The News on so many subjects - Terrorism, Brexit, the situation in Italy, the Irish referendum on abortion, the fall in the stock market - all seems to be gloom and doom. Perhaps I belong to the 'head in the sand' brigade but at my age I am sorry but I just can't get het up about any of it. Perhaps this is selfish but all the things which are headlines today seem to be forgotten by this time next week. All the issues like the state of things in the Middle East, the plight of people in countries like the Yemen - all this is headlines for a short time and then one would think the problem had gone away because no more is heard of it - nothing could be further from the truth. For this reason, and also to keep my sanity in my old age, I do what I can with donating money to what I consider to be a 'safe' just cause (not as easy to find as one might once have considered) and after that I get on with my life.
So, what has today held for me here in my little town in the Yorkshire Dales? It has been a lovely day. Firstly the weather. I got up at seven to quite thick fog and that fog turned to mist and to mizzly rain which has never really gone away - so the temperature has never gone above 15 degrees.
But the good news was that it happened to be M's birthday and so six of us celebrated by going out to breakfast (in my case pancakes, streaky bacon and maple syrup). Then three of us (including M) went off to our county town Northallerton (a lovely, rather old-fashioned town of super shops) to have a look round for various things. I can't walk far but I arranged to go and sit in a tea room when my legs were tired and we all three ended up there for coffee and cake. M got a free piece with a burning candle in the top because it was her birthday!!
For the past few weeks, since it became warm, I have had a nasty smell in my kitchen. I finally traced it to the waste pipe leaving my dishwasher. When I was walking this morning with Tess I realised that there was a Plumber's van parked outside a house we pass every morning (the van is always there) and shortly after we passed the van a chap got in and the van drove towards me. I flagged the driver down and spoke to the men inside. To cut a long story short they came this afternoon and solved the problem. There had never been a U bend (a trap) on the outlet pipe from my dishwasher - consequently I was getting the smell from the drains backing up into the kitchen!! In half an hour the problem was solved. Don't let anyone ever complain to me about plumbers again - I call that first class service.
To add to all this, my gardener has been and cut my lawn and is returning to do more jobs for me tomorrow.
It is now 6.36 and I feel that today has been a satisfactory day all round and - when you have read this - I am sure you will agree.