IT’S after 9am when I wake up. Feel a good bit better tho’ – the last week has been non-stop hectic.

Of course there’s a pile of stuff in the office to deal with – and my pal Rab needs some web stuff done. There’s also merch orders to be packed up and sent out, some much needed stock-taking and a load of bills to be paid.

I’ve made a slight dent in the to-do list by lunchtime then I start the phone call list before gettign the smoker going for a batch of chicken…I trimmed up some chicken thighs last night and put a rub on ’em. We’ll have some for dinner tonight and the rest will go in the freezer as an essential ingredient for jambalaya.

I’ll be due to sort some Scottish shows for around end February/beginning of March and we’d like to include my pal Andres Roots from Estonia on the shows. I put out the feelers and start putting together a wee plan for a few shows.

We’re well into December and haven’t tackled the Christmas cards yet so I print out ‘the list’ and relevant address labels so we can make a start on ’em after dinner.

The chicken is the best I’ve done yet – most likely as I paid close attention to temperature and pulled ’em out in stages as they became ready. We have some with salad, coleslaw and the Alabama White BBQ sauce I made earlier.

After dinner we discuss the Scottish shows then onto the Christmas cards. We get the international ones done and a start on the UK lot…every year we try and cut down the list a bit – fewer and fewer folks bother with them now…and the postage is an expense we can’t really afford in light of the ever-rising cost of stamps.