Well my dear and how are you today? I’m so pleased you popped round as I have quite a few bits to tell you about, including a little update about Mrs. M as I know you’ve been a little concerned since the Security Services whipped her out of her flat in the middle of night.
However, let just catch our breath, and go back a couple of paces. Incidentally, my dear friend how are you today? Yes, I know we have had a couple of quick chats in passing but neither of us have had much time to have a proper conversation since I arrived back from my Scottish holiday. Yes, a couple of tea would be nice tomorrow afternoon. Saturday is often a quiet day for me, so I will be more than happy to enjoy your company for an hour or two. I will have a word with Giselle as she is already coming round in the morning with some cakes and biscuits for me. My cupboard was looking decidedly bare when it came to baked goods. I’m sure she will make some scones too as she knows that I really enjoy them.
Right then I’ll leave the majority of our conversation till I see you, but there are a couple of bits I would like to tell you about now if you have a couple of minutes to spare.
The first thing I want to tell you about is Mrs. M. Now I wasn’t sure why the security services felt that she was particularly in danger, but they decided that they could do with “borrowing” her flat. The easiest way to achieve that was by staging a robbery and kidnap during the night.
The Security Services were aware the some of the squatters were part of a nasty and vicious group who liked to target pensioners with financial scams. There are several different ones being perpetrated at the same time, which has also complicated matters.
I’m not going into details at the moment, but Mrs. M isn’t the most tactful of characters at and it was felt that it would be easier with her out of the way. They specifically didn’t tell me because they wanted my reaction to the news that I believed she was missing to be genuine. If I knew what had really happened, that would have been unlikely. So I was deliberately kept in the dark on this occasion.
I can understand the reasoning behind it, although it would have been helpful if once I had been round to Mrs. M’s apartment and seen the mess when I was with Teddy, someone could have told us the true situation much more quickly rather than letting me worry myself sick for the next few days. From what I hear the police are not too far away from being able to legally gain entry to the apartments and to arrest the two ring leaders. I also understand that one guy has in the past, been found guilty of intimidating elderly, vulnerable people which was another reason for keeping Mrs. M well away. I do understand that the authorities have managed to get microphones into the two apartments so that they can hear the conversations. Apparently they record everything and then transcribe it so irrelevant chatter can be deleted and just useful pieces of information can be kept for legal purposes.
Oh yes, I know you’ll be interested in news about the Christmas party. I’ve had a conversation with Giselle and she will be delighted to provide a buffet of hot and cold dishes. So I think there may be a casserole of some kind, a side of poached cold salmon and various cold cuts of meat. There will also be a huge choice of dainty vol-au-vents with vegetarian and vegan fillings. There will be lots of desserts and cakes too. I’m feeling hungry just thinking about it.
Oh yes, I went along to the day lounge to see if anyone wanted to discuss the Christmas party with me. A couple of residents I only know by sight asked me if we would be having crackers, balloons and party poppers! What on earth do they think we are doing? This isn’t a party for children. Of course there will be balloons and party poppers and as long as everyone remembers to only use them on the correct night I will be happy. Hearing them going off for days afterwards will just annoy me intensely!
I asked them if there was anything they would like at the party. One woman said that it’s not Christmas if you can’t drink a Snowball which is Advocaat, lemonade and lime juice, although I am aware that some folk prefer to have their Snowball made with Advocaat and Babycham. Gosh that takes me back an awful long time!
The other request, which I had already anticipated is that folk really want me to arrange a raffle. This establishment wouldn’t survive without the ubiquitous raffle. What is it that makes people get so excited about winning items which are only prizes because they were received as unwanted gifts, and then donated to a raffle? I really can’t understand why it’s become such a part of the institution – certainly in this retirement complex!!
Anyway my dear, I’m really looking forward to catching up properly tomorrow afternoon when we can thoroughly enjoy a chinwag. It’s so lovely having my friends close at hand. It really makes a huge difference to my wellbeing. However, I better get on with my chores for today, so that I will be able to enjoy my time with you tomorrow. I also need to decide what I’m going to eat this evening. As Always –
With Love – Jan xx