Happy New Year.

        Wishing everyone, a very Happy New Year.

Wishing you 12 months of success, 52 weeks of laughter, 365 days of fun, 8760 hours of joy, 525600 minutes of good luck and 31536000 seconds of happiness.

A time to reflect.

As the year draws to a close, myself like many other people, take the time to reflect on the passing year. I sincerely hope that you all have some fond memories of 2017. Our memories are personal and precious, good memories can be retrieved and the feelings of happiness can once again bring joy.

Memory is the ability of the mind, to encode, store and retrieve information.  Recall is the ability to bring the memory back into our awareness. As humans, we have been gifted with this ability, so as the year ends, let’s reflect on the good things in life.

I see myself as an upbeat kind of person, one could say that I am a glass half full, positive woman, who can sometimes fall into the realms of being a people pleaser. We are all different and it is important to respect other people’s differences. Now, more than ever, in our ever-changing world, this is important to remember.

This year for me has been the year that I ticked another wish off my Bucket List.

The very beginning of the year, my dream of becoming a published author, was realised, when my debut novel, Alice, was released. My dream was further reinforced when my second book, Love, Secrets and Absolution, was published by The Globeflower Agency, in November; bringing my year to a close.

Our third grandchild was safely delivered in May, a nephew for our Grandson and Granddaughter. Our family is expanding, making for many wonderful family occasions. This Christmas, once again our home was filled with family, enjoying good food and festivities.

I think the time has arrived when we need to consider buying a much larger dining table. Our current six-foot refectory table no longer accommodates the many diners and children’s highchairs. I guess the old table will have to be replaced, despite thirty plus years of family gatherings around it.

However, here is my dilemma. Do any of you have a favourite piece of furniture? I do. For me, it is the old dresser that matches our refectory table. Each Christmas, we decorate it, fill it with all kinds of goodies and place some of our greeting cards on the shelves. When the dresser is full, we are ready for the celebrations. I don’t think that I can part with it. This piece of furniture, along with our rocking chair, has become a permanent fixture. Therefore, in the new- year, we will be on the lookout, for an extendable table to compliment the dresser.

Wish me luck everyone.