Isn't it odd how the change of that one special digit at the end of the date makes us reflect? I enjoy the reflection. It's been a good year. I've enjoyed it. There have been ups and downs, darkness and light, but my overwhelming emotion has been contentment. Maybe that's the upside of the gift of years.
I haven't managed to lose as much weight in 2015 as I did in 2014 (ten pounds as opposed to fourteen) but I weigh twenty four pounds less than I did on 31st December 2013 and I feel quietly proud of that. My pattern of Sabbaths continues and I have maintained both my blogs. These three habits I established in 2014 are now part of my lifestyle.
I decided to end the year with less messy places than I started with and I have achieved that modest aim. I still haven't got a tidy house, most people would be horrified by the state of my bungalow but it's my bungalow and I live in it with great joy. I shall carry on with this programme of gradual simplification and doubtless it will only be complete when I am myself packed into a box.
I am blessed with kind people all around me, my nephew and his wife who have invited me to go to Belgium to visit in 2016, my lovely cousins who help me as do my friends and neighbours, and Jack who comes and sorts me out every so often (see my other blog to read about Jack).
I searched for a quote for New Year and found this one from my fellow yellow belly, Alfred, Lord Tennyson "Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier'"
The problem is I can't imagine how I could be any happier.
May you have a happy and blessed 2016.