One of the things I try to do each day now that I live alone is to aim to speak to at least three or four people each day - it is so easy to become isolated. There may come a day when I can't get out (I am not very mobile already) so I really have to make the most of things while I can. I have had a successful day at chatting today - just as I did yesterday.
I always do my weekly shop on Tuesday mornings when there is just me here (if I have visitors coming I tend to have an order delivered from Tesco). Then I meet a friend for coffee before going back home. This was one of the Tuesdays when there is a lunch at TOSH - cooked by volunteers and about a dozen of us go - all friends now so there is plenty of chat. Then it was home and, while the weather wa s reasonably pleasant (much less wind than there has been for weeks) I decided to walk round the estate with Percy again.
On the way back I called in on a lady whose Mother died last week - I hadn't seen her for a few weeks since Tess died (we used to meet dog-walking each morning) and I called to offer my condolences. We chatted for an hour.
Then I went home - thinking I would put off the job I had intended to do but then told myself not to be a wimp and to get on with it. The job was to renew by Blue (disabled) badge permit on line as it will shortly run out. Took me a while - scanning my passport, a council tax bill to prove my address and loading a photograph (which friend W kindly took for me at lunch time). Then I decided to also put the farmer's In Memoriam into our local paper as I do each year - it is easy to do on line. It will be three years on the 22nd of this month since I lost him. I miss him every single day. A funny old thing - life.