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Originally about a long, long walk, the Camino de Santiago which I did in May 2009, walking nearly 800km. After a blogging break I am now back nattering about this and that.
I hope everyone had a nice Christmas with family, friends, food and fun. Mine was lovely although by Boxing Day I was shattered! I lay down for a quick forty winks before dinner and woke up the next morning!
So, I have been rather absent from blogging lately, nothing´s wrong but my blogging mojo seems to have gone walkabout. I can´t think of anything interesting to say and don´t want to churn out any old thing just for the sake of it - rather like those school essays on What I did in my holidays which were of no interest to anyone except the writer.
So, I´m still here, still reading and commenting on other blogs and no doubt I´ll have something to post from time to time. I´m saying this because I hate it when a blog I´m following suddenly ceases, leaving me wondering what has happened to the writer. After following someone, sometimes for years, they feel like friends and it is concerning when they disappear.
I would like to wish everyone a happy New Year and let us hope that 2024 brings some sort of peace and relief worldwide for the dreadful things that have happened and are still happening.
This morning I was organising my bag when I realised my debit card was not in its little wallet. I had a quick look for it in the most obvious places whilst trying to remember the last time I had used it. I don´t always carry it, only when I'm actually going to use the card as muggings are unfortunately only too common here.
I remembered that the last time I´d used it was a couple of days previously when I went out for a pizza with some friends. Had I lost it there after paying the bill, dropped it, left it on the counter? I logged into my bank account and found the last transaction with my card was for the pizza...what a relief! I´d either lost it in the restaurant or it was somewhere in the flat since no-one appeared to be trying to use it to buy luxury items. I decided to return to the restaurant if I couldn´t find the card at home, in the hope someone had handed it in (haha).
I slowly and methodically searched the entire flat several times but there was no sign of my card. Had I thrown it out with the rubbish, wrapped it up with the Christmas presents, dropped it on the floor and kicked it under some furniture? The possibilities were endless.
I was surprised about how calm I felt regarding the whole situation, no sign of panic lol! I´d decided, since there was no sign of it, to go to the bank next day and cancel the card and order a new one. This was all happening on a Sunday, by the way.
On the Saturday I had put up my Christmas decorations and removed a few ornaments, putting them away for the duration in a drawer. Guess what I found sitting in a bowl in the drawer. Yup!
I´m beginning to think I shouldn´t be allowed out on my own!
Yesterday I had hospital appointments for a CAT scan and doctor. This is a six-monthly event and my daughter usually takes me by car but this time she was busy. I went by public transport which means a bus and two underground trains each way. The hospital has several different units and I got off at the station I seemed to remember was the correct one for mine. Wrong! I was about a mile away from my unit and had to try and find my way at a fast walk up some steep streets not to be late.
When I finally got there, dripping with perspiration, I had a long questionnaire to fill in - that´s when I realised I´d forgotten my glasses at home!
Not a fun day but all´s well thank goodness.