Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Positive Distractions For Christmas 2020.

It's been a year since I posted. I've missed the blogging community and the diverse interaction that I cherish.  I've been overwhelmed with health issues.  Two major surgeries in less than two months has taken its toll on me.  I'm still experiencing a lot of pain.  Yet, somehow, through the pain, I focus on the positive distractions that give me comfort.     

This has been the most awful of years.  Compounded by the restrictions, the chaos and confusion that has dominated our lives in the year 2020.

Hello to you.  I will now share some positive distractions that have helped me so much. 

And there we are.  Christmas 2020.  The positive distractions of a glowing fire, a Christmas tree, a couple of wee folks, a photo of my son when he was a young boy.   Plus, of course, a photo reminder of the spirit of Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar.

The peace and joy that I embrace.  The wee folks have taught me many a lesson.  About unconditional, non-judgemental love. 
Fidelina, the beautiful fairy princess, her husband, Geoffrey the garden gnome and their boychild, Einahalk, wish for you, for me, for all of us, a wondrous time now and into the future.  
I fondly recall the gathering of the wee folks one wintry evening back at my old enchanted garden. 

I took this photo on the afternoon of December 23, 2020.  Two pigeons perched on the scaffolding just outside my bedroom window.  
Ah, the last remnants of the setting sun as darkness blankets the sleepy little town of Leek.
Bless the memory of Penny.  So content with a trio of garden gnomes.  Her spirit will keep me company as it's wise that I spend Christmas day on my own.  On my own but grateful for all the positive distractions.  

May you have a peaceful Christmas.  Let us rejoice in all that is good and focus on our positive distractions. 

41 comments:

  1. Wishing you a peaceful Christmas as well, Gary! Hope that pain is disappearing and things are looking up. Take care and all the best for 2021!!

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  2. Thank you so much, Jemi. I have some medical problems that need to be rectified. All the best to you and your loved ones. Here's to a mmuch better 2021.
    Hugs, Gary.

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    1. Thank you, Sandi. Christmas was quiet and peaceful. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, my thoughtful friend.

      Hugs, Gary.

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  4. Hi Gary. I have not posted in long time either (hmm...my avatar is gone) but saw you on FB and wanted to say hi at your blog. First off, was sorry to hear about your sweet Penny. So many of us in the blog world loved hearing about her. Your attitude today, considering all that 2020 has brought you, is inspiring. Keeping an upper chin as some would say. I'm trying to do the same. I took my 95 yr old mom out of an 'assisted care' home in March into mine when Covid first hit. A huge adjustment for hubby and me, to say the least,but no regrets. Virus is awful here. Take care and Merry Christmas to you too.

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    1. Hi Sharon,

      Ah yes, both of us lacking in blog postings. Thanks for your kind words. Much appreciated. Penny, bless her doggy heart, went over to the Rainbow Bridge, on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. My son and I were devastated but grateful she was part of our lives.

      We both embrace seeing the positives out of what has been a most negative time. I can imagine the adjustments your husband and yourself had to make when your mother moved in. Still, no regrets is very heartening. The virus, be gone sometime in 2021. Hope you and your loved ones had a peaceful Christmas.

      Hugs, Gary.

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  5. I've missed your posts and I hope your pain gets better soon. This has been a pretty bad year for most of us but it helps to focus on those positive things in our lives.

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    1. Hi PT,

      Thanks for those kind thoughts. I'm struggling but I'm determined to get better. 2020 has been quite the nightmare year, for sure. A positive focus and looking forward to better times, sure does help.

      Hope you had a nice Christmas.

      Gary

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  6. What a lovely surprise to see you in my sidebar again and with such wonderful photos. Merry Christmas to you, the wee folk and the spirit of Penny :)

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    1. Hi River,

      Apologies for my late reply. I'm having such a struggle with my health issues. Thank you for you kind comment. And now, welcome to 2021. Has to be a better year.

      Kind wishes,

      Gary

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  7. Klahanie, my ex-pat Canadian friend! How WONDERFUL to have a Christmas post from you! Someone gifted me my very first gnome this Christmas and of course that made me think of you and your family of gnomes and fairy folk in the Enchanted Garden! And then I thought of Penny, she of the many puns and funny comments. I miss Penny and you and your posts. I wondered how you were holding up during this pandemic that is so stressful for everyone. And now I learn -- two surgeries in two months! Yikes! But I hope they will solve whatever the problem was, and that you will soon be in much better and pain-free health. May the Goddess of all Wee Folk bless you and your son too in 2021 and may it be a much better year for all concerned!

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    1. Hi Debra,

      Thank you for such a thoughtful, memory-filled comment. Here's to your gnome, to my Enchanted Garden and yes, our beloved Penny. I'm having a tough time and it's difficult to comment through the pain. However, I maintain that positive focus that all with be okay.

      Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and here's to 2021 be a much better year. My regards to you and your loved ones.

      Hugs, eh.

      Gary

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  8. It is truly lovely to see a post from you dear Gary.
    I am sorry that you have had to have surgeries, and more work is required. I love that sweet Penny's spirit and the wee folk are with you still.
    Huge (and non infectious ) hugs.

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    1. Hi Sue,

      Thank you for your caring words. I'm having a lot of pain issues. The medical profession still hasn't worked out why I'm in so much pain. Yet, I maintain that positive focus and think of the wee folks, think of Penny's spirit.

      Hope you had a nice Christmas. Wishing you a way better 2021,

      Virtual, safe hugs, your way,

      Gary

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  9. How wonderful to see a post from you Gary, I had wondered how you were. We have so much in common during this awful, awful year you wouldn't believe but this comment is about you. I wish you better health for the coming year and
    thank you for your positive distractions. Merry Christmas to you.

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    1. Hi Eileen,

      Thank you for your comment, my kind friend. I hope the coming year is much better for you, Eileen.

      Hope you had a good Christmas. Positive distractions for a peaceful 2021, your way.

      Gary

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  10. You have been greatly missed Gary this past year and I hope all goes well for you healthwsie after your ops plus this Covid 19 virus.
    Thanks for sharing wonderful pictures with us....... sure brighened my day.
    Take care and keep safe.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Hi Yvonne,

      How lovely to see you, my kind friend. Thanks for the positive thoughts.

      Hope Christmas was peaceful for you. A much brighter year ahead is what we hope for.

      Be well and yes, keep safe.

      Gary

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  11. You have done such a good job of remaining positive - looking outwards is always a great idea, even when 'outwards' this year has been hard in itself.

    So sorry you're enduring ongoing pain. I hope 2021 is kinder to you xx

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    1. Hi Annalisa, how thoughtful of you. I apologise for not replying sooner. The pain has been extreme over the last few days. Of course, no matter what, I shall stay positive. Thanks and may this be a kind year for you and your loved ones.
      Hugs and hope, Gary.

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  12. Gary! Good to hear from you. Sorry about the surgeries and pain. Don't lose the positive attitude though. This year, it's all we have.
    Merry Christmas and God Bless.

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    1. Greetings Alex, and good to hear from you, kind sir. Thank you for such nice thoughts. I just hope I will be better soon. It was quite an awful year we all went through. Positivity is the clear focus.
      I hope you had a peaceful Christmas and here's to a better year ahead. God bless you and your loved ones.
      In kindness, Gary.

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  13. It was lovely to see your positive post on my dashboard. I wish you comfort as you recover from your surgeries. This is a Christmas unlike all others but our job is to keep safe till we can get vaccinated and the light of hope beams again.

    Happy Christmas, dear Gary.

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    1. Hi Arleen, how wonderful to see you. I've been having a number of issues since my two surgeries. This is why I have been so much in the background.
      I do so hope that you and your family had a nice Christmas and a peaceful New Year's eve. Here's to the rollout of the vaccinations in all the nations.
      Kind thoughts, your way, Gary.

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  14. How lovely to see a Christmas post from you Gary, I've been wondering how you are. I'm sorry to read of your health problems, I hope they can be overcome and you have a much better 2021. Thank you for sharing the beautiful picture of sweet little Penny, she was adorable and will never be forgotten x

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  15. It's so good to read a post from you, Gary. I'm sorry you are having health difficulties and hope you are soon moving forward again. Yes, this year has been a hard one. And being alone at Christmas is extra hard. But it's for the best, for now. As long as you have memories, though, you're never truly alone. No one can take our memories away. All best to you, my friend.

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  16. Feliz Navidad, Gary. It's wonderful to have you back. You were missed. Best to you in 2021. It's going to be a good year.

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  17. Sending you all my very best wishes for Christmas, Gary. You have beautiful pictures and memories and I love that you share them with us. You are an inspiration.

    I do hope that your medical issues can be sorted soon especially the pain. No one should have to be suffering pain.



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  18. So nice to see you, Gary. I wish I could make your pains go away.

    Love,
    Janie

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  19. Hi Gary. So sorry to learn of your extra tough year. Hopefully anyone feeling sad about living in lockdown can see that others have things even worse. I hope you will be able to return to Blogging because you are a unique voice!
    I wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year and a better 2021.
    Best regards, Barry
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  20. I'm so happy to see a post from you. You have been really missed! I'm sorry to hear about the health issues. I do hope you start feeling much better soon. Sending you lots of positive vibes and lots of hugs, too, this Christmas day. All the best, and a blessed 2021 to you!

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  21. Merry Christmas my dear friend.

    Wishing you peace and healing...

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  22. So glad to hear from you again, Gary. Here's hoping 2021 is full of positives to make up for the endless bad news that was 2020.

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  23. Welcome back :-) Glad the wee folk are keeping you company, may the new year bring us all better times xx

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  24. So nice to see this post from you.
    Sending positive thoughts and good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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  25. Hi Gary - got here eventually ... often thinking of you though. I'm glad the surgeries are over and you're home ... and I hope healing regularly and more easily. Not an easy time for anyone, but for you recovering from the surgeries ... Tristan and family seem like they're being very supportive. So pleased to see you and to see the wonderful photos you've posted - heart warming. Take care and all the best as 2021 moves forward ... I hope Spring will be early and kind to us ... with hugs and thoughts - Hilary

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  26. I should sue you for making me smile. There goes my reputation, you know... Anyway, it's good to hear from you again.

    I want to say, Happy New Year, but I'm not ready yet.

    Blue

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  27. So good to hear form you Gary, but so sad to learn of your continued health problems. I sincerely hope that this year will bring you healing. It seems these past few years have piled up a great deal of physical and mental pain on so many of us. Thank you for your cheerful photos and the sweet remembrance of your dear Penny. May this new year bless us all with some good luck! 😻 Diane

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  28. So nice to see your post! 2020 was definitely a tough year- and I hope 2021 is better for you. Sounds like you have the right attitude! That is always part of the battle. Loved seeing all the photos. :)

    ~Jess

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  29. Just stopping by to say hello :)
    My good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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I do try to comment back to each commenter individually. However, I might have to shorten my replies or give a group thank you. That way, I can spend more time commenting on your blogs. Thank you and peace, my friend.