Current work: revisions (still, arrgh)
Listening to: Beethoven
Reading: next on TBR (lovely Sarah Morgan has sent me a carrot to finish the book so I can read her new one…)
Late posting today. Busybusy. Sports day was fun but obviously took a big chunk out, and then it was a matter of admin phone calls and… this week is just running away from me.
Dentist this morning. She thinks that as the difficult tooth has settled, it’s best to leave it well alone, and I’m perfectly happy with that. (Root canal work is avoided for a bit longer.)
And then I went to see Dad. Bit of a sad visit today. What do you buy your father for Father’s Day when his world is so fragmented? He can’t use his CD player any more, so I can’t delight him as I normally would by finding old favourites he hasn’t heard in years. (I’ve always made an effort with presents, rather than just picking the first thing I see off the shelf – what’s the point of buying someone a present if you couldn’t care less whether they like it or not?) I know he likes what I bought him, but it felt… well, unspecial and not good enough, by my normal standards. He was a bit low today and cried; and I hate the fact that I can’t fix what’s upsetting him because it doesn’t actually exist, and reassurance only goes so far. Dementia is such a cruel illness.
Still. Glass half full. The sun’s shining today so my washing is drying outside, and on the way back from the home the radio was playing Beethoven’s 9th (second movement). So there are good things. Just… a bit sad today and wishing I had a magic wand.
Edit: If you want something to make you smile, go and give Julie Cohen a hug on her keyboard problem (I'm not laughing at her keyboard problem, btw - I'm not that mean and she's a real-life friend) and then read the comments beneath her post. Do NOT read them with a cup of tea anywhere near your keyboard. ;o) (Thank you, Julie, for cheering me up on a bit of a tough day. This woman writes comedy so brilliantly - and it's comedy with depth, so go and buy her backlist.)