Never before have I been ready for Christmas quite so early. Oh, OK, there's a few bits and bobs to do including some cooking and baking (fun!) and family pressies to wrap but I will do that this evening in front of the telly with something cheery to keep me going.
Yesterday was a busy day with a few panics to make life interesting.
Anna came round to drop off some chairs and while she was here there was a sudden crash and the tray with all my jams and chutneys for presents landed on the carpet. I have no idea what happened but it didn't half make a mess as well as scaring the living daylights out of us.
Anna, bless her, helped me to tidy up and the eventual damage was just four smashed jars. It made a shocking mess but we rubbed and scrubbed and I had some carpet cleaner so we used that and it seems to have cleared up fine. You'd certainly not know now that yesterday there was a pile of green tomato chutney mixed with fragments of glass.
A bit later I tried to get some washing out of the machine and the door wouldn't open. After some pulling and wiggling I decided to run it through a rinse and spin and then try again and, fortunately, it worked fine. Again, no idea why but phew.
The cleaners have been and everywhere is now shiny clean - everywhere except my bedroom/dumping ground. No-one - but no-one - is allowed to see the inside of that room! This clean has been a treat to myself before Christmas for several years now and it doesn't half make a difference.
I've done my shop and that's it. Done and dusted. What we don't have, we won't have! We won't starve, that's for sure. I'm so glad I went early. It was busy but it was shop assistants doing internet orders, not 'real' shoppers. I didn't have to queue for a till. AND I was really good and successfully fought that 'I won't have enough' feeling. I KNOW I have more than enough.
Afterwards I topped up with petrol and was pleasantly surprised at the price. It's been a long time since the litre gauge and the pound gauge synchronised with each other.
As I have more time than I expected, I'm going to make some stollen and some biscotti. I've made the latter before but not the former so it should all be good fun. I also have to make soup for tomorrow, some bread, gravy (from the giblets), Bath's vegetarian meal, some oat crackers and some cranberry sauce. Easy peasy! I also need to make a big pot of broccoli soup but I don't need that until tomorrow.
Later on the turkey arrives so I will get that oven ready. It's really too warm in the shed although it's colder than yesterday so it's got a space in the fridge. It's a KellyBronze and the roasting instructions are so, so simple, it's a doddle.
Right! I've had my coffee and sit down after shopping now so I'd better get up and going. Whether you are busy or not today, I wish you all a good one!