December 2007

And I still haven’t packed or done all the tidying. I have however done all the shopping and washed all the clothes we might need. Tomorrow’s job is the packing and cleaning.

I have also changed my blog template. I’ve not played with it much, but I have put a photo of my own at the top, so its a bit more personal. Still simple, but a bit more colourful than before.

I’m hoping to find the time tomorrow to post a proper Merry Christmas, but if I don’t have time, I hope you all have a peaceful and happy Christmas.


…I will (hopefully) have landed in Scotland ready to start our Christmas holiday!

Which means I have less than 3 days to finsh buying presents (the munchkin’s stocking, last bits for Mr H’s siblings and their other halves, final bits for Mr H), wash (and dry) all clothes we want to take with us, pack, sort the munchkins toys, find the timers so that the Christmas lights will work in the window while we’re away (so as not to make it glaringly obvious to the local grotbags that the house is unoccupied) and tidy the bomb site that has appeared in the kitchen diner.

Ummm….right….so why am I sat here? Because I’m still sneezing something chronic and absolutely shattered doing the slightest little thing. I’m just psyching myself to get up and get going on what I need to do.

Right….Hannah…get yourself in gear….and GO!

For the first time (I think) I’ve been given a bloggy award!

Thank you Chris!

I’m going to pass it on to Suburban Mum for being my first bloggy friend and always making me smile either here, on her blog or on Facebook, and to MissBliss for letting me reminisce about Cambridge through her posts and giving me lots of yummy looking recipe ideas.

I’m also wondering about changing the look of my blog, I think I’ll have to stick with one of the wordpress templates (I’m rather clueless about html etc), but are there any colours that you hate/find it hard to read against? I want to add more colour, I like being able to have my own picture at the top as I have here, but I’m just finding it all a bit boring.

 A quick note to add to yesterday’s post, I won’t light the candle in the tree…’d go up in smoke in an instant! I’ll light it at the table at some point instead.

My ornament swap from Julie’s ornament exchange has arrived!

The post popped through the door, then a little while later the bell rang….the post lady was there with the van for parcels! It took me a while to work out what it could be. I saw the USPS mark and thought it might be from my friend who’s teaching over in the US for the year, but then I saw the customs declaration….and it said ‘Ornament’ and a name that’s not my friend’s!

Cue excitement in the H house (at least from me!)

Surprise box

As I opened it the munchkin took an interest as well (you can see her toes in the next picture as she desperately wanted to unpack it).

Opened box

I unwrapped a beautiful candle holder with a fabulously scented candle.

Beautiful ornament

Here it is in the tree.

 In the tree

And here is the munchkin loving the polystyrene packaging!

The munchkin’s new toy

I absolutely love it! Jessica in North Carolina, thank you so much! I don’t know your blog address so I can’t thank you there, but I hope you see this (if you let me know your blog address I’ll link to you). Thank you also to Julie for organising this.

That’s what I’m trying to bear in mind as we fight off a nasty cold in the H house. I started feeling rough on Friday with the cold hitting with full force on Saturday. The munchkin, while not as bunged up and hoarse as I am, is definitely off colour and waking in the night clearly feeling poorly. Mr H is ok, he’s not feeling 100% but is coping and definitely helping look after us.

It’s much better that we have this cold now than next week when we’re staying with Mr H’s family. We’d only pass it on to everyone and make everyone miserable, not nice for Christmas.

Mr H has decided to work from home today to get away from the negative atmosphere at work, and already (11am, having started work at 9:45) he’s got done more than he’d planned to for a morning of work (I guess that shows how bad things are there as the munchkin is definitely a distraction at times).  It’s nice to have him around when I’m feeling rough, and the munchkin is always happy to have Daddy here.

Well, I’m going to go and curl up with a nice cup of tea but to finish off today’s post a photo we took yesterday for the December picture for the calendar we make each year for my parents and the grandmas. (nb. the presents are not usually at the bottom of the tree…they’d be unwrapped within minutes!)

Helping to decorate the tree

I’ve just been sent these in an email and thought they were great. Enjoy!

Those wonderful Church Bulletins! 
Thank God for church ladies with typewriters.
These sentences ( with all the BLOOPERS ) actually
appeared in church bulletins or were announced in
church services:
The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on the Water.”
The sermon tonight: “Searching for Jesus.”
Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance
to get rid of those things not worth keeping around
the house. Bring your husbands.
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our
community. Smile at someone who is hard to love.
Say “Hell” to someone who doesn’t care much about
Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help.
Miss Charlene Mason sang “I will not pass this way
again,” giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir.
They need all the help they can get.
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on
October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that
began in their school days.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic
will be “What Is Hell?” Come early and listen to
our choir practise.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to
the addition of several new members and to the
deterioration of some older ones.
Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other
items to be recycled.
Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
Please place your donation in the envelope along
with the deceased person you want remembered.
The church will host an evening of fine dining,
super entertainment and gracious hostility.
Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM – prayer and
medication to follow.
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of
every kind. They may be seen in the basement
on Friday afternoon.
This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in
the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket
and come prepared to sin.
Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at
10 AM . All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall
after the B. S. is done.
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the
Congregation would lend him their electric girdles
for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at
7 PM . Please use the back door.
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s
Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM .
The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First
Presbyterian Church.
Please use large double door at the side entrance.
The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new
campaign slogan last
Sunday: “I Upped My Pledge – Up Yours.”

Frosty grass and leaves 

Some winter pros and cons:

+ Beautiful frosty scenary
– Very cold fingers when I try and photograph it
+ Spider’s webs look amazing
– They’re mainly at the back of the house which is where the sun is all day so they melt quickly
+ The munchkin looks gorgeous all wrapped up in her big coat, hat and gloves
– The munchkin always has cold fingers as she simply will not keep her gloves on
+ It’s a great excuse for more cuddles with the munchkin
– During said cuddles she has a tendancy to slip cold fingers down my top and the giggle at my yelps
+ Christmas comes in the middle of winter
– Mr H is tight when it comes to sending cards….he keeps trying to get me to pack up all family ones together even when I know people won’t see each other until after Christmas
+ I get to decorate the house and tree
– The munchkin keeps taking ornaments off the tree (all the breakable ones are out of reach!)
+ I have the fun, brightly coloured angel on the top of the tree
– She’s had too much seasonal alcohol and keeps drunkenly falling over!
+ I get to buy and wrap lots of presents for family and friends
– I have to try and guess what Mr H wants as he doesn’t often tell me
+ I have an excuse to wrap myself up in a fleece blanket on the sofa and watch trashy TV
– The pipes in the kitchen freeze up and I can’t cook properly or even run the washing machine or dishwasher

As you can imagine the latter of those is the most frustrating, it happened briefly yesterday, but it was just the cold and we were out meeting the munchkin’s little friends all morning anyway, but this morning we’re in all day (except for a walk later on) and I have lots to do. I’ve had the heating on all morning, rather than the usual couple of hours as we get up, but since the thermostat is (stupidly) in the living room (the warmest room in the house, which gets sunshine all day) it doesn’t make much difference unless I turn it up all the way, in which case the living room and bedrooms would be unbearable.

I’m writing this just after lunch and I’m getting a trickle out of them now. We did look at lagging the pipes after last winter but we’d need to rip the whole kitchen out and we haven’t had to money to do that. Maybe this year (depending on Mr H’s work) we’ll get it done.

Talking of Mr H’s work. He’s spoken to the company that offered him a job and they’re happy for him not to sign anything yet and ensure that he gets the full redundancy package. There’s still a slim chance of something where he is (in which case he’d stay), but we’re now in the position of definitely having a job next year. That’s huge weight off our minds. He’s still going to the interview he’s got lined up tomorrow, but we’re not worried about it. If they offer him somethihng, fab, we’ve got more options if not then we’re fine too.

I had a comment yesterday from Nikke, she’s received the ornaments I sent as part of Julie’s ornament exchange. I’m so glad she likes them, I love these olive wood decorations and as soon as I signed up I knew what I had to get her.

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