I am nearly there! Despite working full time, tackling an embroidery course, training Camilla not to jump on the back of the garden chairs and stare at us through the kitchen window and freak us out big time, I have almost completed the NaNoWriMo challenge. 7646 words to go! Five days to do it! Enough ideas to see me across the winning line without resorting to drivel and waffle. And not a chicken in sight! Except Camilla peering through the kitchen window.
So give me a shove down the slippery slope to 'THE END' and I'll meet you on the author slush pile on 1st December!
In other news, I have finally capitulated and agreed to allow a tumble drier back into the house. We had one years ago, a second hand one, which coughed and spluttered for a couple of years and then died. And since that moment, Winter washing has been dried either on the indoor airer or around the radiators, neither of which are good for keeping the effects of condensation at bay. And with last Winter being very wet, and this Winter shaping up to be the same, we felt a tumble drier was going to be needed if only to stop the wallpaper peeling off the walls and lakes appearing on each window ledge every morning.
I am a great advocate of the outdoor drying of clothes whenever possible for ethical and environmental reasons. The tumble drier is to be used as an emergency solution only and not for the gratuitous warming of bedding, jumpers or underpants just because it is a bit chilly outside. But I admit that it will be nice not to have to do the radiator drying relay for the first Winter in ages.
Baby Elizabeth is almost crawling! Would you believe it? She is eating proper food now, too, can sit up on her own and has just sprouted her first tooth. And Kayleigh has just sprouted her first wobbly tooth! Tooth Fairy alert! Honestly, those girls are growing up so fast and it is wonderful to see it happening.
And (blows a small trumpet fanfare) the tile that came off the roof has finally been replaced. I arrived home from work yesterday at exactly the same time the roofers arrived. I went indoors. They got out their ladder. Andy put the kettle on. They climbed onto the roof. And before that kettle had even boiled the tile was replaced and the builders were in their van and disappearing into the rush hour traffic. Less than five minutes. All that fuss for a job that took less than 5 minutes. Grrrrrr!!!
And that is about it for the moment. I am going to do a little more NaNo writing because it would be fabulous if I could finish before Sunday. But there is a Christmas film on the telly and Andy is making tea, the woodburner is blazing and I've had a busy day so I might just enjoy a slump and a spot of embroidery instead.