Thank you all for comments, I do feel less stressed, which is obviously being reflected in my BP readings. I've slept a little better the last couple of nights too....well, better for me. I'd still love a couple of nights where I slept for a whole 8 hours without waking up once....
As I type this the wind is howling outside....again, seems to be a permanent fixture, according to the local forecast we've got it until next week at least. Last night it was lashing down with sleet which was being hurled at the windows by the howling galeforce wind. There doesn't seem to be any trace of the sleet this morning though, well as far as I can see in the dark. It's blooming cold though. Aren't we all just totally fed up with the weather? I know we've got off extremely lightly here, no flooding to speak of (well, not like they have in Glos, Shropshire, Yorkshire, etc), just our normal large puddle filled muddy lanes and the fields more water than soil, and the odd few power cuts which only last for seconds. But it feels like it's been a very long winter and spring is a long time coming, despite the spring flowers out everywhere and blossom appearing on the trees.
I want to get on with the front garden, it badly needs tidying up, dead stuff removed, pruning done, some seeds sown and dahlias, gladioli and foxgloves planted. I'm very much a fair weather gardener though, there's no way I'm getting out there to do that until the wind drops and it's quite a bit warmer. And not raining, of course.
I do feel for people who have to work outside....it's their choice, of course, and I suppose they're used to it and can cope if they're wearing appropriate clothing. But it can't be very nice, I wouldn't want to do it.
I'd rather stay indoors in the warm today, but we have to go to town to pick up a few things, and then supermarket shopping. Husband had the car fixed yesterday, the brake caliper had seized and the wheel was smoking and smelt disgusting. The garage said they've done it, but it's only a temporary fix apparently, something else needs doing with the brakes (I know not what, it's all in one ear and out the other with me when it comes to car stuff). They advised short local journeys only until it (whatever 'it' is) gets seen to. Bloody cars, they're a necessary evil (we couldn't live without one here where we live) but total money pits.