Tuesday, 4 January 2022

Back to normal

Saturday being New Year's Day felt more like a Sunday to us. We had a nice roast beef dinner and cracked open another bottle of prosecco, pulled a couple of the remaining Christmas crackers and still we had no room for the Christmas pudding we couldn't manage to eat at Christmas.  Sunday didn't feel like a Sunday either and our day started with the bad news of someone's passing which made us feel very sad for our family members. We'd already decided to take down and pack away the few Christmas decorations and get back to normal and not wait until twelfth night. The weather wasn't good and we would have preferred to go out and blow away the cobwebs but went ahead and packed away those decorations. Monday was another Bank Holiday and we just had a lazy day at home, the housework could wait.

Tilly had an appointment at the grooming parlour today and I was a little anxious about it but this new place are very caring and when I asked is she had been good they said she is very fidgety and it takes two to groom her but she's been okay. I'm happy now that this can be her regular grooming place and she only needs to return in eight weeks time. I've put her jumper on her as the weather has turned extremely cold  and unfortunately you can't tell from the photo that she's been groomed but she has and Tilly is now flat out on the sofa cuddled up next to hubby.

I must tell you this. What a performance we had when we returned home. Hubby couldn't get out of his coat as the zip had jammed about a quarter of the way down and I had to literally cut him out of it.  We'd bought the coat online a couple of years ago and he only started wearing it this year. Firstly he realised the hood wouldn't fasten as the velcro had two smooth sides and then he found what looked like a knife cut in the back of the coat. It was from a reputable high street store so we can only assume it was a second and I can't remember how much I paid for it. It's now in the bin. We'd already decided we needed to buy him a new winter coat and one that he can try on and examine in store but we're waiting for the children to go back to school so that the shops will be quieter.  You couldn't make it up and there never seems to be a dull moment in this house :)

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  1. Oh no, I can just imagine your hubby being trapped inside his coat. Let's hope he can find something more fit for purpose, haha. I'm sure Tilly won't be the only nervous dog the groomers come across. It does sound as though they do what they can to reassure her while she's there, and you sound happier with them than you did with the last groomer so that's good. We've had Archie at various groomers and the one he goes to now is really good. He's booked in for next week, I think he'll be feeling the cold like Tilly as the weather is getting much cooler now. I'm sorry to hear about the bereavement, there's never a good time but I think it's always sad when you hear bad news at the start of a new year when we're hoping for good things.

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    1. I think hubby was hoping for an excuse to ditch the coat so the stuck zip fitted the bill. We're laughing about it now but not at the time as the zip just wouldn't budge.
      The new groomer is well qualified and I know Tilly is in good hands and yes, I am much happier now. Poor Archie, yes he'll definitely feel the cold if it's as cold next week as it is here today, it's bitterly cold.
      It certainly wasn't a good start to our New Year learning about the bereavement and the news was so unexpected it left us feeling shocked.

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  2. So sorry to hear about the bereavement, not a good start to the year.

    Thank you for telling us about rescuing your husband from his coat. It made me laugh and was just what I needed today x

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    1. I'm glad the tale of hubby's rescue made you laugh. We all need to laugh now and again and to be honest hubby was rather relieved to see the back of the coat :)
      It wasn't a good start to the new year, very unexpected and sad news.

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  3. Well I'm hoping this comment doesn't disappear like the last one did. I can just imagine hubby stuck in his coat and you trying to get him out of it. A pity you had to cut it but with the velcro problem and a knife cut in the back it sounds like it wouldn't have had much of a long life anyway - a stuck zip is a good excuse to get a new one :) I'm glad you feel happier with the new groomer, maybe the more Tilly goes she'll get more used to them and not be as fidgety

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    1. Your comment has arrived safely this time :) Hubby wasn't keen on the coat anyway so the stuck zip was a good excuse to get rid of it. The zip just wouldn't budge an inch so it called for desperate measures so the scissors it was. It's a pity he'd had so little wear from the coat though. I'm hoping Tilly will get used to going to the groomer and it's a nice place and they don't use crates. There was a little French bulldog with her when I collected her which was rather sweet to see.

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  4. Deary me! Fancy being caught in your coat. Wonder if it was one that had been brought back to the store for a refund? A new one as a late Xmas gift. Our decs all come down by the 31st, because then it is a new year & the silly season is a long way off so don't need any clutter to start fresh for the coming year. Glad you've found Tilly a good groomer. Take care & hugs.

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    1. I have a feeling the coat may have been a reject and it's a pity hubby hadn't worn it until this winter, a lesson learned. We usually leave the decorations up until the 5th January but with no tree and less to clear it was definitely time to pack them away.

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  5. I'm sorry to hear about the bereavement, which seems to have been very sudden and unexpected. Sounds like the new groomers are better with Tilly; maybe she'll be less nervous on return visits. She looks cute and happy to be on the sofa next to your husband. :) I'm sure your husband was very appreciative of your help with cutting him free of the coat! I like hearing stories in which the lady rescues the knight! :D

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    1. I'm hoping Tilly will get used to going to this grooming place, it is far superior to the last one we used and no more expensive and the staff are nice and caring. That made me smile calling hubby a knight as that coat was certainly not his shining armour :)

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  6. Tilly looks so sweet in her jumper and I'm glad she seems more settled at the new groomer's.
    I'm sorry to read of your bereavement. Xx

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    1. Thank you Jules. I'm happy with the new grooming place and I hope Tilly will get used to going there. She definitely chilled out once she was home and had a good sleep.

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  7. From Ann via Bloglovin'
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    Good to know you have found a nice groomers for Tilly. I know how you feel about the zip on the coat. Only the other day did Graham have trouble with his coat zip. They don't seem to make them as good as they used to.

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    1. Nothing seems to last these days and I'm convinced we were sold a dud with that coat. Hubby was desperate to get out of it if you know what I mean :)

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