Firstly, we were told at work that we were being given a 'thank you' gift - our choice of either a hamper of festive goodies or a case of wine, each to the value of £100. I'm choosing the hamper as Lovely Man and I aren't big wine drinkers. The hamper itself actually contains three bottles of the stuff anyway which is more than enough and will be a nice contribution to the festive table at my brother's on C-word day.
Secondly, THIS fantabulous item was awaiting me when I got home:
Ooh its so exciting!! This ver' posh looking gift bag is crammed full of 12 gifts for my delight and delectation! (and no - the empty cola bottle is not one of them!).
My group of online friends always do a bit of an advent calendar type gift every December and this year is no exception. We're doing the 12 days of advent and so each of us have been matched up with a swapee and have sent each other 12 little gifts to open during December. Something to look forward to isn't it?! I couldn't resist a bit of a rattle and a feel but have now hidden them away out of sight so I'm not tempted to accidentally rip a little of the packaging! That would never do!
Thirdly.......... my biggest and bestest ever present arrived today from my wondrous partner. Its ..............
hehe...... yep - a shed all of my very own! I can't believe it! At last I will be able to move in all of my crafting stash and will be able to craft away to my heart's content without having to tidy it away, I shall have access to all of my 'stuff' and not have to ferret around in boxes underneath other boxes and get annoyed with papers and card being damaged. This may seem like a massive extravagance but, dear readers, if you knew how small Peapods actually is, you'd understand the concept behind the big spend! When I'm feeling slightly more brave, I'll take some photos of the chaos which abounds in our home. It's not pretty I can assure you!
It's going to be insulated and lined so it will be cosy and dry, have a heat and light source run through to it and I shall prettify it with curtains and cushions and paint it and it shall be ALLLLL mine! I need a name for it. Any ideas?
Such a lovely lot of lovely stuff.
But do you know what? It's just stuff isn't it? And I'd happily hand all of this lovely stuff over without a second's hesitation to someone more deserving if I could just have my Dad back. I've not stopped crying today. It's been a bad day and I miss him terribly. I rang his old mobile phone number this evening to listen to his voicemail just to hear his voice. I needed to do it.. I'd forgotten what he sounded like and he's only been gone five months. Is that weird? Weird or not, it was strangely comforting and whilst it solves nothing, if that's all I have then I'm glad of it at this time. I know it's probably pre-Christmas blues. It will be the first one without him. "Firsts" are always very difficult when a loved one has passed and this is a biggie. We shall get through it I'm sure. I wish I'd left him more voicemails when he was alive, just telling him how much I loved him. I was tempted to leave one when I listened earlier, but I'm sure he knows.
See you soon