It's still pretty cold here, though a bit warmer than it was over the weekend. It's more around the temperature I can happily put up with so long as I have a nice, warm dressing gown or blanket to snuggle in to. Something like 6 C (which is somewhere around 40 F). Kero and I never made it out for a walk today though. Not because of the weather, but because I was so busy doing other things that I never got around to it.
We've got most of our Christmas decorations up now. I was going to leave them until a bit closer to Christmas this year, but I've been wrapping presents and wasn't sure what to do with them without having a tree to put them under. So, I figured I'd get the tree out. Of course, to get the tree out I had to pull out the other decorations too (they were in front of it, and - in some cases - on top of it in the crawl space in our room) so I figured I might as well make a start on getting those up too... Since they were out. There are still some not yet put up, but they can wait until tomorrow or something. When all the decorations are up I'll get Kelly or my Mam to take some photos for me to post on here for you all to see. After all, I know how you all love pictures of things. ;)
Advent calenders started yesterday. I nearly didn't bother this year. I love my advent calender and having a little chocolate each day while counting the days to Christmas - I always have - but the reason I almost didn't bother was that last year I had to have someone find the doors for me, and that takes half the fun out of it. But my Mam came up with a fantastic idea. We put braille letters on the doors with my braille labeler (the one I use to label my CDs and movies) so I can find the door. We used letters because they take up a little less room and the doors aren't all that big. It's one of those "each letter corresponds to a number" things. You know? A = 1, B = 2... Etc, etc.
The other thing that started yesterday was our new recycling scheme. The only issue I'm having with it is that I'd like to know where they expect us to store all these bins. There's a "compostable items" bin, the "non recyclables" bin, and the two "recyclables" bins. Yes, I did say TWO. They just gave us some blue bags for recyclables, but according to their letter they want paper kept seporate from everything else "to make things easier for the workers." Fine... I get that it's easier, but... Where are we meant to keep the bins with these bags in while we're putting stuff in them? Our kitchen may be a tidy size, but we do have other stuff in it too! *Sigh* Oh well, I guess we'll get used to having a bin collection in our kitchen.
We're getting closer to finishing the Christmas shopping. I'd have liked this week to be the last week where we needed to do any Christmas shopping, but it wont be. We still need to get my Grandad's Christmas presents, and a couple of other little bits and pieces. Plus there's the fact that my present from Kelly is "temporarily out of stock" so I might be waiting until after Christmas for it. I know what it is because I chose it myself. I'm not telling though. Will tell you either when I'm telling you what I got for Christmas or - if I do end up waiting for it - when I get it.
We've got most of the stuff for the baking I'm going to be doing with my Mam a couple of days before Christmas (we're making cookies and mince pies) and we've got most of what we'll need for the buffet we're doing Boxing Day too. Just a couple of bits to get, which we'll hopefully get next week. It's all stuff that either freezes or keeps well, so we can make sure to have it before everyone starts their mad "let's grab last minute party supplies" rush... Which will be starting in about two weeks time.
I think that covers everything... Enjoy the rest of your day! :)