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My new year’s resolutions 2019

Greetings, readers. I’ve thought long and hard about what I want to change in my life in 2019. The first thing that came to mind was to better my diet. That will be a slow process, but one of the things I can easily do is drink a cup of green tea at Panera every time I go. I shall get the benefits of its antioxidants and, according to WebMD, the benefits from lowing cholesterol levels and improving blood flow.

Resolution number two. I’m going to try to be kinder to strangers. New Year’s Eve day I was at Panera having a cup of coffee, trying to collect my thoughts, when I spotted a mother and three little girls. The children were all so well-behaved, I thought wouldn’t it be nice if I bought them a cookie to share? Hoping I wouldn’t come across as the older creep, I cautiously approached the mother. After the mother gratefully accepted my offer, I went to purchase the large M&M candy cookie. When I presented it to them, the children were all smiles. It felt so good to give rather than to receive. I watched the kids occasionally as they ate their lunch and sure enough they finished every bite. Then they shared their cookie.

I’m going to try to be more positive this year. I tend to be a pessimist at times and lose my cool way too easily. I shall work on that every day with meditation and therapy for anger management. It is nice that I have a therapy session this afternoon and I can start this resolution right away. Therapy really is helping so much. I am sure my doctor can continue to help me with my negativity and occasional short fuse.

I’m going to try to repay kindness to people who have shown kindness to me. Again, giving is better than receiving. I understand that when you are a little child, you love to get presents. Try giving, young children, you’ll be amazed by how good you feel.

This year, I’m planning to write at least one to two pages a day on a work project so that this time next year I’ll have a book of between 365-730 pages. Yes it is going to go very slowly. If I really get on a roll, I might even type more than that per day. I need to get that great American novel out if I have it in me.

Now for my biggest resolution. Thanks to a point-out from Rebecca, I’m going to stop bad mouthing people. Sometimes when I talk about my friends, I tend to harp on their bad points and how they irritate me on a particular day, without saying anything about their good points. I’m going to learn how to be thankful for all my friends, knowing that no one is perfect, and I sure as hell am not. I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts that if you were to ask any of my friends about my bad points, the list would be about two pages long. That is why I need to change things.

What are some of your new year’s resolutions? Leave them on my Facebook page or here on this page’s comments section.

Rebecca and I are down to working one day a week now. I’m going to try to dictate a blog entry on Saturday when the work crews are not working and it is quiet, then post it for you late Saturday or Sunday.

Until then, take care, have a great day, have a blessed 2019, and happy reading.

Resolutions for a New Year

Greetings, readers. With 2016 right around the corner, it’s time for me to make a few New Year’s resolutions. At first I had an idea to make this entry a top ten list, but I’m not going to, just in case I can’t come up with 10 resolutions.

Things I want to continue working on: I want to continue to keep my bathroom and kitchen in the apartment in good shape. My friend Cathy is a tremendous help. I need to do more. The living room fluctuates between passable and messy, and currently needs attention. Once I clear off the old, dead chair, I’ll be able to figure out how much room I have in here for new furniture. I will certainly want to keep the new stuff clear and usable. Just think, I’ll be able to have house guests. Another thing I want to continue on is the blog. Rebecca and I are 460 entries strong and I have no plans at this moment to shut it down. It is completely enjoyable and right now is my only means of creativity.

Things I want to begin working on: I’m going to borrow a bulldozer and clean out my bedroom. I’m going to sell my father’s single bed with hopes of putting a double bed in there. I’ve always had that size of mattress, it is what I am used to and what I like. I always feel like I am going to roll off of Pop’s bed, and that is not a good feeling. Also, I want to volunteer or get a part-time job. I do fully understand that if I get a job now, in late December or January, I might not be able to go to camp in August. I don’t know what the procedure is for people with part-time jobs to get time off. Full-timers have to work one year before getting a vacation week.

The biggest thing I want to try to do in the next 6 months and beyond is choose one writing project, either with Rebecca or on my own, and work on it every day. I need to flex those creative muscles and even if the work never gets sold, it is practice. And it will have a purpose. In the last week or so I’ve come up with 2 or 3 great ideas. I always do my best thinking at 2 in the morning when the lights are off. I have jotted down some notes and I’ll be ready to go after the holidays are over.

A very long-term resolution is to make it to September 24th to celebrate the one-year anniversary with my girlfriend, Traci. It has been a long time since I celebrated an anniversary.

If you would like to leave your New Year’s resolutions on my Facebook page or here in the comments section, please do. We’ll compare notes.

There will be a blog entry tomorrow and just like last week Rebecca and I will be off on Friday. So until then, take care, have a great day, and happy reading.

Merry Christmas eve and Christmas

Greetings, readers. This will be a short blog entry today, because I have a gazillion things to do before tonight’s Christmas Eve light ride and tomorrow’s Christmas festivities. As has happened in the past, things that I need to find disappear into the black hole that I call my apartment. The latest lost item is my electric shaver charger cord. There are two places that it may be hiding in. If it’s not in those two places, I’ve got a problem.

I was listening to lots of Christmas music yesterday and I’ll be sad when the season is over. Somehow it just seemed to go quicker this year. I feel like Traci and I just got back from Thanksgiving a few days ago. In actuality, it was really three and a half weeks.

Some time next month, I hope to begin my new budget as planned, though the beginning of a new insurance policy year may blow up my expenses for medication and co-pays until my deductible has been reached.

Finally, I will let everyone know that the first blog of the new year will be my annual New Year’s resolutions. I’m going to choose resolutions that are realistic and that I can attain. Spoiler alert: One of my resolutions will be to keep up with old friends better than I have been. So to my Facebook reader friends, you might just get that invite for coffee sometime.

Again, happy holidays to everybody, and here’s to a great 2016. Until Wednesday, take care, enjoy, and happy reading.

Top ten list of things I will do by New Year’s Day

Greetings, readers. In my on-going effort to better myself, I have decided to make a top ten list of things I wish to accomplish, or at least get them underway, by New Year’s Day. Last year around holiday time I was depressed and did not decorate. So …

#10. Decorate the apartment with, at the very least, Christmas lights. [Already underway but not complete.]

#9. Make final preparations for my December 20th performance. [Practice, practice, practice.]

#8. Once the show is over, concentrate on my writing for a good solid five to six months. [Two firm ideas already in place.]

#7. Take back my bedroom. [I promised myself last night that on New Year’s Eve I will have my bedroom such that I can finally begin using it for the purpose for which it was meant.]

#6. Getting back to social functions in my apartment building. [I always enjoyed being outgoing. Time to get back to it.]

#5. Make my entire apartment spotless. [This is a huge one for me and will take the longest to achieve.]

#4. Get back into the habit of visiting my Godmother. [Her health is such that short visits are possible once again.]

#3. Do my very best to get up early and have a nice long day. [No more Mr. Night-owl.]

#2. I am going to donate something in good working order to the building’s community room. [This serves two purposes. Gets whatever it is out of my apartment and makes it so others can enjoy it.]

#1. Make final decision on whether or not to move. [Circumstances recently took place which might make staying where I am more advantageous.]

This rather quick top ten list was thrown together today because I was experiencing a pinched nerve in my neck, making concentration a bit difficult. I know I’ve been under the weather a lot lately but this shall soon pass and we will once again be hard at it.

So until Friday, take care, enjoy your day, and happy reading.

A writer writes

Greetings, readers. For approximately three years now Rebecca and I have been hard at work putting out two books, with my third to be released hopefully next month. Do I call myself a writer though? The answer is a resounding no.

I think of myself as more of a loafer, a video game player, a watcher of movies. I do not get up at 6:00 in the morning with a smile on my face and say to myself, “Oh goodie, I will go to the cafe now and write 1000 words, even if they are all crap.” I think real writers do that. Writers who have to earn a living (at writing) certainly do. They have deadlines to meet.

As some of you may know, my “year” goes from September to August. When I return from camp – and I can’t believe it is coming up so quickly – I ¬†will make my September resolution to have a set number of words per day to write. Whether they will be stories, blogs, or just exercises has yet to be determined. I think I will start with 300 words, work up to 500 or so, and who knows after that. Rebecca has a phrase, priming the pump, which I think is so apropos. I just have to go to a quiet place, get into that zone of mine that I have spoken about before, and simply just do it.

Yes, readers, writers write. My goal for the upcoming year, September to August, is to slowly graduate from the part-time rookie writer to someone a heck of a lot more serious. It is finally time for me to take this career to the next level.

Until soon, take care, keep dry if you are in the storms, and happy reading.

As Paul Harvey would have said, stand by for news

Greetings, readers. We only have thirty minutes to do this blog entry, so like a pair of underwear, I’ll be brief. To give you a quick update, 2013 for me got off to a nice start, fairly quiet. That is just the way I like it. New Year’s Eve I was at Panera Bakery enjoying a cup of coffee, or two or three or six, while pondering my next writing project idea. And did indeed narrow it down to a choice. I’m going to take my first attempt at a steamy romance novel. This comes from someone who has had a love life which has been beyond embarrassing.

With the holiday season now over, and present buying, parties, and all other such festivities again behind me for another year, I can concentrate on my work. Yes, I will still blog, but now that the new year is here it is time to put my butt in the chair and get to work. First it was my Beatles performance, then came Christmas, I just couldn’t concentrate. Now I have no more excuses.

To close this short blog entry today, I leave you with my New Year’s resolution. After recently going through a relationship problem, my resolution is to promise myself that the next woman whom I court will be the one for me. No more miscues. I will take it light and gradual to start and believe me I will not pop it into second gear until both she and I are damned good and ready.

Until quite soon, stay healthy, enjoy the warm weather if you are in a place that has it, and happy reading.