We have something of an early start to our Christmas season today. Julie’s children are coming to see us, some with their partners. Because of work and social commitments, this was the only day that everyone could make it together. Unfortunately, as we both have heavy colds and coughs, it has been decided that the new grandson will not be coming along, so we will have to visit mum and baby on one of the other days, once the worst has passed. When you are feeling unwell, even a modest gathering seems like a lot of effort, but it will be worth it all, to have a nice family day.
It will be like having Christmas Day three days early, as we give them their presents, and enjoy a traditional turkey, with all the associated goodies. As with most things, although we don’t really feel up to it at the moment, I am certain that we will all enjoy ourselves once it gets under way, later this afternoon. Although it is dull today, it is unusually warm, so we will not need the log fire. That is ironic, after all the effort expended in getting it up and working, so it would be ready for Christmas. Despite a lot of time spent shifting and clearing leaves, very strong winds over the last three days have blown fresh piles all over. They have a life of their own, and we can hear them swirling and rustling outside.
Ollie is aware that something is going on. Julie is not working this week, and he is not used to having two of us around during the day. Constant trips to and from the outside shed to collect things make him think that he is about to go somewhere, so he is finding it hard to settle. He will be beside himself when everyone arrives, as he loves nothing more than to have lots of guests to play with. I will still have to take him out later of course, as he cannot miss his daily excursion. I could do without it today, but he doesn’t understand feeling ill, or having to get a lot of vegetables prepared.
For many of you, this is just a normal Monday. I hope that work isn’t too demanding, and that you have got all your food and presents ready in time for Thursday. I will be back on the blog soon, to wish you all a Merry Christmas.