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Monday 1st December

And we're on the downward run to Christmas.  I'd like to say 'white out' but it's been a very grey day today.  Damp, miserable, cold and it took me until lunchtime to get dressed.  I did put my trousers over my PJs this morning and donned my coat to get fresh bread from the van but as for the rest of the day I've been holed up so to speak.

Got the sewing machine out and I've made the lavender bags that are going into the goody bags for my neighbours for my 25th Festivities.  I think I might go into Kardjali tomorrow and get the gift bags and more of the 'usuals' that get wrapped up individually to fill the bags.  The four favourites in the village all get the same....they probably sit around together and open them just to check.  There'll be a few more this year...and it might end up more of a bran tub for the rest.  I've been included in so much village activity this year at all of the birth celebration, deaths and marriages and lunchtime get togethers for no reason at all.  It's my way of saying a thank you to them.

I was going to finish the bags by embroidering them this evening but by the time supper was cooked the little light that we had today had faded and I'd prefer to do it in daylight.  Much easier on the eyes.  No pictures today...I'm not able to post them on the first message of the month...software issues....so they'll be more tomorrow.  Going down to the fire now and I think I'm in the downstairs bedroom tonight in the nest....really need to cosy up after rubbish weather today.  LN...I'm back to my fire...



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Tuesday 2nd December

So the mornings are getting better....I slept through until six this morning but was a grim morning to wake up to.  Rain, fog ,damp and miserable but the consolation was the fire was still going so with a little encouragement I had a full blaze by six twenty.  Coffee, book and lazed the morning and eventually got ready for the day.  Two lots of wood in and topped up the coal bucket and decided that this was the place to be.  Kardjali in the rain going between the shops was not on the cards.

So the rest of the day was sitting in front of the fire with my embroidery threads and finished a couple of lavender bags off and then moved upstairs and created my new desk diary for next year so it's been a very creative day and there was no chance of doing anything outside.  I suppose I could go and tidy the little house and organise the pot plants but I'll save that for another day.

Seven thirty my time....got a fillet steak out of the freezer and it's that with chippies tonight so I better get on and I think there's a little red wine remaining in the wine box.....so to horse so they say.....LN...the kitchen calls....



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Wednesday 3rd December

Eight twenty this morning when I woke up and I don't know what I put it down to.  Supper was late last night but I watched Egg Heads on internet tv and was fully wound down last night, no reading, no active brain before I went to bed so probably that was it.  Of course it could have had something to do with the couple of glasses of wine that I had to help supper go down...

And another wet day here...no glimmer of anything and I have pools of water at the bottom of my garden.  Bet the poor moles are getting flooded out...well ever hopeful.  I've got little mini Vesuvius stretching along the channel that was dug to remove drainage water from the underneath of the little house.  Looks like good soil though so I might fill a few pots with it.....I found a pack of freesia bulbs that I thought I'd lost so I need to get them in, last years appear to be coming up in the garden so none for the house this year.  

No photos again...I couldn't see the mountains at all this morning and it hasn't stopped raining all day.  Rain is forecast again for tomorrow so the plan to go into Kardjali with the Librarian may be shelved.  Looking at the long range though....it could be like this until Christmas...joy oh, joy....My only visitor today was one of Semile's sheep dogs heading for the burning pit in the garden.  I headed him off from the upstairs balcony but he did look a bedraggled specimen ...not a day to be out guarding the sheep....especially with all the mist round...they sort of blended into the hillside.  Internet tv and time for Egg Heads.....and then down to the fire....LN
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Thursday 4th December

Well I made the phone call last night to the Librarian and we cancelled tomorrow.  It was a very quick call, the mother of all thunderstorms was rattling around.  It started at about eight thirty my time and went on after midnight.  The electricity went off a couple of times but only for minutes and I was hoping that I didn't have to take apart the fire and put it in the kitchen burner...No electricity, no pump once the UPS runs out of juice...

Seven twenty start, fire still going, coffee made, washed up from last night and down to the bread wagon when he arrived just after eight.  Padded trousers over pyjama bottoms and on with a big coat since it was still throwing it down.  I noticed that Haciber was returning carrying some chicken wings and I didn't know that he carried those sort of things on the wagon so I came back with quite a goodie bag of bread, breakfast bun, orange juice, chicken wings and half a dozen eggs.  It makes me realise that you could live quite successfully out of the van and I'm sure that if you ordered stuff, he would bring it out for you.  So had my breakfast, got another supply of logs in and have had a very lazy day again.  I've designed a calendar but I can't get it to print out properly...I want A5 printed on A4 but it seems to come up with odd sizes no matter how I set it to print.  Made some more cards and tomorrow I'm off to Kardjali and am going to do my present shop plus a few essentials such as fish fingers (comfort food), butter and firelighters....there is no way that I'm getting into the habit of collecting fir cones and storing bags of the things to get the fire to catch....I've not gone that native.  Lots of little birds  looking very bedraggled sitting on the lime tree in the garden...probably reserving energy.

Chicken wings with potatoes and onions for supper...delicious and just drawn the curtains for the night.  I think I've just heard a clap of distant thunder...not again...please...and a little sun tomorrow wouldn't go amiss.  More problems in other towns that have a river running through them....my stream is running well outside the front wall since I cleared the leaves from the ditch last week...a job well done.

So computer off...it was thunder....down to the fire with a new book....restful day again.....but activity tomorrow regardless of the weather before I develop cabin fever...LN



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Friday 5th December

Well I suppose six thirty was OK since the eyes were heading south at ten of the clock.  I read for a while, dropped the Kindle and realised that the safest place was horizontal.

Coffee, read for a while, fire still going so rescued it and loaded it up ready for the day and then closed it down and it was still in when I got back form my wonderings.  Prepared supper before I left and it was ready for hotting up when I got back.  Onions, the rest of the chicken wings with lots of chili and potatoes.   Into Djebel and popped into the shop and found out that it was my student's mum's birthday so there was a present to be bought.  She had visitors with gifts so I headed off to the garage but it was too busy this morning to get any sense out of anyone so I've booked it in for tuesday.  It was reluctant to start this morning so it's either water in the diesel or worn out glow plugs but whichever want...I need to know with winter almost upon us.

Into Kardjali.....managed to find some metal curtain rings...and two ceramic tiles that will do for the side tables in my bedroom to save the bits falling through.  I'll make use of the curtain rings tomorrow when I make the curtain for the lounge small window.  Into the leva shop and got most of the things for the ladies pressies, over to Mania and managed to get a leather Timberland coat, a leather jerkin and a sweater for seven pounds.  On to the sewing shop and managed to find some embroidery needles with big eyes and some leather sewing machine needles should I have need to redesign anything.  Back to the Panda clothes shop and found a pair of slippers and a neck scarf for the presents and then to Kaufland for the gift bag and the card and a few more things.  Into Lidl for the butter and bacon and forgot the firelighters which were on the list and managed to find those in Djebel.  Into the shop and the gifts were readily received and then I went to the stationers to get the wrapping paper for my gift bags but couldn't find any gift bags...on the list for another day.

Unpacked my finds and put in the appropriate places...more fire wood in and fire resuscitated and brought to life...supper warmed and eaten with French bread but maybe a little too much chili flakes.....I could suffer for my art....Heading for eight my time and the sofa and a book look inviting.  Not so much rain today but the temperature has dropped....It might mean snow....hippee...LN



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Saturday 6th December

Really damp start again and we're back to rain, rain, rain.  Seven start, fire salvaged yet again and sat down with poached eggs on toast with coffee at eight this morning enjoying the warmth.  Lazed around doing yesterday's sudoku witch took me three attempts and today's is still requiring attention.

A knock on the door at ten thirty made me realise that I'm still in pyjamas so I verified that it was female at the door before I opened it and it was Remsier.  Her gas bottle had run out and she wondered if I was going into Djebel so that she could get it refilled.  I wasn't but now I was!!  She is off to Sofia tomorrow in a taxi, apparently her thirty five year old son who works in Belgium has come back and has just undergone a heart operation...worrying times for her.  So I picked her up at just before twelve with the gas bottle and her grandson and off we set.  Now the man there I know and he insists on speaking to me in a mixture of Bulgarian and German which I sort of get by with but I noticed that part of the forecourt had disappeared....there has been so much rain that it had washed away the underneath and there was a great big hole where there used to be tarmac.  He tried to explain that there had been a torrent of water from the hillside over the road and just washed it away.  So over to the M-Tel shop so that Remsier could buy a new Sim card for her grandson's phone but I'm not sure if it's for her hospitalised son or not.....didn't get the translation.

So home...she wanted to pay me but her husband is the one that splits my logs for me so I've just tied him up for a couple of hours work...it's a much better idea.  Make an omelet when I got back with potatoes, onions and some ham that I had and that means no cooking tonight,  Gouldjan came round this afternoon clutching two bags of clothes from Haciber that are destined for the poor of the villages and Gouldjan distributes them but said they needed washing.  Tomorrow I shall look like Widow Twankey....I've offered to get them done for her as my contribution to the cause...so no student tomorrow...they have other things to do and now...so do I.

Seven minus fifteen my time.....I'm about to try today's sudoku so wish me luck.  The house is beautifully warm since the fire has been going well all day.  It's not that it's cold...just horribly damp...LN



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Sunday 7th December

Seven start and finished my book so it was on to the Kindle and find a new series to download.  I didn't bother with the fire...it seemed warmer but as soon as the Widow Twanky exercise began and the morning brightness rescinded into the gloom or the rest of the week the fire was ignited, stoked so that the washing could dry inside.  Unfortunately there is no fire without smoke so to speak and I thing it's down to the dampness of the air.  Anyway...opened the door, got in two loads of wood to keep the home fires burning and topped up the coal bucket and headed for the kitchen for the statutory bacon, egg and fried bread.  Well it is Sunday.  Phoned the Librarian and suddenly the phone went dead I appear to have only three stotinki credit.  So the four hundred minutes that I'd accumulated have been wiped without trace and when I tried to phone customer service apparently I didn't have enough credit to speak to anyone.  The problem is that they send you a text message in English but when you go for the automated options it's in Bulgarian...so that's gong to work then...

No student today so generally had a lazy morning after the usual morning turnaround and settled in to complete yesterday's and today's sudoku and I had to resort to paper for Saturdays.  I tried it with pencil first but there seems no conviction in a pencil so got out the pen and finished it eventually.  I entered the result into the computer and managed to knock one minute off my average time.  OK it's cheating but I'd worked hard at it....

Finished another couple of lavender bags off this afternoon and then headed to the computer and settled into Filmon tv and got hooked into the afternoon session of the snooker....I just love bad boy Ronnie and of course I'm cheering for him...  They're on their afternoon break now...I don't go for the post-mortems  so I've come off it and try more later.  Songs of Praise just didn't float it for me.

The leeks still remain in the kitchen unadulterated...I'm not hungry at all so am not rushing to prepare anything yet...I'll wait for the mood to take me.  Still not a good forecast for the rest of the week...looks like more of the same.  Had a bonfire so the cats were out in force along with the magpies for the pickings.  I'm down for the fire now....got a new book and new author to have a go at....LN...I'l let you know how the first book goes...




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Tuesday 9th December

Not my fault for yesterday.....I went into the shop to complain and apparently it was their end...they were having trouble with the mast.  It went down at five thirty more or less last night and it was up by  elevenish this morning....Just back from having the car fixed...all will be revealed later...this is to let my family know that I'm OK and haven't been eaten by stray dogs and the likes...Now fire, lunch and finding something constructive to do....
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Tuesday continued

Yesterday I was doing the Widow Twanky finale and ended up ironing the ones that needed ironing and they were all packed and ready for delivery at eight thirty in the morning.  My next task was to get out the petchka pipes and give them a going over and it appeared that there was a build up of debris just where it goes into the connection in the bathroom but all were taken down cleaned and replaced and now it's chugging along nicely...Two jobs down and only ten thirty.  Finished off another lavender bag so that goes in the post tomorrow, the intention was to get my cards off this morning but the internet going down last night meant that I couldn't get to some of the addresses so it's shelved for tomorrow now.

I ate too much food yesterday so have spent the day wishing I hadn't.  Baked beans on toast for breakfast, fish cake sandwiches for lunch and pork chops and chippies for supper.  I think the weather has something to do with it...rain rain and it's still raining.  

So this morning was a seven start, got the wood in and started the reluctant Beast to get it into the garage.  I delivered the clothes to the school, Gouldjan wasn't there but they were gratefully accepted.  I went over to the Internet shop, down to the garage and one broken down glow plug was detected and renewed.  Stopped off at the garage shop to have a chat with my student's mum, over to the supermarket to get in a few essentials and home for just after one.  

I've wasted an afternoon but there again they're mine to waste.  I watched Countdown, followed by Flog It and I started to watch Andrew Marr's 'Making of Britain' but I just couldn't watch him.  His mouth irritates me and don't ask me why...I don't know.  I find that that's all I'm watching and not listening.  

Seven thirty my time...everything is closed up for the night and tomorrow snow is forecast but we'll wait and see.....I think it might be another damp squib of a day so my cards get done tomorrow, into the post of Thursday and then into Kardjali for final shopping.   LN..the fire calls and I have more pork chops to do something with since they came out in a frozen lump.....Note to self...sort before storage...LN



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Thursday 11th December

Well I woke up last night in the chair and it was too late to post.  I was cold, the fire was on its last legs and yes, it was and still is raining,  This weather is really quite depressing....it's not that it's that cold but damp and miserable and I think everyone's thinking the same.  

Finished my cards yesterday and they'll get posted in the morning.  According to the weather forecast '... the sun will come out tomorrow...bet your bottom dollar'...and so it should be like that for the next four days but well into the minus at night.  Sort out day today....I want to give the house a good clean ready for the festive season, not that anyone is coming this year to the best of my knowledge but the neighbours do pop in now and again.  

There was a very busy woodpecker out yesterday.  I think he was furtling the seeds out of a fir cone that had dropped from my tree.  Unfortunately when I tried to go out to take the shot he flew away but that's the best I could do.  Onwards and upwards....out with the hoover and the mop and bucket....there's lots to do....



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Thursday update

So it's stayed dull as ditchwater all day and I'm not believing the weather forecast that's currently telling me that it's going to be sunny all day tomorrow....as for the cleaning...off the agenda as quickly as it got on.  I thought I'd finished my cards until I started looking closely at them and I hadn't.  Had a really good day designing new ones .... very creative and got the laminator out and tarted them up somewhat.  I'm not putting any pictures on the web...don't want to ruin the surprise for anyone.  

Didn't light the fire until lunchtime when I went down to make beans on toast and it's as I said....it's the damp air that gets through to you. The beans warmed up the inside and once the fire was going it soon warmed the house.  Supper tonight is already cooked and only needs warming through so it's time to go to the kitchen and get it going,  Tomorrow the letters are going in the post and what a headache it will give to the postmaster so better get there early....he will give me a receipt for them and if he'd only give me the stamps I'd do them myself...He has to do them all himself and frank the stamps by hand.  I'll try and sneak my camera in...so.LN...I'm off to the kitchen to get the chicken underway...LN



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Friday 12th December

So where's that sun I've been promised...it failed to keep its appointment!!  Not quite raining but still very damp with a very low cloud base and a cold wind...ah well...

Boots blacked and off to the post office in good time but I was flagged down by one of the old men from my village and gave him a lift to the next village to get his pension.  He insisted I take one leva for my trouble, I said it was OK and he didn't have to pay me but he insisted and threw it on to the dashboard and he would have been offended if I'd have given it back....very independent most of the oldies.   I decided to check whether there was any post for me and to meet my new post lady but she said not to bother calling in, she would send her 'man' if there was anything for me.  So as I left the post office I was flagged down by one of the other locals that I know and gave him a lift into Djebel.  He has a smattering of English and spends several months of the year with his daughter and family in Florida and between us we managed to have a discussion over the ten kilometers.  Nice start for the day.

Into the post office and he called me over and handled my cards without a frown.  I'd also got a parcel to post but I had to go and get some brown paper for that to cover the box but since it was outside the EU...there were that many labels to fix on to it you could hardly see the parcel so keeping my fingers crossed that it gets there....and they've all gone airmail so they should make it.

Took my wellie boots back but they didn't have the next size so I'm waiting on the delivery.  Stopped off and did a little food shopping and home for a very respectable time of eleven thirty.  Sprayed my sunflowers gold and put them to dry, cleaned the house and mopped the floors and now I'm ready for Christmas.  One set of fairy lights still working so that's a bonus so tomorrow I need to get another couple of sets.....Santa is climbing up the outside wall but not lit up yet but that still works and the rope lights I need to think how to get an electricity supply to them now that the insulation has been done on the little house.  Last year they were on the end wall but there are no holes to poke a cable through now.  The sun eventually came out this afternoon and I had to take a photo of it....it might not be out tomorrow.

Both fires going well and the house is toasty....one load of washing done today and that's drying in the bathroom and I've still got one chicken leg left from the three I bought on Monday.  Off to Kardjali tomorrow with the Librarian and Gouldjan has just phoned saying that she has lost all the information from her flash drive and no back up so she's coming with us tomorrow to see her 'expert'.  Temperature is dropping now and it's supposed to be minus two or three overnight so that fire is going to be banked up.  I'm off to see what I can do with the third leg....LN



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Saturday 13th December

Five start this morning, sat up to read for a while, sipping my coffee and there was the buzzing of a ...mosquito,,,and where did that come from!!..  It's winter and I can only assume that it's come out of one of the plant pots that have come in from outside.  I did get my revenge though....as I drew the curtains it wafted up onto the wall...and it is no more.  Checked the thermometer and it was at minus six at seven thirty this morning, there was a ground frost with swirling mist and cobwebs on the terraces.  Shower, shampoo and ready for nine after a bacon and egg sandwich to set me up for the day and the Librarian arrived at just after nine thirty.  Picked up Gouldjan at ten and off we set for Kardjali.

I'd made my list...checked it when I got back and I have to go back there on Monday.  Not much was covered but I did come back with a few  goodies.  I went to my cheapie clothes shop and came out with a suede coat which looks very rural and expensive, two large pillow cases in a very bright green and a black fleece sweater and all for five leva fifty....and to use my daughter's words...it would've been rude not to.   Kaufland, Lidl, Gouldjan's guru managed to get the data off the memory stick so she was a happy bunny and we got home at about four so pizza in, Madeira cake for desert, fire topped up inside and bonfire lit and hopefully burnt out before the animals get to it.

No supper for me...the pizza will suffice until tomorrow.  Six thirty my time and almost time to get down to the fire.  I need to set the mosquito trap tonight...don't need any bites or alarms of the 'buzz' in the early hours....Looks like it will be another cold one tonight...very blue sky and no clouds tonight....I'll let you know...LN




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Sunday 14th December

Seven start under my new duck down quilt from Kaufland but it was a bit nippy outside.  Minus six again and the fire was hanging in there and after the kiss of life it was going full pelt but there didn't seem enough oomph to get that pump into action and fill up the radiators.  White over and with it came the freezing fog so no sign of a sunrise this morning and it eventually broke through at about eleven and then went beyond all expectations.  Bacon, eggs and fried bread for breakfast and not really in the mood for anything else yet awhile.  

With sun on the windows I could allow the fire to go to virtually nothing and I didn't have to bring it back to life until around four thirty.  I'd stuck a really big log on and it just ticked but a little kindling under it did the trick and with a small amount of coal we were really back in business.  I haven't done an awful lot today.  I used Google translate to find out what was in the letter that Remsie brought me round yesterday and after translating it for her we arranged to go to Kardjali tomorrow morning but she changed her mind on that and now we are waiting for her son to be released from hospital before we have to do anything about it.  So Remsier left at about four and Gouldjan arrived at approximately four thirty bearing gifts.  I have some home made bread and mincemeat from the calf that they killed last weekend.  They are so generous with their gifts.  We sat and chatted for a while and then off she went to leg it back to her village even though I offered to get the car out and take her home.  

So decisions, decisions.  I need to go into Kardjali to finish my Christmas shopping.  It was too busy for me on Saturday and when there are three of you trying to keep in sync.....it doesn't work. I'll see how soon it takes for the fog to clear and it is market day in Djebel so I might take a stroll round there...I haven't done it for ages alternatively I might not bother and head out with the Librarian on Tuesday to her market.  I'll see how the mood takes me.  

So results day of Strictly...I watched it last night and appear to have got a little hooked after my initial slagging off of it.  Made the mistake of eating a rather large square of white chocolate and it seems to be sitting rather heavily so not really in the offing for food.  You know the feeling...you want rather a large burp and nothing seems to be moving.  

The end of an almost perfect day....I did managed to string the rope lights in the little house so that I can see them at night and felt like a cowboy slinging the rope over the beams to get them up...LN....warming up for Strictly and then an early night for me....LN



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Monday 15th December

Seven start and again very cold and frosty.  The thermometer at just after seven was not ready so many below but there was a nip in the air so to speak.  Fire still going and with a little help and encouragement I soon had a blaze and with coffee in hand I worked out what I was going to do today.  

First off was bacon and egg sandwich and the bread crumbled that much that a knife and fork had to be brought into play followed by more coffee.  I decided not to go into Kardjali or Djebel, my list is made and I'll do it tomorrow stopping off to pay my last visit to the post office on the way with two late cards.  Wrapped my presents and it was an exercise to see what else I have to get.  Hopefully all will be accomplished tomorrow.  I went outside to throw away the remains of the soup.  It had stood for a couple of days and I'm not that good with left overs but as I walked to the fence, this poor bedraggled cat meowed and struck lucky. It took a while to get through it, potatoes, carrots and leeks and it was probably its best meal of the year.

Cooked spicy sausage with onions, tomato paste, cannelloni beans, chili and honey for late lunch and made enough to take some over to my Avatar.  Haciber was there and I did say that there was enough for the two of them to share if they got on the statutory half a loaf to have with it.  Mine was finished by four thirty so by five I was going round closing the curtains and the sun went down.  No point in the heat heading out immediately and settled down to read until it was time for Eggheads at eight my time.  I do like Filmon.....on demand as it happens...

So ready for downstairs.  The fire has been really well behaved all day.  I think it makes a difference which way the wind is blowing.  Back to my book...the television is for the important things....LN



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Tuesday 16th December

Woke up at what I thought was half five....threw a log on the fire, read for a while, went upstairs and struck up the computer to check face book and looked at the clock and it was only five twenty so it must have been half four when life came to the mummy.  Closed the pc down at five thirty, back to bed and it was seven forty when I awoke for the second time.  Now that was much better.  

Poached eggs on toast for breakfast, got the wood in and set off in the Beast for Kardjali but realising when I got to Rogosch that I'd left my Christmas tree lights on so having read about houses burning down because of them went back home and unplugged them.  So back to Djebel, delivered my empty beer bottles that had accumulated to my student's mum's shop, over to the post office for the last of the letters and then on to the big smoke.

Short post tonight..presents, wrapping tarty stuff bought, over to Kaufland for a few foodstuffs and finally to Lidl.  Back to my village and saw my Three musketeers fixing the fence of Byser's garden.  In my absence she'd been visited by Semile's cows and they were carrying out reinforcements.  Unpacked the car, roused the fire back to life, coffee and a big fat chocolate eclaire that had caught my eye in the Djebel supermarket and sat down to read for a while....and I've just woken up.  No photos...I've been too busy for snapping today.  I'll do better tomorrow...promise....LN
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Wednesday 17th December

Back to rain this morning...another dull day.  So what did my day hold?  Bacon and fried egg for breakfast, my Avatar came round and paid off her debts for the oranges I'd bought for her from Kardjali and despite my reluctance to take it, she was determined and commented that they were sweet and very large and she was really pleased with them.  Three kilograms for a pound so she did quite well.  My post lady arrived with three Christmas cards and my electricity bill so it's beginning to look like Christmas

Got my wood in, fire had been rescued from oblivion this morning and I was pretty chilled about the day.  I had nothing to do, I decided that the photos that I had of the family had to be redirected to the new frame that I'd got from my leva shop so this morning I was scanning and printing.   Work done and really pleased with the outcome.  Ran the hoover around upstairs and moved the rugs around, had a phone call from England and settled down with my Kindle until five this afternoon.  Cooked the rest of the spicy sausage so that it didn't dry out in the fridge and there's enough to freeze down for another meal.  Had supper, decided to watch Filmon and went to sleep in the chair in front of the PC and woke up at one thirty this morning so my plan to get this posted early all went to pot.....so apologies and now off to bed...LN







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Thursday 18th December

So tonight I'm going to post before the internet goes off since it's had a little down time today and before I go to sleep in front of it again...

After last night's shortcomings I went to bed at two thirty, read until three thirty and woke up this morning full of beans at just before eight so had got in my eight hours but in shifts....  Slow start to the morning...there was a sunrise but by the time I'd managed to get the camera out the morning mist had taken over and it stayed like that until about eleven and then we had a spring day.  I didn't bother to light the fire, I opened the windows to let some fresh air into the place and even opened the door.  I played on the internet until about eleven and then decided that it was about time that I had a shower, washed my hair for no other reason than I wanted to...I had no where to go and no one to see today.

Walked the garden and it was so squidgy underfoot...the water table is very high but we've had lots of rain over the last month or so.  Had a bit of a bonfire to get rid of the rubbish bag from the kitchen and I've spent the a rest of the afternoon wrapping presents, making small envelopes for some small cards I'd made and it seemed such a waste to put them in normal size envelopes.  Had a conversation with the Librarian to see when she wanted to do the Christmas shop so that I could at least make a contribution but as she said...it's not as if we are going to gorge ourselves silly, bit too long in the tooth for that.  

Lit the fire at four this afternoon and it's warmed up nicely.  Supper is the remains of last nights reheated and there might be a little mastica on the go.  I'm going into Djebel tomorrow for the last of my presents and if I don't find what I want there...I'll carry on to Kardjali but only if the weather is good....Change of plan...I'm off to Kardjali at ten...Remsie has just come round and needs to pay a bill for hospital services so I'm taking her in.  So I'll bid you farewell and tonight, there are photos...LN



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Friday 19th December

Silly night again...woke up at three fifteen, read until five, back to sleep and woke up at seven thirty.  It must be the excitement of Christmas!!

Over to pick up Remsie and decided to take the Beast for an outing.  She climbed aboard, made sure that I had the documents for the bank and that was out first port of call.  Now sometimes village locals from my neck of the woods aren't treated as they should be but I breezed into the bank, I knew who I wanted to speak to and I sailed through but there was a little challenge so I just said that she was with me and on we went.  I explained the problem to my buddy in the bank, we were seated at another desk, the forms were completed, the money paid over and it we were told that we had to go back in one hour to complete.  So we went down to the market so that I could buy the grapes that I didn't manage to get for my Avatar and I had a text message to my phone to confirm that the money had been allocated to my account and a second one ten minutes later to say that the money had been transferred.  Back to the bank, and I was handed the paperwork to confirm the transaction and now I have one happy bunny that no longer has the sword of Damocles hanging over her and her son who has just undergone a heart operation in Sofia.

On to Billa and got a few bottles as presents, back to Djebel stopping off at the supermarket for top ups and picked up two little waifs and strays in Rogoche that had been let out of school early.  One of them was Semile's son who is my potential chauffeur so I asked him if he wanted to drive and he declined...well he is only eleven despite the fact that he is a dab hand with his father's car.  I delivered the grapes and went home for tuna mayo on fresh bread followed by and eclair from the supermarket and sat with the doors open in the sun reading for the next hour or so until my Avatar came round with my cash.  I mentioned that I'd got some apples and oranges from Djebel and I was going back to get more wrapping paper for the rest of my presents and so she put in her order and I took the cash as a down payment and we had a real good chuckle about it.

Driving out of the village I saw some hay bales coming towards me in the middle of the road so I slowed down, and they moved over and as I drew level one of the local farmers had filled the wheelbarrow and couldn't see where he was heading so we gate affectionate nods and he carried on his way and me on mine.  Got everything I wanted from my lev shop, picked up the fruit for my Avatar, home by six and the fire was going well.  No supper for me...I'm still stuffed from lunch and tomorrow's task is to put to bed the rest of the presents.  Today's been good...two villager's happy with my contribution to the village...well three if you count the boys who got home early who thanked me for stopping...they don't take it for granted.

Nine fifteen my time...soon be my bedtime and only got a few percent of my book, the Poet by Michael Connelly left... nice twist and didn't see it coming.  LN....photos tomorrow...I've taken a couple with my new phone but I can't lay my hands on the cable to take them off...so I'll give it a whirl tomorrow...LN
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Saturday 20th December

Surprised this morning when I looked out in the early light and saw the moon or a slither of it hanging where the sun normally comes up.  I grabbed the camera and managed to capture it.  Made some coffee and realised that the sky had changed again and this time it was red streaked but the sun really had a hard time of it....there were dark mist clouds scudding across the valleys and hiding the sun as it tried desperately to shine.  

Bacon and egg for breakfast, delivered the apples and oranges for my Avatar and she asked me why I'd knocked and waited for her to open the door and not walked straight in.   I joked with her that if she'd got a man in there I wanted to give her time to hide him.  Usual chores, fire was going all night so I got some wood in but brought back with me two big logs and that's all it's taken to keep the home fires burning today.  The sun eventually kept out long enough to dry a line of washing and I got stuck into the presents and they're all packed and a sort of bran tub of silly things for the other ladies of the village.  I did open a bottle of Cream Liqueur and it made the afternoon go with a bit of a zing and made the wrapping and packing easier to get through.

Eight o'clock my time...watching Pointless and waiting for the final of Strictly and shan't be too late tonight.  The top is screwed tightly on the bottle....driving to my student in the morning so finished early today.  LN....it's a tele night....



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Sunday 21st December

Well watched Strictly last night and what results the finalist had achieved.  Really don't know why they get rid of one of them unless it's just to raise the revenue...and where does the money go...that's the next question.  Eventually got to bed at one my time and settled off quickly and didn't wake until just before seven without any interruptions....Looked out this morning and there was a ground frost and freezing fog but as the light broke the clouds were beautiful....it must have been a high wind up there pushing them around.

A few Angry Birds and back to bed with a coffee and washed and dressed in my new to me Alpaca jumper from my cheapy shop.  It's beautifully warm and so soft and checked it out on the internet and it was close similar ones range between one fifty and two hundred dollars.  Who's a lucky bunny then?  Over to my students clutching small christmas tree and carrier bag of presents with strict instructions not to be opened until the twenty fifth.  We shall see what we shall see....I don't think for one minute that they'll take any notice of that at all.  Moussaka for lunch, mother had gone to a wedding dressed to the nines and uncle arrived for lunch but said that he'd already eaten so took his in a doggy bag for later.  We sat around after lunch and visitors arrived so at three I excused myself saying that I had to get the fire going since the temperature was dropping dramatically but there was no need.  I'd thrown a huge log on before I'd left working on the principle that it would dry out if nothing else but it was still glowing red when I got home.  Unfortunately so was my battery warning light so it's into the garage tomorrow to get that sorted.  I've had a new alternator so something might have come adrift.  

So closed up for tonight...curtains drawn, another log on the fire, no need for supper and a little of the cream liqueur might have to pass my lips as the night wears on.  As I said garage in the morning...beautiful sky tonight and the wind was picking up somewhat and whistling through my strange fir in the garden.  LN....chilled day.




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Monday 22nd December

Six thirty start and it was a classic blue and pink sky and not a cloud in sight...only twinkling stars and the lights of the villages on the hillside.  Coffee and back to bed....it was white over and minus six more or less and so bed was the warmest place except that the fire was easily brought back to life even though I was anticipating heading out pretty early to get to the garage.

I started Beauty to make sure that it would start, got in the wood and coal so that it would be a job off the list for later, and reckoned that I would charge the battery enough to get to the garage without a problem.  And I did....no red lights showing at all and the garage owner said that there was nothing to fix and I made the comment that it was like going to the doctors...all your symptoms disappear when you get into the surgery.  So while I was in Djebel I did a tour of the market and bought nothing, but went into my favourite restaurant owner's shop and bought a present for Bekir's new grand-daughter.  This will be delivered on Wednesday with Bekir and Sally's pressies.

Back home and nothing much to do today...I lay reading for a while and eventually the eyes headed southwards but my dreams were shattered  by Remsier who had brought my Christmas chicken, a few days early but what the heck.  It's now covered with foil and sitting in the fridge.  She mentioned how warm the house was and she said that she couldn't afford to get wood this year so I offered the old roof timbers that have been loitering in my garden for a couple of years or so.  Her husband is apparently arriving with the cart tomorrow to collect....we'll wait and see...he's not the promtest of guys.

Noticed two cats squaring up to each other in the garden today staking claim for my burning pit.  There's nothing gone into it for the last couple of days so their posturing means nothing.  Tomorrow will be another matter thought....there will be bones from the chicken that I got from Djebel this morning that's been roasted tonight with mixed roast veg and demolished and for pudding there was a baked apple filled with sultanas and honey.  I don't live badly on this hillside.

Caught the sunrise but not the sunset tonight.....the book has kept me intrigued and 74 percent complete.  I do like the way Michael Connelly intertwines his characters....So tomorrow Kardjali for Christmas foodstuff and booze stuff shopping with the Librarian.  Hoping the weather stays good tomorrow....LN...I have washing up to do so that the kitchen is clear for tomorrow...LN  



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Tuesday 23rd December

I woke up at silly o'clock, tried to get back but didn't manage it.  I obviously didn't drink enough last night.  Thanks for the message TC...I read and inwardly digest.

Washing out, beautiful day for drying, bed stripped and two loads of washing finished at the crack of.  Fire rescued at five thirty even though I was out for the morning and the forecast was good...I like to keep the home fires burning.  Librarian was here for ten and she'd had a message that she had to register her car before they all went on their winter break so she'd already been to Kirkovo to get it done.  Took the Beast out this morning to Kardjali, the objective was to clear the garage so that Remsier's husband would be able to get the horse and cart into the yard to remove the old wood if they wanted it from the back terrace.  

Didn't buy much today...Lidl had some good bargains...the meat was reduced and some creme brulee but unfortunately I hadn't got a blow torch handy....so it was creme with a not so crisp topping when we had a late lunch.  Cold meats, potato salad, pickles and that just about did us and off she set at just before three taking with her my donation to Christmas.  Just the chicken to go and we reckoned it's either jaundiced or corn fed....and we'll see what it looks like on Christmas morning.  Remsier's husband had done his stuff and my old wood pile is no longer dominating the terrace.  After the Librarian left I set about tidying up the area and getting rid of the stuff that he hadn't taken but just couldn't get the fire to go it was so wet.  It's maybe a job for after the holiday.  Remsier did pop her head in while I was working and she'd come round with a neighbour and was asking about a photo I'd taken one of the weddings.  Now printed up, framed and she'll get it tomorrow.

Beautiful sunset tonight....magnificent clouds and the temperature has really dropped.  Managed to catch the slither of the moon but the camera didn't really want to know....it was difficult to get it.  So no food for me...still stuffed from lunch...LN....I'm off to check the fire and it's a little gin and tonic tonight....let's see if that will improve the sleep tonight...LN



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Wednesday 24th December

Four thirty start and got working straight away on things that I didn't want to tackle yesterday.  Sorted out kiddiwinkles slush funds, emailed to let them know that funds were on the way, settled in to finish one of last years Christmas presents so that I could deliver it today apologising that it was a year late....ooopppss.

Ladies presents delivered, students delivered, Bekir and Sally's delivered and now I'm at the Librarians for the next couple of days.  Only problem....I've taken loads of photos and the cables to connect to my laptop are in my house and I'm here.  So you've got a treat coming when I get back....

Supper over, we've decided not to walk down the village, the temperature has dropped considerably and it's warm and cosy inside.  Now we have Bulgarian television to look forward to but unfortunately we just caught the end of the Producers and it's a pity that we didn't catch the beginning.....I think it's a cracking film.  

Almost eight our time.....I'm just about to hang my stocking up....ever hopeful....but he might miss out on Bulgaria....I better chart his progress on the internet and sit in the garden with a fishing rod or  net.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas...I  would post the picture I put on FB but that's on my PC and where's that....at the house.  I'm not use to this gallivanting...... and I wish you everything that you wish for yourselves.....and may you have a peaceful holiday......LN
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Happy Christmas Elsa - apparently Santas just passed over wigan or so my son tells me.
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Thursday 25th December

Thanks Tabs...I was able to keep tabs on him and  play on words intended.  He filled my stocking and then went on his merry way.  It  was under duress may I state...but I nailed the  bugger so to speak but it cost me loads in carrots  for the reindeer...oh, oh, oh...

Out this morning delivering presents to the village children and then deposited some of the neighbours at a funeral in the next village....nothing stops in Bulgaria.  Found ourselves in the village where one of my friends had just bought a house and managed to get a padlock and chain and discussed it with the next door neighbour to make sure that the roof tiles are still there when they come back to claim ownership.  Once properties are sold it looks like fair game but since there is nothing  inside anyway it looks like over kill but it's done.

Back for a beer and salted peanuts in the sun and what a lovely day it turned out to be.  It was t-shirt weather.  Chicken and the veg went in at around three and she was off to  fetch the neighbours from the funeral to home ....we had a late lunch at around five and shared it with another  neighbour and just as we'd finished another neighbour arrived and the Librarian served him up a plate which  was eaten with the statutory six slices of  bread.  By this time the Pinotage was  out and was a very welcome change from Bulgarian wines....extremely palatable.

Washing up done and everything put away.  Back to being us and the dogs and Bulgarian television.  The Librarian has got an attack of the sneezes and I'm hoping she keeps it....I certainly don't want it.  

LN and  hope  that your day has  been as chilled as mine....as I said no photos....sorry I promise to  make it up to. you....LN
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Merry Christmas Elsa! Glad you've had a lovely day!

Lots of love from the 3 Bees! xXx
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Merry Xmas Elsa, Glad you had a good day. I ate too much and flaked it later. And now its Boxing Day just vegging out on my lonesome for a bit of quiet after yesterday with the 4 boys....lol. xxxx
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Friday 26th December

Thank you Mikey B and Linda.....  as you both know comments are always appreciated and more so at this time of year.....it's a time for family and I reckon that you all are included....xxx

So today the Librarian had jobs to do namely take one of her neighbours for an injection and even she said...ENOUGH....this is my holiday and yesterday I did the funeral run and that's enough.  It's my christmas and I have guests...(well one...me) and I want to switch off.  I think they eventually got the message.  So as you know yesterday we went to the woodyard and got the wood to finish her kitchen units and this morning I did it.

I have this sort of brain that works out the solution to the problem and one pack of timber i.e. two four meter lengths would do the first cupboard that she needed doing...The backing had come away and didn't look good so a little titivatin and it was what she wanted.  She went off to do her stuff for the village and I waited for her return.  I'd emptied the cupboards ready but I wanted her to see how easy it was to reback the unit...

I sawed away with a saw that I believe was past it's sell by date  but the job was done....She was pleased and now she knows how simple it is to use tongue and groove to get the jon done.

Back to mine for three thirty more or less...Avatar was cementing the uprights on her wall so that the cows couldn't manage to break through.....There was a lot of activity in the road when I arrived....One of the other lady's cows was being a bit of a mare so to speak...didn't want to go home.  Eventually is was all sorted....

Fire going, wood in for the next few days...rumour has it has that we have snow....it's dropping something but I know not what...I think the morning will reveal all...LN...It's all happening now that I'm back...I will keep you updated...LN






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Saturday 27th December

Caught a lovely film late last night...Victoria Wood with Michael Ball staring....I saw the documentary about the making of it and remembered in time to catch it although it was late for me.  

Seven start this morning and it was sleeting but nothing stuck although there was snow on them there hills over Momchilgrad  Poached eggs on toast for breakfast to keep hunger at bay and got the wood in and a good fire going and on to the computer to catch up with all the Daily Mail sudoku that I'd not got round to over the holiday.  Next thing there's a knocking on my door and I realised that I'm still in my PJ's at ten thirty but it was Remsier to tell me that her son is coming out of hospital on Monday and asking me how much the photos were that I'd printed and framed for a neighbour.  Nothing ...it's Christmas.  She also wanted to thank me for her christmas bag of goodies...shes' one of the four recipients.

Sleet cleared away eventually and it turned into quite a nice afternoon but then the temperature dropped.  The rain on the terrace turned to ice and tonight it's a clear with a crescent moon still but it's supposed to go down to minus nine so the fire will be banked up tonight.  I was just nodding off nicely this afternoon and the home phone started ringing and it was a recorded message telling me that I was using it out of my home zone and that my service would be suspended....so onto their help desk to advise them that it hadn't moved from the table let alone the house and that I was fed up of their stupid calls.....'we will make the necessary corrections to the service'....well thanks.  Back to my book and finished another Michael Connelly.....but think I'm going back to Travis for a while.

Supper is the remains of the chicken with some onions and rice and it should be just about ready now.  There's still half a bottle of Pinotage from the other night and it might be worth a trip into Billa for a few more bottles....it's very mellow.  LN.....I hear the wine calling me from the kitchen along with the chicken...LN



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Sunday 28th December

Cancelled my visit to my student...I've picked up the Librarian's cold and sniffles and I' didn't feel sociable today...Woke up at six thirty, morning worth recording and I posted on FB and some of the other sites that I visit and laid into breakfast of fried egg and bacon.   Lit the fire in the kitchen and at last worked it out...it needs small wood and lots of it and now that the chimney is warm...it's going like a dream.  I have a bit log going on the biggie and my house is toastie....

This afternoon has been watching TV and now I'm in to ET.  I remember the first time I saw this...the children and myself in Peterborough with a special friend....long gone may I add but good while it lasted.   So I've just taken paracetamol and phoned the Librarian to see what her remedy is and she said Mastica so I'm on my second and ever hopeful.

Tomorrow I have to take the Beast to the garage....something I will tell you about later.....it involved me and a cow...a big one...!!

Six thirty my time...ET's back on so I'm off to watch it...sneezing all the way...LN....I'm hoping it will be all over by tomorrow....



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Monday 29th December

So my cold is really rocketing today.  You know the feeling when your nose is stuffed up and you can't breath and the fleshy bit at the back of your throat is so swollen that you feel that you are suffocating. I've been on aspirin all day but nothing seems to have lifted it.

Not a cold start to the day...there was a tremendous thunderstorm last night and it bucketed it down and if the temperature had been lower I think I'd have got snowed in.  As it stands, we're still waiting.  Princess informs me that we are going to get dropped on on Wednesday and despite the snow dance she's done....it looks like she has to go back to school next week.  

So the internet has been off most of the day with the resolving host problem and I'm was thinking that the antenna was frozen and snapped off but it's back up this evening.  I'm hoping that I manage to get this posted and no more downtime.  I put the Beast back in the garage realising that there was no way I was going to get it into the garage in Djebel today and I've tucket Beauty pretty close to it in case it snows tonight.  I curled up for the rest of the afternoon with the Kindle until I heard a cow that seemed pretty close and looked at the back garden and I had about fifteen munching everything in sight.  I was out with my stick and couldn't see a break in the fence where they'd got in so I phoned Bekir  to contact Semile to tell him to get them out of my garden.  By the time I'd herded them one way they had escaped in the other direction but the lady with the garden next to mine came over and solved the problem as to where they'd got in.  They'd breached her fence, crossed her garden and come down the old wall and into mine so that's why I couldn't see a hole.  Now she has cows and we managed to get them out between us just as the herdsman was heading up the road.  She'd mended the hole in her fence so that should be the end of it.  Problem is if they don't feed them enough hay they're hungry so they're driven to break through.

Back to the sofa and the book, another aspirin and I'm taking to my bed as soon as I've finished this.  Lovely skies today both morning and late evening....the sunset on the Momchilgrad mountains was beautiful with the sun shining on the windows of the houses.   Nothing for supper.  I seem to remember my mother saying that you should feed a cold and starve a fever....but if you're running a temperature with a cold...I'll settle on giving my digestive system a break.  So....shower and bed...LN.....it's only half seven my time but I want to rest my aching body...LN



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Tuesday 30th December

Slept OK apart from the fact that I could hardly breath through this blessed cold but woke at six, fire still going to topped it up and it's been chugging along nicely all day.  I've decided to feed this cold so three eggs scrambled and on toast  this morning, rang the garage to see how busy they were so that I could get the Beast sorted.  I was there for just before nine thirty and they were hugging the woodburner in the garage and the brother was working on his car...no patrons...it was minus five when I set off and minus five in the town.  I explained that it was all to do with a cow that I didn't see because the sun was shining in my eyes and I braked but clobbered it.  It got up and walked away, my engine was still going so I carried on to the Librarians on Christmas Eve and viewed the damage when I arrived.  There was surprisingly little.  The Bull bars had done what they were supposed to do but I couldn't open the bonnet and the oil light was flickering so hence the visit to the garage.  

I described the happening, they both laughed but the garage owner went and started his jeep, attached two lengths of strong webbing, stuck some blocks under my front tyres and then attached it to his jeep....About thirty seconds later, there was a pop and everything was back in place...oil topped up and ready to go.  I asked him how much and he said nothing so I emptied out the change in my purse and said 'cafe' and he said OK.  I really don't like paying nothing.  Went in to see his wife in the shop and received my present and she said that she was sorry it was so small and I laughed because when I'd dropped their presents off the son had said that mine was very small and they thought it was bigger.  It's a book and apparently on the internet it looked as if it was an A$ size and it turned out to be a pocket size.  Hidden places of Bulgaria...very interesting.  She also gave me local herbs to make tea to fight off my cold but I added lemons and brandy to my shopping list just to make sure.

Haciber came round bearing gifts...she doesn't like to receive without giving and she plonked her backside against the wood burner commenting how warm it was in the house and it is.  Supper tonight was two spare rib chops but my eyes were definitely bigger so I have enough veg for a breakfast omelette.  Just after six thirty my time, cosied in and waiting for the snow flurries that have been promised but not materialised and the moon is up high in the sky and nothing.  Destined to be cold tomorrow again and more snow flurries...yeah!!  LN...I'll post pictures if it happens..LN



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Wednesday 31st December

The 'flurry' arrived and it's still 'flurrying' but getting blown everywhere.  Minus ten outside but plus eighteen in and both fires are going.  Bit of a bummer...the automatic off switch on the kettle has just given up the ghost so that means an altercation with the shop over a Bulgarian guarantee.  I know, I've had it a couple of months and I've used it but the guarantee is supposed to cover that....Wrong....

Keep doing that rain dance Princess and what do you do to make it stop?.....



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Hope you have a great new year in 2015 Elsa, all the best! No partying for me tonight though , just a quiet night in with my kids
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Thanks Tabs and to my family and all my friends on here....I'd like to wish you all a Happy New Year and may it bring everything that you wish for....health, wealth and happiness.  Tall order but let's keep our fingers and everything else crossed.....Here's to 2015...



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