A Truly Madly Ordinary Winter Holidays Start

Five days in Italy for a pre-Christmas visit, five kilos gained and five thousand km driven moving from a relative’s house to another. Once Back to Ireland, we stayed on the number five for another couple of days: five baskets of laundry to do and five hours straight of cleaning after the house has been inhabited only by the travelling husband and the two dogs. I must admit that the thought of them lonely and barely surviving in junk food had crossed my mind and poisoned my conscience with guilt; but only for a second because the amount of crumble I found on the kitchen sofa and under it and smashed and stack on my lovey velvet cushions gave me a totally different image of the three of them. I clearly pictured them snacking away all day in front of the tv, and it took me just one look at the empty fridge and pantry to know I was right.
Of course busy carousing neither the traveling husband nor Kurt or Clara had thought about Goldyboy, the fish. The poor creature, when I went to feed him, nearly jumped out the tank with a piranha style pirouette in the attempt to eat my finger along with his flakes. He had not eaten for the whole time me and girls were away!

It has been a challenge but the house is back to its normal self, the fridge and the pantry are filled with food and the Christmas tree base is cramped with gifts.
Everything is set and ready, for another quiet christmas in our own home and with our own traditions.
And talking about tradition, it is now time to go and watch “love actually”, as in this house it is not Christmas without it.

I apologise if I disappointed my audience with an unusually short post and, let’s face it, quite crap too🤷🏻‍♀️. I promise the next one will be longer and more entertaining; in the meanwhile I send all my WP friends a warm hug: Happy Christmas everybody, whatever it means for you.🎄



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  1. And a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  2. Happy Christmas Ortensia 😄

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  3. Wishing a Joyous Christmas to you and your loved ones!

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  4. Merry Christmas to you too and the family. Hope you have a magical one ❤

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  5. Nice to come home and put your feet up, isn’t it Ortensia ? Ooops, That didn’t quite work out, did it ? Anyway, Merry Christmas to you and your family my friend. Love from Graz. Ralph xox ❤

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  6. And a very merry Christmas to you, too. Tell the traveling husband that it is his turn to spoil you. Sending hugs and love 🤗❤️🤗❤️🤗 to you and my little fur-friends. 🙂

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  7. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! Hugs to all of you!🎄🎁🎀

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  8. Good movie. My wife turned me on to it.

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  9. Happy Christmas! Merry Christmas! Joyful Christmas! Haphazard Christmas! Take your pick and write about your holiday when you have time.

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  10. Buon Natale amica mia! 🙂

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  11. Happy Xmas & new year! Seems everything is set…hopefully next post is about the Xmas food? 🍫🎻🕺Sorry for the late arrival here 😅 I had a flu…the perfect way to spend holiday 🧐

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  12. Happy Holidays ear-and that is one lucky fish!

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  13. Poor Goldyboy! Funny story but glad the fish survived though. Wishing you a happy 2019 filled with joy, love and success. And peace… Uhmm – Wonder If that is really possible for you. 😉 Hugs. xoxo

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  14. Happy Christmas Ortensia – husbands eh? Laughed out loud at the goldfish bit.

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  15. Poor little fish! Imagine how he felt while watching the three of them eating that much 😊

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  16. I would love to visit Italy, especially Rome.

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  17. Happy Holiday, Ortensia! 🙂

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  18. We have three dogs, too. Only one has ever learned to open the fridge. Had to put a lock on it and child proof the cupboards and cabinets.

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  19. That sounds like the ideal Christmas you had with your family 😊

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  20. Sounds like five was the magic number this time around 🙂 Your posts are all great. They tell life as it’s happening, real and pure 🙂

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