Good morning, everyone. A terribly early start, even for me, but I will get back to sleep in a while and finish off the night. No idea of the weather but it doesn't feel particularly chilly, even without a dressing gown.
Yesterday was one of those days when you feel as if you've been on the go all day without getting all that much done, if you know what I mean..
In the morning I picked Alex up and he and I worked together to put up and decorate the Christmas tree as we chatted and Alex sang his version of the Twelve Days of Christmas. It was funny but not rude - and it could have been, him now being a student and all. It's twinkling behind my back as I type and the room is now very festive. I dug out my Christmas tablecloths as well so the table matches the rest of the room.
When we'd finished that, I finished making the roast dinner and very nice it was too. Then Alex went home and I tried to restore some order by doing the washing up and putting boxes, etc, out of sight.
The dishwasher arrived and now needs to earn its space: I'd done the lunch washing up because I didn't want a messy kitchen so I haven't used it yet but I do like it. Inside is organised rather differently to my old one and, I think, probably more sensibly. It has the cutlery tray that I liked so much in the old one and not too many options. The other feature that's new to me is that it had a delay timer so I can use it overnight to make better use of the cheaper tariff then. It may be all bang up to date but it looks jolly simple to use.
After that I went to Morrisons for some bits and pieces. I thought it might be packed in there but it was quite reasonable really. They had sprouts at a good price so I got some and now my fingers are crossed that they will stay good.
I got the fruit loaf mixture started with a mix of sultanas, cranberries and candied peel soaking in cold, sweet, strong tea and, because it is Christmas, I also added some mixed spice, cinnamon and ground ginger. I have to say, it does smell nice. Later this morning I will add an egg and some SR flour and into the oven it goes.
I've already done a shop - to Sainsbury's to get some stuff, including some Campari because Morrisons doesn't stock it any more and it's my Christmas treat. I LOVE Campari!
The rest of the day will be spent in crossing things off a list I have made. Tea loaves, white loaves, slice and freeze, vegetarian sausage rolls, tidy living room, ironing, replace bulbs. ecards . . .
If I get all that done, I will be a happy bunny!
Have a great day.