RDP Monday: Slick

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I returned from the store about an hour ago, just a little more. One thing is clear, that shopping has never been so calm and slick. No crowds, no stress and plenty of room. Everyone is making a large curve around the others. It has now got to the point that people are making more contact with each other verbally, at a distance of course. We all have something in common, or hopefully not in common,  and are doing our best to keep it that way. Although the idea is to lessen communication, it is  more or less having the opposite effect. Everyone is friendly and courteous.

And now our store powers have a new development. I must say they are really keeping on the ball and everything is being organised. I am sure the public relations department are busy.

We now have sticky posted lines all over the floors at certain intervals. Of course it is in German, as we are in a German speaking area of Switzerland, but in english it would be:

+Keep a Distance” and “That is how we protect ourselves”.

As I approached the cash desk, I waited behind the sign on the floor. There are two sections at every desk, but now you are only to use one and to wait until the person before you is finished with paying and packing the goods. Life in the Coronavirus World is certainly something completely different.

And to crown it all, success. I even bought another pack of 10 toilet rolls with no problem, and the sort I always buy.

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RDP Monday: Slick

RDP Monday: Flounder

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Floundering has become my hobby
My memory is letting me down
I was searching for my telephone
It really made me frown
Eventually I found it, laying in the car
In the meantime I bought a new one
This problem has gone too far
When I enter the store
They give me an entrance card
I must keep it ready at all times
And so I stay on guard
When my shopping is finished
I have to give it back
It is then I start to search
Because I am losing track
I was searching for my door key
Something had gone unplanned
When suddenly I saw it
I was holding it in my hand
Now is the time for memory training
To make my brain more sounder
Where did I put my memory
I am really beginning to flounder
These ducks are behind a fence
I suppose to keep them in
That would be my best solution
To stop this stupid spin

RDP Monday: Flounder

RDP Monday: Delightful

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It’s a delightful day today, a real Spring event with sunshine and warmth. A pleasure to be alive.

It nearly got ruined for me, but I made a good decision. Our government were again having conferences about our Corona virus problems. I was really getting worried. Of course I always have some food reserves at home, but what if we have a Swiss shut down. I had visions of empty cupboards and no food. I decided to go shopping straight after lunch dreading that there would be queues outside the store and nothing left.

How wrong can you be? When I arrived there were parking spaces more than enough and I even snapped my favourite one, next to the entrance. Would there still be food left?  It seems this morning was a complete invasion.

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This was the fridge containing a meat selection. They had to lower the blinds as it was now empty.

It seems there was panic buying the whole morning. I spoke to one of the young guys that fills up the shelves. He said it was like a Saturday morning when everyone buys for the week-end. One customer bought half of the supplies of coffee cream, about 30 bottles.

It was now afternoon and I must say it was really pleasant to shop. I even managed to buy two large cans of vegetable. I don’t usually cook tinned food, but if Mr. Swiss or I are forced to isolate, then who cares whether it is tinned or not. No big crowds. Perhaps a little less goods than usual, but the assistants were busy filling up the shelves and when I left I drove past the goods entrance where there were two large trucks delivering new goods.

Our government decided that there will be no lock down at the moment and told everyone that there is enough food and people should stop panic buying, it is not necessary. And I now feel a lot better. However I have learned a lesson to always have food reserves and perhaps to buy a little extra now and again. There is now a new law in our country. All restaurants will now be closed from this evening to prevent gatherings of people.

RDP Monday: Delightful

RDP Monday: Resilience

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I suppose life has not really meant well. There were times when I went shopping, moved around in the supermarket, put the goods in the trolley, paid at the till and was finished in half an hour. When we were both retired, Mr. Swiss would come with me. Shopping is not always fun, but we made the most of it and it was good to go together. Now I go on my own, use the trolley not only for the shopping, but for support whilst hobbling around. After an hour I am usually finished. That even includes an excursion to the kiosk for Mr. Swiss cigarettes.  It is not very often that he comes with me. He also needs support when walking.

I refuse to give up, I might be a golden oldie, but my brain still seems to work and there is always something to give you that unexpected push.

Today I found the push. It was a wonderful sunny afternoon and I went outside at the supermarket and there they were, a wonderful view from the parking lot. The Swiss alps could be seen in their glory. They almost looked as if you could reach out and touch them, although it would be a couple of hours on the motorway.  I did not have my camera with me, just my mobile phone camera, but holding onto my trolley I decided to try for a photo. I walked across and got as close as possible without having an accident.

Not bad for a mobile phone photo from a supermarket parking. Is it the alps that are resilient or me? 🙂

RDP Monday: Resilience

RDP Monday: Evanescent

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Living in an evanescent world
Things come, things go
Bare branches burst into flower
In a month it will only be leaves
People come and people go
I noticed today
A car in our garage is not longer there
The owner is too old to drive
I go shopping alone
When we used to go together
Life changes constantly
I meet someone
I used to work with them
I saw them every day
They were part of my life
Why cannot I remember their name
When they remember mine
Thank goodness for modern science
computer developments
My mobile telephone knows it all
I just have to give it instructions
It never forgets
Unless I forget to tell it
what it should remember

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RDP Monday: Evanescent

RDP Monday: Skimpy

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The life of a kalanchoe plant flowers can be at least a month or two. Just give it water to keep it alive, but do not overdo it. One day the flowers decide to die. It is a conspiracy, they do it all together and you are left with a few large green leaves and bare stalks, but do not despair. Its skimpy life might last a few months, but you notice that suddenly new small green fleshy leaves begin to appear.

You might think now is the time to feed it, nurture it and of course above all, give it to drink. Forget it, it would be the best way to kill it with kindness.  A few drops of water perhaps once a week, or just when you feel like it.

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Your wonderful flowering plant will look like this for many months. Put it in a quiet corner and one day you will be surprised with new flowers apparently. To be quite honest, it has never happened to me. I got a lot of skimpy long stalks, but probably I had lost my patience. and it went to the garbage happy hunting grounds.

This time I will keep it. I will give it a chance to flower again and survive.

RDP Monday: Skimpy