Good Morning


I actually got a little bit of blue sky this morning, although not long, the grey clouds are back, but they are at least clouds and not a heavey lid. I was thinking that today would be a better one as yesterday. I was all prepared to go for a wheelie yesterday afternoon, but the wind picked up and storm Otto arrived in the afternoon with the accompanying rain. It was not safe to go out, especially in a wheelchair as I would probably have become the first lady in a flying chair.

There were reports this morning of the damage done yesterday in various places. Many planes were grounded in Zürich airport and there were also many that could not land. They either had to hover over the airport waiting for the winds to recede or when they landed they had to start through again. One of the daily newspapers on my internet say that the Winter is returning again. There was a very thin layer of white on the lawn this morning, but it was hard to tell if it was frost or a layer of snow, although I tip on frost. The newspaper I have online is not one of the good ones and is more for sensationalism and local Swiss stuff,  but it serves its purpose.

October Monthly Market 10.09 (2)

Today would be the monthly market in the local town of Solothurn and I was thinking of taking a wheel through to see something different, but it will greatly depend on the weather. I just go along to have a look and take a few photos, although I noticed that there is not anything really new.

This morning is another shopping morning at the local store for food. I must say since I now do it all on my own I have a better overall view on what I need and what I have. Of course it all depends that I note everything on my list. At my golden oldie age I tend to forget stuff now and again. so thank goodness for smart phones for the list. It seems that Mr. Swiss needs something from the drug store which is on the lower level of the mall, and I also have to get a bottle of white wine (for cooking purposes, I don’t drink) which is also in a separate store on the ground floor. Our supermarket, Migros, does not sell alcohol or cigarettes, The guy that founded it many years ago happened to be a teetotaller from everything and carried the idea into his store. He began with small trucks that carried the goods to various outlying villages, expanded to towns and eventually had stores everywhere. It is the biggest chain of supermarkets in Switzerland together with our Co-op. They have their own products, but the co-Op sell all the well-know brands.

And now to go further afield, the shower and apartment are waiting for my attention before I depart into the wilds of Switzerland. Have a good day, who knows what the week will bring.

St. Urs. 09.02.2019

Good Morning

Morning Sparrows

Do you ever get the feeling that you are being watched? The sparrows seem to be waiting for something. They got their bread crumbs, but that was no enough, so they are now sitting in the tree oppositie telling me to fill the bird feeder. They are never satisfied. OK, I did not bother yesterday because there was still some seed left. This morning it was empty, but surrounded by the seeds that fall out and I find they should eat those as well. I am not only feeding Mr. Swiss and No. 1 son here, but a cat and flocks of sparrows and crows.


Now and again a sparrow needs water to wash down the bread crumbs and helps himself to the water left outside for our cat. One of my first chores of the morning is to remove the ice out of the bowl and refill it. Tabby waits for me to do it and take the first taste of the morning. It has become a ritual with her. She waits patiently on one side for me to complete the work.  I then move on to her recycling tray. Since she has kidney problems I have become very careful with her surroundings and keep an eye on how much food she eats.

I almost decided to go somewhere yesterday as we had an hour of sun after lunch, but it decided to disappear again and we were left with the grey skies. No. 1 son went into town but even he said it was cold, and he is usually not so impressed by the weather situation. Although it has not snowed again, the remainders are still laying on the ground and are not hurrying to melt. I decided to stay at home with my computer. I also had an online bill to pay for my annual road tax. Since having my own car I realise all the little extras that have to be paid.

I at last finished my book, the fifth and last up to now in the Invisible Library Series by Genevieve Cogman, “The Lost Plot”. I no longer have so much time for reading, since handling the household single handed more or less, but I have read all of her books. I have got to know all the characters and each book plays in another period of history and situation. The last took place in Paris at the turn of the centuary. The Invisible Library characters are able to travel to libraries in other places and times when they are in search of a special book. It is a bit of fantasy, as not only are the staff of the Invisible Library are featured, but also dragons and faes.

And now to the next book. I am always being recommended books by Amazon, although not all are to my taste. I pick the interesting books out and have a list so that I know what to read next. I think my next book will be “Eleanor Olliphant is Fine” by Gail Honeyman, of which is film is planned and is on the best seller list of the Sunday Times.

And now to move on. It is Wednesday and another shopping day. I noticed we have only one bottle of Pepsi, so that is on the list. I am so glad for the nice young men who work in the supermarket and always oblige with lifting the heavy crates into my shopping cart. Mr. Swiss also managed to break two of my favourite cups over the week-end, so I will have to replace them: nothing exclusive, but just my size and taste, as accidents can happen.

Enjoy the day, make the most of it, see you around.

River Aare 02.02.2019

RDP Monday: Skedaddle

River Aar 19.02 (5)

Skedaddle here, skedaddle there, skedaddle up and down
skedaddling on a river path or going into town
Time waits for no man, but you can form a line
So take it easy, there is no rush, you will arrive in time
Look ahead, neither right nor left, be careful not to fall
Keep your eye on the road ahead and do not run into a wall
You must rush, so hurry along, perhaps you have a date
Someone is waiting for you and you cannot be too late
Be careful crossing over the road, “no time I have to go”
And now you have all the time in the world, the accident was no show
As you take your last few breathes, and fly above the cloud
You realise that skedaddle was false, as now you are dressed in a shroud

RDP Monday: Skedaddle