So my top five are:
...Being able to run outside to cool off. Bliss. You young ones wouldn't understand of course.
...Icy cold water from the tap, nothing more refreshing.
...Mince pies and Baileys. Not necessarily together, but then again, sooooo yummy.
...Snuggly winter coats that hide the extra Christmas padding due to excess pigging out on the above.
...I'm off the tablets that kept me calm for the past 6 weeks. But eventually they also made me hideously depressed, headachy and unable to write. So they HAD to go.
And then there's the good news from the past week.
At a very productive meeting this week I learned that finding something suitable for Smiley in adult services sounds promising, and an application is being made to get me some more help at home, which I'm going to need for reasons that I didn't get around to blogging about yesterday.
Christmas is almost sorted
The panic set in as I changed the page on the calendar and instantly my Facebook feed seemed to be full of perfectly decorated Christmas trees, while I had done nothing, nadir, not even checked the last posting date for Australia. That catches me out every year.
So on Monday morning I opened the laptop, wrote a blog post about Christmas gifts, used it to place orders, and began signing the pile of Christmas cards. Made a charity donation in penance for doing so few and, in all fairness, does anyone under 40 send cards any more?
I began making the dreaded Christmas lists, and a midweek trip to IKEA let me cross off a few things. And during the long walk around the store I decided that I could happily eat Christmas dinner in one of their rooms too, and then a friend suggested that IKEA should throw in a blond Scandinavian chef to cook and serve. Now wouldn't that be the most wonderful Christmas bonus for carers?
Out to lunch
The teachers strike gave me the chance to bring teen boy and Angel out to lunch without the worry of wheelchair accessibility or the availability of mashed potato. The teen made a real effort, and stepped outside of his comfort zone, without expecting a reward, so of course he got one. And on that happy note it's over to everyone else who has posted over at Ojo's World.