My New Year's Resolutions:
1. I'd like to say I resolve to lose weight but the awful cold I had over Christmas took care of that. Inadvertently being on the "14-Day Snotty Nose Diet" took away any sense of "resolution." It was done and done with no resolve on my part. So, that's out.
2. So, I'll resolve to get more exercise, but the Dogs have taken any "choice" out of that idea as well. There's no arguing with them. A walk is a walk. End of discussion.
3. I could give up smoking and drinking, but I did that years ago and anyway, isn't that supposed to be something you do for Lent?
4. Maybe I could resolve to set enough time aside to read the stack of books that's piling up by my chair. But before that happens, I've got to get through my Honey-Do list and right now that List is growing larger than the stack of books. And since that involves repairing stuff, that will have to take precedence. Maybe next year.
5. I know, I will resolve to save more money. No, wait. This last windstorm resulted in a downdraft vortex that ripped whole swaths of shingles off the roof so a resolution to "save" money has now been transformed into, Pay for a New Roof, so that takes care of "saving" more money. Can't get blood from turnips.
6. Speaking of which, I will resolve not to plant any more turnips this year. They're easy to grow but who eats the darned things? Zucchini's bad enough, but at least you can make a very good curried soup with them, but turnips? Any turnip soup always seems to include potatoes so you end up with a potato soup that tastes weirdly like broccoli. Who needs that?
7. I might be able to resolve to xerescape my non-existent lawn, but I started on that years ago and will continue, so I don't think "continuing" something can be considered a "resolution."
8. Or I could resolve to work on my memory. I had a great article on how to improve one's memory but I can't seem to find it. Where the heck did I put that thing? Do any of you know?
9. And I can resolve to spend more time to smell the roses, but I've only got the one rose bush and it sorta takes care of itself so I end up spending my rose-smelling time trying to figure out what to do with the great Roger's Red Grapevine that's getting so big it's threatening to topple the fence and by the time I figure that out there's no time left to smell anything.
10. So, I guess there's only one resolution left: Go watch the extravagantly improbable Rose Parade to see how the good people of Pasadena survived camping out on the streets overnight in record-setting freezing weather.
Hope you'll all have a Happy Day.