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Another year coming to an end

2011 is coming to a close.

Christmas is over again. I hope you all had a great one! We sure did and all I have to do to prove it is step on the scale…

Incidentally, all of the Christmas cookies are long gone.

Now it’s time for the New Year. I can’t believe another year is almost over. It seems like I was just complaining about February the other day…

New Year’s Eve is tomorrow night. We will be celebrating in the usual way – at home with the granddaughters I think. We will make popcorn and watch movies together.

I can’t believe it is going to be 2012. Each year the months seem to fly by faster and faster. I don’t feel much different but suddenly I realize I am the “older generation” that I used to talk about. Jack and I are both now old enough for full retirement, although neither one of us is quite ready for that yet.

Jack keeps making noises about retiring though, and I do work from a home office now so I guess we are moving towards that change, just very, very slowly.

Usually this is the issue for me to write a column about resolutions – specifically mine. I looked up last year’s paper and discovered that I only made five of them. Two I managed to keep (sort of): spending as much time as possible with friends and family and to cook and eat healthier meals. Walking every day went by the wayside as did my resolutions to get out and use my paints and my sewing machine.

Having that sewing machine operational would be nice. I would like to make the little granddaughters each a quilt this year. And, I do have a brand new sewing machine, but it’s never been used because I still haven’t learned how to thread it…

So my resolutions for this year, at least some of them, are already made – I just have to determine to keep them this time.  Jack has been promising me that he will help get the sewing machine going. He is the mechanical one in this family for sure. I can barely set my alarm clock.

I do need to find some interesting inside things to do to fill the next couple of “cold” months and sewing and painting are high on my list of fun things along with reading, movies and baking.

Winter has now officially arrived. The daylight hours tell us what time of year it is. It starts getting dark around 4:30 p.m. and stays that way until around 8:00 in the morning. Makes me want to curl up by the fireplace with a good book and watch it snow outside.

There certainly isn’t much snow out there to watch so far this season. In fact today’s (Tuesday’s) quarter inch is already melting away. I’m not grumbling. I really don’t mind that either. I don’t miss the snowy roads, although Lisa and Terry’s girls are hoping for a little more of that white stuff since they got a snowmobile for Christmas and are eager to use it. It is an older, slower model but new to them.

Reminds me of the old Evenrude model we had when the kids were little. It would only go about 40 mph – if you were going downhill with a tailwind that is – and had an unusual reverse gear so you could even back it up. There was room for two to ride comfortably and we sure had loads of fun with that thing, although we always seemed to be fixing it more than riding it.