Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the Way…

Well my dear friend, I’ve been home for a few days, and low and behold, there are things going on everywhere.  Yes, I know it’s that time of the year, but even so, every day in my diary seems to have some meeting, or Christmas event happening. 

This week is fairly quiet, but then it gets rather busy.  Next Monday, 16th December it’s the Knit and Natter Christmas Lunch at the library, which reminds me that I must pop in to check that everything is going tickety-boo as per the schedule we wrote some weeks ago.

It is so kind of you and Billy to invite me for lunch with you one day next week – we just need to confirm when we are all available.  It will be a lovely informal outing and we’ll be able to catch up on bits of news from our other joint friends.  I’ve also had a text from Teddy, asking if she and Giselle can take me out for either dinner or lunch – or if I prefer, Giselle will bring a casserole, vegetables and a pudding ready to be warmed up and we can eat here.  I rather like that idea as many of the pubs, wine bars, and even the coffee shop is becoming rather busy and I don’t like being herded around like cattle.

Alex is coming to collect me next weekend to take me to their new house where Chrissie will be making a roast dinner for us – which will be lovely.  I really do enjoy a roast, but it’s not the same just making it for yourself.  It will be lovely to see them all again and to eat in their gorgeous home will be lovely.  I also have other invitations for drinks etc and of course, there is our Christmas Party here on Friday, 20th December.

At the moment I’m not sure when Mrs. M is returning here.  She is now on her way to Edinburgh and I expect that Bertie and his wife will try to persuade her to stay there definitely for Christmas itself, if not for the New Year.

I think I may be on my own on Christmas Day – that is what I’ve been planning, even though various friends aren’t happy at the thought of me having the day without visitors.  In actual fact, the idea of having a lovely peaceful day, when I can read or watch what I like without having to think about cooking for many folk, is just what I fancy.  I will be eating out on Boxing Day – that will be a real treat for me and I will thoroughly enjoy the day.

Christmas Day though, will be the day I want it to be – to think about Christmasses in the past and now the present.  I have a group of friends online and we will be playing daft games for tiny prizes.  No, NOT pass the parcel – come on, how would that work from one computer to another!!  However, it will be all good fun, in poor taste (for one day only) and I will be able to dip in and out as I want.  I will also start to read a new book – I always do on Christmas morning and there’s no reason to change. 

I have written and posted the majority of my Christmas cards – I just have a couple more to finish later this week.  I’ve also bought nearly all of my gifts and the vast majority of parcels which needed to be posted are now on their way.  I just have a few gifts for four people to choose and I must do that tomorrow, otherwise I’ll forget and be really annoyed with myself.

I have even bought myself a new long skirt and cowl neck top and I’ve treated myself to a new pair of shoes in the sale – well, they were a bargain.  What do you mean, I didn’t need them – actually I did.  My feet have been very sore and swollen this past year, so many of my shoes don’t fit me now so I recently donated them to the local Charity shop as they were in wonderful condition.

Well, my dear I haven’t actually told you much of what is new today.  However, I have clarified my plans for the next few days – at least in my head!  I must let you know about the final arrangements for our Christmas Party here.  I think I’m fairly well organised now, although there is bound to be something that I’ve overlooked.  There is always something that gets forgotten no matter how carefully I try to write things down and cross-reference them.

I do need to arrange an online grocery delivery but as usual haven’t quite managed to get the dates right.  However, I will be having a delivery on or around the 18th December which will then take me through to the New Year.  I do have a couple of friends who will bring me milk and other dairy produce which are the items I always go through much more quickly than anything else.  I really need to give some thought as to what I will eat on Christmas Day.  I understand that I may be having duck on Boxing Day which I really enjoy.  I may have salmon on Christmas Day which is another favourite.  It’s a difficult time of year though, as I like having salad produce available in the fridge, but I don’t eat very much of it, and some items don’t freeze well.  However, I still think I will have some coleslaw, potato salad and a few leaves in, which will be a nice change from the heavier meals we all eat around this time of year.

Another of my good friends has made a Christmas cake for me – isn’t that kind of her.  I do enjoy a small piece of cake each day – it’s a lovely little treat.  I also like a little Christmas pudding with brandy cream although whether I shall buy one just for me, I don’t know.  Possibly not, although I’ll decide just before I complete my order.  Incidentally, if you want to have any shopping delivered, we can add it to my order – just let me know this weekend.

Right then my dear, I’ve rambled on far longer than I planned to.  I thought I’ve just give you a two minute update!  Now where has the time gone again?  However, things are a little clearer in my mind so that’s got to be a bonus.

By the next time we speak I hope that the situation with the squatters may have been resolved.   There are a couple of other matters which are continuing to bother me slightly but as there’s nothing I can do to alter them there’s no point in me worrying as I can’t do anything to change or improve the situation.  Right, my friend I’m away to make a drink and have a couple of biscuits.  As Always –

With Love – Jan  xx    

Published by Jan

I'm retired, disabled and after sudden death of wonderful husband, have moved closer to my son, daughter-in-law and baby, Charlie. I live in sheltered housing at the bottom end of the scale called Independent Living. I had been in an online Knit and Natter group for a couple of years before Ian died and the members of the group were and still are a wonderful support to me. Since moving here I have now got my own little Facebook group where the members are now my friends and extended family. It was suggested that I write a blog - so here we are!!

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6 Comments

  1. Hello there Jan, lovely to hear from you. It sounds as though you’re going to have an exciting time coming up around Christmas. Just make sure that you don’t get overtired, please.
    I’m glad that you’re not worrying about things that you can’t control or change. Things often have a way of sorting themselves out, don’t they, and perhaps they will this time. I do hope so. X

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    1. Thanks Frances – yes, it does sound rather busy, so I will need to pace myself. It’s rather nice not having to worry about Mrs. M all the time. xx

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  2. It sounds as though you have lots of interesting things lined up for the festive season! Sometimes crowded places with lots of noise can be a little overwhelming, can’t they? I completely understand your decision to opt for a quieter Christmas Day with time for reflection xx

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    1. Jane – my hearing is always suspect when I’m in a crowded room, or where there is lots of noise. I think it’s because I can’t concentrate on listening to more than one conversation at one time. xx

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  3. You’ve certainly got a busy time leading up to Christmas Jan. Don’t try and do too much all at once and wear yourself out. No wonder you fancy having Christmas Day on your own. I agree eating out this time of the year is sometimes quite uncomfortable with so many people around. Eating at home can be far more enjoyable – perhaps have a meal out with Giselle and Teddy after the festivities. XxX

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    1. Maggie – that’s a good idea to have a meal out with Teddy and Giselle in the New Year. In fact it’s my birthday early in February so we could go out then. xx

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