Well you'll be pleased to hear that my mood has lifted. I am so lucky that I don't get morose very often, but when I do, it feels as if all the strength and every ounce of joy has gone out of me and that is just so exhausting - which does not help at all, of course. I pinpointed my recovery to the day of the Photo Shoot at my parents-in-law's place down in Kent. My parents-in-law are completely gorgeous and I have always been so lucky to get on as well with them as I do. Now in their mid 80's, and very settled in their little bungalow, they have everything they need and buying Christmas Presents for them just gets harder every year, so, for last Christmas, Steve and me, our two girls and our sons-in-law, jointly bought a Family Photo Shoot. It was just the most fun! My mother-in-law - bless her - was a bit bemused by it all and my father-in-law found it quite difficult to ensure six over excited 2 to 11 year olds did not wreck the precious ornaments - but the actual photos were a lot of fun. We had every combination - them with Steve, them with their granddaughters, their grandaughters' husbands, their great grand-chuldren, me and Steve together, each great grandchild alone, together, with them, with their parents....it just went on. The end results were fabulous - we got our download last week and the family ones especially, with all of us crammed together in their tiny sitting room, are truly a joy to behold.
Things also have improved job-wise for me. I have been offered a part time position with a home-care company where their carers visit people in their own homes to help out, provide company or chaperone on outings and I think I am going to love it. It means a major adaptation for Steve and I as my salary won't be what it was. But on the plus side it means I will be doing something I enjoy and still have time to write!!!! So what I don't earn in salary, I should be able to make with the writing and any related talks that come along! It can't get much better than that - at least until the next Great Commission comes in.
And the crowning glory was having our youngest grandson all to ourselves last weekend. He is an absolute angel - very lively, already developing a sense of humour and furthermore, he loves his Granny and Grandad - what more can one ask?