New Year’s thingies…

December 30, 2007 at 10:17 pm 4 comments

I don’t really want to call them resolutions, largely because I’m contrary and don’t want to think of what I want to achieve as being in the New Year’s Resolutions category along with unrealistic pledges to lose weight, drink less, exercise more etc… I actually do need to exercise more, but that is a general ongoing thing.

I don’t expect that the house will be cleaner, that I will spend less time on internet forums, that I will remember to sterilise my mooncup before it’s actually needed, or that I will cork up the rest of the bottle and save it till tomorrow, just because of an arbitrary promise I make, so I’m not going to make myself feel guilty by trying. If I want to decide to be tidier in August, I can be tidier in August!

However, there are several things that I could do which I feel will enrich my life. They are more a product of my crisis a few weeks ago than the New Year, and are things I want to do anyway, but thanks to the happy coincidence of timing, I will be starting them in the first few days of January…

1) Take a dressmaking course, and learn how get more use out of my beautiful Singer treadle machine than just as a really nice table.

2) Do something with the piles of scavenged curtains we have lying around to make my house warmer and more efficient. (Possibly contingent on the above!) Nag bf to put up curtain rails and get second draught-excluder for the back door.

3) Grow something (other than herbs) that actually gets big enough to eat, unlike my winter spinach which is still alive, but not getting any bigger due to the cold.

4) Try and find some people in my area who are interested in these sorts of things, so I don’t conduct my social life entirely over the internet. Have been meaning to go to my local FOE group or Green Drinks since I moved, and never got a round tuit…

And, more prosaically, 5) get a bit better at my job, so it takes me less time and I have more time to knit and garden!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. colouritgreen  |  January 3, 2008 at 12:13 am

    I too have not made a list of resolutions… but have coincidentally made a to-do list…:)

    good luck with your list!

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  • 2. Hamster  |  January 3, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Great minds…

    Good luck to you too. =)

    Reply
  • 3. Mara Luna  |  January 9, 2008 at 1:34 am

    hee hee – I too never remember about my Mooncup!

    Reply
  • 4. “An affirming flame” « Eating the Seasons  |  December 5, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    […] last year’s gloom I decided to come up with five positive actions that would make me feel better. These were: 1) Take a dressmaking course, and learn how get more […]

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