Over 50, Overweight, Life feels over
A very traditional Christmas here, with midnight mass (C1 and I sang in the choir), stockings, traditional breakfast, prezzies (less money but lots more imagination than in some past years!), Christmas lunch with all the bits (+ veggie option for C1 and me), happy time with a friend who came for the day, listened to both queens' broadcasts (Beatrix and Elizabeth), watched Willy Wonka, now subsiding into a gentle sort of Christmas jelly ))
I hope you're having a happy Christmas in your new home, Patootie, and that you're indulging yourself a bit and feeling well enough to really enjoy that!
That sounds luxuriously indulgent, Toots, and I hope it felt like that. Has the lurgy finally left you, so that you could actually enjoy the day a bit?
We're going to venture out to Madurdam for our usual Boxing Day visit. This is a world-famous minature version of Holland that covers about an acre and has literally hundreds of famous buildings all built meticulously to scale, with a miniature airport, and motorways with cars that really go, and all that sort of thing. It is a great tourist attraction, but in fact the better you know the country the more you enjoy it because the more you recognise. It's the sort of place that you, with your eye for detail, would just love. Look here.
They actually do a sort of son-et-lumiere in the evenings, with the story of Hans Brinker and the silver skates, and we had thought of going, but it's turned very cold here (it's -2 C at the moment, which is 10 am) so I somehow don't see us sitting outside for 2 hours after dark!
Hope you have a happy day, Patootie, with some nice treats and that you are enjoying your first Christmas in your beautiful new home. xx
I don't know about luxuriously indulgent .. more like lazily not bothering to actually cook anything
I don't like a full meal at lunch time .. my stomach just doesn't want to face all that work of munching the food up ... so I generally stay with 'light' meals until later on in the day .. .. but I did do some pancakes with vanilla ice cream for Christmas 'tea' ... they were really scrummy and definitely indulgent .. but not too heavy ...
The Madurdam place looks brilliant ... probably something like the Legoland places that have loads of miniature buildings .. but I was really impressed that Madurdam actually has real trees and bushes that they have to constantly prune to keep them miniature.
I might go out for a ride on my scooter later on .. I feel the need for some fresh air ... been stuck inside for the best part of 10 days now .. other than my trip out to the docs waiting room of course .. I'll just pop out for a short while .. blow the cobwebs away ...
It was quite 'funny' watching the 'fleets' of cars turning up yesterday morning and this morning ... whisking away 'mums' and 'grannys' to eat a pile of Christmas dinner no doubt ... then all the cars came flooding back late yesterday afternoon ... it made me feel kids family duties done .. had mother/granny to dinner now they are ok until next Christmas. Shame really ... some of the residents do have family that come here often ... but sadly for some it's just high days and birthdays .. I am glad I don't get 'carted off' to have a meal with family I don't know much about .. it would be a very long and awkward day I would think ...
Pancakes with ice cream sounds like just the thing, Patootie! And best of all, it suits YOU ) Sounds like the worst of the lurgy has passed now, which is great. That was a rough go.
Madurodam sounds like Legoland, but is actually quite different. Legoland is staggering in the imagination shown in building with lego, but Madurodam is a lot more sophisticated. All the different structures are done in meticulous detail and precisely to scale, so the result is very realistic. And yes, there are real trees and things---and I noticed today that the 12 inch 'pine trees' were decorated with tinsel and glass balls and everything. Just lovely.
I hope you do get out for a bit of fresh air, especially if you have the brilliant sun that we do. BUT if it's anything there like it is here, it's COLD, so mind you wrap up well!!
It must be strange to see people coming to collect relatives and friends if they otherwise wouldn't see them. I find that hard to imagine. We had all our parents every Christmas for as long as we were blessed with their presence; now that they have all gone on, we have one or more old friends. It's a nice time of year for hospitality. And we are incredibly lucky that our kids all want to be home for Christmas together, but we have such a good time together. It must be terribly sad for a family to get together out of nothing but a sense of duty, particularly if everyone has a rotten time. Like you, I'd rather be on my own.
But I think you would be an asset to any Christmas party, Patootie, I really do. So I hope now and then you do have a bit of sociability! For today, though, enjoy the sunshine and do something else nice and relaxing for yourself---after the fantastic job you've done this year of changing your life, you deserve it!!!!
Patootie, just looking in to wish you a good weekend. We are off to France in a little while (gotta take the pussycats and the dawgie to the farm where they stay and pack the car with all the Christmas food!).
I hope to be in cyberspace most of the week, but we are in a very rural area and our connection is via the mobile phone network so it's not very fast or reliable.
In any case, I hope you see the back of the lurgy for sure, and that you do some more nice indulgent things over the next few days, and most of all that you look back over this year and marvel at all you've done and look forward to 2009 with enthusiasm. I'm certainly very curious to see what you decide to do next, and will be standing there on the sidelines cheering for you!!! xx
Waves at Chuggie Bells ...
I'm here .. just waiting for your holiday report ... Happy New Year to you
Oooh, THERE you are! I was getting afraid you''d chosen a really good hiding place this time )
Don't think I dare try a real holiday report from here. We are in theory getting a satellite internet connection: we waited for 2 years on the rumour that the French government was going to put in an ISDN line here, but they haven't, and to be fair if I were them I wouldn't string a line 6 km just for the 7 households that are here. So we all clubbed together to get it, but the installer broke his arm the week before Christmas so it's not installed and I'm still working on a very feeble connection.
We are about to start new year's eve dinner, which may be a bit of a hoot. We split up 2 and 2, with 2 of us doing starter and sweet and the other two (including me, natch) salad and main. How this will work out in practice I dread to think, but we have wine on hand so we'll giggle our way through it one way or another!
Tomorrow we'll listen to the new year's concert from Vienna (like everyone else in Europe: I always think that starting the new year with music is such a hopeful approach to the future!) and then if the weather is good we might go to Beynac Castle (where Richard the Lionheart really slept etc etc). Will tell you more when I get back, but bear in mind that we also want to know what YOU'VE been up to! Hope it's good, Toots, and that you're feeling well again
In any case, I will raise a glass to you at midnight---hope this is a very good year for you!! xxx
What a fab year it's been for you Patootie!
OH is on duty overnight so I am staying in and firing up the juicer for some lovely, healthy fresh fruit juice virgin cocktails - although I will probably sneak in a bacon sandwich before midnight too!
Happy New Year all - here's to 2009
I can't remember the last time I celebrated New Year .. my sis in Australia is already in 2009 ... whilst I am languishing in the last hours of 2008 ... she will probably ring me soon and then 'traditionally' I ask her how the New Year is sizing up ... ans she will comment about me being a 'slow coach' to get to the New Year
Took the Christmas tree down today ... took me a couple of minutes to dust it ... and a couple more minutes to fold it down into it's box ... now it's all ready for lifting out next December .. heheheh !!!
Changed my electricity supplier this morning to save £10 next year .. and I have some items sorted out ready to go to auction .. other than that nothing much happened today ... it is just another day to me ...
Have a great evening ... stay nice and warm and safe .. and I hope 2009 .. is a happy and prosperous year for us all
What did you do with the extra second of time that we had at the end of last year ??"The world's official timekeepers have added a "leap second" to the last day of the year on Wednesday, to help match clocks to the Earth's slowing spin on its axis, which takes place at ever-changing rates affected by tides and other factors."<!-- m -->http://uk.reuters.com/article/burningIssues/idUKTRE4BR1DC20081229
I thought long and hard about what to do with my extra second ... pondered whether to take an extra sip of a delicious single malt whisky .. or maybe a nibble of a pungent blue cheese .. perhaps even an extra second in bed ..
But then I had it .. I knew what I would do ... on the very last 'extra' second of 2008 I flung my lounge window open wide .. and drew in a huge lungful of fresh air .. can't go wrong with an extra breath of air I decided ...
It was only once I had gone to bed and was reflecting on the 'old' year that I wonder what my flinging open a window and drawing in some air in the brief 'Leap second' might do to the 'Chaos Theory' .. where might that litre or two of air gone had I not breathed it in ... had I stopped a hurricane starting, or maybe I started one .. will someone else have to go short of breath when that litre doesn't turn up for them .. will a sailing ship be bowed over in a sudden squall, or becalmed in slack air ... ohh dear the responsibility of having used that extra 'Leap Second' with a gulp of air .. so I shall be watching the news with extra interest all year ... and wondering if indeed my actions might have started a disaster or delight ..
Oh Patootie, only you could start the new year on such a wonderful note! I shall definitely watch the ne,ws to see what the results were of that extra lungful ))
(Actually, do you know if chaos theory is still good science? I had lunch last week with a very scientific friend who seemed to think it wasn't quite as reliable as I had thought. Any idea?)
Well, our new years eve went off well. As it was just Hans, the boys and me this year we had to work to make it an occasion, but we did. Hans and Arie did the starter and sweet, Johan and I did the main and cheese, and it all went splendidly. And I had done a 'treasure hunt' with clues all over the house. They were riddles, harder than in years past, and some of them stumped the boys for quite a while, but it was lots of fun. At midnight we called Marrie, who's in London as she has to work, and then we watched the fireworks in London on telly, which were amazing. Now we're thawing out gently with the new year's concert from Vienna. Later on a trip out, I think, as I need to do something to work off the nine zillion calories I've eaten in the last day.
2008 was quite a year for you, as Screamy said, but knowing you, it was just laying the foundations for an even better and more interesting 2009!
Here's wishing everyone a new year of health, safety, peace and happyiness! xxxx
Glad you all enjoyed New Year. I like your fresh air idea Patootie!
I'm all for taking the tree down on NYD but OH didn't get to bed until 7 am and I didn't want to disturb him so it will come down tomorrow (am "working" today).
I went out an ran 7 miles yesterday so that was a good start to the New Year wasn't it? Needed it too - been eating FAR too much cheese recently It is nearly all gone now, thank goodness!
goodness .. were these 'disasters' my 'fault' ..
Scientists Puzzle Over Yellowstone Earthquake Swarm Scientists are closely monitoring more than 250 small earthquakes that have occurred in Yellowstone National Park.
Passes closed by snow, avalanche fears - Falling snow and a high threat of avalanches convinced officials to close three main east-west mountain passes in Washington state on New Year's Day and at least two of the highways were expected to remain shut down into Friday.
Another storm was expected to dump as much as 18 inches of new snow on the Cascade Mountains overnight, keeping avalanche danger high.
Moderate earthquake shakes Indonesia's Maluku provinceA 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern province of Maluku today, Indonesia's geophysics agency said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
Yes they were - you should be ashamed of yourself - I mean breathing, how dare you!
Well, Toots, we've been telling you for quite a while now that you have a lot more power than you give yourself credit for )
But maybe you should look for some of the unexpectedly GOOD stories instead? I think they're more like you! (I would do it if I had a proper internet, but this is the 1957 version, so it's all I can do to post a few lines!)
Screamy, I do take my hat off to you for that 7 miles!! Especially in the weather there seems to be in England. I am NOT looking forward to cycling to work on Monday: the prediction is for - 1C...
We have to go home tomorrow, alas, stopping overnight in Chartres. It's always sad to leave since we love it down here, but life goes on, C2 has to go back to uni on Sunday and we have to earn an honest penny. AND it will be nice to have another real-world internet connection!!
Have a good weekend, all! And again, happy new year!
.. maybe .. I may have been responsible .. ?
Relatives of an 89-year-old eccentric were left a garage in his will - and found the world?s most valuable car inside. The nephew and niece could become overnight millionaires when the 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante, one of only 17 made in the world, is sold next month. Experts believe it could be worth up to £6 million, reports the Daily Mirror. Dr Harold Carr, who died without ever marrying or having children, left the run-of-the-mill garage to his relatives. It also contained a classic Aston Martin and a Jaguar E Type.
Andy Murray has beaten Roger Federer for the third time in a row.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Oil from the seeds of a poisonous shrub helped power a New Zealand airliner in a test flight, at a time when airlines hit by high oil prices and pressured over the impact of planes on the environment seek greener fuels.
An Air New Zealand Boeing 747 flew for two hours on Dec. 30 with one of its four engines powered by a 50-50 mixture of jet fuel and jatropha oil, the airline said in a statement.
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