I had a great time with Val. She brought her knitting over so we both worked as we knitted, making the occasional mistake as we went, lunch was very much enjoyed and I am glad we stayed in rather than going out for lunch.
Victoria brought round the table decoration she made. She's the lady who made my wreath and she has a small floristry business. I do like to support local initiatives when I can and especially if they are 'ex-parents' which Victoria is. It's a lovely decoration, just what I asked for.
The cleaners turned up and worked their usual magic. I always love coming down on a Saturday morning because everything is clean and shiny. I think I've already mentioned I have gifted myself one more downstairs clean on Monday - what a lazy thing I am but it takes a lot of the pressure off.
Today, after the big shop, I will need to find places for everything. A few days ago I cleared out the fridge and some old jars and bottles got chucked. I'm a bit ashamed really; it wasn't awful but I should have used up the contents ages ago. The rest was mainly just making it all tidy and organ ised and that, in itself, created space.
The rest of the morning is for being lazy before I set to this afternoon and get everything ready for the family coming round - those who live round here, I mean. I'm doing a sort of cheese and wine thingy so it's going to be fairly easy. I have some sausages to glaze and cook and a camembert to melt in the oven at the last minute plus doing the part baked bread but the rest is just putting things out. On Beth's advice, I will put out the Cake so it may get cut this evening.
I'm onto carols for today's Christmas Music. Today is a personal favourite, the Holst setting to the Rosetti poem, 'In the Bleak Midwinter'.