Saturday 1st to Monday 31st December

Hello! I’m back! I survived the dreaded month of December, well just about 😖

Christmas just seems to take over my life, which I’m not really happy about.

So many shopping trips wondering what on earth to buy people, sometimes being more successful than others. The endless wrapping of presents, sorting my junk out and tidying up a bit for visitors, trying to work out what food and drink we need to buy! All while working in an already busy supermarket, which just turns into a chaotic and extremely busy supermarket at this time of year. And also while feeling pretty rubbish thanks to the delightful Shingles related virus that I seem to be living with pretty much constantly at the minute ☚ī¸

As if that wasn’t enough to cope with, it seems that this December also decided to throw some extra things my way.

The ‘ceiling’ of our very old microwave was starting to flake off into the food when it was being used. I didn’t realise there were so many decisions to make when choosing a new one, I finally made my mind up and picked a new one and bought it on the first weekend of the month.

On the morning of the following Tuesday, the kettle suddenly decided to just stop working. So after work and before going home that day I popped into the local department store and bought us a new one, half price in their sale 👍

Then when I was out for my Thursday evening walk, I got a message saying that nothing in the fridge was cold and that the whole freezer had defrosted. The light was still coming on when we opened the door and it was still making the ‘running’ noise as usual, so there was no sign of anything being wrong with it. So a nice clearing up job for me and then a sudden realisation that if I didn’t get myself around to buying a new one soon then we probably wouldn’t get it delivered in time for Christmas. So the following week there was an extra trip to the shops after work one day, which I really could have done without. Then of course there wasn’t much choice of the delivery slots so I had to arrange to go into work later one day and then obviously stay later to make up my time 😩 Anyway, it was good to have a nice new working fridge/freezer again and to be guaranteed that you could have milk in your tea first thing in the morning, it hadn’t suddenly gone off from not being kept cold enough.

Surely that would be it now?

Sadly no. The very next evening after the fridge was delivered, at 10.15pm, the washing machine decided that it couldn’t finish the programme it was doing properly and left a whole load of water in the machine. I asked Leah to help me investigate the problem so instead of being able to relax in bed ready for work the next day, she was scooping all the water out from the machine! According to the instruction leaflet it looked like the filter could be blocked. But each time we tried to open the filter compartment water still came flooding out all over the floor (we had lots of soggy towels from mopping it up) so we just did it back up quickly, not knowing how much would come out or if it would ever stop! Not what we wanted to be doing at that time in the evening. After asking Gary what to do the next day, it turned out that we had no other choice but to just let that water out to clear the blockage (more soggy towels) and then the filter could come out and be cleaned. It seems to be working again for the moment but Robyn did mention the other day that there still seems to be a bit of a leak …

Then Christmas arrived, which brings its own problems!, but we did have some nice fun times and I was very spoilt as always with my presents 🎁

And then it was the end of the year.

Goodbye December 👋 You have been tough! I have been stressed and just completely exhausted all the way through 😴

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