I grew a beard for  three weeks.
Then I put my head out of the window & it blew away !

And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way
As you grow old, you have to see your contemporaries fade & die, as inevitably  you must do. This year has been a year to make me starkly aware of this. I have seen some of my  contemporaries "Quietly  exit stage left"

As I say, we expect this.  But, it is hard to see your children die before  you. In March  my son Mischa died, aged 62.  Thirty-three years after my daughter Lesley died aged 27.
I am writing this the day after the funeral. It seems to have eased the stress. Mischa & I had not had any contact for 33 years, since Lesley's funeral. You can read why HERE.

"It's an ill wind ... ", as they say. I now know that I have another GRANDSON. I believe that there are another two of whom I have no knowledge ! He fathered a boy when he was 18. That would make the boy 44 yo now. Then there is Carl Jnr. He will be 30 now. Lesley & Kevin had no children.

Chloe was up to her tricks, yet once again; and caused me pain. She reported me to the police.  See here for the web page. Then she reported our son, Carl, to the police !
What a bloody vindictive woman ! As usual, in time, the officials realised that she was lying,  and ceased to take any notice of her.

On the medical front, the cataract  in my left eye is almost complete. Just can't be bothered to get it sorted.
I believe that I am "losing it" as the years go by, but my friends tell me I'm AOK.
I still do quite a bit of helping with neighbours' computers. Keeps my brain active. Never-the-less I do feel that my effectiveness is lessening. But, what should I expect at 84 yo ?!

 I'm also starting to experience the old man's usual complaints ! Hohoho !!
My intake of alcohol has lessened. At least I'm not dependent on it ........

In preparation for the "Big D" I have bought a "clock reminder" . It has already helped me many times !!  See Here

All in all - despite the harassment at the beginning of the year; it has, once again, ended with me being at peace,  contented & just "waiting to go home".
 What else could a person wish for ?

“A man of compassion must be able not only to love  his friends;  but also to love  his enemies."
  "Envy and jealousy are the biggest cause of enmity.”
I've loved, I've laughed and cried
I've had my fill, my share of losing
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way
Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way