It's quite difficult to ask the question about how everyone's doing at the moment. We have so many different stages of lockdown and restriction going on that we are all in different places with it. And that's just within the United Kingdom, never mind for our overseas members!
So instead, just hoping you are all OK and coping with whatever your 'normal' is at the moment. Even the areas with least restrictions are hardly our usual way of life, and I hope everyone's managing to remain upbeat and finding their way through all we are having to endure right now.
It's encouraging to see that, whether we get to see others at Christmas or not, lots of people are focusing on that event to bring themselves some cheer and normality.
Lots of older people don't get to see anyone at Christmas anyway, and it can be the loneliest time of the year, so I'm thinking of all who are so isolated most of the time. I can't make up my mind whether it's extra horrible during the pandemic or at Christmas, or just an extension of all they endure in the way of loneliness all of the time. It really is something that needs addressing more, in any way possible. Is there anyone out there who is in this situation, and how do you feel about it?
The weather's suddenly become a bit colder here and when I have gone out it's been a bit of a pleasure to bring out hats, scarves and gloves which I haven't had sight of since last winter. There's something so comforting about a good walk on a crisp day with a nice bright scarf and gloves!
The other pleasure for me when it's cold is all of those comforting soups, stews, casseroles etc. which are struck off my menus in the summer months but are now going down a treat for the next few months!
What does everyone else like having for dinner in winter?