I did OK yesterday. I went out and did all the things I needed to do - picked up a prescription, collected a parcel and at Hobbycraft I bought some little jewellery links. For years I have had this yearning for bauble earrings but my once peirced ears have long since closed up and I used to find clip-ons too uncomfortable. However, at our girls' meal last week, the others said that clip-ons are much improved, adjustable and why not give them a go so I did. I ordered some from Amazon and then realised I needed something to attach the baubles to the clips, hence the visit to Hobbycraft where I found just what I needed.
As a result, I now have some bauble earrings. I suppose it's the Christmas equivalent of wearing purple! It makes me happy!
Later on, Beth came round and made a mess doing some more sewing (fear not, she always tidies up properly when she's finished) while I covered some boxes with Christmas paper for gift hampers.
She's made me some bunting to hang at my living room windows - two French windows and a smaller one - and it looks great. So nice to have it custom made for different sized windows.
Apologies for the poor light - the colour is better than it appears in the photos - much more intense.
Today the list is shorted but maybe the tasks will take longer. I need to get the spare room ready, do my online cards, write a report for the governors and go to Carols by Candlelight at school. Also to finish my shopping list for an early morning shop tomorrow - I'm shopping for two households so it's a bit complicated.
I'm not really doing 'real' cards this year but will be sending a donation to charity, probably Crisis. I know an ecard isn't something you can put up but I love the Jacquie Lawson cards and I know they give much pleasure as well as being better for the rainforest as the saying goes.
Did anyone see Howard Goodall's 'The truth about Christmas carols' yesterday evening? I'm glad I recorded it so I can watch it again another time. I thought it interesting, although an hour really wasn't long enough for me and just scratched the surface.
Anyway, here's my Advent offering for today. Another favourite: The Three Kings by Peter Cornelius, beautifully sung by King's College Choir. I love the way the melody and the chorale weave in and out of each other and the ending is just fantastic.