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    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 24th Dec 18, 6:09 PM
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    * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas * - It's the 2019 Christmas Chatter Thread
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    • 24th Dec 18, 6:09 PM
    * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas * - It's the 2019 Christmas Chatter Thread 24th Dec 18 at 6:09 PM

    Hello and welcome to the 8th Christmas Chatter Thread.

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    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list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

    So on that note it is over to you and roll on Christmas 2019!

    Our Birthdays

    Newthrift 18th
    Clumsy42 28th

    murie 24th
    junior_j 25th

    vulpix 12th

    quidsy 23rd
    princesskitty29 29th

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

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

    mrs-moneypenny 17th
    Hanley25 19th

    Treasurequeen 12th
    patentgirl 30th

    Spendless 28th
    whitesatin 28th

    freespirit66 1st

    Peppapig 1st
    mrsinvisable 7th
    pinknfluffy28 28th

    FeistyFidget 14th
    3forholidays 15th
    CHRISSYG 25th !!!!!!!!
    Last edited by 3forholidays; 24-12-2018 at 6:34 PM. Reason: tidying up
    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.

    SPC No 043
    SPC 10 - £520 SPC 11 - £975 SPC 12 - £705 (so far - as at 16/06/19)
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 5th May 19, 7:14 PM
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    kerri gt
    I think I read that B&Q have 20% off plants too this weekend. Good for stocking up hanging baskets x.
    Originally posted by murie
    Homebase have some packs of 6 bedding plants for £1. I got some French marigolds and trailing lobelia yesterday (not necessary what I'd usually choose but given my only success generally lies with them drying out and dying I figured I shouldn't be too fussy. Planted them up today, lobelia in a hanging basket and marigolds in a pot.

    Nic you are entitled to be a super proud mum, well done to DD, she should be super proud of her achievements.
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    • murie
    • By murie 5th May 19, 8:00 PM
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    Nic- congrats to your DD! You have every right to be a proud mom!
    lovin' this site!
    • girlinayellowdress
    • By girlinayellowdress 6th May 19, 5:26 AM
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    Nic, what an achievement and confidence boost for DD. I think we are all proud x
    • mrsinvisible
    • By mrsinvisible 6th May 19, 1:56 PM
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    Yes, Nic, right to be proud. Well done that DD.
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 6th May 19, 9:58 PM
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    Well done to your DD NIC, no wonder you were feeling proud.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • Gettingtherequickly
    • By Gettingtherequickly 7th May 19, 7:24 AM
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    Will catch up properly later, just popping in to say........ I have made 3 Christmas cakes 13 more to go
    A smile costs little but creates much
    • murie
    • By murie 8th May 19, 8:41 AM
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    GTQ- WOW! You are well on track with your Christmas baking x

    Well the weather is blooming awful today! Typical as we have artificial grass being delivered, plus an outdoor rug that I have coveted for ages ( I blame IG!) . I doubt we will get much use out of either delivery today .
    lovin' this site!
    • murie
    • By murie 11th May 19, 2:36 PM
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    Quiet in here again.

    Finally the artificial grass is down! Do not believe all the videos and "how to" articles out there- its hard work! Probably because we were working in a very small area tbh. It looks good though so Im a happy bunny.

    Hope everyone is Ok xx.
    lovin' this site!
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 11th May 19, 5:14 PM
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    Hi,great stuff with your daughter Nic.Well Done.

    I can't believe you have started Christmas cakes GTQ,talk about being organised.

    Glad you are enjoying your new grass murie,when is the garden party?

    So I have booked a hair appointment for next week as part of the self care kick.I must say I am feeling a whole lot better.The wheel chair has gone in the shed today,Not sorry to see the back of that.The drawers saga continues.It is looking a lot more navy but the paint is so strange even before I mixed in black paint.It's like liquid plastic which doesn't want to stick.It reminds me of out door stuff for furniture.Anyhow if you so much as look at it, it peels a bit off so now I am in the throes of varnishing it.Thats 2 undercoats,3 top coats and a coat of varnish so far!

    We have been to book a holiday today.In 8 weeks we will be in Turkey.Paid in full from all our sales.We have about £100 left so need to get back in the loft to make some spending money.

    I need to go and help Mr V load the car for a car boot sale tomorrow.When I say help I mean supervise.

    I have been thinking about Christmas this morning and researching loccitane and burts bees for the kids.Thought they could have that and some money.Kids 28,26 and 17 btw.What do you call grown up offspring?

    • murie
    • By murie 11th May 19, 7:00 PM
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    Wow Vulpix! You are on a roll! So glad to hear you are feeling more like yourself xx. Thats fab that the holiday is a 'freebie'- well done you xx.
    lovin' this site!
    • Prinzessilein
    • By Prinzessilein 12th May 19, 7:41 AM
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    Morning Folks!

    I am usually spotted lurking around Old-Style...and sometimes popping upon there room for another Christmas-Devotee here???

    I adore Christmas...partly because of my faith...and partly because it's a terrific occasion for all!

    My roots are German...and so a lot of our family traditions focus on Christmas Eve...but I am definitely one for "keeping Christmas in your heart all year long"!

    My living room has a little corner that is 'forever Christmas'..I have a beautiful wooden nativity scene with all the characters having 'blank' an Autistic woman, I just love the lack of confusing facial expressions...and form many years I have decided NOT to pack it away but have a Nativity Scene on all year round...and last year I got a lovely Victorian-esque lamppost which I immediately decided was from Narnia and that too stays in the lounge all year.

    I love crafting ...being disabled I like to keep myself busy when I can manage it...but I am also I start far I am half way through the knitting of items for the Operation Christmas Child boxes (bags, purses, and sometimes hats and pencil cases get knitted)...and I will soon make a start on my hand-made (embroidered) cards....also time to start working on the giant quiz I do for Mum every Advent (spread over4 Advent Sundays)...I sometimes feel12 months isn't enough preparation time!

    So that's a bit about me!...Disability means I can be a tad 'intermittent' with posting...but looking forward to lots of festive friendliness over here!
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 12th May 19, 5:14 PM
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    Welcome to the thread PRINZESSILEIN, Iím sure youíll fit right in here. I hope youíll share your Christmas Eve traditions with us, itís so interesting hearing what other people do. Youíre doing well with your crafting, Iím still at the thinking stage. Unfortunately the thinking stage is often the furthest I get. There are some great crafters on here though so youíll be in good company. I like the sound of your nativity too.

    Definitely nothing festive going on here but Iíve developed a passion for decoupaging wooden ducks (only four so far) and of course itís garden season so Iím in sunshine mode at the moment even if the weather isnít.

    VULPIX itís lovely to see you getting back to being you.

    You ok FREE? Youíre very quiet.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 12th May 19, 5:29 PM
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    Hi Prinzessilein,welcome.Call in anytime for a chat.We can chat about everything and nothing here! I like crafting too.At the moment I am knitting baby jumpers.What for I have no idea because there are no babies in the family! I like sewing too,hand sewing is my favourite.I am in the process of making my friend a quilt but she doesn't drive and I can't for a while yet so that has come to a halt as we need wadding and backing material. We sometimes do a craft project on here.If you have any suggestions let us know.Previously we have had a theme and made our own thing.The range of makes was impressive.

    What a glorious day.£87.50 proffit and I have a very nice new black coat too.

    Murie I am on a roll,almost back to my old self.I would not have believed it last October or even just a couple of months ago.

    I don't think I told you,I had a brain storm and got 2 rescue cats.They were from a cat hoarder via the RSPCA.They are about 1 now.They had never been socialised and were terrified and in ill health.They are very happy and healthy now.The female is quite tame but the tom is still very timid.He is my favourite.If he was human he would be Idris Elba! She would be Goldie HawnSooooo any one fancy a free holiday in the Peak District being butler to my cats?I would hate to put them in a cattery whilst we go away,they probably wouldnt care one bit,but I would think they would feel abandoned

    Gotta get some grub on.


    Thank you Peppa xx
    Last edited by vulpix; 12-05-2019 at 5:34 PM.
    • Money maker
    • By Money maker 12th May 19, 10:03 PM
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    Money maker
    Just popping in to say that Christmas Opoly: Late for the Sky board game is down to £13.04 on Amazon here &s=gateway&sr=8-1
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 13th May 19, 6:57 AM
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    Welcome from me too Prinzessilein x

    I don't think I told you,I had a brain storm and got 2 rescue cats.They were from a cat hoarder via the RSPCA.They are about 1 now.They had never been socialised and were terrified and in ill health.They are very happy and healthy now.The female is quite tame but the tom is still very timid.He is my favourite.If he was human he would be Idris Elba! She would be Goldie HawnSooooo any one fancy a free holiday in the Peak District being butler to my cats?I would hate to put them in a cattery whilst we go away,they probably wouldnt care one bit,but I would think they would feel abandoned
    Originally posted by vulpix
    Well done on the sales Vulpix and great to hear the wheelchair is going to the shed - you're doing amazingly well and hopefully the sunny weather we look to have will give everything a boost too (ok I've just made you sound a bit like a plant - sorry )

    From experience I would say find a nice cattery (visit beforehand) and the cats will be fine - esp if they will share together? It's ok having people come in and feed them when away but we found its better not to have to rely on people and get them used to a cattery while still young - thinking ahead that is they're 1 now, that's another potential 18-19 yrs to consider.

    Our current feline was a rescue (well she moved in with us) and virtually feral - now after many years and patience she can be a real lap cat (on her terms) however she is very attached to us rather than territory. So if we are away and have someone come in to feed her, she actually frets more than if we put her in a cattery where she's away from home but doesn't feel that we've abandoned her in the house. Our preferred cattery is a lovely small quiet on that's quite rural - I kid you not that when we pick her up she actually looks quite disappointed to see us and be going home
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    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 13th May 19, 9:17 AM
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    Kerri,I may have been a plant in a previous life! There is a cattery a couple of miles from us.My problem is no one can even touch Idris never mind catch him.He has come a long way since we got him and is !!!! of the north outside,but around people he is very, very wary.He will take cooked turkey from my hand but just snatches it and runs away.He does seem more attatched to me rather than anyone else though.Some times he will come and sleep on the bed next to me,just out of arms reach of course so you can't touch him.I hope in years to come he will trust enough to settle down like your cat has.It is very heartening to hear a success story.

    • freespirit66
    • By freespirit66 13th May 19, 3:18 PM
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    Afternoon everyone, bless you PEPPAPIG for asking after me, I have been reading but Iíve had a black cloud over me the past month or so, and just felt like I had nothing to say. Itís my youngest twos birthday today, so thatís all my birthdays done except for Thumpers in October, I can get back to Christmas planning now.

    VULPIX Iím so glad everything is going well at the moment for you, onwards and upwards! BTW I love Idris Elba too!

    GETTINGTHEREQUICKLY I did smile when I read that you have started this years Christmas cakes 😊

    PRINZESSILEIN hi and welcome

    NIC well done to your DD she did so well
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 13th May 19, 5:04 PM
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    Vulpix our little flebag was exactly the same when we took her in - we calculated she was 18mths old max and had prob been abandoned between 6mths and a yr old. Honestly, if you tried to pick her up she'd yowl as if you were about to torture her, spent most of the time on our bed (we had another cat then who was actually very tolerant of the little impostor), she'd nip and flinch if you picked up the remote control on the odd occasion she would come into the lounge and the only people she really seemed to like was children who she'd play around in the street.

    Gradually she warmed to us and would follow us up the road to the newsagent shop (he nearly had a canary fit when she actually crossed the road and followed us in on one occasion) and gradually figured out we weren't going to abandon her. It was still about 4-5yrs later, and a house move where she really sussed she was staying with us and started enjoying cuddles. So hang in there, it might be a long haul but I also think how awful she must have felt and been treated to end up so distrusting and timid.
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    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 13th May 19, 10:48 PM
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    KERRI thatís lovely. Iíve often thought about getting a rescue cat. Iíve had two wonderful cats in my life, Alfie and Tara. I had them both from when they were eight weeks old until they were seventeen (although their lives only overlapped for about five years). Both got on fabulously with my dogs and Tara used to tag along with us when we did the evening dog walk. Iím not really a cat person, actually Iím quite wary of other peopleís cats, so Iím a bit scared about getting one that I havenít known from a kitten. Plus DH doesnít want me to get another one.
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 14th May 19, 8:53 AM
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    Aww Peppa.Mr V didn't want a cat either!So we got 2. I counted up yesterday that I have had 9 cats.Only 2 from being kittens,the rest rescue.They were mostly older cats whose owners had died or gone into a home and were lovely for the last 5 years or so of their lives.My favourite a big ginger tom had lived in a bungalow.He never ever attempted to go upstairs.He was a big softy.I am not a cat mad person either but I couldn't cope with all that having a dog entails.I think having the cats has helped my mental health no end.

    Nice to hear from you Free,I always enjoy your

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