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Happy New Year! Friday January 1, 2016

We'd like to wish all of our members a happy New Year and really hope that 2016 will be a good year for you.

As we all know, this is the time for making those New Year Resolutions.

Well mine's a bit boring, but it will make me feel better.

I'm going to keep the new Moodscope Facebook page up to date and full of interesting posts for all of you. It's about time!

The funny thing is, that I was determined to do this as it's long overdue, but going back to Les's blog of yesterday about showing your weakness to gain strength - I wasn't really sure what I was doing so asked one of the Moodscope members for help. And so, what was, I have to say, a very well intentioned, but mediocre job, has turned in to something wonderful that I'd like to share with everyone.

The very creative and wonderful Lex has taken my initial work and produced a masterpiece that's live and changing daily thanks to his great work.

So, I took a small step towards my goal of creating the Facebook page, asked for help and now have something that has exceeded my expectations.

So much more can be achieved by working together towards a goal. What small step can you take towards one of your goals/resolutions for 2016 and who do you know who could help you achieve it?

Why not share your goal/resolution for 2016 on our new Facebook page ( or just post a New Year's message to your friends and other Moodscope members. Comments as usual are welcome on the Moodscope blog.

Before I go, I'd just like to say a big thank you to all of our members and especially those that write the daily blogs and those that provide support to all the other members on the blog. You are a very kind and creative bunch and it's a pleasure to know you.

Best wishes.

Caroline and the Moodscope Team.

PS. Don't forget to 'like' our Facebook page.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Les Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 12:11am

Thank You Caroline.........for all your work which affects so many. // To go quickly, go alone. To go far, go together.

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 2:30am

No, thank you Les for contributing and helping our members. I'm very grateful to you as I'm sure many others are. Caroline x

the room above the garage Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 1:43pm

Love that quote!!

Leah Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 1:26am

Happy New Year and thanks for all your hard work.

A couple of questions -- will the facebook page mean the moodscope page is phased out or will they compliment each other?

Is the facebook page new or has there always been one? I never knew there was one.

How can we ensure that moodscopers who aren't on Facebook do not feel left out?

No goals or resolutions just plodding and bobbing along.

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 2:13am

Hi Leah, Happy New Year. No, the Moodscope page will definitely stay for people to comment on blogs etc. so we won't have to worry about people who don't have Facebook. We'd like the Facebook page to be more about sharing interesting things that members have seen that they think others might be interested in. I've just told people about it on this occasion so that everyone knows it's there. There was a Facebook page from many years ago, but we can't seem to make contact with it which is why we have started a new one! Plodding and bobbing is good. Perhaps more bobbing in 2016. Caroline x

Mrs Jul A Non Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 9:38am

Dear Caroline. Happy New Year! How many years has Moodscope been going now?? I was about to ask the same question as Leah. I am not on FB but clicked on the link and see that I can access a page but I am still asked to become a member of FB. Presumably this means that not being on FB, i will not be able to access everything on your page. I am an active user of Twitter though so maybe your Twitter page will have the same info? One day??! I don't want to miss out but I am not a fan of FB. My problem I guess re. Moodscope FB page. Anyway as you can tell, I love Moodscope and long may it continue. Juliax

Lex Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 10:26am

Hi Julia, you can keep a very low profile on Facebook. I can show you how. It is, however,useful since it gives you access to all sorts of resources. Another thing to consider all together whether it is worth setting up what Facebook calls a "Secret" group. This would enable those in the group (and all would be welcome) to share content that is inaccessible to the general public. We all face some pretty daunting challenges from time to time, and this may be a more suitable forum for sharing at a deeper level. Thoughts???? L'xx

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 12:49pm

Thanks Julia. Moodscope's been going 6 years!!! A group could be the answer. The Facebook page is just another option for people, we'll still keep this blog and comment facility on the web site. Caroline

Frankie Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 1:01pm

Hi Julia - I do agree about Facebook. And yes please Lex; can you tell me too how to keep a very low profile on FB please? I think that a "Secret" group sounds perfect for Moodscope - I certainly wouldn't want my nearest and dearest identifying me. Happy New Year to you both and thank-you for your support. Frankie xx

the room above the garage Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 2:22pm

Facebook works for me, have been able to keep in touch with far flung precious people in a way totally impossible in real life. I agree with Lex, there are ways to keep out of just need to decide in advance and talking it over with a knowledgable person will make it possible. You can accept friendships but never see anything they post, you can appear never to post when you are to a selected audience, you can prevent people from sharing your posts or photographs. My beloved granny was thrilled to see old photographs, from her youth and of her town, on a specific FB page and it brought her great inclusion...a rarity at her age. She also felt a real part of a wedding on the other side of the world as i could show her detail and stories a few hours after it happened. Her face...I won't forget it. In my limited knowledge of Twitter it seems less flexible on privacy... Like all modern life, I tried to stay out but realised I was closing off certain wonderful things so now I take all the good from it and walk away from the (occasional) that one person who likes to photograph their eyebrows and tell you where they had them shaped, coloured and why, how long, how much...every day!!! But sometimes, even that is a giggle in time of world stress. Like everything, it's a learning curve and you just need to educate yourself. Don't be scared.

the room above the garage Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 2:25pm

I too would prefer to remain as I am so I will probably set up a new profile as 'the room above the garage' unless there are already 'rooms' out there...I hope I'm nothing dodgy!

Hopeful One Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 7:42am

Happy New Year to all fellow Moodscopers. You have all been a tremendous help in keeping me on the straight and narrow. Thanks too to Caroline Ashcroft and the Moodscope team for their untiring efforts. The Facebook page is a great idea- all publicity is good publicity. Moodscope is the premier site for mood related issues and needs to be acknowledged by the world at large. My new year resolution ? To try and submit at least one blog this year and the other ? Keep going when the going gets tough.

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 12:51pm

Thanks Hopeful One, it's definitely worth it when we know it's helping people so much. 'Premier site for mood related issues' - like it. Caroline

Sheena Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 9:51am

Thank you Caroline!

Public sharing is not my thing. If only we were all Stephen Fry or Ruby Wax! However, it was many decades before I 'came out' enough to meet others similarly stigmatised. What I learnt has been revelationary - nothing comes from nothing, We all have talents, skills, energy and those of us that have suffered, and still do, are usually the most generous in giving and sharing of ourselves to others. So on observation Moodscope is one of the best discoveries I have made. Our group understanding and shared wisdom is of real value.

Look after yourselves Moodscopers and enjoy 2016.

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 12:56pm

Hi Sheena, I totally understand and I think many people feel that way, that's why we'll be keeping the blog on the website. As I've said above, it's just another option for people. Caroline

Nikki Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 10:10am

Happy New Year to you all and thank you so much for your blogs in 2015, I very rarely comment but I always read and always find something in every post or comment that I can identify with and that helps me take a step forward each day. The moodscope community is a wonderful one, with unique, honest and caring individuals .... Keep up the amazing chat.

My 2016 resolution is to be less angry and more authentic and to believe in myself.


Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 12:59pm

Hi Nikki, so pleased you find the blogs of interest. It's a great community isn't it. Good luck with your resolution. Caroline

Alice Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 10:33am

Happy new year Carloline and Team and fellow Moodscopers. May 2016 bring us all we would wish for. Alice X

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 12:59pm

That would be nice! Thanks Alice. Caroline

Norman Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 11:06am

Thanks Caroline! I won't be using it personally as I refuse to use Facebook. (Too many times spent consoling teenage son in tears because of all the nastiness on there.) I understand the need as it would be a good way to report on mood to other members. I worry when some people go quiet.

Bear: I had a few drinks over Xmas after 56 dry days, but am back on track: Phase Two, Day 5!

"Caroline and the Moodscope Team" sounds like a very bad prog rock band from the seventies...

2016? Bring it on! Together we can do this!

Lex Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 11:25am

"We've got get an Album out, we owe it to the people, we're so happy we can hardly count..." Richard? Remember that one? L'xx

Mrs Jul A Non Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 12:29pm

You have done so well Norman with the old booze. I did wonder if you had fallen off the wagon over Christmas when your name didn't appear here. But you have cracked it. If you can drink and then stop, are a normal drinker now! Good on you. I too don't want to go on FB for many reasons, privacy, wasting my time on it for two. But now Lex has posted a comment which has caused me a dilemma .Lex!! How could you. Ha! Can you email me Lex when you have time and explain how I could keep a low profile on FB? I thought that was totally the opposite to FB's modus operandi.Your ideas are intriguing as always. For some reason,I am looking forward to 2016. Don't ask me why as I couldn't tell you! (I just typed this and lost it. Aaaargh!)

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 1:02pm

No problem Norman, we'll always be here, so the Facebook option isn't essential. Very well done to you with the drink, very impressed, I bet you feel better. It did make me smile about the prog rock band! Caroline

Frankie Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 1:07pm

Well said Jul; well done Norman - and good luck; one day at a time; step by step; piece by peace ... Oh, and Jul, I do "Control A" which selects all my typing, then "Control C" to copy it; if it disappears from the screen, all I have to do then is "Control V" and it pastes my text. Frankie

Frankie Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 1:08pm

P.S. It doesn't work if you have two comment boxes open at the same time and text in both - as I have just discovered, having lost my reply to Caroline! F

Mrs Jul A Non Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 1:23pm

Thank you darling Frankie. Julia xx

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 5:29pm

Woohoo!! Am singing like a train, woohoo for you Norman! What an achievement! 56 days pre-Christmas and now you're already on day five of Phase Two! Love Phase Two...second chances always good! Congratulations so pleased for you (can you tell?) Happy New raising my Christmas mug full of tea to you...and here's to a happier year for everyone. Lovings, Bear x x x

Frankie Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 1:11pm

Thank-you Caroline and team for all your hard work; Moodscope wouldn't be the wonderful place that it is, if you didn't do what you do. My resolutions? To live more fully in the present moment and to trust that things will work themselves out - they usually do! Frankie xxx

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 4:38pm

Thanks Frankie, that's very kind of you to say. Caroline

BunnyBurns Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 1:30pm

Thank you , I'm on day 3 and finding it useful and comforting. I'm in Hospital at the moment, my 1st admission at the age of 51 , managed to keep the mask firmly in place for many years, with occasional visit to my GP, presenting with 'I've had a blip' Medication been increased and there I go with a stronger glue to adhere the mask. I know this sounds negative and at last I feel I can say exactly how I feel without being a party pooper!!! Being a party animal by nature causes lots of ??? When I'm not clowning around!! Wishing one and all a Happy, Healthy and positive 2016 xxxx

the room above the garage Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 1:57pm

Hello BunnyBurns, you don't sound negative, you sound perfectly grand. Sorry you are in hospital but perhaps it's just exactly what you need at this time. Every step is a forward one even if there is the odd step back...they are needed too. Keep us posted. Hearing others experiences is valuable to many both to learn from and to feel less alone. Onwards into the new year...X.

Frankie Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 2:23pm

Welcome BunnyBurns and congratulations (yes, congratulations) on getting to where you are today and on being honest about it; RATG above is right - this is possibly just what you need at the moment (though I remember well feeling a failure when I had my meltdown a few years ago - in fact it was the best thing that could have happened as it forced me to review and re-evaluate what I was doing and where I was going at the time). Wishing you peace of mind and heart - be gentle with yourself, and do let us know how you get on, if it helps. Frankie

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 4:43pm

Hi Bunnyburns, so pleased you are finding it useful and comforting. You're definitely not a party pooper, you're talking to like minded people here - there's always someone who will listen. As Frankie says, be gentle with yourself and try and be positive if at all possible. Caroline

the room above the garage Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 2:17pm

Hello everyone, a Happy New Year to you all! "Here's tae us..."

I don't remember when I joined Moodscope but I do know it was a long time ago and I commented sporadically and anonymously for a long time. I feel my health has taken huge leaps forward since becoming more involved. I'd encourage anyone to's a marker and a real "I'm walking down the street without my clothes and yet I am still ok" type of a moment :-)

Norman...LOVE IT!

Thank you to all at Moodscope Towers...where would we be without you? Love ratg xxx

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 4:44pm

And thank you for all your wonderful blogs. Caroline

patricia Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 4:30pm

Thank you Caroline and all the team, also everyone out there, nice to know we aren't alone, because I tend to think I'm the only one with at times a "jumbled up brain" where the wiring has been screwed up and maybe unable to be put back again, like Humpty Dumpty, fortunately at the moment it is unscrambled. Caroline there is something I would like, when I read my graph results, at the moment being told they are stable, but be careful if I'm not mindful they can come back and bite (not said quite like that) somehow or other that seems to upsets me because I'm alright at the moment I say to myself, and I don't want to be reminded, oh! Caroline that's just me, take no notice perhaps it's best for other to be reminded. A VeryHappy New Year
ps Facebook worries me as well, we hear more bad than good, like the news I suppose.

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 4:50pm

Thanks Patricia. Sorry the feedback is upsetting you - it's quite difficult to get the feedback 100% correct as everyone's circumstances are different and there could be different causes for each persons scores on the graph. Some people do need to be reminded and as in your case, some don't. I understand what you are saying, so please just ignore the feedback for the moment. Very pleased though to hear that you are OK. Caroline

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 5:36pm

Thank you, Caroline and a happy new year to you and Adrian at Moodscope...and to your families! Hard to believe it's been six years, but what an achievement!
Bear hugs x x x

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Sat, Jan 2nd 2016 @ 11:04am

Thanks Bear, yes, it is hard to believe it's been six years!! Caroline

The Gardener Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 6:11pm

I am terrified of Facebook and Twitter - media generated possibly because of the publicity of the dangers/manipulation they cause. I know I am un-cool by not using them. It took me a while to join Moodscope, scared of being manipulated. I've found it invaluable - and since writing and replying to blogs have found help, comfort, fun and an obvious treasure of thinking people out there - and, of course, very articulate. The anonymity, for me, is important. Two of my sons are members - so even if they did not get through my nick-name the content would make it obvious who I am. I often write of things that are highly personal - if the aspect, to me, was 'widened' through social media or photos I would rapidly back off. But these are purely the feelings of someone is too old for new tricks, and also rather vulnerable. I can accept happily that someone on Moodscope considers me outspoken or wrong - that's their right - the communication and very real feelings of comfort and mutual help are vital. I do the record regularly - find some comfort by the historical graphs - and accept that I'm regularly under 30%, unless family arrive and take some of the load off - then my score upwards is spectacular - life is worse than this time last year, but I'm still here. And with those results I try to talk out any hope of improvement with the medical team who back me up in my predicament, and am grateful to other Moodscope members to put up with my moans.

LillyPet Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 8:40pm

TG, I'm sure many will agree that you are loved and cared about in this Moodscope family. So we are interested in how things are going and understand how tough it is. It doesnt come across as moaning and we don't ever have a sense of putting up. I for one like that you tell it like it is, it enables us to feel that we can do the same. Wishing you continued strength, resilience, more practical help,with some smiles and rest along the way for 2016. LP xx

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Sat, Jan 2nd 2016 @ 11:05am

It wouldn't be the same without you Gardener and it's good to know that this community can give you some kind of support. Caroline

LillyPet Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 8:31pm

A huge thank you from me too, to Caroline and the team for all your hard work. Moodscope is an enormously valuable part of my life in all sorts of ways.

Over time, my average score has increased. I am no longer as worried when they dip, as I can now predict that they will and put it down to an understandable reason.

I am on facebook and have alot of control over who sees what, plus I only post things that I wouldn't mind people seeing. The kind of sharing on Moodscope is more personal and so I think a secret group would be a good idea. I'd be happy to try it and see how it works, but my main focus will remain on this forum. It really is a warm and comforting place to be.

My aims are to be physically more healthy ( I have chatted with someone today who will share tasty food tips, do yoga, toning and walking with me starting in VERY small steps!!! ... And long may it last lol! :)

Wishing everyone wellbeing and good energy for 2016. Love LP xx

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Sat, Jan 2nd 2016 @ 11:08am

Thanks LillyPet. Pleased to hear that your scores have increased. Finding someone to do your exercise with you is great - it will definitely help. Caroline

The Gardener Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 8:42pm

Nothing to do with Facebook - just Moodscope in general - and re-iterated thanks to the 'team'. I've just spent my worst evening yet - scared - and on New Year Night where would I turn for help if I needed it? Emergency services will not come out to desperate alzheimer carers (unless actual life-threatening situation). I looked through 2015 Moodscope when I wrote the blogs - and at the responses - the sum total of them all is like a huge fleecy blanket with a lot of wisdom and encouragement wrapped inside. I am actually praying tonight - or sending out help signals - for strength and courage to keep human and as patient as I can - playing Buxtehude - recently discovered as he is a favourite of our organist.

Debs Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 9:53pm

I feel like I'm arriving late at a party! Some people have left and others are drunk in corners! There's a half eaten cake on the table and no glasses in the cupboards ;-) But I've found a mug, drained the last bottle of champagne and am raising a toast to all at Moodscope, what a bunch you are. To Caroline and gang - you're amazing - to the bloggers and commenters - you're a godsend - and to the observers - I feel your presence and your warmth. I love you all dearly and count my lucky stars every day that I found you. My love and thoughts go out to you, may 2016 bring love, peace and tenderness to you all xxx

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Sat, Jan 2nd 2016 @ 11:11am

Thanks Debs. Your presence on the blog both in writing the blogs and commenting is great - very positive and kind and I'm sure many people have benefitted from it. Caroline

susan Fri, Jan 1st 2016 @ 11:03pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you to each of you for being there, in whatever capacity. It means so much. Wishing you all good things in the coming year and beyond. xx

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Sat, Jan 2nd 2016 @ 11:12am

Thanks Susan. Caroline

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