Saturday, 3 December 2022

Fairy Lights


My New York snow globe on the mantle

 I sort of don’t know my arse from my elbow.
I worked a long day Thursday , then covered a night for a colleague last night and am back doing overtime tomorrow on a long day. 
This afternoon and evening I’m arranging fairy lights and eating comfort food.
And that’s it.

An articulate and rather passionate lady was collecting for the local food bank at Tesco’s  and an impromptu speech to shoppers had me moved to tears.
So much so I left her with some selection boxes and tins of dog food. 
She was aided by a rather charming looking Father Christmas with a big black beard 
I could have have sat on his knee quite happily and shared my Christmas list 

I’ve bought a cheap new phone too and a new unchewable cover , and apart from a brief conversation; with Mrs Trellis this morning , I’ve not seen anyone non work in days . 
Mrs Trellis had brought me a homemade Christmas card made from cotton wool and twigs 
It amuses me that she has signed all correspondence, for a few years now  with the one word monika ….. Trellis 

 

43 comments:

  1. If I had a surname like Trellis, that’s what I’d go by. A good way to possibly tell an ass from an elbow is that an elbow doesn’t usually have a crack. Let me know if you need more help.

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    1. I will…..I wish my arse was as trim as my elbow, that’s for sure x

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  2. Anonymous4:16 pm

    "I sort of don’t know my arse from my elbow" - comments like this is why I love your blog! Jackie in Georgia USA

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    1. Anonymous9:14 pm

      I'm another Georgia USA resident who loves this blog.

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  3. I know that Meals on Wheels here often collects pet food donations for the pets of the people they deliver meals to. When money is tight or homebound people can't get out to buy pet food, people will share their own meals with the pets, which is not good for either of them. So yes, like you, remember pets when donating food!

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    1. Yes, that’s what I thought. It must be soul destroying not being able to afford a much loved pet

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    2. Anonymous11:37 pm

      Tina from west oz here. At my financial low point while I was studying, my housemate and I were given vouchers to go to the food bank. A very mean lady there wouldn't let us take dry dog food, even though they had it there. She told us that we shouldn't have pets if we were so broke. She was very shaming. My pets were always fed and the rent paid first. Some weeks I didn't have a cent left after budgeting, but until that week we'd always made it to the next payment. Being a student on austudy without family support can be hard, even if you work as well, which I did. We took more human food instead and of course fed it to our pets. We never needed to go there again, and I was bloody glad of that. I don't know if she was a bureaucrat or volunteer, but either way she was the exact wrong person for that job.

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  4. I wouldn't mind climbing up the Trellis... like wisteria or downy clematis.

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    1. She’s an older woman , you cougar lover

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  5. She's like Madonna -- only needs one name.

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  6. Barbara Anne5:04 pm

    Love your snow globe illuminated by your happy fairy lights! 'Tis the season after all. Love that Mrs. T signs "Trellis" too. That is sufficient!
    Sympathy on those long andd kind shifts you're working and know during this tiring time, doing little is all that can be done.e
    It's a rainy day here ...

    Hugs!

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    1. I love my snow globe, it takes a good photo babs

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  7. That picture with your snow globe is great, very “moody”. - Jenn

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    1. I have many like it , often taken once a year , I adore my snow globe, bought from saks 5 th Avenue

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  8. Seeing your decorations helps get me in the mood for the holidays, John.
    I picked up a toy for one of my grandsons today and it is much bigger than I imagined it to be. My 4-year-old grandson, Michael, will be wide-eyed on Christmas day!!

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  9. Well John, that is a timely reminder from you to move my 'arse' and apply some 'elbow' grease to getting together some extra stuff inc pet foods for the local foodbank this Festive Yuletide. 'Cos looking at my Gas and Electric meters whizzing round atm. I do believe the cost of living is gonna hit hard this year and politics aside, it is a good time for those that can afford it, to help those that can't and as you know, personally l can't be arsed with Christmas, bah humbug, but we should all help out where we can. Tess x

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    1. I’m surmised by the number of decorated houses given the energy crisis

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  10. Mrs Trellis leaves you such a variety of tokens with fondness - but I think she may not want to appear perhaps too gushy and sign - from aunty x

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    1. She knows Trellis is a pseudonym and enjoys it

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  11. That sounds like an enjoyable afternoon and evening, arranging fairy lights and eating comfort food. You know you're famous when you can sign with just one name and people know who you are. I hope that Father Christmas finds his way down your chimney. Now there's a Christmas wish! xx

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    1. I’m tired and need a break from the hospice . I will book a holiday soon

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  12. Rest when you can. The overtime will fund diversions

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    1. It has already , I’m off on Wednesday to see Nu in London x

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  13. Filling in at work for others...needs must, these times..but don't work yourself into the ground!
    That is an attractive snowglobe...and well done Mrs Trellis

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    1. No, it has been a particularly arduous few weeks , but I know myself and I need a break

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    2. It's good that you can know yourself well enough to judge that. Take care xx

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  14. I love that Mrs Trellis signs her name 'Trellis' even though it isn't her name! She is a good sport!

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    1. She’s a power house unique to a T

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  15. I hope I'm a stalwart like Trellis when I'm an older lady!

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  16. God bless us every one.
    Mrs. Trellis is priceless.
    Santa with a black beard, how enchanting. I might be looking around for him in another Santa space.

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  17. Your snow globe is really a treasure. I hope you can scale the work back a bit for the holidays. Mrs. T. always makes an impression wherever she goes.

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    1. It means a great deal to me, always has

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  18. Some days are meant for small activities and long naps. Sounds like this was one of them.

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  19. Hope you can have a break from work soon. Your job must be intense and sometimes very draining at times, although so rewarding too.
    I love snow globes. Little contained magical worlds!

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    1. Apologies for not answering , yes I do need a break. X

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  20. Lucky you! I love snow globes,,,

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  21. I too love snow globes but have never found one yet that isn't a bit tacky. I am holding out for a very special one from somewhere colder than Auckland, NZ lol. Great you have a break booked to get away. I love it when I have something to look forward to that gets me off the daily grind band wagon.

    Jo in Auckland

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