Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year. My message for 2018

Hello. That's it then, the last few hours of 2017. I won't do a looking back thingy, I've forgotten most of it already, ha ha. From what I remember, I've had a pretty good year, holidays, going out, everything has been pretty much hunkydory, apart from one sadness when the Best Cat in the World, sadly came to the end of his life, in January. Bugsy gave me 20 wonderful years of happiness and love, I couldn't have wished for a better, more fabulous, feline friend.

I won't waffle on as I expect you want to get on and party the New Year in. I love a brand spanking sparkly, shining, new year. I get a feeling in my bones that this one will be the best ever. I've made a little video for you, so pour yourself a little tipple, and celebrate the new year with me. By the way, I shall probably be in the land of nod by the time the clock strikes midnight. I've got a whiskey and cranberry juice in my glass, and that's bound to send me to sleep.



A quick reminder. Walking group members should check in tomorrow with your total miles for the year. Let's give everybody a big cheer for making it to the end. If you are joining in for 2018 please post a comment on the same post (Jan 1st) we would love to have you in our group. Newbies and oldbies welcome.

A very Happy New Year to all my blog readers, from me and the pussies, Heidi and Mayze. Let's do it all again in 2018.
Toodle pip

58 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Ilona. I hope 2018 will be wonderful for you. Thank you once again for such an inspiring blog. Kristel

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  2. Thank you for your wonderful posts, I hope that 2018 brings you everything you want and need xx

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  3. Happy New Year Ilona. Thank you for inspiring me right through 2017. I didn't log my miles and don't think I quite met my target... I hope to next year.

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  4. Happy new year Ilona and everybody reading. And yes you have had a great year, what about those amazing two days you had at mine?! Hehehehe-a highlight of 2017, I’m sure!
    Here’s to a happy and healthy 2018 for us all, wishing you the very best my friend,xxxx

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  5. Happy New Year Ilona! I have loved reading your posts and watching the videos throughout 2017. You remind me of my lovely spirited nan who is sadly no longer with us but who would have agreed with you on so many things - using every last drop of everything up before buying new, buying YS reduced items (I used to cringe when she did this when I was with her but now I do it all the time!), using unconventional things in the garden and making a nice spot to sit and enjoy the sun in, the love of a good walk in the countryside, 'doing your own thing' and not following the crowd and just generally enjoying life. Here's to more fun and frugal frolics in 2018. Love to you and your lovely cats xx

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  6. Hi Ilona - happy New Year! I hope you have a great 2018 and looking forward to reading about your escapades!

    My friend introduced me to your blog a few days ago - I think it's great and must say you are an inspiration to someone like me who has always struggled with managing their money - always wanting the new must have clothes make up etc. You have helped me to see there is another way. My priorities for this year are to cut down my debt and spend more time with people I enjoy being with xx

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  7. Hi Ilona - Happy New Year! Hope you have a great 2018!

    My friend introduced me to your blog a few days ago and have to say you are an inspiration to someone like me who has always struggled with managing their money - my priority for this year is to cut my debt down and I'm sure following your blog will help me do that. Xxx

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  8. Happy New Year. Look forward to reading what you get up to in 2018 :)

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  9. I have so thoroughly enjoyed your blog Ilona-you have helped me such a lot-thankyou.Just also like to say without sounding too gushy''Ilona you are a very special,generous & genuine lady''-and such fun & sparkle.Wishing you & the furry kids a lovely year & to all your many friends here at yours xxx

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  10. Happy New Year! Will you still be doing youtube in 2018?

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  11. Happy New Year to you and the kids!
    Arilx

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  12. Much chuckles and cheer and giggles for the Coming Year. (and maybe a few pranks, grin).

    Loved your video, and comments/attitude re resolutions and getting on with things. Am so impressed with your walking...WOW.

    Take care, and Happy New Year

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  13. Happy 2018 to you and your animal friends, Ilona. Thank you for the blog!

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  14. Happy New Year Ilona - to you and all your readers from freezing cold - but very sunny - Toronto!

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  15. Ilona, happy new year and I hope 2018 is a fabulous year for you. I thoroughly enjoy your blog especially your wanderings and all the pictures; your sensible advice; your humour and kindness. Amanda xx

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  16. Dear Ilona, we have enjoyed every minute of your video. We were so relieved when you said you were continuing with your blog. I have been following you since you had age 59 at the top and cannot believe where the time has gone. Look after yourself as you are a very special person.
    We send you all our best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018.
    Wendy (Wales)

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  17. Happy New Year Ilona and good health for 2018. Thank you for your brilliant blog - I have changed my life because of your inspiration. Sharon

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  18. Happy New Year to you and the kitties. Hope you have a fantastic 2018 and look forward to reading your inspirational posts
    Carolx

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  19. Raymond nicholson.31 December 2017 at 20:51

    Hi Ilona, wishing you and your beautiful feline friends a fantastic new year and thank you for all you have done for us.xx

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  20. happy new year to you and your furry friends

    love your blog long may you keep writing xxx

    tessa

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  21. Happy New Year to you, Ilona, and all your readers as well! Completely agree with the notion of making 2018 the best year ever! Thank you for this blog, It is an ongoing source of learning and inspiration!

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  22. Happy New Year, Ilona. Thank you for all your posts in 2017 and I very much look forward to reading your 2018 episodes. Your videos are great - I love your philosophy, your attitude of enjoying life, keeping fit and healthy, exercising your brain through creativity, and appreciation for the good life you have made for yourself. Patricia in Canada.

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  23. No resolutions here either.
    Happy crafting and walking for 2018

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  24. Thank ilona. Happy new year xxx

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  25. Good video with great advice. So glad you will continue to blog. I enjoy your advice on staying healthy, shopping, saving, enjoying life, and seeing all your crafts. Must admit I especially enjoy your videos and hearing your English accent. My dad was born and raised in England and so many of your 'sayings' remind me of him. He came to America at 31years. Happy New Year to you. Patty Mc

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  26. Happy Happy New Year!!!! Wishing you the best in health and happiness in 2018!
    Tammy
    West Virginia USA

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  27. From Jenette ( Google account doesn’t post anymore. )Tried logging in and out etc so have a wonderful year Ilona and good luck with all your endeavours for 2018 - Goodnight x

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  28. Happy New Year! I've loved reading your blog this year. And doing the walking challenge. Best wishes for 2018.

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  29. Happy New Year. Look forward to your blog in 2018.x

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  30. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! And Thank you for just being you. I feel like youre a friend ive known forever. Xx

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  31. Happy New Year, Ilona!

    I will take the message in your video to heart. I'm looking forward to a good 2018.

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  32. Happy New Year Ilona. You are an inspiration. I love exploring your part of the world with you. Thank you for the generous share of your thoughts, your life and for giving a space so that people can share their thoughts, struggles and insights. I feel I have found a new friend this year. Marigold

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  33. A happy, thrifty and sustainable 2018 to all your readers too. Thanks for all the fantastic shares. Marigold

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  34. Happy New Year Ilona Love this blog and always read it. Xxx

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  35. Fabulous video!

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  36. Good video. Good to hear what you do and thanks to keep in touch with you. It was fun to walk the past couple days as the weather has been better, even though it was a bit chilly. Nice to have some sun and clouds too...not so dark! Have a blessed and joyous new year!

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  37. Happy New Year! I love the fresh start of the new year. I like to think about what is important to me and what I would like to accomplish. I enjoyed your video. Thanks for blogging.
    Margaret in Maryland

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  38. Happy New Year Ilona! I'd love to join the walking group for 2018

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  39. Happy new year Ilona! I love your videos, I watch them several times to improve my English.
    Hilde in Germany

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  40. Hi Ilona, good advice as always. I don't celebrate New Years Eve, I am grateful for all the good things that happened in 2017 and a new year ahead full of the unknown. I simply cannot sit up that late as I am a morning person and like to do my walk as the sun rises. It's New Year's Day here in Australia but I guess I should wait until tomorrow to state my intent to join your walking challenge. Happy New Year Ilona. Lisa J. Tasmania, Australia.

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  41. Happy New Year Ilona. Thank you for your wonderful blog, craft ideas and inspiring advice.

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  42. thx for your brilliant blog - i wish you and your moggies God's love, joy and peace in 2018!

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  43. Happy New Year Ilona and all readers. Great video, how important health is, without health life is miserable. Reading this blog my life has changed so much, as Ilona says MY life and how I want to live, without worrying what others think. I also had embarrassment of yellow sticker food. (What would cashier think). One cashier actually helped me telling me reductions are 75% off at 6.30pm. At local co-op. Was working to top up my pension, but as time goes on I may be able to live on the pension!!! What a revelation and will try in 2018. Fitness, health, pension, knitting and fresh air with my new pup (who has not a care). Animals are also great, it is people who can be stressful. Elaine xx

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  44. I am going to start your walking challenge this year, happy new year to you and all your fans out there. Ilona you are my new guru, love watching the videos and reading the blog, keep it up.

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  45. Ilona, Happy New Year! I'm a long-time reader, but don't believe I've commented before. I love your blog and find it very inspiring. Texas Grandma

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  46. Happy New Year Ilona. I felt so energised and positive after watching you video. I'm 65 this month and find it all too easy to get depressed but you are an example to all us older people. Age is just a number!!

    Linda

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  47. Happy New Year...as you know I am a big fan of your blog and a happy walking group member. May the year to wonderful for you!

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  48. Health and Happiness to you in 2018 Ilona. Linda, Teignmouth, S.Devon

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  49. I have just recently discovered your blog, and I think that you are one admirable lady!

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  50. Happy New Year and have a wonderful 2018! I've only been reading your blog for a few months, and it helps to keep me on track and mindful about saving money. I've pledged to walk 500km this year. I don't know if your walking club has flexible rules? But that's a distance that's more suitable for my situation.
    Take care!
    Katie in Australia.

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  51. Happy New Year! Thank you for another year of sharing your life with us. One thing I have noticed that keeps you young is your sense of humor. I always notice your laughter in the videos. You help more people than you know. Jackie in Georgia, USA

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  52. Aww you didn't mention Rocky.

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    1. Rocky is safe forever in Ilona's heart xx

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  53. Great video, did you notice you match your fireplace?

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