If you go over to Diary of a nobody's post today you will see that she suggests that if we get down in the dumps about our situation we sit for a moment and count our blessings. Not a bad idea I thought - so here is what I came up with.
1. I find walking very difficult because of arthritis in my ankles and knees. But I now live on a road where there are always folk passing (often folk with dogs that Tess and I know) - there is often a wave, or if the weather is nice a ten minute chat.
2. I have always loved gardening and miss the fact that I am not really steady enough to do much now. But I have a lovely gardener who mows my lawn, builds fences for me, and generally keeps my garden nice. As I write this I am overlooking it and getting pleasure from it.
3. My hearing is very poor and I wear hearing aids. But thank goodness for the N H S and their weekly clinic only seven miles away. If I start 'whistling' I haven't far to go to get adjusted.
4. I miss my dear farmer every single hour of the day and night even now he has been gone more than two years. But how lucky I am to have so many dear friends, many of whom are in the same situation, and how well we have adjusted to lunching together, having coffee together and just meeting up for quality time together.
In other words almost every complaint has a plus side if we look for it.
Yesterday was a lovely day here - the first day this week when there hasn't been any rain at all. Today is a tad warmer and at the moment the sun is out. But there has already been a shower. H, who lives higher up the road, has just called for Tess in her car and together they have gone off to The Himalayan Gardens which are about ten miles away. H has only been twice to take her out, but they are already firm friends (interesting walksand several 'treats' later). Two hours later and they have returned after a lovely long walk. Tess has, apparently, behaved perfectly and has been 'a pleasure to take out.' She is now stretched out in her bed having a lovely long sleep before tea.
For my lunch shortly I intend to have a fillet of smoked haddock which I shall poach in milk and then eat with a knob of butter on top and a couple of slices of bread and butter.* And I shall enjoy it. *As I predicted, it was delicious. I washed all receptacles immediately and put on the dishwasher. I am now hoping that there is no fishy smell lingering (the downside of having smoked fish).
Enjoy your lunch whatever you intend having.