Saturday, 31 December 2011

New Years Past and Present

Don’t talk to me about resolutions. I always end up with egg all over my face. I haven’t forgotten the series of books I was going to write for children and various other projects that sounded such a brilliant idea when Big Ben chimed but had lost their sparkle before the decorations came down. That’s not to say I don’t have something special up my sleeve, but maybe if I keep my trap shut I will actually get somewhere with it!

There’s the losing weight one too. In 2012 I have added incentive to lose weight – a family wedding. I lost a stone when Tilly was ill - not through dieting, but I would rather be double my weight and have her still sitting beside me in her chair, but you know that.

November for me is the worst month of the year and January should be sitting beside it, but I cannot dislike January. Many bad, sad memories in January, but how can I ever hate a month that brought me three of my grandchildren.

It was at New Year eleven years ago that my lovely Tilly came to live with us after her first few unhappy months with people who didn’t understand the needs of an active, intelligent puppy. She thought her name was Naughty Girl (which was by no means the worst of it) and it means so much that my last words to her, the last she heard as she went to sleep were “Good girl, good girl.”.

When she joined our family it was a very happy time for us – adding her to our family at the same time that Indy was well on the road to recovery after we came so very close to losing him. That must rank as one of the best New Years ever. But I never imagined at this time last year that she would be gone by now.

Last New Year was one of the best. On New Year’s Day we will be celebrating Noah’s first birthday. What a nerve wracking time it was leading up to his birth with the worries about being snowed in and him being so late, but he was worth every bit of it.

So Happy Birthday to little Noah and Happy New Year to you. May all your dreams and wishes come true and I hope the coming year brings you much peace and happiness and of course lots of writing success.

And also there’s a cyber New Year’s Eve party going on over at Frances’ place. You can take an unwanted Christmas gift and a partner of your choice. Hope to see you there!


  1. Happy new year, Teresa, and best wishe o Noah, too. My first baby (!) be 40 on new year's day, so we will be off celebrating with him.

    See you at the party!

  2. Lovely memories, Teresa. Like you, I'm rubbish at keeping New Year's resolutions! Happy Birthday to your little Noah for tomorrow. Our own little Noah will be with all three of his baby cousins for New Year (and their parents of course!). I wonder what are the chances of any of them going to sleep!

  3. New Year always brings such a mixture of emotions. Looking back, and looking forward.

    Good luck with all your 2012 projects and happy birthday Noah for tomorrow. That snow last year was just awful wasn't it! x

  4. Happy Birthday Noah, and a Happy New year to you and yours, Teresa.

  5. Wishing you a wonderful and successful 2012, Teresa, in whatever you do.
    And a very Happy first birthday to Noah for tomorrow,

  6. I hope 2012 brings you everything you would wish for, Teresa.

  7. Happy Birthday to your first baby, Frances - what a brilliant date for a birthday isn't it? (How many bottles of wine shall I bring to the party?)x

    Sounds wonderful, Olivia - as long as if they do go to sleep they all go at the same time x

    Indeed it does, Joanne. I was reading my diary from last year - we were practically up to our armpits in snow weren't we x

    Thank you, Martin - Happy New Year to you and the family too and especially your own special little star, Speckly Woo x

    Thank you, Carol x

    Thanks, Bernadette x

    Happy New Year xx

  8. A lovely and moving post, Teresa.

    Give Noah a birthday cuddle from me.

    Wishing you all the best for 2012.

    Much love

    Suzanne XX

  9. Happy New Year, Teresa, and thank you for your good wishes to us all. I am sure 2012 will bring lots of wonderful things.
    I don't make resolutions these days, but shall just vow to make very day as special as possible when those chimes sound tonight.

  10. Happy New Year, and yes, even the gloomiest months have good things to them. I hope there are many good things for you in 2012.

  11. Thanks for all the good wishes and Happy New Year to you Teresa. I hope it's a wonderful one for you. I love New Year, always feel it's a new start although I don't make resolutions!! Happy Birthday to little Noah for tomorrow and have a super day. :o) xx

  12. Have a wonderful New Year, Teresa and may you enjoy much happiness, health and success.

  13. One resolution: not to get mad when Blogger eats my posts and tells me to sign in when I am signed in - already broken!

    Poignant memories, Teresa!
    Happy Birthday to Noah and a healthy, happy 2012 to you and yours.
    woof-woof Tim'n' Ted

  14. Happy New Year, Teresa.
    I hope you have a great year.

  15. Thanks, Suz - I am about to leave to deliver birthday and new year cuddles xx

    Sounds lovely, Joanna - let's hope for lots of wonderful things x

    Thank you, Jenny and I wish the same for you x

    Thanks, Sue - it does feel like a new start, although I am feeling a wee bit fragile this morning x

    Thank you, Rosemary x

    I think that's asking too much, Pat - not to get mad at Blogger!! How can we help it? Happy New Year - and big hugs for Tim 'n' Ted x

    Thank you, Keith x

  16. Happy New Year, Teresa, and it's never too late to start on those books! I feel fragile today, having bopped round the living room to the Jools Holland Hootenanny, bottle of fizz in hand.

  17. Happy New Year, Hydra. I had to stop drinking at teatime yesterday - I started rather early and ended up maudlin and tearful, so I saw the New Year in with a glass of Tizer which makes me feel ancient and a tad pathetic :-) x

  18. Happy New Year Teresa and may 2012 be very happy for you and your family. Hope Noah has a lovely birthday. Our eldest grandson is 17 on 4th January and it doesn't seem five minutes since we were waiting for him to arrive. We've had our ups and downs too this last year, but will look forward positively to 2012.

  19. Happy New Year to you.x

    I think I'm probably as good as you are when keeping resolutions. I hope that 2012 is all that you wish it to be.

  20. Thank you, Maggie. It is frightening how quickly the time goes isn't it. Hope we have more ups than downs this year x

    Thank you, Patsy and to you x

    Thanks, Debs, you too x

  21. What lovely memories of the young Tilly, Teresa. Those are the ones that tug at the heart, aren't they? How lovely that your last words to her were so full of love. Mine to my beloved last departed dog were the exact same as he slipped slowly under.
    I saw the new year in with camomile tea - so I think that beats your Tizer for patheticness (is that even a word??)!
    Still I suppose the main thing is to look forward with hope and a positive attitude to the new year ahead. How lovely to have all those baby birthdays to illuminate January for you!
    I wish you everything wonderful for 2012. Let's hope it's a good one for all of us. x

  22. Happy New Year Teresa. Wishing you loads of happiness and peace. Hugs x

  23. Happy New Year, Teresa! May 2012 be a great one and full of happiness for you and your family x

  24. Thanks, Lydia.
    If patheticness isn't a word, it should be. I'm all for making up words of our own if needs be :-)
    Hope this year is a good one for you x

    Thank you, Diane, I wish the same for you x

    Thanks, Lacey - Happy New Year to you x

  25. Happy New Year to you and your family, Teresa. Whatever this New Year brings you. I hope it is all good. By the way, When I was sitting in bed this morning having my morning cuppa I was reading your ghost story 'The Ghost of Bony Ridge' in the BridgeHouse Spooked An anthology.

  26. Thank you, Jarmara and to you and yours too.
    Hope you enjoy Spooked - it's one of my favourite Bridge House anthologies x

  27. Happy New Year, Teresa. Your words about Tilly made me cry - so poignant X

  28. Sorry Amanda - I made myself cry too which seems very easy lately x