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Saturday, December 31st, 2016 11:40 am
debris4spike: (Christmas - James)
 Just to say that I am sticking with Livejournal, but I know some of my f-list are moving, so if you still want to keep in touch are are not going to cross-post, can you please add me, or PM me and I will try to keep up to date with you.

LJ has had a couple of panics while I have been with it, and people have taken out other acconts, yet we have all survived.  So I plan to wait this one out, as well.
debris4spike: (Christmas Tree + James)
Day 29 → talk about things you are excited for next year

  • I hope to get to visit [livejournal.com profile] deborahw37 ... so great to see a lovely lady, and a different part of the country.

  • It's Auntie Joyce's 90th in January, so weather permitting Jiffy & I shall go there.

  • I plan to go back to London in November again.


Day 30 → a list of what you got for your winter holiday

For me winter holiday is Christmas ... and Santa visited Jiffy and myself.  What I found under the tree included -

  • 3 boxes of chocs, and some other individual chocs

  • A complete set of Sharpe DVDs

  • Earrings

  • 4 Steve McQueen DVDs

  • A pashmina

  • A pair of slippers

So, even though I had a quiet day I was also a very lucky girl.
debris4spike: (Wine glass at sunset)
Day 28 → your plans for New Years Eve

I always stay up to see in the New Year, last year was the first year by myself, as the previous year I was with Mum & Dad.

This year I shall treat myself to a takeaway at the local chippy, and watch some TV. I shall definately be watching "I'll be home for Christmas", the 1988 version. It's a family tradition - White Christmas on Boxing Day, and I'll be home for New Year's Eve.

I will have sherry, and sing "Auld Lang Sine", then watch the fireworks on TV and then speak to all the family on the phone. One downside of fireworks is that poor Jiffy hates them :(

No New Year resolutions - I did them as a kid and always broke them by 2nd Jan, so now I don't bother!
debris4spike: (Wise Men - Come let us adore Him)
Day 26 → talk about politics or current events this year

I always vote, whatever the year, and although I have never said I suppose a few people have guessed which side of the government I vote for.

I was very surprised about Brexit - but was also upset that some people wanted a second vote, as I thought that whatever a result, then we would deal with the result. I was incredibly saddened by the hatred that sprung up, as well. Whatever my politics, I have friends from all strands of the government ... no one should have to be murdered (as Jo Cox was), just because we have a difference of opinion.

I am not greatly involved in politics watching - Dad was though. However, again, if that's your choice, I am happy for you.



Day 27 → 3 goals for next year

Well I joined the gym a couple of months ago, so I should have waited and then that could have been #1!!!   Anyway, here are a couple of thoughts

  • Get back to photography

  • Do some more fan-fic writing

  • Practice my clarinet regularily

So, hopefully this time next year I will be able to report back!!
debris4spike: (Family)
Day 25 → a photo of you and your family

Obviously none this year - but here are a couple from the last few years. This one was taken when we were on holiday in Kos in 2007 ... we went over for a day trip to Turkey
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2012 - Mum & Dad's Diamond Anniversary
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And, our last family photo - March 2015, on Tim & Claire's Silver Anniversary.
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debris4spike: (Christmas - reason for the season)
No, not "the" first Christmas, although this is what we need to remember, but this is the first without Mum & Dad (or any other family).  And, yes I did cook myself a proper dinner ... and Jiffy thoroughly enjoyed himself opening his pressies that Santa brought him!

Happy Christmas .... I hope that all my friends are having a lovely day, but also that you are able to set aside at least a few minutes to remember the first Christmas morning - Jesus, the Son of God, born as a baby in Bethlehem.

Thank you Jesus for coming to this world.

Our Church wasn't having a service this morning, so I went to a local Baptist one and was pleased that we had one of my favourite carols. This is one of the 2 I chose when I was baptised back in 1975, but still love it now. Lovely tune, and meaningful words.



I do love the traditional carols, but this one was one of the other ones we had at Church this morning .... Let's celebrate the birth of a Baby

debris4spike: (Gym quote)
Day 24 → Something which caught your interest this year

As I have already commented I have enjoyed the challenge of the gym.
debris4spike: (London - Dr Who (+ James lyrics))
Day 23 → travel you did this year

Well, I did a lot of travelling to and from Exeter-Torquay, going to Church, taking Jiffy to the vets & hairdressers, as well as sorting out M&D's hose.

But my main 2 trips were -

a) Visit to Clacton to see Auntie Joyce (Dad's sister), as well as going to visit her in Colchester when she was in hospital. I plan to go to Clacton at the end of January as it's her 90th birthday.

b) My real holiday was a trip to London for remembrance weekend .... sightseeing, the cenotaph, and meeting up with [livejournal.com profile] deborahw37 . As you can see by the photos I have already posted.
debris4spike: (Queen)
For those who thought I had finished ... sorry, more London photos.

The last time I had been to Madame Tusauds was 1976, so not suprisingly things had changed.  However I did enjoy myself.  There were a few things that suprised me, the first being there were about 7 or 8 people who I had never heard of ... yes, a huge Bolleywood display.  Seemed slightly weird for a London museum.  The other thing that I was suprised was that of the chamber of horrors ... missing, although we had some sort of "whodunnit" talk.  Which seemed do false, but I suppose doing it every 5 mins must ve hard to keep exciting.

Anyway, I enjoyed it, especially the tour of the history of London, which was great, although not enough time to take it all in.

A few of the celebs )
debris4spike: (Giraffe)
Day 22 → new items you’ve added to collections this year

I don't really collect anything ... well I do have loads of giraffes. My friend bought me another ornament for my birthday, and I bought myself some giraffe earrings.  Thinking about me saying I don't collect them I started adding up how many I have I realised that possibly I do collect them ... I have them all sizes and materials.

But basically I would say I collect family and holiday memorabilia. So seiing as we sold M&D's house I have gained loads of family stuff.
debris4spike: (Clarinet.)
Had a pretty good day, so far.

Have decided that resting isn't really getting me anywhere, so decided to go back to the gym today and because I am on steroids at present, that went well.  I have also played my saxaphone for about 15 mins.  It is easier to play for my mouth than the clarinet, so have started easy, and will build up.

I still have all my sorting out to do, but I shall, hopefully, do a chunk of that tomorrow.

And, for a final piece of news, a final step for Mum & Dad, their bungelow no longer belongs to us ... it completed yesterday.  A long time, seeing as the neighbours put the offer in last Easter ... but as we got more than we expected we weren't too upset ovrt all.

And, before I post this meme that I snagged from [livejournal.com profile] zhelana


1. Will you be looking for a new job?
No

2. Will you be looking for a new relationship?
No

3. New house?
No.

4. What will you do different in 2017?
Learn to realise that I need to be poitive about myself, and enjoy myself, for myself.

5. New Year's Resolution?
No

And there's more )
debris4spike: (Spike - LiveJournal)
Day 21 → your favourite websites this year

Well, it still is LJ! Even if I have been a bit MIA this year, I still love it, and miss it when I can't get too involved.

My other website I like is Instagram, although I tend to use a different one called 6tag. But I do like sharing a few photos ... but also looking at other photos, especially ones about travel, or giraffes .... or Westies and other dogs.

The other sites are MSN & BBC news, Wikipedia, ... and eBay, of course.
debris4spike: (Child)
Day 20 → a picture of you taken over 20 years ago

Last time we did this it was a photo of 10 years ago, and I shared a couple of photos, including one of me aged 4.  Anyway I have 3 photos to share of yours truly ....Me )
debris4spike: (James - Exam time)
Day 19 → what you learned this year

One thing I did learn was that I could actually enjoy going to the gym. Sadly I was really beginning to notice an increase in strength when this bug hit, so haven't been this month ... hope to try to get there for a short time in the next couple of days, or at least have a swim.

I also did a couple of the FurureLearn courses, my favourite of which was about the start of the Quakers. That was certainly interesting, but as ever I forget some of the facts I enjoyed learning!

19th December

Monday, December 19th, 2016 12:21 pm
debris4spike: (Christmas Tree + James)
Happy 120th Birthday Granddad!
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Thank you NHS for 28 years of sight in my right eye. (I had surgery on that day for a torn and detached retina.)

*******

In more up to date news I am still off work. Despite getting better last week, yesterday (at Church) I began to feel my chest tightening up, and this morning I woke coughing, and have only just stopped. My GP is puzzled, so that's totally me! My lungs sound clear, and I can take a deep breath with no problems. However she was concerned at my heart rate again. So, I have had a chest x-ray, and she has put me on antibiotics and steroids for 5 days, to see if there is something somewhere she has missed. As I had to go to the hospital, I went up to the department to apologise, and to find out how the Christmas Party had gone. Apparently it had gone "very" well!

Tim and Claire popped in yesterday afternoon to do a pressie exchange, so they are under the tree. Yes, I managed to get decs up ... not looking very even, but certainly festive!

Speaking of festive - this was on the radio this morning, so thought I would share ...

debris4spike: (Ewok)
Day 17 → something that made you happy this year

The department I work for at the hospital have asked me a couple of times if I would like to work full-time for them.. At present I work part-time, via the Bank, so it is really nice to truly know I am appreciated.


Day 18 → your favourite photo this year

Well I love the ones I shared a couple of days ago of myself and Dad laughing. But seeing as I have only shared that a couple of days ago, I thought I would share this one that you haven't seen yet ... and it's topical to the new film release ...

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debris4spike: (Dad)
Day 16 → something that made you sad this year

There's an obvious answer here ... becoming an orphan in September. Dad (and Mum) were friends, as well as parents. Although I know they are in Heaven and I will see them again, it's sad not to be able to chat to them, see them, give them a hug (and get a hug back).

The other thing that made me sad is that I still find it impossible to cry for them. I often have found that I find it impossible to cry for my major losses ... but that makes me sad.
debris4spike: (LOL - James)
Day 15 → something that made you laugh this year

Despite my year in general I am a fairly happy person normally.

However Jiffy does keep me amused. Sometimes he looks at me as if I have flipped, and that makes me grin at him!!

However here is photographic evidence of laughter.  Taken on Father's Day I was trying to get Dad to look at the camera ... and it got very silly ... Great memory

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debris4spike: (Huh?)
Day 14 → something that made you proud this year

I am totally stumped - so nothing to say
debris4spike: (Iolus)
Day 13 → talk about hobbies this year

I have been very lazy this year. In the past, in evenings, I have done handcraft or jigsaws in the evening, but have ended up drifting. Starting next year I am hoping to get back to those hobbies.

I did join the gym just after Dad died, and until a couple of weeks ago was really enjoying it, which surprised me. However having lost energy with this latest virus I haven't been able to go, but am hoping by the weekend to be able to get there for a short time.

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