Saturday, 31 December 2016

Are You Sitting Comfortably ?

I'm working night shift tonight and tomorrow night
New Year's Eve will be a non event for me which is fine.

I will leave you with a short story...
This Christmas the Prof and I thought it nice to share some moody stories in front of the new log burner. To be honest he made a bit of a show, of just how wonderful, a different " activity" would be during this rather quiet shadow of the Christmas Holiday.
I fancied reading out Daphne DuMaurier's short story of The Birds but the Prof wanted a Gothic murder mystery!
The night before last he read out an strange little tale about Ghosts in a Country Hall and last night I agreed to read a somewhat odd 1950 s short story called The Santa Claus Club.
I thought it was a rather nice couple thing to do.
Last night, I walked the dogs at nine and we settled down in front of the fire for me to read out the scary tale of murder most horrid.
The story was longer than expected, but I persevered with the verbose text in subdued lighting!
25 minutes into the story, I stopped briefly to cough ...............and saw my husband fast asleep on the couch!
Hey ho!

Happy new Year dearhearts!


75 comments:

  1. you put him to sleep with your "bedtime story".

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    1. Yes! And i will never let him forget it!
      Happy new year AM x

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    2. bwhahahahaha! HNY to all in the little village as well!

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  2. Murder most horrid doesn't keep him awake? Colour me jealous.
    And a very happy New Year to you and all your family, including those with fur and feathers.

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  3. Heavens...and I am sure you used all the right voices for the characters too!

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  4. What a fun thing to do. Sounds very 40's. Era not age.
    I'd say: just be happy Prof is home and safe, asleep or not.

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  5. Ah- the comforts of domesticity.

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  6. bwahahaha! reminders at every opportunity!

    Wishing you both a wonderful New Year!

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  7. Oooo ... he won't live that down in a hurry :)

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  8. wahahahahahahhahahahaha
    When you are tired you are tired !

    cheers, parsnip

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  9. I would love to have you read to me as I fall asleep, John. I've heard your voice before and I love your accent.

    Happy New Year!

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  10. Happy New Year!

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  11. A still from the Poseidon Adventure... are you subliminally messaging that 2017 is going to go upside down?

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  12. I'm sure it was the soothing sound of your voice that gently lulled him to sleep! (but I can't help but wonder what kind of dreams he had if he fell asleep hearing a murder mystery)

    Happy New Year to you both from Missouri!

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  13. Yep, you really are married ;-)

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  14. It would have been ME asleep, not the Prof. I find reading at night 100% soporific.

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  15. I have to work but only till 7pm. Doesn't matter to me, I don't party or drink.

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  16. At least you were only reading a book to him when he fell asleep on you
    I'll wish you greetings for New Year when it gets here. x

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  17. One of my favorite films! Maybe I'll watch it tonight.

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    1. Oh, and Happy New Year!

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  18. That 'scary' story was obviously not so enough. I'm sure that next time a judicious choice from, say, Stephen King would keep him awake with the heebie-jeebies.

    Happy NY to you and the P - and to all the four-legged ones - plus some two-legged with wings?

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  19. You obviously have a very soothing voice John.

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  20. How rude. Happy new year.

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  21. Thank you dear John, and happy new year to you!
    Greetings Maria xx

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  22. I am glad to hear it is not just the farmer who drops asleep like others drop their hats. Happy N Y to you both and to assorted others around.

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  23. I know that feeling! Every time I have read to my lovely bloke, he's nodded off, no matter what time of day. Hope your nights at work aren't to demanding, Happy New Year.

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  24. Happy New Year John & Family. I will look forward to your adventures in 2017. Hope work goes well tonight. Kind regards.

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  25. Bedtime stories send kids to sleep so why not adults?!!! Happy New Year John! x

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  26. Too many years have passed for me to do New Years. I'm fast asleep early and wake to go to bed after the fact.

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  27. Happy New Years! To you and yours, awake or asleep.

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  28. It sounds very cosy. Happy New Year John x

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  29. Great way to end...AND start the new Year! Be safe from all the party-ers!

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  30. And a happy new year to you.

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  31. Nice way to spend an evening. Can't remember the last time I was lulled to sleep by a soothing voice...Happy New Year!

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  32. Well it spared you from reading the whole thing anyway. Happy New Year John....may only good things come to you and Chris and to all your babies.

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  33. I love the idea of being read to, but it would have to be by a professional actor of my choice. Trevor Peacock would be the first option.

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    1. The title, 'Are you shitting comfortably' would have summed up your posts for the last year nicely...

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    2. Reply to your own comment is the only way to get a reply.

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    3. No it isn't - I can reply to yours and you reply to mine - the lazy poof.

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    4. "I love comments and will now try very hard to reply to all of them
      Please dont be abusive x" nya nya nay nya...

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    5. That was thrice nya, not thrice nay...

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    6. and its no nay no nay no nay

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    7. I was busy saving lives

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  34. What a lovely idea. We planned something similar when we decided to watch all of the Harry Potter films on TV over the Christmas holiday - only for my lovely husband to give in to a full stomach and some wine and miss the ending to the last two films - missing the death of Dumbledore and Dobie the Elf & requiring a quick précis of 'what happened last night'. Tonight is the big finale - he'll probably miss Voldemort's demise too.... it must be something catching. Happy New Year to you all John xx

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  35. Hahahahahaha! Your soothing voice lulled him to sleep, no doubt.

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  36. I love this idea .. although I can relate to the husband falling asleep during the story.
    We used to sit with a fire going and snuggle on the sofa and just talk about what we wanted to do in the New Year .. goals, where we would like to travel to , that sort of thing. We were very close so it was like thinking aloud to ourselves :)
    We were most often in agreement with each others ideas. I especially liked the one when he said "How would you like to go to Buenos Aires ?"

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  37. I think its a wonderful tradition to start... but perhaps a more lively story...lol I have tried a few times over my 27 yr marriage to read my husband some Edgar Allen Poe... 'The Telltale Heart' to be precise... I love the reading of it outloud as its best when you start low and slow and pick up the pace and sound level as you go... I think i read it rather well..lol but it never fails .. i find him snoring at the end....lol...Happy New Year to you John... see you on the flipside... Hugs! deb

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  38. Wishing you and Prof Chris perfect health, pure joy and peace in the new year! Please give the fur people a scratch for me and give Winnie a big kiss on the head for me. I just love her! Getting nervous over here in New Jersey and Trunplethinskin will be inaugurated soon!

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  39. I hope that work will be quiet for you and that you have a great 2017!

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  40. Happy New Year!! How's 2017 looking so far?

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  41. My hubs can put me to sleep reading even the most exciting of books, it's so soothing, especially if we're snuggling so that I can feel the rumble of his voice in his chest. Dreamy!

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  42. Hi John I have just discovered your blog, I am currently reading through past posts. I really loved the one when Winnie decided to poo on the zebra crossing lol!! Hope both your husband and yourself have a lovely 2017 and it brings you everything you want and need. Look forward to reading your future posts
    Alana x

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    1. It was a dreadful incident! She passed the largest poo this side of the Atlantic

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    2. oh bless her, however shame on those drivers who had no patience or understanding x

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  43. From time to time I have to read to the grandkids before bed....it never sends them to sleep and I actually find it quite boring! Happy New Year to you and Chris, and of course the dogs and Albert. My cat is 17 now and quite deaf so I doubt the noise will bother him! Will the dogs be scared at the inevitable fireworks at midnight? Our yorkie who lives here will be scared and trembly and my schnauzer will bark, but get over it quickly. Lots of love to you all....please keep blogging for another year.....I so enjoy your posts. I know I don't always comment.... I am not as clever as some of your readers....but I like reading their comments. XX

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  44. "a soothing murder story"... I didnt know there was such a thing!

    Happy new years to you and your family, John!

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  45. He fell asleep to that story?!?! You must have a very soothing voice. A Happy New Year to you two. Now I just hope, like Shelly Winters, my ass doesn't get stuck in a pipe.

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  46. my husbands wouldn't have made it that long! a very happy new year to both of you and all the beasties!!!

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  47. Wishing you and the Prof a fantastic new year!!!

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  48. You didn't respond to my comment.

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    1. Yes, Rachel, and a happy new year to you too. You seemed to be all for it a few days ago. Peace and stuff. But the tide of your mood appears to have turned once more. Which bit of John working two night shifts in a row didn't you get?

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  49. Happy tomorrow and all the others John and thanks for brightening my day every day.

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  50. May 2017 continue to be a story-telling year for you both! All the best to you!

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  51. Happy New year John. I hope 2017 brings you, your husband and loved ones all the good things in nags in life. Thanks for all the great reads you gave us in 2016 xx

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    1. Don't know how on earth the nags got in LOL, sorry.

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  52. Hey Ho . . .
    Happy New Year John . . . and the sleepy Prof too!

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  53. Meilleurs vœux pour 2017 à vous et le Prof... Happy New Year...
    Wishing you both, and your extended menagerie...
    good health....
    whatever you believe to be wealth....
    and oooooodles of happiness and good fortune!!

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  54. Happy New Year to you all at the cottage. I hope your patients stay asleep and settled.

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  55. I like the idea of reading each other short stories. We must try that out next year. As long as we both promise not to fall asleep in the middle!

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  56. Ha! Oh well. It was a nice thought. Maybe you need a tale with a bit more action and a bit fewer words!

    LOVE the pic. "The Poseidon Adventure" was foremost in my mind during our recent cruise.

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