Well, what an end to the year we´ve had here Up The Mountain.
First of all, young Master Alfi, shaggy pup extraordinaire, runs under the wheels of Fish Man´s Van, but you´ve heard all about that already.
This was followed by a wonderful couple of days over Christmas with my parents, Big Man´s family, and way too much food and drink.
Then the first little disaster struck in the form of a terrible stomach virus which we are all still struggling to recover from today. Hey ho, at least we didn´t put on weight and I still have a larder full of goodies to see us through a few weeks.
The most dramatic turn came on New Year´s Eve when my dad got taken into hospital suffering from a lung infection. It was all rather scary for everyone, but after an entire day on drips and antibiotics he brightened up immensely and was allowed out, but only under condition that he took things quietly. Supper was boiled rice and broth for him, and we officially declared 2012 at about 10pm when we ate our grapes, banged a saucepan with a wooden spoon and tucked him and my exhausted mum up in bed. Am giving huge thanks that it was quickly sorted and he is now on the mend.
At midnight, Big Man and I quietly celebrated again, so hopefully we´re due a double dose of good luck this year as we each ate 24 grapes that night!
Master Alfi then took a little turn for the worse, but now seems to have perked up. Phew…not a few days I am likely to forget in a hurry.
All the drama-ramas aside, we did have a lovely time together and had plenty of fun too.
And awards….well, I was stunned and grateful to be given so many lovely awards over the Christmas period. Time now to “say thank you nicely” as my mum taught me to do.
First off The Versatile Blogger Award. Sandra and Kathy, two friends separated by many miles awarded me this, thanks ladies! Do check out their blog – I know you´ll love it. The lovely Antoinette, otherwise known as Spree also awarded me the VBA – what an honour! I´m still a fairly new reader of her blog, so join me in discovering all her wonderful posts. And this where I now have to make an embarrassing confession. I was also given this award by 2 or 3 other blogging pals. Sensibly I wrote the names of my kind awarders down on a piece of paper. You know where I am going with this don´t you? In a fit of Christmas helpfulness, lots of wrapping paper got thrown on the fire. I can only think that this was the destiny of my list. I am very ashamed that I can´t say a personal thank you to the very kind folk who nominated me…but to each and every one of you, I am humbled and grateful. Thank you.
As I think I am already dumping a load of information on you, check out my previous answers here.
Now we come to the Reader Appreciation Award, passed on to me by ChgoJohn, surely a long lost Italian cousin. Thank you John…you know I love your blog and am dying to pop on over one day and sit down with you and Zia and tuck into a plate of pasta and have a game of cards over a bottle of wine!
The “rules” of this award are posted here, but I am going to break them! I can´t pick out 6 people – far too few! But I have updated my Blogroll finally and say that each and every one of you on there is deserving of this award in my (not so) humble opinion. Yay – let´s party and celebrate!
I wanted to end with a chuckle, so as we haven´t yet got to the Christmas celebration of the 3 Kings on 6th January, have a little read of this story which relates the adventures of my very first Christmas out here with Big Man. Thankfully, it was a little less full of drama…
My love and good wishes to you all, because without my readers and commenters I´d just be talking to myself… and that´s not always a good thing!