Firstly l have to say Thankyou..Grazie..Tack..Gracias..Obrigado..Merci..Danke..To Barbara, for asking me to do a guest post on her lovely Blog! When Barbara asked me a while ago, l thought ‘goodness’.I've done one other, three years ago in fact! l’m very much a verbal person, not a writing one, nor a reading one, problem is patience...or lack of it! :(. So, l tend to write as l speak! My grammar's none to good either...! Still...we'll see how l get on! I'm unable to sit down with a 'good' book! Unless! It's got loads of pictures..! And, very little writing! :). Like the Ladybird books or the Mr Men books...! :). Time upon a once.....
And..In growing up, my Father used to say to me.."Trouble with you boy is..you've never grown up". I used to get upset in hearing this,but as l grew older, l took it more as complement...
So! What to write about...I have a trilogy in my life....’Love Food, Love Cats, Love Pink’. And of course ‘MY’ music....Goes with out saying. Two things..run/rule my life..my music, my emotions! Back in the 60's when everyone was going 'silly' over the Beatles,l took to Motown...And, never looked back! Soul Music is my Bible! So l was gonna begin by telling you how l started out in life, l was found, in a box, left on a doorstep...But, as the door opened 'outwards'... l was actually found....'In the road'.....!!! :). HeHe! No! No! But in the end...I thought l might just ramble on about Christmas.....After all, it started way back in October. And, will soon be upon us......
”Silent Night..Holy Night....All is calm..all is bright”.
“No! Not now Willie.....Later”...!!! :).
My memory takes me back to the age of five...We lived in a two up, two down house..with an outside toilet..HeHe! And yes, it was at the bottom of the garden! God! All that 'news paper' work! :). And at that time there were quite a few Italians living here, in our town, and, we were friends with one Italian family in particular. In fact, the lady/Mum of that family is still with us today, aged 98, and, l still pop round to see her and have coffee. Lovely lady! All we seem to talk about is The Mafia...... Italian politics.... and Berlusconi.....so all the same thing really! Capiche!!! :).
So, then it was traditional that we all went to midnight Mass, on Christmas Eve, as good Catholics. Then after Mass we would go home, and Dad would dress up as Father Christmas, and, give out the prezzies....I used to think back then, how silly Father Christmas was..With ALL the windows and doors...Why does he come down the chimney??? I used to get a Christmas stocking to...Every year...Colouring book,a toy, and an orange! As l got older, l used to think, ‘when am l gonna get a stocking, with a leg in it’. :). But, that’s another story! :).
So, then l moved on, school..(hated it)..then college...at sixteen l stepped into the BIG wide world....for the next 10 yrs l was in the entertainment business so Christmas was then spent somewhere on stage...’Do’in ma thang’....'Gett'in on down' So, the festive season, was quite lengthy. I worked for the Americans back then, and they sure knew how to party! And pay well...Oh! Yes! :).
"The road to success is always under construction".
In 1973...I got married...Pause! Paws! Pause! HeHe! =(^..^)= "And, the lord said unto Moses...Come Forth, Come Forth...and he came Fifth, and lost his beer money". :0). And! Even back then, at school, we had Sex Education...Oh! Yes! Well! When l say Sex Education...We were just told to remember two things....."Some do..some don't" and "Hello Sailor"....???
In 1976 my daughter was born...Christmas was great. I just went back to my childhood, and, played with her presents. Well! All except the dolls! “Com’on Willie..You never stopped playing with Girls World”. “Well, just that one then”. :). And, just like any family, it’s great watching kids grow up, and enjoying themselves, especially at Christmas. Our home was always full of kids..l love kids..l used to be one! :). From 1980, it was just the two of us, we spent Christmas with various families and friends, and, of course new year! Especially New Years Eve...ALL that fancy dress, we used to do very well in prizes...Me! dressed as a fairy...Wings and a Wand and all...I was the bestest fairy...EVER! :). HeHe! I love dressing up...They can't touch you for it...!!!
"Every street's a catwalk"...
"Willie..do you remember when those bikers chased you across the Market Place..when you were dressed as a fairy". "Yes! Yes! Let's forget about that". But those New Years, used to come and go..very quickly! Eat! Drink! And be Mary..!!!
Family was and is very important....Though, l do remember an argument about my English Grandma...half the family wanted her buried, and half the family wanted her cremated...Goodness! In the end.....We let her live! She was a 'BIG' crossword puzzler...so when she did die, we buried her... 6 Down, 2 Across...!!! HeHe! Bless! So, remember....Always go to other peoples funerals..otherwise, they won't go to yours...!!! :0).
So my daughter is settled now, no children, but they have two Staffy's, and two cats. I really look forward to going up there, to the Midlands..! l go on the coach...Wells Fargo...! New places to pose in, and new people to be rude to! Great Fun! :). Love my visits to Cheshire Oaks, and Ikea in Nottingham, l really look forward to....I~LOVE~TO~SHOP. And, the only person l enjoy shopping with is my daughter! (If she can keep up).....Otherwise, l always shop alone! Strange! How shops 'always' remember me on my second visit! Oh! and, l get to sleep with Zeeva...She is lovely...In the wee hours of the morn’in I usually wake up and there she is under the duvet, licking my ankles...(no sense of direction)...! :). Oh! Sorry! Forgot to say...Zeeva is one of my daughters Staffy’s. Did'nt want you to think l was some 'silly' Sicilian...! :). And, pussy~cat Az...Loves to settle on my chest, inches from my face...And dribble! HeHe! I~Love~Pussy~Cats! =(^..^)=
"Dogs have owners..Cats have staff".
As you can tell, it’s ALL rather nice really, with cats and dogs, all over the bed....and a pussy on yer chest....!!! Rather like the old days! “Willie”....."Sorry". :0).
Finally.......Did l hear someone say..’Thank God for that’.... I hope you ALL have a great time this Christmas with family and friends... And, enjoy the high~lite of Christmas...The Christmas Cracker Jokes...You know the ones....
“Who hides in a bakery at Christmas”?
“A mince spy”.
"What is Santa’s favourite Pizza”?
“Deep~pan crisp and even”.
“What do Elves learn at school”?
"What's the most popular Christmas wine"?
"I don't like Brussels sprouts".
"What do vampires sing on New Years Eve"?
"Auld Fang Syne".
(To think l used to get paid for writing such rubbish). :).
So...Finally....And, as l'm very much a 'sayings' person....
"May you all have love to share...wealth to spare...and, friends that care".
“It’s nice to be important...But it’s important to be nice”.
"Add life to your days, not days to your life".
Did you know....
"It takes 43 muscles to frown...and only 17 to smile". So don't just sit there......SMILE! :).
"We don't stop laughing because we grow old....We grow old because we stop laughing".
Tanti Cari e affettuosi di Buon Natale,
e Felice Ann Nuovo.......
Oh! There is 'one' book I've read this year....three times in fact....
Not to be missed! Loved it! :).
(Give it a Google). =(^..^)=
Pee~Po Christmas.....! :).
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