My turn to get up with Lydia whilst Tom had a lie in. She requested cold porridge with blueberries and pomegranate for breakfast, then Marmite toast, and jam toast for me.
I'm feeling pretty miserable today, so I let myself watch the rest of Strictly on catch up and knitted whilst Lydia played around me. Then when I thought I better look like I'd done something useful, I put washing on, hung washing up and did some washing up and tidying in the kitchen whilst Lydia played with playdough and her toy kitchen. Lots of picnics for cuddlies today.
Once Tom was up, suggested he took Lydia out in the garden whilst I made lunch, cauliflower cheese, carrots and cabbage today. Had a hard time convincing Lydia to eat but we got there in the end.
After lunch, I went on a long walk in a big loop, through Portswood, Bevois Valley, Newtown and back down through Northam and Bitterne Manor and home. I stopped in the Polish supermarket to buy potatoes for tomorrow's Christmas Card printing. They had the most gorgeous retro style glass Christmas tree baubles, the kind with the indentations, so I might have to go back.
Found Tom and Lydia drawing and playing with puzzles in front of the family room fire, having got soaked on my walk. Hung my trousers up to dry on the fireguard like something out a Shirley Hughes illustration and changed into my pijama bottoms. I struggle to keep a tidy house, so Shirley Hughes illustrations always make me feel better about our unruly messy family home
I curled up and alternated between knitting and Lydia demanding cuddles whilst she chatted on a video call with Tom's mum. She had picky bits for tea and a quick bath before bed. She was a bit unsettled going to bed today, but I had no patience for it. Tom ended up settling her in the end
I had a little fight with our old laptop as the screen has stopped working. Got it to boot once, but think it's a goner. Will need to try and extract the data somehow and think about a new one.
Left over Korean food for dinner and more knitting whilst we watched the Strictly results and the first two episodes of the Crown season 4. Bedtime now!