2011 can only get better -- she says fervently. The tally so far is:
- the lodger's heart attack
- the death of my beloved brother-in-law
- the probable emergence at my brother-in-law's funeral next week of the black sheep of the family, who will (as palpably demonstrated at other family funerals) make it All About Them and need smacking down sharply. I expect to be designated smacker, to spare the less resilient members of the family, especially my oldest sister who has all she can deal with right now.