Pat’s Bits & Pieces– Resolution time again

Pat Maurer, Review Correspondent

I am only making one resolution this year – not to make any more resolutions!

Every year about this time, I start thinking about the things I would like to change. Every year I make lists, and every year about mid-January I promptly forget them and go on doing things pretty much the same way I always do – at the last minute.
I am beginning to realize I will always be a confirmed procrastinator. I’m saying that because I just spent a whole day and a half going through every week’s front page of the Review to put together the annual “Year in Review.” My fingertips feel like they are permanently attached to the keyboard.

I know this would be a lot easier if I did a little of it each week, each month, or even quarterly, but you know the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind” and I am definitely out of my mind I guess, so when the end of the year rolls around I am faced once again with this massive task.

Oh well, it is done again and now I don’t have to think about it for a while (probably till the last week of 2014, knowing me).
I think New Year’s resolutions are way overrated anyway.

People make them – then they break them.

The end of 2013 is here already.

I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. It seems like I was just grumbling about how hot it was outside and now all that is gone and the cold weather is here for the next four months.

By the time you read this, the holidays will be over again – except for New Year’s Eve next Tuesday night. If Terry and Lisa go out, we will celebrate by having the granddaughters over as usual I hope. Popcorn and movies will be our evening I think.
Now that winter has officially arrived, it’s cloudy and very, very cold out there and there’s lots of snow on the ground. That’s great for the ski resorts and the youngsters. I’ll bet Alea and Alison already are spending their vacation breaking in the ice skates on the pond in back of their house. I know they have been giving their mom gray hair with their antics. Seems they were recently “sledding” off the shed roof!

Kids always know how to make the most out the weather, no matter what it is.
Not so anymore for this old grandma. The only good thing about winter weather for me is the sunshine we have been enjoying most afternoons.

It starts getting dark early this time of year. Around 4:30 p.m. you notice dusk arriving and by half-past five its jam-up dark out there, as Jack used to say when he worked in the oil fields. This time of year, the daylight hours are at their lowest annual ebb.

From in here, with the fireplace blazing away, it usually seems like the kind of day to read a good book, catch a nap or bake a few goodies to hold us over until spring arrives again. We do seem to need more sleep this time of year.

And that’s just what I am planning now that all the writing is done for the week again.

Maybe not more goodies though. We have had plenty of holiday treats around over the past couple of weeks and all those Christmas cookies are gone!

Maybe a diet should be on my resolution list after all. Maybe I will make just a few anyway. In fact in looking at one of my older bits columns, I discovered some I made back then. I will just use the same ones – they are still good.

I’m resolving to cook and eat healthier meals, walk a bit every week, spend as much time as possible with friends, family and the grandkids especially, get out my paints and drawing materials and get my sewing machine going again!

Now let’s see how long I can keep them this time!

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