Season's greetings to everyone.
I think Christmas can be a frustrating time for many. I know Jackie used to be at the heart of Christmas preparations - putting up the decorations, planning and buying presents and of course always the star in the kitchen. This year she has had to resign herself to not being able to do much of what she used to do before. relying on others to create the Christmas we so enjoy.
On the other hand, however, we are so grateful that Jackie is still able to be the heart of everything going on. Her memory is still so much better than mine has ever been - "where does this decoration usually go?"..."what do I stuff into this turkey"....."which recipe do we usually use for brandy butter". It has been a happy time, frustrating for Jax at times but so very rewarding at others. There's an occasional touch of sadness with the constant elephant in the room of 'what can I look forward to for next Christmas?'
There is so much to look forward to however in the New Year. As we have said so often, not quite the early retirement we planned but still lots to do together, places to visit, people to see and of course we have that so, so precious time together.
Enjoy the rest of Christmas and Happy New Year everyone; I hope you can make the absolute very best of whatever you're able to do in the year ahead. Take care, Ian & Jackie x