Thank you for all the lovely supportive comments, they helped me such a lot. And to everyone who indicated they'd still like to read - wow, thanks so much, I am truly surprised and very grateful. I had so many problems this morning trying to set the original blog to Invited Readers Only, it just didn't work for some reason, so gave up and started this new one. It's not ideal, it won't stop people who I'd rather didn't read, I dare say they'll find me eventually. But I'm going to write whatever I want to, and if people object, well, they don't have to read!
I didn't have any 'troll' comments on the post I deleted. A couple of friends whom I've known for years have taken umbrage with me lately, think they're fed up with me 'moaning', another has more or less disowned me, and yet another seems to think they're counsellor, critic and saviour combined and is continually telling me what I should be doing and feeling and thinking, which annoys me. As I said, if they don't like it don't read it.
Anyway, I did have a complete break from social media and the internet in general (other than a few emails) for a few days and it did me good, I think. I've now gone through my list of 'favourite' websites, forums, blogs etc, and friends on Facebook, and have pared them all down considerably. My FB friends are now limited to people I actually consider good friends, and family we like and have the most contact with. I've deleted blogs that haven't been updated for months and months, plus one or two that weren't really my cup of tea. I've slimmed down my 'favourites' list of websites, now only the ones I read regularly, i.e. daily or a few times a week, are left. It's all helped to make me feel a bit lighter, somehow.
I think I'll take the opportunity to change the focus on the blog a bit. It'll probably mainly be about food - cooking and saving money on shopping and using up leftovers as much as possible, growing fruit and veg, crocheting, days out. Health, of course. And, now that I don't have to be so careful about what I write (on MY blog!!), for fear of being taken to task about something or other, I'll probably talk about Betty more too, after all, she is one of the highlights of my life. If I can figure out what I was doing wrong with photos, I'll try to put more on here....the last few times I tried to post any, Blogger wasn't having it, for some reason.
Anyway, it's nice to be back posting, and thank you all again, I'm so grateful for all the support.