Today started quietly but as the day went on, so it got busier until by now - just after tea - I am again alone and once this post is done all I have to do is get my brain resharpened ready for University Challenge.
But one thing it has shown to me is that I should be very grateful to so many people for what they do for me. Without them all I would find life very hard. So I shall list them and tell you just how much I am helped along my handicapped way.
1. First of all there is J, my carer. She comes for an hour in the morning - never stops working but manages to chat along as she works so that she always leaves me in a cheerful frame of mind. What does she do? Gets my breakfast (porridge and a banana), sees to the commode and makes my bed and tidies away any clothes which I have changed. Twice a week she puts on the washing machine so that I can empty it and put the clothes in the tumble drier. Any which need ironing she takes home to iron. She brings a lunch every day and unless it is a salad leaves it in the microwave or by the Remoska if it is chips. Showers or strip washes me and helps me dress. All this in an hour.
2. T and S, my dear, always cheerful friends who do so much for me. They call in often just for a cheerful chat and a coffee. They keep my laptop and my printer in working order and sort me out if I get in a mess. They do untold little jobs and errands all the time and I can never thank them enough.
3. L, who lives just down the road, who keeps me topped up with fruit and bread and coffee between visits from Mobile Tesco.
4. D, my gardener, who as well as keeping my garden in order does all sorts of little jobs. This week he noticed that the drain pipe from my dishwasher to the outside sink had a hole in it. He came, measured it, replaced it all and had almost finished before I noticed he had done it. Another always cheerful man who I can rely on. His health is not good and I worry about him but he soldiers on.
5. My immediate neighbours H and M both of whom are cheerful and chatty and we pass the time of day almost every day. It is lovely to have good friends so near.
6. My son. Although D only lives a mile away, since Covid I rarely see him. His wife is an invalid and understandably he worries about her catching Covid so he is very careful. But what he does is lend an ear. I am a worrier, always have been and not likely to change now. If something is on my mind I ring him, talk it over with him and together we sort it out. Without his help there are times when I would feel about to go under.
These people make my life what it is now. I find walking hard and can only go slowly. But between them they jolly me along.
I just heard a noise and went to see what it was. Through the door was a parcel from Amazon Prime with two books I had discussed with my son and said I would rather like to read. He had sent them to me post haste - we were only speaking of them yesterday.
So here, publicly, a sincere thank you to them all. Acts of kindness I can never repay but which make my life complete.