New Year Goals and Why You Shouldn’t Give up on Resolutions

All the Christmas has been gathered. It’s time to load them back up in the tubs and send them back to the basement for another year. It’s kinda sad to see them go. Although I really am not a fan of red, I do enjoy our house being a “Santa Land” for six weeks or so. It’s kind of a lot of trouble, but I enjoy doing it.

I normally have them packed on the 1st of January, but have been doing some other things. Today is the Day!

Blog Boom!

WordPress sent a note that my traffic is spiking. It’s true that this blog is gaining momentum. It’s never been a goal to increase the blog’s readership and I’m not really trying to. As with growth, comes a lot of other things too, but I’ll take it. Welcome! For someone just chatting about her life and thoughts – I’m shocked that 33 people an hour would be here.

Much to my surprise Little Bit hung out with me in the laundry room yesterday. I asked him if God sent him to me to be “my Maisy girl” for a while as she was always at my feet (actually though she didn’t like the laundry room). Later I figured out that he was scared of Roger and wanted protection. LOL How anything can be scared of Mr. Roger dog is beyond me. LOL

Coffee Club

So…..George gave me this coffee club from Driftaway for Christmas. I hadn’t been using it because I wasn’t sure I wanted flavored coffees in the flavors of Tropical Fruit and Peach and Lemon. I am a real fan of totally black and unflavored coffees. He’s been after me to try them. So I finally told him that I was waiting til I was in the mood for “flavored” coffees. He laughed and said they were NOT flavored but the listing at the top, such as tropical fruit, fudge and molasses, etc., were just the “tone” of it. “Ohhhhh” I said, “that makes all the difference”. So we had a pot of coffee in the afternoon yesterday, and I set up my account from George’s gift order. And soon (after two more days), I’ll go in and rank them.

I’m trying them backwards. So the Profile 4 we had yesterday and the Profile 3 is today. Surprisingly the Profile 3 seems to have more taste than the Profile 4, even though 4 is darker. But 4 (see very bottom of the coffee envelope) is from Brazil and 3 is from Guatemala. And Guatemalan Antiguan has always been our favorite flavor of coffee. But I have to wait to order so it won’t deliver while we are gone.

Much to my surprise, George grabbed the china cups to drink it from. Now I think he has started a trend. Coffee tastes REALLY good out of a china cup. My china is “Barrymore” by Noritake. It’s a Japanese made china set, which is interesting considering that it’s called “China” and most everything comes from China.

The coffee club by Driftaway has certain regions in which they obtain the coffee. And you are basically picking your region, at least that appears to be the way it works. I’m sure Guatemalan will win with us because it always has before.

New Year Goals for 2021

Wow don’t we ALL have hopes and dreams for this next year? How could one NOT after 2020. These things below are a compilation of everything including a bucket list, a resolution list, a to do list, an obtain (get it) list, an aspiration list, and a dream list. Because – WHY NOT just go “WHOLE HOG” here? So 1, 2, 3, here I go and these are not in any order of importance.

  • Vlog goals/improvements – This is deep and all inclusive from learning my camera, learning YouTube, YouTube Buddy, growing the channel, enriching the content and on and on.
  • Weight loss/Self Care – Always on the list. We can’t give up. Seeking fun ways to slim down while still being true to our foodie selves and not having to drink shakes on a cold winter’s morn.
  • Taking care of family
  • Pet situation is a big concern for 2021. I think we will be losing Roger soon.
  • Flooring – Praise the Lord, we get new flooring.
  • God – Intensive studies, journaling, and being more accepting of His day to day guidance and protection, in a more personal way.
  • Developing a study area – chair in my office which will also be a YouTube watching chair for watching shows on the iMac when George is using the other TV or listening to music! I’m so excited about this.
  • Reconsider all the Subscriptions that I have. Some need to go.
  • Reconsider our phone and cable costs. We need to rightsize everything based on usage/needs.
  • Big Sur Update on the iMac. Ditching Sophos’ internet protection and finding another that works with Big Sur.
  • Complete the entire Canon Camera Series (part of the first goal listed actually)
  • Use the InstaPot – I’ve never used it. George has.
  • Begin reading REAL books again.
  • Keep growing and learning.
  • Keep trying to be a better person- this could be a whole entire blog session in itself. lol
  • Be excited about life even though we are still in a Pandemic but hopefully crawling out of it before long (?).
  • Minimizing a few things and maximizing a few things. (Also a whole new blog post).

Why you Shouldn’t Give Up Your New Year’s Resolutions

There seems to be a trend in the last decade or so for people to QUIT having new year’s resolutions. Depending on the thought camp there, that can be either good or bad. To give up on all things that have to do with aspirations, dreams, and becoming a better self, is certainly not good. To ascertain that one needs to do this all the time and not just New Year’s is certainly acceptable in thought and practice.

I really think the change of seasons is a good time to jump start any new plans, ideas, self help, and set new targets for the quarter or seasons ahead.

Why should we NOT give up our _________? (Dreams, goals, aspirations)

  • Must keep the hope that our lives are served out in the purpose intended by God or the universe if you choose to think of it that way
  • Must have a direction to steer toward as to not spin in place and surge downward
  • Need to focus on things worth focusing on and reach out for our potential
  • Need to have some control over your life or someone else will
  • Need to have stepping stones to get where you are going
  • Low hanging fruit is within reach and should not be ignored
  • A plan can be made and a plan can be changed, but no plan is to be stagnant or a feather in the wind
  • One can sip wine or coffee while contemplating the next move 🙂
  • Life is exciting when a goal is reached or a project is maintained
  • Often your forward movement opens other doors you never dreamed would open
  • We all have potential that has been untapped.
  • Life has surprises tucked away in corners and treasures tucked away at various turns
  • Sharpen your skills and interests and increase your value to society

We could all go on and on, but we can’t just stop here in life and let the weeds take over. Must keep moving, growing, learning, and defining our lives.

January (New Year) Food Traditions Globally

I was reading the January section of the 2021 Old Farmer’s Almanac and these food traditions are consumed and considered vital in the first days of the new year in many parts of our world:

Of course most of us know that black eyed peas are considered good fortune here in the US?

Dutch homes consider any ring shaped food as symbolizing “coming full circle” and leading to fortune – such as a donut. Wow, I would really like to have a donut right now. I forgot about them. I’ll get one in Texas for sure.

Irish eat pastries called bannocks, which I’ve never heard of.

India and Pakistan – rice promises prosperity.

Apples dipped in honey are a Rosh Hashanah tradition.

Swiss homes enjoy dollops of whipped cream to symbolize the richness of the New Year. Even dropped on the floor and allowed to stay there. What?

Birthday Plans

Today is my birthday! Last night we celebrated with my SIL and BIL, Susan and Kevin. We went to Hermitage Steak House. It was not easy to get this pic. I was in about 8 people’s way and had two get out of the way (George and Kevin), lol. But it was worth it. I love the feel of this steak house in the log cabin.

They have the best steak ever! And it was decorated so pretty and elegantly. And the fireplace was wonderful.

Today’s Specific Goals

Mainly need to get these Christmas things out of the way, get the ironing done, make a Walmart run for snacks for Texas and a few things for work so I have meals to eat this week until we get the word to head South West. I have a big list of things to do including change purses and such, give myself a pedi, and all that.

George is fixing us a steak and egg breakfast as we had a steak thawed that needs to get used. We ended up taking longer to eat the lamb (two dinners) than expected and he’d thawed the steaks already. Then tonight we will be doing Olive Garden Takeout.

Other Notes

Oh we got some gifts in the mail yesterday from my Sister for Christmas. That was nice. We get to shop and eat!

I’m so excited to get to see and hold my Grandson soon. How exciting! I have to remember to go back and see who guessed his birthdate correctly after we get back. If I forget, remind me! I better get going on this day. These days off go by so quickly. It amazes me how I’m so good at entertaining myself. lol I guess it’s a God given talent in itself. I did spend the first 10 years of my life as an only child. So it comes natural. More natural than I thought it would. The internet helps with the blog and vlog and games and Netflix and all the audio books, not to mention regular books. No wonder we never have time for anything anymore. LOL.

Your Turn to Share

Now it’s your turn. What are a couple of your biggest goals for the new year? Do you have any New Year traditions or foods that you do that were not mentioned? Leave a comment below. Love to hear them. Ya’ll have a good day. Check back in with you later!

Year in Review and the New Year Arrives

Arrived home from work on New Year’s Eve and George had a surprise of shrimp and sushi. We were so excited to begin our three day weekend. He fixed a lamb roast and we’ve enjoyed that for a couple of days now. Here it came out of the stove and the temp was not hot enough, you can see the blood dripping, so it had to go back in.

I think we may have just started a new New Year’s tradition. It cracks me up lately that while dinner is being served, Roger lines himself up like he gets a plate too. Yeah he gets a bite later, but he thinks he’s getting his own plate, I promise you.

Yikes. don’t look at my kitchen floor, but now that I called your attention to it. It needs mopping again since Christmas, but I have better things to do – like blog and do videos! I know I know. I’ll get to it – eventually. I can tell you, George cares not what the floor looks like – I can assure you. lol. Do we still have blue linoleum? Point made. But not for long!

Here was our New Year’s Eve meal and of course there was enough to go for two nights.

I loved it. George really went to a lot of trouble with this one. Twice baked potatoes and he creamed the spinach and also had a special glaze for the carrots. It was all so good. I may want this exact meal next New Year’s Eve!

We have gotten into the Flight Attendant! And also watching Virgin River and from way back, Northern Exposure. George doesn’t like Virgin River for some reason as he says it’s too Hallmarkey! But he loves Northern Exposure. To me that one is just as Hallmarkey, lol.

So we went to bed around 10:30 and I don’t remember feeling as good on New Year’s Day getting up. I really liked that. I always felt obligated to stay up. No more! We had our champagne when I got home from work.

I guess this pic was from about 10:00. I think we watched a bit of the news before hitting the bed. Here is George mid yawn, and Roger was pretty much out and did pretty good the last couple of nights.

Yes, I was over there yawning and nodding off long before I took this pic. I texted Katy before bed and asked her if she was getting snow. It sure looked like it. I often check their radar when I check ours, just to see what is going on down there. She texted back that YES it was snowing.

Much to my surprise, George mad me TWO egg and Bacon McMuffin Biscuits with cheese. They were really good, made with real country bacon. The he had the cruelty to ask me to weigh in with him! ha.

So we weighed in and it was probably the most we have both weighed ever. The pandemic sent all rules out the window. So we’ve really got to start eating better. I try but my efforts are thwarted as we end up eating fattening foods at night. ::sigh:: It’s a good sigh though, b/c it’s been some good eating. Which honestly is one of the things we love about living! Good cuisine. We just have to find the goodness in healthier foods and less of it.

Here is my new Winter background on the phone. The trees are blurry but you can’t tell behind all those apps. Feel free to snag it if you want.

Here’s the pic I’m using for the lock screen if you want to snag it.

Next YouTube Video is Live

So I spent some time in my office getting the video done. This one is the longest one. It goes by fast though. But I had to wrap up fall and Maisy getting us up to Christmas. I just needed to wrap up and bring closure with Maisy. I couldn’t split it up in two. It took that much to tell the whole story. I wanted to bring everyone up to date. Not that there are that many watching yet! ha. But this was something I needed to do, to wrap it all up. I’ve already had a complaint that it was too long. But I did what I needed to do. It will be rare when they are this long. I realize no one has 30 minutes of their life to donate to me. lol. So if only my family watches, then I’m fine with it. But I was happy with this video and it was uplifting in many parts. I did not want a sobbing messy video, so I left out all that. It has truly been an adjustment without her. I boohoo’d through some of this video though. It was tough and as I say I needed to get this one done or I might would never do another one. I’d be dreading it.

That said, if you like my videos I’d love to get some likes and please subscribe. I’m trying to reach 100 subscribers. Things start to get better and easy from there and there are some perks as far as reaching my goals. YouTube, the free version. I’m searchable under Less Hustle More Coffee. Then you will be notified when the next one comes out. I appreciate your support always. The link is in the previous blog post.

I was able to do some vlogging with the new wide angle lens.

If you noticed the paper clip – I put that there to add my notes to it for my filming. That way I don’t have to look down for the next point and it “helps” my rambling so I don’t have to edit so much. Good gosh I can ramble! Getting further down the curve here.

It’s Snowing in Texas!

Stealing Katebugs photos. It’s just gorgeous out there on the ranch.

GrandDog Findlay

Pretty card also from my Sister in Law, that I came across again while cleaning and organizing my desk yesterday. My office was a complete mess by the time New Year’s arrived. I spent a LOT of time in my office this weekend.

I am keeping this in my iphone photos to use as a lock screen photo soon. I had so much to share today. I know it’s a long post. Life happens so fast before I can get it posted. Well it was that last video I spent probably more than 30 hours on. It’s about 1 hour per minute and that was over 30 minutes. But here is the Year in Review….

Year in Review

The year started off fairly normal and went weird and wacky past March but lots of wonderful things happened in the year anyway.

  • Went to a wonderful Giovanni’s Italian dinner for my birthday and also went to Bar Taco with Kevin and Susan for my Birthday (BIL and SIL)
  • Went to see Little Women with my neighbor Christy. I guess that was the last time I was in a movie theatre.
  • Went to dinner with Kevin and Susan at Nicky’s Coal Fired pizza and a brewery before that. I think this might have been Kevin’s birthday.
  • Went to spend the night with Mom in February and spent time with her.
  • Scheduled a trip to see my Aunt and Uncle in Amelia Island but had to cancel it by May due to the virus.
  • In March we had a wonderful get together with Don and Lisa. I think this was the last time I’ve seen them this year. I’ve actually shed tears over missing them. They are family to us.
  • Also in March Katy and I went to Tulsa for a girls weekend, right as the nation began shutting down with the virus. It was a strange, sad, scary, but yet fun as we could make it weekend.
  • In May we went to see Mom for Mother’s Day and kept our distance. It was a beautiful day.
  • Also attended the first of many virtual showers over the year including some of Katy’s.
  • In May Katy and Cody came home and made their wonderful announcement about our grandchild coming soon.
  • I gave a virtual shower myself in June for my niece and nephew.
  • Went to some private pool parties with friends in mid May and also in the summer.
  • Rescheduled our vacation to Texas to attend the Gender Reveal party.
  • Spent Father’s Day with friends who also did not get to see their family on Father’s Day.
  • Celebrated with Mom on her birthday in July.
  • August came and we went to the Gender Reveal party in Texas and stopped in Hot Springs, Arkansas on the way back.
  • George and I went out quite a few times to eat and shop during August up until Halloween. Virus cases began to build and it was more risky to go out.
  • We celebrated Thanksgiving alone at home as the virus had spread to the families of coworkers and we didn’t want to chance it.
  • We lost our Maisy early in December. It was tough to get ready for Christmas but in a way it was best we had so much to do. Because this was hard. It still hurts so much and I miss her.
  • We celebrated Christmas by having Mom and Aunt Martha and Uncle Ken over. They decided to chance it and we had a lovely time.
  • Nashville’s 2nd Ave was bombed on Christmas day.

Books in Review

I’m cheating a bit to do this. I’m tired of typing and you are probably LONG PAST reading. So I’ve taken photos of the books I’ve read this year. The lighting was not very good on this so I apologize.

Goals and Bucket Lists Have To Wait

I was going to share my bucket list and Goals for the new year, but….I’ve typed way too much already. So I’ll save something for tomorrow.

I need to get some lunch and work on things in the house some. But I’m pleased the new video is up and I’m pleased as punch to have today and tomorrow left to get Christmas stuff up. I’ve already started but just stopped to do video once I had George’s segment filmed.

Ya’ll take care and let me know what you think of the video. Link on the previous post’s entry!

Take care and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

New Year’s Eve Update

Hello Friends!

I’ve been enjoying my mornings with the sunrises. Today it will be rain and likely lots of it. I’m tempted to take a safer back route to avoid the crazies on the interstate but it’ll take way too long to get to work I think. Those crazies on the interstate are really getting crazier these days during the pandemic times. It’s as if they don’t care if they die or not so why not speed. It’s unbelievable what I’ve seen people do out there. I’m getting more and more fearful of the interstate. It seems there ARE NO RULES ANYMORE.

Yesterday morning in our work parking lot, I drank my coffee with the wind blowing in my face and watched the clouds rollover the sun rise. It was one of those “stop and smell the roses moments”. It was nice. I was thanking God for his artwork and for the moment to just stop and “remember who you are and where you are going”, a moment of thanks, of feeling blessed. I remember thinking “this moment is mine and no one can take it”. And that comes from me and my little time problem, ha! So much in life snatches so much of your time. I’m pretty guarded over my time. That goes waaaay back into the high school and college days I guess when time got tighter. And it’s been that way since.

I didn’t really get on here to begin talking about time. It is just one of the many side trails we could go off into. But that would take too much time (too much time to talk about time- ha ha) so we’ll keep going down the “what’s happening” trail instead.

What’s happening is that daughter Katy will be induced soon. Likely next week or first of the next one. They did blood work and all is ok but they asked her to keep the next appointment on Tuesday and will schedule a date then. So….we are preparing (already had been) to get packed and get ready to go once we have the date or get the call. We have made lists galore – what to take, what to pack, what to get at the store, what to eat on the way, and so forth.

I have also been working hard to get things done at work. It’s month end, quarter end, and year end. So I have been racing to get extra things done. All my reports are printed which have to be done before the next payroll run. My end of year Periodic Maintenance is done. And my tax tables are changed in the system. I did research on some of the states as I’m not getting mail that the states are sending out. I guess it’s going to someone else. I don’t know where it’s going so phbbbttttt on that. I just looked it up on the internet in our accounts on line to see what our new rate is and what the base wage is. Many did not change. A couple were electronic notices. But anyway, at least I knew where to find it. All that was taken care of.

So today I have to try to squeeze today and tomorrow in – as we are not there tomorrow. Part of Friday may have to be squeezed into Monday. Also have to work on holiday pay a bit today to figure those that are not eligible. Fun times. But this was an important week and now I will just spend January plowing through month end withholding payments, quarter end withholding payments (my weekly paid ones are done for this week), quarterly withholding returns, do my reconciliation report, then I can start on unemployment returns for the quarter, and then do all the many reports for Oregon (rolls eyes at their many taxes, lol) and then I will do all the unemployment returns and then all the year end reporting for all states and then the W-2 reporting. It’s quite the January. A lot to do. And I’ll be missing a few days of it. So the window will be tight. But I feel better remembering there is always a week of the month where I’m waiting on others so that means being off a week maybe won’t be that distressing after all.

We have been making birthday plans. It’s all tentative. You know how I feel about tentative plans, lol. But it doesn’t really matter. One way or the other on my birthday we will be going out. George says he will take me out just us and then we are going out with my SIL and BIL. Different dates of course. I’m not sure which one it will be on the 3rd. But I’ve picked my places! Stay tuned.

HBO Max

I discovered I have access to HBO/HBO Max. We have AT&T unlimited and so was able to get this streaming for free. I had to do a bit of research to figure all this out. It didn’t seem to be flashing at you anywhere. But I at least discovered it while checking into seeing how much it would cost. There were a couple of shows advertised recently that I thought we’d check into it. One was “The Flight Attendant” and we began watching that. I guess we’ll see how that turns out. I kinda had bad dreams after watching it, but I’m on the edge of my seat to see what happens. lol.

If you have these plans below as screen shot from my phone, you will be eligible for HBO MAX.

It’s not like we don’t already have enough to watch.

The to Do List is Stacking Up

What could be overwhelming, is actually a little fun – as long as it stays that way. There has always been lists of “What to do after Thanksgiving”, “What to do after Christmas” and “The New Year List”, and now there is an “After Texas List” and a “February List”. I’ve not gotten much further than that. But you know me and planning!

Most of it is simple. It’s not accomplishing big projects but just knocking simple things off. I mean doing my nails has been on the list for a week, lol. Downloading Big Sur on the Mac is on my list. Right now my lists are everywhere. Notes here and there. I’m looking forward to a “regroup” this weekend to get a bit more organized and to get some things done. I’ve not even had time to download December’s free audible book and now it’s almost time to download the January’s. (It’s not really free – I pay so much a month but get 1 “free” download a month with the subscription.) It’s been the best gift I’ve given myself. It’s also time tomorrow to put the Christmas decor up and I need to finish the video and get that up, but have to do George’s segment.

I’ve begun using my planner as the new year week started in the planner this week as New Year’s day falls into it. That was fun. Love the new planner. This week’s pages are full!

I have found that I LOVE THESE sparkling waters the best of any I have had. It has real squeezed fruit in it and it’s flavor is so vivid. I’ll be getting more of these!

George fixed a good dinner last night after my request for kielbasa or sausages meal. It was kinda cajun in a way. Poured over rice. Just excellent! Had red and green pepper in it. As well as onions and tomatoes. It was very good. He air fried the sausages which really took away a lot of the fat. So that was good!

I suggested we have a Brandy or Cognac after dinner. We watched Below Deck and sipped the last of a very good bottle of Cognac that George had received for Christmas last year.

Mr. Roger is a mess. He had the worst night ever a couple of nights ago. Last night George got up with him and they slept on the couch and when he went to sleep he brought him back to bed. We will keep working til we figure this out. But he is not liking the bed but when you put him somewhere else he howls because he wants you to be with him – just not on the bed.

Once he knows you are with him, (not on the bed) he does this……and snores to high heaven.

Well, I need to get ready and get this day done so I can come home and do all the things on my list here. Some of which is to give you all a year in review for the blog tomorrow. Put out my “here’s what I read” list. And there is so much but the focus will have to be as follows:

  1. Prep for Texas
  2. Finish next video
  3. Big Sur Update on Mac- have to get this done and a new security program set as the old one is about to renew and it doesn’t play well with Big Sur, want to finish the video soon in case it messes with iMovie.
  4. Christmas Decor up and out.

I can’t even remember what all else is on the list and it’s time to head to work. Yes I have to work on New Years Eve. So….over and out.

Oh and we are having leg of lamb for dinner tonight which was a Christmas present. Looking forward to THAT. I guess I’ll have to have a nap before midnight. I don’t see how I can possibly stay up that long. No way. What are your plans for today and tomorrow? Don’t forget to eat your black eyed peas!