Cooking Christmas in the New House

I’m on holidays! I have three days off this week making a whole week off work with the public holidays. Yee-ha! I love being on holiday. I’m very good at being on holiday. Especially when there is cricket to watch, wine to drink and a comfy chair, beach or couch to relax on.
Bring it on!XmasAtLilys_FB_1
Christmas this year is our first one in the new house. My mum, sister and her family are all coming for Christmas lunch. There will be champagne, pork, ham and yummy salads and I’m making icecream cake. Because: icecream cake!
But it’s been a very strange lead-up to Christmas in Chez Malone. First: the entire family have been sick in the last week with colds and hubby this morning has seen the doc and his ‘man-flu’ has graduated to pneumonia! So he’s on penicillin to try to knock it on the head. We have been the house of snotty noses, high temperatures and barking coughs long into the night.
I did my Christmas shopping early and I thought I had it all under control, but then last night I was wrapping away and I have come to think that I’ve short-changed one son on his santa list compared with the other… so I’m not quite finished, I just have a little bit more to do.
Also, I need more wrapping paper. How smart are kids these days? I’ve been very careful to wrap the ‘Santa’ presents in different wrapping paper to those for the family…
I have two Secret Santa presents to buy for a Christmas Eve party near where I live.

For my mum, I bought two bookish presents: Thornwood House by Anna Romer and Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Hubs got the first two seasons of Breaking Bad which we’ve been meaning to watch for a long time and have never got around to.

As for me? I am getting a bike!
This is very exciting. It’s a loooonnnggg time since I’ve ridden a bike. I usually walk everywhere close, including to work, and for exercise. Now that my boys are bike riding without training wheels and can be reasonably reliably relied upon not to crash, I need something faster than feet to keep up with them. I hope the bike arrives before Christmas 🙂
It’s such an expensive time of year, Christmas. In all the commercialism, I plan to enjoy the holiday and the time with loved ones. I cannot believe the disasters that finished 2014: Sydney Seige, Cairns, Pakistan… all the terrorist hotspots in the world, Ebola, and ongoing atrocities – I think the world will breathe a sigh of relief to see 2014 disappear and may well hope for brightness in 2015. I wish I had confidence that the brightness will come… but everything is so incredibly F***ed Up… I don’t know which way peace lies.
Hopefully it’s inside everyone, somewhere, and responses like #IllRideWithYou might lead the way.
So for Christmas I wish you a happy time with your loved ones and friends, doing those things you love best. And for the new year I wish you peace and tolerance, and all the simple things.

4 thoughts on “Cooking Christmas in the New House”

  1. Merry Christmas to you, too, Lily. Bad things are going on in the world—always have, always will. But, as you’ve pointed out, there are good people here, too.
    I’m looking forward to reading the bigger, better ‘Fairway’ when it’s published and I’m so thrilled for you that someone’s picked it up. I knew as I read it that I was in the hands of a ‘pro’.
    2014 has had its ups and downs for me, too, but one of the good things was becoming friends with you.
    Hope all the lurgies have disappeared and your Christmas is filled with peace, happiness, and champagne!

  2. Awww, that’s just a beautiful thing to say, Louise – thank you! There’s a lovely writing community everywhere you look I think, and our West Australian one feels very special too. I hope we can synchronise watches and catch up in May at the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival – that would be good fun. I’m sure you’re still on cloud 9 with the TAG Hungerford… I hope you don’t have to wait too long into 2015 to find out the result, and to find out more for Ida’s Children and what lies ahead with your book.
    I’m supposed to have edits soon for Fairway and it’s a Perth editor who I’ll be working with. Will be interesting to see what a fresh pair of eyes picks up. I just hope she likes the ‘Moses’ line… I think that’s become my favourite in the book.

    Cheers & best wishes

  3. Hi Lily,
    That’s awful that you’ve all been sick in the leadup to Christmas. I hope all lurgies leave quickly!

    Hope your shopping is painless and you get your bike before the big day! I can just see you and the kids off exploring places in your bike convoy!

    Best wishes to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2015!!

    Thanks for your friendship and support all year. It sure makes this writing game less lonely and isolating!

    Love Cate xox

    1. Thanks for being a wonderful visitor here, and a great fun writing and blogging friend. You’re right about the “less lonely and isolating”… Happy Christmas lovely Cate.

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