Posted: 13/12/2016 at 23:10
Hi - busy couple of days but feet up now and ready for bed
Chicky - sorry to hear your Pa is not so well. Hope he makes a full recovery and is home soon.
Liri - difficult with your mum isn't it? But I'm sure she knows somehow how much you love and care for her.
DD - I just want to give you a big hug. This is a horrible time of year for so many people and with all you've been through this year it's no wonder you have some low days.
Will you have Charlie with you on the 25th? If not, I hope you can plan to do some things which will keep you occupied through most of the day. I have been seen digging a neglected patch in the garden on 'that day' when I've been on my own. Good to avoid 'live' telly which always seems to be full of impossibly happy films / programmes. Guaranteed to make anyone feel depressed.
I now claim Hosta's "Bah, Humbug" crown....
As far as decorations go I have sometimes used a prettily shaped small twiggy branch in place of a tree. Perhaps some of your friends (even your ex) might have a few spare baubles they can either lend or give you to brighten it up - and perhaps you could allow a couple of euros to buy just one box of decorations to start off your new collection. I always use nuts, mandarins and lemons set in greenery as part of my decorations. They stay for a few days and then we eat them - so they don't really cost any money (I think).
Hope you feel a lot more like you soon.