Monday, December 21, 2009

General chatter.

Ooh, sorry. How long ago was it that I wrote to you all? Truth be told, I wouldn't even be here now, I'd be sitting knitting, but my men are watching the Sun Military awards. I managed about 20 minutes of this, but was crying so much I had to come away. As soon as they got to honouring Wooton Bassett, I knew that was that. No more tears, I can bear this programme no more.

I have always held all Military Personnel in very high esteem. Quite apart from the uniforms (be still my beating heart!), I have always been in awe of their dedication and bravery. Many years ago, Mr Stressy - a soldier at the time - declared that he was disappointed not to be heading off to war in Iraq, that he felt a party was going on to which he wasn't invited. He had trained for war for much of his life and was to stay in this country. To my simplistic mind, this was insane. And my God, was I glad he didn't go.

The fiance of a friend of mine is serving in Afghanistan as we speak - he comes home tomorrow for a 2 week break, then heads back to finish his 7 month tour of duty. My heart goes out to him and everyone out there. Come home safely one and all.

But enough of this, it's nearly Christmas, time to be happy.

It is snowing again. If it carries on snowing, we shall be looking forward to Christmas dinner without the turkey. I'm not going out in this weather.

But I'm a bit stuck anyway - our car broke down nearly 3 weeks ago and went to the garage for repairs. Sadly the engine has to come out, pistons need replacing and the whole thing sounds scarily expensive. I am trying not to think about it! (But in the meantime, I wish they would lend me a courtesy car.)

Oh bugger. I'm doing it again aren't I? Come on woman, cheer up.

Tell you what, let me show you something exciting.

Having seen the fabulous Advent garland over at Attic 24, I just knew that I had to learn to crochet. So a lunch was arranged, cake was promised and Picperfic and blogless Cybil came over to teach me. And look what I made! Me! I can crochet! I tell you everyone, I am so proud of my little stars. But now that I have a few, I've decided that I really only want them in Christmassy colours - reds, greens and whites. So the pinky ones will just have to be used elsewhere.

I'm still plodding on with the i-cord bath mat. Barely 3 days to go, so I seem to be sewing up at every available opportunity. But Mr Stressy is here now and I don't want him to see it. I am determined to get it done - it's much bigger than when I last showed you. Maybe next time it will be finished.

Dare I mention the diets? I managed by some miracle to lose 1.5lbs last week. Due to large quantities of mince pies, I do not expect the same result this week. Oh, yes and I made a new pudding tonight - chocolate Christmas Pudding was its title. Amongst the ingredients were plain chocolate, breadcrumbs, milk chocolate, cream, butter, white chocolate, cocoa and flour. All the things which Slimming World frowns upon. But I tell you now people, it was worth every single ounce of weight that will go on the hips. It was delicious. It was so delicious in fact that I never even got round to taking its photo. I was too busy ramming it down my throat!

Until next time - I promise a pre-Christmas update - take care and keep warm.



Anonymous said...

I wish you a nice and warm Christmas, Michaela with love from your close ones. I hope the weather will improve before Christmas day. Our U.S. neighbours have received an extraordinary amount of blizzard snow. Snow may fall more reasonably for us on Christmas day. I am looking forwardChristmas holiday - six days at home mostly. Those cakes and pudding look fabulous to me. P I must lose more weight nd I am tring to act responsibly. xx

trash said...

Not that I have access to the telly 'mote when CK is in the house but I too would have been weepy-eyed and snotty-nosed during those awards (had I been allowed near a telly).

I think your Christmas Chocolate Pudding sounds delish and divine and much more in a traditional festive spirit than any mean old mince pie lite dreamed up by Slimming World!

dottycookie said...

Ah, your stars are lovely!

I can't watch anything even faintly emotional these days. My BIL used to be a soldier and we were so relieved he finished his service before the latest round of deployments. My heart goes out to all the soldiers and their families, especially at this time of year. 'Nuff said.

Congrats on the weight loss. I have decided to pretend the scales are not in the bathroom until after Christmas has been ahnd gone :-)

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Love those stars Michaela! I'm seriously impressed that you've made those already when you've only just learnt to crochet! Your chocolate christmas pud sounds scrummy - you may have to share the recipe sometime!!!

Scales are not my friend at the moment but I am sure we will become reaquainted in the new year!

Have a fab Christmas!

Lucy xxx

Mary deB said...

No news from here. I would like that chocolate pudding, though! I did exert myself to cast on 299 stitches to start knitting Birch, but that didn't use up many calories! And really, it'd be a miracle if any weight was lost over the coming week!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!