Happy New Year 2024! I know I’m a couple weeks late in that statement. Sorry.
2023 was kind of a blur and I’m still getting used to the Valentine décor and candy filling up the aisles where Christmas disappeared overnight.
Last year flew by faster than a kite in a tailwind. The first third was covered in a mountain of snow (over 100 inches in our area), the second third in gardening, canning, and finishing my newest novel, No Safe Place, and the last third in granddaughter daycare while contracting every virus known to mankind.
I’m glad to see the last of those sick months and I hope the new year will bring an immunity to sick bugs and a return of my naturally positive and perky personality. Okay, I have never been naturally positive or perky, but may God at least grant me with a strong resistance to any and all coughs, colds, flu, or Ebola.
New Year’s often comes with resolutions. Perhaps you have a burning desire to do things better than the year before, complete unfinished projects (or at least have the courage and strength to toss them in the bin), learn new things, lose the weight lost at the beginning of last year and gained back over the holidays, or become a people person. Yeah… no. That last resolution is more of a dreamscape for me. Or a nightmare. Not happening.
I don’t really believe in resolutions. I may resolve never to eat at Chilis again since getting food poisoning there a couple of months ago, but one of these days I’ll probably break down desperate for chicken tacos and throw myself into the hands of unknown servers again.
I’ve set goals before, but the posts often move within a month or two. Perhaps you’ve had the same experience. Of course, now I have the excuse of granddaughters. Watching them four or five days a week has given me no time for goals other than getting the 20 month old to nap every afternoon long enough for me to sit down, take a deep cleansing breath, pop a Tylenol, and begin mopping the floor where she spilled milk, clean the grease off the television screen where she fingerpainted with a piece of chicken, or gather up a truckload of toys scattered throughout the house before running to pick up the five year old from school.
If I did have a resolution, it would be to get my next book out quicker than I did the last. Alas, I’ve already let weeks go by without writing a word.
But don’t worry. I’m working on shortening the length of my procrastination.
Hope you have more get up and go in your 2024 plans or resolutions. Thanks for stopping! Leave a comment and tell us about your plans for the new year or just to say hello.