“What day is it? asked Winnie the Pooh. It’s today, squeaked Piglet.
My favourite day, said Pooh”
Yesterday was a blah day on which I did nothing. The family rallied round this ancient soul and generally took over.
But today – all is well, and I am back to normal (or as normal as I will ever be).
The sun was shining brightly so after washing the towels which my grandson hung out for me, I sallied forth with my list of things to do.
But…Not everyone is back at work and so many shops have not yet opened again.
My first stop was to the other side of town to have a lamp repaired. The other night when lounging in bed watching television, I turned suddenly, and a pillow knocked the lamp onto the floor. The lamp is unbroken, but the wiring is adrift. Electrical repairers – well repairers of any sort – are few and far between nowadays. Do you remember the little man in the village who could repair anything? Those days and those men are long gone. There was no sign on the door to indicate when the shop would reopen.
The next stop was the drycleaners and yes, they are closed until January 17, so the clothes, together with the broken lamp came home with me.
Then a trip to pick up an ordered top – unfortunately they had ordered the wrong size; another wasted trip. They did say that when the correct size is available, it will be delivered to me. That is great customer service.
So to the supermarket. And wouldn’t you know it, several of the things I wanted were out of stock, so I had to go to another one.
So, my list of things to do is still long. I am putting it away until next week.
But the sun continues to shine so all is well. I sat outside. in the sun for a while finishing my book. Have you read State of Terror by Hilary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny? Fascinating and well worth reading. And that grandson brought in the towels for his Granma. Lucky me
We are told by NIWA (National Institute of Water and Air) that last year was the hottest on record for New Zealand – An average of 1.09 degrees warmer overall. And if you are still with me, and not dozing off during the weather report we are also told “”Of the six main centres in 2021, Auckland was the warmest, Dunedin was the coolest, Wellington was the wettest, Dunedin was the driest, Tauranga was the sunniest and Hamilton was the least sunny.”
And now as my day is coming to a close, may I add this. This was a particular favourite of my sister. She died in California last year and today would have been her birthday:
“If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.
There shall be in that rich earth a richer dust concealed
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam;
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.”
Rupert Brooke, English Poet. 1867 – 1915