Didn't I tell you the months would fly by?! November is here!
The month that brings Bonfire night, Christmas present buying and my birthday! (Woohoo!) It was a big one for me last year, so I may be wiser ( I said 'may') and technically older but, you know me, I'm hanging on to that youth!
Anyway, let's leave the babbling there and get back to October.
It's been autumn filled, children filled and food filled (As always)
Jam packed times with the littlies
We had such an amazing weekend with the Grandkiddies!
Every brew I made went cold, I had enthusiastic helpers for everything and the rest of the world was pretty much ignored.
What's not to like about snuggles and bedtime stories? instead of reading one, we often make one up by each giving a sentence in turn. Our stories usually involve, trumps, poo, and a gruesome death by either of those two things! Oh and lots of giggles, of course.
Our days began with the important job of choosing from the variety pack of cereals, serious stuff. I showed my support by relieving them of the cinnamon flavour 😉
We had a yummy lunch at The Angel Inn, ham and jam butties all round! (No not together!) it went down so well, we apparently HAVE to have lunch there every time they visit! We shopped and we enjoyed some Kimi's Gelato which is a sunshine tradition! They played in our new garden in the autumn sunshine and we baked a chocolate fudge cake, topped with pirates of course!
(It was soooo yummy!)
It was sad having to drop them back home. When we returned home, neither of us could be bothered to even think about tea so we went to Mela! (Convenient!)
We went to bed early that night not because we wanted to but because we couldn't keep our eyes open! 😆
That Christmassy smell!
Give me berry candles, cloves, cinnamon, and any other Christmas smell you can think of!
The house smelled absolutely delicious when I made make the Christmas cake!
The traditional weekly shot of brandy for the cake (and one for me) has commenced! Hic!
I love fruit cake and soaking it with brandy can only be better!
This year I've made 4! Yes 4! I bought so much brandy that my local store thinks I have a problem!
Halloween just wasn't a big thing when I was a kid. In fact simply donning a black bin bag and backcombing your hair meant you were pretty much Halloween ready! 😆
When our girls were little, they'd dress up, arm themselves with a gory trick to justify the treat and skip down the street ignoring the rain! My daughter's trick was a joke eyeball and she'd pretend it was hers falling out! She always got rewarded with a treat!
This year I bought treats and we actually ran out!
In our old place I stopped buying them because no-one knew we lived there, I'd just end up eating them myself (Shame) this year was exciting! Giddy kiddies putting on their best spooky faces (I simply went mascara free for a scary look ;) and 20 minutes in the treats had gone!
We felt so bad that my husband drove out to get more supplies! Guess what happened? Yep he came home with sweets galore and only two more kiddies knocked on! Luckily he'd bought peanut M&M's so I can help out there!
October - done!
This time last year I was approaching the big 40! I'm sure I can remember every month so far and now we're in November!
My Christmas gift crochet plans have been delayed a little because I've been so cold I made myself some fingerless gloves and I'm on with a matching cowl! Needs must!
Oh and I've even discovered base layers! (I'm like a Michelin Man!)
I'm that 'always cold' person and I've seen a hilarious crocheted all in one for adults...
Oh, October was also the month my husband first muttered the words 'get your feet off me!' this year! They say 'Cold hands, warm heart' but what nice quote have they got for 'Cold everything'?!
Anyway, I'm babbling, as always, goodbye October and hello November!
(Any birthday cake will be welcomed!)
So when is Christmas chatter socially acceptable?
Yes I can hear you shouting 'December!' at your screen but hear me out!
Personally I'm thinking about it 1st September and yes I know, not everyone wants to hear it! Apparently it's too early to talk about it, or even buy presents, in September, yet come October people are counting the weeks down with dread.
Come November, people are starting to panic and when December comes around, hysteria hits as if there was no warning that Christmas was going to come around at all!
Isn't it obvious that grabbing those perfect presents as and when you see them is better than a Christmas Eve emergency selection box?
(I'm not criticising selection boxes, I miss them, please someone buy me one for Christmas...)
Surely this shows that Christmas chatter in September is actually organised festive planning? And you know, socially acceptable...
Preparation backs me up even more!
I'm talking Christmas cake, the gift list, homemade gifts , spreading the cost. wrapping as you go. Am I convincing you yet?
See, early preparation (& chatter) is helpful. 😉
While we're figuring things out, can I just ask, when did Christmas get so extravagant?!
Is it just me or do people seem to be re-carpeting their living rooms with Christmas presents? I guarantee this will be the case again this year - the photo's on social media prove that the ratio of present to child is bonkers!
I know we're not living in the 70's anymore (Ahem!) but things really have changed. When I was kid (Don't start) it was a small pile of gifts and a few more from family throughout the day.
Is waking up to a toy shop in the living room really going to help the littlies appreciate and value what they have? They can't even remember what they opened that morning on the conveyor belt of gifts.
Is it too much of a competition?
(The most Grinch-like I get)
Okay so let's say you're not interested in Christmas Chatter, you're not getting prepared and you couldn't give a mince pie whether the present/child ratio has gone bonkers.
(Mince pie 🤣)
Look me in the eye and tell me you're not engaging in some Christmas Consuming!
Have you or have you not;
Whether you're shaking your head sternly or not, I expect the real answer to at least two of these points is YES! And that my dear readers is Christmas Chatter/Christmas Preparation/Christmas excitement, whatever you want to call it and this is the point in my blog post where you're probably thinking;
'You know Sarah's right, lets talk Christmas!'
Hello you and hello October!
I'm not promising anything but this blog post may well be my shortest ever. Why? because I haven't done much during September, 'September shenanigans' just sounded like a good title!
I've been far too busy cosied up in front of the tv, candles on and crochet in hand.
(You know me - hardcore)
Ok let's see how it goes...
My new baby
When your month starts with a new car, it's already a good month!
(You didn't think I meant an actual baby did you?! Been there, done that!) 😉
My gorgeous little Fiat 500 (It's soooooo cute!) means no more getting wet, less packing my handbag for every possible Lake district season and more of me being a goldfish! (Singing, as if I can, as I drive.)
I love it and luckily my Fitbit keeps me in check for steps so my backside doesn't mould to my car seat! 😆 A few people have said that my new car suits me, they never elaborate so I'm not really sure what they mean, little and round? Cute and characterful? I'll go with the latter 😉
We've been to our first torchlight! It was a great night to meet with family and friends and enjoy the parade. We were wrapped up, eating junk food and doing a merry jig to the music. It's amazing the amount of effort that goes into organising and putting on a parade in a small town, great effort!
One day a walk into town and an urge to use the loo mean that we popped into the Brewery (Of course it was a pub loo we needed to use, good idea husband!) While we sat chatting we had a look at what was showing at the cinema and decided on a film. It wasn't worth going back home so we grabbed another drink and waited.
When we went to the box office (With justifiable chocolate on my mind!) we couldn't remember the name of the film so we had to describe it like an episode of 'Give us a clue'! (If you're too young - click the link to save me explaining!) When the lady eventually figured out what we were talking about, she seemed to enjoy the task of telling us we were three days early!
Our spontaneous date night at the cinema didn't happen after all! 😆At least we gave the staff a giggle!
Our September has mainly been spent settling into our new home.
We've justified a lot of visits to Fab buying gorgeous things to adorn our new pad, and while visiting Fab, it's only right to nip next door to Kimi's and indulge in an ice-cream. (Sooooo good!) We're now tourists to the area so some things just have to be done. (Obviously) 😉
As the nights draw in I'm lighting candles, wearing funky slippers and crocheting my evenings away. (You can just picture me right? I'm a cat short of a stereotype!)
We've had birthdays involving birthday pub lunch, birthday curry and birthday cake - lots of food basically, which is fine by me!
I've already mentioned Christmas because it's no secret that I love it and yes I've bought some Christmas presents - Woohoo! Oh and I also know exactly where my trees are going, yes Christmas trees and yes plural!
I also squeezed a blog out, inspired by a day of annoying people! 🙄 It's a bit of a gentle rant, click here to catch up!
That's it, that was quite short I think so I'll make it longer by saying, if you like a blog post, like and share it! If you like my page, invite your friends and don't forget to look for me on Twitter and Instagram! 😉
(Cheeky I know!)
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