Almost the end of the old year, a year which has not been kind to me in any shape or form. I shall not be sorry to say good-bye to it. And for the first time for many years I shall not stay up to see the old year out and the new year in. There was a time when I gave a New Year party for forty plus, but those days have gone. Now = if I am here alone - I would find it impossible to stay awake. So it will be treated as any other night.
We had several inches of snow yesterday and I dare not take Tess out as it was slippery. Luckily friends called and took her for me, so she had a good walk on what should have been a PetPals day (the lady was unable to come).
Today friend W and I decided to go out for lunch, just to get us out of the house really. On W's advice I took Tess with us (the first time she has been with us into a pub) and she was as good a gold, watching everything that was going on but not making a fuss. W had barbecued spare ribs (her favourite) and I had beef casserole with dumplings (herby) and mash. Both were delicious. Did we need it? No, but it did us good to get out of the house and eat something we hadn't prepared ourselves.
After almost going yesterday evening the snow had returned this morning and there was quite a covering again. But it was not freezing and now, at a quarter to four in the afternoon, it has almost gone again. There is quite a sharp wind blowing but Tess and I have been for a walk - it did us both good in the fresh air.
I shall now go an sit down and digest all your conflicting advice on the i pad. I am still not convinced and shall spend an hour or two 'playing' with friend W's and see how I get on.
Last evening my dear sister-in-law passed on. She was ninety five and has been on end of life care for the past fortnight after many years in care, most of them happy and fruitful. I am sad at her passing; we were always very close. But her time had come. So goodbye Deen, you have left me with so many happy memories. You have been a large part of my life since you married my brother Jack in 1941.