Happy New Year! 2022 is here and this year was supposed to be the year of Arlene and David. I was born on the 20th and my cousin David was born on the 22nd. But he left me two years ago and I miss his presence. His loss truly emphasized to me the need to take care of things while you can. So my New Year’s resolution is simple. I’m going to take care of all the things I’ve been putting off.

As most of us know, it’s easy for time to fly by. Suddenly it’s one year later, then two years, and now a bunch of years. But I am going to be very pro-active this year. None of us know how many of our numbered days we have left. I’m hoping for at least 30 more years. But I want that time to be filled with accomplishments and not regrets over what I didn’t get a chance to take care of.

Admittedly finances are part of the reasons that a lot of the things I didn’t do never happen. I’ve always been very good with managing my money, but if money becomes short, there’s little to manage. 

Over 20 years ago I had the second-story addition put on my house. The room for my daughter was painted white and somehow we never got around to painting it any other color. Then I got a call from a relative who needed a place to stay and that room was the perfect place for her to use. So I pulled out all my painting supplies, including the paint I had purchased a couple of years ago, and pretty much got 95% of the room painted. This month I’ll do the finishing touches.

As I see it, the only way to reach the goals I have set for myself is to just go for it. Some goals I have are large. And everything is costing more because of inflation. I just got another gas bill, and it’s almost triple what I was expecting. I still have the month of January and February to go before spring comes in March. Hopefully the weather won’t be too bad during those months so that my gas consumption won’t create an even more astronomical bill!

Although I am a decent amateur carpenter, I’m going to take some classes so I can better perfect my skills. I want a window box to go on my bungalow ledge in the front. I haven’t had one in over 20 years. The cost of lumber was coming down the last time I looked, and the prices to have someone make it just seemed a little outlandish considering that it’s a pretty simple item. Plus if I build it myself, I don’t have to worry about transporting the entire piece home.

It’s still January and I’m so enthused about what I will be accomplishing this year. Come December, the truth will be revealed.