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! 🙂

      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

  4. What a beautiful tree Jo! Have very much appreciated your visits to my little corner of “Blogland” in 2015 and really enjoy reading your lovely posts too. I’ve been rather absent this past week – with our daughter back and Christmas preparations it’s been very hectic! Just on a break in between cooking Christmas Eve dinner – we have our main meal tonight and visitors are due very soon! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and many good wishes for the New Year plus many more hours of happy blogging! X 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Rosemay 🙂 You’ve been lovely company! I’m doing last minute panic. I’ve just ordered a present to pick up in store today and it appears to be being sent somewhere else!!! Oh, the joys of Christmas shopping! Have a very lovely time together and my very best wishes for 2016. 🙂

  5. Jo you have kept me in good shape all year for all of the walking. I so hope to follow some of your lovely trails one day.
    Thank you for your loyal support over the past years. I am so grateful dear one. Xo

    1. As each of my ‘blessings’ pops up in the comments I smile, Sue. 🙂 You’ve been a lovely companion this year. Now grab that suitcase and get out of here! 🙂 And take some Christmas love with you 🙂 🙂

  6. Such a beautiful tree. 🙂

    I was watching White Christmas the other evening and thought to myself, obviously the title song has rightly become the one best known but the song I actually love is “Count Your Blessings”. And then your post popped up. It’s a good theme for this time of year, I think. Many blessings to you and your family, Jo. 🙂

    1. You’re a kind soul, Heather! There you lie counting your broken ribs and still radiating joy (I know- the other half might not agree 🙂 🙂 ). Thanks for being a blessing, H, and a speedy recovery and happy 2016 to you. I’m off to sing-along-a-Bing 🙂

  7. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you in 2015 and very much appreciate your friendship. Looking forward to hanging out with you here in 2016. Have a great holiday and a fun filled New Year. PS LOVE the tree 🎅🏼🎁🎄🎆

    1. Some she makes with glass beads, others she embellishes, Gilly. You would love her home! It’s beautiful year round but even better at Christmas. 🙂 Hugs, sweetheart! Have fun!

  8. I bet Lisa is chuffed her tree is taking centre stage Jo … a lovely & festive touch there .
    Lots of cheer 😉 fun and blessings to you and yours – have a fabulous time xx

    1. Thanks, sweetheart! I’ve been chasing my tail all day long 😦 Didn’t catch it! No worries- will try harder tomorrow. 🙂
      Have a super duper time with yours! More Christmas hugs coming right over 🙂

    1. I’ve just flopped in a heap! Tomorrow will have to do for the rest. So glad tis but once a year. 🙂 I don’t even do anything extravagant so why does it take so much time? Think I’d better put time management skills on my wish list next time 🙂 Thanks for your kindness and your company. Have a lovely Christmas!

  9. Beautiful ornaments, Jo. I’ve truly enjoyed ‘our’ walks, thanks to your generosity and photographic eye. Let’s do it again next year 😉🍾🇬🇧🇺🇸

    1. More tired than merry today, Alison, but it gets easier on Boxing Day 🙂 Thanks, sweetheart! And to you and Don. (always reminds me of the Everleys- no, I know you’re not a Phil 🙂 )

  10. What a beautiful tree. I would want to keep such a creative spirit near to me too. 🙂 Blessings to you, and thank you for the blessings your posts and comments have brought to me this year. 🙂

    1. Hello, Ann 🙂 It’s even harder at Christmas, isn’t it? I want to rush everywhere, giving out the hugs, but time inevitably catches me up. I have so enjoyed your company and kindness.

  11. Merry Christmas, Jo! I Count your blog among this year’s happy findings … or did I find it last year but visit quite often this year – whatever. It’s great you are around and inspire us to walk (and photograph). Cheers!

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