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New Years Day ain’t New Years Day without the black-eyed peas…

New Years Day ain’t New Years Day without the black-eyed peas…

I’ve often heard that whatever you do on New Years Day you will be doing for the rest of the year. If that’s the case I’m going to be worthless! Except for the fact that I did cook – and cooking is not what I want to be doing all year.

Of course we had the traditional New Years meal – black-eyed peas, cabbage, and cornbread. H didn’t have nice things to say about my corn bread because I didn’t add sugar to it. If I wanted cake, I would have made cake. One time a year I want some old fashion cornbread and today was the day. Sorry.

I interrogated my children this morning about whether or not they were having a traditional New Years meal. I was betting on the fact that they all were except for Andrew. I sent him this info about black eyed peas and cabbage for New Years when he said he wasn’t cooking that because he didn’t have any. That’s why you should plan ahead, Andrew. After he read it he said he may go get some to cook… He did but could only find frozen ones. I told him that would work. I won’t push the cabbage.

So back to what you do on New Years Day…

Just thinking about what is on the list of what I could be doing while H goes out hunting this afternoon overwhelms me. I have no lack of projects.

  • Work on that impossible wedding gown I am altering for someone. The faster I get it done, the faster I can stop worrying about it.
  • Make some pillows for my Etsy shop. I have a Mardi Gras design in my head. I also should change my holiday header and profile pic too.
  • Write on my WIP. I have been too lax in that project. The 3 I’ve already published are holding their own.
  • Sew on those curtains I promised Jessie and on the ones I promised Andrew and Xochi.
  • Play with my Cricut. I have so many project ideas I don’t know where to start!
  • Finish making my low content daily planner book for H to organize his private lessons. He sometimes forgets he rescheduled someone. He will actually have to open it up and write in it for it to be worthwhile. These are the low content books I’ve already published.

What New Years traditions do you follow? Andrew’s girlfriend is from Venezuela and they eat 12 grapes at midnight. He said Xochi already ate her 12 grapes and did not eat beans even though he explained to her they were technically peas.

Where do I start? What do I do? I think I hear the sofa calling my name…

~Elle

My New Years resolution list for other people…

My New Years resolution list for other people…

Most people make lists of New Years resolutions whether they intend to keep them or not. The end of the year is drawing near. Have you made your New Years resolution yet? Not the ones where you are going to save the world, feed and clothe all the homeless people, or hit that millionaire status by the end of the year. Realistic ones. The ones you may actually be able to keep.

Do you realize that no matter how many New Years resolutions you make and keep, other people don’t make or keep the ones you wish they would? That’s why I think it would be good for the resolution factor to be reversed. Pick a person – or a few – and make a list.

So stepping out of my comfort zone, this is my 2020 resolution list for other people.

*Spoiler Alert – names may be named.

  1. Andrew – Answer Mom’s texts and communicate better – he has a habit of either not reading or not responding. I don’t know which. I understand he’s a busy guy, but one day he may miss something important.
  2. H – Stop pretending you heard what I said when you didn’t. I don’t mind repeating it to you. Then, in later conversation, you can’t say I didn’t tell you something.
  3. People posting their political views on Facebook – Some people don’t know when enough’s enough. I won’t mention names because my mother always said, “Don’t talk about politics or religion with friends or family.” I just wish their mothers had told them that!
  4. Telemarketers – Robo calls and texts – JUST STOP!

That’s not such a long list, is it? The question is, is it realistic? Do you have any resolutions for other people you’d like to add to my list? Be my guest!

The only problem I foresee in making lists for others is how to delicately make them aware of their solution to my problem. They certainly don’t see these faults as problems of their own or they surely would have fixed them by now.  Do I bluntly hand their already-made list over to them, secretly slip it into their mail, send in a text that may not be read, place it under their coffee cup in the morning, or block some from my Facebook page? I’ve already stopped answering those Robo calls. It’s all I can do.

I’m not really big on making resolutions. Like most people, by the second of January I’ve usually forgotten them. But I must be fair and make a list of my own realistic resolutions if I’m going to dictate to others.

  1. Go to the gym on a regular basis. After all, my membership is free with my new Medicare supplement. I might as well get something out of it. I keep telling myself I’m waiting for January 1, 2020. That’s the magic date!
  2. Take one day at a time. If Andrew doesn’t respond to my texts, H doesn’t hear me, political posts are still posted on Facebook, and Robo calls still come through, life goes on. I’ll just have to deal with it.

Here’s wishing you a Happy New Year!

~Elle

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