Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Christmas Chaos

The last couple of days have been a bit hectic sending off the last few cards and parcels so they get to their destinations on time.

Today, I decided that I just HAD to go and get my hair done.  You know that feeling when the state of it gets desperate and you just can't stand it any longer.  Well that was me so I was up and out with the dog extra early so I could get to the salon as early as possible before a queue formed.  You can't book where I go, you just turn up and wait until a stylist is free.  Strange system, but it works for me.

Anyway, I had about a 40 minute wait but was armed with a cup of tea and a book to read which I managed to finish whilst I was there, so it wasn't too bad.  I was out of there by about 1.30pm feeling like I'd returned to the ranks of the human race.  I then did a quick bit of Christmas shopping before heading home.  It was very busy in the shopping centre.  It made me glad that I've done most of my shopping.  I didn't want to hang around.

When I got home we'd had a delivery of an armchair that we'd ordered for OH's dad to sit on when they come to us for Christmas.  We have to admit that we weren't exactly bowled over by it.  It was a bit of a last minute buy, it was one of the only ones we could get delivered before Christmas and probably wouldn't have been our choice, but it has saved us rushing round at the last minute looking for a second hand one and it wasn't too expensive.  I hope it will be comfortable enough for him when he gets here.

This evening I caught up with a bit of blog reading before making the dinner.  I'm trying to use up everything in the freezer this week so I deliberately bought very little meat in this week's food shop.  We're probably going to have a real mixed bag of meals this week.  Last night it was Spam fritters for me (I love them now and again, they remind me of school dinners) and a Cornish pasty for OH, tonight it's Quorn spaghetti bolognaise and later in the week we'll be having beef stew and dumplings.  I think we're out for tea tomorrow night as we're going to do a bit of last minute late night shopping.  I'm hoping to eek the food out until Christmas Eve.  I can see pasta and egg and chips being on the menu too and possibly beans on toast or bacon and bean casserole.  To be honest though we'll be eating such rich and calorie laden food over Christmas, that it's quite nice to keep it simple for the few days leading up.

Tonight, I'm going to do a bit of work on my  hand sewn quilt.  I just need to add the appliques, attach the wadding and backing and then hand bind it and it will be finished.  I finished sewing all the block squares together last night whilst watching Kirstie's Crafty Christmas and Liberty of London (I've loved this little series).  A super indulgent evening of TV for anyone who likes making.  Talking of which, I also caught most of the Sewing Bee Christmas Special the other evening which was also quite good. 

Did anyone else enjoy any of these programmes or has everyone been too busy getting ready for Christmas?


  1. Caught a bit of the sewing bee.
    It seems to have calmed here a bit just car troubles, dentists etc to deal with.
    Hope the chair is a success x

    1. I'm sure it will be fine. It's pretty comfortable which is the main thing. I'm pleased things have calmed down a bit for you now.

  2. WOW it sounds like you haven't stopped!


  3. Spam fritters, lovely! I used to love them and all their salty, fatty deliciousness.

    1. Yep, they're pretty high in fat and calories, hence why only an occasional trip down memory lane. School dinners were so healthy when I was a teenager!

    2. I know what you mean! Yum yum.