Happy New Year everyone..... We have all heard that in the past few days and some of us have smiled and nodded and some of us have turned away. It is not a happy prospect for a lot of people, those recently bereaved, those on their own. I am lucky because I have my younger son and smallest granddaughter here for ten days so plenty to do and company for a while. So I can say : "Happy New Year" and smile. But when they go home I will probably feel much the same as before but at least will have some happy memories to look back on.
Summer is hot! Record temperatures through the the Inland. Trevor is enjoying being away from Broken Hill but is feeling the humidity more than he used to when he lived here. Today was particularly hot so we stayed inside and stayed as cool as we could. Luckily I have many DVDs little ones love so Alice has been occupied. I know you would happily swap your winter for a day or two of our summer but when it goes on being hot day after day it is hard to take. I am lucky here close the coast as we often have a sea breeze late in the day to drop the temperature. We can get a better night's sleep than our country cousins who never feel cool day or night.
I have survived another Christmas without Ray, it went quite well. I went up Shirley and family and had a couple of days with them, she brought me home Christmas afternoon. In a way I was glad to be home. They are kind and it was great being with the grandchildren but there was that empty feeling that Christmas and other seasonal holidays bring that that one special person is missing from the party. Maybe I will never lose that feeling now. Ray and I were together 46 years, 44 of them as man and wife so that is too much time to forget.
I had a sad phone call today, to tell me one of my dearest older friends has just lost her older daughter. We never expect our children to die before us so what words can you say to bring someone comfort? She asked me to pass on the news to her old church friends so I have been doing that all day. I am always willing to be of service to others, both my church's and Lion's Club training, but some jobs are definitely harder than others. The case is in the hands of the Coroner so it will be some time before there can be a funeral.
The long school holidays mean a lot of meetings are on hold for the month of January. This gives me extra time which I usually spend reading. That is on hold until Trevor and Alice go home. I also don't go out a lot but with them it is extra shopping, meals out, trips to the beach etc. We met up with the three Adelaide grandkids on Monday and all managed to get sunburnt as it was much hotter than we had expected and we were in the water for too long. So we are keeping away from the water for a few days. I think we might go to the movies tomorrow. Plenty of new releases to see.
My gardens are beginning to look straggly as they do in mid summer because I have had less time outside, too little time that should be consigned to weeding and watering, they have had too little TLC from me. I will try to make it up later. Or maybe I will just pray a lot more for rain, both here and in the country where my friends need it much more than we do. Australia is such a land of contrasts, there can be drought in one section, floods in another. So that does make praying about the weather a bit of a challenge.
Life still has it's serious side as I realised today. Not everyone is in happy circumstances, not everyone is fortunate enough to have grandkids around, to be able to go out for the day or to have finances that allow for meals out. I need to count my blessings more often.