Thursday, 15 December 2016

Dark days before Christmas.

Yet another day today when it has never got completely light.   There has been a fairly thick fog and lights have been on all day (that goes for in the house and in the car).   The weather isn't cold - eight degrees on the dashboard when I went to the hairdresser this afternoon - but it is just very dismal weather.   And both the farmer and I are noticing that our arthritis is very much worse today - it is as though the cold wet weather has got into our bones.

On the way home from the hairdresser I called in at our Surgery to collect our drugs for over the Christmas and New Year Periods.  It saves a lot of work both for me and for them over the next couple of weeks and they are only too happy to provide them in advance.

I also took them in a tin of shortbread, as I do every year.   They are a jolly good team there - the reception staff and the dispensary staff- and it does no harm at all at Christmas to thank them for being so cheerful and helpful throughout the year.
They came out to say thank you and to wish us both a Merry Christmas - it's always good to say thank you.

Although such things play havoc with hairstyles, I almost wish it would blow a gale tomorrow - just to get rid of this wretched fog.   Still - only another six days to go to the shortest day!

11 comments:

angryparsnip said...

It is bright blue sunny skies and to hot weather. 76 today but tomorrow it will be 67 and rain (yes please) and then do to 59 by Saturday and Sunday, We can not wait.

cheers, parsnip

Heather said...

Damp and dreary here too and ridiculously mild for December. It is supposed to be colder again at the weekend I believe. Layers off, layers on again.
I'm surprised that surgery and health centre staff aren't all overweight - we too take a tin of biscuits in each Christmas!

Derek Faulkner said...

Apart from a beautiful sunny day yesterday, the rest of the week here and last weekend has been grey, murky and exceedingly damp. Everything seems to be dripping wet and like you, my arthritic joints are playing up badly. What I'd give for a hot, sunny day.

Midmarsh John said...

Haven't had the fog but like you it's been so dark I have had lights on most of the day. Next to no rain but everywhere outside has been constantly damp for days.

Chris Elliot said...

Please don't complain about the rain and dampness. It is -7C here (-17C with the wind chill) and the north wind today was so strong it was whipping the snow into mammoth drifts. You daren't go out unless well bundled up with several layers and a sturdy hat and gloves. I am just happy to know the shortest day is less than a week away!

Frances said...

Suddenly very cold here today...not counting the very strong wind into the picture, it was about 27 F...think that is -2.something C.

It will be worse tomorrow. Then things will warm up a bit for the weekend with some possible snow in the mix.

Winter has truly arrived. xo

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

We are in the middle of a nasty winter storm here. I think that is very sweet that you give a gift to the pharmacy staff. My very good friend is a pharmacist and she commented that it was incredibly busy today at her work. Maybe everyone was doing the same as you. -Jenn

Cro Magnon said...

I only give presents to the Post lady and my Vigneronne (wine maker); they are the only two who offer any sort of service.

thelma said...

This dark grey weather is completely depressing, everything outside constantly wet. We try to give to the refuse collectors, postman and milkman. Good people who roll up on your doorstep each day.

Rachel said...

I know I am in the minority here, but I love the dark, dank, foggy days of December.

I tip every delivery that comes here and every all year round delivery person gets a Christmas Box as we still call it in these parts. The doctor gets presents from P and postcards from me for all the care P gets.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for calling in everyone. Nice to know that almost everyone seems to give some sort of thank you for good service at Christmas.