Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year Everyone...

A guid new year to ane an' a'
An' mony may ye see
An' during a' the years to come
O happy may ye be
An' may ye ne'er hae cause to mourn
To sigh or shed a tear
To ane and' a' baith great an' sma'
A hearty Guid New Year

2016 certainly was an unforgettable year....we celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday and our success at the Olympics...were stunned by the loss of so many of our favourite personalities and the innocent lives taken in unbelieveably evil terrorist acts and then there was Brexit...a vote that divided the United Kingdom and showed people at their worst.
I find myself despairing of the world we live in on a daily basis...overwhelmed by feelings of helplessness and disbelief at man's inhumanity and I have to keep reminding myself that for every evil person on the planet...there are thousands of ordinary people doing good things to make the lives of people less fortunate than themselves better. Individually we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice and cruelty but if each and everyone of us shared a little love/kindness and respect for each other...maybe ONE DAY...we will make a difference and leave the world a better place for future generations.
Most of us are fortunate to be looking forward to a new year in the comfort of warm homes with no concerns as to where our next meal is coming from and I was truly shocked and struggling to understand why of the most affluent cities in the UK despite the current economic challenges...has so many people in need of support. It is very humbling to see the sterling work carried out by Aberdeen Community Food North East and to realise how bad homeless issues have become in the city...a heartbreaking message for us all that this is happening in the 21st century all over the UK.

A reminder that I have lots to be thankful for...2016 holds wonderful memories of fun times spent with family and friends...exciting crafty adventures with my bestest crafting buddies...fabulous crafting opportunities...being part of such a wonderful crafting community...loving what I do and doing what I love and God willing this "heading down the slippery slope of old age" crafter is looking forward to doing it all again in 2017 with my adorable Furry Wingman by my side...

Here's to love and special friendships
good health...happiness and peace
 and the best of wishes to you all for 2017

As for New Year resolutions...I'm not even going there considering I've already failed miserably at keeping away from the sweetie mountain.  I'll be back tomorrow with my first DT project of the New Year for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...until then...
Big Hugs and Lots of Love from The Furry Boy and His Mum


  1. A very happy 2017 to you, Kath! Thank you for all you did to brighten our lives in 2016 with your crafting wit and wisdom. I don't often write comments on your blog, but I follow it diligently and enjoy each post. Here's to peace and prosperity in 2017, and all kinds of crafty joy. :)

  2. A very happy new year to you too Kath


  3. Such a moving video Kath, I think we all need reminding from time to time that there are many out there less fortunate than ourselves...

    It was such a pleasure to spend crafty time with you in 2016, I hope we get to do it all again in 2017! Love and crafty hugs to you and Buddy! Anne xxx

  4. Happy New Year Kath, I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments today, we all need to help make our world a better place. I'm looking forward to reading about your crafty adventures in 2017, have a great day.
    Chris xx

  5. Just 4 years ago Stratford in East London was an international hub as it was the home of the 2012 Olympics. 2016 saw high-rise blocks shooting up quicker than weeds but also saw more folk sleeping out on the streets - a very sad state of affairs.
    Let us hope that we can all do a little something to help make things better in 2017.
    I wish you and the Golden boy a very Happy New Year (love the photo of the t-shirt).
    Toni xx

  6. Wonderful and thought provoking post Kath, you can certainly string a few words together nicely, if only those in 'Charge' had the same thoughts...sad state of affairs I agree...
    Anyway, I wish you all the very best and Buddy to of course, have a wonderful New Year..xx

  7. Wishing you and your family a very Blessed, peaceful and happy crafting 2017 Kath. Thanks for all the wonderful posts and inspiration.

  8. Happy New Year Kath and Buddy! love the t-shirt ! Linda

  9. You have a Wonderful way of summing it all up Kath.Have a lovely day with Buddy and dear family.Tinged with sadness for me as my dear brother died 8 years ago today.Hoping 2017 is Happy Healthy and Peaceful for you.So look forward to your Awesome blogging and of course that Bundle of Golden Deliciousness hee hee.Huggles and Cuddles all

  10. A great read and so true. Wishing you all the best for 2017
    Linda xxx

  11. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2017! Amen to all you said and "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me"!