What a morning indeed. My carer came at half past seven and the roads were like a skating rink she said. Someone had thoughtlessly parked their vehicle directly opposite my drive and so my carer was worried about backing out without hitting their car (she managed perfectly). Looking out of the window at it snowing was quite pretty but now - two hours later - that snow has turned to rain and it is just miserable and wintry. A day to stay inside I would say. There was a time, years ago, when we more or less knew what weather to expect at what time of the year - but now this no longer applies and we are therefore quite surprised when we get wintry weather to start our New Year.
Our News today (well every day at present) is dominated by Covid and whether or not schools should reopen tomorrow. What started out as simple (ish) instructions - some Secondary school pupils would go back a week late and some a fortnight late and most Primaries would open tomorrow - has now developed into a complex argument as Teaching Unions step in. Thankfully I am no longer a teacher (long retired) but if I was I would worry about catching Covid if I was back in school and I would worry about my pupils missing school and vital lessons. And I expect this is how most teachers feel. And, as usual, whatever happens the poorer, less able children will suffer most - as they always do - while most of those from better-equipped, richer homes will benefit. But then it has always been so.
I try to rise above it all as I can do nothing at all about it. But sometimes it is hard to put it out of one's mind. I sit here and wait to be called for my vaccination (I am 88) and at the same time think that maybe it would be fairer to vaccinate teachers and Health workers first anyway - I have had a full and happy life and am not likely to live all that much longer anyway.
After breaking my hip I am beginning to make a better recovery and feel that once I can get a breakfast trolley with brakes (I had my second fall when my trolley decided to run away with me) I shall soon be able to manage without my carers. I intend to ring my Physio tomorrow when things are all back to normal and discuss the trolley with brakes and whether it is suitable. In the meantime I have ordered another pair of boots - I have worn slippers far too long - this week is the first time I have walked in boots rather than slippers and already I am feeling the benefit.
Until tomorrow dear friends......