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([personal profile] arliss Dec. 18th, 2014 04:02 pm)
Some mornings when the better course would seem to be just not getting up, even for coffee, what motivates me out of bed is knowing I get to open another day on my Jacquie Lawson Advent calendar. A little sad, but you know, whatever works.

H just went out and bought a whole string of lights just for four replacement bulbs on our "pre-lit" tree--that has two swaths of impenetrable dark. Ooh! One of those just lit up.

Last night's supper was a giant bowl of steamed broccoli dusted with sea salt. Nom! I should do that more often.

I have not done cards. I have not sent the few presents I need to send. We blew off going to the movies this afternoon as neither of us could be arsed to care enough to go. I am overcome with ennui and the urgent need to nap. A brisk walk in the bracing air does not energize, it merely enhances the nappishness. Moar coffee just makes me both jittery *and* nappish, possibly entertaining for the observer. From here, not so much.

Perhaps I should open tomorrow's day on the advent calendar. Or go back and start at Day One again, that might be fun. Or nap. Naaap.

From: [identity profile] maiac.livejournal.com


I think the Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar is wonderful motivation.

Every day I have to play the Christmas Biscuit game, and I've redesigned my snowflakes twice.
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From: [personal profile] fufaraw


There's a day early in the calendar where you design snowflakes! And then as the days go by and snow falls on the scene, the snowflakes you made fall, too. It's a lovely thing, with presents to wrap and puzzles to work, a tree to trim, and other inter-activities (interact-ivities?). I should have been generous and sent it to a kid, but I'm having too much fun!

From: [identity profile] maiac.livejournal.com


In the Family Room, occasionally one of the kittens chases a big snowflake.

I especially like that the animals are in the Family Room. I've been a big fan of Chudleigh (the Chocolate Lab) since I first discovered Jacquie Lawson. Bertie (the Cocker Spaniel) reminds me of my sister's late, great Scout. And of course, the Siamese cat and those naughty kittens!
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From: [personal profile] fufaraw


I love them all. And I love resetting the family room scene to see what they're up to the next time I return to the family room. Just yesterday was the first time I'd seen the kitten play with the snowflake!

From: [identity profile] maiac.livejournal.com


I do that, too.

Chudleigh is such a good dog. The other animals romp through the room; he walks in, gives us a happy doggie grin, and sits down.

From: [identity profile] maiac.livejournal.com


I was just in the calendar's Family Room again. Bertie the Cocker Spaniel was sleeping on the floor with the kittens curled up against him. He woke up, looked at them as if thinking, "How did that happen?", gave a doggie shrug, and went back to sleep. I am charmed.

From: [identity profile] mickeym.livejournal.com


Whatever it takes to get you up, honey. (Though naps are not to be underrated. Sometimes they're a necessary thing!)

I always like a bit of vinegar on my broccoli. (It's how we eat it in my family *g* My brother-in-law, nearly 20 years in our family, is still weirded out by it.)

Mmm. Broccoli sounds good, now. Really good, actually.

*hugs you tight*
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From: [personal profile] fufaraw


It may have been the best broccoli ever! We'd been coasting on protein and cookies and oatmeal--time for something green.

I got your card--so cute! Thank you so much for thinking of me. *holds on tight*

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Cards--Nope.

Presents--Nope, except for one for my boss, because I knew she had gotten something for me, and she's easily hurt (don't get me started). Strong possibility that gifts to family will be late.

Tree--Nope, because of kittiez. Took everything to work last year and set it up there, and it was beautiful. Thought about doing it again, but felt too tired to haul everything in. Boss always wants to help, but she is incredibly impatient, and I am particular. Also, it's my "thing," the thing that I like best, and I don't want anyone "helping" me. If it's not my creation, it might as well be something in a store.

On the other hand, even though I haven't done anything, I still enjoy the hell out of Christmas, and the kittiez and I have been having a lovely time lounging in front of the fire. They even got a card today from the kitty-sitting lady. They have already gnawed on it a bit. :)

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From: [personal profile] fufaraw


Now I want someone to sneak in and take a picture of you and the kittiez snoozing by the fire in your pretty living room. It's a shame the kittiez won't let you have a tree, and don't get the joy of sleeping under the shiny!

From: [identity profile] aerynsun5.livejournal.com


"Pretty " living room looks like three uncontrolled toddlers live there now. :)
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From: [identity profile] el1ie.livejournal.com


But, but but, opening them again in the evening means you get to see the scene all lit up! There's so much to do, flower vases, wreaths and snowflakes and I did trimmed the tree in the family room today and they give you three to do, so I can do another one tonight!

I know, I suppose it is a little sad, but it's such a wonderful little thing to look forward to, I don't think it lets you open a day in advance, but I often go back and make new wreaths or vases and spend far too much time in the pavillion or family room just watching the little critters do something new every day!

I have done my cards, not wrapped any presents, have done a little cleaning, but the fire brasses need doing next and no way am I energised enough to start those today. Oh dear, the lights in the demi-john have fused, oops, guess they'll stay dark this year.

I keep waiting to get hit by 'the Christmas spirit' - does it drive a truck by any chance? Christmas gets harder every year.

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From: [personal profile] fufaraw


We've simplified an awful lot from the OTT Christmas decorating and stuff we used to do. Not having littlies at home had a lot to do with that, I'm sure. I don't know if the spirit drives a truck, but I think his map is faulty, is what.

Do you know, I always look at my new day in the morning when I turn on my computer. I never thought to look again at night. After your comment was the first time I'd opened it at night--and oh, wow, look at that! Yes, I love watching the critters in the family room. Now, if I could just find the pavillion you spoke of.
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From: [identity profile] el1ie.livejournal.com


I have the Edwardian one from last year installed as well, the pavillion is in there. :) Until I had to change my computer I had them all on, but sadly I didn't keep my old download files and the older ones are no longer available.

Oh, and on the current calendar the moon phases are always correct, it waxes and wanes in tune to the one through your window.
Edited Date: 2014-12-19 09:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] big-heart-june.livejournal.com


No cards either but I did manage to get my Christmas shopping done, which was an utter nightmare, btw. have you decorated your tree?
I love stir-fried broccoli and I LOVE sea salt! Napping is always good although I try to avoid because I'm the world's worst insomniac.

*hugs and love* ♥
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From: [personal profile] fufaraw


H still has about twelve feet of lights to test each bulb before he'll let me decorate. It won't take long.

When we moved west, Christmastime was kind of fraught. I just threw some ornaments in a box, didn't sort through them--it was more than I could bear at the time, and nobody seemed to care about it but me. So we don't have a lot of the memory-filled ornaments that were on our tree every year. We actually bought a fake tree, instead of buying a cut one each year. And H's mom's tradition of three layers of ornaments--one near the trunk, one on the branch, and a tiny one on the branch tip--has also fallen by the wayside. So I'll throw our new, no-angst ornaments on, plus the candle clips and candles, and we'll call it good. It'll be shiny!

Merry Happy to you, love!
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