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A Swine-ish Flu

December 23rd, 2009 3 comments

My goblin has been quite poorly the last few days. Yesterday he decided he has Swine Flu. I gave him a funny look and pointed out he could just have the regular flu or with his luck menengitis. He gave me a look and said, “I know the symptoms for Menengitis, I don’t have it.” He was burning up with fever. I know he was really unwell as he let me put a wet washcloth on his bald head and he thanked me. Normally when he has a fever and I offer to get him a wet cloth he gives me an exasperated look as if being a man means he has to prove he can suffer and says, “I’ll be fine!” Bless him! He’s so cute when he’s sick, but whatever he has I’m coming down with it. It’s going to be another sick Christmas. Why aren’t there any Christmas songs about that? We can’t be the only household that gets sick almost every Christmas.

When I got up this morning I knew if I didn’t go to the store we’d both end up sick with nothing to eat that didn’t take an hour to cook (I’m not going to stand over the stove with the flu or spend a week eating uncooked porridge) so I wrapped up and walked into town through the melting slippery ice-snow. I don’t have any boots so I used the “large plastic bag between two pairs of socks trick”. It really works as long as you don’t tear a hole in the bag – minor details. I’ve never tried it sub-zero temperatures, but then why would I be in sub-zero temperatures without a pair of boots? Read more…

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Once Upon a Wager…

December 9th, 2009 1 comment

At last I have a title to the second book I’ve been working on all year. I recently started reading The New York Times to keep up with what’s going on in the States and as I was scanning it the other day for anything interesting or weird (I love the weird and bizarre) I found an article about this man who makes a good living off betting tickets other people have thrown away. Half way through the article I found my title. I swear the four words were practically flashing. My brain came to a full stop and then the light went onĀ  I’ve wracked my brains for months, but nothing seemed right. Once Upon a Wager is a perfect title and I’m so excited about getting it finished. May that be soon! If I could have anything for Christmas I’d wake up to find the manuscript finished. Read more…

A solution to the tree skirt dilemma…

December 3rd, 2009 2 comments

I was talking to my sister Becky the other day and she mentioned she was in need of a tree skirt. For the past seventeen years she’s been using a table cloth. This year she wants something that lays flat and doesn’t look like a table cloth under the tree. She’d seen one in a shop that she liked, but it cost $25. She didn’t buy it. I understand her tree skirt dilemma. If one has a fake Christmas tree (and we both do) then it looks really fake if you don’t cover up the stand. So for my sister Becky and anyone else in need of a cheap pretty tree skirt, here is my solution. All you need is clear tape and a roll of rubbish/bin liners (or small kitchen garbage bags depending on where you live or how big your tree is). I use white ones, but if you couldn’t find a colour you wanted you could spray paint the white plastic bags! However you dress your tree, this is how I did it. I didn’t actually use the scissors though they come in handy for cutting open bags…or fending off Goblins trying to eat the newly hung chocolate ornaments. Note to self: next year make the tree skirt before you decorate the tree! Read more…

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