This year, that is.
We knew we'd be losing my mum this year for a few months - which, not incidentally, has been behind my long silence. What we did not expect is that we'd lose OH's mum first. She passed away in January, a day before Niece the Elder's birthday.
We also did not expect to lose yet another property in the middle of the chaos, but that's exactly what happened, the vendors of our third attempt deciding that they did not want to move after all, after stringing us along for a couple of months.
Then Mum passed away, three days before my birthday. In between packing up of MiL's life, rushing off to Croatia to send Mum off and support Dad, we found Property No.4, only to have those vendors pull out after being finding out they could not get a mortgage for their onward purchase.
At this point, I was very close to giving up - let it not be said I can not take a hint - after it's hammered in very forcefully, at least. Then Property No.5 popped up, and all three of us found that we could still get excited about a house, so keep your fingers crossed for this one, would you ?
Something else good did happen a couple of days ago - Niece the Younger gave birth to a whopping 10lb daughter ;)
But now Sir Terry is gone, too, and his books gave me so much joy over the last twenty years, it's hard to believe there'll never be another one now. I feel like I have lost yet another family member :(
So can we reboot now, please ? With vernal equinox, perhaps ? Start afresh, and make it a touch better this time, pretty please - cos I is really rather tired now.