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If I have a cold now, at least I won't have one over Christmas :) - Helen's journal and online home — LiveJournal
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heleninwales
heleninwales
If I have a cold now, at least I won't have one over Christmas :)
Yesterday evening, after reading Twitter and looking at the comments on a Facebook poll which currently has "No Deal" beating "Remain by 56% to 44%, I was seriously considering just becoming a hermit and going into self-preservation mode.

The problem is that I can't take my eyes off the unfolding disaster that is Brexit. I'm suffering from a kind of hyper-vigilance that makes me desperate to know the latest news. I keep saying, "This is utterly ridiculous. I can't believe that our political system has failed so completely." The ignorance and lies make me want to despair, both from politicians and people who are allowed to vote.

Meanwhile I plodded slowly on with the preparations for Christmas. I have made Christmas puddings, put up the tiny tree (with the new lights I bought a week or so ago when I met my daughter and granddaughter in Aberystwyth), and got as far as printing the address labels for the Christmas cards.

Our small Christmas tree

However, writing this post this morning I now realise why I was feeling a bit sorry for myself yesterday. Everyone around me has been suffering from colds. I'd escaped so far, but obviously I was merely incubating one because last night at bedtime I had a sore throat and my nose started running.

This morning I feel simultaneously worse and better. Worse because I'm now stuffed up with a cold and possibly a little feverish, but mentally I feel more positive and ready to tackle the little tasks like writing the Christmas cards and doing some more decluttering in my study. As the weather is horrible, I don't even need to feel guilty about hiding inside and keeping warm.
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puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: December 18th, 2018 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a pretty tree. I went to buy one yesterday, but I was too late - the farm shop had no tiny trees left, and my back is too bad to wrestle a full size tree.

It seems the only way the No-Dealers will understand the consequences of a No Deal Brexit is by experiencing all the consequences of No Deal Brexit. God help us all.

I hope you soon manage to shake off the cold.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 24th, 2018 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
We gave up on real trees a few years ago. The one in the picture is artificial, but quite realistic. A tiny two-foot one is plenty big enough for us now there's just the two of us.

Have a good Christmas!
sartorias From: sartorias Date: December 18th, 2018 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I totally understand the horror and fixation and the "How did we GET here?" You have Brexit, we have Trump.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 24th, 2018 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't decide which of us have it worse. With luck, Trump will be gone within a few years. If we can't stop Brexit, it could be a generation before we can put things right.

Anyway, I'm going to have a day or two off from fretting and campaigning over Christmas.

I hope you have a peaceful Christmas, though I know the elder care must be stressful.
sartorias From: sartorias Date: December 24th, 2018 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! And to you.


(I fear we will be cleaning up Trump messes for years)
grey853 From: grey853 Date: December 18th, 2018 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Echoing sartorias, you have Brexit, we have Trump. He's just a horrible and dangerous person, but far worse are the people who still support the obvious corruption. The lies, the crimes, the high treason, it's enough to make me want to leave the country, but I can't. Meanwhile, I've had to put myself on a news diet this holiday.

I'm sorry about your cold and hope you're over it soon.

Lovely tree. Sometimes we just have to keep soldiering on and then we feel better for it. It's not easy though. I've been working against the blues myself.

Good luck.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 24th, 2018 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't decide which of us have it worse. With luck, Trump will be gone within a few years. If we can't stop Brexit, it could be a generation before we can put things right. Both are the result of corruption and manipulation of the democratic process. I just keep hoping that the heavy hand of the law will descend on the people who caused these disasters -- and they are linked, the same money is behind both. :(

Anyway, I'm going to have a day or two off from fretting and campaigning over Christmas.

I hope you have a good Christmas and can take time out to relax.
grey853 From: grey853 Date: December 25th, 2018 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a bad situation on both sides of the ocean.

I hope you have a great holiday, too.
kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: December 18th, 2018 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like your tiny tree. :)

I do not like politics, though ... either yours or ours. Especially these days ...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 24th, 2018 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. It is a very cute tree. It's fake, but quite realistic. A two-foot tree is plenty big enough now there are just the two of us. The offspring do their own Christmases down in South Wales but we'll be travelling to see them in the new year.

I'm going to try to ignore politics for a couple of days over Christmas, take some time out and enjoy a good book or two. I hope you have a good Christmas.
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: December 19th, 2018 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a darling tree!

I find that I read the news part of the newspaper only about once a week now, and I've never been one to watch news on the TV. It helps me deal with today's world. Of course, now I've got a big stack of news-sections of the paper stacked up waiting for me...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 24th, 2018 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. It is a very cute tree. It's fake, but quite realistic. A two-foot tree is plenty big enough now there are just the two of us. The offspring do their own Christmases down in South Wales but we'll be travelling to see them in the new year.

I've never previously been one to get involved in politics, but Brexit has hit me hard and for the first time in my life, I've got involved in protests and writing letters to MPs. I don't know what the future will bring, but I'm hoping for the day when I can start ignoring the news again because it's boring.

Anyway, I'm going to try to ignore politics for a couple of days over Christmas. I'll take some time out and enjoy a good book or two.

I hope you have a good Christmas.
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: December 24th, 2018 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have an artificial tree as well, as I'm allergic to the real ones. Our region grows Christmas trees and ships them around the country, so it's kind of strange not to have a real one, but I do like the fake one.

I hope you find your news-holiday refreshing and that you enjoy your books. I just finished reading a book written for that very purpose, as it was basically "Presidential fan fiction"! It was Hope Never Dies, I think by Andrew Shaffer? The premise is that it's 2017 and former VP Joe Biden really misses his best friend Barack, then the two of them find themselves working together to solve a mystery. Anyway... do you read the Laurie R. King books? The new one is great!
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