The view from my window

The view from my window
The view from my window

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Eeewwwww, a creepy thought!

I reckon one more night of decent sleep and I'll be feeling "hot to trot" again soon, rather than this bloody tiredness that's been dogging me for a while! I'm slowly starting to get stuff put back into the living room/dining room/kitchen, but as I'm trying to sort, clean and declutter at the same time it is slow going, although that being said, I'm quite enjoying it!

I had a nice surprise this morning when my mobile rang though. I normally don't answer it unless I recognize the number (telemarketers?) but lately I've been answering a few just to make sure that I really don't want to speak to them (if that makes sense) - I mean, if there is a delay on the line before someone speaks then I know it's a computer dial-up and not someone I want to speak to - and then I block the number. But today, for some reason, I answered and it turned out to be Ginette, the lady I got chatting to at the market about a month ago and we had talked about going walking/cycling (????) together! She said she had found my number after misplacing it and as she hadn't seen me at the market since, she felt it was better to call late rather than never! Fine by me! Anyway, we arranged to meet at the small ice rink in town next Friday for lunch and a chinwag and I'm quite looking forward to it. It's kinda nice to meet new people and do different things!

Also this week, I got a text message from my Irish friend asking if I "wanted to come over and see her donkeys"?? That wasn't a euphemism - she's actually got donkeys! She's got quite a bit of land and had donkeys previously (as well as dogs and cats) and has just now got new donkeys to replace the ones that died a few years ago. I explained that I was up to my eyeballs in workmen but would definitely set up something with her next week if possible to see both the donkeys and her new dog! She retired one month before me and is loving it just as much as I am - but then that was never in doubt!  Then, another friend sent me a message to say that she had just had her interview for French citizenship (and yes it was indeed a one-year wait) and while she forgot a few "facts", when the interviewer found out that she did painting on silk the conversation went off on a completely different tangent and she felt she did all right! So now we're also going to set up a time to meet up for dinner and a chat so she can give me the lowdown!!

I also went into Geneva the other week to "show willing" and attend the retirees' ex-com meeting, having been nobbled to join the committee by my previous boss. And guess what? Despite allowing plenty of time it again took me 90 minutes to get there because of traffic jams! I sent them a message to explain I would be late "because of the bloody traffic", but I guess I didn't miss much up to that point - probably just the coffee and croissants! They actually do very good work, following the comings and goings of the UN pension fund (we still have some retirees in the UN pension fund), our own pension fund, the medical insurance and so on and they seem to be a pretty coherent group and work well together. Well that is, all except one, who we used to call "Happy H" who is, and frankly always has been, such a pain in the butt! Disagrees constantly with everything - or just complaining for complaining's sake, I reckon, but then he's always been like that! Unfortunately, I ended up sitting next to him (the only time in over 30 years) and for the first time ever I noticed that he seems to have the same dubious sense of personal hygiene as one of my previous bosses - the one we used to call "Batshit Crazy" (although we had other names for her as well, of course)! Yuck! What was interesting though was when they were talking more specifically about the pension funds I learned that both these funds use Swiss life expectancy rates in their assumptions, as the Swiss population can generally be expected to reflect that of our own staff! And interestingly enough, life expectancy assumptions for retirees would now seem to have gone up from 15 years after retirement to 18 years - which makes the recent death of my former colleague all the sadder I guess!

And going off on a completely different tangent, when I was getting ready for the new floor to be laid, I had moved some stuff from my garage out under my external balcony, so as I was putting back the crowbar, the lump hammer, the drill, the foot stool and the step ladder it suddenly occurred to me that I might just as well have put a sign on my front door saying "break in if you want to, all tools provided by owner"! All the more so since both the front and back doors of my garage, and the side gate have been open all week! An even more creepy thought though is that I read in the Geneva news yesterday that a guy wanted for attempted murder in Geneva had just this week been apprehended in my small, local town of La Roche! Of course my mind went immediately to creepy "homeless" guy with the bad leg (not) who was bothering me at sewing the other night and who I saw again as we were leaving the fair on Sunday! I suspect my imagination is running away with me but either way I'm glad I didn't give him a lift!

On the good news side, I got a text message from my electric supply company today saying that in view of the "prolonged power outtage" on 1 July (you know, the one that filled me with so much joy just before my son's wedding), they would be knocking €96 off my next electric bill! Since I'm off to Turin (again) on Saturday that will be very welcome, on top of the fact that they are finally forecasting decent weather after three weeks of almost constant rain. This is more important than it sounds as we have to go through the Mont Blanc tunnel to get there and I would rather the snow held off if possible on the way up to the tunnel, even though I won't be the one driving!

And finally, I seem to be getting my cooking mojo back and since I'm happy to "cook once and eat twice" (or even three times) I'm really starting to enjoy myself again without the pressure of having to get "all enthusiastic" about it every day! Happy days then!

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  1. Rural folk! I've lost count of the number of times we've gone to bed leaving the garage door wide open to the elements or house doors unlocked. I now have my neighbour across the way who has a better view of our garage than we do, primed to telephone me if she spots it open and on display at nightfall.

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    1. I heard laughing one night when my kids came home late one night. I had indeed turned the key in the lock of my front door but hadn't actually closed it!!!

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  2. Sitting next to someone with dubious hygiene would be awful, and then to have him be obnoxious. Oh yeah, You can freeze stuff you cook and cut out even more cooking. I even make rice and freeze it in small bags. It sure beats cooking rice so often.

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    1. Batshit's problem was she bought "dry clean only" clothes and never dry cleaned them. Plus she wore the same pair of very distinctive nylons (with a hole just above the knee, so yep, the same pair) for 4 days straight (the girls kept a running tally). The guy's problem was just unwashed - he had enough grease in his hair to fry a pan of fries. And BOTH these people were on about $14,000/month!

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  3. Gee, and I always thought the 'coffee and croissants' was the best part of the meeting. And that bit about the life expectancy after retiring is interesting. Here in the states it appears to be dropping thanks to overdoses and suicide. I suspect we have more emotional problems then the Swiss.

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    1. You're probably right about the coffee and croissants, but at least now I can CHOOSE to attend meetings - I no longer have to. The interesting thing about Switzerland is that every able-bodied male over the age of 18 does military service, with regular yearly (I think) brief call-ups until the age of 60 (unless it has since changed) so they ALL keep their weapons at home, and yet there isn't the gun problem that you have in the States. I'm pretty sure there's still emotional problems in Switzerland though - just not sure they're all reported!

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  4. The refund on the power is a nice little bonus! I hope you enjoy your trip to Turin and I'm a little jealous about the donkeys!

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    1. Turin this time is to a huge shopping outlet where I guess it's a lot cheaper than here, but we'll see I guess. Food'll be good I don't doubt. As for the donkey, not for me. Of all the animals I've had in the field behind me those were the noisiest - cute but noisy!

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  5. It's nice when a little windfall happens with the timing of travel.

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    1. It's nice any time of course but hopefully I won't go mad in Italy. I'm getting very "sensible" in my old age!

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