I currently feel that we may have been 'blessed' by the homily "may you live in interesting times........"
This will be particularly pertinent next week, which will be as far from an oasis of calm as it's possible to get.
Of course, high on the list of stressful events is trying to move house. I've made a concerted effort over the past few weeks to put it out of my mind and forget all about it. We've also decided to do a few things about the house which have been on our 'wishlist' for a while, the first of which will start early Monday morning, when a team of workmen will arrive to sort out our front garden, which exists in one of two states, depending on the weather and time of year.
1. A moss and weed-infested wasteland with 3,726 ant's nests inhabiting a baked solid clay base.
2. A porridge-like substance, oozing mud and water, spongy underfoot and liable to swallow the caravan up to its axles.
Getting the caravan on and off is almost always a nightmare, as in addition the the above mentioned problems, the garden slopes on two angles.
We've been thinking of having something done to improve the situation for several years, but never got round to it.
So next week we will be living on a building site, with heavy machinery, compacting equipment and workmen all going full pelt.
Not only that, we've booked Small Dog into a professional dog groomer to have a proper haircut. Apparently the woman who does it is exceptionally good with 'difficult' dogs and has gained something of a reputation as a 'Dog Whisperer'. I'll wager she won't be doing much whispering after she's encountered Small Dog, who is highly resistant to any interference with her flowing locks.
We have to drop her off on Tuesday morning then return to collect her after an hour. Given that when we trim her ourselves we normally do it in shifts over the course of several days I'm somewhat sceptical but I'm happy to give it a go. I'll take 'before' and 'after' photos for comparison and Small Dog may well document the episode on her FB page in due course.
There are also a number of other domestic concerns, adding to our elevated stress levels at the moment but the ones I've mentioned will do for going on with.
After all, what could possibly go wrong.......?