Counting my Blessings


Traditional though it may be, I really don’t want to waste the time and energy reviewing my year.  If I’m patient a day or two, WordPress will do it for me, and those of you who’ve put up with me all this time deserve better.  What I do want to do is to say a heartfelt thanks to all of you!  It’s been a good year for me and I have many reasons to count my blessings.  Please know that all of you out there number among them.



You probably don’t need to look very hard to realise that I’m sharing the beauty of my daughter’s tree.  The hand-made trimmings give it away.  It helps to keep her near to me.  Sentimental old fool!

Not all of us have had such a happy year, yet most of us are survivors.  One such lady, whose beautiful post this morning caught my eye, deserves some Christmas love.  I hope that you are all as prepared as you need to be to spend a joyful Christmas.



  1. Thanks Jo I clicked on one of your followers commenters.
    I thought what would some ones blog be like who put in a Bing Crosby video.
    You have lots of nice followers with good taste attracted to your blog,


    1. Heather is a lovely lady, Jack! One of those blogs I don’t get to very often, and there are too many of them, but life just isn’t long enough some weeks. 😦 Glad you found each other, and thanks for your visit 🙂 G’day! 🙂

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      1. I know the feeling. There is enough is time but I need to play at other things as well and I need my sleep to recharge my batteries. “You beaut, you are picking up the Aussie lingo., G’day to you too.:-)


  2. Happy Christmas, Jo! What a beautiful post. James and I want you to know that we count you as one of our blessings. Thank you for all your fun and thoughtful posts and comments you’ve shared throughout the year … you always make us smile. Wishing you all the best in the New Year. ~Terri


    1. Merry Christmas, Terri 🙂 I love the way Christmas rolls around the world for all our blogging friends. Hope that you and James are having a special one, and my very best wishes to you both in 2016.


  3. Lovely post Jo nice sentiments and gorgeous decorations, what a clever and artistic daughter you have. I have really enjoyed strolling around with you and your wonderful wanderers from all over the world, what a great idea your Monday walks are. I’m looking forward to what 2016 will bring I know it will be interesting. Hope you are having a relaxing Christmas day now all the preparation is over. And just flop tomorrow….


    1. Merry Christmas, Pauline! (and Jack 🙂 ) You are the first person I’ve said merry Christmas to in ‘real time’. My 2 are still slumbering upstairs. Yesterday was quite manic at the outset, with a present that hadn’t arrived in the post and me sploshing through howling gales to buy another. But it turned out well in the end, with our son cooking us a very nice Eve meal, and a glass or two. I’m good to go now, with just that dinner to cook and a lot of love and smiles. It will be just about over for you, hon. This funny old world! Sending love across the miles 🙂


      1. What a drama for you with the non-arrival of a present. Pleased all ended ok Boxing Day now and raining, love it, so indoors catching up with my lovely blog friends. Love to you and best wishes for 2016


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