Hello everyone and a Happy New Year to all my followers and readers.
I just thought I would drop by for a few minutes whilst there is calm once more. It is so quiet here today I feel the house is fast asleep – recovering from the busyness of the last few weeks.
We spent Christmas Eve delivering gifts to friends and then had an unexpected visit from my elder daughter and SIL in the evening. Unintentionally, we were late to bed and then quite late up on Christmas morning – this did not matter though as DH and I spent Christmas day on our own, through choice, as we did not relish a further trek up to North Yorkshire after having been up there on the Sunday before for the family party, and both our daughters were spending Christmas with their respective in-laws.
It was the first time ever we have been completely alone on Christmas Day but I actually enjoyed it. We had no deadlines to meet for meals, no one to entertain and it was a chance to take advantage of the quiet time after a busy month and a busy year. In fact I will make sure we have a day like this every year – perhaps not on Christmas Day but maybe at some point over Christmas. Of course it is much easier to plan a day of doing nothing when everyone else is occupied.
I had some lovely gifts from my friends and vouchers for John Lewis from our family Not so Secret Santa. Perfect. Here are a few of my favourite.These delicate handmade wire snowdrops… a little felted bird… a stack of hand made soaps and some pot pourri… two printed mugs on a matching little tray.
Last night we spent the evening with some of our dearest friends, feasting, laughing and playing games – a wonderful way to see the new year in.
So now we are in 2019 already looking back on 2018, which for me was quite a mixed year; we started the year in January with the sad loss of 3 family members and then a few months later celebrated the marriage of one and the birth of another. So like many other families it is always in a continuous state of ebb and flow.
During the last few days I have been planning and plotting and also pondering on a new focus word… but at the point of writing this has not revealed itself to me yet; but I am not in any particular hurry. My focus word last year was The Power of Small and indeed I did make small adjustments to various aspects of my life which then produced some major and unexpected changes – the most notable being leaving my job and the security that brings.
I always love this month of January it never feels bleak to me – I am eager to set new goals, think about new challenges and looking forward to what the new year may bring, even those little unexpected surprises. Of course I want it to be all good things but I know that will never be the case – I only hope that the inevitable problems when they come are not insurmountable or too traumatic that I will not be able to cope.
But for now all around me is good – my friends and family are all relatively well, we have a warm home plenty of food and I am feeling quite blessed.
A good start to the year so far.
11 Replies to “dEAr diary ~ a happy new year”
Happy New Year. My words same as last year. And breathe!
Thanks Jill. I hope you continue to have a long period of good breathing – it must make all the difference to you.
Happy New Year from me also!
Thanks Cathy x
A very good start to the year, Vivien. Sending my very best wishes for 2019. Xx
Thank you Jules – I wish the best for you and yours too – I feel quite excited for 2019 – I hope it lives up to my expectations! xx
Happy New Year Vivien! My Christmas day was cancelled due to illness in the family so I am going to my Mum’s for ‘Christmas’ this Sunday! It feels so strange having unwrapped presents to give still lying around. I love January – a fresh start full of all sorts of possibilities. I hope you have a great year ahead doing all the things you want to do. Thank you so much for my handmade Christmas card. x
Happy New Year Simone. I am so sorry your Christmas was brought to a halt through illness. It does happen and quite often these days there are so many bugs going around – many bloggers experienced illness this Christmas. I hope you enjoy the day at your mum’s just as much as if it was the actual Christmas day. We often have celebrated a different day at Christmas with our girls because of other commitments within the family and for us we still enjoyed the day.
Wishing you a joyful New Year. x
Happy New Year. Quiet days are blissful.
Happy New Year! I love January and new starts. Your whole Christmas season sounded lovely and mostly relaxing! Enjoy your first FULL year of retirement 🙂
Happy New Year Dar – hope it’s a good one for you. I am already planning this year – it always feels good in the first few days until you are hit with problems and difficulties. Probably just as well we don’t know what they might be or when they might appear!
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