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Endings and Beginnings

2010 has gone so fast. I can't believe that it is nearly the last day of the year and we will be saying goodbye to the old year and entering into 2011.

I'm not sad to say goodbye to 2010. It started with our belated honeymoon to Florida which was fabulous but is ending with the knowledge that things are definitely going to change in the next year and there will be periods of uncertainty. (When I'm in a position to let you know, I will tell you the reason why).

This year has been quite stressful for AJ and I. We finally sold AJ's flat after being on the market since the start of 2010. After 6 months we had an offer in which was less than we would have hoped, but had to accept as it was the only decent offer we had and needed to sell. After nearly 17 weeks after the offer, we finally exchanged contracts after much stress and anxiety and fighting between AJ and I. I never believed until now that selling a house is one of the most stressful things. It has totally put me off selling our house and moving and I am staying in our little house until the horrible memories have gone.

We unfortunately had two deaths in AJ's family - his cousin Gail and his Grandad Reg. Plus a friend of AJ's passed away too.

Two of our friends partners have been diagnosed with cancer and a colleague/friend of mine has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Even though it hasn't been a great year it has had its moments.

As mentioned AJ and I went to DisneyWorld in Florida for our belated honeymoon. We had two wonderful weeks and plan to go back again one day. We went to see Charley Boorman and the wonderfully funny Hairy Bikers at Wolves Civic. We went to see Michael Buble at the LG Arena in Birmingham. We went to Austria for a week at the end of June. I visited Liverpool (for a hen night). It was our friends Dave and Kim's wedding in Shrewsbury in August. We have had some nice days out shopping and we ended the year treating ourselves by having a meal in the new Jamie Oliver Italian restaurant that recently opened in Birmingham.

I'm not sure what 2011 will have in store for us. Nothing concrete is really on the horizon. We are going to see Peter Kay in London. I'm going on my first scrapbooking retreat in November in which I can't wait and all being well we will be visiting our friends Mandy and Ceal who are in Australia at the end of 2011. The rest of the year we will take it as it comes.

I don't set myself New Years resolutions as a rule. I do have a Wish List for the New Year.

1) Be more creative and take more time to do scrapbooking, cross stitch and card making, and also to develop my blog and post regularly

2) Live a more healthy lifestyle. Look at my diet, exercise more, take time to relax. Take more pride in my appearance and to look after my skin as neglected of late.

3) Make more time for friends. AJ and I have been abit insular of late and we need to socialise more.

4) Get myself and the house more organised and tidy. It is time to really declutter the house. (AJ may not like it, but we really need to chuck out a load of stuff)

5) Do more of the things that make me happy

6) Make time just for AJ and me.

I wish you and yours a Happy New Year and that 2011 will be a good year.

Good evening from Pickle Land. I hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx


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