Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Hello 2013

Hello Lovely Readers

How are you? Are you enjoying the prospect of a new year? I don't know where the last part of 2012 went, but somehow I have crawled my way into 2013.  It was all going so well. I was loving blogging and then I started a new job and it all went to pot. I stopped all my crafting because I could barely keep my head above water at school. And I had nothing to say........ Now for anyone who knows me, you will find that somewhat miraculous! But it is true ..... I just dried up. I am not quite sure how we did Christmas.... but we did ....
... and we celebrated #4's 18th on Boxing Day as well as #2's 24th. We had a 2nd Christmas Dinner in honour of #2 who was with Gorgeous Girlfriend's family on Christmas Day. He adores a roast dinner, as do his brothers. 

But, new beginnings are here again with the arrival of a new year and there is always hope. My sister has started blogging about counting blessings and so I am waving goodbye to the lacklustre soul that I have been of late, and I am starting afresh. So, my dearest readers, if you are new to my pages.... "Welcome" and if you are old friends then, "Hello again - please forgive my absence."

I started blogging on 30th December 2011 and so I am a year old in Blogworld. I started with these thoughts as the old year waned......

I will try to be more frugal.      (I made inroads into this and learnt to spend less - thank you to the Blog Friends who inspired this)
I will try to be more healthy.       (Nah..... this didn't really happen. I dieted and stopped, so here's to 'New Beginnings' again.......)
I will try to engage my brain before talking.  (Mostly managed this one)
I will try to be more compassionate.    (I tried and checked myself when I wasn't)
I will try to find ways to love myself.       (Mmmmmmmmmmm another non-starter)
I will have a life outside of work.      (Oh dear!)
I will spend less.             (I did)
I will use up the food in the larder/freezer/fridge before going shopping (I am a hoarder).   (Partly managed this)
I will (finally) de-clutter my life! (In spite of some peoples' comments, I am NOT like that poor man on the telly who hoards absolutely everything, but I do hang on to things I no longer need). This is the year to act on William Morris' adage not to own anything that that is neither useful or beautiful. (Okay, I didn't do as much as I wanted and it all came to a grinding halt at the end of August, but I did part with 2559 items last year which is a jolly good start).

The clothes sort began ....................
and was completed......

So, some good, some not so good, but isn't that what life is like? I think all of last year's musings will be works-in-progress. Maybe, I need to be more realistic with myself. I do love blogging and I felt so privileged to meet so many lovely people via their amazing blogs - so thank you all for that!

In December, we ended the old year with some good news. #2 passed the final exams for his Chartered Accountancy and is now a fully-fledged chartered accountant. We are so very proud of him. A week later, after 13 months of assessments and meetings and more assessments and more meetings, Mr Thrifty and I were accepted as foster carers.... so a new chapter is about the begin. I will be continuing in teaching while Mr Thrifty becomes a full-time carer...... who knows what lies ahead!

I wish you all a wonderful and peaceful 2013 full of abundance and blessings.

Love Mrs Thrifty


  1. Good news ! Ahhh to be "perfect", so happy we are not, aren't you? *smile* I am still working on lots that I had good intentions on doing myself ... you did amazing with your decluttering last year. I am still going at it with 2 bags full just today. There is always hope for the sometimes hopeless xx

  2. PS Happy New Year & Happy you are still here :) xx

  3. Happy New Year to you, and congrats on your son becoming a Chartered Accountant, that is what our son is here in Canada, all he does are audits, poor guy...LOL

    Gill in Canada

  4. I say well done on all the things you did achieve and so what to those you didn't. Congrats to the CA, don't envy him all those figures one bit. Looks like you had lovely decs up and survived the celebrating. Looking forward to hearing more about your 2013, as and when, you have time. Happy New Year Mrs Thrifty.

    Arwedd xx

  5. All the best for this new year.
    Love from Mum

  6. Congrats and hugs all round!
    So glad you are back blogging....thought Canada may have put you into deep shock!
    Jane xxx

    1. PS I drank tap water in a restaurant....Gill is my witness!!!!

  7. Happy New year ! good to have you back :)

  8. Well done on all of it to you and the family.

    I don't do resolutions at this time of year as I find I always fail!

  9. Happy New Year Mrs Thrifty!

    Good to see you back & hope you manage to continue!

    Well done to you & the family on all of your achievements.

    Kay :)

  10. So much going on in your world for 2012!! Hope the New Year will slow down a little and give you more time to rest. Glad to see you back

  11. I so relate to your post - since teaching full time in September I have felt consumed by work! Here's to a very happy 2013 with a better balance of life/ work/ craft/ family and blogging. I have so missed reading your blog xxx

  12. Well done to you all, you seem to have accomplished more than you think!!

    We can all be a bit hard on ourselves sometimes, give yourself a break it's a brand new year to do with as we please :-)

    Many congrats to your son, not easy exams to pass.

    Happy New Year and all the very best to you all.

    Sue xx

  13. Happy 2013, Mrs. T! I wish you many wonderful new adventures; Congratulations to your son, too.

  14. I’ve nominated you on my blog for a “Liebster” award – an award for blogs I like to visit. There are (aren’t there always?!) particular rules that one is supposed to follow...However, I do appreciate that many bloggers find such things a bit tedious, or not actually what they blog for. So, if it doesn’t float you boat, no worries. Just be happy that I’ve (hopefully) sent others to look at your blog and enjoy it as much as I do. If you do want to join in, then hop over to my blog to find out the “rules”.


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