Michael Day’s personal notebook and e-diary

As I write, Integra Towers is being turned into a winter wonderland by the FD. Having removed 91 boxes of decorations from the loft they are now unpacked and being deployed with military precision around the building!

Christmas is always a joyous time of the year in the Day household with six grandchildren getting progressively more excited as the big day looms.

We will have the whole family here over Christmas and Boxing Day. Four generations together. Brilliant!

The family are all doing well – mum has settled in at her care home and gets out regularly with friends and family - I am sure she is the leader of the “escape committee” -

Grandson Jack had an incredible day in October when he was mascot at Watford FC. He had a brilliant day although the result of the game was disappointing. He walked out onto the pitch with his favourite player – Christian Kabasele – who promptly walked back off twenty minutes later when he was sent off! Christian had promised Jack his shirt and, top man that he is, contacted my son Tom a few days later, got his address and the signed shirt duly arrived. A really nice touch.

Wednesday 12th December saw my son Tom and I attend a Watford FC dinner with the promotion winning squad from 1998/99 and relived Nick Wright and Allan Smart’s wonderful goals at Wembley v Bolton Wanderers. I even got to hold the trophy. Fabulous!

On the musical front, gigs have been a little thinner on the ground but Sue and I did attend six gigs on the Wishbone Ash UK tour including Ashcon where I and other fans also played as part of the Wishclone Ish collective on the Friday night and I, together with George Douglas on cajon, played at the Y Theatre on the Saturday afternoon. A marvellous weekend of music and friendship.

Other gigs attended in recent weeks have included Pat McManus and MAPP and the Blue Bishops.

November was memorable for an important event – Sue and I paid off our mortgage for the second time! We had paid it off four years ago but borrowed again when we did the extensive remodelling, refurbishment and extension work on the house. It is a great feeling to be debt free and we have no intention of borrowing again!

Looking forward to 2019 I have booked weekly sessions in the first two months of the year with a personal trainer. I was working regularly with him two or three years back but circumstances on both sides meant this stopped a year ago. It will be like starting all over again but I was noticeably fitter, stronger and slimmer and my diabetic control was better when regularly having sessions. Sue is checking the insurance policies but hopefully I will be OK!