As I take a break between cleansing the home, wrapping presents and mopping the water that’s dripping via the roof, I hear the lyrics ‘So that is Christmas, and what have you ever finished?’ reverberating via the Sonos audio system. The reply that springs instantly to thoughts is ‘not sufficient’.

It’s been a difficult 12 months, and I really feel much less up to the mark than ever. I’ve bought an annoying twitch in my left eye, brought on by watching my pc display for too lengthy with glasses that aren’t the correct prescription. The workshop continues to be stacked with tulips that want planting and the backyard seems soggy and desolate. I dare not take into consideration the allotment, the place we’ve already been given a yellow card for leaving our bamboo canes uncovered. (One wonders if there could be extra essential issues to make a fuss about in December?). I’ve additionally uncared for this weblog whereas I create a brand new financial institution of articles for Dan Cooper Backyard.

Regardless of all of this, I’ve by no means counted my blessings extra. We misplaced our water provide for 24 hours earlier within the week – a nuisance by any measure – nevertheless it made me recognize all of the extra the plight of these in Ukraine and Africa, the place a scarcity of water isn’t a day-long irritation however a lifestyle. Strive to not activate a faucet or flush a rest room for six hours and also you’ll quickly expertise some discomfort. Think about if that went on for days, weeks and even months? Each part of our roof now has a leak someplace, which retains me awake at evening. They’re tiny, and so they solely manifest themselves when the rain is difficult and chronic, however I do know they gained’t repair themselves. But we nonetheless have a roof over our heads, and nobody is making an attempt to take our house from us. We are able to preserve it heat – nearly – due to the huge amount of logs that arrived in November.

Again to these lyrics and ‘what have you ever finished?’. Whereas the annoying earworm is unquestionably chanting ‘not sufficient’, I’m bravely making an attempt to sing a unique lead vocal. I’ve began a brand new enterprise, managed to keep up a backyard and allotment and preserve too many houseplants alive. I’ve made a lot of new mates and change into engaged to The Beau. So regardless of the challenges of 2022, which we’ve all shared to some extent, I’m glad – glad I did what I did, glad I survived it and glad to be waving goodbye.

Wishing you and yours a really Merry Christmas. TFG.

Classes: Christmas, Musings


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