Ask my mum. She got to spend the week after Christmas and my birthday hounding me to write thank you notes to my relatives.
I think I probably owe my Grandma about 10 letters still.... Do you think she'd take an anthology version "Dear Nanny thank you very much for the book you gave me for my 14th/ 15th/16th.... birthday- I love them all!"
So, quite rudely and impersonally I am going to thank a lot of people in one post. Shocking. But at least most of them will actually see this. My Nanny doesn't use a computer so she will still be waiting....
To my SIL, thank you for the box of amazing strawberries. They were seriously huge! I have never eaten a strawberry that you couldn't eat in two bites. Wow. The girls were very impressed, too.
To Vicky in Hokkaido and Gaijin Wife in Kyushu for the mug. It came as a complete surprise and I love it! It makes me smile and think of both of you when I use it. And it is the biggest mug in the house so you can be assured that I use it every time I drink coffee!
To all my friends. Something about a disaster really makes you value your friends, hey? And they really have been fabulous. From parcels of batteries when we couldn't buy any for PILs torches, a huge box of hardcore crunchy muesli (impossible up here), house guests bearing corn meal and semolina flour (ditto) to random phone calls and postcards we are feeling the love and loving it! It may take me years but I hope to be able to return the favours someday. Hmmm if not years at least months until it's apple season again!
And lastly to my little bundle of spikes and tears that is Meg. We have had a trying month of it. The earthquake, the PIL visit, the seemingly never ending school holiday and then the extra week off with flu... there have been many tears and a few tantrums. But yesterday and today have been all sweetness and light and I got a goodnight hug and a sigh and a "Mummy, when I'm not angry and you're not grumpy and we all smile it makes my heart feel warm."
And it does, doesn't it?