Wednesday, 14 December 2016

On the 12th Day of Christmas....

....It was a trip to Bury as usual. It's the first time in quite a few weeks that I've not had a long list of things Christmas related to buy which made it rather enjoyable. 

I had a lovely mooch in The Works and picked up some more books. Winter is made for early nights to bed with a book. 
Bought  some new slippers which are part of my Christmas present from Thomas so I shall have to wait for them.
Popped on the market to see if they had some holly and mistletoe which they did as long as you wanted it in a wreath which I didn't, so still no luck. But I did buy a cardigan for Joan. They didn't have the colour I really wanted in her size but it's not a problem as I doubt very much whether we'll ever see her wearing it anyway. Betty, Ethel, Dorothy, in fact any number of residents in the home yes, but the official owner, probably not. 
Back home I finished the little project I started yesterday. Would you believe me if I told you I don't have a pin cushion? Well it's true so I decided to rectify the matter and made one.
I also spent a bit of time making a card tree. A couple more rows and it should shape up quite nicely. Just hope I have enough friends so I can finish it off!
It would seem Christopher Elf found himself a girlfriend last night and that they spent their time together have a bit of a cuddle, watching films and drinking wine. I hope Number 38 isn't overrun with little elves with long blonde hair and pink high heels in months to come.
And I thought I'd show you a Christmas card we've received. It's from a cousin of mine and him and his wife are, shall we say, both a sandwich short of a picnic. Anyway, here it is. Thunderbirds! What the heck is all that about! For a start I'm pushing 50 and she's pushing 60 so where the Thunderbirds train of thought came from or is going I have no idea. 

Anyway, if you look carefully at the card tree you'll see it's not on there and I'm sorry if you're a meerkat lover, but that one only just made it as well.
And with that I'll bid you all good evening and see you tomorrow. 

xxx












16 comments:

  1. oh blimey, the Thunderbirds card is hilarious! Bill is one for sending stupid cards. In fact I have to tell him straight before Christmas/anniversary/birthday, that I DO NOT want to see any 'amusing' cards featuring smiling monkeys, dogs, or reptiles. He'll see some pig ugly card, it'll make him laugh, so he'll buy it. Drives me mad. So I feel your pain with the Thunderbirds!

    That Elf looks a bit flushed and a bit too pleased with himself. His lady friend looks a bit tipsy if you ask me. Trouble there!

    Love your card tree. Didn't you make a tree from twigs and lights last year? Are you not doing that again. Your card tree just reminded me.

    Totally agree with winter nights meaning bed & a book. I'm doing the same right now, I've had enough of today and have retired to my bed. I'm about to finish one book, then I'm straight on to the next. I'm going into town tomorrow, I want to remember to pop into The Works and pick up a few more. Thanks for the reminder.

    Love those slips, how sweet of Thomas to buy you a pair in exactly the style that you'd like!
    xx

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    1. Mark bought me a card that he thought was funny the first Christmas after I had Amy. It had a big silverback gorilla on it with a piece of plastic mistletoe stuck on. It said something witty inside that amused him but I didn't get that far. I don't know if baby hormones were still lingering but I can remember I was ironing when he gave it to me, I opened it, promptly burst into tears, ripped it into pieces and we had the most almighty row. From then on his cards have been perfect.

      You're right, I did do a twig tree last year but I didn't fancy doing it again for some reason.

      There's nothing better than bed and a book. I like to have a stack of them ready and waiting. I'd panic if there wasn't a book in the house for me to read.

      Yes, Christopher Elf looks very pleased with himself doesn't he, quite the lad! xx

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  2. Yep, I would have slipped Meerkats and Thunderbirds quietly into the recycling bin without them being seen on display at all!

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    1. The Thunderbirds and Meerkats in Santa hats are definitely not my style. I'm wondering if the senders think the same about the ones they received from us (traditional Christmas scenes) and if they've recycled them straight into their bins haha. xx

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  3. On the positive side, at least your relatives bought a card, plonked a stamp on the envelope and stuck it in the postbox but, looking at it, I could understand you maybe wishing they hadn't gone to so much trouble. As for that elf, he needs a good talking to.

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    1. Yes, one of those situations when you say "oh you shouldn't have gone to any trouble" and really mean it. I do feel a bit mean because it is the thought that counts but I'm just not sure what her thought was! If I'd have known Christopher was planning to entertain a lady friend I'd have had something to say. xx

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  4. I know what you mean about the cardigan. when my mother was in a residential home, we frequently saw other people wearing her clothes, and even her jewellery. when we pointed it out to staff, they said they couldn't do anything about it. We didn't buy her any more jewellery after that, but I did get upset when I saw a woman wearing aa blouse that I hade made and hand embroidered for my Mother. I couldn't help thinking of all the hours that went into making it. It was completely hand stitched, and as I have MS it was quite a task for me to finish it. Looking back now, I see that I overreacted. My Mother loved it, and if it gave pleasure to someone else too, then I must have done alright. Blessings of the Season to you and your family

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    1. I understand where you're coming from Lesley. Clothes are personal and jewellery especially so. Part of them keeping their identity should begin with basics such as wearing their own things but having seen the laundry room, (looking for lost items), I can understand how it all gets muddled up.

      I'd have been upset if something I'd made personally was worn by another resident but I think looking back at it through different eyes and accepting what happened is very gracious of you and hopefully gives you some peace about what can be a very difficult situation emotionally at the time.

      When Joan first moved in the home the clothes situation used to annoy us as well, so much so we've had her initials embroidered on things although it hasn't made any difference. Tom especially would get really worked up about it. She'd only been there a week and her fleece jacket went missing. Two years later it's still not turned up.

      As time has gone on we've mellowed, mainly because we've accepted as long as she's being looked after what she's wearing isn't worth getting upset about, especially as she has no idea what's going on. Two staff from a care home in Middleton have recently been jailed for mis-treating residents so when you think of that, wearing a cardigan that isn't hers pales into insignificance.

      Thank you for popping by and leaving a comment. I enjoy talking to new visitors :) xx



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  5. The cardigan thing used to bug my mum too. Coupled with the fact everything seemed to go on a boil wash too. I see my ( nice traditional ) card made it! Thunderbirds are GOing st in the recycling! Also I want to know why she was dead for 15 minutes, so please hurry up and get reading! The weekend wives book looks like fun! I'd have chosen that too!

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    1. I think it's one of those things that must annoy everybody but there has to be an acceptance of it otherwise you'd constantly be worked up. We like to pick our arguments as well and a cardigan would be bottom of the list. Joan quite often wears a lovely white lace cardigan that belongs to somebody else and I always wonder how the family of that lady must feel!

      Yes, your traditional card definitely made the grade :) I can't bring myself to actually throw the Thunderbirds one away but it will not be going up.

      I shall post a photo of the book blurb today just for you. It's a teenager who drowns and it has something to do with her 'friends'. I quite like books that involve the younger generation. Keeps me in touch with what's going on in their weird but wonderful world. Oh yes! Being a weekend wife sounds ideal to me. xx

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  6. Thunderbirds....for goodness sake....lol. I am having trouble getting to grips with all the Star Wars Christmas stuff I keep seeing.....it's just horrible.
    Oooooh that saucy little Christopher....he does need a good talking to...rofl-x-

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    1. I'm with you Sheila, I'm not a fan of anything like that. I like Christmas to be about Christmas. There's enough commercialism as it is around the season and I think everything has a place - Thunderbirds and Star Wars don't belong in it at all. xx

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  7. That elf is certainly making the most of his time, isn't he? I like your card tree idea. I usually tape all my cards to the front door and then, spend the rest of the time taping them back on because they don't stay taped!

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    1. Considering some of the naughty things Christopher Elf gets up to he's very lucky to still be here! Not sure he'd make it on my 'nice' list if I had one :)

      Cards are a pain for falling down. There comes a point after Boxing Day where I stop pinning them back up and just pop them in the bin. I've just had to stick some back up on the 'tree'. It's all part of Christmas though isn't it, constantly pinning cards up! xx

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  8. Oh my! Christopher Elf is a naughty boy. He really is having a jolly old time at your expense. Love the little pin cushion. As for the cards I'm not too sure about the meerkats or Thunderbirds. I like a nice traditional scene (minus the bearded man of course!). Fingers crossed Joan gets to wear her cardigan. X

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    1. The pin cushion was my third attempt. I started out trying to make a cathedral window design but couldn't manage it. By the time I'd worked down to a simple square you should have seen the mess on the table!

      The thunderbirds is still a definite no-no. I have nothing against meerkats apart from when they're on Christmas cards wearing Santa hats :)

      The first time I see Joan wearing her cardigan I shall post a photo. We should have a blog sweepstake to guess what month it will be haha. xx

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