Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Saying Goodbye 2019

My goodness, here it is the last day of the year.  Another year in the history books.  Another year older.  Another year of new experiences, both good and bad, gone.

No one would have ever convinced me that my year would end this way.  Alone.  I would never have imagined it, this time last year.  It is sad - but it is life.
We have all experienced losses and changes this year, yet here we are.  God gets us through each and every day.  I truly believe that.  We have a purpose that we have not yet accomplished.

Our skies yesterday were full of nasty dark clouds and ONCE the sun popped through.  This picture really does not do justice - as the clouds were BLACK.  It was really ominous looking.  The sun spike was so neat though.  Today we are ending the year with high winds, clouds and cold.
I will take it,  considering what is happening in other parts of the world.  Some people have tons of snow and ice and then there is the southern hemisphere where fires, heat and high winds are ravaging so much.  Prayers to all our friends near and far - for safety to you, your families, your homes and property and to all the wild life.

January 1st will be a new month, a new year and a new decade.  It is amazing how many decades we have lived through.  How much the world has changed in my life - and I don't like a lot of those changes.  I think we have become to reliant of artificial intelligence.  There is nothing private any more.  Nothing about your life is private.  
We have things like Alexis in our homes (not me), GPS (not me), store cards that track our every purchase, CC purchases that are tracked, on-line shopping that tracks you, and there are times you can mention something in a comment or say it in your own house and BOOM there is an add on your computer.  I swear I have thought about things (quietly in my head) and within an hour there is an ad popping up.  What is with that??  We have fingerprint scans, retina scans, or palm print scans for various things.  We freely take DNA ancestry tests - thus entering our DNA into a data base (don't believe that they don't).  There are self driving cars.  Computer usage, internet posts, music chosen, You Tube videos watched, even cable shows watched - it is all monitored!  Drones are used for everything and cameras are watching us everywhere.  The list just goes on and on.
I am just an old fashioned girl.  I do like some tech - but this all just scares the beejeesus out of me.  It will just continue on and on - I wonder what it will be like in 10 more years?!!  Scary!

I  look forward to simple changes this year and simple choices.  Shopping and spending less.  What will I plant in the garden?  Subtle changes around the home.  Getting out of my own way - that is huge for me.  I have been in a mindset of not going far from home for years (being a care giver) and it is very hard getting out of my head - that I can go and do.  It is OK to go and not have anxiety.  This will be a huge issue to work on for me this year.  All in all - small and simple things.
I want my life to be a K.I.S.S. life!!!!  Keep It Simple Silly!


Yes I am loved.  Here is a couple of my special gifts I received.  I am so fortunate to have family that loves me and lets me know.  I love them as well.  I am blessed.
I have friends that are wonderful and that love me.

I have all my friends I have met on this blog and from others over the years.  I just can't believe that I have made so many loyal friends and caring people from all over the world!  That is so amazing to me - this little Indiana girl who hasn't done much traveling nor done anything too exciting in life - that I actually have people following me here. (BIG SMILE!!!!)
I guess maybe there are more people than I believe, that just want to live a simple, frugal life.  We are more alike than different.  That is so cool.

I thank you my dear friends for helping me through this year - it has meant so much.
Thank you for reading and following this simple girl's blog.
Thank you for just being you!  I love you all.

I pray for a safe, healthy and wonderful year for you all.  May you be safe and secure wherever you live.  I pray for our world and our leaders that we have peace and security.
I pray for happiness for all of you.

Happy New Year to you all!!!!!!!!!

Thursday we get back to fun, frugal and informative posts!  Looking forward of sharing and learning with all of you!



52 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, Cheryl!! May 2020 bring many blessings to you.

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    1. Thank you so much. Happy New year to you as well.

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  2. HAPPY NEW YEAR..many blessings to you. Sharon D.

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  3. Happy New Year, Cheryl. May the good outweigh the bad in the new decade for us all.

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  4. Happy New Year to you! Wishing you the best for the New Year!

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  5. Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best in 2020.

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  6. Happy New Year!
    Hope the new year will bring more laughter and fewer tears.
    Hugs and prayers.

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    1. I like that. Thanks.
      Happy new year to you as well

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  7. Happy New year to you too, hoping 2020 will be a good year for you. XXXXX

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  8. Wishing you the Lords blessing for the coming year.

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  9. Happy New Year! Here's to a happy, healthy year for all of us.

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  10. May our Lord cover you with blessings in this coming new year and decade! Thank you for all you do for US here on your lovely blog! I really appreciate you!

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    1. Aaaawww, how kind you are. I am so glad you are all here to share with me.
      Blessings for us all.
      Happy New Year

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  11. Happy New Year...I started to read this before we left, and am just now finishing it. Was so good to see you Sunday.

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    1. I so enjoyed Sunday - it was so nice to catch up.
      Blessings and health to you both.
      Happy New Year. Love you guys!

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  12. Happy New Year Cheryl. I learn so much from you and when I get really upset with Hubs I think of you and try to reign in my tongue. You are a life lesson for many.

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    1. God bless you. Life is one big lesson and hopefully we all learn along the way.
      Thank you.
      Happy New Year.

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  13. Happy New Year Cheryl! I loved the photo of the sun spike; I'm a cloud watcher too. Lots of rain and wind to end our year here in the Pacific Northwest.

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    1. Thanks. We have had rain, wind and cold to end ours. It could be worse!
      Have a great new year.

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  14. A very Happy New Year to you and all your readers - may 2020 bring you new adventures (just some nice, simple ones) :-)

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    1. I hope for nice simple adventures for sure! LOL
      Thank you and happy new year to you.

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  15. You are not alone with your thoughts on too much technology and the loss of privacy.
    Wishing you a peaceful, happy New Year!

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    1. It sure is scary. I think we have made a big mistake, but it will never go back.
      Thank you and happy new year to you.

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  16. Happy New Year to you Cheryl and thank you for writing your blog.
    I always enjoy reading your posts.

    Debra

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    1. Thank you Debra. I am glad you are all here with me.
      Happy new year

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  17. Happy New Year! Yes, I agree with you that all the innovations in our lives are more like intrusions and it is getting so we can’t avoid all of them. It is not the world I grew up in for sure. But stay strong and always look at the positive — it is still there.

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    1. Not the world I grew up in either. I wish kids today could have a few weeks of our lives growing up.
      Yes there is still good out there - and we have to find it and grab it with both hands.
      Happy new year.

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  18. LaurieS - Happy New Year my sweet friend. The wrong comment got deleted!!!! Love you girl!

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  19. May 2020 be a year of fulfillment and joy for you!

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  20. Happy New Year! Looking forward to another year of your frugal posts! Jane

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    1. I look forward to hearing from you all as well.
      Happy new year

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  21. Happy New Year!! I pray this will be a great year for you!!i agree with you on the technology thing. When I take my Fitbit off to shower, these little green lights come on, trying to find me. I’m becoming conscious to turn it away from the shower, because I’m afraid it’s watching me. 😂

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    1. Well, color me crazy but I think we are being watched and listened to a lot more than we think!
      I pray we all have a good year.
      Happy new year

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  22. Happy New Year from one Indiana gal to another!!! It has to get better,as I just dumped a can of moist cat food all over my carpeting!!!

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    1. Oh no!!!! Now that is one that I HAVEN'T done!!!! LOL
      Yes, it will get better. Glad to see another Hoosier here. It sure is a pretty day.
      Happy new year.

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  23. I'll send the same warm wishes to you, have a good 2020.

    (from Maryland, no place exotic)

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    1. Thank you. Indiana isn't exotic either!!
      Happy new year

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  24. Happy New Year. I hope you have a wonderful, healthy and happy one. If you ever come to NY, let me know.

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    1. Thank you my dear. Wouldn't that be fun?
      Happy New Year

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  25. "I guess maybe there are more people than I believe, that just want to live a simple, frugal life. We are more alike than different." Oh we ARE! I like my simple farm life, my job is not too hard -- just full of responsibility. I don't like the intrusion from the world into my homelife, unless I invite it in. Basically I am on FB and blogs and emails. I watch very little tv. I listen to music and read. And I am ok with all that. I get enough interaction at church and work and from my kids, so I am not a hermit. It's nice to know there are others like me out there. :)
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Forgot to say, From Nebraska. :)

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    2. I am seeing more and more people wanting to live a more simple life. It sure is full of responsibility, and that may be a detterent to some, as it appears many don't want to be responsible for anything! But if wanting a simpler life, that is part of it.
      I have started getting back to music again and I do read. I love learning.
      A little hard work never hurt anyone and it sure can make life fulfilling!
      I love seeing where everyone lives - that is neat.
      Happy New Year.

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  26. You end your post with the words "simple girl's blog" but don't you know that is the richness of it all? You know what is important, you know what brings joy and to see the joy, beauty and richness in what we chose to appreciate and see. Thank you Cheryl - you are a master at living the joy of life. I continue to hurt for you in the absence of your dear husband and know that the days are lonely. BUT again, you find the beauty of every day. Thank you........

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