Thursday, 28 January 2016

Festive shenanigans....

Ed Note:
I just discovered this little post in my 'to go' box and realised that I never actually got around to posting it! Rather late now I suppose but for the record and to look back on how incredibly disorganised I can be, here it is!

Well that's it! The festive season has finally come to an end. I cannot believe the number of parties we've been to this year! There was a period when the kids were small when I didn't get invited out at all and now....I'm feeling like 'Little Miss Popular!'
I can actually say that this Christmas has been perfectly lovely. A success!

Yesterday, whilst my Small Boy was busy creating a whole fleet of paper aircraft, I discovered a copy of our Christmas news letter from 2007 in the pile of scrap paper. I don't send newsletters any longer as I simply don't seem to have the time. This one did make me chuckle's also funny (and a little sad too) to note how life has changed.

Here, I'll share a few snippets....

'.....I no longer look at hedges and bushes in the same light but find myself considering their 'hideout' potential'. (That was something that Poppy was very much interested in back then, of course now I look at them as food sources!)

'Ruby is almost three and is growing fast. She currently has a strong interest in anatomy, particularly 'willies', I guess promoted by the arrival of Fenton'. (Thankfully, Ruby is now disgusted by her brother's genitalia and any 'wiggling' is considered perverted!)

Fenton was just a baby back in 2007 having only arrived that year!

Jenny (our hound) was a year old and this is what I wrote about her.....'Our dog Jense whom we purchased as a puppy last year whom you may remember we reported as 'not being our best idea yet', continues to be so! Although she no longer mass shreds everything in her path, she is still challenging. We had to part with three of our newly covered cushions earlier this month as I felt I could no longer continue to tie the corners with rubber bands following her constant chewing episodes! A carpet of fluffy feathers is not too easy to clear up on a daily basis. Perhaps her fascination has come about as a result of gaining a taste for the local pheasants!'

Mr Keeper, you'll be glad to read that my now darling old lady no longer feasts on living local delights of the feathered kind but instead is rather partial to raiding the neighbours compost heap and sniffing out rodents! She's also the most loyal and obedient of creatures although not when it comes to greeting people in tights!

When talking about my life in said 'old' newsletter, I merely mentioned my craft circle and the small amount of charity work that I engaged in back then. We still coordinate the sponsoring of a child (that's been lost eight years!!) I would actually be way too embarrassed to talk about all the things I'm involved with now (I find it hard to remember myself!)....but the most dramatic changes are that 'Mildred - the Morris Minor Traveller' we purchased as a pre- 40th restoration project for Tim had to be sold in 2011, Tim is obviously no longer here and we no longer reside in Kiddington.

Such radical changes when you look back at life. When I look at the big picture like this is highlights the importance of truly LIVING.....walk away from negativity and relationships that aren't healthy and truly make every minute count.
This New Year my promise to myself was to 'remain true to myself' and of course LIVE (that means 'have fun!' :-) :-) :-))

I invited my family over for lunch yesterday; hospitality and friendship. We had a lovely afternoon of feasting and games. By nature my folks aren't into organising social gatherings, in fact, I have realised over the years that it's not just them. Many folk are happy to go along to the party of others but prefer not to entertain themselves, and that's fine. As a single parent with three dependants, getting time off is not easy. So this year, I'm going to make the events happen! Not to say that I don't do that anyway; I'm often seen to be hosting ad hock jaunts of the funniest nature :-)

Look at these guys snuggled my bed!

My dear sis and I cracked this bottle of champagne that I had been saving for a special occasion for was off!

So wine it was.........just the one glass........

and then this......!!!


Happy New Year to you all my friends, make every moment count, 2016 has to be a good one!     

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