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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 24th Dec 17, 7:08 PM
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    * Rocking around the Christmas Tree * - It's the 2018 Christmas Chatter Thread
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    • 24th Dec 17, 7:08 PM
    * Rocking around the Christmas Tree * - It's the 2018 Christmas Chatter Thread 24th Dec 17 at 7:08 PM
    !!!8216;Rockin' around the Christmas tree
    At the Christmas party hop
    Mistletoe hung where you can see
    Every couple tries to stop

    Rockin' around the Christmas tree
    Let the Christmas spirit ring
    Later we'll have some pumpkin pie
    And we'll do some caroling!!!8217;

    Hello and welcome to the 7th Christmas Chatter Thread.

    It!!!8217;s hard to believe that another year has gone and we are almost at the big event that we have spent so long planning and preparing for! But this thread is about so much more than Christmas but about the whole year with all the ups and downs, as well as the bits in between.

    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    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list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 !!!8211; the thread is only a success because of your contributions!

    So on that note it is over to you and roll on Christmas 2018!

    Our Birthdays

    Newthrift 18th
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    murie 24th
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    vulpix 12th

    quidsy 23rd
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    pixtotts 4th
    Opee92 13th
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    Girl in a Yellow Dress 21st

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

    mrs-moneypenny 17th
    Hanley25 19th

    Treasurequeen 12th
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    Spendless 28th
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    freespirit66 1st

    Peppapig 1st
    mrsinvisable 7th
    pinknfluffy28 28th

    FeistyFidget 14th
    3forholidays 15th
    CHRISSYG 25th !!!!!!!!
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 1st Jan 18, 4:42 PM
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    I'm holding out in taking our decs down until tomorrow (even though I desperately want to) when the festivities really will be done with, however I've just put away the left over cards from this year and a few embellishments I've saved from crackers to put on presents next year. I have a big bag of gift bags and tissue paper plus cards and embellishments and just looking at what I have I am making a resolution to endeavour to use up what I can next year. It's ridiculous how many bottle bags I have...despite the fact we don't often gift drinks to people (hence having a major stash from ones I've kept from gifts to us) I found a pack of gift tags I didn't know I had which I could've used this year too). I also have tons of bits I've kept for presents but never seem to use because the box they are currently in is a bit crap and I can't see everything. So I'm going to either locate a suitable box at home or 'treat' myself to a little box I can put them all in and then use them.

    Right, off to try and sort the freezer a bit.
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    • 04624181
    • By 04624181 1st Jan 18, 4:53 PM
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    Happy New Year everyone!!

    We had a lovely Christmas and we have spent some lovely time together as a family.

    Operation sell the house is on! husband is working like a trojan on wallpapering feature walls, uncovering varnished, wallpapering, painting. we aim to have it on the market in next 2 weeks!.
    MRI is this week, pain has notched up a gear so I am on full dosage.
    We went out to inlaws for a lovely meal yesterday afternoon aiming to be back for around 8pm. we got in at 2.30am! First NYE out in over 10 years. All the kids played lovely, the adults chatted and played games and we had an amazing time and have vowed to make it an annual thing!
    Today hubby is finishing the carpet removal where we have found varnished floorboards. they look amazing, they are in a bedroom but we have bough a lovely thick rug to go at the foot of the bed.

    Not setting resolutions but just want us to be healthy. Eat healthier, go walking, less tv etc.

    Thank you all for the pleasure of spending 2017 with you all.
    I have enough wrapping paper to last me for next year. Christmas tree came down on Saturday as we have gifted it to somebody else as it wasnt big enough for us. Have just saved my special ornaments and regifted everything else. Will keep an eye on the sales but God willing we will be in a new home for Christmas 2018! so so excited!!!
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 2nd Jan 18, 9:28 AM
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    Thank you for the new thread, I will try and join in more.

    Tree will come down sometime this week and my first crafting item will be to crossstitch a stocking for next Christmas. A new grandchild is due very soon so they will need a first Christmas stocking.

    I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and new year
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    • LMG1305
    • By LMG1305 2nd Jan 18, 10:30 AM
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    Happy New Year everybody! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year. I was so happy to see this thread already set up when I logged on today

    Thank you 3forholidays for setting up the thread again. I do look forward to a new year thread.

    I have made a start on my 2018 Christmas shopping already. I ordered 2 boxes of crackers from Debenhams in the sale. They were £7 each, down from £25 each. I also ordered a Christmas cushion in the sale for my stepmum & candles from The White Company for my sisters. I also bought some clothes in the Topshop & River Island sales for my DD1, but they are for her birthday which is in a few months.

    I think I have ordered other stuff too, but I can't remember now off the top of my head.

    Did anybody get anything in the Boots sale? I was quite disappointed with it this year. I did have a look but thought there wasn't really anything I was interested in. What did annoy me is the Soap & Glory box set that was £30 down from £60, but I know that it was £30 the week before Christmas because I was actually in the store one day that week & remember hearing 2 women talking about it at the till. The only things I would have bought were Yankee candles but I was too late & they were all sold out.

    04624181 - good luck with the house sale. Funnily enough we have been talking about moving for over a year now, but have always said we have to get certain rooms decorated beforehand, so I am making it my mission this year to have a big clearout & get the rooms finished because we've now given ourselves a 2 year maximum deadline to be moving on. I started yesterday by clearing out some junk that has been cluttering up the storage baskets in my bedroom & I have also sorted out the glasses in our kitchen & offered them to my sister. We have so many glasses so they take up a lot of room, but we had a set of 8 wine glasses & a set of 8 champagne glasses that over the years have dwindled down to 6 of each because of breakages, but because my table is an 8 seater I don't get much use out of them, so I'm getting rid of them now.

    I've not read through the whole thread yet so will catch up with everybody & reply again, but just wanted to say Happy New Year to you all & let you know I'm still here & still loving Christmas

    Last edited by LMG1305; 02-01-2018 at 10:34 AM.
    • lazysheep
    • By lazysheep 2nd Jan 18, 12:25 PM
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    Hope everyone had a good New Year, whether that was going out or staying in

    I'm back to work tomorrow so the tree came down last night and all the decorations are packed away but it was too late to move all the furniture back and hoover the bits of tree and glitter that came off so that's a job for today at some point.

    Next job is to clear out the 'spare room' which has become more like a junk yard as there is stuff all over the floor and dispose to bins/charity shop as applicable..
    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 2nd Jan 18, 2:27 PM
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    The decorations are down so Christmas is finally over. The place is so bare. But lovely and clean looking.
    I always find January very depressing. Ive no aim. Feel like I've just spent the last few months with Christmas in mind.
    This is when I start panicking about where my life is going. I look at going back to college to retrain. But never do as I can't afford to stop working and never see anything for evenings. Ive sat looking for better jobs. But I do enjoy the job I'm in. But there aren't any promoted posts about.
    I still have a few more days off to enjoy. As I said in a recent post, I have some big decisions to make, which are playing on my mind.
    Life is never easy for long is it?
    • StokieBecks
    • By StokieBecks 2nd Jan 18, 4:32 PM
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    Decs are down here too - was ready for them to come down but looks so empty without them now.

    Hope everyone is ok. I am tired today was up at half five this morning and there was an owl outside our house somewhere last night who was calling all night. Have heard it occasionally before but last night it was like it never stopped. Nice to have the wildlife but last night something must have disturbed it
    Last edited by StokieBecks; 02-01-2018 at 4:39 PM.
    • Mischiefmanaged
    • By Mischiefmanaged 2nd Jan 18, 4:33 PM
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    Happy New Year Everyone.!!!

    Had a lovely few days. NYE with family round my sisters and NYD with the same family. Off work with the kids for the rest of the week. Going town so the kids can spend their money and to see if there are any bargains ( I seriously doubt it ).

    Spent some of our Christmas money on new cases for our holiday later in the year. I always say I'm going to buy some and then leave it to near the holiday and I've never got enough spare cash so bit the bullet and ordered 2 large cases from Matalan. Also going to de Christmas the house tomorrow and do a proper clean.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 2nd Jan 18, 5:00 PM
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    Decs are down here and packed away in the loft. Not sure what happened with my packing but for some reason I couldn't fit one of the decs back into the boxes, however my DM also bought us a wreath this year which wouldn't have fitted in without crushing it so they've just been popped in another box.
    Have a few Xmas bits in a bag for charity but figure they prob won't want those until later in the year so they are also up in the loft too. Few other bits went in the bin, had offered on freecycle and no one seemed interested.
    We've got tons of bits from different hampers too that OH got given at work so I've sorted those, set some bits aside for DM, and some for the local food bank (had already dropped in an Xmas pud before Christmas)
    Everything now looking tidy and ship shape...sort of, though I reckon I'll still be hoovering up glitter come June.
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    • msgigglewick
    • By msgigglewick 2nd Jan 18, 5:14 PM
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    Decs are mostly down here too (all apart from the front window vinyls) house suddenly looks bare and big for 5 mins lol

    I got a few things in the boots sale (3 items for me for now lol, dh got a couple for him too.. then i got my stepdads xmas pressie too) Actually got loads more in superdrug sale on boxing day.. always seemed to miss their sale so timed it right this year..and it was way cheaper than boots ever go too. Our tescos i usually get lots of the kiddies smellies sets but they never actually had any before xmas so won't be getting those this year.

    My younger girls aren't back to school until next week.. so we're going to spend the week just playing.. todays been lovely and relaxed.

    Not really got any plans for this year yet.
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    • LMG1305
    • By LMG1305 3rd Jan 18, 12:57 PM
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    I haven't taken all of my decs down yet. I have made a start, but some of it has to be wrapped carefully & we also have the trees to take down, so I am going to get it all done on Friday evening now. My OH & daughters are still off at the moment anyway, so I thought it would be nice for them to still have the Christmassy feel for a little bit longer. However, tonight I am planning to take down the tree in the conservatory. It's the easiest one to do because the decorations on it are nothing special, so can be put into a bag without the worry of them breaking in the attic.

    I've decided that this year I am going to try & be more productive in the evenings. I find that outside of the 'normal' stuff, like work, school runs, mealtimes, washing etc I have become quite lazy & tend to spend my evenings in front of the TV or laptop. So my plan is that each day I will set aside an hour (3 hours per day on the weekend) to do something productive outside of the normal routine. For example, I have just enrolled on the next module of my Open University course, so I will have to study for that each week. Also yesterday evening instead of watching TV all night, I spent just over an hour sorting out some storage baskets in my spare room & also my summer clothes that were just in my wardrobe & I put them in one of those vacuum pack bags, which I will now put in the attic until the weather starts to warm up again. I will also use these productive hours to do things like decluttering drawers, cupboards & any other storage units in our house, making homemade gifts for Christmas & birthdays, going for more walks and reading more. I actually started doing this on Monday & have written down the last 2 days what I have done, so hopefully if I keep doing this, when I'm lacking motivation I can read through what I've done so far & it will help me to get off my butt & keep going!

    I went to Asda in my lunch break yesterday & got a few things in the sale. I got wrapping paper for 50p a roll, lovely Christmas gift bags for 35p each & bought a new set of Tefal saucepans for £30 instead of £45. We've been needing new ones for ages but I always begrudge paying so much money for pans, so I was quite pleased with myself when I bought those yesterday.

    Stokie - I am also very tired today, but not because of an owl. I actually love owls but I don't think I'd love them quite as much if I had one outside my bedroom window keeping me awake! I'm tired because I'm still trying to get back into a normal routine again after Christmas. We had so many late nights so I'm finding it difficult now to go to bed at a reasonable time, to get enough sleep for work in the mornings. I think I eventually got to sleep at 1am, but had to be up at 7am so not feeling particularly wonderful today. Never mind, I'm sure it will soon pass

    Lazysheep - my spare room is exactly the same. I have a big sort out occastionally & actually manage to find the floor, then within a few weeks it's back to being a junk room. It's very irritating! This is one of the things I will tackle with my 'productive hours' this year. We have way too much stuff around our house anyway, so definitely need to start getting rid of things, which is my major plan this year.
    • StokieBecks
    • By StokieBecks 3rd Jan 18, 4:07 PM
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    Note to self. I do not NEED any crafting stock for a good long while. My days off are now going to be spent making cards from what I have and having a few made ready for when events come around ...might even stick some excess bits on eBay if I really feel I can't use them.

    Hope everyone has stayed safe in the winds. Hasn't been too bad here really thankfully. Blowy enough but not pouring down with it and they seem on and off not constant.
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 3rd Jan 18, 4:11 PM
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    Bought a couple of bits in the boots and Tesco clothing sales for birthdays
    Going to go through cards and birthday list and see who I need them for in the next couple of months.
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    • Mischiefmanaged
    • By Mischiefmanaged 3rd Jan 18, 4:36 PM
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    Went to town today and it was absolute pants. Nothing at all worth getting and the kids only spent a tenner each from their Christmas money. At least it saved me a bit of dosh and the kids decided to save their money for few weeks when the new stock comes out. Not de Christmased anywhere yet. Really haven't the energy xx
    • Clumsy42
    • By Clumsy42 3rd Jan 18, 7:44 PM
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    Evening everyone.

    I did get some sale shopping after all. Ordered a half price Burt's Bees gift set for myself that I'd been eyeing up before Xmas in the Amazon sale (sooo much better value at £10!). And two bracelets (also for me lol) well reduced on NOTH. Got to treat yourself!

    Still haven't come up with any 'proper' resolutions. Just have a vague notion in my head of wanting to be more creative, start some very very very very light exercise (Tai Chi from home maybe? So I'd be able to stop easily if it made me too ill), do something more interesting with regards to volunteering and just generally make more effort to make friends/be sociable (which isn't easy with a chronic illness). So not much then. I just sort of feel so stagnant right now - since I finished my OU degree in 2016 I've felt so unproductive and useless (I know I'm not really).

    Decorations yet to come down here, think it will probably be tomorrow or friday now. Does seem odd having decs up when thinking about the coming year lol.

    Hope everyone is keeping well and that those nasty bugs going around stay away!
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    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 3rd Jan 18, 8:51 PM
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    Hi everyone, the weather is mad here, the wind is really bad. Last night someone's porch roof flew off and went flying down the road in the middle of the night. Nightmare still going on at flats and currently can't sleep there due to a nightmare neighbour screaming for help all night and into early hours of the morning. Due to my chronic illnesses I need my sleep and can't risk it so I'm back at my parents house to sleep.

    I got a few bits in tkmaxx today, a snowman dog toy reduced to £2.00. That's been put by for my dog for Christmas. I also got a gardeners handcare set reduced to £4.99 Crabtree and Evelyn.

    I'm doing hampers this year as my parents were dropping hints last Christmas. So I am writing lists on what food items to get them.

    I've just started a Christmas stocking cross stitch, one day I can gift it to someone. It will take me a while anyway.
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    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 3rd Jan 18, 11:06 PM
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    Today has been the first day of being back to normal routine.DD2 back to school so I have half taken the decs down in the kitchen/diner.I have also been through every drawer,cupboard and shelf in the kitchen and sorted masses of stuff to carboot.I just need to go through the built in alcove cupboard and that room is done.As I put the decorations away I am also putting some in the carboot box.

    Yesterday we went to Sheffield.DD2 got some nice things in sales,skirt,top,trainers.I just got some Jaeger socks in TKMax for DS birthday.

    Tomorow i am out to a friends for lunch and then meeting DD2 from school to take her to buy some material for a jacket she is making for textiles at school.I want to nip to Homebase as i fancy a door wreath in their sale which i have seen on their website.I would also like to go to Dunelm if I have time,for duvet covers seen in their sale.

    Treasure queen,i have been fancying doing a cross stitch.But i must be very strict with myself and finish off what i already have.I made a silver table runner for New Year with fabric and trim I already had.Next I need to make some cushions for DS's flat. I have the fabric (welsh tapestry,was a70's poncho from the charity shop,black and mustard.)Have the pads.

    I have some old tray cloths and tea table cloths which my great Aunt embroidered.I never use them.Would it be awful to cut them up and make a patchwork from them?What do people think?

    • Gettingtherequickly
    • By Gettingtherequickly 4th Jan 18, 9:13 AM
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    Oh my word, you lot can yack! Happy new year everyone. Finally managed to have a look at MSE world, only to discover that I have alot of catching up to do, so will attempt over the weekend.

    Hope you all had a good Christmas and that you managed to get as much sleep as possible. I got so much sleep, it was fantastic, didn't realise that I was that tired.

    Now back in the real world again and have taken to writing things that need to be done in a notebook as I think of them. Sadly, the list is getting longer Actually have a free weekend this weekend, so will hopefully be able to cross some of them off. Would normally start doing things on a Friday evening, eg clean bathroom, but I am off to the Palladium on Friday, really looking forward to the panto, and again in Wimbledon next Friday, so I have already lost 2 evenings Never mind, I can be the tortoise in the race!
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    • msgigglewick
    • By msgigglewick 4th Jan 18, 10:36 AM
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    Our entertainer is having a refit for 6 weeks or so come the end of the week.. walked passed yesterday and they were selling everything 50% off.. thats including already things on offer. Shame i had my youngest with me really or i could have done her xmas shopping. I did grab one nephew and niece a xmas gift though. Just one niece to get for. The girls also spent their xmas money. so got £45 worth of items for the £22.50.

    My oldest has a bad tooth infection atm, ended up at a&e with her 2 nights ago as her face looked like she'd been in a fight. 5 diff pills later and i hope it gets it under control.. sadly there is about a 3 month waiting list for them to remove the troublesome tooth so hopefully it calms down enough way before then. Shes still going to work so can't be too painful just looks it.

    Still on the look out for a new bed for my dd2.. i want a day bed she wants a double bed lol but we shall see. got a few more weeks until pay day to decide.

    Few more days just pottering around before school run fun starts again. im bored lol might sit and felt something this afternoon.

    Hope everyone is well and happy
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    • LMG1305
    • By LMG1305 4th Jan 18, 12:21 PM
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    Stokie - you sound like my friend who posted a pic on FB on 1st January with 4 black bag size bags full of crafting stuff, mostly wool because she knits & crochets, but also other bits as well. I was shocked at how much there was!

    mrs-moneypenny - I think I am going to do that. I always leave buying birthday cards to the last minute & then have a mad rush to the shop on my way to their house just to get them a card, then I usually can't find a pen so have to buy one (which then gets 'stolen' by my 9 year old, hence why I never have a pen in my car). I am very tired today so I think that might be my productive time for tonight, making a list of birthdays etc so I can buy the cards in my lunch break tomorrow.

    Mischief - I did quite fancy going into town to have a nose round the sales, but all I've heard off people is how they've not really been any good & top that off with me seeing how rubbish the online ones have been, I don't think I'm going to bother now.

    Clumsy - I love the Burts Bees orange facial wash, it's the only one I use now because I find anything else I've tried has either made my skin too dry, too oily or come out in spots. I buy it now through Amazon subscribe & save. Your 'not proper' resolutions sound fab to me. They sound achievable & at the same time you are not putting too much pressure on yourself I am also taking my decs down tomorrow. I have made a start but still have the 2 main trees (small ones are now down).

    TQ - The wind is awful isn't it! Our outdoor decorations have been blown around all over our front garden. Your TK Maxx buys sound good. There is a TK Maxx on a retail estate which I pass on my way home from work, so I might pop in later if I can be bothered. I did a food hamper for my OH this year. Some of the things I put in it were:

    Bucks Fizz
    Bourneville chocolate (his favourite)
    Chocolate fingers
    A few different chutneys & jams
    Green tea (he's a tea drinker, I am most definitely not)

    Vulpix - my daughter isn't back in school yet. She doesn't go back until Tuesday & I'm dreading it. She loves being at home & I just get the feeling there will be a few tears Monday night/Tuesday morning. I think the patchwork sounds a lovely idea & means they will be used rather than just sitting in a drawer hidden away.

    GTQ - I was thinking the same, I can't believe how much we've all been talking already! I know it will probably slow down a bit soon & then ramp up again at the end of the year, but I do like to read what everyone has to say

    msgiggle - That's fab, I wish I was lucky enough to find those sort of sales. I think I would end up having to pop back without the kids if I'd found that. Ouchy, tooth infection sounds painful. I hope she recovers quickly! Ikea do a nice day bed, it's in the Hemnes range. We used to have it in white, only replaced it eventually because we were redecorating our daughters bedroom & she didn't want it anymore.

    Well my plan of being more productive is working so far. I did a lot again yesterday evening when I got home from work and I already have things planned for tonight. I am very tired today so not going to do anything too strenuous, I'm going to put a few things on ebay & make the occasions card list (thank you moneypenny).
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