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18th - 31st. December 2006
Well, that's it, another Christmas and in a couple of hours time, another year. What of the next - who knows and only time will tell.
As it happened I was only on my own on Christmas Day, but Boxing Day as well! I asked at Ashford Station a few weeks back as to if the trains were running on that day and they said they were.
But we still had a good time and Leo came down as well on the Thursday. He's coming to stay here for a while. Obviously, at 17, he's out on the town tonight, so arrives tomorrow.
The week before the festive days brought me much work and I had 5 days of housework, a few painting jobs, fixing a gate and other bits.
You will see on the right there's a link to 'The Blog'. This is no distraction to the Diary Pages, just somewhere where I can sound off a bit and bring a few things in which are, maybe, not so suited to the main site, being a 'personal experience'. Obviously it's very new, so I have to fill it up a bit.
I know I say my New Years wish is to still be around at the end of it and that's true, but I guess I should be a bit more 'organized' than that!
So big thinking caps on and quite urgent one's at that. It's going to be very difficult getting through to March and I'm a tad tired of spending the first 2/3 months of Cricket paying off the winter debts etc.
I could of course finish my book and turn it into screenplay with a Blockbuster movie coming from it. I may approach Mel Gibson or Orlando Bloom to play me as I have noticed a strong resemblance in certain lights. It would be quite cheap as the cats and chickens can play themselves and they won't know that everyone else is getting paid will they.
It's all a case of being positive and having supportive people around you. As long as you never succumb to the dreaded lure of full time employment, something will always come about to keep you hanging on in there.
It also helps to be a bit of a Prat !! - Have a great year!
4th.- 18th.December 2006
Blimey oh Riley, they must have overheard me say "I'll get a nice bird for Christmas Lunch", because I got 4 eggs yesterday!
I'm seething today. I went round to see Leo and parked my moped on the pavement just to see if he was in before I wheeled it into his garden. He was in, I went in to take my things off, went back outside and there was a traffic warden giving me a ticket for parking on the pavement.
I've had a flurry of some gardening work which has been a bit of a saviour and it's the same this week plus some other 'have to have it done before Christmas' things
I'm afraid the work is too late to effect my budget of £35 for all my 4 presents I have to buy, so I've frantically told the rest of the family that under no account should they buy anything for me.
I've finally got around to doing something with my 'mySQL' on the web hosting company I'm with and building up a Blog. It won't be a 'Diary' or 'Weblog', but used for more off topic things and so on, not affecting the Website or Newsletter (see left).
The Christmas itinerary hasn't changed, so I shall see Leo Christmas morning, then have the rest of the day on my own with the cats and chickens.
I hope this doesn't sound like 'Bah Humbug', but I've purposely avoided going to Town just to avoid it all. I do find it all completely commercially oriented and false nowadays. I should be Victor Meldrews brother!. The quote at the top right of this page is about right!
I recall as a child going to my Grandparents house on Christmas Eve. Grandmother would sit at her grand piano and play all kinds of music. Before 'talkies', she used to play piano at the Cinema, changing styles to suit the scenes etc.
It's strange how as you get older, your memory of being young gets stronger. You just forget everything you did or where you left something five minutes ago!
So, may I wish you all a very fine Christmas and may you all be in the place you want to be, with the people you want to be with and surrounded by love from those you love too.
I'm off to look at the Pudding Recipes !!