At the beginning of every single year, I resolve to be more organised. At the end of every single year, I kick myself for being so bloody disorganised. Well, no more. You, my friends, are my witnesses. 2015 is going to see a new me. A manic diary-keeping, list-writing me who has all Christmas presents bought/made and wrapped by the end of September. I shall have meals planned weeks in advance, my social engagements will be cleverly-arranged and equidistant, and my life will run like clockwork.
Did you just see that pig fly past the window? ;-)
How are you? Are you buzzing with festive excitement or are you slightly frazzled too?
By way of a brief respite, I thought I'd pop by and take the opportunity to share a few 'happies' with you ...
❤ No flashing reindeer badges for me yet - I am completely smitten with my new pretty felt flower corsage and am wearing it nearly all the time, mostly pinned to my Miss Piggy Ponchette. It is my second purchase from this lovely lady on Etsy. I'm thinking it would also look rather cute on a crocheted hat?
❤ I have a serious mitt habit, lest you'd not noticed. Using my own pattern, I've made myself another pair of Rosie Mitts, this time in
spring brussels sprout green.
❤ Candles. I can't pretend I'm liking these dark evenings one jot but fragrant flickering candles and twinkling fairy lights do help. My favourite Yankee Candle is currently Snowflake Cookie - it is just how I imagine heaven must smell.
❤ Slowly, slowly I'm introducing little Christmassy touches, each one causing a teeny frisson of excitement. I know some of you already have your trees up but we have a gazillion birthdays first. I rather like the gradual build-up, it's like festive foreplay! ;-)
❤ Beautiful sunrises. No filter. No words needed.
❤ Crumpets. What can I say? Hot and dripping with butter. It's a comfort (and elasticated waistband) thing.
❤ My new calendar. I'm sorry Katie Daisy but you have been usurped. 2015 will be Caroline Gardner and her Muchly Lovely Family Organiser's year.
❤ One of the aforementioned December birthdays is today. My baby boy is 16. Sixteen!!! We spent last weekend in Nottingham to celebrate. We had a fabulous supper at Jamie's Italian and then the boys went to a Kasabian concert (which is a little ironic considering all the band members live within a mile of us here in Leicester, with one of them just around the corner). I shall be cooking his chosen birthday supper of risotto tonight and I daresay he will pester me for my "when I was in labour for 25 hours …" story. Not!!! (A quick reminisce is a mother's prerogative on her child's birthday is it not?!)
Of course, it goes without saying that I was extremely young when I had him. ;-)
Have a super week all and I'll see you soon.