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Bah Humbug! 6 Things Taking the Shine Off Christmas

Bah humbug! I’m just not feeling it.  Does anybody else feel the same? I thought getting our tree and decorating it while drinking a few glasses of Mulled wine and listening to Michael Bublé’s Christmas full deluxe special edition, might do the trick.  Well, it did, sort of.


1.  The Potential of a No-deal Bloody Brexit

Graphic by Jon Danzig 2017

It took a pandemic to take our minds off it, and I’ve only very recently vented my frustrations on the subject of  Brexit Madness, so I won’t continue to harp on about the sad #BrexitReality of 2021.  Except, maybe, to say that it is the grossest act of self-harm the once great Britain has ever inflicted upon itself.  



While still on the subject of that pandemic… COVID-19 you can **** off in 2021.  AstraZeneca and others are out to get you.

Jersey in hospitality circuit breaker



3.  All Hospitality Venues are Shut

‘Hospitality venues and gyms to close for around a month in a bid to stem surge of Covid cases.’  Jersey Evening Post, 2nd December 2020

My night clubbing, cocktail-swilling days never really started.  I’ve always been more of a sort of smart-casual pub/restaurant-goer myself.  So, I would like to raise a glass to some of my local hostelries and good food providers, that I am missing.  Aromas, Cafe Jac, Gradees, to name but three.  I miss you all.

4.  Last week A literary agent described not taking me on as a ‘Near Miss’

5.  The manuscript I sent for the last writing competition of the year, and one I really wanted to do well in, had my name on it, dhrr…

Basic Rule Number One.  Manuscripts must not show the name or address of the entrant but must include the title.

What a blithering idiot I am! 😖

6.  Everything About 2020 has been a pretty good Surreal Mess, right?

A South Korean child rides a scooter on Feb. 27 in Seoul. Creator: Chung Sung-Jun Credit: Getty Images
  • Living under a cloud of COVID-19
  • Lockdown
  • Testing, or lack of it
  • Self-Isolation
  • Wearing masks
  • No hugging

Bah humbug! BUT… if you can try to look past the travesty of the Brexit shooting-ourselves- in-the-foot business, we need to take any positives that have come out of 2020, into the New Year.

Once  the COVID-19 busting picks up speed and we are all jabbed we will be able to:

  • Mingle freely, rub noses with, and hug our loved ones and friends
  • Travel undaunted  – but check the shiny new Brexit rules before venturing to Europe 😠

If you, like me, you have made mistakes in 2020, don’t be a blithering idiot again, learn from them, move forward and don’t let any near misses stop you succeeding in 2021.

Merry Christmas to you and, to you too, Mr Bublé.




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