New Year’s resolutions and reflections…


Ahhh! My partner in crime writing Julia was a big Sir Terry fan and met him a couple of times. She confirms he was a lovely, lovely man.

Well, “Goodbye 2016″! I can’t, in all honesty, say I will miss you one bit – and I am excitedly looking forward to what I hope will be a fabulous 2017 for us all.

There seem to have been so many sad deaths of people that brightened our lives with brilliant entertainment – like Terry Wogan (I love that the BBC have named their building Wogan House). Victoria Wood was another entertainer I loved to bits, great lady. The list is horribly long this year with people such as Alan Rickman, Greg Lake, Prince, Ronnie Corbett, Gene Wilder, Andrew Sachs – oh the list is too long to quote. May they all rest in peace.

We have had dramatic political happenings this year (let’s not dwell on those), war and fighting continue in so many areas of the world I can only pray for more peace next year. In my personal world, which I realise does not impact the main population, I lost both my beloved parents only hours apart at the beginning of the year, and then decided I would pop up again on Create and Craft.

Back on Create & Craft!

Back on Create & Craft!

Life goes on and life is for living and the main wisdom that I have ringing in my ears (thank you, Mother) is the advice to live every day to the maximum. Love those around you and tell them so, help the community around you and be the best person that you can.

That’s as close to New Year resolutions that I am going to get for 2017 … oh ok, that old chestnut, I am going to reach my target weight at Slimming World in 2017, but my guess is it will be nearer the end of the year than the beginning, but I will get there!

I wish you all happiness and health, family and friendship and let’s hope the world decides to take a

turn for the better this year!

7 replies
  1. Caroline Reed says:

    Hi Joanna,
    Wonderful words of wisdom! It’s a new year, and a fresh start! Sad that you and many families lost loved ones, but they will be in your hearts forever, and memories of happy times never fade!
    Happy new year to you, Richard and your family, also to those wonderful people who work on your website!
    love from

  2. Rosemarie says:

    Like you I will be glad to see the back of 2016 both personally and like you on the wider scale. I worry for my Grandchildren growing up in this not so nice world, I wish I could wrap them up and shield them from the unpleasant things that are going in. Realistically I know I can’t, so I will give them all my love and happiness and hope things get better. On a crafting front I have so many projects I want to do, so if we could have a longer day that would be nice. I wish you and your family a Happy and Peaceful New Year. Love Rosemarie X

  3. Brenda Donnachie says:

    Yes it has been a sad year for many people. The world is in a terrible state but we have to as you say keep going in the hope that 2017 will be a better kinder year.
    Thank you for all your ideas in your blog.
    Best wishes


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