Share Your World – March 20, 2017

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Red Kite with Bernese alps in the background – taken on a trip to a nearby mountain.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 

No idea. When you reach the age of 70 you are so glad to get there, that anything that was is no longer. I do not want to go to school again and learn. I do not even want to go to work and take orders from someone else. I do not want to meet Mr. Right and go through bringing up the kids all over. I am 70, I met Mr. right 50 years ago and it suits me. Just take away the bad health and I am happy as I am.

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

Umbrella? Do I have one? There is probably one somewhere, but if I hold an umbrella it means that one hand is occupied. I need a hand free for my cane when I go out, and before I needed a cane I needed a free hand for carrying a shopping bag. And if the free hand is needed for something else, then the umbrella will not be wanted. No umbrellas for me, they are in the way. I have a hood on my jacket and otherwise I am in the car, parked in a covered car park and walk through a covered path until I get to the supermarket. If I am just visiting someone, the walk will not be more than a few meters, so I will not need an umbrella. Yes, I am allergic to umbrellas, they get in the way. And I have such short hair, it will make no difference if it gets wet.

Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending with quiet time alone?

I have MS and there is no way to recharge anything. By giving myself injections every second day, I can slow down the effects and that is all I can do. So I do not overdo things with having a good time. If I go anywhere it is for a meal to celebrate something or the other. The last time was my 70th birthday. Otherwise I like to sit, read, or be at my computer. I like to take a walk in the country. Where I live is wonderful, near a river, near the forest and am surrounded by wild life, trees and flowers. And my regular after dinner sleep helps me to recharge the batteries. What could be better. And of course I have a camera with me most of the time. Mr. Swiss is a great help for me. He is also a golden oldie and we still enjoy our company together. He does his thing, I do mine, and that is wonderful.

Name three things you and your spouse, partner or best friend  to have in common.

We are both cyber golden oldies.
We agree to disagree.
We are complete opposites and that is fun.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I do not do grateful. Some things are good and others not so good. Last week son No. 2 paid us a visit and yesterday he arrived again with my daughter-in-law. Son No. 2 has an appartment where he works about half an hour away, but otherwise they have a house in another part of Switzerland. I will become grandmother in early September, which I am looking forward to.

This week I have nothing planned, which suits me fine. It is the unplanned weeks that I look forward to.

Share Your World – March 20, 2017

Share Your World – March 13, 2017

Do you push the elevator button more than once?

Lift Button

The things I do for a challenge know no limits. I had no reasonable photo of a lift button, so decided to take one, easier said than done. First of all I made sure there were no neighbours on the stairway that might wonder about my action with the camera and I quietly left our appartment with my telephone camera and pressed the lift button to make sure I got an action photo of an illuminated lift button  -success. As the lift doors were opening I decided to disappear as quickly as I appeared into my appartment and here we have the pièce de résistance, our lift button.

Ah yes, the question, I press it once and hope that the lift is there. We live on the ground floor, but I need the lift for the cellar and garage and then  I hope that our neighbours are not transporting some sort of furniture by lift, or their children. That would mean I would have to wait for a few minutes until the lift actually reacted. If they push the button first, then I could use a sledge hammer, but it would be no use. The lift operates in its own magic way and cannot be persuaded by pressing the button until your fingers turn blue. Just one tap on the button and hope, that is the solution to our lift. It does what it wants to do in any case.

Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

No, nothing makes our lift faster, it is enchanted, bewitched, possessed.

Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)

I no longer visit big cities, and especially not if I do not know them. I could fall. I grew up in a big city, London, and that did it for me. Switzerland has a few big cities, but they are so well planned, there is no point in planning anything yourself. The Swiss take all the fun out of exploring. There are signs everywhere and trams. Today I only explore supermarkets and usually know where I am going. Spontaneous exploration of a supermarket costs money. You buy things you do not really need or want.

Signpost Solothurn

Describe yourself in at least four uplifting words.

I only know uplifting words to describe myself – only 4? Then I will have to make a choice.

Golden and Oldie (that counts as one – yes), intelligent, gifted, creative, and of course beautiful (if you like big noses).

If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert? 

I have to pass on this one, as this all has to do with active movements. You even have to crawl in a desert or ride a camel. Perhaps a month or two in a luxury hotel, or even Swiss expensive clinic, where I do not have to do anything except to press a button and have someone to do it all for me.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week I did not have to go anywhere or do anything, it was all my own choice. I am looking forward to the next week as it seems it will be the same as last week, what could possibly be better.

Share Your World – March 13, 2017

Share Your World – February 27, 2017

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Ever ran out of gas in your vehicle?

Not unexpectedly, that would be a worst scene situation. I had a driving pause of 1-2 years and am now driving regularly again, but not without making sure that Mr. Swiss has left me the car with a full tank. I am not even sure if I would know how to operate the pump or what sort of gas I would need. Something about lead free I think.

Which are better: black or green olives?

I am not a great olive fan, do not mind them, but the colour makes no difference. I am more for size, and the greek olives win for me, they are bigger.

If you were a great explorer, what would you explore?

The Sargasso sea would be an interesting place to explore. To discover why so many planes disappear over the sea and why so many ships are found there without crew members still with sails set. And of course, the burning question of all time: What came first, the chicken or the egg.

Quotes List: At least three of your favorite quotes?

I never really had a favourite quote, so did a search and found three that appeal to me

“My goal this weekend is to move… just enough so people don’t think I’m dead.” What a lovely idea.

“What’s the best thing about living in Switzerland? The flag is a big plus.” – couldn’t resist that one.

“It is a far far better thing to do now than I have ever done”  when I bought a new computer.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week: That I could drive the car without any problems.

Looking forward to nothing in particular, but that is the pleasure of life – no stress, just take it as it comes.

Share Your World – February 27, 2017

Share Your World – February 20, 2017

When you cut something with scissors, do you move your jaw (as if you were about to chew)?

So I walked to the place where I keep the scissors and cut a piece of paper and I noticed my mouth remained shut andmy jaw did not move. Of course, if I had not been careful and cut myself, I would have spoken (profanities) and probably moved my jaw to signify “ow”.

Do you chew your pens and pencils?

No, unless the ink or lead would be vanilla flavoured and who needs pens and pencils when you have a computer, iPhone or iPad? Just keep your finger nails at a decent length – what could possibly go wrong?

Are you a collector of anything?  If so what?

I used to collect money, but somehow the collection never really grew, and now that is finished. You do not even see the money, it all goes through the computer. I collected stamps when I was a kid and still have my collection.

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Now I seem to collect cameras, various lens and photos. I now have about 18,000 photos online. This photo is just representative of a shot of the St. Urs. Cathedrale in Solothurn, Switzerland I took this morning from the car. I also collect books to read, but on my Kindle as I no longer have room for real books.

What size is your bed? 

Big enough for me and Mr. Swiss. Swiss system: two beds placed together, everyone has their own pillow, own sheets and own duvet and own mattress. Sizes only interest me when I need new bed linen.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I feel like a new person, revised and rejuvenated. I spent the week driving the car almost daily after more than a year. My neurologist and my GP both gave me the go ahead to drive. Being 70 years old you have to have a basic test every 2 years in Switzerland – not driving but more a check that your driving reactions are OK, and I passed, even with my MS. I have problems dragging my left foot, but the neurologist found who needs a left foot when you drive an automatic. I was not really bothered, but now realise I can still do it and it is certainly good to know I can still use the car if necessary.

The weather is also now pleasant, and I went on a few walks along the river and to the local stables with their ducks, geese, hens and of course horses. I feel like I have  been in a Winter hibernation and have now awakened – the new me. This week it goes further with walks and car driving. Oh and I visited the hairdresser last week and at last got my hair cut to its normal manageable short self. Yes, life is good with a car, short hair and walks. I am now becoming the bionic super golden oldie. I just have problems getting out of bed in the morning 🙂

Share Your World – February 20, 2017

Share Your World – February 13, 2017

Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

LinenThe things  I do for these challenges 🙂

I decided a photo explains it better than I can.

We sleep so-called nordic. We have a fitted sheet below and a duvet on top. This simplifies making beds and also reduces the ironing problems. The sheets do not have to be ironed, because they fit perfectly onto the mattress and there are no top sheets, not necessary.

Have you stolen a street sign before?

Times Square street signI do it all the time.

I managed to screw this one off the wall when I spent a week in New York City. It is nice to bring home a souvenir to show people that you were really there. The customs guy at the airport asked a few questions, but he let me got with a warning not to do it again.

I have quite a nice collection at home. My favourites are the one from Champs Elysee in Paris and Oxford Street in London. I was also quite happy with the sign showing مراكش which I managed to smuggle out of Morocco.

Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?

No, because I do not really read newspapers or magazines in real life, only online. My dad was good at that. As soon as he saw the dotted line he would cut it out, as he was sure it might come in useful one day, so he had a box full of coupons. . He was always getting free jars of coffe and tea, when the special offer was available for the coupons that he could use now and again.

Do you have freckles?

No, only brown spots on the hands that seem to arrive when you become a golden oldie, but that is all part of the getting old game I suppose.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week my neurologist and my doctor both decided I was able to drive my car for a further two years – it is law in Switzerland to get a doctor’s allowance when you reach the age of 70. I passed the idiot test and so there was no problem.

This week I am looking forward to at last making an appointment for the hairdresser to get my hair cut and I will take the car with me. I drove today after almost two years. It was as if I had never stopped driving, so now everyone tells me I should keep in practice.

Share Your World – February 13, 2017

Share Your World – Februar 6, 2017

Regarding your fridge, is it organized or a mess inside?

FridgeThis photo is from 2014, but nothing very much has changed since.Perhaps there is now only one pack of milk in the fridge door as I now avoid milk where I can. I used to take cereal with milk in the morning for breakfast and drink coffee, but discovered that there is a lactose allergy hovering around and it is better for me to avoid it. Otherwise my fridge is usually quite tidy. Week-ends there is more, but no problem. I have a separate freezer, beneath my normal fridge and also a second fridge now in the cellar. A fridge is no longer such a luxury to have, and I need a place to keep my MS injection supplies as I have to order once a month. The second fridge is in my laundry room/wine cellar where I really have enough room to keep it. The tidy organisation of the fridge is thanks to Mr. Swiss. Now and again he has a few mad moments and  cleans the fridge. I am glad.

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?

On the grounds of being sensible, does it really matter? I mean when we eat it, the food all arrives in the same place due to the digestive system of the body. On the other hand I suppose we also eat with the eye and having salad mixed up with boiled potatoes and fried fish would not be so appetising. I am responsible for serving the food, and I do tend to put the various items separately on the plate. What the others do with it when they are eating is no longer my problem. I am basically a separated eater, taking one thing at a time on the fork. However, if it is boiled ham with veg (like cabbage or beans) I tend to mix it on the fork. Sauce or gravy relies on being mixed, as far as I am concerned. The sauce hollandaise would be disappointed if it did not meet the asparagus on the plate.

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

If you can upload it on a Kindle, read it. No coffee table books. I like to get into a fictional story, preferably with a touch of mystery, a little bit of ghost now and again, murders, and drama. I do not mind non fiction if the subject interests. Magazines are OK, but not just any magazine. Cooking magazines, photography, computer – although most of them I read online. If the person is intersting than a biography is OK. I read about 3 biographies about Giuseppe Garibaldi (an Italian freedom fighter), Fidel Castro (another rebel) and was General Patton killed or was it an accident? Anything like that can be fascinating. Oh, I read it all, I do not read, I devour books.

Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you?

No thankyou, my body tells me things that I prefer not to know since I am a golden oldie.

“Hey, it’s your nervous system speaking, our top layer is disintegrating – do something about it” (an injection every second day for MS).

Your digestive system sending a message, “do not eat Sauerkraut”. I agreed and no longer eat sauerkraut. I quite like it but my digestive system does not.

“It’s your brain calling, time for a sleep.” “OK will do. Anyone else with a problem?”

“Nose here” – “oh shuttup, I had enough of your sneezy antics last week, let’s forget them for a while.”

Your see I have everything under control – or?

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I think I will have to pass. I did not win in the lottery last week, and this week I should get around to doing things that I should do for some time. There is a dentist appointment to make – nothing serious, just a tooth inspection to see that they are still doing what they should. My hair tells me to have a hair cut, and tomorrow I have a doc visit to make. Oh the life of a golden oldie is never boring.

Share Your World – Februar 6, 2017

Share Your World – January 30, 2017

What is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person?

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There are certain days when I can stand on the parking lot of the supermarket and look across and see the Bernese Alps spread out in a panorama. According to the configuration of the sun and weather and air currents the picture of the alps can be clear or perhaps you do not see them at all, but they are always there. About 1-2 hours drive on the motorway from where I live – and sometimes it seems you only have to stretch out your hand and touch them.

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order? 

I am unique, there is no-one else I think and  believe. Try as I have, I have not yet found a connection to the Windsors, the British Royals, but who knows.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

I am still searching for the shoe that would take me anywhere, without having to use a cane, and to transform my walking into a normal walk and not a qualification for the Ministry of Funny Walks. I do not want to be a shoe, just have a foot that would walk as I want to – like it used to be.

What is the strangest/weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Mum used to cook eels sometimes when I was a kid, it was a sort of East End of London typical meal, but you could only buy the eels and cook them when they were still alive because they had to be fresh. They were sold in large metal flat containers. I remember seeing them as a kid and how they would move in the trays. So mum bought a few but of course they were too big to cook and eat, and so at first she chopped them into pieces (yes, the were still alive). She boiled them in water and I ate them. I did not really think about it very much, I even liked them. Today I would probably shed a few tears for the inhuman treatment of the eels.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week I was glad that at last my cough and cold, kindly donated by Mr.Swiss, had decided to recede. It is still there, but just a gentle reminder.

I am looking forward to the impeachment of Donald Trump, which unfortunately probably will not happen, but I can always hope that sense conquers again.

Share Your World – January 30, 2017