I opened my book, slipped the leather marker out of the pages and looked at the chapter heading. Straight away I remembered where I was up to and eagerly began reading.
The phone rang. I looked up and listened to the shrill tone. Abandoned my book with a sign, I got up to answer it.
‘Hello?’ a man’s voice with an Indian accent asked, ‘I’m calling from your internet provider. We are going to cut your internet off.’
‘I don’t have the internet,’ I answered.
‘I’m eighty-eight! I’ve no interested in such things!’
He hung up.
I put the phone down and went back to my favourite armchair. I curled up again and picked up my book. Where was I? Even without my bookmark jammed in between the pages, I could easily tell.
I begin reading again. I got through a few pages but then the door bell rang.
I rolled my eyes and got up. It was a delivery man asking me to take a parcel in for next door. That all sorted, I got back to my book.
I only had a few chapters to go and I really wanted to know if the soon to be married young lovers would discover they were actually brother and sister!
The sound of crows crying loudly, brought my head up. I looked out the window and saw two crows fighting over the bird food I had put out yesterday. They were having a right go at each other.
I wasn’t a fan of big birds, so I went out and scared them off. I waved one of the walking sticks at them and the crows got the message. Black wings beat loudly and flew over the fence. I looked at the darkening sky. It was going to rain soon and it was getting colder.
I went back in, heard the clock chime and realised it was almost time for something to eat. I put one of the frozen ready meals in the oven and whilst it cooked I made and lit the fire.
The crackling of the flames on the logs and the smell of fragrant smoke were comforting.
I eased back into the armchair and began reading again.
The timer went off and I had my meal. After I got a cup of tea and tried once again to finish my book.
The door bell went – next door come to get their parcel.
The phone rang – my daughter checking up on me. Reminding me about the trip to the garden centre tomorrow.
The fire needed other few logs.
I drank my tea, read my book and finally relaxed as it was night now and nobody would disturb me. I could finally finish!
Or not….two chapter to go and lulled by the fire, I fell sleep.