Wednesday, 5 January 2011
2011 is on us!
Well I finally dragged myself back to work - took an extra day to give the heating time to kick in. Last year I froze my arse off and I didn't fancy a re-run.
Christmas turned out really good - the kids all enjoyed their presents, the food was excellent (especially the beef on Christmas Eve which was to die for), no one was ill (either through cold/flu or over indulgence) and having removed ourselves from the firing line we weren't even troubled when the difficult elderly relative that I have mentioned from time to time kicked off in the early hours of Christmas Day (just as I thought he would - after all he did manage to ruin Easter, and our 25th Anniversary - both times that we tried to celebrate it!).
And something else that makes it particularly good? We didn't spend stupid amounts of money doing it! I suspect that a lot of people spent less this year than in the past...
Frou Frou is growing well and weighs 3 times what she did when we first got her, and is now going for short walks with Custard. She is growing into a real ball of mischief and we are fighting a losing battle to stop her climbing onto sofas, leap onto coffee tables, chew wires, etc. But she might have learnt not to chew wires now. She managed to get to the wires of a set of Christmas lights and chewed right through them! Her yelping drew our attention. Luckily the lights were one of those sets with a transformer that knocks the power down to around 9 volts - enough to make her yelp but not enough to kill her! A close one, though!
The first week of my holiday was taken up with making sure that the older relatives were OK for food and stuff, and feeding Humphrey the pony while trying to get in the last of the Christmas goodies. We cut things so close this year that I was actually out buying food on Christmas Eve! Not the best way to do things but I did find some amazing offers (like the beef mentioned above which was going for a song) so it wasn't all bad.
One thing I left so late this year that I gave up entirely was sending out Christmas cards to a few of my blogger friends - I totally dropped the ball this year, so please don't take it personally if I sent you one last year but not this year. I will try harder next year, OK?
With all of the snow going on, we took to listening to the local radio again and we heard this - only on local radio, eh? More soon!