Looking forward

Hi, How was Christmas? I hope you had a good festive break. I hesitate to use the word ‘holiday’, on the grounds that the rush up the the big day, seems anything but. With all the present buying, wrapping, food prep and visits; I’m glad of the down time period between then and New Years. Not that we get up to much at New Year’s. In days of old, the Ever Lovely Mrs J and I would go to an alt rock club in town, but that must be nearly 20 years ago now. I’m 40+ and I’m not careful, my waist will soon match my age. 🙂 So year, I’m quite happy to stay at home, get the kids […]

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Willpower, Miss Jones

Hi, A little under one more week and Christmas will have passed. All the traipsing around shops, visiting the post office and the wrapping (“The horror! The horrorrrr!” 🙂 ), will – I hope – have been worth it. For me, there’s little that meets doing something for someone else. Either, a little bit of help, listening at the right time, or putting thought into a gift, rather than an amount. But… maybe that’s just me. I know a few friends who aren’t keen on Christmas, perhaps matched by a small number who are crackers over it. If you pardon the pun. So, here’s a question, what, as this is a hypothetical question, would you gift yourself with? Time, something […]

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Heels, hemlines and hopes…

Hi, My brain is all of a spin at the moment. It’s been a little full on at home and that’s even with leaving work slightly earlier than usual. There’s no major drama going on – thankfully! – I think it’s more just one of those evenings where it’s 60mph all the way until after tea. Then we’re into teeth brushing, PJs and story time. I also had a surprise visit from a friend, Sophie, who was in the area. Having not been 100% well, she missed the Chameleons Xmas Do (more on that in a bit), but didn’t want to miss saying hi before Christmas and returning the favour with the festive gifts. I’d dropped mine off last week, […]

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Not so much back to black

Hi, Am I glad it was pay day! The Jones Massive have nearly completely the Christmas shopping – yay, Interwebz! – and we will soon be moving on to the wrapping. By all that’s unholy, the mountain of wrapping… Yes, I know it’s not yet December, but we start early. Mainly to spread out the cost and also to avoid the seasonable comedy mess ups and risks of: I’m not sure what I want  The well loved (!) I’d quite like so-and-so, which you can’t get in the shops, or on-line.  Nothing really…. Thanks, very helpful! 🙂 Spending each morning at the Post Office, queueing for a recorded delivery that has hidden itself at the back of the sorting office. […]

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The Wrong Side of History

Hi, Well, how was your Christmas? I hope you had a pleasant one and that all went well. This year, we had somehow managed to duck much of the travelling and instead, the extended Jones Clan came to our little house. I could have said …on the prairie, but moor would be closer. 🙂 We are far enough out of civilisation to be in werewolf country, but at least it keeps the door-to-door sales people on their toes. So we swapped travel for the frenzied activity of cooking and preparing enough food. Honestly, I need to think about cutting down. Not only did I get a new postcode for Xmas, but I no longer feel safe swimming in case there […]

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