Thanks for your card. Im glad to hear that James is coming too. I look forward to meeting him. You should plan to fly into Gatwick--it's much closer and much less congested than Heathrow. What kinds of things does James like to do?
Im glad Emma is back. It has been tense and quite lonely here. Simon and I have separated, at least temporarily. Im so tired of trying to figure him out. We had a big fight over a Harley (it seems stupid, but it really wasnt), and I told him I needed some time off. As usual, he seems oblivious to what a mess weve made of things. He told me to let him know when I got over it. Apparently, he thinks Ill wake up one morning and feel better, like you do when youve recovered from a bad cold. Anyway, while Ive been rearranging things, hes been strutting around the house, quite pleased with himself for having won the local cricket match.
Although we're apart, I'm still living here--I've got nowhere else to go, and besides, it's my house too. Im camping out in the study until I can fix a space upstairs thats far enough away that I dont have to see him every time I go to bed or get up in the morning. Simons staying in "our" room for now. Weve only managed to make a few other rooms livable. One is occupied by his dad, who seems destined to outstay us all, and the other is housing Emma and Frank until the Hermitage gets repaired. Hopefully theyll move back before you come. If not, Ill figure something out.
Shirley is also upset with me and has been fairly miserable to be around. I had to testify in court against her friend, Jerry Anderson. Hes an antique dealer who was stealing stuff from our house, and got caught when he tried to take my desk. His trial was on the 18th, and both Simon and I were called for the prosecution. Shirley, who has known him for years, testified for the defense. In the end, he didnt stand a chance, since he was caught red-handed. Hes been found guilty. Somehow this is all my fault in Shirleys eyes. I dont see how...
My friend Dave Redmond teaches at Elgin College and has been encouraging me to apply for a job in his department, and now I'm beginning to wish I had. I am so attached to this place, but I can't stay here forever if things between Simon and I continue as they are.
In any event, I'm not going anywhere soon, and certainly not before your visit. Let me know when you plan to arrive. Im really looking forward to seeing you.