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I am cross!

Daughter gone to work, fine, must remember not to deadlock front door tonight. OH driving back to 'little house'. Cake cooked, but needs assembling by daughter- am not allowed to as it's for me. I shall have to store it though.....

No sign of workman, I know he phoned this morning but I doubt he'll show up now. Great, all of my day tomorrow now 'b' up! He'll need another visit as well & on Tues am at hospital. Daughter here until late lunchtime & I should be ok to say when I'll be back home. Wednesday daughter here again am, but I've got a clinic appointment, quite late morning & there will be no chance of me being back before whenever!! 3hrs late not uncommon........ I will also need to food shop on one afternoon.

So have I started the cards? No, but not sure what have actually done as dont appear to have sat down much till now.

Right, rant over. Oh BTW OH has e-mailed me some photos, but havent got a clue how to sort for here. Will try & get daughter to help sometime this side of Christmas.....but I have thought of a new name! Now to follow those instructions... J.

Twenty ways to confuse Santa Claus

1. Instead of milk and cookies, leave him a salad, and a note explaining that you think he could stand to lose a few pounds.

2. While he's in the house, go find his sleigh and write him a speeding ticket.

3. Leave him a note, explaining that you've gone away for the holidays. Ask if he would mind watering your plants.

4. While he's in the house, replace all his reindeer with exact replicas. Then wait and see what happens when he tries to get them to fly.

5. Keep an angry bull in your living room. If you think a bull goes crazy when he sees a little red cape, wait until he sees that big, red Santa suit!

6. Build an army of mean-looking snowmen on the roof, holding signs that say "We hate Christmas," and "Go away Santa."

7. Leave a note by the telephone, telling Santa that Mrs. Claus called and wanted to remind him to pick up some milk and a loaf of bread on his way home.

8. Throw a surprise party for Santa when he comes down the chimney. Refuse to let him leave until the strippers arrive.

9. While he's in the house, find the sleigh and sit in it. As soon as he comes back and sees you, tell him that he shouldn't have missed that last payment, and take off.

10. Leave a plate filled with cookies and a glass of milk out, with a note that says, "For The Tooth Fairy. " Leave another plate out with half a stale cookie and a few drops of skim milk in a dirty glass with a note that says, "For Santa. "

11. Take everything out of your house as if it's just been robbed. When Santa arrives, show up dressed like a policeman and say, "Well, well. They always return to the scene of the crime."

12. Leave out a copy of your Christmas list with last-minute changes and corrections.

13. While he's in the house, cover the top of the chimney with barbed wire.

14. Leave lots of hunting trophies and guns out where Santa's sure to see them. Go outside, yell, "Ooh! Look! A deer! And he's got a red nose!" and fire a gun.

15. Leave Santa a note, explaining that you've moved. Include a map with unclear and hard-to-read directions to your new house.

16. Set a bear trap at the bottom of the chimney. Wait for Santa to get caught in it, and then explain that you're sorry, but from a distance, he looked like a bear.

17. Leave out a Santa suit, with an attached dry-cleaning bill.

18. Paint "hoof-prints" all over your face and clothes. While he's in the house, go out on the roof. When he comes back up, act like you've been "trampled." Threaten to sue for personal injury.

19. Instead of ornaments, decorate your tree with Easter eggs.

20. Dress up like the Easter Bunny. Wait for Santa to come and then say, "This neighborhood ain't big enough for the both of us.

Pottie Pam

Oh Joe, I feel for you. I hate workmen in, even worse when you wait all day for them to come. You can't even escape to the garden this weather.





Thxs for that Geoff, needed to smile.

Been playing solitaire & sort of watching tv... it's going dark out there now.

Back in a bit. J.



Poor Santa. he does take some stick

one year we had to leave a flask of hot drinking chocolate out, Santa was not amused!!!

Son who lives here says they spent every Christmas when they were little worrying about the fact that we hadn't a chimney. Now we have one they are too old for him to come down it (31,28.25)

Jean Genie

Yo-ho-ho everyone . Someone will have to help me out here Who's who - know P Pam is snowgirl and Geoff is Jungle balls ( because he has a fetish )

Got the gist of the game ( I think )

been at daughters new house all over weekend as she now has keys . Lovely place overlooking farmland . View from the back of the house is really scenic - just farmers fields. Have already investigated garden and there's lots of plants to divide and pinch cuttings from.  Most of small stuff now down there so just the BIG move next weekend .

Today spent the entire day shopping and am pleased to report well on top of it now so I now want to play

Who's out and about and will someone give me a who's who rundown please.

Trust everyone's well and it's forking freezing !

Miss Becks

jo!!!! I'm so proud of you!! Geoff, give her one of your stars!!

Jean, is that you????


Game pie out of oven, and looking ok. Oh has tried the first of the mince pies, made from leftover pastry from pie, given them the thumbs up but says he will have to try them when cold to give final approval, he's definately pushing his luck. He says it's all about quality control

Looking froward to the final part of Crinkley Bottom Hall tonight, and who will be out of Strictly?.

Chris. AKA lovetogarden, hope that helps -  The Ice Queen, by the way who are you I'm totally confused.


Well done plumstrudle. Tick V.G!.


Jean Genie

Chris - it's Jean !  Who's elf and safety ?

Mouth organ and earplugs.

Miss Becks

Jean, update so far...

Geoff:        elf 'n' safety
Bjay:        Tinker Fluffy Paws
Gary:        Georg Faust
Flo:          FloFairy
Jo:           plumstrudle
Dean:        Zippy Bed Head
Glyn:        Holly Berry
Chris:        Twinkle Bell
Jean:        The Ice Queen
Miss B:        
Pottiepam:    Snow Queen




I might(will) change again tomorrow


Hi Jean.

Geoff is elf'n'safety.

Well done plumstrudle, it's easy when you know how

Jean Genie

Cheers Becks ! Totally confused now . Thought Geoff was Jungle Balls

Miss Becks

Noted. I'm so confuddled. Geoff, changed his name Jean.