Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Fun and Games

This is a video of a game that one of my granddaughters wants for Christmas. I ordered it and it arrived this morning. The video is from youtube and is great fun. If you need a laugh do watch it. I'll be sure to have whipped cream on standby for Christmas day.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas planning

What miserable weather we are having today.  Its foggy,  damp and cold. I won't be going out at all. I plan to have a good tidy up, and start thinking about Christmas preparation. Note...I said thinking about it, not actually doing anything yet.

The children and grandchildren prefer to have money for Christmas. I think it's a good idea, and saves me tearing my hair out while buying them stuff they don't want or need. We discussed it years ago. I thought gift cards were a good option, but we decided against it. I will also give the younger girls a few little presents so they have something to open when they come here. Hubby, Mother and I don't spend a lot of money on each other. It's just not necessary. Do I sound a bit Bah Humbug ? I'm not really. I enjoy this season. I enjoy Christmas day. I love watching the children opening presents...seeing them so excited. But more importantly,  I love that my family will all be here,  we’ll share a good meal together, and create happy memories for the grandchildren.

And so, I will think about my plans today.  We'll put the tree up a day or two before Christmas day, and some simple decorations. I have a few different roasts in the freezer, just have to decide which to cook. My girls will each bring a small roast something, a veg, and a dessert. We make it simple, but there'll be plenty of food.  I'll do a few snacks too. Mum will make mince pies and sausage rolls next week and we'll freeze them. There ! I've worked it all out already. There'll be no mad spending, no frantic rushing around, no stress. It will be a time to enjoy the family, enjoy being together and making memories.

Monday, 5 December 2016


It's been a weekend of celebration.  What have we been celebrating  ? My birthday on Friday, and our anniversary on Saturday...65 and 45. How on earth did that happen ? Where did those years go ? Do I feel 65 ? What does 65 feel like ? And married for 45 years ? Oy ! There were times I could have strangled him. But I wouldn't change him. He's been my rock, my anchor, my refuge and my friend. No...I wouldn't change a thing.

Saturday brought visitors for my birthday...pots of tea, and cake...much laughter and reminiscing. A fun day. Yesterday, Sunday, we went out for lunch with my eldest child, my daughter, and her husband...and mother was with us of course. We didn't travel far...just to the pub round the corner.  I can walk the distance in about 4 minutes. But Mother can't. So we took the car. The table next to ours was 16 strong, a booked Christmas celebration, complete with champagne,  prawn cocktails,  and poppers. You know ? Those things that you pull the string and they go off with a loud bang, and shoot little bits of paper into the air ? One went off and the paper landed in Mother's dinner. We had a good laugh at that, and it kept Mother occupied for 5 minutes, picking the bits of paper from her gravy.

Last night we watched Strictly, and the Judge went out. Who next ? It's been a good season, and we've enjoyed it.

Time to get my day started. I've had 3 cups of tea already. I'm off to help Mum get herself ready for the day.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Busy and Little Doggies

We've had such a busy few days here in freezing Oxfordshire. Busy but mundane so I'll spare you the details. Today will be a calm, quiet day, I hope.  It really is cold out. We're not meant to get above 4°C...that is freezing ! Looking to the back of our house, the field is frozen, crispy white with frost. Out the front, directly across the road, is the Parish church, and the graveyard, and that, too, is covered in a white layer of ice. But the sun is shining, not a cloud in the sky.

I actually had a comment the other day (my first). Thank you Frances. She asked what breed of dog I had. I'll show you a photo.

This is Lulu. She's a Shi tzu. We got her from a rescue 4 years ago. She's a precious girl, with a few health problems, but we love her very much. She's about 8...we think. She was rescued from a puppy mill, where she lived in a small cage, producing litter after litter of puppies. Heartbreaking.

 My last dog was a miniature long haired chihuahua....Mitzi.

She had to be euthanised a few years ago. She was 10 at the time. I still miss her.

That's it for this morning. I need to get the day started.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Black Friday

Today, people will be spending madly, spending far more than they can afford, a few weeks before Christmas. Crazy. What is it that makes folk want to take part in such madness ? Why the yearning for "stuff" that they don't need ? Here, I'm trying my best to be rid of " stuff ", trying not to be bound by it, a slave to it. I must be getting old. I'm beginning to sound like my parents.

On a lighter note, I haven't been able to access my blog dashboard for a couple of days. It was quite frustrating as I had thoughts in my head that I wanted to share,  and which I have now forgotten. That's the way it is these days. If I don't act immediately,  the thought disappears.

Today will be a quiet, sensible day. I won't be spending money, I'll be earning it. My ebay sales are mounting up, who would have thought it ? People are buying my old "stuff", and I'm encouraging them with low prices and cheerful descriptions. I am a black Friday vendor. Hypocrisy !

I will swish a feather duster over the furniture this morning, run the vacuum gently over the carpets, list a few more items on ebay, and potter about. I've just finished my book, Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell.  I was disappointed towards the end of it. I lost interest, but soldiered on to the finish. I have so many books on  my kindle, so will settle down with something different for a few hours this afternoon.  Mother is going to bake for the weekend. She's good at it, so I leave her to it. It keeps her busy and she feels useful. Hubby is attending a breakfast meeting and will be back mid morning.  It looks cold outside...I haven't put my nose out the door yet. The sky is clear though, so maybe we'll have some sunshine after the last few miserable grey days. That's our day so I'd better get it started.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Headlines !

I'd just settled down, with a nice cup of tea, to watch the lunchtime news, but when I heard the headlines on "trump/farage" I had to turn it off. There's only so much crap I can listen to in one day, and I think I've reached my limit. God help us all. Clowns to the left of me, jokers to to the right. The ambassador to the US?

I'm off to bury my head in the sand, and do the ironing, which will help my family more than those two twits will ever do.


Sunday, 20 November 2016

A New Week

Tomorrow is Monday again. The weeks are speeding by. It'll be the new year before we know it. We have a busy week ahead. We have had a very good weekend.  We had visitors yesterday,  and had a good lunch and catch-up. We had a skype call with my son and family in Houston, Texas. I love modern technology at times...other times I hate it ! Last night I tweaked my neck. Don't know how but it was so stiff by bedtime that I had a very uncomfortable night's sleep. I've had a hotpad on it this afternoon,  and will be going to bed earlier than usual.

We had soup for Sunday lunch. I just couldn't  face cooking a roast. I could barely move my head. So I  threw some left over chicken in a pot with fresh veg, lentils and herbs. It was delicious. We had it with a crusty loaf. There's enough left for lunch tomorrow.

We got a new ( to us) freezer this afternoon. A friend of my daughter's was selling it for £25 so we jumped at it. It's a big chest freezer and will be very useful. We already have an upright,  but you can never have enough freezer space. Daughter and son-in-law picked it up for us, and it's humming away at the moment. It gives us a chance to defrost the upright tomorrow.

I'm watching the weather report as I type and it looks like we're in for a rotten day tomorrow, but we've got enough to keep us busy in the house. I've got sewing to do,  and will continue listing my craft stash on ebay. I collect granddaughters from school every Monday. They stay for their tea and my son fetches them after 6. A busy day for us. Mother will potter about, she's going to bake us a cake and some scones. She's 85, but keeps herself going by being useful. A good lesson.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Where to begin ?

Where to begin this blog ? I've had other blogs in the past, one of them lasted for over five years. But I deleted them a while ago. I just didn't think I could be bothered blogging again. I was wrong, so here I am.

Today is a slow day. It's freezing out, so I've no intention of going anywhere. We've had a busy week. I'm clearing out a lot of crafting supplies...particularly stamp sets. I was about to bundle them all up and send them off to the charity shop, then realised I could sell them on ebay. I'm not an ebay seller, and found it a real pain to list everything, but I think it'll be worth it. I listed 30 items, to be auctioned over the next five days, and when I checked earlier, one item was up to £17 already. What !! The mind boggles. Have people gone mad ? I'll be putting a lot more on auction if I get that kind of money. Look after the pennies ?

Fridays are fish and chips nights, from our local shop. Mum and I cook and bake all week. Friday is our night off. Hubby doesn't mind. He'd have takeaways more often than that,  but I prefer our home-cooked meals. Mum (she's 85) is in the kitchen at the moment, making pastry for tomorrow. My niece and her son will be visiting for the day from Bristol, so we'll be making a nice quiche for lunch.

What to watch on the box tonight ? I hope there's something interesting on...maybe a wildlife programme...anything to take the mind off the political commentaries we've had to put up with lately.  Not that I'm uninterested. ..I'm very interested.  But it's all just too much. We need a calm, peaceful night, some light entertainment and chocolate. That should do it.