.: Happy Christmas!! :.
Since it’s Christmas, it seems appropriate for the first time in ions for me to actually post an actual journal, as opposed to one of those informal Statue Updates.
Seeing as how I’ve been gifted a three months extra subscription time with Core Membership (as they call Premium these days), it means I can use my flashy CSS design instead of the dull dA default.
(Thanks for the sub,
.: Christmas Day :.
So anyway, despite the bad news that’s been plaguing our radios lately, we had a great day as a family.
We got up to have our breakfast and open our stockings (preliminary gifts)
Then we were off to church at 10:30am for our Christmas Service.
We sang a few carols, Carl our minister invited a few of the children to the front to show off a few presents they’d received.
Then he gave a short talk about the journeys that were taken in the Nativity story: Mary & Joseph travelling to Bethlehem; the shepherds leaving the pastures to go and visit them at the stable; the long journey of the Wise Men from the East; the flight of Mary & Joseph with Jesus to Egypt, to escape the ruthless infanticide ordered by King Herod; and of course the journeys Jesus took in his later ministry. Likewise, all of us are on a journey through life, whatever paths we take and however our ways may cross…
After getting home, we had our Christmas dinner, which was very good… unfortunately, between coping with a nasty cold I’ve had and my unwisely taking paracetamol before the meal rather than after, I had a bit of indigestion for much of the afternoon.
Despite that, we had a nice afternoon opening our presents, using our old tradition of numbering the gifts and drawing bingo numbers to choose which one was to be opened next by its recipient.
The only presents left over was a further 15 that were either given by or to be given to our cousin Margaret, who we were bringing round to our house for the afternoon on Boxing Day…
.: Boxing Day :.
Been taking things easy today.
Mum and Dad went out this morning to Newmarket to fetch Margaret, while I did a few jobs at home that needed doing, before settling down for a little with a book, sharing the sofa with Tumnus while he was quiet.
After my parents arrived with Margaret, we had another dinner with some more of what we didn’t have yesterday. Then we had the rest of the presents with Margaret.
For the rest of the afternoon, we watched some films on DVD and also went over to the local St Mary’s Parish Church to see their Christmas Tree Display that various organisations around Mildenhall had participated with.
Later, we had some tea and muffins (the toasted English sort, that is, not buns)
Dad took Margaret home, while Mum and I walked Tumnus.
The washing up is all sorted out now, and I seem to have the rest of this evening free.
In conclusion, I’ve had a pretty good range of presents this year:
— New clothes – trousers(x3), jeans(x2), socks(x6), underwear(x8), a woolly jumper, a thick winter coat, new slippers, warm winter pyjamas(x2) and a tartan-pattern dressing gown
— Sweets – liquorice all-sorts, chocolate orange, Quality Street and a large jar of assorted mints
— A Tube of Mini Cheddars and a big box of assorted chocolate biscuits
— Car accessories – chamois leather and a cloth for wiping off the windscreen
— A mini screwdriver set for the computer
— A kitchen timer for boiling my breakfast egg to
— New shower curtains, so I can finally put the other ones in the wash
— An “I
Jesus” drinking mug
— A book on Essential Origami, with some pale-blue patterned paper included
— The Beano Annual 2017
— A book of “Hilarious and Heavenly Cartoons”
— A DVD boxset of 10 Laurel & Hardy feature films, including both classic b/w and colourised versions
— Luigi’s Mansion for the GameCube (thank you,
.: Happy New Year! :.
Let’s hope that 2017 brings some good news and happy times… and rather less celebrity deaths! Only today, we now hear that George Michael has joined the ranks of famous deaths… it’s been all over the news, overshadowing more concerning matters such as that Russian plane crash over the Black Sea!
As a family, we were no fans of George Michael, but of course I’m sorry for those who were and I’m sure many will feel they’ve lost a musical talent.
But also, let’s give some thoughts and prayers for the families of the bereaved from other tragedies.
Meanwhile, despite numerous distractions, I am still working on my second book featuring Boaz the Harvest Mouse and all his friends.
I can tell you now, I’ve been making some decent progress with my ongoing project, Boaz the Wise Builder. Having finally vectorised and coloured all the character poses as they appear in each page, I’ve been going through them to add shading, detail and scenery using Photoshop and this stage is going faster so far than I thought it would.
Here’s hoping this book is available within the New Year!
For those who really wanted to see more of Boaz’s friends, believe me, they get some real character development in this story… they all have a role to play!
In the meantime, if only to end my ceaseless chattering, I shall sign off and wish you all a Happy New Year!!