Thursday, December 31, 2009

I didn't want to end the year on a viral


We should all ring out the bells and celebrate this joyous day. I know it's not party time for New Year's Eve yet, but that is not why I am rejoicing anyway.

I now know how to attach a toilet float, bleed a radiator and my chest of drawers with the drawer that I yanked on and broke has now been swapped with those belonging to Mr FF. My lessons in extracting the OU zip files via Windows - the only thing this OS is used for in our household - will take place later, as will mastering the sound system connected to the projector. It's the toilet float I am most happy about though - whoever would have thought that being able to click a green plastic end into a white plastic spool at the bottom of a toilet cistern would have made me grin with sheer delight.

Mr FF will leave here about 6am Sunday morning and is booked into a Paris hotel; a subsequent flat share for a few weeks in Paris is all set up, which takes the heat off and leaves me time to make appointments for him to view prospective studios at his leisure, which we can then furnish with all our spare stuff - a taste of home for him.

Fellow bloggers - I hope 2010 brings you a few crumbs of comfort, some glasses of cheer, a tickle and a cuddle and a lot of happy moments. We can never expect perpetual happiness - it would get boring - let's just ask for a few laughs over the next twelve months and many happy meetings in the blogosphere

Bisous à tous

35 comments:

Steve said...

A few laughs... now that'd be a grand thing to settle for. Count me in. Happy New Year to you too!

the fly in the web said...

Best of luck to Mr. FF...he'll miss you, but i'm sure it will be a good 2010 for both of you...perhaps a move in sight, too.

willow said...

In the 25 years that WT has been traveling, I've become a pretty good plumber, myself. ;^)

Warm, woolly wishes for a wonderful 2010!

Ayak said...

You'll soon be adding all sorts of other DIY jobs to your plumbing skills..just you wait and see!

Happy New Year to you and Mr FF xxx

Frankofile said...

One of the happy things in 2010 for me will be watching your blog. I know you'll face all the challenges brilliantly.

marc aurel said...

Happy, happy new year and congratulations on fixing the toilet. Will you visit hubby in Parigi? We had such a good time there two years ago. I wish you both continued vivacity.

Dedene said...

Since you've learned to fix the toilet in 2009, 2010 promises to be a fantastic year.

Mille bisous et meilleurs voeux!

A Woman Of No Importance said...

A tickle, a cuddle is surely perpetual happiness! Wishing you comfort, warmth and the wet kisses of bichons' noses! Best of luck for Mr FF and you in the New Year, J! Thanks for a year of bloggy friendship, tales and wonderful writing and for your lovely wishes for me and mine - Merci mille! Cx

Angie Muresan said...

Thank you for your lovely wishes! So very true, perpetual happiness does get boring. Nevertheless, I wish you tons of happiness and love and many cuddles and tickles.
XO/ Angie

The wife of bold said...

Your right and hapiness is over rated anyways, everyone knows a bit of drama is what gets us through the days :) Here's to a great 2010 and now you've got the toilet thing down maybe next year you'll be a dab had at all plumbing related tasks x

Dumdad said...

Hope 2010 is a great one for you.

Bonne Année!

Jennysmith said...

Yes Happy New Year FF - may it be a good one xxxx

Veggie Carrie said...

Wishing you a very happy new year too FF!

P.S. As you are now an expert in repairing toilets, would you know how to fix the problem with ours? it takes 30 minutes for the tank to refill!

Eleonora said...

Lovely philospohy! Happy happy happy new year to you too and congratulations on your achievements. I told you so (that you could do it)!

Ciao
Eleonora

...mmm... said...

and a very happy New year to yu too--even more than a few crumbs worth! :) ..and even if you will celebrate it without hubs. Enjoy. Thank you for this year, your encouragements and blog along the way.

Bill Stankus said...

I hear you're inviting a few of your Blogland friends to Paris for a party. I'm so ready for that!

Bill

DJ Kirkby said...

Wishing you lots of good things in 2010. xo

Phil Lowe said...

Yay! Well done for your mastery of those contraptions technologiques au toilet etc!

I look forward to some tickles and cuddles and a happy 2010. So glad to have you as a friend French Fancy. Have a fantastic year in the blogisphere. I'll be there reading away about your adventures. Lots of love from Phil to you and Mr FF and those cute bichons xxxx

Nora Johnson said...

My dear FF!
A very Happy New Year to you & yours!
It’s been a wonderful year knowing you! Only sorry I’m not able because of work to get out & visit yr great site more often!
Mwah!
Hugs

XoXo Lola & Nora:)

Completely Alienne said...

I know exactly what you mean about the satisfaction from doing something like mending the cistern. I got a similar warm glow from replacing the handle on my cistern - it took me about 8 weeks to get round to doing it because I didn't know what to do, but once I had found it was a standard item and easy to fit I was SO pleased with myself!

Happy New Year to you and Mr FF and I hope everything goes well in Paris.

Desert said...

Crumbs!! Go for the whole cake.....that's what the French do. :)

Lane said...

What lovely wishes for us all.

Happy New Year to you!

LadyFi said...

Comfort, cheer and a few moments of love and kindness - sounds delightful! I wish you oodles of the same. And well done you for conquering the fickle toilet float!

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

French Fancy said...

I don't normally do a block answer but please forgive me if I do today.

I'm about to take the dogs to the canal, Mr FF is now in Paris and I don't want to spend too long sitting in at my little notepad.

Happy new year to one and all and here's to many happy moments when our paths will cross. And I promise to go back to individual responses from here on in (should that be one word?

xx

Contemporary Troubadour said...

Bonne année, FF! Looking forward to keeping in touch (in a more timely fashion once I'm no longer at my parents').

Bisous!

Cynthia Pittmann said...

Forced independence? I hope you end up celebrating your solitude...or at least finding the extra time useful. Think of all the great visits you and Mr. FF get to have! Many reunions...lots of sincere appreciation for each other. xx <3

Kathy said...

Hey there, I'm proud of you getting it all sorted before Mr FF set off, it must seem awfully quiet already (It does when Vanni goes off on his trips). Did someone say something about a party in Paris lol. Those cute little doggies will keep you busy i'm sure. Hope your new year brings you all you wish for,
to-da-loo, Kathy.

French Fancy said...

Contem, Cyn and Kathy - here's to another bloggy year ahead

xx

A Super Dilettante said...

Happy New Year to you and Mr FF and all the very best of happiness and success for amazing 2010 xxx

I'm still a bit behind your posts here. But dearest, I will catch up with you shortly.

French Fancy said...

ASD - I love seeing you here, ASD - it's that cheery yellow image and the love and care that makes up the man
x

Jean said...

Whenever we stay in a hotel in France, the first thing we usually do is fix the plumbing. We're getting good at it.! So it could be a very valuable skill for you too !
Happy New Year and all good wishes for 2010.

Ann said...

Happy New Year FF, is it cold, frosty, snowy, freezing, fingers dropping off weather, here we have eternal sunshine, too hot for me, in my dreams of course, the above is our weather.

I thought Irving's "Until I find you " was his weakest, self indulgent,repetitive, and incredibly boring, it was hard work finishing the book, I did, and thought how much time I had wasted on this nonsense, the best, The World according to Garp, similar style to one of my other fav authors Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five, now that is a great read " So it goes ", he packs everything into those three words.

Kathy said...

Yoohoo, Put the kettle on Julie, it's freezing out there and I am gasping for a cuppa :-). Kx

French Fancy said...

Hiya Jean - I'll end up more confident probably with household tasks but I'll still gladly defer to Mr FF's ability when he returns

Ann- I've not 'Until I find you' - it's not one waiting for me either. I might give it a miss because I don't want to knock him of the pedestal upon which I have placed him. 10 pages left in Hotel New Hampshire and then will start 'The Fourth Hand'

Kath - I wish you really were coming round for one.