Good morning dear blog friends on this Sunday morning - a Sunday which, for some obscure reason, I keep thinking is a Monday. Over Christmas the days meld into one and it takes a week or two of the New Year, with The Times popping through the letter box at eight in the morning, to get me back into the rhythm of the week days.
Well good news this morning. After a week of snow and ice with very bad driving conditions there was no frost last night and this morning I got up to find that the snow had receded about three feet from my front door, giving me a nice strip of green lawn and the road is full of puddles of water. My carer even managed to get up - and park on - my drive again.
She brought me a lovely plate of quiche and salad for my lunch. As I have sausage casserole and mashed root veg left from yesterday that is my two meals sorted for today. I really am very lucky aren't it?
Several of my blog friends commented yesterday that Spring is only just around the corner. I always try to think that once the first of February arrives but now I have brought my thinking forward a bit.
I had a very good night's sleep - not waking until a quarter to seven - couldn't believe it. Last night I sat up and finished my Tracey Chevalier novel '
The Last Runaway' - how I enjoyed it. And like several of you said - how nice it is to find a new author that you really enjoy. Now I have all her books to 'go at'.
Looking out of the window I see that the thaw has at least uncovered my large clump of snowdrops which are well up in the green but not showing any white yet. Every year I intend to ask my gardener to split them when they finish flowering and plant them around the garden. They move so much more contentedly when moved in the green - so this will be their year.
I am discussing with my carers when I can manage without them and we have finally decided on a plan. I am expecting a trolley with brakes shortly, which will mean I can transport goods across the kitchen - to the dishwasher, to the fridge, to the cupboards. I can transport my lunch to the table easily and life will be much less complicated. Once this arrives they will cut down to one visit a day - the morning visit. This will mean they can take it in turns to come - I can have a couple of showers a week, they will change my bed and do the washing and drying in the tumble drier, and -- vitally - they will put my compression stockings or tubigrip on my legs. This will be a good compromise for a while until I am (hopefully) completely back to normal. Once the snow has gone I can get out onto the footpath with Priscilla and build up a bit of leg-strength. I just hope she behaves as well as Percy did (as she has more efficient brakes she should behave better).
Well friends coffee calls (Taylors Lazy Sunday since you ask) - my carer makes me a flask before she goes and it keeps me going. Have a good day and enjoy the sunshine if you are lucky enough to see our friend the sun today.