How the Cookie Crumbles

Life in the fast and slow lanes after SIXTY-FIVE

Goodbye 2014

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As 2014 draws to a close, I’m astonished how fast it’s raced by. I say something similar every year, but each draws to a close a little bit faster than its predecessor. Is it just me?

About Me:

This past year, I’ve had the best experiences, met many wonderful people in real life and in the Blogging World and have developed amazing friendships. A little over three years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined how much some acquaintances could mean to me and have great hope for others.

Through a huge quirk over a year ago, a friend mentioned she wanted to travel again but couldn’t go alone. “Where would you like to go?” I asked.

“I’ve been to Europe and back. I’d like to go to Australia.”

“I’ll go with you,” said a small voice. I looked around. There were only we two having coffee.

I was more surprised than she. As soon as the words popped out of my mouth, why not, I wondered? Traveling hadn’t appealed to me for almost 20 years. I now had the itch in a moment. Bad. While checking out tours, we came across an unbelievable package deal for China. As soon as the travel agent assured us everything’s copacetic, I couldn’t wait to go. Me. I traveled to China for 24 days. You can’t believe the miles we covered and  the places we visited. Yes. Me. 

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WordPress World:

This year I’ve discovered a virtual water-cooler in the blogosphere. Have you met Christ Graham at http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/? Book promos, writing tips, marketing know-how, posting guests gather around and are exchanged here. You won’t meet anyone more helpful than  The Story Reading Ape in promoting your work.

Want to stay on top of health, nutrition, food safety, food pharmacy, pet health and much more? They’re all accessible at Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life. Come meet Sally Cronin. I call this party central because it’s a happening place. Really.

I discovered another interesting blog this past year at http://authorleannedyck.blogspot.ca/. I’m pleased to say she is a Canadian, like me. On Mondays she writes about her author journey and on Fridays, she publishes guest posts by publishing industry professionals.

I’ve encountered many interesting and varied blogs and bloggers. Though I want to introduce them all to you, I’ve chosen three of the most diverse from this year.

2014 Ends

Thank you to all who have supported me, followed my posts, read and / or commented—especially on my China trip. I am more grateful for your friendships than you’ll know. How I managed to cross paths with so many wonderful and interesting people, I’ll never know. I wanted to meet like-minded people and I lucked out.

Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year from my house to yours. I shall be away until January 2nd.  Should time permit, I’ll sneak in for a peek. It IS indeed hard unplugging and I’ll miss you. A China post will be up as usual on the 26th.

Tomorrow we’re preparing for 40+ visitors. There’s lots to do before then. Bye till 2015. Mwah.

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

87 thoughts on “Goodbye 2014

  1. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Tess and all the best in 2015. Thank you for your constant encouragement with every post i have written. Okay you took a break to go to China. 🙂

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  2. Applesauce! 40! Plus! Tess, don’t work too hard — have a lovely time. I’m delighted to have gotten to know you a little just here recently. Huge happy holiday hugs to you. ❤ ⭐

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  3. Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years! It’s been a fun and exciting year. Thanks for sharing it with me. I appreciate you more than you can know 🙂

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  4. I am so happy to have met you online, Tess. You and so many others feel like good friends! Do have a wonderful Christmas gathering and I’m sure it will be a lively one! All the very best for a Happy, Healthy and Adventurous 2015! Cheers, J, your West Coast blogging buddy 🙂

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  5. Merry Christmas, Tess! Have a wonderful holiday. I’m having company stay for a while, so I’m in still in the prep phase myself. But it’s always fun to have family at Christmas. Even for an introvert. 🙂

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  6. What a wonderful year, Tess. I love that you are out there trying new things. I can learn a lot from you.

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  7. Happy Holidays and wishing you the best of laughter, joy, healthin 2015.

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  8. Enjoy Tess! You are fabulous!
    Here’s to 2015/

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  9. You still must go to Australia! It’s fascinating and we Canadians feel at home very quickly.

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  10. I’m glad you made it home safely. Happy holidays!

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  11. I think you have had a fabulous year. You have certainly grown as a writer, I have watched and applauded loudly at times.

    Have a joyous holiday season and may next year be a happily surprising as this.

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  12. Have a wonderful Christmas! And a terrific New Year next year. Who knows? Australia may happen yet!

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  13. I am looking forward to following you in 2015! Merry Christmas!

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  14. And it has all been great for all your followers, with the brill’ posts that have come from it… mine got better as the year progressed and it was blogs like yours that kept me high in spirits.. thanks… merry xmas.. one more sleep.

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  15. Ahh Tess I’ve really enjoyed hanging out with you this year and I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and 2015, see you soon!

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  16. You are so right, the special and amazing people we can meet on WP and you my darling are just one of them. You are always so thoughtful and caring in your comments to me and I am lucky to call you my friend (albeit) virtual! I hope that you have a beautiful Christmas and with 40+ people I’m sure it should be. 😊 looking forward to reading more of you in 2015. 💜💜💜 xxx

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  17. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year dear Tess 💖 Looking forward to your return 😘 xxx

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  18. You won’t be back to see my goodbye to your goodbye until you return to say hello. But Merry Christmas to you and yours Tess! A blessed and special holiday to you and all of yours.

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  19. I see that you are all ready
    for Santa Clause dropping by 🙂

    Happy Christmas

    Andro

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  20. You said it so well Tess. It seems to be a common theme of how surprised and delighted we become when we discover the true treasure in blogging … the people and the incredible supportive community they provide.

    It’s been a pleasure to discover you this year and looking forward to sharing more with you in the year ahead!! Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday 🙂

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  21. So glad I met you this year Tess. May we continue sharing for years to come. Sending heart felt Christmas greetings,
    Maggie xx

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  22. Merry Christmas to you Tess 🙂

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  23. You have had quite the year! I’m glad to have found your blog over the year and I look forward to more blogging times in 2015! Happy Christmas and all the best for 2015 🙂

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  24. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family. You may be receiving something by email. Hushhhh. 😛

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  25. It has been a very quick year and I really enjoyed your travels when you blogged. Have a lovely Christmas and a fabulous 2015!

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  26. Have a joyous Christmas, Tess.

    And, hey, I didn’t know you were Canadian. I guess I just assumed that someone who goes by the name “Let’s Cut the Crap,” would be American. 😉

    See you next year!

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  27. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season, Tess. Merry Christmas and happy new year!

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  28. It’s the day after Christmas, here in the UK it’s called “Boxing Day” ( I think there’s a story behind it, but I can’t remember about it). Thank you for sharing bits of your world with strangers like me. It’s always a pleasure to read your posts and insights. I wish you a “FabTastic” New Year!! Bring on more exciting adventures, peace, love and good health. 🙂

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  29. I´m so glad I found you here in the blogosphere! Hope you had a great Christmas. XO

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  30. Happy New Year! I agree with you – the people we meet on the blogosphere is mind-bending! I’m so glad I’ve met you. Here’s to blogging postmania in the new year, and learning more about each other in 2015.

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  31. Happy Holidays, Tess!
    Ellespeth

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  32. Enjoy your parties and thank you for being a regular part of my li’l piece of the blogosphere, Ms. Tess! Happy New Year to you and yours. Thanks too, for taking me to China with you! I might never have learned what I know without our virtual jaunt to the Orient. 😉

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  33. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Tess, and will have a happy new year!

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  34. I hope 2015 holds wonderful surprises for you, Tess. And I’m continuing to enjoy your travel log. Thank you for publishing it on your blog.

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  35. What a busy bee you’ve been in 2014. Here’s hoping that 2015 brings health and happiness, and much more success. Cheers! 😀

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  36. aha! I wondered where you went and came looking. what a nice post to finish your year. bravo! happy new year to you and yours!

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    • What a sweetie you are. I needed the time away as I couldn’t do it all this Christmas season. Thank YOU for your kind thoughts. You missed me? ❤ ❤ ❤

      Happy, happy New Year. Wishing you all the best there is: health, happiness and prosperity in this year and the years to come.

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      • I did miss you!! am actually not doing so great and worried about my job…..long story this but hoping I don’t get fired 😦 sorry, prolly shouldn’t dump this here but I feel sick this morning…..have been asking everyone to pray for me.

        YOU are the sweetie! Thank you for all the fun comments you leave on my blog. They are always appreciated!

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      • Thank you. Thank you.

        Sorry to hear you’re not well. Of course you have a huge weight on your shoulders. Is there downsizing going on? New ownership? We can talk. My e-mail is under ‘Contact Me’ tab on my home page. Feel free to talk. I’m a good listener, Toby. ❤ ❤ ❤

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      • wish it was as easy as downsizing…alas, I suspect people who have been downsized might not think that is easy. Thanks for the offer. might take you up on that.

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      • Sounds heavy. You know where to find me if you wish, but am hoping for you that circumstances aren’t dire. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  37. It’s been a great blogging year for many of us hasn’t it! Hope you had a lovely Christmas, and New Year, sounds like a load of people to entertain, I bet you’ll be exhausted by January 2nd, and ready to get back to the relaxing, but stimulating, land of blogging! Wishing you and your family a great 2015!

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    • 😀 😀 😀
      These party times do wear me out. My daughter invited me to their New Year’s Eve party. I couldn’t take the noise anymore and came back downstairs. All I wanted was a glass of wine and a movie.

      Happy New Year to YOU, Vanessa. It has been quite a year and I look forward to our mixing it up some more in 2015.

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  38. Very glad to have ‘met’ you this year. All the best for 2015 🙂

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  39. What a lovely, busy year you’ve had Tess. Wishing you health and happiness and a wonderful New Year. I’ll be absent here for a few days as I move all weekend. See you on the other side! ❤

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    • Hope the moving didn’t hurt your back. The thought of moving boxes makes me cross-eyed.

      Wishing you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year as well.

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      • Lol, been moving loads over for over a week now. Today 14 hours of carting boxes, unpacking and back home to pack more. Mover come tomorrow. My foot is sprained and my back won’t bend anymore and I haven’t moved in yet, lol, or not. I just came by to log off as internet will be disconnected tomorrow for a few days, and wanted to let you know. Happy weekend! ❤

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      • Not good to have a sprained foot and an inflexible back. Ouch.
        I pulled a muscle in my back a month ago and that’s just from standing in the kitchen cooking.

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  40. Hey Tess! You’ve been such a reassuring presence, even across continents. Thanks for that and for being such a wonderful person. I hope you’re having loads of fun with your family and friends. Wish you a very, very happy new year.

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    • Thank you, lovely. I love visiting anyone who will have me, but especially when I find myself in such warm company as yours. {{{ ❤ }}}

      Happy, happy New Year to you. I'm glad to get back to 'normal' time, with a new start. Sigh. I don't make resolutions, but this year I will need to make some changes and work harder. Glad we crossed paths. So nice to know you. 🙂

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  41. God bless you and keep you happy, here’s to another virtual blogging year!! xxx

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  42. Lovely tree — and lovely library!

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    • Thank YOU, J.B. That is my tree in 2013 and the library…you have no idea. All my walls have books. If I didn’t have them, I’ve no idea how I would have decorated my space.

      Wishing you a wonderful New Year and happy reading. ❤

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  43. Wonderful posts from you, Tess. Always so interesting to read of your travels and gaze through the lens of camera at amazing sights I could only hope to see. Do go on to Australia to bring us back all the details including fanatic photographs sometime this year! Wishing you the best in 2015.

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  44. I hope your 40+ visitors went well…I can’t imagine the clean up! All the best to you and your loved ones in the new year. 🙂

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  45. Welcome Back- Happy New Year. Thanks for all the encouragement you’ve given recently.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  46. All the best for 2015, I’m sure you will make it a brilliant and positive year Tess! p.s Definitely go to Australia, I still miss the place. 🙂

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  47. Tess – this is amazing and wonderful – Happy New Year – I wish you in 2015 health, success, wonderful and happy news, joy and prosperous year! May God Bless you!

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  48. I like the tin soldiers on tree. This year my tree had lights and toy soldiers and ballerinas and that all.

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