Firstly, I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable Christmas and were able to have some relaxing time, either on your own or in the company of friends and family. We’ve had a bit of a houseful, but nothing has really gone to plan since I wrote my blog last Friday.
Chris, my other half, was due to collect our Mums last Saturday to give them a day to settle in before Christmas. As he was about to leave, his Mum, Audrey, telephoned to say she had a dodgy tummy and couldn’t travel. Rather than putting my Mum off in the hope that they could both be fetched on Christmas Eve, Chris drove to Nottingham for my Mum while I cleaned and organised the sleeping arrangements.
Mum duly arrived and, fortunately, Audrey was feeling well enough to travel down from Spalding on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, as usual, I was wrapping presents and marzipaning the Christmas cake, intending to ice it as usual in the late evening.
Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan, as our son had been experiencing quite severe pains in the lower abdomen over the previous 10 days which worsened as the day went on. The latter part of Christmas Eve (until 2am, actually) and the morning of Christmas Day were spent at the hospital, as was a large part of Wednesday while various different tests and scans were carried out trying to find out what was wrong.
Although we are still none the wiser, appendicitis has been ruled out and it truly does make you appreciate how fortunate we are to have the National Health Service on tap staffed by people who are not at home celebrating Christmas with their families.
Even though we were not home until 12.30pm on Christmas Day, I still managed to have the lunch served by 2.30pm and squeezed in icing the Christmas cake while everything was cooking. It did mean that the present opening had to wait until after lunch but I quite enjoyed doing it that way round, so maybe we will stick with that in future.
I had some really thoughtful presents, including a flight simulator experience and a lightbox for writing inspirational messages on.
We also managed to squeeze in a few games of ‘Sorry’, a couple of hands of cards and a game of Crystal Palace Monopoly. Mum was a little confused that we were buying players rather than property, but I think she enjoyed it in the end. I certainly did as I managed to win the game.
The Mums have gone home today and – I must confess – I’m looking forward to putting my feet up for a rest after all the cooking and entertaining that goes with having house guests for a few days, alongside my shifts at QVC.
As I worked Christmas, I will be off after today until the 4th January, so can I just take this opportunity to thank you for shopping with us for another year and also for reading my blogs each week. Also a big thank you to everyone who has enjoyed my books and my Christmas novella – your feedback is much appreciated and is what keeps me writing.
I sincerely wish you all a happy and healthy 2018,