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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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