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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

Don’t Think You Are Pulling The Wool Over My Eyes

Don’t Think You Are Pulling The Wool Over My Eyes

I love Saturdays. H gets up early because he has lessons to teach at nine. Between nine and one-thirty I have the house to myself to do as I please. This may sound harsh to some, but when your husband retires after working twelve-hour and sometimes longer days, it’s a bit of a shock to the system and daily routine you’ve developed over the years.

Yeah, I know, it’s been almost three years ago, but my system hasn’t quite recovered yet. I don’t feel bad saying this because I’m pretty sure when I’m out of the house all day on Thursdays he’s feeling the same way.

The majority of that day he’s sitting with his feet up watching tv without interruption and eating whatever he pleases with no, “Don’t eat that. It’s not good for you”, as background noise.

How do I know this? Well, look around. The newspaper is still in the same place on the floor by his chair as it was when I left, with his empty coffee cup and juice glass resting on the side table. His shoes are still under the coffee table and not on his feet, and his jacket is unhung. No, he hasn’t strayed too far from that recliner. But, I can see evidence of food having been prepared in the kitchen, so I know he didn’t starve while I was away.

When I casually ask what he did all day he mumbles something about blowing the pine needles off the carport and driveway. (Fifteen minutes max) “I cleaned the kitchen and swept the house.”

Whatever he cleaned in the kitchen was his mess because I left it clean. Plus, his idea of cleaning the kitchen and my idea of cleaning the kitchen are two different things and there is about an hour difference in the time it takes – his being less. I will give him credit for sweeping because he usually does, though how can you be sure unless you left an unusual amount of debris on the floor. This is his way of pulling the wool over my eyes. I leave it at that. One day he will get the urge to clean out that work room. I can always hope.

I don’t begrudge this time alone he has because I cherish mine. I do take advantage of this time to get something done without interruption because sometimes I see him eyeing me when I’m actually working on my phone – yes, that can be done – and he thinks I’m playing. Right now I’m working by writing this post on my phone. He doesn’t include WordPress as work.

But, unlike H, I do have a to-do list in no particular order:

  • Write a post for WordPress
  • Organize the fabric boxes in the closet
  • Clean the Philadelphia room
  • Drop off two packages at the post office
  • Write another chapter for book (falling out of bed)
  • Research Andrews computer problem

But there’s no pressure, I’m on no time frame. If it gets done, great. If not, there’s always next Saturday – except for Andrew’s computer. I need to do that ASAP!

I can check this post off my list!

~Elle

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