Santa reclines in the banana plant before his long sleigh ride home
Santa reclines in the banana plant before his long sleigh ride home


Christmas has come and gone and last year along with it, for better or worse. I had a few accomplishments and a few disappointments in the past year.  A few troubles, some aches and pains, a few more grey hairs, and lots of fun.  I rebuilt the back fence, fixed some things around the house, did some writing and some crafty things, and built this blog.  There is much work to do in the New Year and change hangs thick in the air.  I figure I may as well call it a good thing because it is here and it is surely happening!  It is only January 3rd and 2016 is zestily zipping along already.  I reckon that Mrs. Working Stiff and I would both rather be stationed comfortable in the cocktail car than tied across the tracks.  Bring it on, let it go, Auld Lang Syne and all that is yet to come!

Hmmm – is it a harbinger of spring, this wonderful piece of winter mail? (Pic below.)  More likely a mid-winter demon I suspect.  Can I exchange this for a 15th LL Bean Christmas catalog?

Oh happy happy joy joy !!
Oh happy happy joy joy !!

I have never been much for New Year’s resolutions. I don’t recall very often at all actually going to the trouble to enumerate them or to write them down somewhere, stick them to the fridge with a magnet, pin them prominently to the corkboard – any of that.  I do understand the importance of having goals and the value of visualization to those goals, like taping up a picture of you 20 pounds lighter, or a picture of a resort that you’d like to get to.  I have done that a few times and it may have helped once or twice.  Actually, I had a long tough cold in December during which I apparently lost 8 or 9 pounds!  Can I put that small weight-loss goal down on a resolutions list and immediate cross it off?  I guess that would be cheating.

According to a recent Googling, here is a representative list of the 10 most common resolutions made (and abandoned):

  1. Lose weight
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend less / save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and healthy
  6. Learn something and exciting
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Help others with their dreams
  9. Fall in love
  10. Spend more time with family

Funny, seems like #4 might be incompatible with several of the others, particularly 1, 3, and 5. Well, what one seeks for happiness can be a personal thing.

Time for some clean-up!
Time for some clean-up!

I actually do have at least a few goals for the first half of the new year, which I shall now share:

  1. Lose 8 pounds
  2. Get through my jury duty without being picked for a trial
  3. Complete the French language course that I bought. (The very same one used by the US State Dept.)
  4. Refresh my A+ certification and complete same for Network +
  5. Get a new corporate job (well, if I have to!)
  6. Figure out how to use iMovie on my MacBook
  7. Tidy up my secret laboratory
  8. Organize my recipes
  9. Finish reading “Ulysses”, by James Joyce.  Almost done – I just need to get through that last 90%.
  10. Become Master of Time, Space, and Dimension (look people – it’s important to have goals!)

Happy New year-


The Working Stiff



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