Friday, December 31, 2010

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR...


Yes, it's that time of year when we remember the year past and look to the year ahead.  This past year has brought many changes to my life!  I realized that I was more or less 'retired' as the economy has not opened up a lot of job opportunities for me.  It is a change I am still getting my mind around but so far I'm OK with it.  I turned 60 and had a blast doing it!  It didn't hurt too badly. 

I saw my blog grow and found out how much I enjoy doing this.  It's such a creative and fun outlet for me and my passions.  Through blogging I met new people!  I met many Atlanta bloggers and have made some wonderful friends.    I also have made some fabulous friends that I have yet to meet face to face but some 'road trips' are being planned! 

I have cried with some of you over the loss of loved one's and beloved pets.  I've enjoyed sharing the joy of grandchildren already here and those who had new one's born.  (Next year I will be a new Grandma and I can hardly wait.)  I've been touched by so many of you who share your struggles in life....physical, financial and that awful feeling of depression!  I hope I have in some small way been there for you, as I truly care!  

I've fallen in love with your sweet furry children...dogs and of course the cats!  I've shared my sweet Charlie with all of you and have enjoyed your comments about him.  He also has a kitty girlfriend, Gizzy, that he has met blogging!   

I took you on the Worlds Longest Yard Sale with me and hope you all had a lot of fun!  We will be going again in 2011!  We went to the Great Smokey Mountains, a road trip to Texas and lots of thrifting along the way.  

I've had great luck with winning some wonderful giveaways and I've had a blast doing some of the giving!  In January 2010 I did a give away for 50 followers and 50 posts!  I am over 400 followers now and a giveaway for that is coming soon!  It has been a joy to get to know all of you!  

I don't 'do' resolutions but I do set some goals and pick a word to describe my main focus of the coming year.  Last year my word was GROWTH, and growth there has been.  I have become stronger, braver and more content with my life.  This will be an ongoing goal but I'm happy with the growth I had this year.  

My goal for the coming year is ORGANIZATION!  Many of you ask, where do you keep all your thrifty finds....I do have a large basement and that is wonderful because I do have a lot of stuff!  This year I need to get it all under control.  There is lots of 'stuff' everywhere.  My goals are to edit, combine and organize my stuff so I can find it and use it.  I will have stuff to sell, pass on to friends and return to the thrifts.  I will enjoy my stuff more this way I'm sure.  I do expect I will continue to acquire new stuff but with more organization I will know what I have and what items will be on my want list.

Organization is needed in my personal life as well.  I truly need to get better at taking care of myself.  I will eat better, move more and make sure I take my meds (gosh am I that old?).  I am very lucky that my health issues are not serious but I want to make sure it stays that way.  I also want to keep organized in regards to my blog.  I have been trying to balance posting, reading posts and joining parties.  I do love the parties but have given myself permission to do them as I can and enjoy them!  Since I host a party it's the one I must do each week and I have enjoyed hosting more then I thought I would.  

So here we are...saying a fond farewell to 2010!  

I have posted 285 times (including this post) in 2010!  My most viewed post was Thrifty 4th of July with 361 page views!  I have had folks read my blog from the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, South Korea, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Russia! (Ya gotta love the 'Stats" app on blogger) how fun is that! 

So my dear blogging friends I wish you the Happiest of New Years!  I can't wait to see what 2011 will bring!  

Wishing you health, wealth and happiness!

Linda

 

45 comments:

Jane said...

Such a great post Linda! Organization is a key word for me this year too. I've been wanting to open an Etsy shop but I need to get organized first. We'll see how it unfolds!
Happy New Year!!
Jane

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

My dear friend Linda,

I just love this post, you have pretty much said in a nutshell what I feel but failed to say in my post today...the eve of a new year. I turn 54in March and know exactly how you feel about trying to take better care of your health. I guess its something we sometimes take for granted; on January 10th I go in for a total hip replacement and believe me, just seeing that in print scares the bejebbers outta me!
So though I may be popping in on occassion to see what you've been up to, I have a sneeky feeling I won't be posting much due to lots of PT and not a lot of sitting around.
So on that note, I cannpt wait to see/meet the new grand baby this next year and wish you all the best my dear blogging friend...
Terry

Love of the Sea said...

Linda - love reading your blog. I look forward to a great 2011. I want to be more organized too! Happy New Year to you!! Debbie

Romeo said...

WOW Charlie - you have a new girlfriend?!?! You lucky guy!!!

Wishing you a wonderful new year with all things grand and beautiful....can't wait to read about all your new adventures in 2011! And yes, Ms. Linda's too!

Purrs and head bonkers!

Romeo and "her"

one gal's trash said...

Hi Linda,
Great postcards, so cheerful! Wishing you a very happy 2011!
xoxo
Pam

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I also hope to declutter and get more organized in the near future. Actually I am pretty organized, but need to just rid of the excess. I got a lot done a few months ago, then it all seem to come to a halt.
Hope you have a healthy, prosperous, and Happy new Year!

Ames said...

Dear Linda, I am not into making resolutions either. It's too easy to let yourself down. I prefer taking steps to living a healthy lifestyle. There's a lot to look forward to that way. Also I am right with you on the organization. This will be the year of the great purge for me. I have 3 walk-in closets and can only get into one of them. Why do I need all this stuff? I want to be more selective on what I bring into my home but I'll still be a JFF buddy! Happy 2011!~Ames

Jojo said...

A wonderful post! It's been wonderful being able to enjoy your blogging thrifts, finds and adventures.

Looking forward to another great year!

Shelia said...

Hi Linda! Happy New Year to you and what a great post! I agree with everything you've said today. Blogging is such a wonderful outlet for me too. I'm looking forward to more blogging with you this next year!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Red Couch Recipes said...

Linda, I wish you the greatest year. I enjoyed reading about your year in review! Joni

Pondside said...

Happy New Year Linda. It's been great 'meeting you' and I'll never forget how you shared your Longest Garage Sale finds - my little pitcher is right there on the Welsh-ish Dresser where I see it every day! I like to visit your blog because of your enthusiasm - your zest for life.

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Yowza and Wowza, Linda! You had such a busy, activity filled year....I don't believe I could recall mine in such detail!

Love your blog and you. It's always a fun stop for me.

Keep up the good work!! Happy New Year!

Ann said...

Looking forward to reading more from you....and about your finds! Happy New Year!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It has indeed been a year of new beginnings and trials. Happy New Year and may the coming year be filled with nothing but Blessings. Hugs, Marty

gail said...

okay I was bad and didn't do my homework. I'm sorry-I was extremely lazy yesterday!!!!
but I wish you a very Happy New Year, my friend. I love your post, and I am so happy to have gotten to know you in 2010. I look forward to many more conversations in 2011 and beyond, and hopefully we will meet face to face!

bj said...

Thanks so much for the birthday wishes, Linda.

Oh, if you don't mind, I am going to take your WORD to be MY goal, too. I surely need ORGANIZATION in every inch of my life. I am going to start on Monday morning, cleaning out my "decorating" closet and my two hutches. I have too many dishes that I don't use and it's to Goodwill with them. Thanks for the inspiration.

I hope you have the BEST day and Happy New Year.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Happy New Year Linda! If you get that "organization" thing down pat... would you post about it??? I can use some help too:@)

dogsmom said...

Wishing you and Charlie many wonderful things in a new organized year.
I am sitting here browsing blogs between household chores (yes, straightening up,) waiting for the new OWN network to launch including Peter Walsh's show Enough Already. I'll be watching but am far from the point of having Peter visit here.

The job front here does not look promising, so it is time to get creative in that area.

FJI is hosting a link party next week with clean and organize inspirations. As long as I do more than just read about it.

Wishing you health and joy

Susan said...

Hi Linda! This is my first note to you in 2011! Loved your post. The postcards were darling. Here's to a great year for all! Susan

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Well Done! A great reveiw post with thoughtfulness about 2010 and looking forward to 2011.

I'm still thinking about my Goals in 2011! I'm thinking about a Major RE-Organization! HiHoney is rolling his eyes at that...I'm already pretty organized and he's worried he won't be able to find his stuff when I start the BigReOrg!
Happy New Year My Bloggin' GalFriend!

De tout, de rien said...

Hi Linda, great post! Organization is an ongoing concern with me too. You feel you see more clearly when you're organized and that you can better focus on your goals.

I love your postcards, they are absolutely charming!!

And I love your kitty too, he's adorable. I have a big, black, lazy fat cat that I'm absolutely crazy about, she's got the best personality in the world and adds a lot to our lives. I couldn't imagine life without pets.

I too hit a milestone age wise this year and I'm rather proud of it. (Okay, I'm 50!) I don't feel my age and age shouldn't stop us from doing exactly what we want to do.

Happy New Year Linda!

Vintage Sassy said...

Well girl, I would say you rock 60 quite well.

Organization for me too...hopefully!

xo
LeAnn

~~Carol~~ said...

Organization is big on my list this year too! Last year was a great junking year, and now I need to put everything in it's place. Wishing you good health, happiness, and lots of great junk in 2011. Or should we not buy anymore new junk until we get the old junk organized? Nah, that's crazy talk!
Happy New Year!
Carol

Sherry said...

It's GOT to be organization for me this year, too. I can't find the floor in my office!!!
Happy New Year!
Sherry@Back2Vintage

Diann said...

Hi Linda!

A great post to bring in the new Year! Organization is a biggie for me too. I am ready for new beginnings and a fresh start!

Denise said...

I love all your postards.....I am glad I could be an inspiration....I can't wait to see your photography blog!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

It certainly has been a wonderful journey Linda. I am happy to have been along for the ride with all of you. Happy New year!

Short and Sweet said...

Linda, thanks for the comment on my blog and I, too, wish you a very happy year ahead. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post and, yes, organization should be at the top of everyones list this year. I haven't done much with Alphabe-Thursday this time around and I miss the blog friends who also participated. I'll try to stop by more often. The best to you.
Loretta

Mom Walds Place said...

Happy New Year Luv! Love your attitude. Remember, if you're not learning and growing, you're dead. NOT an acceptable alternative!

Lookin' forward to sharing and swappin' organizing tips with ya in 2011!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh Linda - nice blog - Happy New Year - may you have the greatest year yet.

Love,
sandie

Susan said...

Oh wow, Linda, that was a wonderful post. I loved going through the recap of the year with you and remembering those posts from when I first read them. :-) So many memories... and all recorded here in blogland.

I really love how you choose a name for your New Year goals instead of making a resolution. That's just so much more inclusive. I'm so scattered I don't think I could ever choose just one theme... lol... I'd have six or seven. ;-) Maybe you're on to something with the Organization theme. Hmmmmm...

I know what you mean, It's super difficult for me to balance out visiting folks, returning emails, blogging, and all that. Some times it's so much more time and energy then I have, but I love it so much that I try to squeeze it in the best that I can. I was thinking of making a schedule of certain days of the week for visiting and certain days for blogging and then take a few days off so I can work on other things that I might need to. And oh my, this comment is getting mighty long, isn't it?

I'm so happy that we've met through our blogs and have become friends. It's so nice to know such a sweet person as you. No matter the miles and no matter that we've not ever met, friendships come in all shapes and sizes. :-)

Blessings to you, my friend, for a healthy and happy 2011.

Hugs,
Susan

Rosie said...

Happy New Year, Linda. What a beautiful post you wrote. I've so enjoyed watching your thrifty finds. You find the best stuff! And I enjoyed watching your new green thumb. Good luck with your organizing. And congrats on your new baby-to-be. I wish all the best for your daughter. Love, Rosie

Dragonfly Treasure said...

You've sumed all what has been in my head! Organization is my new word too. Can't use it if I can't find it or don't even know I have it!! LOL Meds, yes I need to get back on the wagon with them...kinda slacked off toward the end of the year.
Thanks for the suggestion about the necklace...I sure need help with all of this. Haven't 'dressed' up for probably 30 years! I feel so out of my element. But I know all will work out.
Wishing you a Healthy and Happy Organized New Year!
XOXO
*hugs*deb

GardenofDaisies said...

Linda, I have really enjoyed following along with your blog this year. Best wishes to you as you try to organize your home and life. It is something I am constantly working on... organizing and simplifying.

Angie, Catladyland/Katt Food said...

Happy New Year, Linda! I'm so glad I found your blog this year :) You've inspired me to get out to the thrift stores more often!

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Hello my dear friend!!! I love this post, it is wonderful and heartfelt and honest...Things I love about you:) I hope that this new year is all you want it to be and more! Hugs to you Linda!

Sue said...

Linda- Hope the new year brings with it all that you hope it will! I am in the organizing mode big time! Purging and revamping. I want to change the entire house out. LOL I'm seriously thinking of having a sale! Looking forward to sharing more with friends like you in 2011. ~ Sue

Pam @ Frippery said...

Wonderful post Linda. Organization is a great word. It is hard to enjoy a life that feels out of control. Definitely a goal for us vintage lovers. I have to agree, aging isn't so bad and I enjoy everything so much more. Too bad no one seems to see the benefit in employing us over 50 people. They are missing out on some great resources. That's OK we will just employ ourselves and reap the benefits. You have had a very full 2010 however! Here's to a healthier, happier more prosperous new year to you, Pam

Sharon said...

Great post and beautiful postcards. Charlie is just too handsome!

Thanks for sharing!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Happy New Year, Linda! Blogging does open up a whole new world, huh? Love those vintage cards! As for my drop cloth tablecloth, I wash it once with bleach and then rewash two more times. So easy to take care of! And Happy New Year to Charlie, too!...hugs...Debbie

Joyce said...

Heartfelt post and glad we crossed paths thru blogging.
Joyce

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

Well said Linda!
I've enjoyed reading your blog and following along on your thrifty ventures. Love your Non resolution, that's a great idea. One word as a goal is totally doable.
So glad you have settled in and are enjoying your early retirement. Is it wrong for me to say how much I envy you? Probably, but I still do. I'm so afraid that by the time I get to retire I'll be too old to do any of the things I love. :( that would be just too cruel.

jeff campbell said...

Love those antique cards...I have quite a collection myself...perhaps I will send you one...

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Linda, This is a wonderful post. I have been purging with two trips to Goodwill so far. I have really enjoyed visiting and getting to know you this year. I hope you have a fabulous 2011!
Hugs,
Sherry

Jenny said...

What a beautiful post. I loved your words and your graphics!

I also loved that today my firewall let me visit you! Most times it won't let me...