A Dutch saying goes: "Men moet de dag niet prijzen voor het avond is." Meaning: "One should not praise the day before night has fallen." I should have waited with my review of 2004 until it was truly over, but who could have guessed that that already less-than-great year had one more trick up its sleeve? I don't mean for me personally, my holidays were lovely, but of course I'm referring to the appalling news from SE Asia. With every news bulletin I heard, the death toll had risen by another 10,000. 126,000 and counting, it is incredible. Those figures are beyond comprehension to me. My commiserations to all those who have been personally affected by this disaster.
2005 started off well for me. On my walk in the park this morning a spotted woodpecker crossed my path, which was a lovely surprise. I had heard it before, but never seen it until now. Shortly after I also saw (for the third time) the flock of green parakeets. They seem to be thriving. I like to think that these sightings are good omens for the new year, and I went home smiling.
When I was brushing my teeth this afternoon, a splitting headache descended upon me from out of the blue. Since then I have been eating Finimal tablets like chocolates, but to very little avail, so for the rest of the day I have mainly been keeping quiet. Still, it was a good day.
It's lovely to be back. But OMG, how am I ever going to get up-to-date with my friends page again?? There are about 9 or 10 pages of new entries to read! Very inconsiderate of you. ;)