I thought I'd try filling this out during the week - it's going to be a hectic one, so would be nice to jot down the positives as they happen.
Firstly, we got home from visiting Craig's Mum in Hastings on Saturday night to find we'd missed a floral delivery, it had been taken next door. I was so surprised when I collected it to find a single white rose. The vets had sent it in memory/sympathy of Lucy our dog. How lovely is that?
I've popped it in with some flowers my friend had bought us which I forgot to mention a couple of weeks ago - thanks Caroline. (Not sure if she reads this blog - don't think so...)
Talking of doggies, this fella has been amazing this week. Cooper obviously misses Lucy and has been trailing us all round the house.
He's still a funny wee thing. He does make me laugh. We took him to meet Craig's Mums' dogs this week as they will be coming at Christmas. He was soon put in his place by Annie, the older dog, who harrumphed a bit at the young whippersnapper coming into her home. But Poppy - the younger dog (also a Jack Russell) well... lets just say her and Cooper got on a little too well. We shall have to keep an eye on those two over Christmas.
Next up was this gorgeous Christmas decoration I received from K as my P.I.F.
Isn't it perfect? The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favourite films, he fits in so well on our tree. He looks quite happy sitting there, in good company with my sister and the Pheebs Monster.
I'm afraid my remaining PIF's will be arriving with their recipients early next year now. Mojo really did desert me for a few months there. That's another positive this last couple of weeks though, I've started creating again. Only a little bit and I can't show anything at the mo as it's been for my Secret Santa gifts. It does feel good. This next bit is going to sound really flowery and mushy... but I really do believe in the power of art or creative healing. I don't mean in a religious way or anything, am afraid I don't buy into all that connecting with your inner goddess stuff. Craig's always worried I'm going to 'find myself' like 'those arty types' and go all spiritual and dance around naked, covered in paint or run off with a tattooed, hairy artist or something. Keep telling him I'm about as 'found' as am gonna be and this blunt, sarcastic wench is what he's stuck with. If I was going to connect with an inner anything it would more likely be a warty old, cackling witch than a goddess! No, it's just being able to lose yourself completely even if it's just lobbing paint at something... Good stuff.
We also received some Christmas tree decs from Gail, the girls demolished the couple of packets with chocolate coins in but we rescued this large one for the tree... Love handmade decorations.
It's also tradition for us to buy a new hanging star for the tree each year. I spotted the one I want to get this year - it's gorgeous. Haven't I been saying I want to get some jingle bells? Haven't I?
It was in Dunelm Mill but typically as we were on our way out. I'm typing this on Monday evening so hopefully we'll get back over before Christmas and pick up one or two - if not I'll try and get over after and pick up a couple to put away for next year. Jingle bells and stars - does it get any better?
Am really looking forward to opening my Secret Santa present on Sunday. I've been such a good girl. I have to say though - there were a couple of naughty Santa's that sent me a present as well as their recipients. Very unexpected - you really should go on the naughty list but you did make me smile. I haven't opened those either. Thank you ladies. I've really enjoyed the Secret Santa swap and will definitely host another next year if anyone is interested - thank you all for making it so much fun.
It's Wednesday now and I've had another Secret Santa present arrive. I take part in this one over on UKS every year with The Bristol Girls. (If you click the link, scroll down) One part of my pressie was wrapped differently than the rest and was intriguing me to much, so I was naughty and opened that one thing. Am glad I did - it was another handmade tree ornament!
Isn't it fabby? Am going to have to get details on how it was made. Devvie decided it looked better on Alice Angel... and I have to agree.
Tesco. Yes, Tesco. We save our clubcard points all year for Christmas. Craig misplaced our vouchers this week, they probably got recycled... so he went online to see if there was a way to reclaim them. There is... but not only that, any unclaimed vouchers from previous years can be printed too! Make sure you check your balance, we ended up printing off over £70 of vouchers some of which were this years and also some dating back to 2009. We couldn't believe it - our big Christmas food shop ended up costing £7.00 this week. We got my Dad round to check his, we knew he might have some. I remembered him saying he'd accidentally shredded his last year but thought that was that, his mistake, his loss. Nope. He had over £100 to print off. I may moan about Tesco (and I do. Quite a bit) but I have to say I think it's really good they let you do that. They could quite easily say "nope - don't claim, your loss." So this was a huge positive this week.
My back. It spasmed earlier in the week. I wasn't even doing anything strenuous just sitting at the PC. It's the worst pain I've had with it in a long time and really thought that was it, wouldn't be able to do much this Christmas. Even getting up and sitting down was causing a bit of nausea where it hurt so much. However, a couple of days and copious amounts of pain killers and creams later and it's back to normal. Normal being a permanent ache that I've learned to live with and was so glad to welcome back! I think the time is approaching where I might need a little help from the doctors in managing the pain as I have noticed it getting worse the last couple of years. But all the time I can still do normal things and manage on my own, I'm happy to potter about. I don't want to end up on a cocktail of drugs not knowing what they could be doing to the rest of my body... is that daft? Or does that make sense? I think Craig would prefer a visit to the doctor in the near future. Whatever - I'm glad my back and I are on familiar ground for the time being.
We've reached Thursday and I'm glad I did it this way - that was a pretty good week wasn't it? I'm really glad of the way Rocking Friday makes you reflect on the past week in a positive way and I just want to thank Virginia for starting this regular get together. If you want to join us - please do link up with her so that we can all find you.
Thanks for stopping by :)