If you think I was making a fuss about nothing and should just relax and let the world go by, then all I can say is you are probably not almost ninety, totally immobile without walking aids and still trying hard to manage alone witha carer for an hour each day.
I try hard, with the help of my carer, to pace myself, to keep going and to make the very best of life. Most days I succeed and go to bed very satisfied with how well I have managed and what a good day I have had. Yesterday was not one of those days and I went to bed tired, frustrated, and feeling totally inadequate to face the trials of the modern world.
This morning, still feeling totally at sea I went into the kitchen to draw the blinds and view the huge parcel on the work top. I was nowhere nearer solving the mystery of the parcel. And then my carer arrived. I know I sing her praises every day - well all I can say is they should be writ large.
Within five minutes she had three quarters solved the mystery. She was born in our little town, went to school in our little town, married and had her family here and now still lives here. She went to the local Compreh ensive School. In other words she knows everybody - went to school with the majority of the working population. Needless to say she knew - and had the phone number of - a driver for Hermes.
She rang him on his mobile and to cut a long story short I am to stick the sellotape down carefully and he will call for the parcel some time today and take it off my hands. The mystery of how it got here in the first place was solved half an hour later when my son had a text from his first wife to say that she was worried I might have received a parcel - she had ordered the coat and she thought it had probably come here by mistake (something to do with this being her default address as she sometimes sends me M and S flowers )
(don't ask - I don't understand it either). All that remains is for the driver to call and collect it. Oh and to add to the complications I have had an e mail from Hermes to say that the package I have ordered (three black surgical masks) will be here between two and six this afternoon). At least they wont be as heavy to carry in!
And speaking of deliveries - I live on a busy little road and the delivery vans today have been absolutely non stop - Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons, Royal Mail plus a whole range of vans delivering parcels for Santa to a variety of houses. In a way it saddens me because I wonder just how long the High Street stores can remain open when computers and delivery lorries rule the world.
Hermes have just been with two legitimate parcels for me - all back to normal thank goodness.