Well, I have some news – the Diary is going to be late this year.
This has been far from the best year for me and my Brian. At the beginning of June, Brian was rushed to hospital with sepsis, very ill. Fast treatment from the medics saved him and he was able to come home after six days. But it took him weeks to recover, with me looking after him.
Now, I have arthritic knees and they don’t respond well to stress of any kind. After three weeks, with all the physical strain and worry, they were swollen up like King Edward potatoes and very very painful. Addituonally, the pain and stiffness spread to most of my other joints, so I was in a bit of a sorry state! Luckily, by then Brian had recovered enough to be able to look after me. The end result is that I’ve spent most of the last four weeks in bed, completely unable to work on the Diary – I’ve not got a laptop and sitting up at my desk was hard work. I’m recovering now, and up and about, but still get tired very easily. Oh yes, the Doc says I’ll probably need surgery on my knees as they appear to be utterly knackered! And we’re still looking for another place to live; fortunately, our landlady says there’s no hurry to move.
Apart from that – well, as I’ve said, the D is going to be late – October, possibly November. And there won’t be time for me to do a Desk Diary. And I will probably have to raise P&P prices and possibly the price of the hardback D also. However, the small softback D will remain the same price – I’m determined to keep it affordable.
On the plus side, I’ve found an eco-alternative to Jiffybags – cardboard envelopes, the same type that Amazon use for their books. I still have lots of the jiffybags left, so I’ll be using those up first; and I’ll always be re-using old jiffybags. But it’s a bit less plastic in the world. We can all of us do a little bit.
That’s about it, I think. I’ll leave you with this quote from Anon:
“Success – To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded.”