Sunday Ketchup – The Cancelled Week

Who would have thought that cancel culture would catch up with Santa and cancel him?! That’ll teach him to invite small children into his grotto. Anyhow, Christmas has not yet been cancelled, but it could be on the cards, and talking of cards – mine are in the post!

Admittedly, I am too late for Italy and the US, but as Christmas might be postponed then I guess these cards still might get there in time.
It was a joy to ink the name ‘Borghese’ – ascenders and descenders in all the right places!

AND, my tree is up!

In my very secret journal I wrote: The sofa has arrived!!!! The delivery men launched it into the hallway and fled, hopefully leaving no time to exchange particles of Covid.

And in the very last email I wrote I said: I honestly could have slept from the moment they jabbed me in the arm – I sort of glazed over, and although still functioning I didn’t feel quite right. Much more myself today.

BUT, that was on Monday, and to be fair the rest of the week was a bit of a spaced out blur, and I only really started feeling okay yesterday – though I’m still pleased I had the booster, BUT, not so keen on the idea of having one every 3-6 months.
Because I have been indisposed, I think I now need to catch up with my blog reading…..

A tune….

52 thoughts on “Sunday Ketchup – The Cancelled Week

  1. Inexplicable Device

    Oh, what gorgeous envelope address embellishment! I’m sure Maddie – and all addressees – will be absolutely thrilled with them. The card inside is just an added extra!

    I love “Stop!” but the line “get hung up on a hook” always makes me think of Dierdre getting hung on that coat hook by Ken. Or was it Mike Baldwin that did the hanging? I can’t remember – it was a very long time ago…

    I’m glad you’re feeling better now. I’ve just come back from having my booster – I’m hoping any side effects will be minimal as I’ve yet to finish the second of half of our panto!

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Mr Devine – Thank you, I mostly enjoyed writing the addresses until the day that I didn’t ( see last week).
      Why don’t I remember Deirdre being hung on a hook??? I will have to investigate.
      I reckon you’ll get away with no side effects from the Booster – I eventually filled in a Yellow Card because I was spaced out all week and kept walking into things, I also felt a bit drunk. I think I’ve recovered now – certainly more interesting than having an aching arm and chills!
      I thought Erasure with Stop was appropriate, plus it’s also one of my favourites.
      I will catch up with my blog reading soon, I love a Panto!!!
      Sx

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      1. Inexplicable Device

        I seem to remember that the Deirdre hanging (perhaps a better word is required here? ‘Dangling’ perhaps? Yes, dangling) – the Deirdre Dangling came about when Ken found out about her affair with Mike and during the set-to in their hallway, pushed/lifted her up against the wall and she got caught on the coat hooks.
        Or it was Mike wot did the dangling when Deirdre wouldn’t leave Ken? Or something?

        Another P.S. (this time remembered before clicking ‘Post Comment’) Don’t get your hopes up too much about the panto. It’s rather a rushed affair (I blame covid-related cancellations over the Cusp and the like).

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      2. Scarlet Post author

        Mr Devine – Oh, the Christmas shoving in a very tight hallway! Spectacles, huge eyes, and a lot of bluster from Ken and Mike. One of the best episodes ever!
        Your Panto posts are always superb!!
        Sx

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      3. The Mistress

        I don’t remember Deirdre being hung on a hook but unfortunately, I can never forget Deirdre in bed with Dev. I still have nightmares. And I don’t want to think about anything “dangling” as Mr. DeVice puts it.

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      4. Inexplicable Device

        Oh, it was a Christmas shoving? How topical!

        I am just putting the finishing touches (well, more like actually constructing – I’ve left everything to the last moment, as per) to the second half of the panto. And attempting to keep it to two parts!

        In other news, a cunningly calligraphied (calligraphed? How does one say that?) gin-filled envelope arrived today. It is beautiful, Ms Scarlet! Many, MANY thank yous!

        Oh, and apologies for the dangly bits, Very Mistress.

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  2. batarde

    A tasty dollop of ketchup, thank you Miss S. Your curlicues are resplendently curly as ever, and yes, I can see how you will have felt pretty chuffed with your “Borghese”. Have a self-satisfied loll on the sofa, that’s my advice. Nothing to report here other than a rather acrimonious session of the Pirate And Traveller Game: much brandishing of cutlasses, muttering of salty curses and the like.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Mr Batarde – Pirate and Traveller Game – I will look it up! I need an excuse to polish my cutlass.
      Yes, I love names with ‘good’ letters in all the right places – who needs minimum when excess is waiting to be written?!
      I am now back on the sofa in front of the fire after a long walk.
      Sx

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  3. Mistress Borghese

    OMG!!!!!! Your card will make mine look like fire kindling!!!!!! I had no idea I was able to give you a rewarding lift. And if I may state my glee with your tree Madame…it is so festive and fun. I half thought we’d see Rocher Ferrero on the tree. Or was there? Is it gone? I wouldn’t expect anything less. I miss my big tree , but did put out several small trees. Glad to hear you feeling better, I have yet to get the booster. it’s scheduled for January.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Mistress B – Honestly, your name is a joy to write, so thank you!!! You’ll be getting more mail in 2022! I hope the card gets to you, given the problems with the post at this time of year.
      We shall be looking at my tree in more detail on 1st January…. Sort of! There might be some Ferraro Rocher inspiration!
      Sx

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  4. Jon

    As you know, Ms Scarlet, if I had my way the “cancel culture” on Santa would be permanent. Bah Humbug, and all that.

    Sorry to hear your booster made you feel drunk. Mine was fine – I even left before the obligatory fifteen-minute-freeze-yer-tis-off-sat-in-a-marquee-in-the-clinic-car-park was up. Maybe they’d mixed up the Pfizer with the miniature vodka bottles in that fridge?

    Jx

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      1. Scarlet Post author

        Mistress B and Jon – I said recently (I can’t remember where) that it’s probably best to be Gin/Vodka soaked until next April – and then pop up for air and a glass of water to see how the land lies.
        Sx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Jon – I’m not really big on Christmas, but I like to show willing – plus I like presents.
      I’ve long believed that Vodka is the cure for everything. Or was that Tea Tree oil? Either, Iether.
      Sx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Bill – Oh yes! Every calligrapher has their star letters!! Mine are ‘g’, ‘o’, ‘t’ and ‘s’. I don’t like ‘m’, especially uppercase ‘M’ – grrrr.
      Sx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Dinah – Mais oui! The stamps are real! The Rupert ones are 2020, and the Dennis ones are 2021. I love them. I have bought too many of them. At least they don’t lose their value!
      Please send me your middle name!
      Sx

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  5. melaniereynolds

    Nice tree! I’m really dropping the ball on Christmas cards this year. I think they will all likely be late. Do we have to wait another week for pictures of the new sofa? I haven’t heard that Erasure song since, geez, high school, I think! Have a good week!

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Mels – I always start the cards with great gusto and enthusiasm – by the time I get to ‘C’ in my address book the enthusiasm is sort of waning – I say to myself: You have one job – which is true, so I get on with it 🙂
      Love Erasure!
      Sx

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  6. Nick Rogers

    I like the tree, though I wonder how Santa can deliver all those presents with a hat covering his eyes.

    Jenny also felt a bit weird for several days after her booster. But that may just have been the all-new booster jab with added marijuana.

    Ah, Leigh on Sea and Southend, I know them well. My maternal grandparents lived in Westcliff. I almost drowned on Southend beach once.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Nick – Surely we’ve all nearly drowned on a beach somewhere – it is a rite of passage. My beach might have been Bigbury-on-Sea. I only paddle these days.
      I think I’ve recovered from the jab now, hopefully!
      Sx

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  7. Mitzi

    I’ve been googling some of those places you mentioned as I’m thinking of buying a holiday home down south and I have a keen interest in Dorset, especially Weymouth, even though I’ve never been! Pray tell Scarlet, is it a nice place to live and are the people there common and what is the accent like? I think I’ll give Leigh-on-sea a miss though, I fear if I lived there I’ll be talking like a Billingsgate fish wife in next to no time.

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    1. Jon

      I went to Weymouth as a kid, and even then I remember it being a bit rough. Bournemouth’s much nicer, and at least it has a gay scene and a bit of culture. Oh, and a cruisy nudist area at the appropriately-named Studland Bay! Jx

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    2. Scarlet Post author

      Mitzi – And what is wrong with talking like a Billingsgate fish wife?????!
      Anyhow, I have heard that Weymouth is okay – Dorchester is good value – imagine, we could end up as neighbours one day! And I know how to cook a piece of fish.
      Sx

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