Yesterday, I forgot to say that the Christmassy thing was making stollen. I started with a BBC Good Food recipe but altered it considerably - milk instead of apple juice and loadsa butter - bad me. But this is Christmas stollen, not a nice, healthy fruit loaf. The whole of downstairs smelled lovely and it worked really well.
Looks good, doesn't it? It's now all wrapped and in the freezer.
I did my duty as a respnsible citizen and voted. No other comments to make as I keep off politics in here.
Although the tree isn't properly decorated yet, with the lights and everything it was looking a bit sad round the bottom so I wrapped up a few pressies to pop around and it looks much more cheerful. It's not a big pressie time for us nowadays, but a few to tuck under is festive.
It was the last pottery session of the term but, as the day went on, the aches, sneezes and snuffles got worse again and I ended up not going I'm sad about that now but there is next term to look forward to.
Today I ought to be off to Dad's but we have made a mutual decision that I won't. Apart from still not being 100% and possibly still carrying a few bugs around, I'd have to come back Saturday afternoon and Dad has a few festive things booked that wouldn't involve me. I'm sorry because it's been weeks since I saw him but it's sensible really.
In my original plans, before several changes, I was going to London today to look at the lights and decorations down Oxford and Regent Streets but I really don't feel like it one little bit, I'm not up to it so I'm not going. After all, it was supposed to be fun! So what I might do is take a drive out to a couple of garden centres where they probably have some lovely Christmassy things on the shelves. If I'm feeling lavish, I might even have a coffee there as well.
Apart from that and my lovely cleaner working her usual magic, there's nothing on the page for today so I think I will snuggle down with notebook and sheet of paper and write down the things I will need to get. Things like milk, cheese, fresh veg, fruit, etc. And then I will sort out the spare room as it might be needed over Sunday night.
Today's song isn't specifically about Christmas but, for me, it encapsulates one of the purposes of and reasons for Christmas.
I've chosen this clip because it's better quality that the others I found. The song starts at around 1:20.
You Raise Me Up, sung by Josh Groban and Lee Mead on the programme 'Any Dream Will Do'. Remember that?
When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary
When troubles come, and my heart burdened be
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be