- I'm 57 years old, working full time, wife, mother and grand mother, wishing that I wasn't working full time! I love and enjoy our children and grandchildren, our dogs and cat, our garden and allotment. I love crafts - knitting, sewing, crocheting, patchwork and restoring old furniture. I love to go to country auctions and love thinking that I've got my self a bargain!
Monday, 31 December 2012
Did you have a good Christmas? We did, it was a lovely relaxing family day (surprisingly with 2 Grand Daughters under 6 years old!) I cooked the beef and we took it with us to our Daughters and she cooked the turkey breast. A little later on my Son and Daughter in Law came over to us and we all played on the Konnect game - bowling was my best one, Sons and Son in law were obviously football and boxing (Men!) it was just a lovely lovely day made of special memories.
We spent Christmas Eve at 2 different hospitals for the problems with my Hubby's eye - we couldn't complain with regard to the treatment he received, he even saw an eye specialist at 6pm on Christmas Eve. Since then the eye drops that he was given have seen off the infection and he is nearly back to normal now.
What did you think of the Christmas T.V.? I was so pleased that Louis won on 'Strictly' - those judges had been so biased towards Denise all the way through, but the public showed them who was really the best dancer and voted for him and I really do think that it's time Brucie went and Anton took over.
Mrs Bowns Boy.... so naughty but so funny! Call the Midwife was good - it takes me back to when I was a child, I can remember wearing those wooly tightes and little furry boots with the turn down sides and they do everything in Church halls don't they? that's just how it was... there was no community centres or fancy health surgeries in those days and I thought Downton was so sad... finaly the Carols from Kings were beautiful.
(But Saturday night this week was dire without Strictly to watch!)
Since the festivities finished on Boxing Day I've been putting my house in order (literally) the accounts are done for the year (I always check bank statements against what I know should be going out of my hard earned wages!) I've wrote out the calendars and my desk diary for the birthdays and anniversaries and I've also put a folder together with a plastic wallet for each month with the birthdays and anniversaries written on a little slip stuck to the wallet.
On Friday I went and fetched all the Birthday and Anniversary cards for the year and I've slipped them into the plastic wallets, for the relevant month - each month I will draw some money and slip it into the cards ready for the events and present buying - Are you impressed - really organised aren't I?!!
Another thing I have done is set up an account with the National Lottery.....so no more having to stop at a shop and buy the tickets each week on my way home. (I intend to stay out of the shops as much as possible this year!) As Dale Winton says "you've got to be in it to win it" can't dream can you if you haven't got a ticket. I only do the Thunderball with my Nan's old numbers of which No 13 is the Thunderball number and when I win it is more often that No 13 has been drawn.
We've taken all the decorations down today and the cleaned the house through, beds have been changed and all the washing and ironing has been done and put away, so we start the New Year all spick and span. We always stay up and see the New Year in and to fuss and calm our Tillie (Jack Russell) who hates the fireworks (beats me where people have got the money from to buy the damn things - don't they know there's a recession on!).
My Hubby will let the old year out of the back door and we'll welcome the New Year in through the front door and then Hubby and Floss (black Cocker Spaniel) will do the first footing - Floss will come through the door first as now Hubby's going grey (don't say I mentioned that!) Floss is the darkest in the house ( My Nan always said that the first footer should be dark haired?)
Then I'll wait for my phone calls from my Son and Daughter and then we'll go on up - normally I'm wary of the New Year and what it will bring but this year I'm going to be positive about it because it's 2013 and 13 was my Nan's lucky number so it's going to be an ok type of year. (she says hopefully!).
2012 wasn't a bad year for us - it was full of hard work - but that never killed anybody - we got the house done, we're still all here and we're ok - You can't ask for much more can you? 2013 will be my Hubby's last full year at work as he retires March 2014, so this year will be about saving and preparing for when there will be only one full time wage coming into the house. We also would like to have a couple of weekends away if the pennies allow - certainly won't be a week away - I looked for a holiday cottage the other day and the prices are just plain silly so a couple of weekends away will do us - I think one will probably be a 'Sun' holiday but what the heck it'll be a break!
So I'll see you all in 2013 - Happy New Year everyone xxxxx
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Merry Christmas Everyone
Are you already for the big day? I am now, pretty much, despite having had the flu recently, which meant that I finished work a day earlier than I'd planned - it also meant that I missed seeing my Grand Daughter be Angel Gabriel in the Christmas nativity but there was no way I could have gone - it was a really nasty bug that knocked me off my feet. My poor hubby is suffering now and it has infected his left eye which has swollen up terribly. We spent yesterday morning at the NHS drop in centre obtaining anti-biotics for him.
I don't know whether it's because we've both felt so rough but there seems to be a real distinct lack of Christmas spirit everywhere - I haven't heard many Xmas records in the supermarkets, or seen any Xmas films this year. It felt more Christmassy around the end of November, beginning of December.
We spent a lovely Saturday morning at Weston Park at the beginning of the month at their Christmas Fair, it was good last year, but even better this year and was well worth the £1 entrance fee to walk round. The gardens were beautiful even at this time of the year
We are lucky having this on our door step - just a shame that they have to hold the dreaded V Festival here every year.
I finally found the white Christmas tree that I was after for the lounge
The fireplace has been decorated with a white feather boa and white china angels - My daughter in law brought me the glass baubles
I hope everyone has a very Happy Peaceful Christmas - we are off to spend Christmas Day with my 3 year old and 6 year old Grand Daughters so it will be very special for us
Merry Christmas xxxxx