I haven't stopped grinning since, well, the beginning of our holiday really. Apart from stressful times in the car when Husband expected me to navigate in a land where the place names on the sign-posts aren't on the map and anyway sign-posts don't appear until you're on top of the junction and you have to make an instant decision.
'Look on the map!'
'I'm looking on the map. It's not mentioned.'
'You haven't got your glasses on!'
'Putting my glasses on isn't going to make it appear!'
'Put them on anyway!'
(I put on my glasses and study the map again.) 'See, it's still not there!'
Still, on the grand scale of things, Milan -where we heading - wasn't that far away from Turin - where we were supposed to be heading. Only a little 40 km detour ...
And how can you be expected to concentrate when the scenery is so beautiful? I'll post some holiday snaps soon: I know how everyone just loves to see someone else's holiday photos!
But this post is about how wonderful my life is.
I came home to find a message from the owner of a local bookshop. She'd had requests from customers for my book! And she wanted to buy some copies!!!!
Then in Zac's last night Kay gave me a Christmas present. 'I'm not mad,' she said, 'but you won't be able to get them at Christmas.' When I'd opened my present she explained how they'd been on special offer, 3 for the price of 2, so she'd bought 3 and given one to Sean, one to me and one to a friend. I was really touched to be in such splendid company. Kay isn't easily impressed - no, that's not the right word - won over, maybe, so it really meant something.
And then - yes, there's more! - it turned out that Andy was there. He hasn't been around for a few months and because I'd kept in touch with him he'd brought me some of his original drawings as well as another special present.
So all in all I just felt unbelievably blessed last night.