I have to admit to having been in a bit of a post-Christmas/January funk lately and forgot to focus on the little flittery bits in each day or week, but now I’m back and ready to focus on what’s important in life – being happy and acknowledging the reasons why. So without further ado I will re-join the Little Loves gang (missed you guys!) with my weekly rundown:
I’ve taken quite a bit of a blog break lately which has been great time-wise as it means I’ve read two books recently – the first was Skios by one of my favourite authors Michael Frayn. I have to admit to being a bit disappointed, particularly with the ending – I felt that he had gotten bored with his own story and wrapped it up in a dubious fashion.
Yep, here we are ‘in the bleak midwinter’. Have I mentioned before how much I hate January? Very probably! The cold days, the long dark nights, not being able to get outside with the children, endless coughs and colds… I looked up images of wintry scenes and of course they’re all of twinkly snowscapes with bright blue skies. In reality, in the south of England this week it has been occasionally icy, windy, rainy, cloudy, grey and dark with very brief low sunshine breaking through. Sorry, this is turning into a weather report. I’ve always thought that one day, in retirement, it would be nice to spend the winter months living abroad somewhere warm and sunny.
This week I have mostly been getting over my Christmas anxiety and malaise and getting on with the first necessary steps in order to start feeling a little bit on top of it all. Having said that I still have a lot to do!
During the week I have:
Made a homemade snowglobe
Made some jars of homemade brandied cherries (for gifts)
Bought some books, pyjamas, santa hats, advent chocolates, slipper socks and a special silver reindeer bell for the children (plus a few other miscellaneous bits and bobs)
Bought some more supplies for gifts in jars from Amazon (deliveries are all a bit sporadic and haphazard though!)
Taken the children to see Santa arrive on a ‘monster truck’ at the local garden centre
Booked tickets for the children to visit (another) Santa at Osterley Park and House (National Trust) this Sunday
Attempted (unsuccessfully) to establish just what we intend to do with ourselves on Christmas day
Chosen my food for my work’s Christmas meal at All Bar One
Agreed with a good friend to book tickets for this year’s Woking panto starring, once again, JJ’s favourite, Justin Fletcher (AKA Mr Tumble).
Confirmed a Christmas Eve lunch with my cousins and children.
Next steps will be sourcing presents for the hubster, EJ, my step daughter, my nephews, nieces, my Mum and Dad, Sisters and Brother in Laws, deciding what to wear and buying, writing and sending Christmas Cards. Phew!
I realise that this all might seem a lot of thoughts about Christmas already but for me, it seems less like four weeks and more like four days (i.e. four days without the children!). I will need to decide when to put up some decorations (I’m erring on later rather than sooner just because of the EJ destruction factor 🙂 ) and then making sure I still have the time to get all the presents wrapped and ready to pile around the tree cometh the hour…