What to write about on a gloomy (although not particularly cold)morning when I have to say the weather complements the situation everywhere.
As my regular readers will know, I try never to be political on here. (I am interested in politics but always have believed there is not a lot of point in going on about it as one never ever succeeds in changing the other man's point of view so it is just a waste of words).
But there is little to smile about either at home or abroad at present is there?
In the Israel/Gaza area people are killed indiscriminately - mothers, babies, children, the elderly, young men, fathers. The list goes on - day by day until one hardly dare watch the News bulletins. If I can't sleep I usually get up, make myself a cup of tea and watch the World News. Not at the moment.
Ukraine - it has almost disappeared from News bulletins - as terrible situations occur to push the catastrophe one further down the list of 'newsworthy' happenings and the 'top' reporters are rushed from place to place.
And nearer home the ground is totally waterlogged. Many places along the East Coast of Scotland and further inland in mostly Eastern counties too, homes are lost - many of the inhabitants have lost more or less everything and many of them it seems have been unable to afford the high insurance premiums.
Closer still to home and in a facetious way, the pothole in the road is full of water - it has been another wet night. Almost all the dogs are being walked by men this morning (the women only come out with the sun at this time of day - poor old men are shoved out with threats of withdrawal of privileges in some cases I suspect).
Post has just been pushed through the front door - postman cloaked in winter wear (wearing shorts up to last week - now I suspect washed, ironed and consigned to the 'Summer Wear' drawer).
Is there anything to lift our spirits? Let's face it - everything I have written about above ranges from too awful to even contemplate at worst to floods - and the threat of more to come later in the week- at best.
Well I for one am warm and comfortable, have just bought myself a new winter sweater (made entirely from something like recycled plastic?) and have a little stack of presents to open in the morning (my birthday) and a shelf of cards already opened and already being enjoyed and lifting my spirits. The garden is looking as though it is settling into Winter mode (but if Winter comes can Spring be far behind?) and friends keep calling. The postman had a bright cheery smile and opened the door and put the post (and a parcel) on the hall mat (the postmen all know I walk very slowly so they save me the trouble of walking to the door.)
So I suggest all of us smile as much as we can - to cheer others up as well as ourselves, and just hope that the killing and cruelty - especially to those in Ukraine and Gaza ends soon. There is little we can do - apart from perhaps a contribution to any of the major organisations helping out as much as they can in both war zones,. But a smile - and just a word or two to anyone passing by - is better than nothing and without a doubt cheers up both the giver and the receiver.
See you tomorrow.