Share Your World – April 24, 2017

Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink?

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Basically water but I let it run from the tap for a while so that it is nice and cold. I know I should not do that, but I have to pay the bill.

Complete this sentence:  Never In My Life Have I…. 

done a bungy jump, climbed Mount Everest, been able to ride a two wheel bike etc. etc. This could go on forever, what a boring life I lead 🙂

If you could be given any gift what would it be?

A cure for multiple sclerosis. Every time I visit my neurologist I ask him how the research is progressing. He looks at me if I came from another planet and tells me they have not discovered any cure, although they are searching. I can put up with my injections every second day, but wouldn’t it be nice if I no longer had to do it.

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something productive?

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I just lay in bed, sleep eventually arrives somehow. Most nights I sleep well, but once in a while I don’t. It is never boring in bed.

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

Last week the builders were busy building a scaffold around our building and I was busy taking photos. I have never had so much happening on my front door with such interesting subjects for the camera.

I am looking forward to a quiet week with no excitement. Today we had our new curtains fitted.

Share Your World – April 24, 2017

Share Your World – April 17, 2017

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

If I have to write by hand, I do not care. Just the first thing I find, it is not worth wasting time searching. I only write on my smartphone or computer, everything else is just an extra.

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer?

I have a choice? My dancing days are long gone, so it will have to be an amazing singer – something in the hard rock style, AC DC will do: loud and memorable.

If you were on a debate team, what subject would you relish debating?

I must leave that one. I am no good at debating, and would not enjoy debating anything.

What are you a “natural” at doing?

Sleeping – I am quite good at that. Giving myself my MS injections – I can now even do it quite well with my left hand without using the mirror to see where I am stabbing. Taking photos perhaps. Mr. Swiss tells me they are good. I am not someone that does self praise, so it is up to the others what they think.

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

I am grateful that the Easter holiday is now behind me with all the disadvantages of shops being closed and my normal routine being completely destroyed.

New Place for plants in back garden

I am also grateful that the gardeners finished their work on the renovation of our building and managed to remove my flower box to a good place in the garden where it can stay until the renovation work is finished. I planted the everlasting sweet peas from seeds and they arrive every year and are now very well established. It would have been such a shame if I had to get rid of them. They used to climb up the side wall, which will now be painted, so I put some tomato holders at the back of the box to let them climb again.

This week the builders are arriving with the construction of the scaffolding – grateful absolutely not. On the other hand there will be lots of new situations to photograph.

Share Your World – April 17, 2017

Share Your World – April 10, 2017

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

I would say not voluntarily. I was one of the last that learned how to swim in my school class, and I was then approaching 12 years old. We had a weekly swimming lessons which I hated in any case. If I was meant to swim I would have had webbed feet and gills, but I have big feet and lungs. Anyhow our brilliant sports teacher, who I also disliked, found I was a perfect victim for the school swimming gala, the so-called beginners width. I like to climb slowly into the swimming pool which was the first obstacle, because in a race you have to dive in (which I could not). I jumped into the water at the sound of the start whistle and swam a complete width of the pool. I had no idea what I was doing, but as I left the water our teacher (who I now hated even more) pressed a coloured ticket into my hand and told me to report at the desk. Yes, I was third in the race (although there were only six of us I beilive).

Name one thing not many people know about you.

Just one? I was on the short list for the Nobel Prize for literature, but they changed the list, made it longer, and left my name off.

What is your favorite flower?

The one that survives.

Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc)

An original Picasso painting which would be auctioned at the next opportunity.
Bill Gates – to solve any computer problems.
A gardener
A cleaning woman
A cook
And my own personal doctor.

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

Last week the builders arrived. Our appartment block will be completely renovated for the next six months.

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This was my dawn chorus this morning in front of my bedroom window so it can only get better. Whether it is last week or this week, life will go on in the normal style. Next week the scaffolding will be standing, looking forward to taking more photos.

Yes, life is exciting in the Angloswiss world at the moment.

Share Your World – April 10, 2017

Share Your World – March 27, 2017

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Does your first or middle name have any significance (or were you named after another family member)?

No, not really. Mum wanted a Maureen, but her mother always found Patricia would be a nice name. After my arrival in this world, the person responsible for names in the hospital asked mum what I was to be called and what did she say “Patricia”. Maureen was cut off the list. Actually I am a Patricia Ann, commonly known as Pat.

Music or silence while working?

Basically silence around me, although Mr. Swiss might be listening to jazz in another room or dithering around in the kitchen preparing the evening meal, as at the moment. My iPhone signals now and again to tell me that someone, somewhere, is reading a blog. I could silence it, but see no reason to.

If you had a special place for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronics, people or animals), what would they be?

All the items you listed are my special possessions and they all have their own special places, otherwise I would not find anything. The only thing left is my handbag/purse, and that is in the cupboard on my left. My life is completely electronic, I am a cyber golden oldie. I nearly forgot my two growing avocados. I reared them both from a pit. The first is now a year old and cannot wait to get outside again in the fresh air. The other is still a baby, growing since the beginning of the year, and now has a stalk about 4-5 cms high.

The Never List: What are things things you know you never will do?  

Ride a bike. I have tried often, but have no sense of balance, and now I realise why (MS).

Anything to do with physical exercise, my body refuses.

Visit London again – my travelling days are over and I am not sorry.

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

I will answer that question next week. We have been busy sorting our life out for the next six months as the appartment block where we live will be completely refurbished with scaffolding, workmen and a lot of inconvenience. Next week the work begins and then I will know more, but I am definitely not looking forward to it.

Share Your World – March 27, 2017

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?

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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.

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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