It's been a Getting Things Done kinda few days here... filing away heaps of paper, unpacking (still), getting Margo (who is now 94) off some mailing lists... Margo gets lots of upsetting, heartrending letters from charities saying "Dear Mrs. E, at this time of year, it is more important than ever to protect our poor donkeys/children/blind people/cancer sufferers/etc from freezing to death/going bald/starving so here is a form for you to fill in. Will you give £10 or £20? Simply tick box and send cheque.
These are accompanied with distressing photos of children in various stages of distress, or dying donkeys, or whatever. And there are dozens of them. Sometimes they send a 'Thank You' sheet of stickers or something, ALWAYS with another form to tick and fill because they always need money.
The letters make Margo sad, and she cannot remember that she sent them money just last week so she sends more. Last week I skimmed through her mail and hid over a dozen begging letters in my handbag over the course of the week.
People, if it was one or two, it would be fine, but Margo has obviously got on a charity jackpot mailing list and it's crazy. So I've spent the last few days emailing charities individually, registering Margo on a mail blocking system, and generally making a fuss everywhere. Hopefully this will slow the torrent of charity mail, to a manageable trickle.
still believes in Santa (or, he wants to, which is just as important) so I get to have another year of Santa fun! We'll have lots of cousins around this year who are younger, and Chas and Sam are really good at keeping the magic alive. We're having a BIG solstice party and I'm trying to figure out how to seat sixteen plus... AND, will we have a REAL Christmas tree this year? I'm thinking about it! Any suggestions? How long do they last?
We're really doing our celebrating on the Solstice: Chas and Sam are flying to Trinidad on Christmas Day. They are feeling incredibly grown-up about this! Max and I are staying. This caused many tears, as Max was going to go, but I was staying, and Max said he didn't think I should be all alone on Christmas Day so he would stay and help me take care of Margo, since he did get a Trini holiday in January this year. A sweet act, and a very difficult decision for him. The fact that Santa would not be giving presents to anyone who got a plane ticket helped with the decision of course. I can't tell you what Max is getting for Christmas, because Chasbo and Samwise are DYING TO KNOW! (Hi, guys!) But it's SO cool, and I can't wait to try it out!
So on that jolly note, I'll go make a sustaining stew, such as would sustain some boys when they come in from school and football and whatnot. How are your Christmas plans coming along? Are you celebrating Thanksgiving?