You may remember that back in August I won a £500 fashion voucher. I spent about half on me and half on Christmas presents. The presents are considerably more costly than I would normally buy but the recipients know this is a one-off and their chance to share in my good fortune. However, that's a nice chunk off my usual Christmas shopping bill, I've got most of my presents bought now, and I've got some special clothes for the Christmas season.
Today I visited a friend who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and sadly it is beginning to be more evident so I came home feeling rather sad. Nothing can take away that sadness but I was cheered a little by the news that I have won another competition, this time for a sturdy pair of winter shoes. I had quite a choice but these will be very useful.
Back in the summer I won a rather nice hotel break which I gave to a friend and her husband. She is coming to stay with me for a few days and she is treating us both to a spa day while she is here.
Not bad this comping lark!