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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 24th Dec 16, 6:24 PM
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    * I wish it could be Christmas every day * - It's the 2017 Christmas Chatter Thread
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    • 24th Dec 16, 6:24 PM
    * I wish it could be Christmas every day * - It's the 2017 Christmas Chatter Thread 24th Dec 16 at 6:24 PM
    ‘Well I wish it could be Christmas every day
    When the kids start singing and the band begins to play
    Oh I wish it could be Christmas everyday
    So let the bells ring out for Christmas’



    Hello and welcome to the 6th Christmas Chatter Thread.

    This thread is not just about Christmas, but our whole year. We have had many ups and downs, deaths and births but we have all made it through to the end of the last thread and Christmas 2016.

    NOTE - For all new people please don't lurk, but come and join in with all the chatter. We are all a little mad (about Christmas!), but not dangerous.

    The following posts will be made up of all the links saved from last year with new ones added as we go.

    This will hopefully make it easier in October/November when we are all looking for them.

    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list

    Thanks to all posters on the previous threads – the thread is only a success because of your contributions!

    So on that note it is over to you and roll on Christmas 2017!


    Our Birthdays



    JANUARY
    Newthrift 18th
    Clumsy42 28th

    FEBRUARY
    murie 24th
    junior_j 25th

    MARCH
    vulpix 12th

    APRIL
    quidsy 23rd
    princesskitty29 29th

    MAY
    pixtotts 4th
    Opee92 13th
    Pinksteps 21st

    JUNE
    Nic2075 1st
    04624181 13th
    dropsofjupiter 22nd
    msgigglewick 23rd

    JULY
    mrs-moneypenny 17th
    Hanley25 19th

    AUGUST
    Treasurequeen 12th
    patentgirl 30th

    SEPTEMBER
    Spendless 28th
    whitesatin 28th

    OCTOBER
    freespirit66 1st

    NOVEMBER
    Peppapig 1st
    mrsinvisable 7th
    pinknfluffy28 28th

    DECEMBER
    FeistyFidget 14th
    3forholidays 15th
    CHRISSYG 25th !!!!!!!!
    Last edited by 3forholidays; 24-12-2016 at 6:52 PM.
    A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realise how blessed you are.

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    • 04624181
    • By 04624181 7th Jun 17, 9:07 AM
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    Due to the sky signal being unable to get through the scaffolding we are limited to watching dvds or downloads from sky. DD is sat watching all the disney christmas dvds this morning x
    • mandco
    • By mandco 7th Jun 17, 9:45 PM
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    just popping in quick to say hi
    Things have been hectic and kids have been hogging the laptop revising for exams. Hope everyone's doing ok will try and read back

    ChrissyG great news on the scans.
    I picked up a couple of those baskets today as they make fab gifts for teen girls

    tc all
    this year do something that scares you for courage is not the absence of fear just the knowledge that some things are worth the risk
    • princesskitty29
    • By princesskitty29 8th Jun 17, 10:10 AM
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    Dropped Wiggle off at nursery this morning and DH and I went for a coffee in a local caf! before he started work, he works from home so occasionally we get to do these little things which is nice. I’ve now got a batch of leek and potato soup bubbling on the hob to use up some leeks and potatoes and I’m now having a little browse on the internet. I actually need to be sorting out the nursery and our spare room but feeling sick and very tired this morning so not sure how much I’ll actually get done!

    04624181 I don’t know what your DH is like, but my husband gets really stressed when we have workmen in to do things, could this be part of your DH’s problem? Or is it just disagreeing on what you want? My DH is also the type to look for an argument when he gets in a bad mood which is really annoying as I’m not like that. I don’t really ever get in bad moods, if I do you can always trace the cause back to him! I hope it blows over for you soon!

    mandco hello! Hope the revision is going well in your house.
    Mummy to a beautiful son born 05.08.2014
    • 04624181
    • By 04624181 8th Jun 17, 10:51 AM
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    Good Morning all,

    Another bad day weather wise here. The roofer managed a full day of works yesterday whoop whoop! He wont be here today as we are forecast storms lol. Myself and DD are off out to do the food shopping. We are going to be doing a ton of batch cooking ready for the last 6 hectic weeks at school. Want to stay as healthy as possible so am going to batch cook chilli, spag bol, season some chicken up ready to put in oven etc. Going to batch make some breakfast pancakes, muffins and cookies too.

    PH29-On husband front, we tried talking again last night but it was heading for an argument so I went to bed. I think he is stressed at work and he is worried about funding everything. Mmm I love leak and potatoe soup. Get your feet up, you are busy cooking a baby lol xx
    mandco- Hope the revising is going well xx

    Big hugs to everybody, bit quiet on here hope everyone is ok xx
    • LMG1305
    • By LMG1305 8th Jun 17, 11:02 AM
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    Hi All

    Not sure if it's this rubbish weather or not, but I am feeling very Christmassy lately & have actually done a bit of Christmas shopping!! Not much, but grabbed a few things that I saw in Asda that I think my stepmum would like. It's a start

    I hope you are all well x
    • 04624181
    • By 04624181 8th Jun 17, 3:07 PM
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    Hi all,

    been shopping and got DD a reborn style doll from Argo*.She absolutely fell in love with it when she saw it a couple of weeks ago so have bought it to put away for Christmas. Also got her a new set of bedding that will match her new bedroom wallpaper. Got DH an electric knife for part of his fathers day gift. Every Christmas day, when he is cutting the turkey, he says he wishes he had bought one so I have got him one lol.

    LMG1305- I too second the naff weather being responsible for the jump start in the Christmas shopping. You would not think we were in June.
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 8th Jun 17, 3:15 PM
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    OMG,OMG,OMG I have just realised that next June we can go on holiday and not go in school holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After having children and working in a school for 2 decades we can have a cheap holiday.DD2 will have left school by then.I have not had a non school holiday holiday for almost 30 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It has felt very wintery weather wise recently.

    I will whisper that I fell yesterday and nutted the house.What is the matter with me?! I was pushing a stake into the soil in the garden and it snapped.lol,well not lol I saw stars.Mr V scored many brownie points for not laughing.My forehead looks like I have had a coming together with a graterThe zebra stripe look may catch on.

    0462 I also think that men don't cope with change very well.Women are much more adaptable in my book.

    I have been to physio today about my thumb.It is more mobile but will never be what it was,sigh

    Enough of ailments.Only 6 months to Christmas.

    Vx
    • murie
    • By murie 9th Jun 17, 6:01 AM
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    Mandco- exam season is a hectic time x


    046- that's a good idea for DH's Fathers Day present, hope things get back to normal for you soon x


    Princesskitty- not long now, you sre in nesting mode now with all the cooking. Hope you are feeling less delicate today x


    Vulpix- Oh dear! Hope you are OK? Its more a shock to the system when you do something like that isn't it and a kind of embarrassment too ( I speak from LOADS of experience here lol!). The stripy zebra look is very fashionable don't ya know??? I have zebra stripe sleeves and a trouser leg at the mo from my tumble last week- you and I are quite the fashionistas aren't we? Seriously though well done to Mr V for keeping a straight face.


    LMG- I think you are right about the rubbish weather, its been making me feel a bit more Christmassy too.
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    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 9th Jun 17, 3:20 PM
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    Been out gadding today and went to Liddle to get some stuff for lunch.Got some "duff" beer (Simpsons)for stocking fillers for those difficult men in the family.
    • murie
    • By murie 10th Jun 17, 8:10 AM
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    Vulpix- you've reminded me to go get some of that Duff beer - I had planned to get some for DN's 21st in October in one of the beer crates from Poundland (Fathers day special). He's asked for money but I want him to have a little something to open and this would 'hit the spot'.
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    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 10th Jun 17, 10:30 AM
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    Good morning all! Feeling quite happy now, I ordered two sofas from Ikea late last night (I know it's my weak time but these were actually planned lol) but I woke up this morning and realised that we're not going to be around on the delivery day I chose. I had to get up and try and sort it out and five minutes on live web chat and it's all done, yay! If only British Gas were as efficient, I'm having a horrible time with them at the moment

    VULPIX/MURIE, the area we need to use bark chipping for is quite small so hopefully should be ok. I think I've given the impression it's bigger because of all the fuss I've made

    0462 can you point your joiner/electrician my way, it's like hunt the tradesman here! Hope the weather improves by Monday and the roofer is able to crack on. I bet you can't wait to see it all done and the loft conversion in place. I was beyond excited yesterday because I got a rug and curtains from Ikea and my new duvet cover arrived lol. The electric knife is a great idea, like you say it's something you wish you'd got then you forget all about it until the next time you need it.

    PRINCESSKITTY I don't know how you do it. If I didn't feel 100% the leeks and potatoes would have gone in the food bin (actually as I'm rubbish at most things kitchen wise I'm ashamed to admit they probably wouldn't have made it out of the shop).

    LMG nice to see you, I actually thought about Christmas yesterday too for the first time in months. I haven't bought anything yet but I have started worrying about where my splendid 7ft Christmas tree will go this year (after my desperation to buy it last year I must make sure it fits somewhere).

    Ouch VULPIX that sounds like quite a fall, you and MURIE will have to form a double act or a trio with CLUMSY. Sounds like you'll be first at the holiday brochures next year, you won't know yourself having hols without everyone else's children. DD2 has just got a job in a school to start in September so she'll be going the opposite direction next year.

    Nothing much to report here other than said Ikea purchases. The lounge and bedroom decorating will be done next week so that'll just leave the big kitchen move. Getting a bit fed up chasing tradesmen but trying to leave it to DH to do. Ascot and the Vow Renewal are getting nearer now so need to finalise the two outfits and hope for decent weather. I've def given up on the Irregular Choice shoes for Ascot and bought some wedge sandals instead. My feet will probably ache like mad still but at least I should be able to walk.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • 04624181
    • By 04624181 10th Jun 17, 10:43 AM
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    Morning all, another day of rain here. Hubby is in alot better mood after an evening off me scolding him for being a petulant child! seemed to do the trick. He is up and out at wickes for some DIY bits to finish some small jobs that need doing. I called into work to do some overtime yesterday. We are not officially back into school until monday but there were some tasks that needed to be completed. Going to catch up with some ironing and household jobs.
    Roofer managed a full day yesterday! hopefully should have it finished by wednesday. Plasterer came and gave us a good price so we will be booking him in.
    DS is on his duke of Edinburgh practice camping trip next weekend. Just making sure he has got everything.

    Vulpix- I hope you are ok. Sounds like it could of been alot worse and Mr V did good not to laugh. I agree, women are much more adaptable. lol we have spotted a week next year were the rest of schools are back to school and we are off so we are hoping to fit a cheeky week away in. Saves us over £400
    Murie- that sounds like a great idea for a gift. Where is the duff beer from please?
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 10th Jun 17, 5:15 PM
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    Hi,Duff beer was from Lidl,think it was £1.20/£1.25 or thereabouts.

    Murie,I have been to an open garden today which was beautiful.The lady has 4 sheepdogs and has laid good quality artificial turf.I asked her about the dog wee issue and she said as it is laid on sand they have no problems at all.There certainly was no smell.She said every now and again she waters the turf with diluted fabric conditioner.

    Hard to believe it's flaming June,I'm frozen and have lit a fire.

    Not forgotten you Free xxx

    Vx
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 10th Jun 17, 6:41 PM
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    Feeling for those of you with rotten weather, it's been gorgeous here all day, still got the windows open and I'm hot! Hope the good weather gets to you tomorrow (and stays here of course).
    Last edited by Peppapig; 11-06-2017 at 4:31 AM.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • murie
    • By murie 11th Jun 17, 7:19 AM
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    Peppa- glad everything is coming together. The weather has been horrible but today the sun is shining so fingers crossed. I am definitely cutting the grass today- I have been saying that all week but every time I got to get the mower out it starts raining. My lawn is so tiny it takes longer to get the mower out and put it away than it does to actually cut the grass.
    046- as Vulpix says its Lidl that the beers are from x
    Vulpix- we have talked about getting an artificial lawn but for some reason, even though it would be less work and look better, I am reluctant. DH dislikes gardening and all things connected with it so its always left to me which I don't mind as I enjoy it. Cutting the lawn, even though its a pain at times, is something of a ritual that I find relaxing (if that doesn't sound too crazy). That's a really good idea about the fabric conditioner wash though- I would never of thought of that.
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    • Gettingtherequickly
    • By Gettingtherequickly 12th Jun 17, 3:58 PM
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    Just had a skim read, really need to sit down & do a proper catch up so I can reply properly.

    Not done anything Christmassy, but have bought a pair of boots from Debenhams, really must go & collect them! Also, if anyone is interested, Regatta have a decent clearout on at the moment, some things are hit & miss on sizes, but prices are not bad, must have look properly & see if I can pick up some winter jackets as gifts.

    There may be exciting news on the Egyptian front. They are looking at the kids doing an English language summer course & combine with a holiday Costs are not great, but as there have been so many deaths in the last 6 months (including another at the weekend, it will be strange seeing that many fewer people when I go in August), they are taking the attitude that life is too short, so I am currently doing a blitz on spare room & need to sort out ordering a sofa bed, going for a futon which looks quite smart. Just hope it all works, if nothing else, the room will be sorted!
    Did my LBM in reverseFinally debt free with money in the bank!

    I know I am getting old, but there is no need for my consultant to age me by another 10 years 😉
    • LMG1305
    • By LMG1305 12th Jun 17, 4:03 PM
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    Murie - we are also considering getting artificial lawn. We've thought about it for a few years because grass doesn't grow very well in our back garden, we've tried everything, even having new lawn laid & following care instructions to the letter but it always ends up dry, patchy & weeds everywhere. Anyway after many years of thinking about it, I think we are finally going to get it done this year.

    Peppa - the weather wasn't too bad where I live this weekend. The sun was out & it only rained a small amount overnight, so we were able to spend some time in the garden yesterday.

    Vulpix - ouchy, I hope your head is ok! I am a total wimp & I would be properly feeling sorry for myself if I'd done that! Sounds lovely being able to go on holiday during school time, cheaper & less busy. We still have that issue as our eldest is in her first year of college & our youngest is still in primary school, so we have quite a long time to go yet.

    046 - Glad you sorted out your hubby's mood. Sometimes it just takes telling them like it is to snap them out of it

    I had a lazy day for the most of yesterday but at around 4pm I suddenly had the urge to be productive, so I sorted out my spare bedroom. It really is a 'spare room' in every sense of the word. Everything gets dumped in there so unfortunately for the most part it is unusable as a functional room, but I want to get it sorted so we can get a spare bed put in there for occasional visitors. So I had a big clearout, somehow filled 3 black bags of stuff to throw away & still have a huge Ikea bag full of stuff that I think I might try getting a bit of money for on ebay or something! Not sure how there was that much stuff to get rid of as it really is a tiny room & somehow all the storage furniture in there is still full lol. Anyway, I sorted through all my wrapping paper, gift bags etc & found a load of Christmas cards & lovely little gift boxes that I forgot I'd bought last year, so I've put everything together in a box now which I can easily get my hands on.
    • Trendyjenny
    • By Trendyjenny 12th Jun 17, 7:09 PM
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    sorry not been around for a while. Life seems to have taken over.sorting out loft omg a job and a half. wedding plans not totally underway x
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 12th Jun 17, 7:21 PM
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    DD1 has artificial grass and it's brilliant although it does get pretty hot in strong sunshine. We're planning to replace our little bit of grass in the back garden next year if the money holds out.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • murie
    • By murie 13th Jun 17, 8:50 AM
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    GTQ- good news about the potential summer visitors. Be wary of Regatta sizing as that can be hit and miss (from personal experience).


    Trendy- life has a habit of doing that lo- (getting in the way).


    LMG- same as us but Im still not 100% convinced that I want artificial grass. I admit it does look good and would be way easier but I think I am just too 'old school'! That being said, if its what you want then go for it.


    Peppa- too hot for Roo to walk on? If that's the case then its a definite 'No' as she comes first.


    Nothing terribly exciting going on at the mo, just plodding along. I have been buying a few outfits for my hols and a Brazilian wedding we are going to in July (in the UK not Brazil!) so need to weed out my wardrobe to make space for them. Im planning a purge of all things that I haven't worn for a while or that I don't love, and I suppose I had better include quite a few pairs of shoes that I wont be able to wear again- can you 'hear' my reluctance in that statement?! I am finally getting back into wearing heels, albeit much lower than I used to wear. I actually am starting to feel a little more feminine when I go out! Mmmn- maybe I wont be throwing too many pairs out.........
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