Monday, 31 December 2012
I know, no-one likes a smarty pants.
It's just that I finally received a Christmas card from my Dutch friends today......delivered by car at around 5.00pm!
I suspect it had been mis-delivered and they had just remembered to put it through my letter box in time for New Year.
Since the husband had been very seriously ill, I had been imagining all sorts of awful scenarios and it was a tremendous relief to get the card, however late, and discover all is well with them.
Have I said before that I love receiving cards. My late father and I used to compete as to whom had the greatest number each year. He always won and now I can't remember what his usual total was. Mine is an absolutely staggering 76 this year. I didn't know I knew that many people.
I hang them on gold coloured elastic cords and are the only Christmas decoration I use these days. Had toyed with the idea of getting a small tree this year, but in the end decided not to bother.
While it has been quite a pleasant Christmas I don't anticipate ever going in for big celebrations again, either for Christmas or New Year.
I was reading a blog from someone who is considering her options about making resolutions for 2013, and gave it some thought myself before deciding that this coming year will be one where I force myself to go out more, cinemas, theatre etc. for the good of my soul (and sanity).
Apart from a trip to a panto two years ago, I haven't set foot in a theatre for over 40 years, and, amazingly, the same goes for the cinema.
It will take an effort of will to take the initial steps but it will happen.
I don't appear to be unusual in that I do not celebrate New Year, which let's face it, will happen with or without me, and have noticed that most of my neighbours appear to have gone to bed.
There are occasional bursts of fireworks happening from quite a distance away, and I know from previous years that as the hour strikes there will be a huge amount of noise, so can't even think of going to bed yet.
At least for those who are outdoors at present it has at last stopped raining (for a while), so the fireworks should be spectacular.
I wish all who read this (and all who don't), as happy and healthy and joyful a New Year as possible.
Blessings one and all. (and no, I'm not Tiny Tim).
Posted by Ray Barnes at 11:47:00 p.m.