Royal Mail Elastic bands harm hedgehogs. If my British followers could sign the below petition I'd be really grateful.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/413/275/845/discarded-elastic-bands-harm-hedgehogs/?z00m=21391524&redirectID=1441386407

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23 Dec 2009

TWAS THE NIGHT .......


Good morning/afternoon/evening to you all from another cold, icy day here in the North East Of England.
Only another two days to go for those of us who celebrate Christmas. Funny how this being somewhat challenged in the mobility department changes how you view this time of year. Once-upon-a-time I was rushing round like there was no tomorrow (I can see so many of you nodding your heads), trying to be superwoman, making sure the house was spotless (I swear you could have operated on the kitchen work-tops), the cards were written, the presents bought and so on. How that has all changed. Now I do what I can, as does Husband dearest (thank goodness for him), and as for the rest? Well it gets done eventually. Not that I don't get frustrated because I do but when this happens I take a deep breath, count to 10 (OK so it's generally nearer 30, sometimes 50) and remind myself that it's only ONE day. Much more important is that I'm 'fit' and well enough to spend it with those nearest and dearest.
Anyway ..... it's Wednesday so I'm off to Cara at OOH ...... BOOKS! for a spot of FreeVerse. Care to join me?
This week, along with some chocolate brownies, I'm taking along two poems - both of them re-writes of that wonderful poem 'The Night Before Christmas'. The first one, 'THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS', comes courtesy of the talented UberGrumpy whilst the second, 'A PARENT'S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS', Pooter and I found on the Internet. Simply click on the links and away you go. (Apologies that I have posted them directly but, for one thing, they are too long and, for another, I don't want a repeat performance of the 'spacing' incident that I had last week.)

10 comments:

Mary said...

I like the "breathe and count" method of dealing with holiday prep. Works for me (when I actually remember to do it)...

Nina said...

Great holliday post, i love 'The Night Before Christmas'!! :)

Vivienne said...

As far as Christmas goes, I am done. There are loads of things I should do, but I can't be bothered. I am going to sit down and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie and enjoy the festive period. Have a lovely Christmas.

Melissa (My World) said...

Love the poem 'A Parent's Night Before Christmas'. This is sooo true. I do have to say I remembered to get the batteries this year... I think I have the right sizes. I guess I better double check again tonight.

Thanks for sharing these great poems.

Happy holidays!

Kelly said...

Cute variations on the original!

I'm ready and looking forward to the celebration. At this point in life we do the majority of it on Christmas Eve.

I'll probably get back here tomorrow morning, but if not.... a very Merry Christmas to you and your husband!

Cara Powers said...

I don't understand the title of UberGrumpy's poem. Is it supposed to be ironic?

Jenners said...

I think both of them were fun. I thought of trying to do a parody of this poem myself but it was really hard ... so I admire them all the more for what they pulled off!

Happy Holidays!!!

tattytiara said...

The day it occurred to me that when I looked back on my life, the tidiness of my house wasn't going to be what I was looking for, was a very good day. I hope you enjoy a very relaxed, peaceful and happy Christmas!

Tina said...

You always give us something good! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
love, Tina

....Petty Witter said...

Welcome to tattytiara. Sorry I've been so long in replying, what with an ill Pooter and a small matter of something called Christmas, life has been rather hectic.