Believe me, when you reach your eighties, life can get very tiring. Today has been one of those days and yet, when I think of what I have done it is next to nothing. However, it has been very enjoyable even though I feel 'on my last legs'. I got up at the usual time, my carer came and we had our nice morning's chat and usual jobs done for Monday. Then it was Book Group and at present we hold it here because otherwise I would be unable to attend as I no longer have transport. There were only five of us (at present 6 is the maximum). All I had to do was set the trolley for five, put on the crockery and the biscuits and set the coffee on. All five arrived and we had a lovely quarter of an hour chat with our coffee and biscuits before getting down to the job in hand - that of discussing this month's book. And here, for the first time, I fell down in that I had only read a third of the book.
Why? The book had almost nine hundred pages. The print was small so that I could only read it with a magnifying glass and it was so heavy that I had to lay it on the Dining Room table because when I held it any other way my hand shook so much that I could not read it. I got to Page 354 before giving up on it but it was fascinating listening to the other four, who had read it and enjoyed it. What was it? It was 'The Count of Monte Cristo' - I think I have read it before but a long time ago.
After lunch I needed to tie up some plants in the garden as strong winds are forecast. I can only manage the plants at ground level but that is better than nothing but it is a performance getting out Priscilla and getting her down into the back garden. By the time I got back in it was almost time for our fortnightly Zoom with friends P and D and that has just finished and that too was very enjoyable.
We have not had rain today despite some being forecast but we did have a good rain yesterday and I am hoping my gardener soon arrives to mow the lawn and put in my new plants. So you will see that although there has been little effort on my part I am ready for a sit down, a cup of tea and a sandwich. Tuna I think.
Unless anything exciting happens between now and bedtime see you tomorrow.