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Advent Day 2 - Spreading the Love
Wednesday, December 02, 2020      4 comments

The parcels all arrived safely at their various destinations today.  Children all well chuffed.  As for Elaine, she was absolutely thrilled - bless her.  I'm guessing that when she was a child, she had the type of advent calendar that I had, whi... Read more
Advent Day 1 - The Season of Peace, Joy, Goodwill etc
Tuesday, December 01, 2020      6 comments

It's here.  The season of Peace, Joy, and Goodwill to all humankind.  Meh! Stuff that.  Yesterday I paid the equivalent of a medium sized country's annual GDP to send some parcels guaranteed next day delivery by 4 p.m.  As yet, none of them have... Read more
From the sublime to the ridiculous
Monday, November 30, 2020      6 comments

It's been a funny kind of day.  Phone call no.1 from Elaine - a general tirade.  Then Sally called. Wanting to update me on what she knew re the Elaine situation.  Which frankly was nothing I didn't already know given I speak to Elaine numerous ... Read more
I've done my list
Sunday, November 29, 2020      5 comments

Following Halloween and Bonfire Night, I used to get the children to write their 'Dear Santa' letters.  Partly 'cos it gave me a head start for youngest son's birthday in November, not to mention eldest son's birthday in January.  Figuring out w... Read more
Time Vampires
Saturday, November 28, 2020      4 comments

We've all come across them haven't we?  People who suck up your time, frequently draining your energy while they're at it.  Some people are constant Time Vampires and frankly should at the very least, be kept at arms length.  Others are people d... Read more
Some you lose
Friday, November 27, 2020      6 comments

Following various correspondence with Elaine's local Councillors, plus information from the local environmental office, it transpires the boundaries of the conservation area were changed a while back and no longer include the road Elaine lives i... Read more
Thankful Thursday
Thursday, November 26, 2020      5 comments

We don't have 'Thanksgiving' as such here in the UK.  We have Harvest Festival - which is usually at the end of September or the beginning of October.  Basically on the Sunday closest to the Harvest Moon. i.e. the full moon closest to the autum... Read more
Curiosity killed the cat
Wednesday, November 25, 2020      4 comments

So the saying goes.  What is often forgotten is the second part.  'but satisfaction brought it back'. That about sums me up.  Once I get a bee in my bonnet I have to dig and delve.  When I was due to leave the old house, given the situation... Read more
Reasons not to be organised
Tuesday, November 24, 2020      8 comments

It's taken me most of the year, but I've finally come to the conclusion that being 'organised' this year is something of an oxymoron.  Remember I bought a tub of chocolates for the trick and treaters on Halloween - only for it to be cancelled?  ... Read more
Enough to drive you to drink
Monday, November 23, 2020      6 comments

As Elaine herself frequently says.  Despite the fact she rarely drinks as she's usually driving. Anyway, yes, I'm referring to her next door neighbours.  I've had numerous phone conversations today with Elaine due to more shenanigans and carryin... Read more
The trees are still standing
Sunday, November 22, 2020      6 comments

I'm feeling a bit out of sorts this evening.  No doubt in part because the tennis final didn't go the way I'd hoped.  Not that I was surprised.  I predicted who I thought would win the tournament before the semi finals.  But of course I hoped ot... Read more
Some you win
Saturday, November 21, 2020      5 comments

And some you don't.  I have of course been watching the semi finals from the ATP Finals today.  Two tense battles.  One went the way I hoped.  One didn't.  I am SO disappointed. Not to mention disappointed about not being able to be with younges... Read more
Saving some trees
Friday, November 20, 2020      7 comments

Elaine's house is somewhat unusual.  Basically it is a huge house that has been split into 3 separate dwellings.  Elaine's section is on the left hand side as you look from the front.  It's the smallest of the three, but by no means small.  We'r... Read more
Us vs Amazon
Thursday, November 19, 2020      6 comments

It's youngest son's birthday on Saturday.  I know there's a fancy shmancy pestle and mortar set he wants.  Solid granite my dears.  Actually, I wouldn't mind one myself.  How fancy shmancy you ask?  £27 worth of fancy shmancy.  For a pestle and ... Read more
All of me
Wednesday, November 18, 2020      5 comments

Remember the bruised pumpkin?  Having roasted and butchered it, I decided to freeze most of the flesh for later use.  You know me though, I go... Read more

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