Share Your World – August 14, 2017

When you leave a room, do you turn the lights off behind you or keep the lights on throughout your house most of the time?

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I am very sensitive about leaving lights on. We don’t even have a main light in the living room, just various different lamps in strategic places. I do not like leaving any electric appliances running if not necessary. I do not like bright lights at home. Perhaps it comes from earlier when electricity was almost a luxury. My mum remembered our old house in London being connected to the electric grid when she was a kid. Of course today it is all so natural to switch on, but it is not always natural to some people to switch off and I do.

What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500? 

A new iPhone, some sort of computer or above all a camera attachment. We golden oldies have moved on in the world 🙂

Complete this sentence: My favorite thing to do on my cell phone is…

Inserting a reminder where I would otherwise forget. At the moment I have a reminder for my medicine injection (every second day), a reminder for the hairdresser (on Wednesday) and this morning I put in a reminder that we have the general rubbish collection at the end of August where they take anything, but I will keep Mr. Swiss, he comes in handy.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

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Yesterday evening I escaped again. It was at least 2-3 weeks since I had risked taking an evening walk with the camera asI was having problems with walking. A stupid movement and my knee went on strike and it was painful. Gradually it improved. I am sure I did something to a muscle, nothing was broken. There is no point having extensive examinations, it eventually improves itself, although it needs time. It was a real encouragement for me to see how the plants were developing outside in the short space of time and that the berries were appearing.

Share Your World – August 14, 2017

Share Your World – August 7, 2017

What was the last URL that you bookmarked or saved?

Living Like You is a site for people with MS, but with a difference. It is not full of advice or explanations, but written by people like you and me that have MS problems in daily life. It is  written in a blog fashion and it helps you to confront the daily problems that can crop up in a normal life. It is sponsored by Novartis, one of the big Swiss chemical companies. and it helps you to realise that you are not alone in the world with your problems.

Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation?

Who me? The one who finds everything follows a logical process (yes Mr. Trump I mean you as well). But it would be nice to return as my cat I must admit.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

P1070247Too Much Sunlight OK, I have been there and done it, and am still there in Amazon which is more a miracle as anything else. I am not a professional writer, just did it to hold a book in my hands written by Pat Gerber, and I still have a few copies at home. It never became a best seller, and it was all in self publishing. Poetry is not my thing, at least not in a fantastic romantic wonderful way, just that it rhymes at the end of the line. A novel? Based on my experience of publishing a collection of short stories, no thankyou. The writing is the easiest part, but bringing it up to perfect  condition for publishing? If I read it once, I read each short story one hundred times and still found a few mistakes. I would never do it again. I am too lazy, but it was nice when it lasted.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

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We at last managed to get our week-end organised for a visit to No. 2 son in the Kanton of Schaffhausen. Here a photo of the Rheinfall to prove it. It was a wonderful week-end and we enjoyed it very much. It was part of Switzerland I never really got to know and it was wonderful. Rows of small villages, a lot of sunflower fields and lots of vineyards. Yes that was an inspiration. And of course in a few weeks I will eventually become a grandmother – what could be better?

Share Your World – August 7, 2017

Share Your World – July 31, 2017

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts? Or what do you use if you need to have your vision corrected?

Me on the computer

I never wore glasses, or had to, until I was about 45 years old and you can blame it on the computer, most definitely. It began with just reading glasses, the half sized ones, and then the day came when I had to have full glasses. I settled for vario and still wear them today, about 30 years later. I am short sighted.  I prefer them as I can wear them all the time. I have never really wanted contacts, I am sure I would drop one and lose it somewhere. I should go to the eye doctor for a check, as I have so many other health problems, but I do not like the idea of not seeeing anything for a day because of the eye drops. Mr. Swiss told me they have a new system and after half an hour you see again, so I might take a chance.

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? 

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I am an anything person as I love animals, but settled for cats. I had three and now just Tabby, who is 15 years old and has her own WordPress site. The good thing with cats is that you do not take them for a walk, they take themselves for a walk.

If you were to buy a new house/apartment what is the top three items on your wish list?

No stairs, easy to clean and not too big and in the country where the cows and sheep say goodnight to each other. I am living in my ideal home now, and do not really want to change.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

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The Jura mountains are always an inspiration, they are always there as a backdrop to my life.

Share Your World – July 31, 2017

Share Your World – July 24, 2017

List some of your favorites types of teas.


Being a Brit, I was naturally surrounded by family members that were convinced without tea there would be no reason to enjoy life. I never liked tea which mum could not understand. She was convinced I was the cuckoo’s egg in the nest because I preferred coffee. However, it came to pass that about 15 years ago coffee decided it did not like me. I had digestive problems, not wanting to go into details, so I had to drink tea. I did not want any tea, but my taste being somewhat special, I decided upon Twinings – you could not get more British, after all. I begin the day with a cup of English breakfast and after dinner and the evening meal, I drink the lighter Lady Grey. I even ordered the special little metal boxes from the British shop to do it in style. And don’t tell me about Earl Grey, I do not like it.

What are a couple of things could people do for you on a really bad day that would really help you?

Clean the bathroom, tidy up the garden, clean the windows, cook lunch, clean the shower, iron the linen. Not too much asked, I would shop on my own. Just pick me up afterwards with the car.

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?

Traffic Sign

Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would you do?

Quidditch where did I park my broomstick?

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

No. 2 son paid us a visit last week which is always interesting. No. 1 son returned from a two week holiday in Italy. Otherwise everything under control, quiet and no excitement, just how I like it. And I am looking forward to going to the doctor tomorrow morning to having my wax production system in my ears being removed. I must say it has its advantages only hearing 10%, but when I cannot hear my own voice, it can get annoying.

Share Your World – July 24, 2017

Share Your World – July 17, 2017

What is your favorite cheese?

Cheddar Cheese

I have been living in Switzerland for the past 50 years but if it is one thing I have not forgotten from my British days, it is Cheddar Cheese. The Swiss can keep their Emmental and Gruyère, there is nothing better than a piece of Cheddar cheese. When I arrived in Switzerland there was perhaps one special shop in Zürich where you could buy it. Today its fame has spread, and even our supermarket sells it. Melted on toast it is a delicacy and in a cheese sauce with cauliflower, unique. Did I mention, cheddar cheese is my favourite.

Are you left or right handed?

Defnitely right handed, although today I can be glad when I can use either hand. With age some fingers get thicker than others, no longer have the feeling or mobility they used to have, but they still work.

I would like to add here the strange thing is that my oldest son is left handed, probably because of his autism, and my youngest son is completely ambidextrous, although he writes with the left hand. When he was a kid he would draw. For objects on the right side of the paper he used his right hand to colour, and for objects on the left side, his left hand.

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?

I exercise my mind daily with my computer and running the household, although I am glad for Mr.Swiss and his assistance. My smartphone helps me on the way, as it reminds me of what I should not forget. As far as the body in concerned it now refuses to be exercised, but I am definitely the speediest in stick walking.

Complete this sentence: Hot days are …

a s**t if you have MS.

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 visited our Saturday morning market in our local town of Solothurn. It is for food mainly. I loved it as it must be at least a year since I last had the time to go. Mr. Swiss and I had lunch in an Italian restaurant afterwards. It was a great morning for us both.

I do not really look forward to stuff, as it is more spontaneous decisions that we make. If we have the time and the interest, we decide and do it. Sometimes you feel too tired to do what you would like to do. It just depends on the mood.

Share Your World – July 17, 2017

Share Your World – July 10, 2017

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

Indoors, watching the rain falling outside, perhaps with a camera – you never know what might happen.

Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests?

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If you are talking food, we like to go to an Italian Restaurnt. It has a garden outside and is near the bank of the local river. The food is good, fresh and their ravioli and pasta dishes are made by the company. It is a chain organisation, with a restaurant in most towns. I don’t think they actually make the pasta  on the premises, but it is definitely delivered fresh daily.

If you are talking sights to see, I leave it up to the visitor. Someone might want to take a walk through the ravine where our hermit lives (although the job is vacant at the moment) and others prefer a walk along the river or up to the local mountain Weissenstein in a gondola. My only favourite choice is the restaurant, otherwise there are so many places to visit where I live. A walk in the local town is also very interesting.

List at least five favorite treats. (They do not have to be sugary).

Something fishy, like prawn salad
Potato Chips
garlic bread
Dark Chocolate*
Cadbury’s Milk Flakes – an english chocolate branch, nice and crumbly*
*The chocolate items must come straight from the fridge, I like them cold.

You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with?

I have only ever been trapped once in an elevator and that was in a department store in the local town with 5-6 other ladies. There was not a problem of being forever trapped, we rung the bell and was informed over the loudspeaker not to worry, someone was dealing with the problem. The only problem I had was lack of oxygen to the brain cells and feeling faint. One lady said I was looking very pale. Suddenly the lift moved and we arrived at the ground floor and the doors opened. In this case I would hope that a qualified doctor with his bag of medicine would be trapped with me. Even Brad Pitt would be no help in that situation.

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

No. 1 son departed for his 2 week holiday in Italy on Saturday and now it is just Mr. Swiss and me for the next two weeks. My son is no problem, but there is a little less planning around meals. We eat what we feel like and when we feel like it. There are too many appointments this week, but only for a couple of days. I had a nice day on Saturday when we visited the local morning fruit and veg market, but we have no plans for this week, which is the good thing about holiday time.

Share Your World July 10, 2017

Share Your World – July 3, 2017

For your main meal do you prefer sweet and sour, hot and spicy, spicy and sweet, bitter, salty, bland or other?

For my main meal I eat what comes on the table. If I was sitting alone at the table I would go for hot and spicy, but I have to cater for everyone’s tastes.

Where do you hide junk when people come over?

Flowers on the Building Site, Feldbrunnen

I am not perfect, way from it but I must admit I no longer have junk in my life. After bringing up 4 kids and being married almost 50 years I had junk for at least 40 years of my married life. One day I realised it was just me and Mr. Swiss and No. 1 son, who is autistic and according to the autistic rules and regulations, is an example to all of us with his organisation.

So on this memorable day I began to clear up, the motto being you cannot take it with you. We had moved house a few times in our married life, and now have our own place. Each time we moved we threw out stuff we no longer wanted to have in our life, but it was each time. One day I read a wise sentence, live as if you were going to move every week. This is actually quite sensible and although perhaps not move every week, but every month and I do it. I now have a place for everything and be careful, if I find a pile of junk it might be gone the next day on its way to never never land in the garbage truck.

What daily habit would you like to introduce to your life?

I just did a check list and discovered they are already in my daily life: cleaning, blogging, sleeping after lunch (very important) and cooking lunch. I don’t really have time for anything else, although I have a piano but rarely get around to playing. Yes, that would be it, an hour a day at the piano again, but I have so many other hobbies. You cannot take photos everywhere, go for walks and play piano. The day does not have enough hours.

If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do? 

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I performed in a circus, but it was called family where I had 4 kids, a husband and housework. There was never a dull moment and sometimes you did not know whether to cry or laugh, but I always seemed to be the clown. I was doing balancing tricks daily like getting the kids off to school dressed and clean, juggling with the clock to make sure everything fitted in. I did not need chimpanzees to train, I had a family. And we had elefants trampling all over the place making a mess everywhere for the Ringmaster (me) to clear up again.

And did I mention it, I hate circus in any case. I do not find them worthy of the animal kingdom.

Share Your World – July 3, 2017