Winter has officially arrived. Nevermind things like the date or the solstice. It’s the first good snow that indicates the official arrival of winter to me. This is the kind of snow that sticks around for a while. The kind where it continues to accumulate until the spring melt or (if we’re lucky) the January thaw (somewhat similar to Indian summer only colder).
Although we’ve had a slight warm-up today (mid-30’s), the base of this snow is probably going to stick around for a while as new snow comes to us via cold fronts and the Lake Erie snow machine. Hopefully we’ll be able to go cross-country skiing soon.
So. Here we are at the end of another year. They sure do fly by fast. 2009 has been a mixed year for me, with the birth of a new granddaughter (Madison Grace), the marriage of our youngest son and his lovely bride, and the death of my mother. There has also been a mix of old and new in terms of travel and everyday life. M and I went to New Orleans in April. He had been to New Orleans a few times in the past but this was his first visit since Katrina and my first visit of all time. We went to Colorado to visit with M the Younger and his wife, and to hike in the Rocky Mountains. Colorado was another first for me.
(Maddy & Mom.)
2009 has been an interesting year, that’s for sure. I’m kind of hoping 2010 will be a little more mellow.
With the new year quickly approaching, I’ve been thinking about plans and goals and resolutions. Every year I think, “I’m not going to make resolutions this year.” And every year I make them. I may call them plans and goals but let’s face it, they’re resolutions. There is something about the change of a calendar year that entices me to contemplate change. I know that every moment is an opportunity to start over or to make changes, but a whole new year spread out before me almost demands resolutions of some sort, even one as simple as “I won’t make resolutions this year.”
Last year my plans and goals (resolutions) theme was “progress, not perfection.” I kept track of some of my progress with stickers on the calendar and a quick flip through shows that I did well with some of my projects (such as exercise) about 80% of the time. That’s pretty good progress to me. I’ve lost some weight, my blood pressure is good, and aside from this end of the year cold and ear infection, I’ve stayed pretty healthy.
My theme for 2010 is Simplify. I want to organize and declutter and make life a little less complicated. I have specific projects, plans, and goals to help me with my main resolution, but won’t list them all here. I’ve been taking stock over the past few months, getting prepared to simplify my life. I’m ready for it.
Along with that, there are the usual health-related goals including a return to the mileage goal which for 2010 is 1200 miles. Between the walking, the hiking, the running, and the elliptical, I should be able to accomplish that. I’m going to go back to being mostly vegetarian, “mostly” being applied because I will still eat fish and seafood.
There are a few other items in between. I’ll reset the 50 Books Project for the year. Although it’s one of those goals I can’t seem to meet, it’s always worth striving for. I read 28 books this year, less than previous years (39 in 2008). It wasn’t a good year for reading and during those times when I had little energy to do anything else, I couldn’t concentrate enough to read. I hope 2009 will be better. There are so many books on my reading list that it would probably take a few lifetimes to read them all.
So, goodbye 2009. You brought fun, adventure, life lessons, sadness, grief, joy, laughter, beginnings, endings, and fullness. I am grateful for the all of the gifts, even those that were hard to accept, and especially thankful for the blessings of love, family, and friends who helped fill the year.
M and I usually attend First Night in Akron to usher out the old year and bring in the new, but we’ll be staying in tonight. The cold and ear infection I acquired last week are stubbornly hanging on and I don’t feel up to walking around in the cold and snow. I think a quiet New Year’s Eve will be a nice change of pace. Perhaps it will also set the mood to mellow for 2010.