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    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 31st Dec 16, 1:04 AM
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    Santas challenge 2018 and beyond xx
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    • 31st Dec 16, 1:04 AM
    Santas challenge 2018 and beyond xx 31st Dec 16 at 1:04 AM
    A warm welcome to old and new friends.

    What is Santas challenge...

    We're a lovely thread, may be small but we're good... I know Christmas happens every year, yet by planning throughout the year this can take off some of the financial pressure of finding everything last minute, spread the tasks throughout the year.

    It's not just about Christmas, it's birthdays, Easter, Valentine's Day,x cleaning those kitchen cupboards, having a general moan about life, yet being there as well.

    The great plan is for a challenge on the 24th of the month, so that by Christmas Eve we are all ready and can sit back and relax...

    A big welcome to everyone. Xx
    Last edited by mum2one; 18-01-2018 at 1:59 AM.
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but weíre always be family xx
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    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 11th Dec 19, 12:31 AM
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    Foot is healing slowly - has check ups at gp been given another weeks worth of antibiotics... thou by mid afternoon it’s time for a nap...I’m on twice weekly dressings at the surgery...


    So glad we made the train last week - Miss Hoodie has asked can we go back next Christmas.... said yes...


    Got to get one set of presents wrapped to take Friday meeting friend for brunch, then wrap more as meeting another friend for lunch on Sunday - need to get cards wrote and posted.


    For once got mums presents sorted, Miss Hoodie she’s got or of trainers so far, she’s asked for some make up and then surprise - getting her a voucher for an Llama walk - go when the weather is better.planning 2 shopping days next week then what I don’t get - go without ..::


    Don’t forget prescriptions - save running out over Xmas xxx
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but weíre always be family xx
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 11th Dec 19, 2:12 PM
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    Glad to hear the foot is progressing, albeit slowly. I guess you are feeling wiped out...... onwards and upwards!
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 12th Dec 19, 10:08 PM
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    Hope everything is still heading in the right direction with the foot mum2one

    We finally put the tree up tonight. Even though the living room is still a dumping ground as it hasnt been decorated yet and i have a touch of food poisoning so really didnt want to do it DD took the lead for the first time ever, the room looks presentable and its just lovely having the tree up.
    I just need to dig the tree skirt out but as that involves a fair amount of digging it will have to wait until Monday.

    Need to pull on one of my spare presents for a last minute present but i think it will be really liked.

    I had bought some buffet food in for DD to try. It was a winner so has been put on the food list for when we do our big saving stamp shop-not that we need much. But just feel happy we are prepared. Hope everyones preparations are coming along okay.
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    • Anglea
    • By Anglea 13th Dec 19, 4:50 PM
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    Hi everyone. I had a tooth extraction Monday and had some bad side effects, really glad my friend insisted on going with me because the nurse had to call her into the room after I had bad palpitations as I had to get a 2nd lot of injections done as the first didn't take enough, then I felt dizzy when it was all finished so had to sit in the waiting room. Friend stayed overnight with me, I felt really bad the next day, I even had a dizzy spell walking back from the shops few days ago.


    Son is here now from group home and I'm avoiding painkillers for mouth as they give me stomach cramps so I'm in the wars. I may take some tomorrow evening when I'm on my own and he's with his dad.

    That astonishing news I was given a few weeks ago from the ex is that secretly he got married and not even that, he had the lady in question living with him for a few years without my knowing as he always told me he was never interested in relationships after me.

    There's even more shockers that were revealed, he was convinced I'd be really upset and angry hence kept quiet.

    I won't go into it all now, maybe another time.

    Mum2one, I'm really glad that you avoided such a drastic surgery, wow, what a horrendous thing to happen just from a rubbed trainer or was that hiding the actual cause? That's brilliant that Miss H can help you out now.

    Katiehound, it was me that asked about the cruises. I used to travel since I was a baby, parents both lived all over the world until they settled in England, because of my background I had a lot of problems with travel especially in the Cold War days, very scary times, even in non-Communist states. After I had children I developed very bad travel phobia, hence I don't go away anymore but I do enjoy reading about everyone's trips away.

    I'm not surprised you gave up on the dishwasher man and bought a new one.

    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 13th Dec 19, 9:59 PM
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    The dish washer saga that keeps giving! was expecting shop to phone today and tell me there has been a delivery............nothing!

    Just one present left to pack. This year I had a lot of boxes, really handy as you put all the small things inside and then one easy box to wrap. Just a couple of cards to write. Then I am done

    Have you seen this advert- a 2 year old- delightful
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDtCXO71FJU

    or how to wrap your cat for Christmas??
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1_c4ISCIyg

    5 duvets arrived yesterday.........guess what I shall be doing over the weekend! The plan is to get some completed,(luckily they were all pristine so no washing needed) then I shall have some in stock incase there is a rush. Have e-mailed a couple of local papers for a mention for the sales, but not holding breath!!
    One even phoned to see if I would like to take out a (paid) advert!- what when it's all for charity @ £3.50 a throw, I don't think so.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 16th Dec 19, 10:54 AM
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    katiehound i do wonder if u will ever get a dishwasher, u seem cursed when it comes to dishwashers
    anglea hope everything settled after the tooth extraction. Sounded a very nasty reaction
    mum2one hope the foot is still doing well
    chanie any more presents for 2020?

    I was away at the weekend for a sports comp and getting ready to go away to Poland tomorrow. Had a bit of a faff with the seats with special assistance and checking in and with one of my meds i need to get extra confirmation.
    Didnt get much sleep last night and from 7am all i seem to have been doing is sorting things out. All sorted now. Have to pick a letter up from the doctors later for the meds plus see the doctor, get a few bits and pack.

    Took some presents with us at the weekend and brought some back as i missed the person when they were leaving.
    Feel very happy that i had everything prepared. Apart from picking up the meat for cold cuts everything seems done, anything not is just getting left now as i just want to enjoy Christmas!
    I hope everyone is getting there aswell
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 16th Dec 19, 4:52 PM
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    New dishwasher delivered.
    Friend's husband came to connect it, he also removed the old one to the tip so went off with 4 x bottles of real ale as a gift since he saved me £20.
    It won't be on until daylight (solar panels!)

    Went to leisure centre for a shower since I'm a paid up member- pool closed all this week- not good. Found I had forgotten the shampoo, then my big, clean bath towel fell off door straight onto shower floor.Not much dry towel left for drying! Before that couldn't park in town- everyone out, several short cuts closed due to burst water main. Queueing, queueing...Aldi heaving.....Not the best day!!

    More doggy duvets sewn over w/e. I love sleeping bags- no covers needed. Now need that publicity so sales boom.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 17th Dec 19, 5:34 PM
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    Just had an invitation to be interviewed (live) in Jan on the local BBC radio station to talk about the duvet making and the charity.Need to swot up on the charity !- I think I know all it does.

    Running round today- all those jobs. Finally remembered to get the tracking checked on car- way out- that's how tyres end up being oddly/ badly worn. Another £40 shelled out- caused by all the potholes we have.

    Still the one outstanding card and letter to write.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 20th Dec 19, 9:39 PM
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    Dishwasher plumbed in and now has been used twice. Seems to be behaving itself! Wonderful to have clean dishes, cutlery and shiny s/s dog bowls.
    Clearly that's my thrill for the festive season
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 22nd Dec 19, 9:52 AM
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    katiehound i bet it is so nice to have a working dishwasher, i would cry if i didnt have mine,dont know what i would do without it

    Well back from Poland, what an amazing place. Didnt get to do everything we wanted to.
    Despite the cobbles i was determined we were going to push around rather than get the local taxi, just so we could see more of Gdansk.

    The christmas market was very impressive. They also had a massive craft fair running aswell and we bought quite a few bits for us from a local artist. Normally we are buying presents for everyone else and don't treat ourselves,but it was nice too this time plus it was supporting a local artist. We had worked the hand luggage very carefully (handy having disposable health products which freed up room everyday) so got everything back okay including the delicates.

    We went to the WW2 museum-humbling and heartbreaking. Extremely impressive with the detail they have. We spent several hours in the museum before pushing back stopping off at a teashop for food, the equivalent cost in sterling was only £5. Would definately go again and we've decided we want to see different parts of Poland aswell.

    Today's plan is to tidy the house! We partly unpacked and did the mail last night but there are bits everywhere. I think DD is getting stuck into the wrapping of presents which she hasnt had chance to do but we did manage to deliver some before Poland and cards all delivered.

    Tomorrow is picking up the meat, last minute food shopping bits and popping to see friends with their presents. I'm so glad i've prepared in advance, couldnt of done it otherwise.

    Hoping everyone is doing okay with their Christmas prep
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    • crazy-cat-lady
    • By crazy-cat-lady 23rd Dec 19, 11:45 AM
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    Morning everyone. Home again. Jet lagged and back to reality. It doesn’t feel like Christmas is two days away. Holiday was lovely but now I’m behind.

    I got in and got the reindeer ready app and made my little video of the reindeer in my little girl’s room ready for Christmas Day. I’m now furiously scribbling highlights in the tv times. Food delivery came last night..late, not good when you’ve been up 30+ hours �� and today we have reindeer food and Christmas cupcakes to make. Then I might feel a bit more back on track.

    What was scary is the cat sitter sent a photo while we were away. One of the big shelves of CDs collapsed and fell down. CDs (about 700) everywhere. And right under all the mess was all the presents. I haven’t even started to tidy up but duh through to the presents to make sure they’re all ok and survived. I could cry. Lots of squished boxes and ripped paper but I hope things inside are ok.

    Hope everyone is ok and all ready for the big day.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 27th Dec 19, 12:01 AM
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    happy Xmas 2019

    I hope you all had a nice Xmas and all the hard work over the past 12 months paid off.

    We had a nice relaxed Xmas and I cooked most of the food on Xmas eve so I didn’t have to spend too much time cooking Xmas dinner. It was still a long day though. Today, we visited family, so I’m really tired.

    The presents we gave seemed to be well received. My Mum and her partner were pleased with their stockings. This was a last minute addition and I had a few spare gifts in my stash, so the stockings didn’t cost much.
    I’m not sure MIL liked her gifts though. Even OHs siblings struggle to buy for MIL, so it’s difficult for all of us. I thought I’d chosen well. Oh well.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 28th Dec 19, 9:47 AM
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    CCL i hope the holiday was good even though u came back to the CD nightmare. Hoping u managed to get things sorted in time for Christmas

    Happy 2019 xmas Chanie and everyone. Perhaps ur Mil is a slow burner like my DM as u do put alot of thought into ur presents. We were quite shocked on Christmas day when DM showed a total disinterest and lack of enthusiasm towards her presents. We thought we were spot on. It was only yesterday that she has started to show enthusiasm about one of the presents.

    Even though we went out on Christmas day for food (portions were huge, lovely meal) i had bought meats to cook for cold cuts. We had to rush the cat to the vets on the 23rd, were supposed to be visiting friends on the 24th. DD went but i stayed behind in case the cat had to be rushed back to the vets so cooked all the meats for cold cuts. Def made life easier.

    Had some lovely presents and boxing day morning we hit the sales (which i thought were very poor) this year so need to put away christmas presents and sale items today and have a tidy up. But im tired as we also squeezed in the cinema last night so it has been a full on christmas. Dont know how much i will get done today as nipping to DM for lunch before Duncle goes home. But there is always tomorrow for tidying up!!!!
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 28th Dec 19, 10:06 PM
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    happy kitties I hope your cat is doing okay.

    I bought a few reduced gifts from Sainsburys on Boxing Day:
    Wrapping paper reduced to 50p each, plus 3 for 2. A couple of the rolls were non-Christmassy ones, so I can use them for birthdays etc.

    Stocking fillers - games and craft sets, reduced from £5 to £2.

    Spare gifts - children’s hottie and a hot water bottle for £4 each as spare gifts.

    I also bought a few items from Home Bargains for the 2020 Toy Appeal, so I could get started early. I donated a large shopping bag of toys this year with minimal effort, through buying a few toys and diverting a few gifts that the children have received (and wouldn’t be missed). I’d like to increase my efforts for 2020 so I want to get started early.

    I also have my first empty Link to Hope box (I bought new boots). I want to do 6 boxes this year 4 family and 2 elderly boxes. Just had a thought - I’m going to ask family members for any unwanted bits and pieces they may have for my boxes. It’s a good way to help others plus is also good for the environment.

    Me and OH are going to take our tree down tomorrow. Once Boxing Day is over, We are keen to get the house back to normal.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 29th Dec 19, 3:42 PM
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    Puss cat is doing better many thanks chanie. We are struggling to get the meds down him but he is doing alot better.

    With u saying about the link to hope shoeboxes i went onto their website and they have some photos up. I was convinced i saw one of mine bec of the paper i used but im sure im not the only one to buy glittery christmas pud paper in the sales last year and use it on my boxes. I think the only unique paper truly claimed is katiehound's my little pony paper!!!

    Went out to buy some cheap tuna for pusscat's meds to see if it would help. Alcohol sets were really reduced. Got a miniatures whisky set down to 4.50 from £9 which will be ideal for fathers day. Rang DD and she wanted a few miniture gin sets for friends. Also managed to get token vodka set for Dsis inlaw. Ive noticed from the bargains and sales ive done, things are selling out very quickly.

    Ive picked up a couple of bits and popped them away for the charity auction we are involved with. I managed to pop a few things away last night and then gave up so hopefully will pop a few more bits away today. It seems never ending but at least the kitchen is looking cleaner despite the huge amount of cardboard building up (no recycling for 2 weeks as ours fell on boxing day so will have to wait u til this thursday).
    Surprisingly only one present is going to be regifted, we did well this year
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    • crazy-cat-lady
    • By crazy-cat-lady 29th Dec 19, 6:31 PM
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    Hi everyone. Hope you all had good Christmasses. We had a bug that we brought back from holiday. Started being ill Christmas Eve. So we ended up having a belated Christmas dinner with all the family yesterday. I took down the decorations today. Back to square one and starting for next year.

    I didnít get much in the sales like usual. Few stocking fillers and thatís about it. I went mad with wrapping paper last year at 5p a roll. So still about 10 rolls left.

    I got some Christmas kidís craft bits and letter to Santa type sets for 10p too. Itís all a bit of a start.

    Finished my first and started my second crochet scarf for the homeless for next year too. Hoping to get a fair few made.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 30th Dec 19, 10:51 PM
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    I have made a cracking start on presents for 2020 already. We have 20 people to buy for and I have sorted 5 people completely and partially sorted 3 others.
    One of those 5 is my ‘difficult-to-buy-for’ MIL. I saw her wearing a pandora charm bracelet, so I ordered her a charm, reduced from £45 to £15 in the sale. I think a charm is a pretty safe bet and it’s a good bargain
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 31st Dec 19, 2:02 PM
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    Oooo good call on the Pandora charm chanie and a good saving aswell. What a cracking start.
    I've got 5 finished but one present is a carry over for my cousins kids. It was just a little bit too old for them this year but will be ideal for next year.
    No partial presents done as yet.

    A friend's son has his birthday tomorrow. Picked up a big stationary set reduced in September. It was lovely just having it in, no rushing about. Its hard to know what to get him as we only do token presents. He had smellies for Christmas but the stationary set was still within budget and will hopefully be useful for school.

    Currently have a turkey casserole in the slow cooker. This turkey is proving to be never ending.

    Will be a quiet night tonight. DD has gone to celebrate at a friends, ive been invited to friends but i like to stay in, watch a bit of jools holland while reflecting on the year and then just crash!

    Right off to put some more presents away.
    I just want to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. It has been great reading what everyone has been up to throughout the year and look forward to hearing everyone's adventures in 2020.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 1st Jan 20, 9:45 PM
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    Happy kitties it’s great having presents sorted in advance isn’t it? I bought a hot water bottle in Sainsburys as a spare gift and DD7 has announced she wants to give her class teacher a birthday present, so at least I have the present sorted.
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    • crazy-cat-lady
    • By crazy-cat-lady 2nd Jan 20, 9:37 AM
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    Happy new year everyone. Hope 2020 is a good one for you all.

    I got more bits in the sales. Done now. Honest. Only small bits. Christmas lip balms and bath bombs to make little bundles. Christmas socks in baubles and lots of chocolate gold coins (19p a pack and dated til October 2021!). So theyíll go in the advent calendar and stocking.

    Next thing I have to try to dk is get to the works and pick up cheap kidís picture books for book advent next year and to go with little presents for kidís parties through the year. They have loads but annoyingly, not for home delivery. Much like all the good advent calender deals at Superdrug. 49p form from £12-18 but in store only. Iím not going near any time soon. Boooo 😆

    First day my little one is back at nursery now. Sheís been off since we went away and then Christmas and new year. So I have time to have a big catch up on the cleaning and to-do lists.
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