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Monday, 2 December 2019

So this is December

For the 1st time in years, we both have an advent calender, mine is full of tiny balls of yarn, all hand dyed, hubby has one full of chocolates he loves, I made it for him.
 Our 1st Christmas card, plus a new Santa, it's always lovely to received cards through the post, but the 1st one always leaves a sad memory, my SIL, who lost her battle with cancer many years ago, always sent the 1st card. 
 New for our tree, this one has George's name on, 
it's our 1st year with 7 grandsons. 
I've made a good start on my Christmas cards, embossing each card, and then adding decorations, I have 25 in this style, the rest will be different, I ran out of the oval disk, I have so much in my stash drawer, I will find other things for the rest of my cards, about 20 more to finish.
 I have seen some great decorations for nails, and thought I would have a go, this is my 2nd try, I did the red or green on the outer of my nails with the golden line, but it did not look good, so I changed the colours around, I am pleased with these, simple but pretty. 
Everything is on plan for Christmas, I have some wiggle time with my craft, I only have one gift to make, and 2 cakes to finish, but I'm not at all feeling festive. I would like our tree up, so Will can see it, but I have no desire to drag all the boxes out and dress the house.
A few of the issues which made our relaxing trip necessary last week are still present, time will help, but my head feels it's going to burst, so my thoughts, wishes, fly around all the time. I have slept alot the in past few days.
I did enjoy our sign performance at our local library, it was in a private room, but we had loads of people watching, mummy came with Will and George, and all the sign ladies got a cuddle, Will was spoilt with gifts from Shelia, as was the other children present.
Sunday was a lazy day at home, I should have done some housework, but choose to sit in the sunshine make cards and read, yes I am again hiding in books.


  1. It's my first year with an advent calendar too, it's so exciting opening those little packages. I think Christmas brings out all sorts of emotions, as you know it's the first Christmas without my mum so I know it's going to be bittersweet this year. I'm sorry to hear that you've got some things going on in your life at the moment, I do hope your little trip to Wales helped.

  2. It's my first time with an advent calendar too, (I might have got a bit carried away!) It's so lovely to open a little gift each day. Sorry you are not feeling too good, I hope your spirit lifts soon and you are able to enjoy the rest of December. I know what you mean about the effort of getting the decorations down, I felt the same, all that work! but I have to say that although I didn't feel much like it, (and Mark wouldn't bother if I didn't) I love how cosy, warm and festive the house feels now. Take care.

  3. You are so creative - I am sure the recipients will love the cards and, I hope, appreciate all the hard work that has gone into making them. Your nails look perfect for Christmas! And I hope hubby is thrilled with his Advent chocolates (great idea).
    Take good care of yourself and try and do something enjoyable every day. Mxx

  4. It can be an effort, when you are feeling flat for whatever reason, to join in with preparations and celebrations of all kinds. We can feel that expectation to be merry and bright when inside we don't feel that way. While that's the expectation, in reality, certain times of year, like Christmas, can be hard for many people for all sorts of reasons. I hope you find your way through your feelings and thoughts in coming weeks, Marlene. Take Care. MegXx

  5. One of these days I will spend some time looking for an Advent calendar. I have never had one (the sons had the chocolate ones). The adult ones look very interesting.

    God bless.



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