Good Morning

Morning Snow

When I looked out this morning first thing I saw snow which I was not expecting. Admittedly it was cold enough, but yesterday was a rainy day, nothing special, and a bit miserable. It is not actually snowing and the sun has now appeared, so perhaps it was just a small guest appearance.

Today is week-end shopping day. I have made the list and am glad to get going early enough, although first of all I like to tidy up. I tried doing it the other way round with shopping and afterwards the housework, but that is too much stress. My first problem this morning was my breakfast. I have cherry jam, which I quite like, but unfortunately the cherries drop off the bread and I had a sticky mess on the table. Not so bad but then it dropped onto my leg and that was not so pleasant. I also make my tea when I rise, but have to make enough water that the “sir” only has to heat it for a minute when he rises. He seems to have a yearning for coffee and the quicker the better it seems.

I also had to take down the washing that had dried overnight. Yesterday the cleaning lady was here and of course she needs cleaning rags. I usually carve up old underwear which is very practical for wiping surfaces when wet. I must have had at least 20 of these rags on the washing stand. However, everything is now in its right place, so another job dealt with.


The sparrows seem to be thirsty this morning. Actually the water is there for my cat, but she had already had her morning drink and is now sleeping so the water is for everyone. There were also a few crows hopping around helping themselves to the bread pieces from yesterday. It seemed there was a crow disagreement with a lot of flattering wings and cawing. Three of them all wanted a certain piece of bread it seemed. They have now disappeared, each with a beak full of bread pieces and the sparrows have now taken over.

Sparrows 17.01 (1)

We seem to have the best fed birds in the area, but only get sparrows at the bird house. We used to have great tits as well, the ones with the yellow breast, but this year I have only seen a couple. Perhaps because it has been a fairly mild Winter up to now and rarely deep snow fields. One thing is sure, we have the fattest sparrows and crows in the neighbourhood.

When I began to drive a car regularly again this year, at the age of 72, I though perhaps I was getting a little old to be a driver again. However, I am amongst the best company. Prince Philip of England, the Queen’s husband, is still driving at the age of 97. He even got into the headlines yesterday. He was taking a drive from his palace at Sandringham and as he got onto the road he had a collision with two ladies driving a Kia. Luckily he was not injured, but his Land Rover ended up on its side. It looked quite bad from the photos. However, apart from being badly shaken up (at 97 years old – no wonder) he did not need any serious medical attention, just had a check up from his private physicians. The other two ladies in their Kia had to go to hospital, but were released on the same day.  It looks like I have a good driving future, at least another 25 years at the wheel if my time does not come earlier. I might even have to get another new car in the meanwhile, who knows.  There is naturally now talk in Great Britain if it would not be time for the Duke to stop driving, but apparently he is not so happy about that.  Perhaps he also has to do the shopping for the Queen at the supermarket.

And now to move on. We had an interesting sky yesterday afternoon, it looked quite mysterious.

Afternoon sunset 17.01 (2)

A sort of shape of things to come, quite a doomsday effect. And on this happy note I will leave you to your daily chores. Have a good day everyone.

FOWC with Fandango: Onerous


Daily tasks are no longer as easy as they were
Shopping is exhausting although I am no amateur
Piling goods in the trolley and sorting them at the desk
Is heavy work and annoying, like a theatre burlesque
As the years are creeping by you realise the fun has gone
You have now become a golden oldie when you were once a swan
Even leaving the bed in the morning as become a difficult task
But you battle on regardless, wearing the daily mask
Where did I put my purse and searching for the keys
Problems all around you, and cannot be solved with ease
And then you suddenly remember the days when you were young
Onerous was not the problem, you could do it all with fun

FOWC with Fandango: Onerous

RDP Thursday: Shard

There is a building in London, England known as the Shard so if you want to know more, just click on the link. It certainly resembles a broken piece of glass with its sharp edges at the top.I do not have any original photos, and apparently you can visit for a meal at the top, if you can afford it.

Broken Glass
I had my own shards at home this morning. My cleaning lady was back again and hard a work. Where people work accidents can happen, and so she created some shards in the bathroom. I have a a built in attachment for holding a glass (actually two glasses), but the apartment being now 20 years old, when a glass breaks we no longer find the original size. However, the drink company Cynar have glasses to fit. We ordered half a dozen some time ago in the case of breakage, which has happened now and again.

This morning there was the sound of glass tinkling as a glass hit the floor and we had our own shards. This was ideal as it fit today’s prompt, but not so ideal as I had to remember where we had put our reserve supply of glasses.

I knew I had seen them a couple of weeks ago and thought what a good idea that we have enough and so I began a search. After five minutes I found them all together in a bag, wrapped in paper individually. And so our shards are now in the garbage for the next collection and the situation is saved.

RDP Thursday: Shard

Good Morning

Afternoon sky 16.01 (3)

We are not getting very impressive photos lately. The clouds are grey and boring, but in the afternoon they have been disappearing and we get the good skies as in the photo. Yesterday would have been a great afternoon for some photos but my wheelchair was waiting for a screw to fix it. The guy arrived yesterday afternoon with the necessary screw but it was too late to go anywhere. I had other stuff organised, like blogs to write and I was tired from the morning shopping and cooking.

Afternoon sky 16.01 (1)

I am later this morning. My cleaning lady has returned. She had her rightfully deserved Christmas break and afterwards was on a course training to become a helper. She had been working for a couple of weeks in a local senior home looking after the older people. Now she is back and busy looking after my kitchen, bath and shower this morning. I am glad. I can do it OK myself, but am not able to climb very well to the higher places. I am glad she is back in the old routine again.

Yesterday I was shopping again in the local supermarket. Perhaps I am crazy, but I quite enjoy going to the store. It gives me a change of scenery and I meet people. After buying my stuff in the same place for the last 20 years I really know most of the assistants and they know me.

Today who knows. I have spaghetti to cook for lunch, should now start. There is also a salad to prepare and if I do not oversleep after lunchtime I might even take a wheelie in my chair into town. They did say something about rain yesterday, but no sign up to now. I am hoping it will brighten up a bit for some good photos somewhere and the rain stays away.


And look what I found in my garden yesterday. The first snowdrops have arrived. What a wonderful surprise.

Enjoy the day, look after yourselves and remember, the Spring is on its way and will eventually arrive. Perhaps you also have some snowdrops somewhere.