Daily Prompt: Thanks for the flowers

Orchid

“What a lovely flower.”

“Good morning and it’s our welcome gift on your first day at your job. I am your instructor, Mr. Geoffrey Demon. No, I wouldn’t put the flower too near the computer, we like to keep the air fresh around our electronic devices. I think the head of the department, Mr. Reaper,  explained the job.”

“Oh yes, it looks like fun. I just have to post a new challenge every day by choosing a word.”

“But you must not repeat words. That would disappoint our customers. They like things to be original.”

“That is obvious. Do I take them in alphabetic order.”

“I wouldn’t advise it, it would not be so original would it Fred?”

“Did I see that flower nod its head?”

“No, of course not, it must have been a breath of wind through the window.”

“But there are no windows.”

“Then it was probably the air conditioning system around the computer. And now I will leave you to the job.”

“And now to choose a word, there are so many. “Begin” would be a good word, today is a new begin for me in a new job. B-e-g-i-n in a new place.”

“This word is not original and has already been used. It is also a command, and we do not command. we convince.”

“Who said that? Oh it was the computer with its monotonous voice. I must try something else or do you have a suggestion.”

“The computer is allowed one suggestion, but only one. Choose eternal.”

“That’s is a strange word, but if the computer suggests it then it will be used.”

“You will use it.”

“But it is for the people writing on the challenge.”

“No,  you must write. The computer  needs an average of 100 entries per day.

“But the customers write, I just suggest the word of the day.”

“Mistake, there are no customers, just viewers to appreciate. Begin writing.”

“There is something wrong. I was given a task to complete and it would be impossible to write 100 different prompts in a day.”

“Not in a day but every day until your life finishes here.”

“My life finishes. Is this a death sentence?”

“Do not use that word. You are only passing through for a further examination. Begin to write.”

“This is strange, the orchid is also getting nearer to the computer and its pouch seems to be getting bigger. Where is the department head. Mr. Reaper, Mr. Reaper.”

“Did someone call? Oh she’s gone, another one for the next department. Fred must have absorbed her. She must have chosen the wrong word. They all choose the wrong words. Death, are you here? Send me a worker that has got used to the idea of being here for eternity. This is not a paid job with a contract. Another one for the re-incarnation.”

Daily Prompt: Thanks for the flowers

Good Morning

Sunrise

You never know what will meet you when you stop hugging the bed in the morning. I am usually happy to see that I can actually leave the bed in one piece, although I have to have a couple of tries before actually standing. I grope for my stick which spends the night next to the bed and realise I am still in one piece. It is a small step for mankind, but a major step for me as I make my way to the kitchen. I take my mobile phone with me, and take a step outside for the morning photo.

This morning it was rewarding as the sun was already on its way, casting a few reflections.

Blackbird

There was a blackbird perched in my apple tree opposite, but he was more interested in what the gardiners were doing. They had parked their van on the path and I can here the sound of shovels somewhere but not in our garden where they should be. Yesterday a beginning was made.

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At last a young lady gardiner appeared with a wheelbarrow filled with gravel and where there was just the bare facts of strange colourful foam bricks, it has now been covered with a layer of stones. This is the first step to replacing the tiles, although I am not sure when the tiles will be replaced, perhaps today if we win the gardening lottery.

Schlumbergera

I had a look at my schlumbergera (Christmas cactus) this morning to see if was thinking about producing flowers. The store is full of such wonderful examples with red and pink flowers and also the white flowering variety. This will be a pink one, although at the moment it is a wonderful example of how many leaves it can produce. I kept it outside during the summer, watering and feeding regularly and it has grown strong and big, but no flowers. According to the instructions (in internet) I should now stop feeding it and let it do its own thing. However, it is doing nothing and still thinking about it. To give it credit, it was a very small cactus at the beginning, and has multiplied in leaves, but should go forth and produce flowers.

In the meanwhile the problems of the day must be solved, but a decision has been made. It will probably be hashed browns with cippolata sausages, the mini sausages and fried aubergine. I am basically the only one in the family that likes aubergine, but since I have discovered a new variety which are longer and thinner my family have developed their taste for them. I can just chop them in slices and fry them in butter. They have their own supply of juice and now my family have changed their minds about the qualities of an aubergine. We housewives must always be a step ahead in the logistics of daily life.

And so it is time to go, I cannot sit on the computer all day, there is a supermarket visit on the plan which is combined with a photographic tour in the car on the way. I will leave you with a view of our car waiting at the traffic lights captured in the mirror at the crossing, something completely different. Enjoy the day, and make the most of it. If you are in that part of the world where it is midnight, then have a good sleep.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter N – Needs to start with the letter N

Renovation

We began to collect nails at home. It is surprising what builders drop on the ground when they are at work. My first thought was “can I use it” and then we kept them. Those very long nails are always useful.

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And here are some noodles that I was cooking, a real action photo.

Branches by night

A night photo I once took. The flash went off automatically otherwise it would have been a very dark photo.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter N – Needs to start with the letter N

Daily Prompt: Where is the nest?

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“Eeek, aaah”

“What’s happened, did you have accident?

“No, yes, kill it.”

“Kill what?”

“That spider, it is disgusting.”

“But it’s only a small spider and has now run under the cupboard. You frightened it away. What are you doing?”

“I am moving the cupboard so that you can find it and kill it.”

“No way, that cupboard is far too heavy.”

“Then help me to shift it.”

“Stop moving the cupboard, you have frightened it and it is walking across the floor.”

“I am really not interested in the path of a spider, tread on it, squash it.”

“Definitely not, and come down from that chair.”

“But it might creep onto my foot.”

“It will not creep anywhere. It is now going up the wall. What are you doing with that fly swatter?”

“I am not doing anything with the fly swatter, but you can knock it off the wall and when it arrives on the floor, squash it with the swatter. Where is it now?”

“I think it disappeared into the bathroom.”

“You will have to find it.”

“But it will do no harm in the bathroom.”

“How do you know, there might be another spider hiding there. I saw one last week, but it escaped. There might be a whole nest of spiders in the bathroom and I am not going into the bathroom to find out.”

“Ok, just stay cool, I will have a look.”

“What’s that noise?”

“No worry, I dropped a glass, but found another one to cover the spider. All I need now is a piece of paper. Look, it is now trapped beneath the glass on the piece of paper.”

“And what are you going to do with it.”

“I will now put it outside in the garden where it belongs.”

“You can’t do that.”

“Why not?”

“It’s freezing cold outside and it will probably die.”

“Just a minute: I have pushed a cupboard around, jumped into the bath to eventually catch the spider because you were in a panic and now I have caught it, I am not allowed to put it outside because it might freeze to death. I thought you wanted it to go.*

“Of course I do, but not outside, that is cruel.”

“OK, no problem.”

“What are you doing.”

“I am putting it on your Palm tree in the living room.”

“But it might spin a web and live there.”

“Exactly, that is what spiders do. They spin a web to make a nest and sit in it all day long. Perhaps it might trap a fly or another insect in the web and then we kill two flies with one spider.”

“I don’t want a spider living on my palm tree.”

“Forget it, it will be able to spend a nice warm winter in our home and I am sure it will no longer take a walk across the floor.”

“But…..”

“I have to shift a cupboard back to the corner and afterwards sweep the glass I dropped in the bathroom.”

“You broke my tooth brush glass.”

“It slipped out of my hand, I had to use the other glass afterwards. Now leave me, I want to watch a good film on the TV.”

“Which film is that?”

“Arachniphobia. What’s the matter, come out of that broom cupboard, there might be spiders in there.”

Daily Prompt: Where is the nest?

Good Morning

Sunrise

Now that is what I call a sunrise. Not that wishy washy grey stuff that I have been served with lately. This one has a punch in it and even a plane is winging its way across the sky.

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I actually managed to capture a Swiss flight yesterday afternoon. They are only a sort of speck at the end of a steam line, but with the zoom lens I can get a bit closer. This one was probably setting to land at Geneva Airport. We are nearer to Zürich Airport, but sort of in between the two.

Amaryllis

The latest excitement in my life is this growth in a pot. No, it is not my first attempt to grow a triffid (they wander around to much) it is last year’s amaryllis. I know it does not look like much. I like to have an amaryllis inside in Winter, and buy a new one every year at the store. This one was a particular beauty (see photo).

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I decided to give it a try to make it flower again and did a search to find how to do it in internet. When the flower was finished last year, the leaves began to grow. As the weather got warmer I put it outside and now and again gave it water and fertiliser according to instructions. At the end of September the leaves died away and I was left with a pot and the amaryllis bulb tip remains.  The next step was to remove it from the pot and remove the roots. I was surprised to see how my amaryllis bulb had grown, it looked very promising. I repotted it in fresh earth and let it be for a while inside where it was warmer. In the meanwhile I had bought a second amaryllis in the store, a white one, just to be sure. The white amaryllis is now growing nicely and already has two buds. I began to water my rescue amaryllis from last year and I now have a bud appearing, so everything going well, it will flower again this year.

I was so happy because it seemed stupid to me to throw them away after they had finished flowering, just to replace them. Perhaps I now have the trick in how to do it and my apartment will be an amaryllis forest at Christmas.

Great Tit

In the meanwhile the birds have discovered that food is again available in the bird house. Yesterday morning it was just the pickings of a remainder, but we bought a mega bag yesterday, the heaviest they had, and that should last for a week perhaps. It seems the more they get, the more they eat.

Today is our lucky day. At last the gardiner is finishing our back porch by replenishing the tiles. We will soon be in fully working condition again.

It is now time to move on, there is a bathroom to be cleaned, food to cook and other little housewife hobbies to complete. The houseman has already completed the vacuum cleaner action in the living room, so what could possibly go wrong.

I will leave you with a photo of the Hasenmatt, the highest peak with the snow on top. It is also the highest place in our Kanton of Solothurn and yes, I have been up there many years ago: a bit steep but worth the view from the top. Enjoy the day, and take care of your computers. You never know if there are a few virus’s hovering around.

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Mundane Monday Challenge #136: Late Afternoon Sun

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I was sitting at the computer on the Eastside of the appartment at about 4.00 p.m. and was suddenly attracted by the reflection of the sun in the window of the opposite house. What do you do? You take a photo, or 2 or 3 and choose the best. I liked this one as it kept the darkness of the sky and our 3 year old magpie nest could be seen in the opposite tree. I do not know if it is still used, but no-one will remove it – you never know.

Mundane Monday Challenge #136: Late Afternoon Sun