I'm shattered. I got to Tesco by 7:00 this morning and staggered out at 8:15 and a heavy trolley. I could do with a G&T before starting to pack things away but I'll settle for a coffee. I think I've got everything; there's certainly enough to feed a small army anyway and, unless it is crucial, what I don't now have we will do without. So there!
It was a good time to go. Traffic, often dire in our city, was light, there were no parking problems and the worst thing inside the shop was the online order packers getting in the way! I used to do an online shop while working, grabbing a slot as soon as they came out and regularly adding and amending before I had to confirm, but now I prefer to be more hands on so I can see exactly what I am getting.
I'm glad it's done.
Yesterday was fine. I got the beds ready for my guests (Beth and Al are staying over Christmas night and into Boxing Day), the wrapping is all pretty much done and Carols by Candlelight was lovely. They keep the hall dark for this and every year some of the very youngest ones fall asleep. Yesterday was no exception and I did feel for them, stumbling, bleary eyed, from the hall once it was all over.
As for today, I've done the biggie which was the shopping - well, half done anyway. Looking at my list, it tells me I have to cook a ham (slow cooker so no problems), make two batches of fudge (easy in Thermione) and finish my ecards followed by packing and getting everything ready that I am taking with me. By teatime I want everything to be neat and tidy and organised.
Then, this evening, it is Slimming World so I will discover if I have achieved my Christmas target. My fingers are crossed. It's a taster evening/party so I also have to make whatever I am taking with me.
So I'd better get going, hadn't I?
The doorbell has just rung and it was my neighbour with a lovely little planted basker from one of my students. It's so pretty!
And finally, today's advent offering is a photo of my own nativity crib set. I got this when my two were very little and it's come out every year since. We all love it and I will never forget the Christmas that Alex, almost non verbal when smaller but loving stories, used the figures to act out the Christmas story. Goodness knows what they taught him at school because it ended up with Mary going for a night out with the wise men, leaving Joseph to look after the baby!
Happy memories make this a very special thing.
And now I really AM going. Have a good day.
That is a beautiful Nativity and I had a chuckle about the Virgin Mary on a night out with the 3 Wise Men - not heard that version before. Sounds like the alternative guide to Christmas.ReplyDelete
I'm sue you can imagine, Beth and I were in fits of laughter as we watched the 'show'.ReplyDelete
Beautiful wooden nativity set. All my life I had longed to have one, and about five years ago I’m pleased to say my DH made me one from a lovely selection of woods. Like you, I allow (selected) small visitors to handle it, and my SILs nephew built Mary a proper house from Lego when he was about four. His Dad was building an extension to their wooden house at the time. Mary’s wee house had an en suite bathroom and kitchen as it was my daughter’s lego (35 year old, perhaps) that he was using. I now have five different sets and after seeing your knitted one, I am determined that this is the year I will finish mine. I have the Alan Dart pattern, downloaded at great expense, and at least two other very expensive patterns just waiting to be knitted. Enjoy the time with your parents and goo lluck with your weigh in.ReplyDelete
Is the Alan Dart pattern a kintted one? I must search for it.ReplyDelete
OK, found - it says unavailable, darn it. It's so lovely. I have ordered a 'Dickensian Mice' pattern though - as you say, at great expense.
How lovely to make Mary a house with all mod cons. It makes up for there being no room at the inn.
Hi Just clicked to read other blogs on side bar and it takes me to a porn site, have you been hacked?ReplyDelete
No, I'm really sorry but it is a glitch with blogger. It can go for weeks and weeks without any problems and then it takes you there. I am so sorry it's happened to you.ReplyDelete
The Powers don't seem to be at all interested, sadly.
Food shop is on my list tomorrow. I am dreading it. Everywhere is so busy and people are in so much of a hurry that (some) they aren't thinking about anybody else except themselves! I've had a couple people pull out in front of me even when there is nobody behind me! GrrrrReplyDelete
I love the idea of Mary having a night out. Sadly I've not been able to comment for a couple of days because of your glitch. XReplyDelete
Sorry about that, Jules, I really am. The bog is still there, just close down the nasty stuff and then you should be able to comment. It's a right pain for us all, isn't it?ReplyDelete
Sharon - everyone seems so stressed with so much to do, so much to buy, worried about this, that and the other. It's such a shame because it's supposed to be about peace and goodwill and the gift of a baby. Good luck with the shopping and keep smiling.