Sometimes I comment on your blogs after you have visited me, however the comment you get from me may not be from the site you visited. That’s because I have more than one blog.
So here is a list of my other ones. 😘

Crafting

Our garden

Why Stay In

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Well here we are, the conservatives have got in, so I think it’s fair to say we will be saying goodbye to the N H S and the welfare state, life is about to get hard and not just because of Brexit. I also think it’s fair to say that Labour would have done much better if their leader had got off the fence about Brexit and not promised pie in the sky spending and open boarders, but we all knew that it didn’t really matter who got in we were going to end up in the 💩

Hubby came home last night with the news that at the end of this month he will no longer have a job, (and at his age I can’t imagine anyone employing him, he’s four years of retirement, so to young to clam his pension but to old to be taken on). It’s going to be a lovely new year 🙄 I have started to cancel insurance policies and given notice for things like the phone/tv/internet, every penny is going to count.

Merry Christmas to you all and a happy, healthy New Year.
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We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.” ―Laura Ingalls Wilder

7 days to go before we vote, I have been voting for 41 years and never have I felt so apprehensive about doing so. I have no faith in any of our leaders, one wants to get into bed with the USA and won’t give a straight answer to anything, (not that any of them do anyway), another wants to spend, spend, spend, allow more people into the country when our schools, healthcare, housing can’t cope with the amount of people we have now, another party want’s to stop Brexit even though a vote was taken and the leave vote won. I was chatting to an elderly man on the bus a few days ago, who said the only way out of this whole mess would be a war, I said I hope not, but I couldn’t put forward another option.

Our bins have not been empty properly for about three weeks now, so I rang to find out if the days had changed and I had simple been missing the pick up, no the collectors are on an unofficial strike. I thought unofficial strikes were against the law, maybe not.

In the village of Kegworth  a secret Santa as been randomly  dotting presents throughout the village. The labels read ‘random act of kindness, enjoy  love Kegworth secret Santa, take me’ It has brought much happiness to the village and encouraged people to pay it forwards. Isn’t that just lovely.

 

My advent has given me a little heart die and a Birthday wishes die.

 

 

 

 

On The 3rd of December

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

Clement Clarke Moore

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The dec’s are up, well all except the tree, we have a real one so that is a couple of weeks away. I have always put lights/candles in jars in our porch and this year one of our neighbors, (who as never had a wreath before) as a light up wreath. YEA I love to see lights at Christmas, there’s something very comforting about the little lights fighting against the darkness.

What’s your favorite?

So here we are in December, and it now feels like winter, (even though real winter doesn’t start until the 21st). We now have real frosts and ice overnight, everywhere looks like a glittering Christmas card.  Christmas music is playing everywhere, I can’t help but singalong no matter where I am. Yes it does meant I get some very funny looks from people but I also get smiles so at least I am brightening someones day. The thing with the music in shops and restaurants is it’s all the same and there are so many good Christmas songs out there that some people never hear. We all have our favorite popular ones, White Christmas, Silent Night etc, do you have any favorites that are not so well known?

Here are two of mine, A Winter’s Night by Goodnight Lenin and Christmas Cake by Mark Nevin.

In todays advent a bow die.

And then it was December

So what as happen in the past few days.

 

We went back to the Arena to see  Once Upon a Time, by Gonzo Moose  , very funny, just what was needed on a cold wet November evening. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are about to publish there latest story book, only problem being Wilhelm made a deal seven years ago with Rumpelstiltskin, in return for stories from fairyland Wilhelm would give Rumpelstiltskin his heart, which Rump then encased in a clock, it’s time now to hand over the heart. It is up to Lotte to find a way into fairyland, find the key to the clock and save her brother.  This play is a mix of physical comedy, silly jokes, picking on the audience and magical illusion, one of which is a bloody heart operation as Jacob plunges his hand into Wilhelm’s chest ‘faith healer’ style.

I spent a very unproductive day visiting Himley Hall Christmas market. It started with public transport 😱 Last year it took just over 1½ hours to get there, this year because buses have been taken off and replaced it took 2¾ hours to get there and just over that to get back, in the car it would have taken ¾ of an hour.  The market itself started in a marquee which was either too small or had far too many stalls or the organisers where allowing far too many people in, you couldn’t move let alone see anything, (fire hazard came to mind). Once I managed to fight my way through to the house it was a little better but not much. I came home cold and tired with nothing to show for the day.

We headed off to The Littleton for a Christmas meal, 6 coursers. It started with a Amuse Bouche of artichoke in a light batter and a parsnip mousse, my starter was Smoked salmon parfait, charred cucumber and caviar, this was followed by a casserole of lamb and red current, roasted shallots, thyme potato galette which came in the shape of a flower, dumplings and veg, ( potatoes, carrots, peas and sprouts). Next came the pre dessert a very nice carrot cake with a lemon sorbet, then dessert which was lemon tart, meringue, honey comb and raspberry texture, and as if that wasn’t enough a small delicate mincepie finished off the meal. It was lovely.

 

Lets talk Christmas, we have decided to scale back Christmas this year. We agreed on how much we would spend on presents for everyone, we have decided to not go down the route of filling the house with 20 different cheeses, pork pies, chocolate and biscuits, we are not buying bottles of alcohol just in case someone turns up out of the blue and expects a Christmas drink, and we are not having anyone round, (that last one was my idea because I am fed up of running around getting everything ready, making sure that everyone is happy for no thanks from them at all. I am talking about the invited guests here, all I ask for is a thank you at the end of the day). I have been doing this for the past 30 years until last year when hubby had to work, I enjoyed the quiet laid -back break. One family member has took great offence at this.   So are we wrong for wanting an easy stress free break, or should we spend, spend, spend to please other people in the season of goodwill? 🤔

Kittens bloods came back, for a cat his age he is in fairly good health, however there was a concern about his kidneys, we lost our last cat to kidney disease at the age of 22, kitten is now 19. Anyhow the vet wanted to take a urine sample to check for infection before starting any meds. As Kitten won’t use a litter tray we had to take him in so that they could remove the urine straight from his bladder, we were told that they would ring us with the results. They came back fine. Next step was to monitor how much kitten was drinking, by measuring how much water he was drinking from his bowl and timing how long he was drinking outside, as I write this we haven’t had the results back.

 

I have been doing a little crafting for us and the charity shop and was asked why I gave the crafts away and didn’t sell them, that’s easy if I sold them it would become a job and take the pleasure out of making and giving. I finished reading Rituals Rhapsody of Blood Volume One by Roe Kaveney.

 

I found this advert on youtube and think it is just beautiful, I have never seen it on TV, but I think it should be, (the ad is the second video), The first video is just the song, the words are so moving.

Merry Christmas, well we are in December.

In my advent today, a die that reads Dream Big

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What’s it like where you live, weather wise that is. It’s raining here, again, in fact its been raining for days/weeks. A lot of the county is flooded and parts are under snow, we have had sleet this morning, I got caught in it, according to the met office there is no sign of an end to it. I saw the dredger in the canal this morning, I haven’t seen that before so there must be a worry about that flooding. I can’t remember an Autumn this wet.

We took Kitten to the vets yesterday, £200 and we still don’t have a clue what’s wrong with him, hopefully the bloods will show something. Poor little darling’s very mopey, off his food and just wants to drink and sleep.

Here’s another advert, this one from John Lewis, this year they have teamed up with Wairose and I must say it’s a better one than last years, but not as good as previous years. The Lewis’s adverts used to be so good, people would wait for them. Last year however they got Elton John to do it and it was more of an add for him than Christmas or Lewis.

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Around this time of year we always get a leaflet from our electricity company telling us they may not be able to meet demand in the winter. They give advice about using touches not candles, keeping an old phone, (one that runs from the wall not a cordless which don’t work if there is no power), keeping warm (bit hard if your house is all electric), and so on. The question I want addressed is, if they can’t cope now how are they going to cope when every home is all electric, and everyone as an electric car? 🤔

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Children are poor men’s riches

English Proverb

I must admit this years adverts are not that exciting or funny, they used to be so good. Up to now it has to be the Aldi add that is my favorite.

I know these posts are a bit of a cope out, but I haven’t been feeling to well and can#t get in to see a doctor until the end of the month, even Kitten has a vets appointment before I can see a doctor… perhaps I should asked to see a vet 😉

🎄Holidays are coming, holidays are coming 🎄

There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s official, Christmas is on it’s way the Christmas adverts have started. I love a good Christmas advert. I am going to start you off with an old one first it’s not an advert it’s just because I think it’s lovely, get your tissues ready

Icelands is a bit dull