Thursday, December 30, 2010


Are you guilty of the dreaded New Year's Resolutions?? I make them every year and some years I actually succeed. Though if you measure my successes against all the years I have tried, it is a record that would make a politician squirm.

My only real successes have been to quit smoking, quit drinking and to start a blog. My weight loss resolve is an on going , yearly battle since I retired. This year I have managed to net a 10 pound loss for the year after ups and downs. Whee. Not much but at least I am going the right direction.

I consider blogging one of my successes for I actually started on December 27, 2008 and have continued for two years. Now I did quit the daily blogs somewhere after 200 posts but I still keep plugging away at least twice a week.

Such a journey blogging has been. It was not anything like I thought it would be. It has completely exceeded my expectations. I had visions of pouring words into an electronic abyss with no response or acknowledgment, then slowly fading into silence. I was delightfully wrong.

I am astounded every day at how many amazing people I have met from so many different locations and lifestyles. To have accomplished this physically, person to person, with out the aid of the Net, would have been unthinkable. The computer and the Internet for me rank as the most incredible inventions of the last century. I resolve to continue blogging.

I also resolve to exercise a bunch more. When I strained a muscle in my back this morning pulling the seal off the dog food container, I thought, enough is enough. My muscles are really getting puny. I now need a wheel barrow to lug the 50 lb bags of bird seed. Pitiful I tell you.

To accomplish a stronger body, I really need to spend less time sitting in front of the computer and to actually move. There should be no reason why I can't blog, surf the Net and exercise too.

There really are a lot of hours in the day. Moderation and organization are somewhere in my system, I just need to activate them. So I need to either put a limit on my computer time or at least establish a time period dedicated solely to exercise. I do so resolve.

I also resolve to make a real effort to travel more and to see as much of this country as I can, while I still can, and to quit finding excuses why not to.

So those are my resolutions. To exercise more, work on my food choices, travel and to continue blogging. Considering my past record, one of those may make it all the way through to 2012.

So what is on your plate for 2011 or are you all ready perfect ??




  1. I hereby resolve to move more, sit in front of the computer less. There is jewelry to make, places to see, people to meet. And we won't even talk about the weight issue.

  2. I'm not resolving anything I may not keep my promise. Ha.!

  3. Ummm, not really sure about resolutions; goals maybe or something I want to acheive? Resolutions seem to set me up for failure.
    I am glad you quit smoking and you blog...isn't it truly a wonderful phenomena? I agree that is has brought me so much joy and fulfillment in life in a totally unexpected manner and at various times...I'll definitely stick with it!
    The pounds, the exercise, UGH!!! I too will attmept to move more and it seems to happen in the spring, summer and fall, but winter? I'm just not a cold weather I will resolve to stay warm :) and just take overall better care of myself! ...whatever that may entail!

  4. Your new year resolutions seem good. you have told a lot of things that you enjoyed while blogging so do I hope I also enjoy the same.
    This new year I resolve to do all my works in 2011 in complete perfection and satisfaction.
    Wishing you a wonderful new year!

  5. I never make promises I don't intend to keep - so no resolutions.

    I am happy to know that you resolve to keep blogging!

  6. I am working on this but I still have several blogs under RRRR to do. No reason they cannot extend into 2011.

    My list will be shorter than yours, however. But the perennial wt. will be on it. Christmas cost me 4 precious pds. I cannot resist pecan and pumpkin pie.

    And my obnoxious night eating problem has returned, a continual habit the dog and I have. It is a common among foodaholics to the extent I sometimes don't remember doing it until I see the scattered remains of crumbs in the kitchen the next a.m.

  7. My resolve to dust my living room one time this coming year.

  8. Ah, you're a marvel! Also, I see I'm in good company re: weight and housework. I agree, the net is wonderful and I wouldn't want to be without it. Perhaps I could re~learn how to run...

  9. I gave up making resolutions many years ago.....i make "life list" of things i want to accomplish for the year......and then.....i lose the list...!!!


  10. My only resolution, so far, is to stop running outside to photograph the sunrise wearing nothing but a long tee shirt. Seriously, the winter ground is painful on bare feet!

    Good luck with your resolutions, patti, and a very happy new year to you!

  11. For all my efforts this year to be healthy I have to say my recent surgery has left me too wiped out to know if I accomplished anything or not.

    It looks like 2011 will be a year of recovery for me in many areas of my mind and body.

  12. I resolve to keep reading your blog. You are such a terrific lady. Keep on keeping on...

  13. Check my blog tomorrow for all those wonderful things I plan to do. (Hint, mine look a lot like yours.) Good luch Patti. Perhaps we can keep each other "posted"?

  14. I think you are an amazing woman. Your blog is an important part of my reading experience.

    I say congratulations on the 10 pound weight loss! That is an accomplishment.

    My resolutions are similar to yours. I think I've made them for years. I hope to exercise more and make better food choices.

  15. you've done it. I knew someone was gonna ask this question. I hereby resolve to: be happy, emjoy my life, see the good in all I can and learn at least one new thing everyday. As to the weight issue....I have for all my life wished that the other person's worth of weight would just get up and walk out of me, but looks like that's not happening so, I will do it. I'll serve an eviction notice, asap.
    Love your style my dear, love that this last year we shared some time and enjoyed each other. Be well, and we'll visit after the New Year. The Olde Bagg herself, Linda

  16. HA-----the last statement made me snicker!!!! Perfect????? NEVER.... I don't make resolutions --but I do try to stay as healthy as possible.. The older I get, the more important that is. I need to lose weight and exercise more... That is all part of being healthy..

    Happy New Year..

  17. Vagabonds,
    Sounds good to me. I throw that weight thing in each year. It is standard.

    Linda Starr,
    Smart, that way you never break any.

    It is the pounds I gain during my inactive winters that I spend all Spring Summer and Fall getting rid of. Maybe this year----

    He he, I knew there was one of you out there.

    Elen Susan,
    Ambitious goals but do able especally since you are young. Keep blogging for sure.

    I did that one year and it was refreshing. Thanks Judy, you all are stuck with me for a while yet.

    I know. I had a 14 pound net loss till Christmas goodies. Hopefully I am back on the wagon again.
    I have heard of night time eaters, that is scary. Have hubby tie you in the recliner.

    Ha, that is one even I might keep. Love those safe resolutions.

    They say it is all there in our minds and muscles, we just have to try. I believed that till I tried to skip. Be careful.

    Blue Ridge Boomer,
    That may be the best answer yet---just lose the list.

    That is just too funny an image.
    Happy New Year to you and roger.

    No one I know tried harder than you.Perhaps it was all those good efforts that made your recovery no worse than it has been.

    Aw thanks lady. That is one of the reasons I love blogging--great folks like you.

    I will check it out. Maybe we can hold each other accountable.

    Retired English Teacher,
    Thank you so much. Those ten pounds did not leave easily. Good luck to us both.

    Linda in NM
    Thanks Linda and right back at ya.
    I understand that extra being we tote around, mine is pretty much like a labrador.

    May we both realize a slimmer image in the coming year. Our good health is so vital and must be tended like a tender rose.

  18. I resolved to clean out the bulging closet in my bedroom. In fact, Monday morning, I said, "Why wait?" So, now it's almost finished and I have found other places for some of the things I think I have to keep. Now, my resolution will be to keep it clean.

  19. I'm not resolving a thing, I don't keep them, so why waste my time.

    I should, but won't, Good luck to you with any you make.

  20. I am just hoping for Better Health---that is to say, that there be no more "irreversable damage" on top of what there already is...Other than that....Nothing else seems that important anymore. Without your Health...Well, you are really up the creek!


  21. Number one resolution is to lose weight. Number two is to exercise more. Number three is to pay off all debts. These are shared by 90% of Americans. I'm in great company!

  22. I've already started my weight resolution though it's a carryover from last year...but at least it's carrying over. :) Since Feb 1 I've lost about 25 lbs and I resolve to lose 15 or 20 more. I will get back to walking as soon as the weather is not too cold since the cold makes my arthritis much worse. There are others that are more personal but are thins I will work on as well. Here's to meeting our goals! blessings, marlene

  23. Betty,
    How neat that your have all ready completed your intention. I could add that one also. Good luck with the keeping clean part.

    Oh I know, I don't do half of them but the few I do accomplish make the effort worth while.

    You hear that all you life about the importance of health but you never really believe till your health is compromised. Pure truth.
    I'm wishing for you to have better health also.
    Happy New Year Naomi.

    Those are mine also. We definintely are not alone. I did achieve being debt free but there sure isn't any left over.

    Now that is impressive. Congrats big time. I figure at my 10 pound yearly net loss, it will take me 3 years to reach goal. Yikes.

  24. I don't make New Year's Resolutions. I never can live up to them. Happy New Year to you.

  25. Patti, I lied. I did not write about New Year's resolve at all. Started looking at old photos, and you know what theat does to time.

  26. Patti,
    I read about the tornadoes in AK so I wanted to check on you to see if you were okay. I certainly hope all is well...take good care!

    Happy New Year to you and many blessings in 2011!

  27. Patti,
    Glad you are okay...thanks for letting me know; I was concerned Dear!
    Take good care...and I'll keep all those affected by the storm in my thoughts and prayers...

  28. I started blogging in Jan of 07, I still enjoy it!

    I also managed to quit smoking but that was not a New Year resolution, I quit Sept 13, 1993...........for years I still wanted to smoke but no more.

    This year my resolution (I rarely make any resolutions) is going to be to learn to crazy quilt and applique.........something I have wanted to try for years.

  29. I realize I'm already doing the things that are important to me. Blogging - which I started in January 2010 - has been both a discipline to write and an unexpected joy, as I meet new people online. I'm reading more now that I'm not working, and traveling more. I'd like to give my spiritual side a little room to express itself in whatever way happens.

  30. And a Happy New Year to you, too, Patti.

  31. Patty,
    Not a bad idea, then you certainly can't fail.
    Happy New Year.

    Ok, I will check that out. Hope you have a safe and happy year.

    Thanks so much for checking on me. It was close but missed this area. Pretty bad however west of me. Sad way for some to have to start the new year.

    Iowa Garden Woman,
    So glad you beat demon nicotine. Such a rascle it is to get rid of.
    Good luck with crazy quilting and applique.
    Happy New Year.

    Linda Myers,
    You have certainly filled your retirement year. Keep up the good work, but maybe with a little more good ole sloth time.

    Pat Arkansas,
    May this be a good one for us both.

  32. Well honey you know just how perfect this ole grandma is so why make resolutions knowing that. lol
    I too need to exercise more besides my fingers on this here computer but it is very hard to do but I will try with you.
    You mentioned traveling more. Now that is one that keeps tugging at my heart string. I would love to do that for sure. There is so much I have not seen and want to.
    If you come this directions you have to stop by
    Happy New Year my friend

  33. I'm with ya on the exercise -- I just purchased Jane Fonda's 2 new exercise DVDs. C'mon, Patty, she's 73 now and if she can do it, WE can do it!

    I also share your resolve to see more of this country - on the cheap. Luckily, I have friends in practically every spot in the nation who will provide room and board for this explorer.

    Congratulations on the blogging - it is an amazing community, isn't it? Happy New Year!

  34. I too found that blogging (my last year's resolution) far exceeded my expectations. You have done far better than I , though, in posting more often. I am resolved to post at least twice a week and will use you as my good example!
    I did not do the exercise I resolved yesterday to do today. But I still plan to get up and move. Tomorrow.

  35. A quick happy new year, Patti! I wish you happiness and health!
    I had two young couples from Poland. They were all students, but one. all week we went to church with the guests from Taizé to attend a service at 8.30 then we had a meeting in smaller groups and we discussed several subjects like: trust, joy, compassion, forgiving...Then we had coffee and after that the guests went to Rotterdam to meet the other young people.There were 30,000 young people from various countries in Europe. They had lunch in Rotterdam and a hot meal and came back at 9 pm.They left on New Year's Day. We were all sad about to say goodbye..
    This afternoon I will meet two Greek bloggers with their families.They will come here at 4 pm. Great, I am looking forward to meeting them!

  36. Well, I wonder which one will survive? Let's hope it's blogging, because I'd miss your funny posts.

    Let's take stock again in 2012, shall we? And many times along the way.

    Happy New Year, Patti!

  37. Grandmayellowhair,
    Ah ha, my second perfect blog buddy.
    May we both hit the road more in 2011.

    Thanks for stopping by. Me too on the Fonda tape. She is older than I am and in better shape than I ever was. Let's hope there
    magic in that CD.

    That daily blogging wore me out but 2 per week seems to work. Just do what you have material for and don't feel guilty if you have nothing. Took me a while to learn that.

    REader Wil,
    That sounds so neat Wil. To be able to learn from others and to let others learn from you had to be really great. Enjoy those Greek bloggers. Envious of your varied contacts.

    We will see. What I do know is that I will be pleased if I do make my goals but not bummed if I dont'. At least I tried. No harm-- no foul.

  38. All good choices. I like the travel one. Always easy to find reasons not to do it but oh so rewarding when you do.

    You already know I've set the bar pretty low with my resolutions. Even so, I will probably not be able to do them all.

    So glad that blogging brought us together. It has been a pleasure (not) meeting you.

  39. I'm so glad to see you are staying with us out here in blogger world. I nearly cried whan you decided to quit. Ahh...that wasn't a good day. I dont always feel like getting around to everyone and sometimes they would probably are glad. :)

    TCU won last night and there was joy in Fort Worth. Remember...that moderation thing when you start to exercise again. You have brought joy into my life this past year and I've appreciated it.

  40. Smartmouth broad,
    Good luck to us both. The pleasure was mine also. You are one funny SMB.

    Amber Star,
    Thank you for missing me had I disappeared.
    I did see the end of the game. You can be proud.

  41. I try to avoid the dreaded resolutions as breaking them will lead to feelings of failure for me. I do hope for more time up north and have wanted to take a solo road trip for a few years now, mainly through northern New England and New York, camping and hiking along the way. I'm not certain that can happen though. Logistics.

    I also avoid any kind of new gym membership this time of year as the gym tends to fill up with those NY Resolution folks. I did visit one prior to the holidays to check it out and almost bought a membership before realizing that it was almost the new year.

    I am just taking things day by day and going from there. Taking what I can get and sharing what I can on the blog.

    Happy New Year to you!

  42. Barry,
    Thanks Barry, back at ya.
    Hope you get in that camping trip, sounds like fun and some good blog material.
    Thos gym memberships are scary, at least the high pressure sales persons are.
    I don't do them. We only have a small gym and it is too far away.
    Like you, I tend to let my sneakers and pavement do the work though mine is for walking.
    Enjoy 2011.

  43. All I can say about resolutions is this:
    "My guilt runneth over."

    As for blogging (i.e.)..."I had visions of pouring words into an electronic abyss with no response or acknowledgment. . ." After two + years, this is still how I feel. Guess I need to be like you and actually have something to say!

    Please keep me informed about the red-winged blackbirds. I'm very curious to see what the autopsies reveal. Happy New Year.

  44. Sheri,
    I do hope they come up with a cause I can buy. So far the reasons have been pretty flimsy.
    I understand that now other parts of the world are having similar problems.