Making a List and Checking it Twice & the list includes C4C


3.6kg Pork Shoulder for cooking in BBQ – Check,  5kg Turkey for the Oven – Check,  4kg Ham – cold – Check

Milk, butter, cranberry sauce, flour, basil, parsley, pancetta, bread, onions, cream, eggs, nutmeg, potatoes, pumpkin, peas, chicken stock, pine nuts, bread.


2 bottles strawberry champagne, 2 bottles white, 4 bottles red, 3 bottles spirits – 1 for egg nog. Lemonade, flavoured mineral water, fruit juices.


New white tablecloths x 2, new red cloth napkins x 12, chocolates as centre piece in middle of napkin (as I had to fold them into a flower – which may I say took forever!). Set of new wine glasses, set of new glass tumblers, glasses to put Christmas decorations in for table, candles red, green and white. New jug for egg nog.

I am sure there will be something I have forgotten. How many lists have you made, how many times have you checked them and how many times have you forgotten things?

The tables have already been set here – 1 job done, the meats are in the fridge, the bags of ice for the drinks in the freezer, the ice-cube trays filled in the freezer. Tomorrow we vacuum the floors and wash the floors, we clean the toilet (probably not for the last time). We move some furniture for easier access for our elderly parents. We wash the front step, we clean out on the deck (just in case someone wants to go outside). We have dusted the wooden venetians inside, we have trimmed the ferns, mowed the lawn, did the weeding, empty bins (recycled and rubbish).

We have cleaned showers and vanity basins. Tomorrow I make the egg-nog, tomorrow I make the stuffing for the turkey. Tomorrow I go through every on the lists and make sure that I have everything….

It’s relaxation leading up to Christmas Day isn’t it??

On a more Serious Note:

To close,  I had reposted previously from ruleofstupid  – in case any of you have not seen this please read the below and see if you can help, you would have to let Mr. Panda know straight away if you can volunteer any of your time on Christmas Day for this worthy cause.

C4C is an idea from a blogger (ruleofstupid). RoS used to work with people separated from families, and they always struggled most around Christmas time. Being alone is much harder when all the seasonal TV and media push the image of happy families and picture postcard lives, however unrealistic a lot of it may be. People often feel like everyone is happy and together, so who wants to hear someone being unhappy?! It can be hard to reach out. So RoS started this Blog, to see if maybe some fellow bloggers would be there to talk to around Christmas for others who are separated from loved ones.

So yes, even though I have all the trimmings and the food and the creature comforts,and privileged to have my family around me on Christmas Day, others are not so privileged.

Some people do not have ones that love them or indeed care for them. Some will sit in a lonely place and hope for someone, anyone to hear their small cry for help, for some attention and for some much needed Christmas love.

Perhaps they are widow’s or widowers, or from a family torn apart, for whatever the reason being lonely is terrible enough, but being lonely at Christmas is heart breaking.

We all will be busy and run off our feet on Christmas Day, but perhaps you can devote a little time to this cause?

I will be.

Remember whilst you are having this….

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Others are having this…

“The psychological impact of having nobody to talk to or express concern about you is bad enough. But what has also had a profound impact on us is the medical research which shows loneliness has a major impact on physical health too. Credit Pic

Thank you


180th Post

10 Days until Bloggers give serious love :-)

Reblogged from ruleofstupid

10 days until Bloggers give serious love 🙂

10 days until Bloggers give serious love 🙂

Hello all you lovely people. Here follows some Oscar speech style blubbering followed by must do next steps for those offering help!

C4C is actually working!!

When I had the idea I first dismissed it as another silly and unrealistic pipe-dream. Then my goodly wife said I should try it, she felt it was worth a shot. And now here we are!

C4C has 10 confirmed volunteers, 3 offers waiting to accept their invites, 23 followers and 5 bloggers who have said they will help by watching the chats happen and joining in.

Thank you!

I owe so many thanks and I fear I’m bound to miss some. I hope they will understand, it’s been harder to keep track of it all than I imagined :) But I certainly want to thank everyone who is following C4C, and those who have re-blogged my posts about the project.

A special thanks goes to Rarasaur, who not only reblogged, but also put a whole post together specially to spread the word. That day C4C got a sudden stats leap, so it clearly worked! Thanks Rara!

Offering company for Christmas

Offering company for Christmas

Many people have also put this badge on their site from myhome page. It’s very weird to see my idea dotted all about like this – can’t quite believe it.

Still gushing nonsense over with there are some practical bits.

We will be off and running Dec 25th, so followers, editors and friends please give it one last push to let everyone we can know, then simply join us when you can :)

Don’t forget, only invited editors can start and moderate conversations. You might be able to join in, but please be sensitive to whether you’re interrupting or welcome to join. If you want to help as an editor, leave a comment on C4C or Ruleofstupid.

See you at Christmas :D

The rest is for volunteers.

Could those who have not accepted invites please do so (list below), or let me know if they can’t help out. No judgement here if you need to withdraw, xmas is busy and not everyone can spare time however much they may have wanted to.

Could volunteers fill in a time slot if they haven’t yet. I have tried to simplify the timesheet after some suggestions, but it’s going to be a bit difficult what with being a world-wide ‘event’. Hope you can bear with it!

I think we should have a dry run, so that we can see if it works and how it works best. Since we have enough volunteers, can I ask that you see who’s in your time-zone and experiment with chat to see how it goes? I suggest Sunday, just to give people a target? But you could invite any fellow blogger, log in to C4C and ask them to try acting as an invitee.

Finally – any suggestions? This is a totally new idea for me. I’ve only been blogging 3 months so I’m no expert at all. All suggestions welcome. I started it, but I’m not precious about ‘owning’ the idea or being the boss!

I think that’s it. A big thank you again to everyone who has helped turn a silly notion into an inspired idea – you are awesome (dude, I mean, totes respect!)

Those confirmed invites are:

Changeforbetterme – Doggysstyle

Jasonwrites – Faceatthewindow

jaschmehl – myspokenheart

rhinohouse – susandanielseden


Unconfirmed invites are:

Notquitealice – Patcegan



I have now joined – please join us!!!!!!