Friday, 8 January 2016

Five On Friday

Hello everyone!  Welcome back to Five On Friday!  I hope that you all had a splendid Christmas and that your New Year is off to a good start.
 
I will jump straight in with five things for this week which are all about things I am or have changed up this year.  Although I didn't realise that until just now!
 
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I have completed another square on my tapestry/needlepoint and have started on another.  As I have said before I am hoping to do more stitching this year and this is the start of that.

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The year of changing my mantel each month has finished.  It was great fun and I enjoyed making all of the different garlands.  You can be sure that later in the year there will be more garlands appearing because I adore them.  Right now though this is what the mantel looks like.  Not decorated in any particular way or theme at all.

You can see all of the mantel arrangements by clicking the photo in the sidebar.

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After I tidied up all of the Christmas decorations and dusted and put things back in their rightful place I rearranged the top of the sideboard a little.  We have had this sideboard for about 2 years now and I usually have a runner of some sort on the top.  I don't think that we have ever had it as bare wood.

I decided to take the runner off though, I changed the sorts of things I put on the top and I really like it this way.  It has far more of the retro/mid century modern vibe that we are trying to go for.  A good change!

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I have finished with my jar of thanksgiving as I explained on Wednesday.  So I have repurposed the jar and filled it with sweets - a large box which I won in a raffle before Christmas - and it is on my desk.  There are less sweets now because I have eaten some whilst writing this.
 
Five
 
I said that I was planning to walk for 30 minutes a day.  Well, I can report that since Monday I have done at least that each day.  Yay!  I will be off out early this morning too because I am busy after that.  My fitbit is counting my steps which are mostly increasing each day on my walk and my phone is counting down the 30 minutes for me with the timer feature I found that it has.  My MP3 player is keeping me company with some music.  So for a total no techie my walk is relying very much on quite a lot of tech to keep me going and keep me company.  Funny that!
 
I am enjoying the walks and I am sure that they are doing me good.  I feel stronger physically already and also in my head which is as, if not more, important than the physical bit.
 
That is it, my five things for the start of the year!  Not too shabby and they turned out to have a theme which I wasn't expecting at all.  Odd that isn't it.
 
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I do have something else to share with you before I go.  I have included it here because I know that my Friday posts are the ones that most of my readers and fellow bloggers are likely to read.
 
My blogger dashboard tells me that there are going to be some changes with Google Friend Connect.  You might have noticed recently a fall in followers or people writing about it.  Apparently it might be because of what I am about to share with you, so take heart, it isn't you, but you might need to do something.  This is what Google have told us:-
 
"In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.

As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.

We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow."
 
So, if you want to keep following my blog - and others - and I hope that you will, you might need to find a new way to do that.  You can either get a Google Account, or you can follow me in other ways.  There are sign ups in my sidebar for both e-mail following and via Bloglovin.  I am not here to promote Bloglovin in any way, but that is what I use to follow all of your blogs and I find it works really well for me.
 
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I hope that you all have a great weekend and get to do lots of fun things all year long in 2016.

May the wind be always at your back and may the sun shine warm upon your face.

Happy New Year!

Amy
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Thank you - as always! - for joining in and for going to read others posts.



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60 comments:

  1. Hello Amy, it's so nice to be back to reading Five on Friday! Your tapestry is such a beautiful design and I enjoyed seeing your decorating ideas, too. Thank you for the info regarding blog followers. It was very pertinent info. Enjoy your weekend, Pat xx

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  2. Nice work you've done.
    That with Google and Bloglovin I don't really understand and I don't know, what is Bloglovin and how it works. But I think, who want to follow, can it do via subsribe or RSS feed. I've subscribed your blog.
    Have a great weekend

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  3. Thanks Amy as always for organising Five on Friday. Your needlework is beautiful and I do like the look of your sideboard, the wood is gorgeous. Well done with the walking...keep going. Barbara x

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  4. Smashing Amy, everything looks bare at this time of the year with all the decorations down and the trees outside of course but it gives us a base to go mad later on in the year!! x

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  5. One of my 2015 resolutions was to tackle my pile of unfinished and I've barely made a dent. I'm challenging myself to do better in 2016 and adding a few more resolutions to keep it interesting. Happy new year, dear Amy, hope it's a good one.
    Amalia
    xo

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  6. That is a very attractive 1960s-style sideboard and I prefer such things without runners as I'm not into shabby chic, having been a child of the 1940s, they smack of gentility and maiden aunts and so forth - others will disagree, those who didn't see them alongside ditsy d'oyleys and antimacassars and such things. However, I'd choose some contrasting colours for the top of the sideboard, perhaps burnt orange? If you have some glass pieces in contrasting colours, they would look good, too. Or a pile of books so that their spines are a contrast with the honey-coloured wood. Just a thought.
    I love it once the decorations have been taken down, I find it totally refreshing. While I love Christmas Day with the family, I really don't like all the hype over just one day in the year. But there again, I've done 51 Christmases now since I married, I'm perhaps just a little stale (like any left over cake, of which I can honestly say we have none!)
    Margaret P

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  7. Lovely, everything does look empty and bare after Christmas but I'm getting used to it again. Well done on your walking that is something I must get back to and do more of this year:)

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  8. I will miss the mantel each month, I found it quite inspirational for each season.

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  9. Happy new year, Amy and thanks for hosting FoF. Your needlepoint is coming along, well done on completing another square. Good for you with the walking, I think it's great exercise! xx

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  10. Beautiful embroidery and well done on the walking. Music whilst exercising certainly helps doesn't it? My beloved iPod broke down on Christmas day - R ordered a new drive and managed to fix it but for a while there I was rather lost. Love your sideboard. xx

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  11. Well done on finishing another square of your needlepoint work and the walking! I'm joining in Five on Friday (as much as possible) this year. A new year, new challenges, interests and ways of doing things is refreshing and motivational so thank you for your inspirational blog.

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  12. I love the needlepoint, it's beautiful and I can't wait to see the finished project! It's exhausting keeping things decorated all the time, but it's lovely when they are done...I think you won't last with not changing it up ;) Have a wonderful 2016!

    I've planned out all my blog posts for the next month and there's no space for Five on Friday for me at the moment as I have so many things I need to get in! Hopefully I'll be able to pick it up in Feb again :)

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  13. The tapestry is looking lovely. I think everywhere looks very bare once all the Christmas decorations come down so switching things around a bit, as you have done, is such a good idea.

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  14. Everything looks fresh and clean ready for a new year. I've been doing organizing too. I follow with the subscribe button and get emails whenever you update. When I gave up Blogger I stopped using all their things. The only thing I use is their sign in for comments as many Blogger sites have no wY for me to comment. Have a good weekend.

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  15. I'm supposed to be tackling unfinished projects but I seem to be starting more instead. I now want a tapestry too!! xx

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  16. I do wish that Blogger wouldn't complicate things!

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  17. OK this is my second attempt at writing you a comment. I either imagined I did or I didn't actually write it. Either way, this lady is loosing the plot!!!! Love the more pared back version of the side board, I do that sort of thing too in January, less things out after Christmas seems lovely to be less cluttered but gradually through out the year all my pieces creep back in and culminate at Christmas when we can't move for all that is around!! I too hope to se/tapestry/embroider more this year, it is so therapeutic. Lovely that five on Friday is back, it's such a supportive community.x

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  18. Your tapestry looks lovely - I've only ever done one and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Well done for keeping to your fitness goals, my husband and I have the same goal although we have started off with a commitment of 3 times a week - so far so good :)

    Love the fresh look on your mantle and sideboard - just what is needed after a whole month of a decorated home. My mantle is clean and simple this month :)

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  19. Everything can seem bare after Christmas but it does offer an opportunity to rethink how we have our everyday things.

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  20. Isn't it satisfying to tidy away everything and see bare surfaces again. Well done on the walking. My phone keeps telling me that I have let things slide which makes me smile. I'm setting myself a challenge of 10,000 steps a day once I am back to full health :) Have a wonderful weekend my friend xx

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  21. Happy New Year Amy!, I can't believe it's January and looking at my first Five on Friday of 2016. Hope this year is good for youxx

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  22. Happy New Year Amy! Well done you for starting a walking routine. You are so right about it being as much for our mental well being as our physical. I have had a Fitbit for over a year now, and find it to be a lot of fun to keep track of my steps. And thanks for the heads up about the Google thing. I had no clue that was happening.

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  23. Friday already! Lovely tapestry, a lovely relaxing project to do.
    Thanks for the info about google - I'm never sure how all these things work but Bloglovin' seems the easiest to use. Have a good weekend Amy. x

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  24. I like your sideboard. I want a new cabinet of sorts in my living room to start a collection of tea cups. The tapestry you are working on looks great. Leah xxx

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  25. Walking is very good for you in many ways and I like your reuse of the jar! I have joined your Five on Friday for the first time today (and linked to you at the end of my post - hope that's ok). Thank you Amy. Have a lovely weekend. Sam x

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  26. Thank you for the follower information Amy at least I'll be ready and will know why the followers fall off Your sideboard looks good like that and so does your fireplace, I was contemplating decorating mine each month but I never have the time. Love the tapestry, I'm still on the lookout for a nice Christmas scene to sew, I have been looking for years but haven't found the right one yet. Enjoy your sweeties and have a lovely weekend. :) xx

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  27. Your needlepoint is beautiful, and very neatly done. I've been decluttering too since the decorations came down and am liking the space that's been freed up.
    Cathy x

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  28. I am impressed with the walking Amy, well done! It's great when you find something that works for you which is so easy to do.

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  29. Lovely post :) The tapestry is gorgeous, and I like your sideboard! I am also trying to walk more - I had a pedometer for Christmas! Good luck with your goals, looking forward to this year's crop of Five on Fridays :) xx

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  30. Your needlepoint is looking great and I'm sure that we'll see little changes every now and then with your mantel. I can't imagine you not tweeking bits and pieces. Good on your walking. We went yesterday morning and possibly again this morning as it's not too hot today. Thanks for the information on the Google account thing. Take care.

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  31. Hello Amy
    What a great start to the year for your Five on Friday!
    Your needlepoint tapestry is beautiful, what will you use it for? A cushion or to cover a chair or stool seat or maybe you intend to frame it - do tell!

    As for Google - I think everyone feels a little bullied here - I do.
    When Bloglovin came on some time ago. I thought that was too complicated for me so I basically ignored it, though I have a feeling that I might have set something up at the time but have no idea now how to find it! Any hints or ideas would be helpful to me so I can stay engaged and not lose all my followers.
    The world wide web has a lot to answer for in my book!!!

    Amy, thank you for hosting again in 2016.

    Shane

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  32. That tapestry looks fab, such a good idea to break it into squares as well so you get to feel a real sense of accomplishment each time. Enjoy - and thanks for hosting, have a lovely weekend x

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  33. That's a good five on Friday! I rely on my daily walks to keep me sane!

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  34. I do like the re-use of your jar, Amy. It wouldn't stay that full for long in this house! ;o)

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  35. Hello Amy, your sideboard looks nice as your mantle. Hopefully we won't have too many surprises next week with the GFC! I hope you have a nice weekend. Julie

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  36. I love your side board, it looks lovely like that. Gosh that is funny about you using technology to help with your walks, that's the great thing about having Jack, we have to take him out. Have a lovely weekend xxx

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  37. I love getting the house back after the Christmas decorations come down -- it's a very good excuse for an overhaul...which I did myself last week and found quite satisfying. :)

    Grrrr...to the Google Overlords, is all I have to say. I'll spare you a tangential rant on that subject. I defected to Bloglovin a while ago, although even that's starting to annoy me with all of their adverts and slick "Lifestyle" bent.

    oops...dangerously close to a rant!

    have a wonderful weekend -- and good on you for all of the walking! xo

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  38. Everything looks fresh and fine at your place! I am most impressed with your walking. Sounds as if you mean business and that you have everything you need to succeed. I have a blogging buddy who walks every day in all kind of weather (with the exception of ice storms) for five plus miles a day. She has made her walking a huge feature of her blog for nearing a decade. You'd think she'd have inspired me by now!

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  39. A great post for a new year - you've completed some things (embroidery, mantel challenge) and are beginning others (walking, emptying that sweet jar). I use Feedly to follow blogs and I'm happy with that.

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  40. Congrats on all the exercise. I'm right there with you with the MP3 and the phone app. I don't have a fitbit, but I do have a little pedometer to tell me whether Ive made my steps for the day.

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  41. It's fun to change things up a bit! I really like your side board.
    I follow you on Bloglovin, so hope to have no problems!

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  42. A lovely start to your new year, Amy. I do love your sideboard, especially the beautiful honey colored wood. So often people are painting over beautiful woodwork now and it makes me sad. I admire your beautiful needlework and your commitment to walking. I really need to be more active and this is inspiring me. Thank you for hosting and sharing. Hugs xo Karen

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  43. Jars of Lollies never last long with me. Like your sideboard, mine has piles of lovely library books, a silver tray displayingvintage cut glass and scented candles.

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  44. Your needlepoint is lovely. I've stopped listening to music when I walk, preferring to hear the sounds of daily life and nature around me. I usually walk for at least an hour when I do go out, also taking the time to stop and photograph lovely things along the way. It's like meditation for me. Have a great weekend, Tammy (P.S. I can officially say I visited everyone who linked up :)

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  45. Well done on the walking. I love your sideboard, it'very stylish.
    Lisa x

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  46. Happy New Year Amy. I hope you have a lovely one.

    I do love the look of the bare sideboard.

    One of my aims for this year is to also go for more walks - it's good for the soul. Xxx

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  47. Loving your needlepoint. And w'll done on your walking, it's amazing how much better you feel isn't it?
    Caz xx

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  48. Lovely tapestry...I bought one of these in a charity shop years ago and it's still waiting to be done. Thanks for the heads up on GFC...that'll be why I lost four followers in one day ....possibly? x

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  49. Kudos to you for walking every day! I'm impressed. The needlepoint is very lovely!

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  50. If I have a blog, I am on Google, right? I have to tell you, I am so confused!
    I am afraid to do anything any differently on my blog, I am always afraid I will mess up and lose something!
    I also try to walk 30 minutes each day, not easy in the pouring rain sometimes!!

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  51. I have started a Gratitude jar, you have inspired me. Now for that walk, I am sadly lacking in that area.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  52. All nice changes Amy. I'll miss the sideways mantel shots! Your sideboard really does look nice with the bare wood (we're big on bare wood here). One tip I've used from a decorating show is to place my display items on a tray to 'ground' them. I didn't understand what they meant at first, but I tried it, and it makes things seem less like they're floating there, but grouped together within the confines of the tray. And hey, I had a few trays from my parents to try this. A jar full of thankfulness or a jar full of candies ... either way that jar is bringing pleasure. Your tapestry looks lovely, and I look forward to seeing the entire piece one day. I like the way you work through your projects with such diligence. I'm so scattered with my crafting these days. Good luck with your walking! You paint a pretty picture of yourself all hooked up with electronics for your daily walks ;) Have a great weekend!
    Wendy

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  53. Your needlework loves lovely Amy...
    I am going to brush up on my knitting!
    Love crochet....but...need to expand!
    Enjoy your weekend...raining here!
    Did you make room inside for your geraniums?
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  54. Wish I could commit myself more to walking. Being Type 2 Diabetic I really ought to just do it.

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  55. Gorgeous tapestry. I actually would enjoy one of those sweets right now, to be honest.

    Good for you on walking, it's so good for you. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend :)

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  56. Great goals.
    Thanks, Amy for telling us about Google Friend Connect. I have a google account so no problem here.
    I have not resolved issue with Bloglovin. I haven't received notifications from them in months but they say they have sent them. Strange but I've done all I know to do. My blog list is all messed up too. Some blogs aren't updating.
    Hope your Christmas was nice. Happy New Year. I am hoping to be blogging more in 2016.

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  57. I really enjoyed your mantel makeovers last year, it hadn't occurred to me before reading them that it was OK to change my own regularly. How daft am I! You inspired me, Amy. x

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  58. lovely goals, keep us updated! I didn't know about google connect but I switched to bloglovin to follow blogs many moons ago. It's a good way for me to keep up!!

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  59. Ah dash, I missed 5onFriday. I hope to join in this week. I too am trying to get more walks in my day. I make a concerted effort to leave the office and go for a 30 minute walk, often if its raining, or grey - i just stay indoors which is no good.

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