Archive for December, 2010


With it being Christmas Eve I am feeling quite accomplished.

For the first time in my life I have managed to send a Christmas card to all my family; grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, sisters and parents. They will all tell you that’s a real miracle!

And it has been no easy feat. In between nose bleeds, headaches, running to the bathroom, repeatedly falling over, being exhausted, being in such pain as I could hardly move, etc I have managed to make it to the post office, round town, clean the house and buy groceries as any able-bodied person does.

I expect nothing from anyone and yet looking at our mantelpiece, shelving and kitchen sides there is a plethora of cards from all and sundry. It has made me realise that there are a great many people in this world that I should have immense gratitude towards when year after year I receive cards and presents and, although I am grateful, have not sent cards, presents or even a short “thank you”.

And it’s not just Christmas. Birthdays are repeatedly forgotten to the point where I am wondering how many presents I owe people from years gone by. Each year I promise myself I will get better and yet I still miss someone’s (if not everyone’s)

For those to whom I have not sent a “seasons greeting” I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you for the support you have shown this year, possibly the hardest I have been through. Many of whom will not have even known how hard it has been and yet your quirky comment on Facebook or slightly warped guild/alliance/clan message in an online game has cheered me up when I most needed it. And also to those of you who have just dropped a comment on my blog.

It hasn’t snowed much in the last couple of weeks here but there is just that fresh dusting that makes it feel festive. The tree and decorations have been up for a while now and our open fire is kicking out some real warmth. There are a few presents under the tree with more (from Santa) hidden upstairs. The cakes are made, the starters plated up in the fridge ready for tomorrow’s influx of guests.

For the first time in a while I actually feel like I am ready for what tomorrow is going to deliver.

Merry Christmas and a heartfelt “Thank You” to all.