on the lawn of the town museum.

I am now getting the idea of my new vacuum cleaner and I think it is one of the best gifts I have given myself for a long while (although Mr. Swiss also donated his 50%). I am also in a tidying mood at the moment. I do not know if it has to do with Spring, but my cupboards are now perfect. We have a store room where I keep my cleaning accessories and that was a real mess. Everything just tossed on the shelves, no organisation. Today it is picture perfect. Everything organised and the unnecessary rubbish thrown away. It is really astonishing the rubbish you collect which is not necessary.

And now I am off to finish making the bed, clean the apartment and I am sure I will find something else to do. Life is never boring. Have a good day everyone and if you have a free day, then enjoy it. And now to play with my new toy, the vacuum cleaner.

7 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. It’s a good feeling to look at everything de-cluttered and in place. When my granddaughter visits this summer we’re going to tackle my piles of papers and stuffed closets. I’m doing the same here with the mask, wearing them in the stores but keeping them off outdoors. Have a good day

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  2. Good Morning!
    The palms are back! Did they ever leave? Those to the lower left in the first picture seem to be growing in the ground. I saw palms there before, but I can not remember where they were. I got that same species of palm here; with a good sized specimen and four seedlings. Even though it is not a North American palm, it is probably my second favorite. My favorite is the desert fan palm, which is also known as the California fan palm. It is the only species of palm that is actually native to California, but it does not do well here or many other places in the state. It is from the desert, and prefers to stay there. It likes hot and dry summers.

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    • We have no palms actually growing in our area. It would get too cold and they would freeze during the Winter with the ice and snow. They are potted palms kept somewhere warm during the Winter and brought out to decorate the restaurants in Summer. In Summer they manage to survive quite well in the milder weather. In the South of Switzerland, on the borders of Italy the palms grow naturally, spreading their seeds. the climate is milder. It is known as the holiday Kanton where people spend their Summer holidays. We now have a long weekend holiday here for Ascension day and yesterday they had a five kilmeter traffic jam on the motorway of people wanting to escape to the warmer places.

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      • That particular palm would likely be quite happy there. It lives in Oklahoma, New England, the Pacific Northwest, and on the coast of southern Alaska. A few can be seen from northbound Highway 5 on the northern edge of Portland in Oregon. My sister #5 has one in her front yard in Renton in Washington. It is one of the most frost tolerant of palms. In your region, they may get taken inside so that the soil within the big pots does not freeze. Because they are mostly dormant during cool weather, they do not need much sunlight, and can survive for quite a while inside a warehouse. It has been a common palm for a long time; and now, other similar species of the same genus are being introduced. I do not normally like new introductions, but have been interested in the species that shed their shaggy petioles to leave bare trunks.

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  3. Your town looks normal again. So does ours. Funny about that. Although we don’t have a lot of foot traffic, COVID or not, probably because we have no buses or trains, so everyone goes everywhere by car and there’s barely any shopping. We didn’t have much to begin with, but we had malls. At least one of our local malls is probably going to close down. It’s two “anchor” stores — Macy’s and Sears — closed and without those two big ones, there’s nothing left but little stores and kiosks. I’m not sure what is still open now. Our favorite restaurant is gone and we already miss it. Nothing new has opened, though I suppose something will, eventually.

    It has finally warmed up and the leaves are entirely out as of this morning. It sure took a long time this year! I hope that also means that the pollen levels will drop. it would be nice to breathe without coughing!

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    • Our town has been closing down for some time. The stores are not making enough profit. A lot is now done online and it is only the larger grocery stores that have any s uccess. All the abandoned hops now seem to become restaurants which are still successful.
      Always raining in between and not really warm enough for this time of the year.


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