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Happy New Year and Thank You

Posted on: 30 December 2009

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this:  To rise above the little things  ~ John Burroughs

New Year’s Day:  Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.  Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual ~ Mark Twain

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right  ~ Oprah Winfrey

Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits  ~ Author Unknown

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other  ~ Author Unknown

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man  ~ Benjamin Franklin
I made no resolutions for the New Year.  The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me  ~ Anaïs Nin


I know Christmas is not my festival, but it still ended up a very busy time indeed as my home turned into Hotel Chez Raven – again – bless my darling dearest and nearest – and I love it.   Anyway although it’s not my holiday I want to thank all of you who included me at this time, for your thoughtfulness in sending me beautiful snail mail and email cards and good wishes; all gratefully and graciously appreciated – your friendship means a lot to me – thank you.


I’ve not been in the right frame of mind to write – my creative juices are just not flowing – the way I’m feeling right now I could simply regurgitate some of the old stuff – boring boring boring.        Maybe it is all written in the stars and the waning moon and the flow of the tides.   I remember much debate about the effects of a new millenium and boy did my life change then.  

New Years Eve ten years ago, 1999, strolling along Fort Lauderdale promenade, my husband puffing on a cigar having just bought ‘us’ an apartment – little did I know what was in store.    The last ten years saw many losses; my marriage, my home, my job, my father and many friends who passed far too young, but despite the sadness, I am still blessed and for that I am eternally thankful.  I can’t say my cup is brimming over with happiness, but I’m not unhappy either – rather a sense of contentment and fulfilment.  The joy for a mother to see her children happily married to loving, caring and respectful partners and the wonderful gift of a loving family and friends and the highlight of grandchildren cannot be underestimated or adequately measured and as long as they are all well and happy, what more can I ask for?


So what’s new for 2010?   It’s probably just as well we don’t know what tomorrow brings, but for me I feel the time is right for a change of scene –  they did it in Israel!   


I really do fancy a new start – a blank canvas – gutting out rooms and remodelling, redecorating and refurnishing whilst I still have the energy and strength, but not this house – I do love it now and it has served me well – if I could lift it and move it I would.  It  is so true what they say – location location location is everything and living on an uninspiring characterless development is not where I wish to end my days.   I’ve had my HIP done (no not that kind – a Home Information Pack) and in the new year I shall get the ball rolling.   

As for other resolutions – humbug – nonsense – we don’t need a date to change or reflect or think of what was, what is, what might have been.  We can look into our hearts and souls any day of the year; it’s never too late to change.   As they say, out with the old (and the bad) – in with the new (and the good)!

with every best wish for a blessed 2010 to all my blogging family and friends


23 Responses to "Happy New Year and Thank You"

it is not “our time” but one cannot hide from the surrounding. it is a fun time, watching the shopping craziness

i agree every day is the day to look inside and ask – am i satisfied? look back at the day and ask – am i content with my choices? in fact – every moment is the time

blessings and joy

oh dhyan, i’m sure if i wasn’t jewish i would be embracing the celebrations as much as the next person

i think the last quote sums it up well

did the pics make you feel homesick? 🙂

i am not really the homesick person

i did notice much hebrew in the photo’s and kids and chanukah looks great and fun. at least i had Sufganyot this year.. 🙂

i prefer latkes 😆


Happy New Year to you! The kids are absolutely ADORABLE!! Look how much they’ve grown! Seems as though Moriah was just born!

Here’s hoping that 2010 is a better year for mankind.

… and hopefully jojo everything will fall into place for you and brian in 2010 too

Moriah is almost three-and-a-half and Boaz nearly five and the baby will be born in a few weeks – i remember wanting time to stand still when my children were little – i didn’t want them to grow up – now they’re bigger and wiser than their ol’ ma 😉

“and let each new year find you a better man” – thank you, Benjamin Franklin. I’ll have a D’Onofrio, please.

Happy New Year, Ann.

😆 val, make that a double – cheers

happy new year to you too

Happy New Year to you Ann. x

thank you and to you too

Happy Gregorian New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nothing like a papal bull to straighten things out. 😉

Hope you rest and recover from your innkeeping duties and have a wonderful time in 2010.

wow – a very formal comment – hmmmm!!!!!!!

… and i have no doubt you’ll be having a wonderful time in 2010 😉

Formal for a formal holiday. 😛

You are indeed blessed!

Precious photos 🙂

Best wishes with your move/new start! I’m excited for you.

… and every best wish for yours too kila

For all those who have struggled through 2009, for whatever reason, may 2010 be much kinder!

Happy New Year one and all

well a new job is something to be excited about this new year diane – good luck

A very happy new year to you! May it be prosperous, satisfying, and magical!

mmmm – satisfying – yes please and a little bit of magic sprinkled around would surely help – hope your creativity goes from strength to strength this new year

“Another chance for us to get it right…” Well, I’m 57 and haven’t got it right yet, so I’m not too hopeful for 2010. Loved the pics of the kids…they are so very adorable. Wishing you all the best and many joyful blessings for 2010.

you know, maybe we’re not meant to get it right – just keep trying to do our best and learn from every experience

lotsa luv ann x0x0x0x

Happy New Year! You children are adorable, thanks for sharing. I agree, I don’t wait for the new year to make changes or decisions on changing. Change is continuous in my world. It is interesting to look back over the last decade. Like you, much has changed for me in that time. The year 2000 seems like another lifetime to me. May this year bless you with love, peace, wellness and wisdom. Shalom!

mark, thank you for your good wishes and the same to you – as long as you keep writing your words of wisdom, so shall i learn –

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