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    Please let me know if any become out of date or if you would like your birthday added to the list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



    JANUARY
    Newthrift 18th
    Clumsy42 28th

    FEBRUARY
    murie 24th
    junior_j 25th

    MARCH
    vulpix 12th

    APRIL
    quidsy 23rd
    princesskitty29 29th

    MAY
    pixtotts 4th
    Opee92 13th
    Girl in a Yellow Dress 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; 24-12-2018 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.

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    • murie
    • By murie 14th May 19, 4:20 PM
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    "Aww Peppa.Mr V didn't want a cat either!So we got 2. "

    Vulpix- you are my kinda gal!!!
    lovin' this site!
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 14th May 19, 8:39 PM
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    "Aww Peppa.Mr V didn't want a cat either!So we got 2. "

    Vulpix- you are my kinda gal!!!
    Originally posted by murie
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 15th May 19, 9:02 AM
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    Today as my Auntie Eileen used to say I am going to knock spots off.My mobility is improving daily.

    The blue drawers are finished but only look ok to a blind man on a galloping horse. I have bought some good quality pine drawers from fb for £5.They had been painted with crackle glaze and then varnished.They are coming up a treat.Will probs sell them on to add to the holiday spends pot.

    Need to spend some time in my garden today,I did my Mum's garden yesterday.Am loving this weather.

    Life is looking so much more positive.

    0246 have you had your op yet?

    Love to all Vx
    • murie
    • By murie 15th May 19, 10:58 AM
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    Vulpix- that is fabulous to hear!! You are going great guns lady xx
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    • murie
    • By murie 17th May 19, 4:23 PM
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    Think summer may have come and gone again

    Im hoping that the old adage that things break/go wrong in three's isn't true (although it has been in the past).My microwave has been playing up so DS has picked a nice new one up, and the tumble dryer is making a terrible racket every now and again, so probably on its way out. If the adage is true, then please let it be something cheap and easily replaceable!!
    lovin' this site!
    • mrsinvisible
    • By mrsinvisible 18th May 19, 8:15 AM
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    not hugely a cat owner, but definitely a cat loving one. Had one cat, Bramble (so called because she was a blackite-local name for blackberry-) who was a sweetie, very friendly and affectionate, lasted 17 years, and actually died on the day l got my breast cancer diagnosis. Cant face having another. There is however , locally a gorgeous old white and black cat who believes that he lives with ALL of us, 6-8 houses, comes for a pet, a drink and a fuss, sleeps in the conservatory, goes up the stairs, scares the bejazus out of you when he appears on your bed at midnight asking to go out and go home.
    This lovely weather has given me the chance to get the garden tidied up and ready for phase 4. Also have done the planters and baskets for 3 of my neighbours and given plants to 2 others.
    On the black side, tho, my friend has been turned down for PIP so we need to start the mandatory consideration paperwork this weekend. Hope you all have sunshine and a great weekend. x
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 18th May 19, 9:25 AM
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    MRSINVIS strangely enough our gorgeous Jack Russell Bonnie died completely unexpectedly between my diagnosis and going in for surgery. DH wonít countenance having another as he was so upset by it. Iím hoping he might come round to a kitten although heís never really been a cat person. On the upside I donít miss the daily dog/cat hair purge. Thatís a pain for your friend. Weíre still chasing the DWP for PIP arrears due from last Summer. It keeps being put through for payment but someone misunderstands and blocks it. Theyíve said itíll definitely go through this time so fingers crossed theyíre right.

    Nothing festive happening due to my current garden obsession and redecorating the bedroom (again) but I have thought about it a couple of times recently so thatís progress.

    Itís just stopped raining here so hereís hoping it brightens up now although Iím not holding my breath.

    Only two weeks today til our hols, yay!
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 18th May 19, 4:38 PM
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    My black cat was called Bramble too. Peppa consider an older cat too,how could "Daddy pig" refuse an animal in need.All but 2 of my cats have been 2nd hand.Glad to hear you have the gardening bug.My garden is looking lovely atm.I am looking at houses on rightmove,knocking all the internal walls down and redesigning the garden,gives me sleepless nights!

    I have absoloutely nothing to say but don't want the thread to fizzle out again.

    Love to all Vx
    • mrsinvisible
    • By mrsinvisible 19th May 19, 6:52 AM
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    aaarrrGGGHHH. Just when you think all is going well, you get an email saying your sons car insurance has auto renewed!! He went back to a motability car so he doesn't need this! guess how l will be spending my morning!!!! On a better note, l am going out for a curry with DS2 and 2 of his friends tonight, y-u-m.
    • murie
    • By murie 19th May 19, 7:28 AM
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    Mrs I- hope you enjoyed your curry x.

    Vulpix- Im the same, I dont have anything to say but I post cus I dont want it to fizzle out!

    My first cat was called Trouble (because DH didn't want a cat and I did so I knew she would likely cause trouble between us. She did- for all of an hour til he fell in love with her!) She was a black and white British short hair She was 3 weeks shy of 19 yrs when we lost her. My second was Simba, he was the most loving tom ever, ( large tabby) he had a passion for frogs and single handedly decimated the local frog population. He was 11. The little panther (Russian Blue) that currently treats the place like a hotel is Bailey- he is 3. For the first 6 weeks after we got him he was 'Mylie'- even the vet said so. He was so tiny - today he is a large rangy happy boy who rules the roost. Whenever he comes home he makes a beeline for our German Shepherd (Ruby ) and has to fuss and kiss her. Unfortunately for Ruby that means he stands on her head and pushes her around til she is in the right position for him to give her some cat kisses. She is very good with him (not that she has much choice really).

    On a Christmas note- I saw my first Christmas tree this morning! Someone has set one up complete with tinsel and bauble in their front garden! It made me smile although I did think I was seeing things to begin with!
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    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 19th May 19, 8:27 AM
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    Hope you are soon sorted out Mrs I.

    Murie I remember when you got Bailey.Russian Blues are just so handsome.My big rescue boy,Rover was a very close relative of a Russian Blue. He could have been one as he was picked up as a stray so no known history.

    Just a thought Peppa, perhaps a different species might help Daddy pig.A cat won't remind him of your lovely dog. Animals are so sensitive to humans.Whilst I have been so ill my neighbours cat Millie came to check up on me several times a day.I only see her occasionaly now.A nurse cat.She even brought me a mouse.

    My two cats have pushed our bedroom window wider and are currently dancing about on the extension roof.Mr V who didn't want a cat is in the garden videoing the spectacle!

    Today is the day! I am going in the loft,with my boot on I might add.We have raised enough money to pay for the holiday,pay for car parking at the airport,the visas and now onto spends.There must be rich pickings in the loft!

    Vx
    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 19th May 19, 8:43 AM
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    VULPIX youíre definitely on a roll with the fundraising, youíve done amazingly well. Good luck with unearthing your treasures from the loft. Iím still laughing at the idea of DH as Daddy Pig.

    MURIE I think May might be a bit early even for us Christmas nuts - or is it?

    MRSINVIS thatís so annoying. Iím pretty sure theyíre supposed to notify you a few weeks before they auto renew not just tell you theyíve done it so give them what for .
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 19th May 19, 8:58 AM
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    vulpix please be careful in the loft! Well done on all the fundraising, I need to do a car boot but finding the time ATM is a struggle, free weekends are few and far between and I don't really want to shoehorn something else in... so currently it's looking like August that never seems a good time as people are either all on holiday or just out for a stroll with the kids. I shall have to see.
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
    JAN NSD 11/16


    • nic2075
    • By nic2075 20th May 19, 7:00 PM
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    Nice to see you post Free. Hope the black cloud lifts and you feel more yourself. Xx

    Another cat lover here. We have an all black cat called Salem. We have had mainly all black cats. Apart from our ginger cat we had about 10 years ago. But I find Iím drawn to the black cats for some reason.

    Iím on the count down to our holiday in France. I really need to get more spending money together. I just never have any spare left at the end of the month. Going to get more listed on eBay and Iím keeping at my surveys. Iíve made £200 odd on surveys along since January
    • mrsinvisible
    • By mrsinvisible 21st May 19, 6:00 AM
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    Vulpix and Nic well done on the fundraising. I never got the hang of e-bay or facey thing so l am in awe of anyone who does it.
    Got the repayment of DS2s insurance sorted out, (my email, my credit card, my name as an additional driver, but no, they have to speak to DS2 ).
    The curry was spectacular, l love really hot ones, as does one of DS2s friends so we had the house special a Bolleywood Burner, hotter than our usual Phal, OMG it was divine, but it took 2 pints of water.
    Have mapped out my friends mandatory recon request, just need to refine it a bit, eg take out 4 letter expletives and references to lies, then we just need confirmation notes from GP and it can go.
    DGS1 is in the middle of his GCSEs and has actually done some revision, and thinks he has done ok so far. His girlfriend and he did an hour and a half of maths last night, it was lovely to see them showing each other the bits one knew that the other didn't .
    Peppa, l love the idea of your DH being daddy pig, and videoing cats.
    Christmas wise, the stash has gone down by two, friend needed a raffle prize and l found an undelivered box of shortbread so it has gone in the snack cupboard.
    • vulpix
    • By vulpix 21st May 19, 7:02 AM
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    DD2 has her maths GCSE today too.Fingers crossed.She has to then leave and go to a placement at a local hotel for work experience.Yesterday she did work experience 8 - 4 then on to college to work at a fundraising dinner for BHF.Catering college btw.Welcome to the world of employment DD1.The dinner was beautiful and in beautiful surroundings.Google Devonshire Dome.I worked there in the 70's when it was a hospital as a nurse cadet.

    Already sold a lot of things from the loft and have earmarked some more to list today.Not got the big buck items now but it all adds up.I am just pleased to be decluttering.Which we did the last 3 moves or so we thought!So some more bits from the loft to go which are too heavy for me to help get down,couple of kitchen gadgets then onto 2 sheds and a garage!Think we should be able to do 2K before the hols.

    Well done Nic on surveys.I have no clue how to get into that,but it sounds interesting.Mrs I I have given up on ebay.It is just too complicated and expensive to use now. I love curry,I always have jalfrezi.If its very firey milk is my drink or if we are on the curry mile lassi,yum yum.Haha to your bolshy form filling.I wonder if it would make a diffirence if you sent it!

    DD1 came yesterday on her way back from Granada where her friend lives.Gave her lots of plants from the garden and stuff I had potted up for her.Her massive garden had been covered in gravel,it must have cost a fortune.

    I am having a lazy day today.My foot tells me I have been doing too much recently.

    Vx
    Last edited by vulpix; 21-05-2019 at 7:06 AM.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 21st May 19, 8:42 AM
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    Mrs I my hubby would love the Bollywood Burner - curry hotter the better as far as he's concerned. I'll send him over next time you're having one

    nic well done on the surveys, I find I don't really have the patience to do them but do shop n scan which helps fund my Kindle habit and the odd Royal Mail Correctly delivered survey where the £5 vouchers (although not much for 2 weeks data) add up and cover things often in Wilko (who doens't love exciting things like 'free' compost and washing up liquid )

    vulpix I pretty much gave up on the fleabay years ago, by the time they've taken their 10% Final Value Fee, plus 10% on postage and then PayPal have taken their share of payment funds, unless it's something that commands a decent price, it's hardly worth it these days - gone are the days of being able to flog things for a few quid and still make the pennies add up.

    Nothing to report on the Christmas front here - although a local independent shop where I was planning to get a friend's gift from (probably) has just closed down Lease was up but hopefully they may find new premises nearby.
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
    JAN NSD 11/16


    • Peppapig
    • By Peppapig 21st May 19, 3:42 PM
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    I find the trick with eBay is to only sell higher value stuff and only when theyíre doing a Ďmax £1 selling feesí offer. Iíve just sold a fireplace suite for £150 and the eBay fee was £1 Unfortunately although the buyer collected it he did pay by PayPal so no getting out of their fees this time.

    Lower value stuff sells well on local Facebook selling groups and you donít have to worry about postage. Unfortunately I havenít got anything left to sell as Iím a ruthless declutterer so nothing stays around for long. DH is hanging on by a thread
    It's the most wonderful timeof the year .....
    • 04624181
    • By 04624181 24th May 19, 2:15 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    Wow where has the last few weeks gone? Its been a whirlwind of appointments, paperwork, GCSEs, DIY and general life. I am still waiting for my operation. Looking forward to the kids being off for a week. Yesterday was DS last official day in school. They are now on study leave and only go into school for the last 2 weeks of their exams and then it is Prom!

    GIYD- Hope you are all doing ok. Thinking of you xx
    3forholidays-thanksfor the well wishes, hope you ok x
    Vulpix- Wow foot reconstruction! sounds painful. Do you hate your boot as much as I hate mine? I know it makes it easier for me to be mobile but I resent wearing it and feel so cumbersome in it. Well done on your sales. We had to declutter before the move and I wish we had more time to sell things instead of me sending to tip and charity shop. We can always declutter more so will sell if we have anything of interest. So glad to hear your mobility is improving. Im still awaiting my operation and its getting harder to accept I have to stay in so I make myself go out and end up in pain and then end up being stuck in again. the circle of non aceeptance lol
    Murie- How are you? How is Mr Murie after his pergola incident? Hope you all ok. How did you get on with your paper flowers?
    Nic2075- Congratulations to your daughter. you must be a very very proud mum, amazing x xx
    Gettingtherequickly- wow three Christmas cakes! you are so organised. Do you or anybody know of a Christmas cake recipe where they blitz the fruit so it is lump free mixture? It ends up being a really moist cake but there are no lumps of raisins etc?

    Prinzessilein-Welcome to the thread. Love that you have a Forever Christmas corner in your living room xx
    Peppa- How are you doing? Decoupaging wooden ducks sounds lovely. You must be fed up with PIP. I hope they finally do make the payment for you. We used to have a lovely Jack Russell named Tess who had the biggest ears you have ever seen on a small dog. She hated everybody except us, biting the vet everytime we went. She was fiercely loyal and an absolute love bug with us all. She had to be put down over 20 years ago and my dad still refuses to get another dog as we were all devastated.
    Free- how are you doing lovely, sorry to hear you have
    Princesskitty- hope you and the family are all well xx
    kerrigt-all this cat talk is making me cat jealous lol I would seriously think about adopting a cat/kitten but we already have a dog who is 12 so that keeps making me think I should wait and not introduce another pet at her late stage in life. She has arthritis and cataracts and I would hate for her to be upset.
    MrsI- sorry to hear about your friends PIP. Its hard to go through the PIP renewal and all that entails wthout being rejected. I hope everything gets sorted out for them. My DS is doing his GCSEs too. Feel like time has just flown by.


    Sorry if I have missed anybody, big hugs to all xxx
    • mrsinvisible
    • By mrsinvisible 25th May 19, 7:03 AM
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    Hi 0426..... lovely to see you. My word, you have been busy.
    Half term has arrived, a breather from GCSEs and time to do fun things for all our year 11s.
    DS2 had his visit with OT and she is recommending wet room, new boiler, new kitchen around his disabilities, and is starting a DLF grant application. If he only gets the wet room we will be so grateful.
    DD is getting a refit of her stairlift on Thursday, hopefully the seat and track will work, as when it was installed the chair kept jumping off at the corners and l have this image of DD being propelled through the air like an ejector seat in an aeroplane.
    Was gifted a new(er)phone last week from DNIL(dear niece in law--if such a relationship exists?) so she transferred all my stuff over from old phone, l gave old phone to friend, checked new phone and found most of my stored numbers had vanished, so rang friend to get them off old phone, but...… she had wiped them. so it has been a busy time trying to get hold of the numbers.
    The weather continues kind to me, loads more tubs and baskets, still lots of plants left, might put them at the gate with a help yourself notice.
    Well better get the tail feathers a shake, and get out of bed. A whole new day to make a mess of awaits. Have a great bank holiday, everyone. x
    Last edited by mrsinvisible; 25-05-2019 at 7:04 AM. Reason: word wrong
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