We are already on day twelve of November – just short of halfway so my intentions will have to be briefer than intended to get through them all by the end of a month that has only 30 days.
Waiting for little Sweetie to arrive has extended a lot of our plans for October into November but I don’t mind she is well worth it. So this is my revised plan for November (otherwise known as what I ‘intend’ to do) –
plEAsurable and fEAsting
We have a few planned events this month
-a family celebration this coming Sunday
-DH has booked to see 4 concerts from 16th to 25th during the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
-and I will be attending the ‘Crisis’ coffee morning at our local church on the 24th (and hopefully will have made my selection bags by then for the craft stall to sell).
A trip to the cottage is still on the agenda –
but this might prove a little difficult to squeeze in. We have had numerous flood warnings recently as there have been a lot of high tides in the bay but luckily I can keep updated on the village Facebook page where the locals put short videos of any adverse weather. I do love this time of year though at the cottage – I actually like the bleakness and watching the crashing waves on the shore whilst we cosy up in the caravan.
This is now becoming urgent and I must focus on –
-finalising my Christmas card design
-making the chocolate selection bags
-preparing for our Not so Secret Santa draw next weekend
I may have to accept that making my Calendar books for my friends will have to be postponed for another year.
More than ever we need to watch the pennies this year. It is with reluctance that I have decided to look over my Christmas card list and reduce it down to save on the postage costs, as even with second class stamps it is a hefty amount – so my intention here is to resort to an email with a print your own letter card.
I have no need to buy any new trimmings this year but we do need to get the Christmas lights out as I think we had to cobble together the tree lights last year and may need to buy new ones. As Sainsburys are having their Nectar Point Double Up event this week I am making a note of everything we can buy from Sainsburys using my £99 of reward points which is equal to almost £200 of goods. We need to get there early to have the pick of the wine and other Christmas goods on offer. I will also be putting some printer inks in my basket as this is a good buy.
rEAranging and nEAtening
Rather than continuing with any more decluttering I will be clearing the remaining piles of items going out and calling it a day for this year. I have old postcards to give to a bookshop in Buxton, and a lot of ‘shredding’ from our files to dispose of (which I may burn at the cottage on a bonfire). Last week I managed to take the final bags to Oxfam and gave some old work papers back to work for their shredding bin.
I have been doing a thorough clean of a lot of the rooms alongside the decluttering but this month I will concentrate on the kitchen as it has taken a back seat again recently and I need to clean the oven and on top of the cupboards.
I have been running the freezer down and I propose to give this a clean and then restock with some Christmas meals, more soup and a few other bits.
I usually make my Christmas cake after the church Crisis coffee morning which is always scheduled for the last but one Saturday in November. This stems from the time when I organised this event and could not do anything towards our Christmas until it was over. I have bought all the ingredients ready and I will soak the fruit a few days prior to baking.
I will also make more soup to have on hand as December gets busier and we need some quick nutritious meals.
After the long wait I think we can finally call the shed company to have ours delivered and erected and then all the gardening stuff can be moved out of the garage. We have been waiting for a day when we could say we would be at home. I think we can do that now.
Finally no month would be complete without a few days out and about. There are numerous events on in the region but I will probably settle on a day out in Derbyshire – Buxton or Bakewell maybe – with a picnic of course.
So with barely 3 weeks to go I had better get a move on.