Another sunny afternoon and the same cloud seems to have arrived again. He must like it here. It was a pleasant afternoon, although the morning a little dull and damp. I spent the morning getting Mr. Swiss bed ready as he will return tomorrow. At last his bed will gain be occupied. Sleeping next to a mattress and duvet without linen is not so pleasant. I could not find his cushion cover. I had washed everything and ironed it, but it got mixed up with some other clean linen. Now everything is ready. I talked to him on the phone this afternoon and he said the nurse had already brought his suitcase to be packed. I told him not to forget anything. He is really looking forward to coming home again. At the age of 82 you do hang on to your customary surroundings. I told him I would be keeping my eye on him when he is at home. I do not want any surprise accidents, although I am quite good at having them myself.
I was a quiet afternoon with the birds. They seem to have lost their appetite, although they are looking very well fed at the moment. We have not had such warm weather at the end/beginning of the year for a long time. The new year usually arrives with a thick layer of snow, but this year the sun has arrived and temperatures are similar to early Spring. I am sure the crocus will soon be flowering. I remember my working days when I had to clean the snow from the car the first day back at work after the holiday and it was a skiddy ride to work. These days are now gone.
I do not have to go anywhere today. I always order my groceries online, but they cannot deliver frozen goods, which I like to store in my freezer. However, that too is possible and although I get my goods locally from the supermarket, the supermarket headquarters deliver everything. I today placed an order at the main delivery centre and it will be delivered on Wednesday. No problem with a delivery slot, I could have had it earlier, but such a order is fine with me just once a month. So now I am covered for everything. My only problem was cooking wine, as they only have the cheapest rubbish , but that problem is also solved. I gave my autistic son a trial run to see if he could get what I wanted at the local store, and of course it was a success. He just takes a photo of what I need on his phone and brings it home afterwards. Now I really do not have to go anywhere in the cold Winter.
Our house mountain, the Weissenstein, was also looking quite good today from my front garden. It is looking quite fresh and green for this time of the year with no snow to be seen.
And now to move on. No. 1 son is in town but will soon be home for the evening meal. I do not know if he is going anywhere for the New Year this evening. Everything has been cancelled due to our common enemy Covid, and there will be no meeting of friends or any celebrations. I did hear a couple of fireworks in the early evening, so probably people will be celebrating at home.
And to show that Switzerland does have snow, here is a view of the alps from my back garden, although also on the very high slopes.
I wish you all a very happy New Year, and may it be a good one. Ring out the old Covid and do not ring in the new variety.
Perhaps they are a little to large for a reticule, but we are now in the 20th centuary and our reticules have grown accordingly to hold the telephone, the Kindle and other such electronic objects, not to mention the credit cards and the mask. You do not have a mask? That belongs to the daily equipment in the Covid days. Always take your mask with you.
I almost gave up this evening. I was busy with this and that and time decided to escape. I almost forgot to bake my bread which had been proving since before lunch. It is now in the oven getting the finishing touches for the evening meal. I hope it will not be too hot to eat, but fresh warm bread from the oven is always good. Today I finally sorted our desk for the computer(s) and now we have enough room. I disconnected our second printer, which we never really used and had plenty of space for storing some computer papers that Mr. Swiss had. I think it was the bits and pieces where he jotted down his passwords. He really thought he could come home today from the rehab, so I reminded him again that it will be Saturday. I think he has the rehab blues at the moment. I suppose it is one of the male-fenale differences. I always enjoyed my hospital stays after the operation. No washing or cooking and cleaning: just let yourself be pampered by the hospital staff, but men are used to being pampered daily from their women and my man seems to be getting frustrated with the rehab life.
I was so happy to see the sky clearing this afternoon. At last no rain and sunshine with a blue sky in the background. It took a while for the mountains to clear the clouds away, but gradually they disappeared.
There were few birds around today and as the weather was quite warm for this time of the year I took a small walk around my garden. Here is a photo of my porch from the other side.It seems to have developed into a bird village, but they feel at home there.
It was then that I saw the sunset towards our town with the spire of our cathedral. When I returned to the appartment I left a trail of dead leaves behind me, so it was out with the hoover again to collect them.
And now to settle down for a quiet evening. I have a laundry wash to do and since Mr. Swiss has been away I only run the dishwasher every second day. It is now almost a month since I have seen him in flesh and blood. Face time on my telephone and iPad is not the same thing.
Have a good day, take it easy, and prepare to slide over to the New Year.
It really is evening now. I took this photo in the afternoon when we still had some daylight, although a very dull day again and raining constantly. If this continues, that guy with the big boat will appear and begin to collect the animals in pairs. Luckily we are on higher ground and the river runs below.
The birds stayed under cover to sheltering from the rain. I also stayed at home. I think it must be at least two weeks since I ventured outside. At first we had snow and now it is wet. I spent the morning cooking lunch and this afternoon I tidied up the desk. It has always been Mr. Swiss desk, but I have now taken it over with my computer as he no longer does so much with the computer. He has somehow lost the interest. He really did have a lot of junk and I have now cleared it away and there is even room for his computer as well at the side. I am quite pleased how it is now organised. I also sorted the printer in the other room and there is room for my Apple computer and Mr. Swiss other two computers. They actually work, but he never really used them for the last few years.
Otherwise I was busy uploading some photos and now it is almost time to prepare something for the evening meal. This evening it will be smoked salmon on toast with some garnish of chopped shalottes and horse radish. It will make a change from the cold cuts.
I called Mr. Swiss who was relaxing in his rehab. His bed is next to the window where he is and they have the same dull weather as we do: no fantastic views over the lake, everything grey in grey. He cannot wait to return home again on Saturday. He found the cost of the invalide taxi to bring him home is quite expensive, 450 Swiss Francs. On the other hand I cannot pick him up as I do not have a car and he is about 1-2 hours away on the motorway. Basically the sickness insurance does not cover the home journey, but they said I should send the receipt to them in any case and they might cover part of it. Basically I find you can spend your money on worse things.
The blackbird arrived this afternoon and decided to have a bird’s eye view of the surroundings by perching on the bird feeder, although I think he got a little wet from the rain.
And that is all I have to say today so keep safe and warm and stay dry, although perhaps you have no rain as we do.
I am Ahmed Abdi, a Wordpress blogger and storyteller who searches for stories that inspire people. I love writing because it’s a reflection of how I perceive the world around me. Lost in a world of endless chaos in my childhood, Unforgettable moments of tragedy and triumphs taught me the art of storytelling where I found myself through letter writing and then turned into stories but then sadly had lost everything I wrote for years. In 2018, I decided to create a Wordpress blog site that would allow me to store and retrieve every piece. Stories from my community, city and people are what make my writing so interesting and inspiring! I’m a tea lover so a cup of tea sometimes makes my blog.
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