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My Christmas - A Mixed Bat

Christmas was hectic and a bit stumbly, but it turned out all right in the end. I woke about 8am, even though I wanted to sleep in, and went down to make out certificates for part of my DH’s Christmas gifts. Mine usually consist of admissions to various cultural events or museum exhibits, the ones that he gives to me usually consist of $20 for a DVD or book, the annual “extra day off” and his usual annual Uncrab certificate – highly valued.

We had told my father-in-law that we would be by around noon to drop off his gifts. He started phoning us at 8:30am complaining that we were coming too late. By 10am he had already called twice *sigh*. DH and I opened our stockings, but decided to leave the large gifts until after we had seen his father, so we got dressed and went over. My FIL was a total mess – angry, rude, just pissy. It was an experience I could have missed easily, and it upset my poor DH enough that he was in tears going home.

This isn't my Father-in-Law, but not far removed...

After arriving home, we spent a couple of hours decompressing and playing LOTRO, playing the Winterfest and getting the first of the two Winterfest horses that we can. I turned on the oven and when ready, put in the prime rib to cook. DH was finally back on an even keel again, so we opened the larger gifts. I had some wonderful books and, of course, my glass saw. So happy!

Spectrum 18 was one of my gifts. I have most of the series and love them.

So today is DH’s birthday, and I’m going to try everything I possibly can to make it extra special for him because I know that his father will squash things again. Please…someone promise to shoot me if I ever grow into my Father-in-law.
Oh dear! What a shame about your father-in-law. I am so sorry. I am glad you were able to relax later, and I hope today goes smoothly1 {{{hugs}}}
I love him a lot, but I don't love what he's become since aging. He's in his 90's now and is an aged, embittered old man who has nothing nice to say about anyone. My DH drops by there every day to make sure he's doing OK, he gets his groceries, he does whatever he can, and my FIL just spits on him. It's terrible to see and affects my poor DH terribly. My DH is amassing good karma for the future, that's for sure.

Thanks for the hugs, dear one. I send them back to you because I know you've had a difficult Holiday season this year also :-)


- Erulisse (one L)
He's in his 90's now and is an aged, embittered old man who has nothing nice to say about anyone. Oh dear. :( I hope today went better.

I send them back to you because I know you've had a difficult Holiday season this year also :-)

It's not been too bad. Yesterday was quiet and I did a bit of writing and reading. Kev has man flu. XD Mum has been texting most days from Antigua, which sounds wonderful, and it's not cold here, so it could have been worse.
And Kev bought me a long silky black sexy nightdress; I was not sure whether to be flattered or worried!

I'd be flattered. You are a very attractive lady, as I remember from the pics you posted this past summer when you were at the house for a week. I think you'd look stunning in black.

I'm glad your holiday wasn't too bad. I always hope the best for people even though I know how difficult the holidays can be.

My FIL was a bit better yesterday, and actually remembered to give DH a birthday card. DH had a nice birthday, my sister was in town and dropped by to wish him a good birthday along with my nephew, my friends Chickie and Claire also dropped by small gifts and cards, and we had a relaxing evening with Candy Cane pie. I gave him a small iPod for his birthday and he's actually excited about the possibilities of being able to listen to music again. I promised I'd help him learn how to use it on Sunday.

So things are back to normal? Well, back to....pick your descriptive word - LOL. I hope Kev feels better soon.

- Erulisse (one L)
He wanted a Candy Cane Pie (, so I bought that for him this morning and it's in the fridge at work waiting for tonight. I'm giving him an iPod, and hope that it will work for him. He's quite deaf, but used to love music, so I hope that using earphones will allow him to listen to music again. It's worth a try at least. So I hope he has a good birthday, it's so hard to be a Christmas baby.

- Erulisse (one L)
Oh dear - there are advantages to having a mother who prefers to spend Christmas quietly with her dog (not even visitors - she says it gives her the chance to watch what SHE wants on the television!), and in-laws in Australia...

But the rest of your day sounds good. I hope your DH has a good birthday.
It's terrible to say or think, but I'm grateful that he is in his 90's because he can't hang in there forever. But he's just a nasty, mean old man now. He used to be jolly and loving. It's sad to see the change that age has brought on him.

- Erulisse (one L)