It’s not been a very nice day today. I would say it started getting dark around lunchtime, but that would imply it got light in the first place, which would be a lie. It’s wet, and it’s windy, and by the time I got home from work today I looked like a drowned rat. It wasn’t a pretty sight.
To my amazement, my train was on time this evening, despite dire warnings throughout the day about major disruption. I was expecting to have a four-hour journey home, if I made it at all, so this was a pleasant surprise, although knowing the trains as I do, it does make me a bit suspicious (that can’t be normal, can it? They do something right and I wonder what they’re up to?).
So anyway, drowned rat status aside, I’m home, curled up on the sofa with a cup of tea. I even baked (because I do that now, remember). It’s quite the domestic scene. And best of all, I get to listen to the storm raging outside, enjoying the fact that I’m warm and dry. This makes me thankful for many reasons – primarily, of course, because I have somewhere nice and warm to go to on a night like this, which makes me luckier than many people. But also I’m grateful that I had the good sense to finish my Christmas shopping at the weekend; if I hadn’t, I’m afraid my friends and family might have had to go without, because once I got home today wild horses wouldn’t have got me out of the house again.
I know I was lucky to get home so easily today, and I do feel bad for the many people who are still stranded and trying to get home for Christmas. I hope you all make it to where you need to be, and wish everyone a happy and peaceful holiday. And possibly a bit wet and windy. But mostly happy.
PS – One of the suggested tags for this post is ‘European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts’. Thank you WordPress – very festive.