Monday, January 02, 2017

First Post of 2017 and Sharing About Myself

Hello everyone!  A very warm welcome to you all! Happy 2017!  A sincere and heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you!  My blog has been getting a large amount of visits and comments, and I wish to thank you all so much for being a part of this!  It touches my heart deeply to know that so many of you are looking at my posts.  I do hope that you receive some benefit from them!  Thank you so much!  Warm hugs and much love to you all!  :)

I absolutely love the winter!  I know that this may get moans and groans from some of you, but I do love the winter!  What I do not like is ice and freezing rain.  I just make sure that I am well and warmly dressed, and I love to come home to a warm place after being out in the cold, and making a nice cup of hot chocolate!  I actually handle the cold weather better than I do the heat and humidity.  I can always put on an extra sweater when it is cold, but when it is too hot I have to be careful, because I am prone to getting heat stroke.  So on the very hot and humid days I try to stay, as much as possible, in an air conditioned setting.  I also get sunburned very easily, too. I consider myself blessed to be living in Montreal, where we have the four seasons and the beautiful colours and different weather that go with them.  :)  This is enough for this post, thank you so much for reading.  :)

The videos I have selected for this post are:

Futzuki - The Pain Relieving Reflexology Mat

Here is What Happens if You Eat Honey and Cinnamon Daily

Soldier Reunites with Cat he had in Afghanistan

Loyal Dog Jumps on Hospital Bed to Comfort Boy with Autism

Great Dance Routine - James Cagney and Bob Hope

For the following, I am providing the link sources beneath each photo.  You just need to click on the images to see a larger view.

Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does. - William James


Appreciation can make a day even change a life. - Margaret Cousins


Before going to sleep every night, forgive everyone, and sleep with a clean heart.


Instead of looking at what's depressing, look at what's a blessing. - Kristen Butler


It is not what we get.  But who we become, what we contribute...that gives meaning to our lives. - Tony Robbins


Peace on earth.


This year, I've been through a lot.  There's been enough ups and downs that I could easily say it's been a bad year, but I'm still here.  I'm still able to learn, grow, smile past the struggle, and count my blessings.  So for that, I just want to say thank you to everyone and everything that's still in my life.


The most valuable gift you can receive is an honest friend.


Today be thankful and think how rich you are.  Your family is priceless.  Your health is wealth.  Your time is gold.


This January, why not start the year with an empty jar and fill with notes about good things that happen. Then, on New Years Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year.


You may have a negative past, but it doesn't mean it has to become your future.  Leave it behind you by focusing on the positive right now.


A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realize how blessed you are for what you have.


Fairy lights and pretty things all the magic Christmas brings.  That every lovely dream comes true, all this and more, is my wish for you.


I am learning to trust the journey even if I don't understand it.


Thank you all so much for visiting me here!  I always appreciate and enjoy reading your kind thoughts, which you are always welcome to share!

76 comments:

  1. Happy 2017 to you. That was wonderful information re: honey and cinnamon. Do you have any goals for this year?

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  2. I too like winter! I'm not one for hot days either.

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  3. I also love winter!
    Its the comfy warm coats that I love the most. lol
    Happy First week of the Year!

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  4. Hello Linda, again another lovely post full of inspiring moments. I often think when reading your blog that there is always something that means just that extra little bit more to someone in particular.
    I loved the reunion between the soldier who served in Afghanistan and his cat - really touching.
    Cheerio and take care, kindest thoughts :D)

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  5. Happy New Year Linda for you and your family :).

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  6. Bonne Année, Linda! Cette serie de citations sont simplement magnifiques.

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  7. The jar is a very good idea. I write down in my paper-calendar at least three positive things that happen every day.
    I´m a summer-person btw enjoying 37C in my holiday atm.

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  8. Happy New Year to you, Darling Linda, and thanks most sincerely for such an amazing post, I so enjoyed the video 'Great Dance Routine', that's what I needed to begin my day with, blessed be !

    Hope you've enjoyed all the warmth of your family and your home during these festive days, I'm sending many blessings on your days to come

    Xx Dany

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  9. Happy New Year, dear Linda ! You are so special to me...

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  10. Cara Linda, Gennaio di un anno nuovo, io ti auguro che inizi bene e serenamente ti porti quella tranquillità necessaria per tutto l'anno. Ciao e buona giornata cara amica, rinnovo l'augurio di buon anno!!!
    Tomaso

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  11. Yes, your blog is certainly very popular! If I come in a little later, I would be way down the line, after some 30 over comments. Mine is a sad case, every day - if I am lucky, I will get around 10 comments, that is all. Sobssss!!!!!

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  12. Hello Linda,

    Beautiful post! I loved the one with the cat and the soldier. Very touching.

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  13. A nice and cozy blog Linda, I prefer summer.

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  14. Happy New Year to you Linda, I’m looking forward to more of your lovely posts in 2017. I’m afraid I don’t like the cold very much. It upsets my bones somehow, and I end up with lots of aches and pains. I don’t like it too humid either, but I do like to be warm. I’m now going to enjoy all the good things in today’s post while enjoying a cup of tea.

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  15. Hello, I am not a winter lover. I do love cinnamon. Your post are always inspiring and I thank you for sharing. I wish you all the best in 2017. A happy and healthy New Year!

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  16. Great post as ever but sadly now I am back home I cannot see the videos!
    The most valuable gift you can receive is an honest friend. Oh how true and they are few but very special.
    All the very best for 2017 and I am glad that you are enjoying the winter, I guess someone has to :-) Take care Diane

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  17. Winter is my favorite season.....and summer is my least favorite time of year.
    Happy New Year, Linda

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  18. I've seen that Futzuki thing advertised on television. It caught my attention because I'm dealing with some Plantar Fasciitis pain right now. I love the video about the sweet dog and the boy with autism. And I'm tempted to add honey and cinnamon to my daily regimen, after seeing that video. I'm a four-seasons gal myself. I just might rearrange their lengths if I were in charge. :)

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  19. I am enjoying the cool weather now before the heat returns. We don't have winter here. I like one of the quote that says - Appreciation can make a day even change a life. Have a great day!

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  20. Happy Monday Linda... enjoy your winter, I love the fall and summer so that I don't have to wear a coat. Enjoy the New Year xox

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  21. I always enjoy learning more about you. I knew you loved the winter. I'm not a fan of the cold. I could live on a tropical island year round. I'm a fair weather girl.

    I always enjoy your videos. I didn't know about cinnamon and honey. I do now.

    Awww one the cat. I linked this post to Awww Mondays. Okay the dog qualified too. So precious.

    Have a fabulous day my friend. ♥♥♥

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  22. Happy New Year!
    I don't like winter though, I am more a summer person :)

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  23. Happy New Year, Linda! When I was about 12 years old, I took a train ride from Detroit (where I grew up) to Montreal with my brother's hockey team and what I remember the most was the beautiful nighttime snowfall during the trip. I love the snow, too.

    As usual, the pieces you chose today are wonderful. And I think I might grab an empty jar and start filling it. Your sweet blog will be the first "good thing" note I place inside.

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  24. Hi Linda,
    firstly I would like you and your loved ones wishes a very nice 2017. That wish may come true in this new year you vewacht it.

    That mat that takes away the pain under your feet is a special mat;-)
    Cinnamon is also a kind of medicine and I drink it like tea with honey :-) Nice to see this as well in the clip. The dog jumping on the bed of the boy with autism ontroeder me. Beautiful photos of the dog who is so faithful. Dab also a good clip with James Cagney and Bob Hope.

    The text spells have again chosen with care for the beginning of this new year.
    Greetings, Helma

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  25. Winter is my favorite too! Love the graphic about forgiving before bed. Great way to sleep well!

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  26. Beautiful words and images, Linda, as always to help inspire us and give us that little boost when we need it for our various endeavours in life. Today, I especially am drawn to this one:

    Instead of looking at what's depressing, look at what's a blessing. - Kristen Butler

    It keeps us in check, right?

    Enjoy your favourite season and all the very best for 2017!

    Sending love and hugs,
    Poppy

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  27. yes it's nice to subscribe to others blogs isn't it? We always do whether they have visited us or not xoxo Happy New Year! catchatwithcarenandcody

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  28. Happy New Year ..Linda

    and ik like the winter too

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  29. Wishing you a wonderful and healthy 2017. Uplifting quotes.

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  30. A great entry, happy new year !🌲🌲

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  31. Merci ma belle Linda, une très belle et bonne année, gros bisous!

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  32. I don't like harsh cold in winter, but still, I do love to be able to experience it every year. I love having four seasons!
    Happy new year, Linda. I wish you a wonderful 2017!

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  33. Happy New Year, it's a wet but warmish summer's day in Auckland, New Zealand. What a lovely positive post, some very inspiring quotes to act on this year.

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  34. Another wonderful post. Great videos and quotes. Enjoyed each and every one of them. It has been raining here nearly all day. We need the rain so I am not complaining. Have a blessed day. Madeline

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  35. Winter is, after all, the best season.

    Happy New Year, Linda!

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  36. what we each do does make a difference! Love the video about the cat in Afghanistan-
    Right now it is snowing like crazy- you would love it! Happy New Year!

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  37. Happy new year :)

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  38. What a nice way to start the new year! I certainly agree that (Saigon) cinnamon and honey go so well together. Such a beautiful story about the service dog and the autistic child As usual you give of messages of optimism and hope.

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  39. Words of wisdom :-)
    Happy New Year!!!

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  40. Oh I loved seeing Hope and Cagney dance! And I liked the one about the cat, but wished to see him reunited as the title suggested. Thanks for popping by...we are neighbors as you are not so far away from the corner where I live as the crow flies. 🙂

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  41. Happy New Year Linda! Enjoy a beautiful year and thank yoi\u always for sharing so much joy and happiness here. May many blessings follow you this year. enjoy your week.

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  42. Hi Linda! Happy New Year and thank you for visiting my blog! I see from your profile that we have osteoarthritis in common! Some days can be more pain than others but we celebrate our good days and rest and be kind to our bodies during flare ups . Great uplifting post!

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  43. Great post to start the new year on a totally positive note.

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  44. Love to have the foot reflex mat! Happy 2017, babe! xoxo

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  45. Linda, Love the animal stories. That cat was loyal to one of the few people who treated him right...and the Sgt. with the help of an Afgan and the soldier's parents paid it forward. The dog is less surprising as many dogs are sensitive and loyal to a fault. Nevertheless, I'm always impressed by just how loyal they can be!

    Cagney and Hope...this bit never gets old! Cagney was a better dancer but Hope was the consummate entertainer who did a lot of good for a lot of people.

    Happy New Year! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  46. The things you mentioned are nice (hot cocoa on cold weather mmm). But I don't do too well in very-cold and dry!

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  47. Just love this post :)

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  48. Love when animals and people make connections in faraway places and then make it home together or are reunited. Starting the year and every day with positive thoughts is a very good things. Happy New Year!

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  49. Hi,thank you for your comment and Happy New Year to you :)

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  50. Greetings, my friend, and a very Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings and some of what you experience on a daily basis. I can't share your feelings about winter, though! :) Been there, done that. I like the warm weather. But then I'm older than the sun, so that may be the biggest reason.

    Who knew about honey and cinnamon? I think I'll just have to add honey to my cinnamon bread in the mornings! Love the Afghanistan kitty. And I think those posters about giving not getting are right on target even if our society seems to be more about getting than giving.

    Take good care and I hope your 2017 is filled with wondrous things - and good health and happiness!

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  51. Mi querida Linda, tus pots siempre nos ayudan y nos encantan, los de hoy son todos preciosos, pero sobre todos el amor que nos pueden dar los animales y la miel me gusta. Te deseo un año inmensamente feliz, un beso muy grande.

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  52. A very happy new year to you.

    That James Cagney and Bob Hope routine has been a favourite of mine and I never get tired of seeing it again and again. Thank you.

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  53. Hello! I have noticed your lion photo for years on other blogger pal's comments. I have to say that sometimes even the sight of that lion makes me teary eyed-it reminds me of Christ and how He is our defender, He is our Lion of the tribe of Judah-isn't it wonderful that He has so many names?
    I loved the suggestion of the jar and putting notes of good things that happen to read on the next new year. Thank you for your blog visit!!!

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  54. Each to his or her own Linda but I'm afraid I do not like the cold weather. That's good information about cinnamon and honey. I read the same on another blog just the other day - cinnamon and apple - Mmmmm.

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  55. So peaceful! What a lovely blog and post.

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  56. Bonjour Linda
    Bonne et heureuse Année. De la santé et beaucoup de petites choses agréables pour agrémenter le quotidien. Merci pour tes Posts.
    Moi aussi, j'aime le froid sec. Je déteste l'humidité. Oui, je sais que les étés chauds et humides au Québec sont difficiles à vivre.
    Belle première semaine de l'année 2017

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  57. Happy New Year Linda☺☺

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  58. Love that jar idea!
    Thanks so much for stopping by the Creations By Mit blog and your kind comments! I love your positive message here! :)

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  59. Having grown up in Michigan, winter never really bothered me until I went to Florida one February. It was like, 'why am I living in the cold, when I could live somewhere much warmer?!?' I have wonderfully warm winter coats, and scarves and gloves and sweaters, but my perfect time of year is anytime I can run around the house in bare feet. Happy New Year!

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  60. Great post dear.. thanks for sharing! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  61. I enjoyed your post and liked the information on the honey and cinnamon…thanks for sharing. Wishing you all the best in this New Year.

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  62. Happy New Year! Thanks for you uplifting and informative posts! Loved the soldier and the kitty!

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  63. Happy New Year, Linda! I hope that this year brings you and yours great joy. Thank you for the video about the honey and cinnamon. I will try this from tomorrow. The soldier bringing his cat back from Afghanistan was lovely. Xx

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  64. I love the dance routine! What a great way to begin the year!

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  65. Hello Linda, Happy New Year. I hope this year proves to be better that last. I am so glad to have met you here online and look forward to sharing more in 2017.
    ~~ Irene

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  66. Linda - thank you so very much for your very generous comments at my blog! I very much appreciate it and hope that you have a wonderful new year ahead!

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  67. Dear Linda - first friend - Happy New Year. Yes it is wonderful to live where there are four seasons. Like you I don't like ice and freezing rain but snow can be so gorgeous. Hope 2017 brings you many blessings. Will be looking forward as always to my visits with you. Have a wonderful day - Hugs!

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  68. Have a Fantastic 2017, Linda!

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  69. I love winter too ..from what I've seen on TV. ^.^ I have never experienced it. It's summer all year for us down here.

    Happy 2017, Linda. Wishing you a year blessed with lots of love, joy and wonderful moments. Big hug. Small hug. You are an amazing soul. I am glad to have met you through blogging. The things you share have answered many life questions for me. xo

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  70. Happy new year, Linda! I am not sure I could comfortably weather your Canadian winters, but you probably would not enjoy our Florida summers LOL. Thank you for sharing the wonderful sentiments and videos today! Hugs, de

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  71. What a beautiful post for the New Year! I am the same as you Linda! I love winter, but I don't like the ice and freezing rain! And, I don't like heat and humidity, yuck! LOL!
    Thanks for another touching post!
    Big Hugs and Here's to a great 2017! Big Hugs!

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  72. What a great post, Linda! There was much here to inspire me. I love the winter too, but freezing rain and ice are definitely no fun. It was certainly fun to spend Christmas in Calgary and, among other activities, to go tobogganing in the snowy cold. The reflexology mat looks like it would feel wonderful.

    I want to try the cinnamon and honey. A doctor at the VA in Long Beach suggested decades ago that I put raw honey on my first husband's bedsores. He was a quadriplegic, and his skin kept breaking down from constantly sitting. It was amazing to observe how well the honey healed his open sores. I've heard good things about cinnamon too.

    The soldier and his cat, the autistic child and his service dog, the Cagney?Hope tap routine: All were uplifting! And I loved the idea of filling a jar with good things that happen. I've been filling a piggybank with loose change and counting it on Christmas Eve (Well. when I'm home.), but this sounds more rewarding.

    I hope that your New Year has started off well! Sending you love and hugs, my special Montreal friend!

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