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January 12, 2014 / diannegray

Best New Year Photo

I hope you’re all having a great start to 2014!

I’ve been trying to complete my next three novels, but things just keep getting in the way. My new year’s resolution is related to the picture below because I need to get into my writing with a big bang.

On New Year’s Eve I was sitting outside with my daughter when she handed me a party popper and asked me to pop it. She took this photo with her iphone and her timing was perfect!
NYE face explosion

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  1. Polysyllabic Profundities / Jan 12 2014 8:14 am

    I’ve missed you! Happy new year!!

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2014 7:30 pm

      I’ve missed you too, my dear – it’s nice to be back! 😀

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  2. Anna Belfrage / Jan 12 2014 8:23 am

    I’ve missed you! A lot. Happy New Year.

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2014 7:33 pm

      Awww – thank you! I feel so loved. I’ve had a very interesting few months away 😉

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  3. Jill Weatherholt / Jan 12 2014 8:28 am

    Hi Dianne! Happy New Year! It’s so good to hear from you, you’ve been missed by many. Great photo! Good luck with the writing. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2014 7:34 pm

      Thank you, Jill! Happy New Year to you as well 😀

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  4. ehveedubu / Jan 12 2014 8:30 am

    Welcome back! How’s life in your new digs? I’ve had similar problems getting back to writing. Sometimes life doles out in ways that make it difficult to direct one’s attentions. I’m determined to get back to it…..soon.

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2014 7:36 pm

      Life is good in the new digs – loads of work and I’m going to put up a few pics in the next few days of how things are looking here. Great to hear from you 😉

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  5. Bonnie / Jan 12 2014 9:03 am

    So nice to see you in my in box today!! Yay! Great photo and happy new year!!

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2014 7:36 pm

      So nice to see you here as well my dear blogging sister – it’s been too long! 😉

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      • Bonnie / Jan 13 2014 6:22 am

        Way too long! 🙂

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  6. Carrie Rubin / Jan 12 2014 9:16 am

    Definitely perfect timing! I’m always a beat behind with my camera on things like that. Three novels? Yikes, I better get my tush in gear. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2014 7:50 pm

      The timing was spot on. In fact, we were both so shocked when we saw the pic that we couldn’t stop laughing!

      Yes – three novels, I can’t write one at a time because I get writer’s block so I switch between them.

      Great to hear from you and I hope you and your amazing sons have had a great New Year 🙂

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  7. Pagadan / Jan 12 2014 9:19 am

    I love fireworks, color, and glitter, so I think this is fantastic!

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2014 7:51 pm

      It was a great night and you’re right – you just can’t beat fireworks and glitter 😉

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  8. bodhisattvaintraining / Jan 12 2014 9:22 am

    YAY there you are 🙂 Great photo! Here’s to a year full of colourful bursts for us both xx

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2014 7:52 pm

      Here’s to you my darling 😉 I hope things are going well for you in your neck of the woods xxx

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  9. Lonely Daffodil / Jan 12 2014 9:44 am

    Glad to see you again, Dianne. Happy New Year!

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2014 7:53 pm

      YAY – bring on 2014 (I think I’m ready) 😀

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  10. nrhatch / Jan 12 2014 10:07 am

    I don’t know what the title/subject of your novels are . . . but that would make a great cover for a book. 😀

    Happy to hear from you. You’ve been missed.

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2014 8:06 pm

      Thanks Nancy – it’s wonderful to hear from you.

      You’re right – what a great idea for a book cover! It could go on my autobiography ‘A Life Full of Surprises’ 😀

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  11. Jenny Ackland / Jan 12 2014 10:08 am

    Great pic, it’s fabulous! And hopefully prophetic for you in 2014, in a writerly way and every other way.

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 4:04 am

      Thanks so much, Jenny. Happy New Year to you and all the best for 2014 😀

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  12. The Bumble Files / Jan 12 2014 10:58 am

    What an awesome photo, Dianne! I’ve missed you. Happy New Year. It’s great to see you again.

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 4:06 am

      Great to see you too, Amy! I’m glad you like the photo – it’s become one of my favourites 😉

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  13. Letizia / Jan 12 2014 11:46 am

    Happy New Year Dianne! All the best with the three.. wait, did you really say three?!… books! Wonderful photo 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 4:08 am

      Happy New Year to you too, Letizia 😉 Yes – three books, I like to switch between them to avoid writers block! 😉

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  14. Ruth Rainwater / Jan 12 2014 1:19 pm

    Happy New Year! I have missed seeing your updates, so I am so happy to see this post!!

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 4:15 am

      Happy New Year to you too, Ruth! I’m hoping to get back into writing regular updates here. I’ve been thinking about you and wish you the very best. You are an inspiration xxx

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  15. DaydreamsInWonderland / Jan 12 2014 3:21 pm

    We’ve all definitely missed you. 😀 This picture is priceless.

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 4:16 am

      YAY to be back! I’m so glad you like the pic 😀

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  16. Maddie Cochere / Jan 12 2014 3:41 pm

    So nice to see your colorful face! I’ve missed you to the moon and back. I sort of figured you were writing. That picture should be submitted to some of the writing challenges around here. I bet there would be some pretty creative stories. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 4:23 am

      So glad to see you here, Maddie! My daughter put the pic up on Facebook with the tagline ‘mum’s face exploded’ LOL! 😀

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  17. Daphne Shadows / Jan 12 2014 4:08 pm

    Get your booty back to writing, woman. 😀 Happy New Year! Glad to see your smile.

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 4:25 am

      Hi Daphne! So glad to hear you’re now in an apartment – woo hoo! 😀 Happy New Year xxx

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  18. harulawordsthatserve / Jan 12 2014 4:41 pm

    Hooray! Happy 2014 Dianne:-) So fun to see/read you again – and that’s a fantastic photo. May your writing indeed go with a bang – three novels! Yep, you’re amazing – and we missed you – but if I don’t see you here again for a while I’ll be glad, because I want to read those three books! Love and blessings, Harula xxx

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 4:26 am

      Awww – thank you so much, my darling 😉 I’ve missed you xxx

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  19. Janna G. Noelle / Jan 12 2014 7:24 pm

    Happy New Year, Dianne! I miss you and wish you steady progress on your novels. Hope to hear more from you in 2014. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 4:29 am

      Happy New Year, Janna! So lovely to see you here 😀

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  20. tw / Jan 12 2014 7:35 pm

    Welcome back Dianne, I was thinking about you over the weekend – pleased to see you return. I hope 2014 will be happy, healthy and successful for you all 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 4:31 am

      Thank you so much. It’s really nice to be back in the fold 😉

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  21. ramblingsfromamum / Jan 12 2014 7:50 pm

    HAPPY NEW YEAR Darling wishing you good health, happiness and many novels, have missed you lady 🙂 great photo too lovey, the colours and your expression are wonderful. x

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 4:33 am

      I was in your neck of the woods when this was taken (and it was very cool down south over Christmas/New Year). I came back to the hottest day up here in 70 years! LOL – what a shock to the system 😉

      Happy New Year to you too, my dear! 😀

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  22. 4amWriter / Jan 12 2014 9:45 pm

    Missed you! I like your resolution — sometimes we need to take drastic measures. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 4:34 am

      I need to take drastic measures this year 😉

      Happy New Year and I’m sending heaps of love your way xxx

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  23. Roy McCarthy / Jan 12 2014 9:52 pm

    Welcome back and Happy New Year Dianne! Yep we read your stuff faster than you can write it so look lively with your WIPs 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 4:35 am

      LOL! You’re wonderful, Roy. I’ve missed you xxx

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  24. the eternal traveller / Jan 12 2014 11:05 pm

    Hi Dianne, welcome back and Happy New Year to you. I’ve missed reading your posts and updates on your home reno, so I hope you post some more soon.

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 4:36 am

      The home reno is going well and I’ll post some more of that here soon 😉

      Happy New Year! xxx

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  25. jmmcdowell / Jan 13 2014 1:13 am

    Welcome back, Diane—you have been missed, as so many others have said before me! What a fantastic photo, and I’m looking forward to you upcoming posts!

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 4:41 am

      I’ve missed you too and been thinking of you and hoping you’re staying warm, my dear! We had the hottest day here in 70 years last week and it seems odd that I’m frying in my neck of the woods and you’re freezing in yours.

      It’s lovely to be back 😀

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  26. 1girl4adamwest / Jan 13 2014 9:05 am

    Dianne Gray, you have made my day!!! Awesome picture!!

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  27. Denise Hisey / Jan 13 2014 10:26 am

    Dianne!! I’ve been thinking about you, wondering how your writing is going. I finished “Holding Up the Earth” last month. It was great!!

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2014 12:20 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed Holding Up the Earth, but that’s not my book 😦 There’s another writer called Dianne Gray which makes things highly confusing most of the time (should I change my name? LOL). But I’m sure she’d be very pleased you liked it 😀 It’s great to hear from you, I was just reading about the return of the dress. What a beautiful story 😉

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      • Denise Hisey / Jan 15 2014 3:06 am

        Not your book? Really??? Ack! Egg on face. I guess I should look over the titles from your website instead of by name via Barnes & Noble, eh?
        Well, the only solution is to start my Dianne Gray selection over again… more carefully this time!
        Glad you liked my dress story -Alice was my hero! 😉

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      • diannegray / Jan 15 2014 7:29 am

        No egg on face, it happens all the time 😉 I’m just glad the other Dianne Gray is a good writer! 😀

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      • Denise Hisey / Jan 17 2014 5:58 am

        I just ordered Wolf Pear -after making extra sure it’s your book!
        🙂

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      • diannegray / Jan 17 2014 8:05 am

        Awww – you’re so very kind 😀 I’m wrapped! xxx

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  28. jannatwrites / Jan 13 2014 5:11 pm

    Welcome back – I’ve missed your posts! Great photo, by the way 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jan 15 2014 7:16 am

      Thank you, Janna – it’s great to be back 😉

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  29. ocdreader / Jan 14 2014 3:22 am

    That is an AWESOME picture – your daughter did a great job! I love it when timing works out. Best of luck on your novels, can’t wait 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jan 15 2014 7:19 am

      Thanks, Elisa! It’s so lovely to see you here 😀

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  30. EllaDee / Jan 14 2014 6:33 am

    Sounds like you have been busy. Glad to see the pic, evidence you’ve been enjoying yourself as well 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jan 15 2014 7:20 am

      Hi my darling! Yes – very busy indeed but enjoying every second of it 😉

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  31. mcwoman / Jan 14 2014 11:12 am

    I have missed you SOOO much. I’m struggling to complete ONE novel. My hat’s off to you attempting three at one time. Hang in there my friend. Barb

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    • diannegray / Jan 15 2014 7:21 am

      Great to see you here, Barb. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do 😉

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  32. agjorgenson / Jan 14 2014 2:00 pm

    Thanks Dianne, for being interrupted in your writing to say hi again! What a treat to hear from you. Best wishes as you wrestle the muse once again!

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    • diannegray / Jan 15 2014 7:23 am

      That muse of mine is very determined to keep me on track 😉 It’s so nice to see you here. Allen 😀

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  33. tchistorygal / Jan 15 2014 12:51 am

    Awesome. The lights are perfect! Timing is everything. I am in the same condition as your friend Barb. I completed the 50,000 words in Nov. I added details and edits in Dec. and Jan., and I remain in that process. When I can get to it I keep editing, but as I edit, I rewrite. EEEEEK! I admire your ability to have finished several. To attempt three at one time would destroy my brain! 🙂 I’ve missed your blogging, so that’s hundreds more pieces of writing – the blog and the comments. I’m glad you’re back! It is a treat. 🙂 Marsha 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jan 15 2014 7:27 am

      I knew you’d appreciate the timing of this pic, Marsha 😉

      I try and write more than one at a time to stop writer’s block – as soon as I get stuck with one I switch to another and look at it with fresh eyes. It’s the only way I can write. Having said that, I have been particularly slack with my writing for a few months. I need to develop a routine 😉

      It’s nice to be back 😀

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      • tchistorygal / Jan 17 2014 2:24 am

        I have discovered that routines work for a while for me, then I’m under so much pressure that I pop out of them. Then I’m a floating blob of cyberplasm again. Is there no answer? Yikes. The more I learn, the more there is to distract me.

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  34. billyraychitwood1 / Jan 15 2014 6:51 am

    So there you are, gaily ‘party popping’ and happy – Love the photo! Your daughter was right on! By all means do your writing, but it is so good to hear from you. Happy and prosperous 2014 to you and your family!

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    • diannegray / Jan 15 2014 7:31 am

      Thank you so much, Billy Ray – I’m so glad you stopped in to say hello! 😀

      I hope 2014 is full of love and happiness for you and your family 😉

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  35. IntrovertedSarah / Jan 15 2014 11:50 am

    I absolutely love this photos. I can see the joy in it. Go forth with a bang.

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  36. Sheila / Jan 17 2014 5:27 am

    Wow – that really is the best new year photo! It shows so much exploding happiness. Wishing that for you this year in your home life and in your writing life!

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    • diannegray / Jan 17 2014 8:04 am

      I love the thought of exploding happiness, Sheila! Thank you so much for your best wishes and I’m sending you big virtual hugs xxxxx

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  37. Kozo Hattori / Jan 17 2014 9:09 am

    I’m so glad you are back, D. Love the photo. A keeper for sure. Looks like you gave life to a new kind of bird. Hope 2014 gives you everything you need for your 3 books. {{{hugs}}} kozo

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    • diannegray / Jan 17 2014 2:29 pm

      Thank you so much, Kozo. I’m glad to be back as well – 2014 will be a good year for all of us! 😀

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  38. Hazy Shades of Me / Jan 17 2014 12:03 pm

    What a great photo. I love it…and that your daughter took it….and that you’re back blogging again! Happy New Year, Dianne!!

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    • diannegray / Jan 17 2014 2:48 pm

      YAY – so much to be happy about, Hazy! 😀

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  39. anotherday2paradise / Jan 17 2014 11:17 pm

    Great capture, Dianne’s daughter! You look somewhat startled, to say the very least. 🙂 Happy New Year to you. I’ve been wondering when you would reappear on the blogs. I was imagining you working away on your novels as though your life depended on it.
    I stepped out of my hammock and restarted my blog late last year. I’m still in paradise, but you can now find me here. http://anotherday2paradise.wordpress.com/

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    • diannegray / Jan 18 2014 9:37 am

      Oh Sylvia! I’ve been looking for you everywhere – so glad you’ve given me the link to your new blog. I’m heading over there right now 😀

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  40. Britt Skrabanek / Jan 19 2014 1:07 am

    I already said this on my blog, but…missed you!!! Happy New Year and welcome back!

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  41. WordsFallFromMyEyes / Jan 19 2014 1:23 pm

    You’re amazing working on 3 novels, Dianne!!!! I hardly have time for one. You & Seyi Sandra are amazing!!

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    • diannegray / Jan 19 2014 4:35 pm

      It’s actually the only way I can work – it keeps writer’s block at bay (LOL) 😀

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  42. bulldog / Jan 21 2014 3:04 pm

    I see you commenting on my posts and wondered if you were back on the air… popped over to look and see a few posts to which I got no notices… so catching up… Happy New Year to you too….

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    • diannegray / Jan 21 2014 3:07 pm

      Thanks my friend – great to see you here! 😀

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  43. donnajeanmcdunn / Jan 22 2014 4:24 am

    Love that pictures!

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    • diannegray / Jan 22 2014 5:58 am

      Thank you! It gave me a bit of a fright, but I haven’t laughed so much in a long time when I saw it 😀

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  44. restlessjo / Jan 23 2014 6:05 am

    Looks like you’re trying to capture a parrot (and loosing 🙂 ) Very best wishes for 2014.

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    • diannegray / Jan 23 2014 1:37 pm

      Thanks so much, Jo. Lets hope 2014 is loads better than 2013 😉

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