Thursday, January 10, 2013
Close to Nowhere
New ideas for New Year’s resolutions
• I have never been able to keep a New Year’s resolution longer than a day or so — if that long.
I’ve tried making “good, keepable” resolutions. What is a good, keepable resolution? I don’t have a clue!
Charlaine Harris, one of my favorite authors, posted something on Facebook. I “commented” and said I was going to steal it from her for my column. She didn’t reply, so I’m guessing she doesn’t mind. (And if you post it on Facebook, it’s bound to be public property anyway.)
“I don’t make New Year’s resolutions because I end up disappointing myself. I make New Year’s wishes instead. I hope that we have many wonderful books to read in 2013, that we try one thing we’ve never tried before, and that we do our best to be kind to other people. That seems doable, right?”
I decided as soon as I read that “blurb” that I’d found my every New Year’s wish for the rest of my life!
I’ve also found a project (yes, off Facebook) to keep track of good things all year.
I’ve put a glass jar with a lid beside my computer at home and every good thing that happens this year, I’m going to write on a piece of paper and put in that jar. Big good things and little good things — a good thing is a good thing, no matter the size, right?
• One good thing I’ve already put in there is that our daughter Dana wasn’t hurt when she got her first deer last week. She hit a beautiful 8-pointer on Hwy. 7 at 4:30 a.m., on her way to work. Her car had to be towed to the shop and, of course the poor deer didn’t make it, but Dana is OK. That’s a good thing!
• Another good thing is very pleasing to me especially. Dana, Tammy and I took a class at a quilt shop on making a pieced bag. Big ole bag! Her friend Tammy lives in Arlington, Tenn., fairly close to a shop called “The Quilt Barn.”
It’s a really cool quilt shop! We’ve signed up for two more classes with Tammy already.
Tammy and I knew we’d love the class. We made Dana go just because we wanted to.
She loved it. She actually finished her bag before either one of us. She had a great time, which made Tammy and I both very happy.
Jean (I can’t remember her last name) taught the class and was incredibly patient and kind. She helped and instructed but didn’t hover and call any of us dumb. And she could have me, especially when my bobbin ran out on my Singer Featherweight. I could not remember how to thread the bobbin. And I’ve been sewing for around 50 years now!
I wish us all a jar full of good things at the end of 2013!
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