Thursday, 22 December 2011

Seasonal shutdown!

In a few hours time the entire household will be on Christmas holiday (apart from the chef, waitress and laundry maid, obviously). So, seasons greetings to you all!

(photo is courtesy of Becca - thanks, poppet!)

I hope you all have a peaceful, happy time and I'll be back in the new year.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Still calm. Just ...

You know how it is, every year you promise yourself you won't leave the Christmassy things to the last minute. Hmmmm. Well the dining room table's not covered in ironing, so that's a start*.

There are just four full days to go until the little beasts break up from school, so I had better get a move on - the Christmas tree is still bare, I MUST do it today!

But I do appear to have a secret little helper ...

Ho ho ho!!!!

*it's under the table instead.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Be kind to yourself

Yesterday was all set to be a right proper gloomy one. Strikes, rain, the economic abyss, a hacking cough, a child with a hacking (and puke-inducing) cough and another child who was just plain bored. The chances of getting any proper work done were slim to say the least, so for once I just didn't try.

Do you know what I did? I read a book and, horrors, watched TV.Yep, I did! I never, ever have the telly on during the day if I'm on my own, it just seems far too indulgent. I didn't go mad - just the one film: That Touch of Mink with Doris Day and Cary Grant. Well, talk about fab! It had all the scrummy things I love in an escapist romance - the hero even buys her a brand new designer wardrobe to take on their round the world trip!

Just taking a break for a few hours like that had me bouncing out of bed this morning, ready to face the day with gusto. Times are hard and Christmas preparations can really grind you down in the end if you're the one doing it all. So be kind to yourself now and then, think of it as an investment ...

Here's the Bergdorf Goodman fashion show put on for our heroine, Cathy Timberlake:

Which frock would you choose?