Happy Everything Friends!
At the end of the year I always like to reflect on the year that’s been, and one of the things I wanted to acknowledge is my T friends. At the beginning of the year I was thinking of ways to make myself more accountable and one of the things I thought would help was to try and join the T Gang more regularly than I have managed in the past, and I’m very happy to say that I have managed to join you all every Tuesday in 2022! It’s been so much fun and I’ve really enjoyed the weekly catch-up with all of you. Here’s to more T in 2023! In today’s post, you’ll find several T related photos, dotted throughout the post, four in total!
I snapped this photo last week in the supermarket. Some of the supermarkets have a post box, not that that anyone was collecting the mail but I did use it to post my cards. I thought this was really cute that the Knit and Natter group had made something to decorate the post box for Christmas, like a Nativity hat. Due to the postal strikes, most of what I posted hasn’t been received yet and I have received very few cards so far. I did receive a lovely card from Jo, but I thought I’d wait till next week to share the cards and presents, hoping that more cards might finally arrive. Because of the strikes on 23rd and 24th, then Christmas holidays, we haven’t had any mail for five days, so maybe tomorrow will be a bumper mail day!
Today’s Art . . .
I am trying to do finish up Art Journal Advent, Care December, and Dephemerember preferably before the end of December. If you want to see what I’ve been up to this month, just look in the slider below for the Care December journal pages. Meanwhile here are two pages from Dephemerember (making junk journal ephemera in December) and since I’m behind, I’m doing the pages randomly and not in any order. So this is from Day 6 – Feathers/Bingo Card and Elephant and Day 14 – Pattern/Matchbox and Peacock.
On the Elephant page, I made a belly band so that I can tuck the journal card behind it and on the peacock page, a big pocket at the bottom.
T Stands for Christmas and Kitties
First the good news about the kitties, both Miss Lily and her brother Mr G are both doing much better. This photo is from last week’s T post but since it’s festive…
Since they have perked up a bit, they were able to enjoy their Christmas presents along with Miss P (though separately since they don’t get along). Miss Lily got the feather wand, Mr G got the dried chicken treats and Miss P got the chicken cat soup, which is her favourite. I’m pretty sure Miss Lily will let the others play with her toy but those two will be less keen on sharing their food lol.
They also each got a Christmas stocking…
Mr G likes the stocking treats, but so far the other two do not, and no one likes the catnip mice that were included.
What is less good, is that we can’t put up a Christmas tree this year, real or fake, in case the cats try to eat it, as pine needles can be quite dangerous if swallowed, and I’ve had enough problems with them lately without giving them more opportunities to get ill. The vet recommended against the tree, so we put up these wooden trees instead. In case you’re wondering why there’s a Buddha on the sofa, it’s because it usually sits where the tree is now sitting.
I did some stamping for my wrapping paper this year using the Tim Holtz Christmas Snarky Cats stamps on brown paper.
And also on the gift tags.
Nothing says Christmas like mince pies!
And I got some lovely tea for Christmas. So far I’ve been enjoying the Winter Warmer and the Night Time Berry.
T Stands for Currently Reading . . .
I’m working my way through this series and am currently reading/listening to book 10. It’s a police procedural based in and around Wesleydale, in Yorkshire. They are quite humorous, an antidote to the crime details, and everyone is obsessed with food lol. It makes me very hungry while I’m reading as they are forever stopping for a brew (cup of tea) or bacon butties, pie or some cake and cheese. This book also happens to be my 100th book for the year, though I am hoping to finish this series before the end of the year, so there could be time to squeeze in a few more before the 31st.
2022 BOOKS SO FAR – 99
75. Lucy Foley – The Hunting Party
76. Jenny Colgan – The Christmas Bookshop *
77. TF Muir – Dead Find – DI Gilchrist #11
78. Ragnar Jonasson – Snow Blind – Dark Iceland #1
79. Ragnar Jonasson – Night Blind – Dark Iceland #2
80. TF Muir – A Christmas Tail – DCI Gilchrist #4.5 *
81. Ngaio Marsh – Tied Up In Tinsel – Roderick Alleyn #27 *
82. Olivia Kiernan – Too Close to Breathe – Frankie Sheehan #1
83. Alexandra Benedict – Murder on the Christmas Express *
84. Lucy Foley – The Guest List
85. Olivia Kiernan – The Killer in Me – Frankie Sheehan #2
86. Olivia Kiernan – If Looks Could Kill – Frankie Sheehan #3
88. Ragnar Jonasson – Blackout – Dark Iceland #3
89. MC Beaton – Death of a Gossip – Hamish McBeth #1
90. Ragnar Jonasson – Rupture – Dark Iceland #4
91. David J Gatward – Grimm Up North DCI Harry Grimm #1
92. David J Gatward – Best Served Cold DCI Harry Grimm #2
93. David J Gatward – Corpse Road DCI Harry Grimm #3
94. David J Gatward – Shooting Season – DCI Harry Grimm #4
95. David J Gatward – Restless Dead – DCI Harry Grimm #5
96. David J Gatward – Death’s Requiem – DCI Harry Grimm #6
97. David J Gatward – Blood Sport – DCI Harry Grimm #7
98. David J Gatward – Cold Sanctuary- DCI Harry Grimm #8
99. David J Gatward – One Bad Turn- DCI Harry Grimm #9
T Stands for Winter Garden
Our weather has changed again and it’s very wet, but that means it’s a bit warmer than it was when everything was frozen solid. Yesterday though we had rain, wind, hail, and then snow, so quite changeable. I thought I’d share a few more frosty garden photos taken as the same time as last week’s photos.
This is the bamboo that grows next to the pond, though the pond is hidden under all that frost and ice.
Oh and my Christmas cactus is in flower…
Hope you are having a lovely rest of December whatever you celebrate or not. Happy T Day, thanks to Elizabeth for hosting this event all year, and see you next Tuesday! Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!
recycled stuff, junk, collage etc
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