Thursday, February 18, 2021

Laundry Daze

I've mentioned the cultural differences of living in Switzerland with regards to our, um, dirty laundry here before

Just like laundry itself, it is a never ending story...

But today I'm going to talk about how our once a week laundry ritual affects the wee-est in our family.

Smidgey.

She does NOT like laundry day. When her (security) blankets get gathered into a basket, she panics. She has been known to climb in the basket, too!

Someone gets a little extra clingy... without static.

 










Then when I carry the basket out the door and down to our building's laundry room, she does this:


 










I always put her blankets in the first load - both for fur management reasons and to minimize her trauma. Once the blankets are brought back up, she does this for the rest of the day:











(While her blankets get washed, Smidgey still has TWO pillows to lay about on. We're not savages!)

Unfortunately no amount of reassuring words seem to help her anxiety. She just doesn't understand where her blankets go or trust that they will return. 

Week. After. Week.

I've come to realize that I think I share a bit of Smidgey's anxiety. Not about my blankets getting laundered, but about my understanding of what the future holds. 

Will life as we knew it ever come back?

Will it smell better?

I find myself sitting by the door (metaphorically) wondering what I can do while I wait.

Today it is poetry.

 

an itchiness on

the inside of my skin

keeps me rooted to 

the threshold 

waiting for what I know is gone -

a sense of safety

comfort in my surroundings

a warm carefree embrace

 

my thoughts pretzel

as I try to reassure myself 

with poetry 

©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

Join Ruth as she hosts this week's Poetry Friday roundup.


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Peak Safety

 Living in Switzerland, surrounded by mountains, has its ups and downs. 😉

  
We visited the Non-Disney Matterhorn last summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Swiss are known for their preparedness, hence their famous Army and its famous Knife.

I made my own custom knife with...


...my own custom warning.

But one thing I never expected when moving here, was our ability to receive (and necessity to have access to!) emergency air rescue for a low, low annual price - just 80 CHF/year.

Switzerland has a non-profit, non-commercial air rescue organization called Rega


 

 

 

 

From their website, their fundamental concept is: 

"We are a non-profit organisation that is funded by its patrons. Our services are primarily geared towards the needs of the Swiss population. We are financed by means of private funding. This enables us to operate independently in the service of our patients. In the interest of the patient, we take an active stand against the commercialisation of air rescue. Emergency missions and other operations carried out on behalf of the general public are not conditional upon whether or not the ensuing costs are covered. Our rescue activities are based on the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross"

Within this organization, there are 12 rescue helicopters based all over Switzerland ready to provide emergency assistance within minutes.

No matter where we are in Switzerland, it's good to know our PEAK SAFETY is a high priority. 

Today's poem is a homage acrostic:

         mountain Rescue

                    hElicopters

   for cliff hanGer

                      Adventures 

©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

And in honor of Valentine's Day this weekend, here's a 'tongue in peak' joke to 'lift' your spirits:

Helicopter rescue pilots have the most successful pick-up lines.

Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone is hosting the Poetry Friday gathering this week. Enjoy!