Wait, Christmas? I’m not ready yet!


The countdown to the big day is under-way, and I am completely unprepared. Having been sick with multiple infections (chest, sinus and ears that all mutated from a simple cold), I was housebound for weeks. I had three full weeks off work, having never had a single day of sick leave in the last seven years!

All of my scheduled Christmas shopping days and event plans went out the window! My dear old Mum arrives a few days before the big event, and there is still so much to be done. Whilst I was sick I ordered as many gifts from QVC as I could, but in terms of getting the house ready, there is much to do!

Everywhere needs to be cleaned, dusted, vacuumed and polished to within an inch of its life (Mum has always kept a very clean and tidy house, and I have taken after her). However, with me having been sick for weeks on-end, things have rather fallen by the wayside.

The laundry hamper is overflowing, plus all of the wool jumpers, thermals, bathrobes and pyjamas I wore whilst recuperating need cleaning. All the beds need changing for nice warm and cosy flannel bedding. I’m paranoid about Mum being cold, as she hasn’t been very well this year.

In fact, so paranoid am I that Mum will be cold, I’ve bought two Cozee Home Heated Plush Washable Throws for the two of us. Plus, now my niece has decided she is visiting for Christmas at the last minute as well, so I may have to order another one. Not only that, I have also ordered a Mill Convection 2000w Heater – which I think looks incredibly stylish and would work well in any room in my apartment.

It’s the mountains of laundry that worries me the most though. I have so much to get done in the next couple of days, I’m not sure how I will get it all dried as the weather has been so bad of late. It’s also all the laundry that will be generated by Mum and my niece (and myself) whilst they are here too.

Washing and drying bath towels and hand towels every day is tough at this time of year and I don’t have a tumble drier. (I actually think there is a drier built into my washer but I’m not entirely sure as I have never used it. In fact, I never use a tumble drier as they are so costly!)

With all of that worry in mind I have managed to get my hands on the Heated Airer which is the Today’s Special Value from Live Clever on 21st December.

It will definitely save the day when it comes to the laundry issue, both before they arrive and when they are here. It’s perfect for drying clothes, not just in winter, but all year round. It’s so economical for a start, from as little as 4p per hour depending on your provider, and it has three heat settings and a timer function.

It also now comes with a cover, which transforms it into a portable heated airing cupboard that you can place anywhere convenient in your home.

Not only is it kinder to your wallet than a tumble drier, it’s also kinder to your clothes! If you have delicates or synthetics (like my gym gear), they generally get ruined in a tumble drier, so this will do the trick nicely.

Also, it’s easy to store and move around as it’s made from lightweight aluminium and has a 2 metre-long cord too. 37ft of drying space should just about help me to clear all the laundry that needs doing before the visitors arrive. Whilst they are here I should also be able to give them fresh, clean towels every day – just like the perfect host I always hope to be! Fingers crossed.

Right, that’s the laundry sorted, now just to get the Christmas presents bought, the food shopping done, not to mention the vacuuming, dusting, tidying, Christmas card writing, cooking, serving drinks, and being the host with the most so that everyone has a good time!

I hope that you are all a little more organised than I am at this point. I am blaming my illness, but truth be told I’m not entirely sure that the situation would have been any different if I hadn’t been sick. Oh well. I am still brimming with Christmas cheer and full of the festive spirit.

I’m playing Christmas music like nobody’s business and singing carols as I go. I have also just developed the most annoying habit of wishing everyone a very merry Christmas (that started about two days ago) – and when I say everyone, I mean everyone. People on the bus, cashiers at the checkout, dog walkers in the park. I’m loving it all, I just have rather a lot to still get done, and I need all the help I can get!

I wish all of you a well organised, happy and peaceful Christmas wherever you are and with whomever you are spending it, and may your New Year be a healthy and prosperous one.

Thank you to all of you have read my blog this past year. It is always lovely to read your comments and know that you are reading. Again, thank you.

Until next time,

Miceal xx


  1. Susan December 20, 2017 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Happy Christmas Miceal! You’re just wonderful! So glad you are better. It’s a bad time for Christmas with illness in winter. Hope you all enjoy yourselves x

  2. Mrs Judith Dunster December 20, 2017 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Hope you be feeling better soon . Have a lovely Christmas xx

  3. Katrina December 21, 2017 at 1:39 am -  Reply

    Aww, poor you, Miiceal. If I lived closer to you, I’d gladly pop around and take your clothes to launder for you. But, you could do the undies, lol? I’m sure your mum will understand. Just make sure you’ve got the foods, drink & pressies. Clean bedding & towels & then you can just catch up with the washing as you go! Your mum may even lend you a hand. Then, everyone muck in with Christmas Lunch & washing up! No-one can expect you to do it al, honey! Is there not a launderette nearby. That would really help getting towels, bedding & dressing gowns dried. I always use my drier, but, not from wet. I either line dry or put on the airer, then in the drier. You can’t beat soft towels. This way doesn’t work out expensive. Ooh & my ex partner loved his socks being tumble dried. Soft instead of hard soled socks lol!
    Well, Miceal, I hope it all works out in your favour. You always cheer me up. Especially, when I’m having bad days, which are lots of. Due to my ME & Fibromyalgia, plus, the list goes on & on! Lol, but, true!! I hope your mum & Neice arrive safely & that you all have a wonderful Christmas! All the very best of luck & happiness for 2018.
    Huge hugs
    Katrina xx ? ?

  4. Cherry December 21, 2017 at 8:10 am -  Reply

    Glad you are feeling better, Miceal. Have a wonderful Christmas with your mum x

  5. AMANDA PORTER December 21, 2017 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Merry Christmas Miceal. I’m sure you will be ready on the day, but remember, all your family need is for you to be happy and healthy!
    Enjoy the festivities and stop worrying!!
    Wishing you good health for 2018 xx

  6. ann robbins December 21, 2017 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    hope you and your family hape a great Christmas and new year

  7. Vanessa Roberts December 21, 2017 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    Dear Miceal, happy to hear that you are finally feeling better. You have been missed! I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas with your Mum.
    Merry Christmas
    Much love xxx

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