Chit-chat catch up -part 2 of 2

So part 1 was yesterday and this is part 2. If you didn’t see part 1 you can find it here; Chit-chat catch up – part 1 of 2.
For those that read part 1 yesterday, but since reading it have not been back to that post, I just want to point out my results all turned out good in the end. A short few minutes after the post aired, I went back to edit the post slightly where I talked about the results, because it did not come across clearly as I would have liked. It had taken me a long time to write that particular post, with lots of re-visits while post was in draft before being aired. Apologies for any confusion caused. I thought I’d point this out, with having readers who subscribe to my blog via email, as you would not have been aware of the edit since you received your post in your email inbox. 

Elf on the Shelf

Last year I was finding Christmas painful, as you know. Just the idea of planning or talking about this area in advance would send me in meltdown. I may have discovered it was more difficult than expected, so not being arsed to put my own tree up, or do my own Elf on the Shelf last year and having to stop blogging before December arrived. But what I discovered ended up being ok, was when someone at work was doing their Elf on the Shelf again, brought a smile to my face and I was looking forward to what it would do next. It didn’t inspire to get my own out though,but just to enjoy watching someone elses.

I didn’t join in with Secret Santa at work, because I just did not want to buy as I have planned, as well as not receive presents. But I enjoyed watching everyone else exchanging theirs and opening them, joining in with their laughter.

I wore a christmasy t-shirt and socks, on Christmas eve at work, to try and get in a bit of a christmasy mood.

Christmas t-shirt with a penguin on it and words up to snow good

I didn’t do anything else, like decorating my cleaning trolley with Christmas decorations, like the previous year.

We were allowed to start work earlier, on Christmas eve and New Year’s eve.

Dvd’s over the holiday period

I watched my dvd’s bought and saved to watch, during this holiday period. Non of them were Christmasy, but this was only because I did not come across any new Christmasy ones to watch, of this type.

Christmas lights on a street

I went with a neighbour to look at this street that decorate their homes with Christmas lights. My other neighbour was not able to join in and his leg was playing up. The lights looked lovely and I took photos for my neighbour to see. But the photos do not give it justice to what you actually see and feel from enjoying the display. The street that does this was not far from us and they do this for charity.

Here are a couple of photos from that night. I really love the snowmen in the car.

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Christmas lights on a street

I bought a Peace Lily in December and a side table. My Peace Lily is where my Parlour Palm used to be and the Parlor Palm is on the side table.

These are only the two plants I have, as I killed the last of my Spider Plants last year.

I bought book, The Year of the Introvert, by Michaela Chung. I came across this book when Ashley at Mental Health @ Home did a book review on it. I started reading this from Christmas and I like this book in how it is written, so I can read it in small amounts.

I chose to have Christmas Day on my own, with meeting up with neighbour on Boxing Day for the day, where we had lunch at mine. We both contributed to our lunch and watched a few dvd’s.
I enjoyed staying in bed till nearly 10am,on Christmas Day. So it was a late breakfast, leading onto a late dinner. But I did not care. It was at my pace and I enjoyed it, with a bit of colouring, a few dvd’s and lit candles.

I also felt apprectiative knowing I had some days off work, as I needed it.

Mum has a social worker now, who first contacted me back in December to get some details about my mum, after seeing her. So early days with what happens next, as this social worker looks into things. In the meantime, mum is still on the ward and I wouldn’t expect her coming off anytime soon, unless there has been huge improvement since I last seen her. When anything changes, they will let me know anyway.

 

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Chit-chat November

As this post airs, it will be under a month to Christmas. Lots of changes have happened to me this year, both good and not so good, as you have known if you have been a regular follower of this blog this year. One, I would not have expected, back in February.
It’s been strange, or a struggle to get my head around with all the emotions that came with these events.
I also feel further new chapters have come into my life, these last few months, more than I have expected and so it’s taken time to process, or still processing, as this post airs, because of the difficulties I have had at the same time. It’s like I wasn’t able to fully enjoy the good things, because of the distressing bad things. 

I treated myself to Queen Greatest Hits cd. I have always liked Queen for as long as I can remember, but it’s not until now, before getting round to having an album of theirs.
My dad liked Queen and it was through him liking Queen that I discovered their music. Thankfully, I like Queen for who they were and for their music and for Freddie Mercury.
Unlike when I was offered a particular baking dish from my mum some months back when she started clearing unwanted things, when originally we were going to move into together, I could not accept that dish, as I associated too much of my dad with it. As much as I remember enjoying my home made fruit crumbles with it, whether I was using it for school baking, or dad cooking with it, having that dish is too much to handle. I don’t even want to touch it. I remember my fruit crumbles for what it was; warm, comforting food. But not my dad. But the dish, I remember my dad first. I don’t want to remember that. So no, I don’t want that dish.

And I bought myself a pair of black leather lace up boots, or sneakers as the description of theirs says, from Ecco. They look like boots, but a slight more relaxed style, which I get on really well, as they are comfy. They would suit smart, or casual I think.

I sold my fold up bed, as it will no longer be needed. Only I ever used it when mum stayed over. No one else used it and there be no more sleep overs for mum. I know the person who bought it was very keen on having it and they were very happy when they both seen it.
My bedroom feels less cluttered for it and I have further plans to make my bedroom feel a bit less cluttered. (Not that anyone would say it’s cluttered now.) But there is no rush. When I find what I want, it will happen. It’s only a small change that will make a difference to me.

Reminder for my friends this Christmas

Even though I am now in an extra job and so no money worries like before, please can we just stick to Christmas cards this year. No presents please. I would greatly appreciate it.
Writing out Christmas cards is going to be difficult for me, but I hope to write them.

Now when it comes to particular family members, as readers who have been following for a long time will know, they don’t usually follow this request, when I once asked this before. But this year, they are going to respect my wishes of no presents this Christmas and just leave it to Christmas cards only. So I am really thankful and happy they will not buy this year.

Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years eve and New Years Day I plan to have on my own

I am not in the mood for celebrating Christmas. I will not be bah humbug. But I won’t be merry either. It’s going to be difficult more than I expected originally, as I am finding it difficult now, with the Christmas lights being on and all the other Christmas related stuff in town. My mood will be in the middle hopefully; just relaxing and enjoying the best I can. Well, trying to enjoy my own Christmas and through to the New Year, in some way.
It’s not helped by the year I have had. But I can’t put the all the blame on that, because for those that have followed for a year, or more will know the last 2 to 3 years I have not been bothered about it. It’s just with the events of this year, I’m not going to be jumping for joy, or celebrating.

For preparing my Christmas and through to the New Year:

  • I am stock piling my food for around this period.
  • I am also buying and saving some dvd’s to watch around this time too. (This is a hard one to not watch before. Lol.)
  • And I have treated myself to a Christmasy scented candle.
  • Whatever else I plan to do, will be what I have in my home already.

I will be on my own Christmas and Boxing Day, although my neighbour was hoping I join him Christmas Day. As I said to him and say here, I don’t plan to have it with anyone else. That is the plan and that is what I want to do. (Same with new years eve (in between shifts at work) and New Years Day.) I am not promising my neighbour, but if I did come down, then maybe half an hour to an hour, after my Christmas lunch. But I’m not promising.
I may do my morning walk Christmas Day, like I did last year, around the park, because I enjoyed doing that last year, making my Christmas routine different.

I don’t plan to have my Christmas tree up this year. My heart is not for doing that, but I may hang extra fairy lights up, on the wall. I shall see.

Just a few days before Christmas, I will be having Christmas lunch with my neighbour below and his family, at a pub, for lunch, after being invited a few months back.

Blogging break

This is my last chit-chat post for 2019, but chit-chat will resume in January 2020.

I’m also not posting anything else until next year either, as I take a blogging break.

I may possibly be quiet on WordPress via your blogs I follow, until I am back in January, posting. This is just to avoid Christmasy type posts and the Happy New Year stuff that will be floating about. But regardless how I choose to do my Christmas and New Year, please do enjoy yours.

Blog email notifications

I shall set my holiday notification for my break I intend to have, on the email account I use for my blog. So any emails relating to my blog won’t get answered until next year. (Unless of course your email falls under spam, or something else I don’t answer to.)
I do have friends that email and chat to me on this, so please bear in mind if you email during the period I have set my holiday email notifications for when I am away, that you will automatically get this reply. I will pop in from time to time to check for these types of emails, so I will reply back then. But just bear in mind it may not be soon as I usually would.

I wish all my readers a Merry Christmas and I will be back some time in the New Year.

No elves this year, as they are busy helping Santa.

So no Elf on the Shelf business here.
I leave you a photo of Bob, wearing his knitted jumper and trousers, which were kindly given to me some months ago, in addition to other clothing he could wear.
The elves had some clothes too. Maybe you will see them in theirs, if they choose to have a holiday back here, after helping Santa.

Bob says, “Why can’t we have Bob on a shelf?”

Bob the toy chimp, wearing a green and blue knitted jumper and blue knitted trousers

Dvd’s watched

  • Self/less
  • Cirque Du Soleil – La Nouba
  • The Cave
  • Unstoppable
  • Re-watched Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
  • Re-watched Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Re-watched City of Angels
  • Case 39
  • Enemy of the State
  • Serenity
  • Dreamer
  • Venom
  • Valentine
  • London has Fallen
  • John Carter
  • And lots more… 

Next year, I plan to make one change to my blog. Currently, posts close to comments when older than 90 days. I am going to change this to 50 days. 

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Merry Christmas

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An elf is not just for Christmas…

There seems to be something going down here.

As the elves are saying and their monkey friend, Bob, “Elves are not just for Christmas, there for life.”

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Noel preparing

So a couple of days ago, under supervision of me, Noel followed instructions to help prepare for a photo to be taken at work with another elf. This photo was then left the next day by me, so that whoever is responsible for this elf, knew they had a visitor. The visitor being Noel, the elf.
On the back of the photo, Noel written, love Noel, so they knew it was him in the photo. But I wonder if they were curious who helped him do this?
I hope they got a laugh out of it, because that was the intention. 🙂

Now although I can’t show you him joining another elf at my workplace and that photo taken, I can show him prior, in preparing, by listening.

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While Noel was away, Nick was taking a very relaxing break, by the looks of it.

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Nick and Noel on the look out

I may have not been naughty, like a few of my friends and readers have been with this post; Noel says, “Who’s been naughty?” but they did hear about me checking out my presents under the tree. They heard about me feeling a few of my presents and guessing what they might be, so I am now on their naughty list for that.
Noel and Nick are also watching I don’t do it again, otherwise they are taking my presents back to Santa.

Noel is high up at the top of the Christmas tree and Nick is covering low ground. They are on the lookout and keeping an eye out.

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Some jokes for you

Here are some jokes for you.

Why are Christmas trees bad at knitting?
Because they always drop their needles.

What do you get when you cross a bell with a skunk?
Jingle smells.

What does Mrs Claus say to Santa when she sees clouds?
Looks like rain, dear.

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Frostbite.

These jokes were found here, where you can read some more: http://www.elfcrazy.com/christmas-elf-jokes-for-kids/

 

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Noel feeling a bit better

As I mentioned in, “Introducing the elves,” Noel was recovering from surgery. It seems Nick’s visit helped.

 

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Introducing the elves

As you know from post: “I have a new visitor, the elf …” I now own an elf. But now, I own two.

My first one was this one, who I have named Noel.

Elf colouring
Colouring

The other one, as I mentioned in the comments of the post linked above, I have named Nick.

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Nick is not an “Elf on the Shelf,” instead this one is “Ernie The Elf,” but as I say, I have named this one Nick. This elf, I have never come across, until now. I only heard of “Elf on the Shelf.”

Noel is not very well at the moment. You probably spotted him in the background of the above photo of Nick, with Bob the monkey. Noel is recovering from surgery. You will probably notice in later posts what surgery he had.

More to come later. Have fun. 🙂

 

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