Thanks for all your comments about the troll. Having spent many years helping women and children escape domestic abuse I am used to dealing with misogynists like this and have been called every name imaginable so his pathetic little rant didn't upset me. The most common thing they could think to call me was a lesbian man hater, which is pretty funny as having a male partner and two sons I lived in a house full of men. Sounds like a lot of you received the same comment, he obviously has far too much time on his hands!
Sue over at Our New Life in the Country has been talking about de-cluttering. It made me think about my hoarding habits. I don't have knik knacks, ornaments, a wardrobe full of clothes etc. My hoarding habits involve books, anything to do with my sons, I can't bear to throw away their old school books, toys, drawings, favourite and home made baby/children clothes, especially made by my mum, their old story books, and my craft items. Also anything that can be recycled, old t.shirts etc for rag rugs and old cotton clothes for patchwork fill the spare bedroom/workroom. I also have lots of things that I cleared out of my parents house including furniture which is taking room up in the garage waiting to be 'up cycled'. I am torn, I like the idea of having less 'stuff' it must be incredibly freeing, on the other hand I hate waste and can always think of things I can make with just about anything. The bearded one and eldest son are get rid of everything types, my youngest son is like me and hangs on to everything. I am having a battle with him at the moment over all the computer stuff he left in his wardrobe years ago when he moved out. He knows if he takes it home his partner will want to get rid of it all. (also a get rid of everything type) The kids old toys and books are now being used by the grandchildren which is lovely, and I can be smug over my decision to keep them. I also love the fact that I have many of my original vinyl including The New York Dolls from about 1971 a prized possession. What are your hoarding hangups, or are you a get rid of everything type of person?
I haven't made a Xmas cake for years. I have never worked it out (though I'm sure many of you have and will put me right) but it just seems more expensive to buy all the ingredients, marzipan, icing, time in the oven, alcohol that we don't drink (more of a wine family) etc than to buy one. It may well taste better as well as I'm not much of a baker due to not having a sweet tooth. However since becoming gluten free, it is definitely cheaper to make my own than to buy a ridiculously overpriced GF one. So I had a go at making a gluten free Xmas cake yesterday. I'm not sure how it will turn out though as my oven decided to turn itself off halfway through. I didn't notice so I'm not sure how long it was off. It then appeared to be cooked a long time before the recipe said, so it could be undercooked, overcooked or fingers crossed ok. It may be a very expensive disaster, but hey we will eat it anyway. Have you made a cake this year?
(I am actually having a clear out at the moment, I think I may have to lie down to get over the stress of it all)