I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure


It’s Time for a New Challenge

Becky’s December square photo challenge starts today.  My aim is to post a photo a day for the whole month – it’s not called a challenge for nothing.  She has chosen ‘time’ as the subject and we are invited to interpret the word in any way we like as long as the main photo of our post is square.

As today is also the first day of Advent, it is time to put up my advent calendar card – sent to me, as one has been for the last 6 or 7 years, by a friend.

This post is linking with Becky’s Square photo challenge and Debbie’s Six Word Saturday.



Friday letters – the first day of advent edition

Dear December,  Hello and welcome.  At last I can relax and save the energy I have been expending getting annoyed by all the Christmas items and sounds that have been surrounding us for the two months.  Now I can embrace it fully and get the festive mugs, tea towels, throws and cushions out of storage, and listen happily to festive music.

Dear advent card,  It’s nice to have one again this year, and I will look forward eagerly to opening one of your little windows every day.

Dear Mother Nature,  I think you might be a little mixed up, and I am slightly worried for you.  Yesterday I spotted new weeds growing in the garden path – ones which normally start appearing in the spring, and twice in the last week or so I have seen trees with blossom on them.  I did a little research and discovered that, actually, there are winter flowering fruit trees, but you did take me a bit by surprise.

Dear garden birds,  The wider selection of you in evidence this week has been encouraging.  In addition to the blue tits, great tits and sparrows of last week I have seen coal tits, a starling and a woodpecker.

Dear yesterday’s Google Doodle,  I thought you were an excellent choice for St Andrew’s Day, incorporating many images associated with Scotland (including, I was pleased to see,  our national animal, the unicorn) in addition to the word Google itself.  There was the marvellous bonus of being able to download a black and white copy of it to colour in.

Dear time,  If only I had a little more of you, I’d be able to colour in yesterday’s Google Doodle.


the countdown begins…

It must be December – there are two advent calendars in the house.

First is our traditional one, which has come out every year since we have been married (this is its 29th year) and has a small gift for every day of advent.

tapestry advent calendar

I don’t get to open any of the gifts, because it is me who prepares it, but luckily my friend has sent me another lovely advent card this year.  There are little windows to open each day, each revealing a beautifully painted picture.

advent card

On Monday the Christmas CDs, mugs, glasses, tea towels, aprons, cushions, throws and candles were all brought out of storage and are being used.  Now that December is here I am aware that I had better get on with things and start being organised – writing cards, buying presents, doing some Christmas baking etc.  I can’t say ‘Oh it’s far too early to be thinking of Christmas.’ any more!


a tale of two advent calendars

I am feeling very pleased with myself this morning because I managed to post something every day in November.  Hooray!  So now here we are in December and it’s time to embrace Christmas and accept that it is nearly here (no more complaints of festive things being in the shops before summer was over, or Christmas music being played at the start of November).

To start things off I have changed to a festive theme for my blog.  I was pleased to see that this theme was still available as I really liked it last year.

The next thing to do is to hang up the Advent calendar.  Actually I have two Advent calendars this year.  Here’s the one I have used every Christmas since we got married (28 years now – I presume my medal must have got lost in the post because I haven’t received it yet) with a little gift on it for each day.

tapestry advent calendar

Of course, it’s not me who gets to open any of the gifts, because I put them there, but this year (and last year too) I have a little advent calendar of my own.

The second advent calendar is a very pretty Christmas card which my friend sent me.  The windows on the buildings are numbered and open up – one for each day until Christmas Eve.

advent Christmas card

The detail in the painting is lovely.

Christmas advent card

Now I need to go and look out the tea towels, crockery and other bits and bobs of Christmassy loveliness, not forgetting my Christmas CDs.  When I have done that I will have to set my mind to the serious task of present shopping – it’s not just the buying of the presents I have to do, it’s the thinking of what to buy (my brain is hurting already, just thinking about it)!

Hope everyone is having a good weekend so far.  🙂


six word saturday – december 1st



Our Advent calendar ready and waiting
photo © iusedtobeindecisive

Now that December is here I can relax, and no longer be irritated by the far to early Christmas music in shops, adverts on TV, Christmas displays in shop windows, town centre lights etc which seem to have been around since October.  We are now in the proper month for the lead up to Christmas and that is just fine by me.  Apart from hanging up our advent calendar, which I prepared last night and hung on the door, I will put out the Christmas mugs, crockery, tea towels and candles, and start playing Christmas music.

Saying I can relax isn’t entirely true though. I must now face the fact that I am not as well ahead with preparations as I wish I was.  I have to finish the Christmas shopping (ideas anyone?), write cards, send parcels to far flung family, tidy the spare room up in preparation for visitors, decide on Christmas menus, make mince pies …


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