The end of hibernation? Perhaps - I have certainly been living underground and disconnected from the real world.
It is some weeks since I last put 'pen to paper' - but here I am tentatively reaching out and trying to pick up the threads and making a new start in 2010.
I had a busy and fulfilling run up to Christmas 2009 - I was blessed to hsve the senior daughter home from New York, and the house felt loved and lived in once more. This is a family home, that comes alive when it is full, and there is laughter and fun and the rough and tumble of everyday life.
The weather was quite appalling, unseasonally cold, snowy and icy and life was difficult. We were snowed in before Christmas, it cleared, and then with the arrival of the three days of Christmas festivities, the icy conditions meant we were marooned, unable to get the car up the lane. Luckily guests who had come before Christmas just managed to get away, and then the family who were meant to go away from home for Christmas elsewhere were unable to travel! What a jumble - but it was fun - everyone pitched in and we shared Christmas Day with friends also trapped in the villsge, and it was a very jolly time. The best laid plans of mice and men, etc.
Afterwards, down to earth with a bump just after New Year. More snowfalls and I was marooned in the village again. I lost my sense of humour and became really depressed. Only so many dog walks, old films on television, and searches through the fridge turning up unappetising leftovers, can be tolerated, and the 'black dog of depression' silently envelopes one.
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