My Rather Late Look Back Over 2016
I know, I know, it’s a little late for a look back over 2016, but I do like to do a blog post to mark the end of yet another year. Every year I leave it until the last week because that’s the kind of blogger I am. Last December I was determined to do things differently and get that final blog post written up nice and early. Did I manage that one small thing? I can safely answer that with a big resounding “No”.
Why not? I’m not really sure, except the weeks coming up to Christmas seemed extra busy and once Christmas got here I sank into a cycle of eating and watching mindless television with the family. Which, I might add, I thoroughly enjoyed. Not that that’s really a good excuse. Everyone else is pretty much doing the same thing but still managed to get those blog posts out.
Health And Family In 2016
2016 was a funny old year. As a family, we had health issues to face; my sister gave her husband a kidney, my Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer, my husband Neal with malignant melanoma and my Mum was run ragged. I am happy to report that my sister and her husband are doing well and both my Dad and husband’s cancers were caught early. Both good examples of why getting those seemingly minor health issues seen to early is important!
I am hoping that 2016 is a kinder year when it comes to health and the worries that go with it.
We also lost one dog and gained two more. Even though we promised ourselves we would not be taking any more on. That is it now, no more pets!
The Blog In 2016
My blog may never reach the ranks of superstardom, but it is all mine and I love it. It’s the only place where I say what goes without having to answer to or confer with anyone.
Last year was a year when I put my heart and soul into partaking in linkies and started interacting more on social media (don’t you just love Twitter and Instagram?). I loved the linkies and they certainly helped my blog grow a readership.
Nearer the end of the year, I was invited to co-host the Monday Morning Blog Club with Jayne from Sticky Mud And Belly Laughs and jumped at the chance. Which is strange as I have never seen myself as a host of any sort! But that has meant stepping back from partaking in so many other linkies, as I just don’t have the time to do it all. It also leaves me feeling a little sad for the same reason.
The plan is, to sort out a proper link-up page, linking back to all the link-ups I enjoyed taking part in. It’s the least I can do as without them I wouldn’t have found many of the blogs I enjoy reading now.
I would love to mention each and every blog and each and every blogger I have enjoyed over the past year, but the list would be too long. I do, however, have some favourites that maybe you’d like to check out too?
- Plutonium Sox
- JENerally Informed
- A Family Day Out
- After The Rain
- Cooking With Carlee
- The Boondocks Blog
I do feel a bit mean not mentioning everyone as there are so many blogs I truly enjoy reading. Please do forgive me for not mentioning everyone.
The Highlights Of 2016
As testing a year as 2016 was, there were highlights that will stay with me. One highlight of my summer was witnessing baby loggerhead turtles hatch (Zakynthos has some of the few remaining loggerhead turtle nesting beaches in the Mediterranean) and make their bid for the sea. It was a very emotional and special event to witness.
Completing the Athens Marathon is also something that will stay with me for a long time. It was the second time I have completed it, but the first time I thoroughly enjoyed it.
One of the most touching and pleasantly surprising things of last year has to be when I appealed for blood on Facebook after my Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. People, total strangers went to the hospital to try and donate and we got the blood we needed. I don’t think I have ever felt so humble in my life and I know it touched my Dad too
In Greece, it is totally normal to be asked to get blood donations before planned surgery. It’s one way of keeping the blood banks stocked and many families regularly donate blood for their family in case of an emergency. Unfortunately for us, with me having grown up in the UK during the Mad Cow period, they won’t accept my blood. My husband was low in iron and so couldn’t donate. My son has thalassaemia and can’t donate. Mum’s too old and my daughter is too young. So between us, we couldn’t fill a thimble!
Well, that’s my rather late look back over 2016. What was the highlight of 2016 for you?
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