Where to begin? How did I let Christmas and New Year's Day slip past me? I suppose it was because I hosted three separate family Christmas gatherings and was allowing myself some down-time afterward. Time goes by so quickly for me these days that I've barely finished one week's tasks before another week is upon me. I could scarcely believe the date of my last post - December 14, 2014. I was so sure I'd posted on or around Christmas Day. As I recall though, our internet connection was lost for a few days around that time. I'll just say I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas. We're still enjoying our decorations and outdoor lights. We'd decided to take them down on Jan. 6th but it's turned very cold and is now snowing, so we may leave them up for awhile yet. That would suit me fine. I love Christmas lights and decorations and am always sad when it's time to store them away for another year.
The New Year brought a new interest for my spouse and me. I purchased a set of Downton Abbey DVDs and gave them to Spouse for Christmas. We're now hooked on that series, though I admit to not having understood all the hoopla about it during the last couple of years. Now I do understand and can't wait until chores and dinner are done in the evening so we can settle into a night of viewing. That, and putting together puzzles seem to be our new pastimes. Spouse stokes the fire and turns down the lights, then we grab our warm coverlets and stay cozy as we watch the shows. I can't think of a better way to spend a winter evening.
I don't make New Year's resolutions anymore - haven't for some time. My personal feeling is that doing so sets us up for failure, then we feel guilty. Life hands us more than enough guilt and feelings of self-doubt, so no more resolutions for me, but rather a striving to do better each day, and a resolve to take one day at a time. We have a "clean slate" so let's take this opportunity to start new projects, let go of the past, and move forward. I wish all of you a New Year filled with joy, peace, and cozy winter evenings.