Jumbled thoughts in this old head....have I remembered all the gifts I had to buy? Of course there are still a couple I have to try and find. I dread going to the shops as I am having so much trouble walking more than 100 yards without my stupid back playing up. Nevertheless, with my trusty walker (the one with the seat) I will venture out next week in an endeavour to tie up loose ends. I rather liked the look of this suggestion of free gifts for Christmas. We can all give these gifts without monetary cost as they are gifts of goodwill to others; gifts we should give readily without a second thought.
I also have a few more cards to write and post. What do you do? Do you write and send cards from your list or do you wait until you receive cards and then send one in return? I am sure people have different ways of handling the Christmas card thingie. Going through my address book the other day I was saddened as there were a few names I had to cross off...people no longer with us, in particular two penfriends I've not heard of for a year or more. It's times like Christmas that we stop and think of loved ones, both family and friends, with whom we once shared the holiday season. Some still feel so close at times, almost as though they never left.
One of the Secret Santa wants was for a book store voucher. I thought to make it simpler for Phil to carry out this wish by ordering said voucher on line but no. I logged on to Dymock's website and where you order vouchers you can either send it by email to the recipient or have it delivered to their door. The other alternative is to order one for oneself. Fat lot of good that is if you actually want to place the voucher as a gift in a card. Fortunately Phil said not to worry as he had to go to Garden City with a Medicare claim so two birds with one stone taken care of.
The other voucher I wanted was for our two little great-granddaughters so they could go with their parents to Aqwa. On their website I was able to pay for the voucher with PayPal (which method of payment I prefer) and download the voucher as a PDF. Done so easily.
I don't know if I mentioned it or not but recently I bought a new printer and although it is a Canon (I always buy that brand) some of the settings were different this time. I didn't want to print out a lot of colour but couldn't find a way of changing the setting. I messed around for several minutes without any luck and just as I was about to give up when there at the bottom of the little window was the word 'greyscale'. Wonderful....clicked on that and get a perfect black and white print. Shows I am not always a dodo with computers or was this just sheer luck?
It is hotting up here and we have a forecast for next Wednesday of 39C (102F). That will be on the 21st and I am hoping it will gradually cool down before the 25th. Fingers crossed that will be so. I've often noticed if we have a cool Christmas then we will have a hot new year which usually means a hot birthday for me. Oh well, can't do a darned thing about it but just hope. Finger, needless to say, are crossed!!
P.S. Have you noticed there is no mention of Christmas on our special Australian Christmas stamps this year. As you know, I am not a religious person but it is at this time of year that we celebrate the birth of a very special man. I do hope our government has not decided to omit the word Christmas on our stamps for fear of insulting or annoying anyone. Does anyone have an opinion on this? I have emailed both MP Peter Dutton (who has complained about many schools not having carols and other Christmas celebrations) and also the Prime Minister pointing out that this has the appearance of backing down because of the opinion of some minority groups.