Well, I really think I must be, considering the amount of entertaining I have done over Christmas. On Boxing Day I had a Lunch Party and a Buffet in the evening, for eight and seven respectively. Now this evening I am having my grandchildren, along with their Dad and Step Mum for a meal and then I am giving a New Year's Eve Party.
Tonight's meal presents something of a challenge as there will be one vegan, one vegetarian, one piscatorian and two 'normal' eaters.
Jacket potatoes will feature heavily.
The weather today is beautiful - tomorrow is set to be awful - we seem to be alternating days of sunshine and storm. Just in case you think this is a modern phenomenon, it is 134 years today since the Tay Bridge disaster, when the bridge collapsed taking a passenger train with it,at the height of a terrible storm.
Reading the report of the day which was published in yesterday's Times, it struck me how reporting has changed - and indeed how rescue operations have changed. The article implies that they are not sure that the train has gone, but they know it went on to one side of the bridge and they know it didn't come off the other. They 'fear' the train is at the bottom of the water but the only 'proof' they have is that two mail bags have been washed up on the shore. How things have changed.
It set me thinking and talking with the farmer over our lunch time coffee about how many things have changed in my lifetime (and it is a jolly long one believe me). Here is the list of the things I came up with:
Breach of promise is no longer a crime.
Homosexuality is no longer a crime.
You can no longer go to prison for debt.
The whip has been abolished as a form of punishment.
There is no longer a death penalty for murder.
Divorce laws have been eased and divorce is no longer seen as shameful.
-We talk openly - and criticise openly - anybody. I remember the career of a comedian (I think it might have been Max Miller) being seriously harmed because he mentioned Mrs Simpson on stage at the time of the Edward VIII scandal.
Illegitimacy is a word which has largely disappeared from our language. I think more children are born out of wedlock than in these days.
These are just the things I thought of in a spare five minutes - I am sure you can think of many more.