Watching the world go by.

I am writing this blog whilst sitting in the local shopping centre, such are the advantages of public WI-FI and tablet computers.

It’s new years eve and I am waiting for the wife to get out of work.

The centre is quite busy, mainly it appears with  people buying food and drink, the none food shops all seem very quiet.

Here in the U.K. New Year’s Day is a funny day in as much as that for many it’s a normal working day. Some shops will be open whilst others will be closed.

Looking back it’s been an unusual old year in many respects, so we will see if 2014 turns out any better.

So wherever you are have a happy new year, and thanks for reading the blog.

Currants, Raisins And Peanuts.

Well here we are just past midday on Christmas Day.

The smells of lunch cooking are wafting up the stairs. Being at a loose end for a while I thought I would do a posting in the blog.

Now I will be the first to admit that I have not posted as much as I originally intended to do since starting this blog, but then again unexpected things have happened since the start of the year.

For example my mother has been in hospital three times since the middle of the year and is currently being assessed in a care home to see what her long term needs are regarding care. Sue and I are off to visit her later this afternoon and spend some time with her. How long will depend on the kind of mood she is in. This will be governed by for example how much she is enjoying this care home and if she likes any of the other residents. Today is the first time in 17 years that we have not all sat down together for Christmas lunch, plus she always comes over for the opening of the presents, so every things been a bit strange so far today and we will have to see how mum is coping with it all.

Overall it’s not been a good year really I suppose with lots of unexpected things happening and putting a few spanners in the works so to speak. But that’s life and we just have to get on with it.

One thing I have enjoyed this year has been reading a few blogs, some peoples postings inspire me and put my own trials and tribulations into perspective. I don’t intend to list all my favourite blogs as I am bound to forget one and that would never do. But there are perhaps six that I check on a daily basis for updates and look forward to reading any new posts.

I think only a brave person or perhaps stupid person would hazard a guess as to where we will all be in twelve months time and what we will be doing.

The title of this blog post sums up my year pretty well I think, and if you have not worked it out just take the first letter of each word and look at the resulting word. That sums up my year.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday season and I hope that 2014 will be a lot better for all of us.