Friday, 26 December 2014

I Am Blessed

The wind is blowing wildly.

My family has either gone home or is in bed.

Even the dog is fast asleep.

Today I worked the early shift.

It was exhausting...

But I love my job.

I am blessed.

I am enjoying a quiet cup of tea and the beauty of our Christmas tree.

Tomorrow will be a day of rest compared to the past week or so.

I have eaten far too much rich food.

I shall need to lose a few pounds in the new year.

Rationing will soon be starting for us...

Tough times ahead.

Maybe we shall soon be able to move to our Winters End...

I hope so.

I have received a lovely thank you card and gift from my bosses for the work I did organising a performance by our residents.

It was exhausting, but worth every second of plotting and planning.

They did good!

I hope I helped to make them a memorable day.

Did I mention I love my job?!

Though this house is not my Winters is a home for us at the moment and for that I am grateful.

I don't want this evening to end.

I so need to become more organised...

Like that is ever going to happen!

Well...tomorrow I shall check to see just what was rationed and from when back in January 1940.

Luckily our cupboards are well stocked at the moment.

Like I said...

Tough times ahead.

J. x

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

It's Late

As I write this it is late on Christmas Eve Eve. I have just topped my cakes with marzipan. This year I've skipped covering the sides. Tomorrow I shall whisk up some royal icing and create a snow scene on each of the two cakes.

Earlier I fetched hubby from his afternoon out with the 'lads'. There was a time when the call would have come late in the night, but this year I received the call before seven!! Oh to get older...

He appears to have had a good time. My heart goes out to those involved in the Glasgow tragedy yesterday. How people can move on from this I don't know. Hopefully with help they will someday be able to.

Our internet has been down for over a week. It is surprising just how much we all rely on it for different things from checking the weather to Internet banking. But now it's back...and long may it continue to do so.

Pressies are nearly all wrapped. Tomorrow I shall take the meats out of the freezer and find somewhere the mutt cannot reach (I hope!) I also need to stuff some dates....make yet another batch of mince pies...maybe some cheese straws...and what ever takes my fancy.

The tree and decs are up. The love I have for my family is great. I am blessed.

A final tidy up tomorrow and we should be good for a couple of days...I work on Boxing Day the early maybe tomorrow I will allow myself a tipple of something more so than Christmas Day.

Just need to water this beauty then I'm off to bed.

J. x


Friday, 12 December 2014

Mud And Frustration

I'm almost wandering around like the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. Everything I touch seems to be going wrong at the moment. I still cannot print anything. Frustrating.

Top that off with an unhealthy dose of mud...on my boots....on the dog...on my clothes. Mud + dirt = work

So yuck to it I say...what has happened to my festive spirit? Perhaps I'll find it at the work party tonight? Let's hope so...but for now I have a crust to earn!

J. x

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

What Day Is It?

I'm feeling rather dazed and confused. I don't often do sleep ins at work, but the night before last I did. So in effect I did a 25 hour shift. Why exactly they are referred to as sleep ins puzzles me as sometimes there is very little sleep involved! I was tired from working the weekend anyway...that stint left me exhausted. Nay least I've earned back a little of what I lost to sickness last month. Tomorrow morning is another extra shift. Rub hands together!

Today has been rather a disaster from start to finish. Loads of things have just gone wrong. For example...after updating the computer software the printer won't work...arragggh! I thought a load of washing had finished in the very old machine I keep for boiler suits...but it hadn't so I had water all over the floor. A payment txt never came through so I had to start over...the list could go on, but all I want to do now is go to bed.

Here's hoping for a smoother ride tomorrow.

J. x

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

A Walk on the Wildside

What a lovely day it is today. This morning I had to go into Torrington and meet my diploma tutor. Then it was back home to take out a happy dog on a lovely walk. Today we walked a stretch of the Tarka trail from Watergate towards Yarde. It was very quiet, and rather cold. At just past midday it was still frosty.

That's my girl...

And these are my new wellies! Just right for a muddy walk.

We walked for quite a way, trying to head for the sun, before lurriping back to the car. My iPad does soooo not want me to write the word lurriping so for devilment I'm going to write it again!

Much as it is gorgeous sitting here in the sun which is streaming in through the patio doors, I fear I should really be getting on with something a little more productive, so...

J. x


Monday, 1 December 2014

I've Got The Feeling

You know the feeling....the special feeling....the one that makes you wildly abandon all sensible tasks to instead start doing things like this to your mantlepiece.


Think I've seen this fella somewhere before, but it looks like he wants to be on the mantle for now. I'm sure I have some beads to hang above the fire along with the felt heart garland made by eldest daughter a few years ago.

Hummm...a day at home tomorrow. Me thinks I'll try and crack on with finishing the VAT, so I can spend a little time playing decorating. Me likes this idea...coooool!

J. x