Hope that you have had a wonderful year in 22; in spite of the craziness going on in the world around us.
I’m convinced now that the best path to real peace and happiness going forward is to “carve out” a good personal space to dwell in and dwell on; not just in the physical sense, but mentally too.
When I get too fixated on “the news” and in particular, some of the very bad decisions being made worldwide by so-called “leaders”, it’s easy to get discouraged and depressed. That will continue to be one of my biggest goals, heading into 23. To dwell on “what I can change” and not nearly so much on “what I can’t”.
There is still joy, goodness, beauty, kindness, integrity….all the good things, in abundance, in this world. And all that still gives me reason to have hope and to feel cautiously optimistic.
Right now, the packing goes ON and ON and on…..as we are preparing to leave BC, after living in this province for about 15 years. It’s time for a big change and BC is not the province that it was, even 10 years ago. Very expensive to live here now and climate change that continues to “rear it’s ugly head” each summer with the wildfires raging for weeks at a time. Also, no incentives or perks from the government to stay here, just more ways to gouge us it seems. I have some fond memories of BC but not enough to want to stay; that’s been the case for too many years now.
We are deciding between Northern Alberta and Mexico to move to. How is that for a range of options? They both have their pluses and minuses. Time will tell. We plan to check them both out thoroughly and take some time to get a “feel” for what seems like a good place to really settle down and be “at home” in the best sense of that term.
I wish all my blog readers, past, present and future a VERY Merry Christmas and much happiness in the New Year. Here’s hoping it’s a memorable one for all of us, for all the right reasons!
It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by.
It’s been such a difficult one for so many people, around the world. We are living in such strange times right now. It’s hard to hold onto hope that things WILL get better but when there is no hope, all is lost.
I’ve been trying to stay as upbeat and hopeful as possible and has been the case during so many difficult times through the years, writing and the creative process have made a big difference for the better.
After a long hiatus from writing for a variety of reasons, I am finally back to the “work” that I enjoy most of all.
I have a new Kindle eBook being released in January:
A book project that I had “percolating” in my mind for many years.
After that, I hope to complete two more Kindle eBooks before the end of 2022.
Got to make up for that long hiatus, right?? 🙂
I hope that my readers/followers here at Veggies (past and present) are staying well, and that the New Year is a much better one for all of us.
I’m trying not to dwell on all the doom and gloom news, it can be SO depressing and serves little purpose. Especially watching some of the misguided and life-changing decisions that so many of the “leaders” continue to make, in response to this pandemic.
We can’t give up now and there is light at the end of this tunnel if we hold on to what really matters, even now. Family, friends, real values, integrity, kindness, health and wellbeing….those things that never change, even when we are stressed to our personal limits.
I will leave you with a couple of holiday “goodies” that I hope will bring a smile to your day.
One of my favorite Christmas CDs continues to be:
I noted that it is once again at the top of the charts over at Amazon Canada again this year. Talk about staying power! Guaranteed to lift your spirits, especially when you sing along. I’m guessing a lot of you already have this one in your collection.
CRANBERRY MANDARIN CHRISTMAS LOAF
Enjoy the recipe and perhaps learn a thing or two about cranberries in my post:
IF I can find some organic fresh cranberries here in BC (supplies have been rather limited with the flooding, weather…) I hope to make a couple of these “beauties” this holiday season.
They make a wonderful hostess guest too. Great for fruitcake haters too!
Have some other news pending but I’ll wait til it’s a “done deal” before I share it here and at my other sites. I read a quote recently that I thought was very wise: “tell me what you have done, not what you are going to do“. That I thought was very good advice. Suffice to say for now, it is a BIG move in the works already and hopefully will be a “done deal” and a “have done” before my birthday in April. It won’t be easy with all the restrictions in place right now, but where there is a will, there IS a way.
Wishing you peace, love, prosperity and all the good things in 2022.
Hugs and All the Best!
PS: My apologies for the less than stellar formatting, I didn’t have time to “fight” with WP any longer today. Blogger is SO much easier to navigate, at least it is for me.
If anyone is still stopping by here, I send my best wishes and hope that you are remaining well and in good spirits during this oh so difficult time in our history.
When I would think about the year “2020” many years ago, I always thought it had such a nice “ring” to it, such a good connotation of clarity and insight in that number. Instead, it has ended up being such a hard, long and frightening year.
But one that should be a wake-up call in many respects and hopefully will be in terms of keeping up our immunity, being ever vigilant about cleanliness….all common sense measures IMO, but sadly lacking it seems in so many people’s lives. When I see countless Youtube videos about “How to Wash Your Hands” ….that speaks volumes!
On the plus side (and there ARE some) it has been an opportunity for people to reunite with their families in truly meaningful ways, spending more quality time together.
Really thinking about what matters in the big picture and what doesn’t and will eventually pass.
The environment has apparently been doing much better too, with a substantial reduction in pollution levels during the many lockdowns and industry closures.
Joe and I and Mr. Cheddar have all weathered this storm and look forward to a much better year in 2021. We won’t be lining up for any vaccines, but we will continue to do the things that have kept us healthier and more fit that a lot of people over 50, year after year. I still believe that good health is not that hard to maintain for most people, but it does take work and more so, as the years pass by. It is SO worth it though.
I will close by wishing you a Happy, Safe and Memorable Holiday, in spite of the restrictions.
I hope you will also stop by my author’s site , to check out some Amazon Holiday Kindle promotions now in progress and a link to one of my fav Christmas songs too. I love all the holiday classics but some….a must hear, every year, like that one. 🙂
Hugs and Happy New Year!!!
PS: If anyone can enlighten me where to find the option to change the default page text color here at WP now, I would be oh so grateful.
Posting here at WP has become one big hassle. 😦
And all the best in the New Year!
PS: If you are in need of some holiday gift ideas/inspiration, check out my new gift list, with something affordable for everyone on your list.
Where has 2015 gone?
For me, it seems like it just flew by, faster than any other year that I remember! Can you relate?
I’ve decided to stop blogging here at Veggies…and also at my poetry blog: My Poetic Path.
I will continue to post reviews on a regular basis at:
There is just not enough time to get it all done it seems, in spite of usually putting in 17+ hours, most days.
I am always on the go and this coming year I want to focus on the many creative projects I have in the works (or in mind) that I get the most joy and satisfaction from. Blogging as we all know, can take up a lot of time, especially with 3 blogs as I’ve had for many years.
I will also be setting up a new blog at some time in the future, focused on my books and writing pursuits. But for now, it’s time to take a break from most blogging to recharge, regroup and redirect my time and energy.
I wish all my readers the best of everything in 2016.
It’s going to be a wonderful year, I just know it! 🙂
Happy New Year
All the Best from Me and Mr. Cheddar
I’m glad the Chedster is holding me up; I’ve never been much of a skater. 😉
PS: I’m catching up on some end-of-the-year projects right now so won’t be blogging much until the New Year.
Wishing you a magical holiday season and all the good things in 2015. 🙂
What a perfect time of year this is, for reflection and quiet contemplation.
To look forward and also, to celebrate what we have achieved in the past year.
And to focus on what we hope to achieve, improve and change in the New Year.
A fresh palette awaits! 😉
And then there are New Year’s resolutions…what do you think?
Are they a good or bad idea?
According to a poll at Forbes Magazine (click to read post) less than 10% of people that make resolutions, actually keep them for the full year. Most are forgotten by the end of January. 😦
But this article does have some good tips how to actually succeed at keeping resolutions throughout the year and making some positive changes that actually last and that improve our lives in the long-run significantly.
Two of many suggestions: Keep it simple and specific.
I’m only making one resolution this year but for me, it’s a biggie.
No, it’s not about losing weight or giving up smoking; those two seem to be at the top of so many resolution lists. I’m actually quite happy with my weight right now, although more exercise is on the agenda for the new year. And I LOATHE smoking so that’s something I’ve never had to try to give up.
My resolution for 2014:
To stop dwelling on regrets or “beating myself up” about mistakes I’ve made in the past. It serves no purpose and generates a lot of bad energy in the present.
Some of those “mistakes” and regrets I now realize were the best decisions I could have made at the time, all things considered. And the ones that could have been smarter or thought out more…well, they were made, they can’t be changed now, so why make myself miserable thinking about what might have been a better road to take, at that time.
I’m really going to try to stop this self-defeating “what -if” kind of mind-speak, once and for all, this year. Wish me luck!
What resolution(s) have you made for 2014? Do share.
I hope you reach and savor all your new goals, whatever they are.
Wishing You All:
A Happy and Healthy 2014!
May it be the best year ever, for all of us! 🙂
May this new year/direction/path lead to all your heart’s desires….
Wow, isn’t that an amazing number: 2-0-1-1 ?
I still remember when I thought I’d be soooooo old in the year 2000. What perceptions we have as children eh?
Anyhoo….here’s to a wonderful, productive and prosperous new year.
I’ll be back soon with a review of a very interesting new product. Actually, it’s Mr. Cheddar who is giving it a try out. 😉 And another diet update (it’s all good)! And some of my plans/goals for 2011.
In the meantime, raise a glass of cheer and be safe and happy tonight. 🙂