It’s nearly Christmas! How’s your Christmas shopping going?
I don’t like shopping centres much anymore. Even before Covid I didn’t like them, but with Covid in our lives, more-so now. It’s the wrangling for a carpark, the crowds, the noise, and when you don’t go there much anymore – there’s the trying to find the store you’re looking for in a huge, multi-level shopping centre! I’m not a typical female because I really do not like shopping. I love to buy & get new stuff but I don’t enjoy browsing around shops or trying on a heap of clothes. If I do go to a shopping centre, I like to go knowing exactly what I want, which shops I need to go to, and then get what I want and get out of there ASAP. I used to spend a whole day at our closest big Westfield shopping centre every year leading up to every Christmas. I’d knock off most of my Christmas shopping and treat myself to some lunch out. I can’t bare the thought of that now. A whole day in a shopping centre carrying around a heap of bags (and the rest – see above). Nope. No thank you.
Online Shopping & Parcel Deliveries
Nowadays I adore online shopping. It suits my needs perfectly. I can browse from the comfort of my own home, take time out from it whenever I want, and come back to it when it suits me. Once I’ve found what I’d like, it’s a simple matter of clicking a few keystrokes and voila … done! Then I can track the progress and await delivery. No crowds. No fighting for a car park or paying for a carpark! No carrying around heavy bags that cut off the circulation in your fingers. No getting lost and having to use those information machines to find the store I want. No loud annoying music. No anxiety. More ability to support local business!
So I’ve had quite a few parcels to arrive. So many in fact that I made a list to keep track! Most of my Christmas shopping is done now – browse, browse, click, click … done! I’ve only needed to physically visit a few local shops and the rest I’ve managed to purchase from the comfort of my own home.
Christmas Trees & Cats
On the subject of Christmas, I’m very late to the putting up the tree and decorating the house party. The reason for this is that we have a very HUGE Christmas tree and the one spot where it can fit and where it usually goes now contains cat trees and is in the room where the cats sleep overnight. There is no other space in the house big enough for the tree. So, the solution I finally came up with (for this year anyway) is to purchase a wee little tree and place it on the coffee table in the lounge room. This is a room where the cats are not allowed. The coffee table is big enough that presents will fit around the wee little Christmas tree too. I bought some battery powered lights and decorated it and voila! While I was at it, I popped the wreath on the front door and some decorations around the rest of the house where it was ‘cat safe’ to do so.
While I was putting up the wee little tree and decorating the house it got me thinking about Christmas spirit. Christmas Spirit is a ‘feeling’ we get but what brings this feeling to us? Is it things like Christmas decorations, the Christmas tree, Christmas lights and Christmas carols that bring it to us, or is it something else? I’m sure it is probably different for us all but anyway I’ve been wondering what conjures the Christmas Spirit for each of us so I’ll ask the question again at the end of this post and I’ll be interested to hear every thought on the subject!
Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart ~ “The Polar Express”
Summer is Back!
So the aircon is back in daily use! Summer is here! I’ve even been in the pool twice (I’ll get in more when things settle down and I don’t have so much to do)! I don’t like being hot. I don’t like humidity. I do like floating around in the pool, and I am ever so grateful for it and our lovely ducted aircon when summer rolls around.
As I type this it’s dark and gloomy and I can hear distant rumbles of thunder. Storms are on the way. Yep – this is summer in Brisbane!
I have a heap of travel posts that I’ve not completed. The main reason being I.TAKE.SO.MANY.PHOTOS!! Said photos are taken on my DSLR camera and thus need to be edited. Then there’s all the ones I take with my phone too! Sitting at the computer scrolling through hundreds and hundreds of images deciding which ones are worthy of editing and then editing them just somehow doesn’t seem to appeal to me (hence why I gave up on the being a photographer idea). BUT … I’m determined to get these posts done. So during 2021 expect to see:
- The final few posts from my 2015 trip to Tasmania (which I never got around to)
- A post on our few days up in the Bunya Mountains in 2017
- More posts on our very brief trip to Perth in 2017
- More posts from our Melbourne & Great Ocean Road trip in 2018
- A post on our 2020 post lockdown trip to Ballandean (near Stanthorpe) here in Queensland
- and there’s probably more!
There’s a lesson here. Stop taking so many photos Min! You take a heap of the one thing trying to get perfection. In the end you have too many photos and become so overwhelmed they never see the light of day. Just saying!
I’ll be posting my final 2020 Taking Stock post next week and in fact that will be my final post for 2020 and then I’ll be taking a bit of a break over the Christmas/New Year period. I’m not sure exactly when or what date my first 2021 post will be but we will all find out together in due course! Meanwhile, I’m not gone yet! I’ll be back next week!
What brings the Christmas Spirit to you? Do you like shopping? Do you have a cat and a Christmas tree? Please tell me all I need to know!
Ciao for now