Outside it is cold and icy but it is sunny and at present the sky is a clear blue. But underfoot is too slippery for me to venture out. But I have plenty of reading matter - Shuggie Bain is behind me. I can't say I am sorry really - it is not a pleasant, easy read - but it is certainly a good, well-written book, entirely deserving of the Booker. Now I am on to the 2020 Book of Best Short Stories. There is something that really interests me about a good short story. So far I have only read two but they have both left a lasting impression.
New Year's Eve and at midnight we went into Tier 3. My friends have just got me some money out of the cash machine. These days we just never seem to need actual cash and yet there does need to be a bit of cash around - the paper boy needed a Christmas present - the Postie - I wonder just how long it will be before cash disappears altogether from the High Street. This virus has certainly speeded up the change in our shopping habits. I have not been inside a shop in the past year - everything is ordered on line. The Supermarkets, Amazon, PC World - these places must have seen a huge surge in business.
The Prime Minister is now telling us that by Easter - with 2 different vaccines being rolled out - things will be considerably easier for many of us. I have not been vaccinated yet but have received a text to say 'don't call us, we'll call you ' and I have four drivers who have very kindly offered to to drive me to the vaccination place. So I await a date. Then I can ring round and see which one is available at the time.
It is a very strange New Year's Eve and just let's hope everyone is sensible tonight and obeys the rules to stay home and celebrate with one's family. A very happy and healthy New Year - and stay safe.