I've been thinking a lot about what you lovely friends have suggested, and I know that everything you say is wise - thank you.
I have spent time remembering peaceful times in Norfolk when we have been on holiday.
I'm sure that there are other good times ahead, and we will plan some time "away" but close to home this summer. Actually, a day out here and there will be a treat, because both the FH and I are very glad to sleep in our own bed at night and are always a little unsettled on holidays.
I have had an interview at the Circuit Preachers' meeting this week, last night in fact, and they are pleased with the progress I am making, albeit slow! They have agreed that I can carry on, thank goodness, because I have already started the next part of the course. Now I have to have a "trial" service, which is going to happen later this month, at which two preachers and a church steward will assess the service and report back to the meeting.
In other news, I have been getting to grips with Jillian Michaels' way of exercising! I started easy every other day last week, and moved up to daily repeats of this set of exercises - the level one is about my standard, and I can manage it, so I am happy to continue to build my stamina up - 2 minutes of jumping jacks, jump rope, boxing and butt kicks has the sweat actually dripping off me....I am delighted to report that I have lost 2lb this week, and several inches as well - one each off my waist and hips - so I feel inspired to carry on. Whether I shall ever progress to level three, we shall see. It brings me about an hour to myself each morning, including the half hour for the workout and then half an hour to have a shower and dry my hair afterwards - this is a seriously sweaty workout!
And I am knitting......