Up at 6.15.
Three lots of dried fruit for Christmas cakes soaking in what remained of the brandy.
The artificial Christmas tree is out of it's box and assembled in the lounge, box put away and floor hoovered of little bits.
One load of washing has been done, the kitchen and downstairs loo has been cleaned, dishwasher emptied and dishes put away.
I'm going to squeeze every minute out of my weekend off, and get as much done as I can!
What you up to today?
Friday, 6 December 2013
I don't know about you, but I do like a good to-do list when I've got a few things I need to get accomplished.
With two of the important birthdays out of the way now, we have one more before Christmas itself, and in order to stay within our budget, a list is not just useful: it is essential!
In the last few weeks I have:
- de-cluttered the bedrooms
- painted the main bathroom
- washed and re-hung all window dressings (except GD's room, but that is to follow in the New Year)
- de-cluttered the lounge
- tidied the study
- sorted the garage, tidied it and taken unwanted items to the charity shop or the tip
- donated unwanted items from house to charity shop
- donated men's t-shirts and jumpers to the 'soup run'
I've sorted out items for:
- Christmas hamper at work for old folk's home
- large box of food for food bank collection at work
I've also written and posted the cards for you lot (!) and put together the gifts that need posting for our far-away family.
Now what I need to do is:
- check through the gifts I have put aside through the year and get them wrapped up and labelled
- label and wrap the HM jams and chutneys ready for gifting
- make two more large Christmas cakes
- meal plan for the weeks that we will be off over the Christmas period, and make a shopping list for the same
I need to finish:
- jumper for GD's chap (front to finish)
- jumper for Grandaughter (sleeve to finish)
- my mate's patchwork quilt - top completed and tacked to filling and back, will take me about two hours to finish it completely on the machine
- little gifts for my class (gathered already, but need to be wrapped up and HM cards written)
I also want to:
- put up some decorations
- make some little food gifts
- put together a 'Secret Santa' gift for my workplace collection
Phew! Looks like I'm going to be busy this weekend!!
Do you use to-do lists? Do they help you? Do you have one for Christmas organisation??
Thursday, 5 December 2013
I've had such fun writing out cards to four corners of the globe, and this afternoon queued up at a Post Office to post them off to 30 of you little lot!
Sadly, I happened to join the queue and got a cashier who clearly had just had enough of today.
She took great delight in telling me that some of my envelopes were 'borderline' in size - as in they were 10cm square, and that she was 'not happy' taking them.
These smaller envelopes were UK-bound, not the airmail ones,
and I've looked on the Royal Mail website, but I can't see where it says I can't send in this size envelope?
It's not like they were miniature...
I bought a set of card blanks from hobbycraft to make cards.
Didn't know I might not be able to post them.
Anyone out there in the UK know more about this than I do?
Not sure, but I think I just might have got a grumpy person at the counter!