The silly season is well and truly upon us. The malls are becoming more crowded, piped Christmas carols are playing wherever one goes and tinsel is everywhere. It may only come once a year but I swear it starts earlier each year...
I've been doing some Christmas shopping and as Christmas is at my place this year, Jane and I thought we'd combine it. So Christmas lunch so far consists of prawns, ham off the bone and smoked chickens, and we'll put our order in for those next week. Of course, there will be various salads and side dishes to go with these. Then we'll visit our favourite deli and get some Polish Debricener sausage, salamis, and different cheeses and pickles for nibbles. Dessert will be the usual tropical fruits...mangoes, pawpaws (papaya), rock melons (cantaloupes), pineapples, strawberries and maybe some peaches and nectarines.
One daughter wanted a vintage cutlery set, so I logged on to eBay and had listed about 8 I was watching...then a few days later, the perfect set came up and it was buy it now...so I did at a very good price. I can't tell you about it because she reads my blog and I don't want to spoil it for her...but it's just beautiful and very "her".
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We had a garage sale today. Jane and me and a couple of the neighbours. Between us all we had heaps of stuff. However it was very slow and I was surprised at the things that did sell. Books are always popular and I had some popular authors in very good condition....probably about 20 priced at $2 each, and sold four...
I think people are still worried about the downturn in the economy and being careful with their pennies still. Fair enough. So, I put the good stuff on eBay and the rest can go to the op shop. Not that I'm giving them rubbish, but the more expensive items are better being sold through eBay. For instance, I have two pairs of jeans that are now too big for me. They are a brand name, near new and I didn't want to give them away as I'd paid over $100 a pair, so I put them on eBay knowing that I'll get a reasonable price for them. They are being watched already.
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Next week I'm off up the coast again for our work dinner. Because it's an internet business, we only get to actually meet twice a year so it's nice to catch up with the others. We usually only communicate through IM or email. I'll be staying with my brother who has just come back from two weeks touring around Tasmania so it'll be interesting to see how he enjoyed it.
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I'm going to New Zealand again in March to visit mum and Harold. Mum will be 90 in a couple of weeks and in an earlier post I mentioned she was trying to organise a party. Well she found that too stressful because some could come on one date, but others couldn't. So she tried a different date and had the same problem. People have too much on at that time of the year. So Harold said he'd take her away for the weekend instead. Mum thought that was a great idea.
Anyway a couple of weeks ago my cousin asked where they were going. Mum replied that they'd probably go to Taupo or Rotorua, picturesque areas in the centre of the North Island. A few days after that, my cousin came back with a reservation for two nights at a lodge right on Lake Taupo, on the ground floor so they can just walk out and stroll around the lake, along with $100 in an envelope in case they wanted to go jet skiiing or sky diving!!!. And another cousin sent two bottles of wine in case they became dehydrated!!!. Everyone had put in for all that and mum was quite overcome. But I laughed at the idea of them jet skiing or sky diving...mum hates heights and gets nervous flying in a commercial jetliner.
However, I'm sure they'll have a lovely time....and I said to mum that my cousin has probably told them at this lodge that it's her 90th birthday, but she was fully aware of that anyway.
So....that's what's been going on in my neck of the woods lately. Oh, and lots of work, too....everyone's going to see their specialist before the holidays start and it's always very busy in the hospitals and private practices at this time of the year.
I hope the Silly Season is not too out of control for you....catch up again soon (but don't hold your breath, you may just expire).