Goodbye 2018…Hello 2019


I would like to wish all my readers a joyous New Year… One filled with love, good health, kindness and lots of creative thoughts…xxx

2018 has now gone and as years go it had its ups and downs…

Christmas has been lovely never quite the same here you don’t get the build-up and the ambience but living where it is sunny and warm was a choice we made and that is life…Full of choices…

My son has been back from the UK for Christmas which has been lovely so I opted not to do any blog posts and took an unscheduled break.

But I haven’t been idle the thoughts have been many and my little pile of notes has grown as to the direction my blog will be taking this year…

I am sitting here typing surrounded by my new diary, notebooks and pens all presents I love to receive and sipping my green tea from the lovely set my grandson bought me… Also, now I have learnt the correct way to brew Green Tea it is a lovely drink..No bitterness just lovely…my favourite drink… How to brew Green Tea

New year resolutions???

I have made many over the years …Have I kept them ??? Very few… We then beat ourselves up and feel guilty…Don’t we??? So this year I have made no resolutions that I know I can’t keep …Just ideas and if I am lax then tomorrow is another day…But kindness, no to hate, tolerance are some of the things on mine…

resolutions kindness tolerance

Social media is one I will be cutting down on… It eats into the time I need to read and write, walk and just live…

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I know it is a necessary evil and one we need but moderation and my timer will be brought into play…I am going to be strict with myself… 3 only!

Reading and reviews I have many books in my TBR folder and I am going to not set a target but revive an old passion take time out and away from my laptop …No distractions…

great reads a weekly roundup

My Cookbook and Novelย  ย I have changed direction in so much as Just Fish was a struggle with my conscience. The fishing industry is beset with many problems much caused by the environment, pollution and such which means the fish we eat may not be good for us…While I am wrestling with this that one is on hold as much needs to be done to solve the problems of fish farming etc…

We grow our own fish or know a man who does so much of the fish I eat and cook with is not farmed and in the case of mine I just go out into the garden and catch one…The same with our meat we know where it comes from how it is raised and killed…They lead happy lives, graze where they will so are not stressed…

I have made a good start on Take 2 the intro is done and the recipes well on their way …My plan is by the end of April for publication.

My Novel is a WIP and by the end of the year should be good to go…

Timeout from the laptop is my main challenge and how I hope to achieve this year’s plans…


Where is my blog going… Waste is high on my agenda as I think we live in a beautiful world and cannot rely on governments and politicians to address this problem we need to be proactive…Not Fanatic but proactive and if we start in our own home as many have it will spread as others aka family and friends see how you save money as well as saving the environment because you do save money…And who doesn’t like the sound of that???

Healthy eating…We need to keep an open mind and what works for one may not work for another ..Due to many factors like lifestyle, availability, DNA, body shape, metabolism or any underlying condition we may have …So many factors come into play…

Our best chance of staying well is I believe by eating a healthy diet which is well balanced and varied and yes you can eat MODERATE amounts of the bad stuff as well as taking regular exercise…

Fad diets and food fashions come and go…I, of course, will be researching some of these…You just knew I would didn’t you?

My Cookery Column over at Smorgasbord Magazine starts again on the 9th Jan …My monthly column or guest post over at Esme’s Salon also starts again on 17th January it will be the Letter L in my journey through the Culinary Alphabet so please come over and join me for those…

Additionally, Friday’s will bring you an insight into my week in my kitchen…Lots of recipes and tips so please join me for My week in my kitchen.

Saturdays will, of course, be a weekly roundup which many have found useful as I know many of you work and it is finding the time to keep up isn’t it? I love weekly roundup posts myself x

That’s all for my first post of the New Year…Thank you for reading it and thank you to all my loyal followers…You rock!

I think this sums up 2019 perfectly…

Boarding for Flight 2019 has been Announced.
Your Luggage Should Contain Only the Best Souvenirs from 2018.
The Bad & the Sad Moments Should be Left in the bin.
The Duration of the Flight will be 12 Months.
So, Please Tighten Your Seat Belts!!!! The Next Stop Over will be of Health, Love, Joy, Harmony, Well-being & Peace.
The following Menu will be Served In the Flight…
A Cocktail of Friendship
A Supreme of Health
A Gratin of Prosperity
A Bowl of Excellent News
A Salad of Success
A Cake of Happiness.
All Accompanied by a Burst of Laughter๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€
Wishing You & Your Family an Enjoyable Trip on Board Flight 2019.
Before 2018 Ends, Let me Thank All the People Like You, Who Made 2018 Beautiful for Me.
Have a Great last Day of the Year.
Wishing you a Very Happy New Year, love and kisses, Carol xxx๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

Thank you for your comments…The best part of blogging for me … Go forward into the New Year with renewed hope for a better year, be mindful and kind and spread a smile xxx


About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog,ย Retired No One Told Me!ย I am having a wonderful ride and donโ€™t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want toโ€ฆโ€ฆ.Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology:ย

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx


53 thoughts on “Goodbye 2018…Hello 2019

  1. Pingback: CarolCooks2…A roundup of my New Years posts… | Retired? No one told me!

  2. Sue Dreamwalker

    Wonderful intentions for 2019 Carol.. And I am always amazed at what you achieve .. But then busy people get things done..
    Thank YOU for sharing so much with us over 2018.. I have yet some recipes pending to try out ๐Ÿ™‚
    And wishing you a Wonderful Happy New Earth Year my friend..
    Take care and Happy Baking, Cooking and happy growing wonderful healthy veggies in your garden to eat โค

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you so much, Sue for your kind words… I hope you have a wonderful, joyous earth year and continue to bless us with your insightful posts you always bring a sense of peace to my day when I read your posts ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  3. johnrieber

    Carol, a very thoughtful and insightful list of goals for 2019 – as a lifetime lover of fish (my grandfather was a Shrimp fisherman on the Olympic Peninsula west of Seattle) I agree that a way to continue to fish in a safe and sustainable way is a priority – along with many of your other goals…good luck to you and I look forward to reading all of your posts!

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  4. Debbie Harris

    I really enjoyed reading your thoughts Carol and wish you well in your endeavours in 2019. You are very busy and i agree with cutting down on social media, it really eats into our time doesn’t it? What are you planning to do in regards to your 3 Social medias?


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Debbie…I know it is time-consuming, I am using a timer now…My three social medias are the ones I get the most referrals from which are FB, Pinterest and Twitter… ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  5. Lucinda E Clarke

    Have a brilliant 2019 Carol – and as for cutting down on your blog – with 3 per week plus the guest posts and all that cooking and shopping and reading! I don’t know how you do it and here is me wondering if I can cut down blogging from 2 times a week to only one!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I don’t know either Lucinda …lol..All I know is I don’t have time to read and write so I need to cut down on blogging or be super efficient and head down and schedule like mad…Happy New Year ๐Ÿ™‚ X

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  6. robbiesinspiration

    It is amazing how we all resolve to cut our social media every year, Carol. I must say that I control mine so I don’t have that as a goal. It still eats into my writing and reading time but I love it and it is necessary for my book marketing and promotions. I find the blog posts I read helpful and the community delightful. Happy new year.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes it is neccessary, Robbie I just need to be more controlled with time I spend on Social Media I also love the blogs I read it is one of the best times of the day for me and answering comments …Happy New Year ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Jennie for those kind words…I am quite good at talking to myself when I realise what I need to do and I have slipped back for a few reasons but that is stopping as of today( my son ) goes back to England xxx I wish you the happiest of New Years, Jennie x

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