Saturday, 31 December 2011

Auld Lang Syne

Just a few hours of 2011 remaining for me, but somewhere in the world it's already 2012 and people are joining hands and singing Auld Lang Syne.

Another 12 months gone by and I'm still "above ground", that's good news isn't it? It's been a good year for me. I've lived a full year in my new home and I don't miss the old one at all. I've enjoyed good health (fingers crossed, knock on wood, it will continue). I've had a great trip to Disney with my family. My sons and daughters-in-law are happy and employed. My grandboys are thriving and just as cheeky as ever. And sweet twin babies joined the family safely in the summer.
But not everyone has had such a good year. My heart goes out to the people who lost homes and family in the terrible Japanese earthquake and tsunami  in March, the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the riots and demonstrations in the Middle East. And I feel for the families of Canadian and American servicemen and women who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Tradition says it's time to make some New Year Resolutions. Resolutions are easy to make and just as easy to break, so I'm making New Year Possibilities instead.

  • I'll try to blog every couple of days through January. I don't think I'll manage every day. I may not even manage every couple of days. But I'll try.
  • Walk more. It's so easy to jump in the car and drive.
  • No more junk food (unless absolutely necessary).
  • Get out and meet more people.
  • More volunteering at the local theatre and possibly the local radio station.
  • Aquafit classes at the pool. I used to go then I stopped.... I need to start again. 
Meanwhile..... I'm wishing everyone a Happy Hogmanay and a Happy New Year. May good health, comfort and happiness, warmth and shelter be with you throughout 2012. See you next year!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!
and surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


  1. Wishing you and all of your dear loved ones a Very Happy New Year! Your "possibilities" sound like good things to keep in mind....! I wish you much luck with all if them, too!
    May 2012 be a Healthy, Happy, WONDERFUL year for you and for everyone dear to your heart!

  2. I rather like the idea of New Year possibilities!
    Walking more and eating less are definitely on my list.
    I put away everything but the tree today and that will come down on Monday. I so look forward to this time of year, but I'm glad when it's over!
    I hope 2012 is an excellent year, with good health and happiness for you and your family.

  3. good luck with the resolutions!! i have never kept ONE that i ever made, which was seldom. have my nose firmly to the daily grindstone.

    You have had a lovely year, and your blog posts are full of life and fun. keep on keepingon!!!

  4. I'm so glad you had such a happy and blessed year. And you are enjoying your new home. I still have some adjusting to do and wonder if next move I'll move back into a house again. Condo life has it's advantages, but I miss all the space and having windows on all sides, not just one side of the rooms.

    Some of your "resolutions" sound like mine - especially the one about junk food. LOL!

    Sending good wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year to you and your family.

  5. Happy New year to you too. To maintain our fine tradition, we managed to be asleep again at midnight. That is until a rocket landed on our roof!

    We also lost quite a few soldiers in Afghanistan in 2011.

  6. Beautifully written, dear Sham. HAPPY NEW YEAR! It's here!

  7. May all your possibilities come to fruition, especially the junk food one.
    Happy New Year.

  8. Here's wishing you and yours only health, happiness and love throughout the year to come. Yes, a new year is a good time to take stock, isn't it? Good luck with your "possibilities", though I am sure you will do just fine with them!

  9. getting out and meeting people seems like a really worthy goal. we tend, as we get older, to hunker down in our comfort zone, don't we?

    happy new year!


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