Another senior moment meant that I missed the first anniversary of my blogging... for some reason I had thought it started in January last year, but close, not the date.... so, here is another post actually all about nothing....
Our Christmas was rather splendid but I got paid in spades for having so much enjoyment! On the 30th we attended a party at the house next door, which we rent out. Our tenants have proved very nice and good, and not much trouble.. It was an easy party and everyone very friendly.
However they did comment that their Christmas had been rather ruined by having a virus that was going around... everyone said, how good it was that they were better..so we carried on.. However this virus is quite contagious, and of course of all people, I went and managed to use up yesterday being sick and running to the toilet all day, staying in bed as I felt so weak!!
It was not a pleasant way to spend a day, but with the sunshine this morning I got up and have managed to stay on my feet without much trouble, although I have not eaten at all, just cups of tea and water.. Its quite amazing how the sunshine can make you feel so much stronger and more positive, it certainly encouraged me out of bed, that's for sure.
Of course having a virus that is catching, I had to cancel the luncheon party we were going to today, which is sad as we all have such fun when we meet up.. but they would not have thanked me for bringing it into their midst.
[which brings me to another thought..]
Every year for many many years, this country England, and no doubt other countries too, endured the plague each summer, when the heat encouraged the spread of the illness which led to death in so many cases.
There is a little village in Derbyshire not far from here, which made the amazingly difficult decision to not leave the village once the plague had descended on it. I believe it was the Vicar that persuaded his villagers to be strong and not give in to their wish to run away from it. What courage that must have taken for them to stay put! The next villages would leave food out for them on the other side of the bank of the river, so they did not starve..
A large number of that congregation died due to the pestilence, even I have read, the Vicar's wife and several members of his family. But the plague did not travel further, and stopped at that little village deep in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside. I cannot imagine how brave they were in keeping to themselves and waiting for it all to pass. I know that the first idea would be to flee, but in staying put, their bravery allowed other lives to be lived. An enormous cost they paid, but they did it and will be remembered for all time for their sacrifice.
The viruses that we come across these days are small in comparison, but no less lethal for some. I'm just glad that mine was for 24 hours, and I am hail and hearty again to welcome the start of another new year... 2013, I wonder what joys you will bring us.. I hope that we shall have more joy than tears, that's for sure!