RDP Wednesday: Mentor


Do I have a mentor? I think I captured them all on this photo: my camera, my computer and my Mr. Swiss in the background. We are all together outside on the porch. A mentor is apparently an experienced and trusted advisor.

My camera delivers the pictures to inspire me to write My computer feeds me with the information I need and Mr. Swiss? He is always there, my support and advisor, although that works both ways. We are opposites in taste and culture but we harmonise and inspire each other

I am surrounded by nature outside, the sun is shining. Even if it were Winter and snowing I would get my inspiration from my surroundings. Another positive influence  are the changing seasons.

I just returned from a wheelie in my chair. The cobwebs imbedded in my thoughts have now been blown away by fresh air and fresh sights. My mentor surrounds me: I observe and digest.

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RDP Wednesday: Mentor

RDP Sunday: Mentor


Pity me with my problem, I am mentorless
I never had an idol that relieved all my stress
Going through school and fighting all the way
And so I asked the computer to see what it would say
I then got a photo of my iPad,  Kindle and more
My Macbook was also there, they were my mentor
Where were the leaders, the idols of my life
I do not seem to have any, I am just a wife
But Mr. Swiss showed me the Swiss way was to go
I now speak the language, although I don’t like snow
His hobbies are jazz, and also likes to read
I prefer rock and roll, although books I also heed
He reads crime, with all the reality
I prefer horror and a world of fantasy
Is he my mentor? Not an actual fact
but one thing is proven, that opposites attract

RDP Sunday: Mentor

Daily Prompt: Mentor


A mentor, an experienced and trusted advisor according to the dictionary definition of the word. That person for my personal enrichment has not yet been born, has not yet been created, or has not yet crossed my path. But my computer(s). my iPad(s). and my Kindle, I have them. They accompany me through thick and thin, they are always there. Since I  have been equipped with a walker they even follow me at every step I take: or at least I push them in front of me.

You are engaged in a heated argument with your partner, or search for that film name, book author or film actor: it can be an animal, vegetable or mineral. Your computer is there. Ask Wikipedia, although do not believe everything it says, but most people do, so why not. Or you enter some sort of clue and you will receive suggestions. The suggestions can be numerous. Do not ask your partner as he is not your mentor. He will get confused and also begin to search on his computer: too many searches/cooks spoil the broth and a new arguments can arise about the best place to look. Stick to Wikipedia, you have to start somewhere.

It makes no different which browser you are using all searches arrive in the same place basically. We all have our preferences. I would not advise asking in Facebook as it can get confusing, an argument can ensue, resulting in someone defriending you, and perhaps even Facebook might give your details further.

There is always your blogging site, but you are more likely to be more confused. Only today I received a new notification from a new follower. He likes my site, in a few words. The person then continued to write a rather long paragraph telling me how new he was to blogging, was searching for enlightenment (from me?) and added his link to his site to enable to make contact and pass comments. I deleted the comment and am hoping never to hear from this person again. I do not want to become a mentor, I do not have the time or patience.

Cutting it short, I do not have a mentor in flesh and blood, and I do not want one. Most of the generation that could be my mentor are no longer amongst us.

I will now consult Betty Bossi, she is my mentor in the kitchen with her numerous cookery books, the support for every Swiss housewife. Curious? follow the link, but only available in French, German or Italian. I have almost all of her 40-50 books, and her magazine arrives monthly, although I am no longer a receiver.

Betty Bossi

Daily Prompt: Mentor

Daily Prompt: Cheering Section

Do you have a mentor? Tell us about him or her. Are you a mentor to someone else? Tell us what that relationship has added to your life.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SUPPORT.


The honeysuckle in my garden needed support otherwise it would have lead a wandering life over the ground and its flowers would probably have been covered in mud and dirt.

I had a look at the daily prompt to see which victims had already contributed, and at 14.45 my time (2.45 pm) there were no links up on the computer, so this does not seem to be a great inspiration for a daily blog. It was not my inspiration either. I decided to go on a google tour to see what this mentor stuff was really about (pingback to yesterday’s promt) and I found the wise explanation in Wikipedia

“someone who imparts wisdom to and shares knowledge with a less experienced colleague”

which brought me to the conclusion that I do not have a mentor. When you have grey hair and aches and pains and bones do not twist and turn as quickly as they used to, then you do not seek wisdom or knowledge, but mostly cures and tablets.

Of course, you are never too old to learn and at the moment Mr. Swiss is giving me daily instructions on how to record programmes from the television. I am not really a television person, prefer a good book or my iPad, but I would be sorry if I missed one of the daily half hours of my favourite and only soap – East Enders. This programme often clashes with a political discussion or documentary, as well as perhaps a German detective series meaning that Mr. Swiss would miss out on his wishes for viewing. For this reason, and as a token of his consideration to my likes and tastes (ok he has also become a faithful follower of the doings in Walford, East London over the years) he records the live programme so that I we can watch it at a more appropriate time.

I am learning and learning fast, and after two weeks intensive training with the remote, I am almost there: almost because I am now able to record the programme. Tuning into the correct channel (we have more than 200), organising the beginning and end time and pressing the OK button is no problem. I can even check to make sure everything is ready to go. I still need some training with starting the play back, but I am making progress. You are really never too old to learn. I do get somewhat confused when I check to find there are many other recordings on the list which had been programmed by my mentor Mr. Swiss, so I hope I make the correct choice when performing a playback.

Of course I can also play mentor when Mr. Swiss decides to iron his shirts or other articles. However, to be quite honest, those days are long gone and due to having a perfect teacher (me) he has everything under control. Oh what wonderful sounds I sometimes hear early in the morning from the ironing board being set up and the steam escaping from the iron.

As this is such an inspirational daily prompt, I am now coming to a close.

My chief cat is approaching.

“Mrs. Human”

“Yes Nera”

“I could teach you how to catch a mouse. You just have to wait at the entrance to their home, perhaps place a paw in the hole and be ready to pounce.”

“Errr – no I do not think so Nera. Very nice of you to offer, but mouse is not my favourite dish.”

“Try it with a pinch of tarragon and garnished with catmint, it is a delicacy.”

I just love my felines, they always have such good ideas.

I thought I was finished, but had a re-check to see if there were any other brave efforts on the prompt list and there were. The list is now nine entries, three of which are our Russian friends spammers inviting us all to spend a holiday in their wonderful country with all its advantages. It is such a shame that their daily prompt efforts have nothing, and really nothing to do what we all spend our time on constructing and thinking about. Shall I include a few words about how wonderful Swiss cheese is, or that we have the most beautiful cows in the world? No, I do not think so, that would just not fit

Daily Prompt: Cheering Section

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