Friday, December 23, 2011

Moving Right Along

That's it, I'm done for the year. Apologies for the lack of all things Christmas here at The Hedge - the Chrissie decorations are up & my Christmas Playlist is on 24/7 trying to jump start my festive spirit, but that's about it. The (in)famous Millie sparkle has gone AWOL, but I've got 2 weeks vacation now & I'm going to make locating that lost sparkle & doing a reinstall my main priority. The second half of 2011 has been one of the most personally challenging I've experienced in a long, long time & I'm not sure I've handled it very well. Still I can't rewind that tape, so I'll just have to cop it & move right along.

This year only 2 of the boys will be gracing us with their presence on Christmas Day. #1 will be staying in Melbourne with the other side of his family, #2 is flying out to Burma tomorrow for a 4 week back-packing & filming holiday with his lovely girl, #3 is driving over from Melbourne tonight to join us briefly, #4 will be spreading his legendary good cheer at his workplace-the most remote mining site in Australia & #5 & his bride-to-be, the sweet Miss A. & puppy Tazzie will be with us. We were lucky to have 4 out of 5 home last Chrissie, so I'll take who I can get this year & be grateful.

I have a rendevous with our In-House Orthopaedic Surgeon on my birthday early in the New Year. I need to sort out a pressing issue with a very dodgy knee that has been causing me much grief this past year. The Radiology report was ominously presented to me in a black envelope & it made for a nightmare read! All the years I spent trying to impress the sons with my massive torpedo kicks playing footy with them at the park has come back to haunt me. Then it's off to the Company's Annual Sales Meeting in Sydney for a week & all the standard rah-rah stuff that brings with it.

Thank you dear Hedgies for sticking with me this year. It's been a yukky year for us here at The Hedge. The renos came to a screeching halt when MOTH's crook back appeared & put his entire life on hold for 6 months. It appears the last ditch procedure he had in Sept. is finally starting to help & he's now managing to do a few hours work each day in his business. Then there was my change of jobs & return to full-time - enough has been said about that & I'm putting all my ducks in place to effect happier times there. Chuck a few family issues in the mix & I'm over 2011.

The Hedge will be back on track next year, with the renos. ramping up again & more shocking Before & After images than ever! MOTH & I wish you all the most wonderful Christmas Day on Sunday with your precious ones. We value your comments, emails & personal contact more than you'll ever know. I love you & I love the joy this medium brings me. Onwards & upwards & let's do it all again in 2012!!

Image: Not On The High Street - Indian Garden Company



  1. Here's to happier & sparklier days ahead for all at The Hedge.

    Wishing you and MOTH the most wonderful moments of contentment and joy as you share time with your beloved boys and their partners.

    Biggest of hugs,
    Felicity x

  2. Wishing a wonderful Christmas to you and your family, Millie. You may have felt down in the dumps a bit these past few months but I still see your wonderful sense of humor and feisty spirit. I enjoy reading your stories and hearing about your day to day highs (and lows) and look forward to reading many more. Merry Christmas. J

  3. Thanks for this lovely heartfelt post Millie. As I'm a relative newby to this blog I still have a little post catch up reading to enjoy and was wondering how long before I'm officially a Hedgie?

    Will see you in 2012!
    Love Annie xx

  4. Ahhhh~ Darling Millie, You have always said just the right things in your comments to me- even though it's been over a year since I last posted. Please consider this a big holiday hug to you dear one. I just know that 2012 will be a good year for you. With lots of love to you and MOTH.
    Merry Christmas Millie~

  5. Wishing you and MOTH a very Merry Christmas Millie. Look forward to joining you again in 2012. I've been a bit quiet with the comments but glad that blogger seems to have fixed the problem!!!!

    See you in 2012 with more tales from The Hedge.

    Take care

  6. Merry Christmas dear Millie...I hope that 2012 is a better year for you, I look forward to seeing those renos Moth...I'm with you on the dodgy knee, and I broke my arm this year...Mr Armchair had to have 10 weeks off work to look after me and JoJo...Here's a big Cheers to you across the cyberspace...a nice pink champagne...I think we both need it!!! xoxo

  7. Merry Christmas Millie! Here's hoping that 2012 is a way better year! Tracey & Hayley xx

  8. Merry Christmas Millie! Here's hoping that 2012 is a way better year! Tracey & Hayley xx

  9. Lovely Millie. I hear you. 2011 was tough. Yeah, let's do this wonderful bloggy thing again in 2012. It's nice to know some things aren't gonna change! Looking forward to next year. Have a great Christmas. Chill Mill. A-M xx

  10. I know next year's going to be better for all of us!!! At least that's what I'm hoping for Millie, seeing I'll be looking for a new job altogether!
    Have a happy and safe Chrissie and see you back in bloggy land in 2012.

  11. Love you too Millie. Here's to a bumper 2012. Agree that 2011 can scarper.

    Best wishes from a National Capital Hedgie

    Deb xx

  12. Merry Christmas to you, MOTH the family including darling Lulu. Her very first Christmas. I hope she has a rip roaring time.

  13. Way to go Millie...onwards and upwards as you say. Big cheers to you and MOTH on Christmas day and I'm really sure 2012 is going to bring good things your way :)
    love DJ

  14. Happy Christmas to you and MOTH... Have a wonderful break and don't do a thing but raise your arm with a glass of champagne! Here's to 2012... may it shine for you... xv

  15. I, for one, would not want a repeat of 2011 so I am sending you huge wishes for a wonderful Christmas with your abbreviated family and a superb and fantastic 2012. I look forward to hopping over the laurel hedge to visit next year xxx j

  16. Wishing you a Merry Christmas Millie.x

  17. Hi Millie,

    Many of us feel the same and it has been a long, hard year.
    Warmest wishes for a merry Christmas and a year filled with bright and happy days.
    Much love and hugs to you, Moth and your family and a big hug for Lulu. Have a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday.


  18. Merry Christmas Millie, enjoy Sunday with your family and here's to a wonderful 2012 for you and Moth. ;-)

  19. Hi Millie & MOTH - a fabulous Chrissie to you too! And here's to an even better 2012!

  20. I hope some well-deserved joy comes your way, Millie, and that the year will soon be a distant memory (except for Christmas, which will buck the trend and turn out to be a merry riot..., I hope). Many good wishes to yourself and MOTH for better fortune ahead.

  21. It has been quite some year for you and MOTH hasn't it Millie....2012 can only be better in many ways. You have handled it with your usual sense of humour and wisdom as always though.

    Enjoy your two week break...merry Christmas to you and yours XXXX

  22. Happy Happy Holidays Millie!!

  23. Millie - You bring so much laughter and joy to others, myself included. I hope all of that is returned to you tenfold in the coming year. A toast to you beautiful Millie!

  24. Merry Christmas Millie .. wishing you a relaxing one with whatever-kids-turn-up .. and as is the way with life sometimes, life sucks - but I am VERY sure that such a lovely person like you cannot possibly have 2 bad years in a row - so next year, 2012, will be fantastic for you. Keep smiling (-:

  25. Hi Millie and Moth
    Happy Christmas and a fabulous New Year.
    I really hope will hear more from you both next year it's been lonely without you. My new year starts with uncertainty as the business I have worked at for 7 years is closing.So I need a new job. At the moment I'm feeling positive about it all but check with me after a few rejections.
    Kind Regards

  26. Millie...Hopefully the worst is behind you and your yukky year. I've had a hard time bring Christmas to the cottage for some reason this year too. I'm sending my best wishes half-way around the globe for a Merry Christmas to you and MOTH and Lulu and the two sons at The Hedge this year. And a Happy, HEALTHY New Year for all of you. xo, Rosemary

  27. Merry Christmas, Millie!

    I never did find my holiday spirit this year! But I did manage to plod through all the necessary things on the list and hopefully it will be enjoyable for all. Felt weird to just go through the motions, though. Maybe next year we'll all get a double dose...and early...hahaha.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend...and vacation time to follow! xo

  28. Dear Millie, Happy Christmas to you and your family

  29. I love how you keep it real here...wishing you all the best in 2012!

  30. What a year you've had Millie. Let's hope that 2012 heralds a fresh start for The Hedge and our favourite Cruise Directors, Millie & MOTH. Hoping you can add some gratuitous photos of MOTH in his King Gee's in 2012, much love from us & The Goofball's xo

  31. My dear friends Mill's and MOTH,
    Not the best year eh !! I just have a feeling that 2012 will be wonderful for you both. You have come through your troubles this year with such a wonderful attitude which gets you through and out the other side.
    Wishing you and your lovely family a very merry Christmas and for a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.
    With much love,
    Jackie. XXXX

  32. Oh Millie. I'm hearing you in stereo, my friend. Let's send 2011 packing and look forward to 2012! I do hope your knee recovers quickly so you can start the new year in style. Thankyou so much for your gorgeous friendship this year. J x

  33. Over and out! Moving on! Man oh man this has been a year! I look forward to visiting with you much more often Millie in 2012.
    Xo Lisa

  34. Millie and MOTH,

    Warren and I wish you late Christmas Greetings and early Happy New Year Greetings.

    I am needing every day I have until the Four Monkeys from CA get here. Today finds some cleaning still on the "to do list". After that it is cooking so I can spend the least amount of time in the kitchen unless it is frosting sugar cookies with kids or making cinnamon rolls with them.
    Tomorrow I will travel with Warren to do a bit of last minute shopping and then Thursday we are to pick up Samantha and Sage at the other grandparents at 4:00. Their parents eat dinner with friends and then will join us for three days. We are busy but happy!!!

    Wishing you two a happy and healthy 2012!!!

  35. Dear Millie

    I hope this comment finds you well and rested. It sounds like you are most deserving of a break! I can so relate on the knee issue...I kept asking my doctor if it was an 'age thing'. He never did answer me but I think it must be. I now hate the sight of needles of any shape or form...but we look forward with optimism as you so eloquently put it. I am sending warmest wishes to you and MOTH and that big brood of yours..for a very Happy New Year....may it be filled with good health, a fantastic job, speedy renos and even more good health!!

    Best wishes Millie :)

    Jeanne xx

  36. I always tell Steve "Life is not for the weak!"
    This becomes more evident to me every passing year.
    Millie, I know that 2011 has been, shall we say "challenging" for you and your family.
    I pray that 2012 will be a wonderful year for you, MOTH, and your brood of boys.
    For all of the smiles and happiness you bring to your Laurel Hedge readers (myself included), you deserve it!

    xo xo

  37. Thinking of you and hoping you're doing well. May you find many new joys and blessings in the coming new year. Thank you for all of your wonderful, caring thoughts this past year, especially over the loss of my father. Hugs :)

  38. No need to apologise Millie, the Hedge has been a wonderful place to visit all year round. We've admired your grit at your new job and loved your puppy. I think 2011 has been a trying year for many of us, so roll on 2012, may it be a better vintage for us all no matter which hemisphere we inhabit. Thank you for your lovely laurel hedge which continues to be an inspiration to us all!

  39. Happy New Year Millie and MOTH! It's such a shame that 2011 was such a horrible year for you but as always your wonderful sense of humour and ability to see the funny side of things has kept us all entertained. I hope that 2012 is full of fabulous times, good health and much happiness for you and your darling husband. Leigh XX

  40. Dearest Millie, We have all come to adore you through your blog - and your lovely comments on all of ours - so we wish you all the very best. I hope your knee improves soon (tell MOTH to stop tackling you for a cuddle!) and that renos at the Hedge recommence again in 2012. Do you need us to come and help? RR and I have become very good at painting / sanding / floor -laying / grumbling to each other about who finishes jobs off better! Hope your NYE is full of lots of bubbly, laughter and love. Look forward to more Millie wisdom and wit in 2012!
    Janelle McCulloch
    PS I see Leigh from Brabourne Farm has written her message at 6.41am. Gosh, these industrious bloggers are up early, aren't they?

  41. Onward and upwards is right, dear Millie! I am so ready to see this year behind me, too!
    Here is to a blissful 2012 filled with joy, good health, blue skies, prosperity and loved ones.
    Happy, happy new year!
    xo isa

  42. Hi Dear Millie
    i know 2011 was a bit of a bummer for many of us.. but I hope this year is your best yet and that the good fortune fairies flitter in your garden all year long..

    Best to you and MOTH and all your brood.. ciao xxx Julie

  43. Enjoying your blog from NZ. Happy New Year. Jane :)

  44. Millie I just know that 2012 will be a better year for us all. I am hoping to get the okay to drive tomorrow after two back to back surgeries before the holidays!

    You are in my thoughts & prayers.

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    Art by Karena

  45. Happy New Year mon amie!!! I'm hoping for a better year... 2011 was cancelling... would like to see good things for ALL!!!

  46. Hi Millie,
    Hope some Christmas/new year r&r is reviving you for a wonderful 2012 ahead.

    Best wishes to you and MOTH

    Christine xo

  47. I hope you are managing at least a little rest & that 2012 has started off well for you. Keep your amazing sense of humor! xx

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