I always have an early hair appointment on a Thursday. Yes, maybe it is lazy of me to always get someone else to wash my hair and persuade it into some kind of shape, but I cannot tell you how long it is since I washed it myself - definitely more than twenty years. I go as soon as the hairdresser opens and so am home again half an hour later.
My rule is at least two - and often three - walks a day with Tess (not all that long as I am not capable of long walks, but far enough to get some fresh air and exercise). I also have a rule that every day I do the Brain Exercises in The Times - a codeword, a killer, a quick crossword and a word circle. Then if I feel inclined there are three Sudoku to go at, increasing in difficulty. I try to read the newspaper - after all I have bought it - and hopefully a couple of chapters of a book I happen to be reading. This, plus tidying up, planning lunch (if I am not eating out!) putting a post on my blog, reading other posts, various regular visits out, and my days are quite full.
Today was a day when a small group of us visit an Alzheimers support group to play ukuleles and sing old songs. It is always an enjoyable afternoon as everyone enjoys the singing and there is always a lovely atmosphere. Friend A called for me because we are still at the stage where it may be dark before I arrive home and I can't drive in the dark. When I arrive home it was still quite light - a month tomorrow since the Winter Solstice and at last it is beginning to lighten. Do hope the old adage ' as the days lengthen the storms strengthen' does not apply this year. It has certainly been a very cold day today - around two degrees and very sunny but with a sharp Northerly wind.
I have four tubs of pansies and polyanthus along the front of my bungalow - they were looking very sad this morning where the frost had caught them
but by afternoon they had perked up. Let's hope the sun puts in a good appearance tomorrow - it does the soul good.