RDP Wednesday: Gratitude

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Somehow this one seems familiar, but I suppose I always have something to be grateful about. Right now I have just got back from a shopping trip, so let’s be grateful for the food I bought. Mr. Swiss came with me, poor man. It was his own free choice, I am still not sure if I am grateful that he came or that he is grateful that he accompanied me. I have an app on my iPad/iPhone for the store and I can see all my cash desk receipts on it. It is quite interesting to see how much rebate I get on certain items, that I did not expect. But, just a moment. What is that one. Someone spent 3.30 Swiss francs for a coffee in the restaurant? Of course I told my Mr. Swiss to have a rest in the restaurant whilst I did the shopping. Now he is annoyed that the computer (iPad in this case) sees everything. I explained that I find it fun to see everything I buy and the rebates on the prices. He finds it a liberty from the store, but I suppose not everyone is grateful for the online view of  what you have bought. Anyhow we both survived.

He was not grateful  for the air conditioning  in my car as we drove home and began to fiddle with the knobs causing a draught on my side of the car.  I suppose old habits are hard to break. Otherwise I am grateful for my caramel cream and the Lindt chocolates I have at home.

Otherwise do not expect too much from my feelings of gratitude. Everything costs money.

And the wonderful place where I live with the greenery, trees and everything – even that is not free. We pay for the care through our local taxes.

RDP Wednesday: Gratitude

RDP Wednesday: Orgulous

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Is this an orgulous chicken, no idea. Until today I had no idea that the word existed. German is the language of the part of the country where I live (Switzerland) so I was curious to see how that would  be translated and guess what. For lack of a better word it says “arrogant” and now I understand what it is all about. It could of course be a rooster with such a bunch of tail feathers and then he probably would be orgulous, having a harem of hens to look after.

I just had a flash on my news reader (on my iPhone) just now. The Swiss are testing a new boarding method on planes: passengers with a seat on the corridor are to be the last ones to board the plane. Those at the window are the superior ones, the orgulous that look down on the others. They go first and can push all the others to one side, board the plane and make themselves comfortable. Then we have those that sit in the middle seat if it is a three seat joined row. They are neither to be orgulous or humble if that is the correct word. Perhaps a word exists for that as well. Just imagine I checked on the computer for the antonym of orgulous and they do not have one.  So those occupying the middle seat get looked down upon by those occupying  the window seat, and those in the corridor have already been reduced to the insignificant.

And the arrogant orgulous chicken trots on and ignores everyone.

RDP Wednesday: Orgulous

RDP Wednesday: Shoe

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My friend’s dog wearing his shoe. He was wandering the streets in Croatia and found by an adoption agency. My friend wanted to adopt and so Fuzzy travelled to Switzerland to become her little dog. Unfortunately he had a problem with the right paw . It had a deformation from birth and so the vet gave him his own little shoe to wear to protect the foot.

In the meanwhile Fuzzy no longer needs his little shoe, although he wore it for many months. He has now been operated and can make his way just like the other dogs.

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And here he is with his other shoe. Even dogs have to go with the fashion and like to change the colour.

RDP Wednesday: Shoe

RDP Wednesday: Flair

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This afternoon it was again a journey to the Swiss Supermarket in the Mall. For some time they have had various tables available for the kids to draw and paint. Lately I heard some quite jazzy music playing in the area so took a closer look. Two employees of the supermarket (right and left at the front) were dancing in time to the music and they were quite good with their co-ordination. There were two kids standing in front and copying their actions. I am not sure if they had a flair, but I found it a good idea to keep the kids busy whilst the parents are concentrating on the shopping.

I decided to take a photo and the young lady on the left at the front seemed to be in charge and asked if I would like to participate with the dancing. Actually, if it had been 10-15 years earlier, I would have joined in – why not. Dancing with a stick in your hand and belonging to the ministry of funny walks is not so ideal today, so I politely said no and told the young lady she was a few years too late with her invitation.

My only flairs today are managing to survive the day without having an accident on the way. They call it survival I believe.

RDP Wednesday: Flair

RDP Wednesday: Sibling

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It all began when I went for a wheelie in my chair along the river path and saw these two swans sitting side by side. Swans are mostly in pairs, I believe they stay together for all their lives. A guy walked past with his wife and said he believes they were brooding. There was a collection of twigs below the smaller swan, probably the female. We were all surprised as it was at the side of a path where many people went for a walk.

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This awoke my interest and I made a point of walking on this bank of the river to see if there was any progress. I noticed that a fence had now been erected around the swan pair, probably by the kind officials of our town, to let them have their peace and quiet. Often one swan would be swimming in the River Aare and the other staying on the nest.

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On my last visit one swan was in the river and the other as usual brooding. However, brooding needs patience and now and again even a swan has to stretch her legs and change the position and then it happened. Of course I was ready with the camera and I saw the eggs, five of them. I had never seen a swan egg before and they are quite big.

Every year we have a swan family swimming along the river. Swan parents are devoted to their children, and look after them until they are almost fully grown. I am now looking forward to the day when I take a wheelie and see the little cygnets swimming with mum at the front and dad at the back.

RDP Wednesday: Sibling

RDP Wednesday: Exchange

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Today I was ready to exchange my handy Dyson vacuum cleaner, the one that needs no cable for electricity because it has a self loader, because I was convinced it was kaput. I have had it for almost two years and the motor was constantly cutting off whilst using it. Being married to a Swiss, and almost becoming Swiss after 50 years of living here. I am organised. I have a neat little file named “Guarantees” and I found my guarantee document for my Dyson which still has three years validity. I decided to take it to the store where I bought it.

The young lady had a look at the top part and immediate removed a long object from the top of the vacuum cleaner and shook it, knocking it on the table. It began to rain dust and dirt and she said the vacuum cleaner was in perfect condition, I should just clear the filter now and again. I can even wash it under the running tap water and let it dry. In the meanwhile I had some shopping to do in the store and she said she would deal with it and I could pick it up when I was finished with the shopping.

I also have a second Dyson, an older model, in the cellar and now I am convinced that it is in full working order. Just a matter of emptying the filter.

There was no need for an exchange, my guarantee is still active. Sometimes being a golden oldie is not exactly ideal, you tend to forget the little things in life.

And someone returned our small shopping trolley I have parked next to the car in the underground garage. It disappeared about a month ago. Everyone owns one of here,  because they are handy for moving goods from the basement to your apartment. Ours even had our name on it. Today it was suddenly back in the garage. We have now put it in our cellar as we have a second one in the garage. I wonder where it was over the last month?

RDP Wednesday: Exchange