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Thursday, 31 December 2015

A Happy New Year

A small present, very me
Another year is about to end, 2015 has rushed by, 
it has been a good year, at home we have lost loads of clutter from the house, our wasteful spending has all but stopped, we do not go to town each weekend and buy clothes we do not require. Our out going has settled down, we do not go without anything we want, we have just stopped seeing and impulse buying things. I feel we have stepped off the commercial world, we watched a programe on TV last night with Mary Portas, she was showing what 'we in the UK' spent our money on in 2015, as a child of the 70's ( I was 18 in 1973) I was surprised to see the clothing revival this summer was 70's style, it completely passed me by, having said that, I firmly believe if you wore it the 1st time round, you are better off giving it a miss when it comes back. We are also eliminating waste from our lives, we hope to get even better this coming year. 
Hubby has settled into retirement and is enjoying his time at home, he is using his cooking skills to create meals using ingredients rather than packets, jars or tins, our food taste much better. We are hoping to eat seasonal fruit and veg local sourced or home grown. He has started to sort his belongings and is decluttering. Plus he has more time to play golf with his chums. 
Both my girls are happy and with a wedding in the spring we have a celebration to look forward to. Grandsons are a complete joy, would not change any of them, they are growing up fast, but amusing as well. 
I have packed most of Christmas away, just left the cards, we are driving to Somerset today, spending tonight in the Village, on a pub crawl, we will visit all 4 pubs in the village, it's a great time to catch up with loads of people. 
1st is Logan's birthday, so a day with him. 
2nd is Martin's birthday so a meal out with brothers and sister, then drive back home on Sunday. A busy few days filled with laughter and celebrations, I love family life.
I hope you spend tonight with some one you love, 
it is a special evening, a new year with  so much promise to offer.


  1. Have a lovely time. We're staying in having a quiet (non drinking) night as husband is working tomorrow.

  2. Glad your husband has settled into retirement. We are the same we have stopped impulse buying too, and very rarely go out. I was 18 in 1974, so agree with you, if you wore it the first time round don't wear it again!

    We have added another bin to the recycle bins the council gave us, this bin is for the charity shop. When it needs emptying of the charity shop with it!

    Julie xxxxxx

  3. Have a lovely time. Well done on the changes you have made in life and long may it continue. De cluttering and concentrating on appreciating what you have is very liberating. I was 22 in 1984, loved the fashion just wish I was still a trim size 10 to fit them. Love the music of that era.

  4. It is 9:43 am here in Western New York. I think if should be late afternoon in your part of the world.

    Wishing you and your family the BEST of New Years!

    Oh, Matthew and Marcus said to send their wishes for a "Pur-r-r-r fect" New Year to your Fur-Daughters :)

  5. Have a wonderful time in Somerset. Spending time with family and those you love is the most important thing. Wishing you and yours all the very best for 2016.

  6. Enjoy your time away, I will be trying my cross stitch later. I found an old Kaffe fassett book on Needlepoint this morning, only 50p so will be having a good look at that.

  7. I'm glad that your husband is enjoying his retirement because I know that you had some concerns over how he would make the adjustment. Have a great time with family and friends this weekend... and all the best for 2016! Jx

  8. A very Happy New Year to you and yours. Enjoy.

  9. Happy New Year! Here's to a good 2016! xx

  10. Have a wonderful New Year spent with your family.
    Wishing you a new year filled with happy and fun times and lots of stitching too! Happy New Year.

  11. wishing you both a wonderful 2016

  12. Happy New Year Marlene, sounds like you've had a change of lifestyle in 2015. May it all continue in 2016 x

  13. Wishing all the best for this New Year! It's been a pleasure to meet you via this blog, Pat

  14. Happy New Year Marlene - the 70's revival had passed me by thank goodness - can't see me in those clothes now - once was sufficient:) I think we will be following your path this year more avidly although have already started - want to downsize and get rid of more clutter although have done quite a lot already. I think we really are a throw any nation now and I don't like it :) enjoy your family birthdays too x



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