A collection of thoughts

ElfAnother weekend away, this time to my daughter’s into which a week’s worth of activity was crammed. Home yesterday to the Ladies’ Dining Group Christmas celebration which lasted five and a half hours and at which several pounds of cheese were consumed – at least it seemed that way! I’ve skipped the gym this morning as I’ve barely had a minute to do the things that need doing in the past fortnight.

My sleep patterns have been horrendous – not falling asleep until 4am, falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow only to wake up a couple of hours later and stay awake for three or four hours, waking every hour for the entire night. Take your pick. One thing’s for sure – there’s no consistency.  I am sometimes amazed that I continue to function relatively normally!

The Christmas trees are up – the twig and crystal one indoors, the conventional one on the porch. About half the cards are written, the rest will be done this evening, after I’ve had my hair done, gone to Slimming World (I couldn’t go last week so most definitely not looking forward to that after a very sociable fortnight!) and the Ocado delivery is put away. I need to make space in the freezer for the various bits and pieces that will arrive c8.30pm. Perhaps I should be doing that now instead of sitting here at my PC blogging! No perhaps about it really.

Granddaughter has been telling me about the various naughty things that her Elf on the Shelf  has been up to. He’s enjoying the fact that she now wears glasses (lots of potential there) and has wrapped her breakfast bowl and spoon in foil. He even ate her Advent calendar chocolate one morning – now that really is a step too far! Daddy, please note.

If you are in the UK, I wonder if you watched BBC1’s Elizabeth is Missing last night. What brilliant viewing!  Glenda Jackson in her first acting role in twenty five years was incredible.  Having witnessed my mother’s descent into dementia, I can only applaud the research that went into her portrayal of Maud. If you haven’t yet seen it but are planning to, I can’t promise that you’re in for a ‘treat’, but it’s very thought-provoking and terribly sad.

I logged on this morning with absolutely no idea of what I was going to say other than my usual apology to my fellow bloggers for not having found the time to comment on their recent offerings. I’ll use today to get my act together and ‘see’ you very soon.



  1. I’ve been having a quick catch up and what a wonderful and busy time you’ve been enjoying.
    I’m sorry you’re struggling with your sleep patterns at the moment. I have no trouble in falling asleep but I have a habit of waking rather early, which then leaves me feeling exhausted early in the evening. X


  2. I also have read the book and have recorded the programme to watch when my husband is out. I’ll let you know what I think.


  3. It’s my first….and only really…Christmas do tonight….Mum’s United….lol….My Daughter in Law, her Mum and me.

    I missed Elizabeth is Missing due to Andy watching a two hour Guy Martin fest….motorbikes and other boring stuff. I will watch it on catch up tomorrow.



  4. I didn’t watch Elizabeth is Missing as I can vividly remember the book and was worried that the TV version would take too many liberties with the storyline. The book was an excellent read.


    • I had never even heard of the book until someone mentioned it yesterday. It would be interesting to hear from someone who’d read it and seen the programme. Only once have I seen a televised drama and thought it even better than the book…..Any Human Heart by William Boyd


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