Friday, June 09, 2023


It has been a day of some achievement. Helen came here this morning and we paid the Care at Home organisation for the initial fortnight, and sent them a computerised signature. We were using an account that I don’t ordinarily use and it involved Helen running up and down the passage to the telephone a lot, authenticating things. But it’s done. The carer will arrive Monday lunchtime. I’ve even ordered some frozen meals from Cook for us. I have been forced by solicitous relatives to give up my beloved cider until some indefinite time after surgery, and I miss it, I must say.


And I did two more rows of knitting, as well. It would be nice if I could finish the borders before I go to Cramond, leaving only the peaceful edging. 


Wordle: I was very relieved to scrape home with a six this morning – my winning streak thus preserved. There was a good spread of scores, but nobody else had that much trouble. I will try to remember the circumstances to tell you tomorrow. Mark was today’s star, with the only three. Four for Roger (safely back in DC, I hope), Alexander and Ketki. Five for Thomas, Rachel and Theo.



  1. Would a decent coldpressed apple juice, well chilled do? I Definitely don't mean schloer!

  2. Anonymous8:00 PM

    Dear Jean,
    It sounds as though plans are well in hand.
    And you sound very positive about it all.
    I managed Wordle in 4 today as did one sister; the other took 5. We try not to be competitive but to laugh at our funny word choices. Sometimes we choose the identical words.
    I am so happy you are well and proceeding with the hip surgery. Everyone I know has wondered, after surgery, what took so long to do it as they were able to walk without pain.
    Sarah in Manhattan

  3. Well, this all sounds enminently sensible. If the carer arrangement works it might be an alternative model until Danella returns. Will there be three in shifts to get you through the night?

  4. Anonymous3:04 PM

    I've been heartened to hear of your smooth arrangements for care pre- and post-surgery. They will certainly help you to recover more comfortably and quickly.
    With my continued good wishes for your improved health,
    Gretchen (aka stashdragon)

  5. Anonymous3:10 PM

    Perhaps with a carer in place you will feel less stressed and can finish up the borders. My garden looks like August out there - so hot and dry. If anyone can do a rain dance, send me the instructions!