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Sunday, 30 December 2012

2012 Almost Over ....

Hallo my dear bloggy friends. I must apologize for not getting round to visit you all recently, but the family are here until the 5th January, and I'm trying to be good and not spending all my time on the laptop!!
This evening, we are off to the Pantomime to see Dick Whittington. (Oh no you're not!! Oh yes we are!!).  First time I've been to a Pantomime for many a year, and I'm really looking forward to it.  I don't know if my bloggy friends in America (or elsewhere in the world) know what a Pantomime is, but it's great fun.  The leading man is usually played by a lady, there is a lot of slapping of thighs and wearing of  long, high boots, and shouts of "he's behind you"!!! The sort of thing that goes on in households all over England on a regular basis then.  Hee Hee!!

Over here in England, we had one of our wettest summers ever in 2012 and, judging by the amount of rain that is still pouring down, I suspect it could be the wettest year on record!

On a very wet day back in the summer of 2012, a cynical nation sat down to watch the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, held here in London.  We didn't have much expectation, but as we started to watch the spectacle we had the realization that, hey, this was actually going to be quite good!  For the next 17 days, most of us were rooted to our tv screens and felt part of every victory by Team GB, and my goodness, didn't they do us proud!! 

What with that and the Queen's Diamond Jubiloee, it really was a year to remember over here in dear old England!

It was around about the same time that a wife said to her husband that she was fed up with the daily stresses of her job, and that she was going to quit and write a novel.  The husband's heart sank, as she had a pretty good job, with a very nice salary coming into the home.  She had just finished writing her first book, and it was selling just a few hundred copies a week. 

Since that time, the wife's trilogy of books has sold over 40 million copies worldwide and it has, in fact, become Amazon's all-time best seller.  The books are, of course, the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.  which have become a publishing phenomenon.  Now why didn't I come up  with an idea like that?!

My wish for all of you as we approach the new year, is that you will be blessed in 2013 with good health,  happiness, joy, contentment, and peace in your hearts.  I hope that our friendship will continue and I look forward to sharing your lives in the days and months ahead.

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called “Opportunity” and its first chapter is New Year’s Day."
Edith L. Pierce.


 See you again in the new year!  Enjoy your New Years Eve celebrations whatever you might be doing, from partying, to just sitting cosily in your own homes, and I wish you everything that you would wish for yourselves.  Take care, and God bless.


Denise said...

Have a wonderful evening out.Sounds like a lot of laughs.I need to check out the trilogy,Haven't read any of them yet.Last night Paul and I went out in the rain to see the Hobbit.We both enjoyed it and had a lovely evening.I'll be talking to you again real soon.Happy New Year and take care-Denise

Manzanita said...

Aren't you the lovely with your glass of pink lemonade, wishing us Happy New Year.

Glad you explained pantomime. I thought it was someone who doesn't speak .
Cheers and a blast of a New Year

Shady Del Knight said...

Hallo, dear Thisisme! I'm so glad you're finally getting some rain over there, dear friend. I know Devon is parched from months of unrelenting sunshine. :) Here in my household the leading man is indeed played by a lady: Mrs. Shady! :) I'm miffed and peeved over the success of Fifty Shades of Grey. I had the idea first, but one publisher after another rejected my Fifty Shadys of Grey manuscript. :) You are looking beautiful, healthy and happy in that picture, my special friend, and I pray that 2013 brings you and all your loved ones only joy and happiness. Thank you very much for the gift of your friendship, Diane, and Happy New Year!

Rosemary Nickerson said...

As I lay in bed with my box of Kleenex tissues close at hand, I think of you traipsing around England and France having a gay old time. I haven't had a cold in years--this one is a doozie! It's time for things to take a turn for the better soon, I hope, and we will head south in just two more days. Yes, looking back at 2012, there were so many momentous events to remember. My fav was the birth of Grand #4. I wonder what 2013 will hold?????
Blessings, Rosemary

EM Illustrator said...

Hi Diane,
I wish you and yours a Happy New Year 2013, and let's hope we will have a much dryer year. I will be working tomorrow - New Years Eve - and will head off to Sweden Tuesday morning.
Enjoy the pantomime! Hugs to you xx

Olive said...

Happy New Year Diane. Stay warm and dry my friend.

pembrokeshire lass said...

I do hope you're enjoying he panto..." Oh yes you are.....!" It is such a wonderful way of escapism! I love watching it through the eyes of the children! Every good wish for you and yours for 2013. Whatever awaits us let us step into the year with expectancy! Joan

Claudia Moser said...

Happy New Year! Enjoy every moment!

becca said...

Happy New Year may 2013 be a fabulous one for you

NITA said...

Hope you had a happy time at the pantomime it is some time since I went to one.

That is a lovely picture you have posted with the drink in your hand.

Hope the New Year for you is all you want it to be and all the Lord wants it to be for you.

God Bless x

Chatty Crone said...

Have a great evening - sounds nice. I guess you will celebrate New Year;s Eve before us. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Linda O'Connell said...

Sounds like you are having a delightful time. Happy New Year to you!

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Hi Diane

Sorry I haven't been to visit you for a while
but I have no computer.

I love the photos.

Wishing you and your family a very very happy new year

x Fiona

blackberryfashion said...

Happy New Year :)

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Well 2013 is here and I had a great NYE and I am looking forward to another awesome year. I loved watching all the specials about the Royal Family during 2012

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

You look ready to celebrate - and good for you! Happy New Year!

Empty Nester said...

What a sweet post! And I adore the picture- cheers to you my sweet friend all the way across the pond! May you have the best year EVER! Hugs those adorable grands for me!