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24 December 2008 @ 12:38 pm
It's like a Frank Capra film here!  
Twas the night day before Christmas, and all through the house,

The kitties were resting and dreaming of mouse.

The Gingerbread Hut* was being made with care,

When sudd'nly three noses twitched, at the pong in the air!

The tall one ran out with her hair all amok,

But stopped at the doorway, frozen with shock!

For where a garden should be was a small slurried stream

Of sewage and paper, she let out a scream.

'Not this as well! Oh curse my bad karma!

It's Christmas Eve! I'll never get a plumber!'

It was woe upon woe for this poor tired girl,

She flopped on the sofa and listed them all.

No invoices paid**, so her Christmas largess***

Couldn't even be posted, her accounts were a mess.

The sweet little cat had been sick as a dog,

And now the back garden looked and smelled like a bog.

'Still, it could be worse!' she said with a sigh.

'I have love and good friends, so enough pity pie.'

She got up from the sofa and went for the post

And there on her door was what she needed most!

For dear friends had sent her good will and kind wishes!

And a box from Sofia as yellow as fishes. ****

Inside it, sweet trinkets, fond words and a reminder

Fromspark_of_chaos  that Christmas was where you find her.

As she opened the box, she remembered that truth,

If you seek Christmas Spirit, then your friends are the proof!

She laughed at the monster that let out a sweet ring

(and the fact Bulgarian monsters look like Vikings).

And then there were cards, from so many fave peeps!

Sweet and kindfilmatleven , and that smartshu_shu_sleeps 

Dearestfrayach  and Oh! The belovedferalcheryl ,

Of displaying emotions, our girl was in peril.

And then there were notes from those she kept missing!

This year,snottygrrl , you will meet in person!

Andmeredyth_13 , because she's coming to Melbourne!

(Though not for a few weeks 'cos accountants are hell-born.)

She was so deeply moved, she rang her beloved,

Who said, 'Oh yeah, there's one more, it's on top of the cupboard.'

With minimal eye-rolling, she went quickly hence,

And found heart-warming missives from sweetoddishly !

She was so deeply moved that she shed a small tear,

And a few more when lj ate her post, but then it reappeared!

Along with calanthe_fics's parcel of random,

She looked down on a Christmas that had been built by fandom.

As the kitties stood by, she raised a glass of cheer,

(Thinking one wouldn't hurt before the plumber gets here)

And declared 'Happy Christmas, to ALL you dear souls,

May your stockings be filled high with hope, never coals.'

*Other homes have gingerbread houses. That is because other people are more talented than I am and live in less humid cities. The last one I put together collapsed merrily over the course of Christmas dinner with our friends. It was so spectacular that we Christened it Mawson's Hut. They have requested I repeat the performance this year. Sadists!

It looked like this:

** Theoretically, I have $10,000 to see me through the holidays! Actually I have $550. BASTARDS!

*** feralcheryl  anddelvino , I have gifts for your bambini (and for you, actually), but they will be posted after Christmas, same for
annes_stuff . Quite a few flist people will be receiving random gifts of oddness at strange times over the next month. A great many Christmas cards will have the same fate. Happily, this year's say Season's Greetings. That season is Twelfth Night, and Chinese New Year. Hurrah!

**** Shush, I am tired. And a wee bit emotional. And therefore less talented than usual. Or, the same. Hush, you!

nahimanaemerald_dragon8 on December 24th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
I would love to send you a card but I don't know your address. :( Merry Christmas for tomorrow!! :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 24th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
We can exchange and do Chinese New Year! And I need yours anyway, since I WILL make it to Canberra in the next two months, come hell or high water! email me -- blamebrampton at gmail.com

And Merry Christmas! may the weather be cool and the bushfires be absent!
nahimanaemerald_dragon8 on December 24th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
Yay okay! Have sent email. :)

Oh, I hope so! We missed out on the last lot because we had just moved to Queensland but thankfully there haven't been any since we got back. Hope your plumbing problems get sorted ASAP and that the poor kitty feels better. Not having money come through is awful. :( *hugs*
Meredythmeredyth_13 on December 24th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)

Except, poor honey. You have my every sympathy for the sewer bog. *hugs and offers gum boots and sawdust*

Have a wonderful Christmas, darling lady. You have been one of the joys and lights of my year.

*smooches all up*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 24th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
And you, mine! Happily it's not so bad as to require we break out the wellies just yet. Though I have a terrible feeling we will be bothering our neighbour the plumber tonight if we don't hear back soon ...
shadowclubshadowclub on December 24th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
This was cute:)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 24th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Cheers, dear!
uminohikariuminohikari on December 24th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
I didn't know your address ;; but there's still time if you want a card? I'm sending them..on..christmas, because I am late like that >>

XDD The gingerbread hut is cute though!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 24th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
The truth is that I am TERRIBLE at sending cards, so why don't we do virtual hugs instead? *HUGS!*
delvinodelvino on December 24th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
hehe. Beautiful and made me smile.

Merry Christmas MissBB!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 24th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
WAIT till you see what I have in Santa's bag for you, little girlie! (You will look at me as though I am a lunatic, and rightly so) Going to Aeron's New Year do?
delvinodelvino on December 25th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
Oh I always look at you like you're a lunatic :p

I think we're planning on being at home on NYE being feeble and sleepy.

We may just have to pop over for tea and to be regaled with your travel stories while Daen is on hollidays.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
So you do! There could be something in that ...

When is Daen away? I go back to work on the fifth, but have weekends! And I have books and photos as well as stories!
delvinodelvino on December 29th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
I am doofus. Will be at lovely aeron's party in afternoon (sometime between naptime and falling asleeptime)

Too clarify, Daen is home on holidays (back on the 5th) but now has the lurgy that's going round.
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 24th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Hee! It's a fallen angel! But that is a GENIUS idea for next year's hut!

And yes, we really have a sewage issue, happily our lovely neighbour who is a plumber is coming to help, all those years of leaving him Christmas Chocolates finally pay off!
girl; obsessed: other - kitty!complications_g on December 24th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
Whoa, this is amazing! :)

And that gingerbread house is cute! And very yummy looking. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 24th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
It was v yummy! Though flatter than I meant it to be ... this year's is standing up so far!
lilian_cho: Baobab for me <3lilian_cho on December 24th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas!
Gingerbread hut is EPIC!

Am terrible at sending anything on time, so have some Internet Christmas Sparkles instead!

blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 24th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
Re: Merry Christmas!
YAY FOR SPARKLES! I am just as bad as you, if not worse, but you and River have put smiles on my face all year. Happy Christmas and New Year!
shu_shu_sleepsshu_shu_sleeps on December 24th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Christmas is looking kind of nice this year - and now bonus poetry - WIN!
I hope the lovely plumber next door can deal quickly with the nasty plumbing situation - a perfect excuse for a Yuletide drinkie or two.
Hope you and J have a lovely day - the gingerbread house will be epic.
Although I luncheon with first the divine Countess M and her lovely hubbie tomorrow then kick the 'Christmas stomach' into action to fit in dinner with the amazingly talented Mistress LdG and her amusing hubbie GB, I'm only just getting started - I will be celebrating all the way through to Twelfth Night.

Merry Xmas and cuddles to the kitties.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 24th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
I am here for ALL your dodgy rhyming needs ;-)

Jim the plumber came and fixed and has well deserved his status as a LEGEND in this house. Oh the sound of water running down pipes instead of back up them ... I could weep for joy!

Your Christmas sounds spectacular! We are off to dinner (with the hut) at Laj and Paj's tonight, and will return stuffed to death. But light food for tomorrow as it's just us, thank goodness!

We have plans to see you before your birthday, fingers crossed they will come to fruition! Merry Christmas to you and the cats, and a very happy New Year!
Catscatsintheattic on December 24th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
That was a lovely poem. :-)

Merry Christmas to you!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
I hope yours was brilliant, Cats, and thank you!
snottygrrl on December 24th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
you are such fun! am so sorry to hear about the lame bastards that won't pay up. hope oz is better than nz about paying in january, since i expect to receive next to nothing next month (it'll all come flooding in once feb hits).

am v. v. pleased to know that the card made it before the hols. and have fingers crossed that we can actually meet in 2009 (where we have failed in 2007 and 2008 [*headdesk*])
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
I should receive quite a bit on Jan 8th, and one emailed me on the 23rd to say they had processed the invoice. Though what that means is anyone's guess!

And yes, fun, not deranged!
grey_hunter on December 24th, 2008 08:25 am (UTC)

It's historical. Pre-historical. Gingerbread tent. It has Harry and Hermione and perhaps also Ron in it. :D

Next year, you could try reinforced concretegingerbread (um. with un-cooked macaroni perhaps?) Not that I ever made one, mind! :D
Robynarobynsung on December 25th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas :D
maya231maya231 on December 26th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Delicious looking gingerbread hut! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday!
Jaeenchanted_jae on December 26th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
You are a marvel. *grins*