A few things I must stop doing…

Still no snow, but here’s some snowy pics anyway…

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Hi, just thought I’d say hello before normal life resumes tomorrow (ie I am back at work). What do you think of the photo above? I think it looks like a group of little people caught in the snow. How did they get there? Who froze them? And why? Am sure Terry Pratchett would have made a great book out of this one image.

Anyway, now that the cold has finally lifted (that was two weeks of horrible-ness), I am feeling so much better today so tidied up the house and my study. Found books I forgot I had (oops…need to stop buying books), which was nice as I am not buying any more books in the foreseeable future. I have so many of them that it’s ridiculous. I intend to read them all before I even think of buying any others. With this in mind, I am staying off Amazon (unless I need something other than books) and am going to ignore book recommendations from everyone (one of the reasons I am constantly buying books). No temptation = no book buying (or that’s the theory anyway).

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Anyway, I have a lovely pile of books to read over the coming months. I’ve finished The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Practchett (thoroughly enjoyed it, although I don’t think it was is very best) and am now reading Charlotte Bronte: A Life by Claire Harman. Can’t get enough books about writers! Also got a C S Lewis biog to read too! Oh happy days!

Still off the sauce. That’s four whole days without alcohol and I haven’t missed it (yet). Ask me again next week! Usually I have wine twice a week and I enjoy it. Am planning to get to Jan 31 without drinking wine or any other kinds of alcohol. Sounds easy, but when you see wine everywhere (mainly on telly in the hands of a main character and looking all cold and delicious) it’s difficult to resist. Plus I love to finish work for the week with a celebratory glass of vino…I shall need to find something else instead. Somehow diluting juice doesn’t really hit the spot, but it will have to do. I will let you know how I get on.

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So this year so far, I have banned Amazon and wine. My other indulgence is Coca Cola. I just love it. I am also giving this up. It’s full of sugar and just isn’t good for me. I could drink diet coke, but I don’t drink aspartame or any other kind of sweetener because I believe they are really bad for you. Sigh…thank goodness I can still have the odd bit of chocolate or life wouldn’t be worth living!! Ha ha!

Right am off! Got some books to read and pottering around to do before dinner! Til next time!

Dawn xxx

PS what was that Sherlock all about?? It wasn’t up to its usual standards. In fact, I felt the story was rather weak. Another disappointing Christmas special!!

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Hellooooo! How’s things? Hope you are all well and enjoying the festive season. Have you had a nice time? I hope so. I am currently nursing an upper respiratory infection (a head cold and sore throat in other words) and am feeling a bit bleurgh! Luckily it’s only come on me the last couple of days. Apparently it’s making hubby’s life miserable because I am snoring worse than normal! Hope he doesn’t get this bug. It was the girl who brought it in, I’ve got it, the boy is sneezing and I’m hoping hubby doesn’t get it cos he has his last chemo this week. Hurrah!! If he has a cold it could delay it. The poor soul has been pretty unwell over the past few weeks with the build up of the chemo in his system. He’s been spending a lot of time in bed, it’s a real shame. One more to go plus two weeks of chemo tablets and that will be him. This year has been a bit shit, but I feel we’re coming to the end of it (I hope). Here’s to a better 2016!! Hubby deserves it. Am so thankful he’s still here with us because we nearly lost him a couple of times, but he pulled through. Yup, 2016 should be so much better!!

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In case you are wondering, I’m putting in ‘winter wonderland’ type pics because I feel we should always have snow at Christmas (thanks to Charles Dickens for this!! Apparently when he was a child, we went through a mini ice age and Christmas was always snowy so he wrote about snowy Christmases and now we all feel it should be snowy). Anyway, it’s not snowy here in Scotland. It’s been raining and very windy lately, although the last couple of days have been calm and dry. I am, however, still missing the snow (I feel a bit peeved we don’t have it – feels more Christmassy somehow)…hence the pics.

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Still trying to tot up our Christmas movies. We’ve not been watching a lot of Christmassy tv because basically the tv has been rubbish this year. As hubby quite correctly pointed out – Why are we paying our TV licence to the BBC when all they have mainly been showing is repeats of shows from when we were kids!?! And it’s not just been them! Other channels have been regurgitating tv shows from Christmas past too! And films. Yesterday we watched The Great Escape for instance…how many times has that been on British telly since the 70s??? The only thing new I’ve been watching is Dickensian, which I’ve only seen the first episode of. I love Dickens and this looks promising. I hope it’s good. Also watched the very last Downton Abbey…well I had to find out if Lady Edith got her happy ending. Seems like all the characters did. Hubby thinks Downton is rubbish and that it was all tied up too nicely, but I love a happy ending and I love Downton, so it was thumbs up from me. Even Daisy looks like she’ll finally get some romance. I know it was a cheesy finale, but it made me happy. I now feel all the characters will have a happy ending, which is the Disney-type ending they all needed!

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I’ve been taking it a bit easier these last few days so there’s not much to tell. My mother put on her usual massive spread for Christmas Day – it was great. She did the full thing and there was at least five courses. My favourite was the home-made soup – my mum makes the most amazing soup. I have tried to emulate her, but can’t quite get it right. It’s like ambrosia. I love it. When I was in my early 20s and still living at home, I lived on her soup for a whole winter. She would ask what I wanted for dinner and I always asked for her soup…it’s that good. Thanks mum!! It was a great spread…especially the soup!

Haven’t been doing too much over the last couple of days except try and bring down the mountain of dirty washing that suddenly appeared two days before Christmas (when the kids were told to tidy their rooms…ahem!). Nearly at the end of that. Plus am spending a lot of time reading. Hubby got me the new Terry Pratchett book The Shepherd’s Crown (I love Terry Pratchett), so will start that as soon as I have finished Eat my Globe by Simon Majumdar. He’s a lover of food (aren’t we all?) and decided to travel the world trying out different foods. It’s a great read. He comes a lot of dishes he loves and a few he thinks are disgusting and meets lots of really interesting people along the way. Am nearly at the end of it, but have really enjoyed it.

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We also have a few family board games to play…can’t wait to get into my Terry Pratchett The Witches boardgame!! (she says shivering with excitement!)

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Right, on that note, I’m off to make some lunch. Got a pork pie in the fridge that has my name on it. Til next time!

Dawn xxx

PS If someone was to ask me what the theme song for this Christmas was I would have to say the Dr Who theme tune. The boy is obsessed with Dr Who and got more Dr Who stuff for Christmas. If we don’t hear the theme tune from one of the many toys, he’s humming it or singing it or him and his friend from across the road are yelling it at the tops of their voices. Sigh. On that note, thought the Dr Who Christmas special this year was rather weak…the series is not as good as it used to be even with the excellent Peter Capaldi in the lead role. The storylines are often way to complicated for kids (the boy will now only watch a maximum of 15 minutes of an episode, but sits through hours of previous series – he’s a big fan of the Matt Smith storylines, but also loves the earlier seasons). However, I can’t say that for the Christmas Day version. I will continue watching, however, because I love Dr Who too!