Monday 12 December 2016

Memorandum Monday

Well, Monday, you've sneaked back up on us again and just in time to join in with Sian's Memorandum Monday.  Do make sure you pop over there, especially if you're in the market for a traditional Christmas pudding recipe!

It's was the weekend before my husband's birthday (which is today!) and traditionally that is the weekend we put up our tree and decorate for Christmas.  So nothing new there. But ... I can share

Some new Christmas decorations!

I've been trying to incorporate copper into our colour schemes around the house and was happy to find a couple of new tree ornaments to sneak in amongst the existing ones.  The red glitter reindeer head was donated by our daughter as it doesn't go with her colour scheme this year.  I'm not 100% sure he goes with my tree either but he's hidden a little to the side and I think we'll let him stay.
The outside lights were replaced too - we'd had the originals for about 20 years so I reckon we've had our monies worth out of them.  Plus the fact that outside Christmas lights have definitely become more sophisticated over the years and everyone else has pretty small twinkly lights which made our chunky string of bulbs look very old fashioned.  Not wishing to bring the cul de sac into the bad taste books, we retired the old ones and bought some new beautiful small multi-coloured ones (which did not photograph well in the bottom left had picture of my collage).
The other new thing I did was
Buy a book from a new author
I've been following Julie Kirk's blog now for many a year and love her wit, her style of writing and her stories.  So when she published her first book (I say first because I am sure there will be more to come in the future!) I could not wait to buy a copy and am now hoping that she is already in the queue at the post office ready to send it off because I am longing to get my hands on it!
Is anyone out there calm and ready for Christmas festivities to begin?  Please say no because I hate to think I am the only one with a 'to do' list a mile long, nothing wrapped, still presents to buy and no cards written.  If anyone comes across one of Santa's elves with nothing to do, please send him round here - I could do with a bit of help. 


helena said...

love that copper tree decoration - I made the mistake of relaxing as I'd done the early bits of the list - but let the relaxed phase go on too long! have a great week

Patio Postcards said...

Copper is the "in" colour for decorating this year which will go well with Pantone's 2017 colour of the year Greenery. Your tree looks a treat. I can answer with a definite NO I am not ready for Christmas yet.

Jane said...

we've just put our tree up ready for my husband's birthday!

Sian said...

I'm so excited about Julie's book too! And I just got a shipping notice! Hurray!

I can raise you a few Christmas cards, because I did a few this afternoon. But you are way ahead of us on the twinkly outside lights. We're still in discussions about those.

Sandra said...

Happy birthday to your hubby 🎉🎉🎉

Loving the new decorations and lights, looks all so fabulous

Ruth said...

I'm another who has bought Julie's book!
Twinkly lights outside? Never done that, but we do have an Advent Arch in the bedroom window (the arch is a throwback to when I lived in Germany).

Julie Kirk said...

Aw, I'm just catching up and then spotted my name! You're lovely! And that first really did live up to its name - firsts all round!! Thank you!!!

Susanne said...

In our efforts to simplify Christmas over the past couple of years - outside lights was the first chore to go. We'd tried various scenarios over the years, but never really hit upon a good one. We're in a rural area, so none of the neighbors do much outside either because the only ones missing out on a light show are deer and possum. My list has been steadily declining - one trick is not to think about your Christmas list every day. We try and accomplish a few things every other day, and that rhythm seems to be working for us this year.

alexa said...

Copper sounds such a warm colour for this time of year. And no, you are not alone! In fact you are streets ahead of us :). Lights up already? You are definitely ahead :).