A sideline project for an IT guy who likes to cook

Old bulbs in a Christmas tree

Certain things seem to be part of the universes laws of physics.  The screw driver you left in that drawer for the moments you might need a screw driver will always be the opposite kind you need for the job.  Be it a Philips or a flathead.  For me they seem to congregate together, I tried to have more than one type in the same drawer.  I swear they switch type!

There is another law with Christmas tree lights, those with filament bulbs.  Doesn’t matter if you put them away working,  every year without fail there will be a few bulbs that don’t work.  I know I put them away working, I do it every year.  With the power of modern technology slowly the problem has gone away our main tree now using LEDs and from the window you can’t really tell. However up close and in the room the sparkle isn’t the same despite having warm in the title. 

We’ve not quite got rid of the problem, the  one of our decorations is a small sideboard Christmas tree light.  Made from tiny filament bulbs.  Every year I put it away working and without fail we pull it out the box and a bulb has gone.   Which means a branch or two is out and a good ten to fifteen minutes of fiddly searching for the dead bulb ensues.  We love the light and it will be a sad day when we no longer have any spare bulbs left.  Habitat, the chain of stores long gone from the high street and with it the chance of replacement bulbs long gone.  It’s a small problem in the grand scheme of things and the worries that seemed to be with us today.  It’s become an act of mindfulness now searching for the dead bulb and a moment to reflect as a search through one by one ensues.

It’s the last coffee share for the year and I just want to thank everyone who popped by and said hello and thank those folk who put a little of themselves into the world each week.  Pictures of warmth, pictures of the cold but with a warmth that isn’t visible, stories and anecdotes.  I’ve tried, though not always had time to visit or reciprocate,  clicking on the links one by one at certain parts over the weekend to find the vagaries of life eating into the time available.  It’s been lovely to be welcomed into the community of regular bloggers.  Thank you.

From getting my booster last Sunday it’s felt like a long week with folk at work trying to finish things off, squeeze things in and hand things over as though getting the demands to me now will mean they will be ready for their return when they get back.  With zero appreciation for the fact my team will also be on a break, except for a select few who will be keeping the lights on.  Despite the demands, I’m grateful as the media rolls out more doom and gloom.  The latest variant taking it’s tole on the revelry that comes with this time of year, the impact on jobs and lives as the pandemic rumbles on is truly sad. 

We managed to see Spiderman – no way home, one of the demands of the returning son from university who was desperate to see it on it’s opening night.  The cinema was packed, with all four screens sold out, totally at odds with the global situation.   With an audience that was half my age (ok slightly more than half) and full of die-hard fans, I was whisked away as the audience screamed and cheered during some fairly excellent story lines (no spoilers here!)

The bowl has been completed by son number two and I’m very impressed, and at Natalies request I share a picture with you.

Food wise I had hoped to be able to share various bits and pieces on the menu for Christmas, the planning isn’t quite there yet and I’ll be dashing about like most people as we get closer. I intend to write a bit more about that as part of the battle with my book.  Needless to say though going on long walks over the next few days and weeks is a must as I loosen a belt notch!

My intention and hopefully by writing it here (as a commitment) is to pull together my thoughts on planning and the run up as a way of guiding a fellow traveller in the kitchen.

On that note I’m going to sign off and that just leaves me with wishing you happiness over the holiday season and I hope your Christmas lights shine bright this year.

The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.


  1. Thistles and Kiwis

    I’m very impressed with your son’s bowl! Excellent work. I hope you and the family have an excellent Christmas and all the best for 2022. I’ve love reading your blog from the town I was born and grew up in.

    • akeerie

      Thank you for your kind words, and encouragement. So amazing to share thoughts across the globe and I’m glad I’m able to give you a little taste of home! Best wishes to you for the new year!

  2. E.W. Bennefeld

    Best wishes to you and your family as you celebrate Christmas together! Thank you so much for your presence in my life through your words and photographs.

  3. Gary A Wilson

    Hey Alex,
    Thanks back at you for helping me hold down the male corner of the weekend coffee share with things to laugh at and think about cooking up myself this year. Despite both the nearly worthless news media and my own short bout with covid, it was a great year.
    I wanted to progress my writing and you helped me do that.
    A humble thanks and wishes for a great holiday season and new year.

  4. Jo

    You know, I’ve often wondered the same about Christmas lights. That bowl your son made looks wonderful. Enjoy your break and your Christmas cooking.

  5. Natalie

    Thank you for sharing the photo of your son’s bowl. He made a beautiful gift. I hope you and your family have an amazing Christmas and all the best for 2022.

  6. Debbie

    A lovely bowl by your son. Here’s hoping all your ‘bits’ get pulled together at the last moment! The #weekendcoffeeshare is a lovely community to be a part of isn’t it? All the best to you for Christmas from the land of Oz!

  7. Maria

    Beautifully written, the mindfulness and traditions of Christmas shines through the lines in your post. Your son’s wooden bowl is amazing. Great craftsmanship! I hope your Christmas is everything you want it to be. All the best!

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