HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope this post finds you well. Another year has gone by and it is time to move forward. 2022 came with the coldest weekend so far this winter. We have had great weather so far.

2021 was difficult for many people throughout the world. Many have lost loved ones, income, and businesses. COVID still lingers and it is likely it will continue to be a problem. Two very good friends of mine now have COVID…

I haven’t posted for a while because I have been working on updates. Well, it is partly because I haven’t had much to talk about either. One day leads to another and now it is 2022.

I don’t get out much but I did go to my sister’s for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was good to get away for a few days each time. My brother-in-law told me they enjoyed my company and I didn’t have to wait until next Thanksgiving to come for a visit. Hmmm… Getting to their house in Raytown is fairly simple and only takes about 1 1/2 hours. Leaving their house and getting back on the right road is a little different and isn’t just a matter of going in the opposite direction… If I went there more often I know it would be easier.

Anyway, both of their vehicles are broke down, so I was glad I decided to go on Friday afternoon instead of waiting until Christmas morning. We went to their church’s Christmas Eve service Friday evening and again to church on Sunday morning.

I didn’t take my camera but I wish I did. They feed the birds and squirrels and have MANY feeders in their front yard and back deck. The squirrels seem to come from the whole neighborhood and one is a silvery color. Sunday, a couple of interesting wrens showed up on the back deck like I haven’t seen before. They were browner than the wrens that come to my yard in the summer. They also have quite a few hummingbird feeders with perches which is quite interesting. They way they don’t have to hoover and can sit on the perch while they eat. I am going to have to get one of those so I can get better photos…

I bought birdseed a few days ago and filled the tube feeder in the front yard. I haven’t seen many birds yet, but I am sure they will come. I think many of the migrating birds haven’t come because of the mild weather.

There isn’t much else to talk about. My birthday came and went with only four people remembering. 🙂 My own kids didn’t even remember so I didn’t remind them. It’s just another day. It’s odd how when we are young we want to be older, and when we get older we think we need more time to get done with what we wanted to accomplish… Time waits for no one… I am very thankful to be in great shape with no health problems at 61.

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions but I do have a mental list of things I need to accomplish in 2022. It is somehow the same as 2021 and possibly the same as 2020. I have made some progress and I seem to like to use income as an excuse. Then when summer gets here I use the heat as an excuse. The fact that I am 61 now will be another excuse I can use. I always “think to myself” I am too old to get out in the heat even though I wouldn’t like it someone else reminded me of that. In my mind, I am thinking it doesn’t matter how old I am. So, there is this argument in my head… I am still quite capable of doing whatever I need to do so I should just do it… So, I suppose if I were to have a New Year’s resolution, it would be to stop procrastinating and just do it…

I think as we get older, we should challenge ourselves. We somehow get in a rut, and perhaps get comfortable, with thinking we need to slow down, or perhaps maybe we think we don’t have to do as much. If we are still healthy and capable, we need to keep going and do as much as we can. We still have a home (and farm) that needs to be taken care of. Once we retire (not that I am retired), we have more time to do things we want to do, things we have put off for when we have more time. If you slow down, one day you may not be able. You will notice your joints getting stiff, or maybe you will get tired sooner. It gets easier to say, “I can do that tomorrow.” Maybe it will rain tomorrow, or be too hot or cold. Tomorrow leads to another tomorrow and soon that small tree along the foundation gets so big you have to get out the chainsaw…

So, in 2022 I vow to get more done so my small trees won’t get so large. I have some big ones I need to cut because I procrastinated when they were small. Of course, it is not just actual trees I am talking about… 2022 will be a year of accomplishment.

Until next time, be safe, stay positive, and always be thankful! Wishing you the best for the year ahead!



15 comments on “HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  1. Brenda Joan Robson says:

    Happy New Year to you, too. And a belated Happy Birthday. I think that with your attitude, you’ll still be quite active and accomplish a lot even when you get to be my age (I’ve got “a few” years on you, but I’m not saying how many : ). Brenda

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    • Hello Brenda! Glad to hear from you! My dad and grandfather’s were still quite active and healthy in their 80’s. My dad’s father lived to be 97. There is nothing wrong with being older and wiser. 🙂 Stay well, my friend. Take care and thanks for the comment!


  2. shoreacres says:

    Coastal Texas is about three hours away from our first Blue Norther of the year — a taste of what you’ve been experiencing. Houston probably will get a freeze; we may stay a bit warmer, but I’ve brought a few tender plants in for the duration.

    Happy birthday to you, and a very happy New Year! I turned 75 on my last birthday, and I’m still up and taking nourishment (as Grandma used to say) so I think your chances are good! I hope the winter treats you and the plants kindly; it’s only a few weeks until it will be time to start planting!

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    • Hello Linda! GEEZ! Glad you brought in a few plants before the Blue Northern hits. Hard to imagine you will be planting in a few weeks! I have to wait until at least May! Thanks for the happy birthday and same to you whenever the next “B Day” comes around. We aren’t getting older, we are getting better. Just think, we have a lot of wisdom now. 🙂 Eat well and be well! Take care and thanks for the comment!

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  3. pixydeb says:

    A lovely post – reflecting a lot of how I am feeling.
    I had covid in November & got over it quite well -went back to work quite quick I thought. Then the week of Christmas it all came back – I was testing negative but the symptoms returned. It’s made me feel I need to rest more – but I’m fighting against those old person thoughts! 😂
    I did remember your birthday but didn’t mention it as I didn’t think you were that keen. I always remember as you are the day before me. The 2 Capricorns – we always get stuff done!! Like you I have a big to do list for the garden.
    Really look forward to seeing the hummingbirds & hope you will keep your camera with you when you go visiting- happy 2022 & happy birthday 🎈

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    • Hello Debbie! GEEZ! I sure hope you get well soon! I haven’t had any vaccine yet but I can’t help but feel I have ben exposed a number of times. I am not against taking the vaccine as I was earlier but I still wonder.

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you as well. Time flies and we will get through winter and be able to get back in the dirt soon. Hopefully I can stop proscranating and get things done in 2022. Take care and thanks for the comment!


  4. katechiconi says:

    Have a good New Year, Lonnie. I hope you stay healthy, that all your goals remain attainable, and that the plant kingdom never fails to enchant you. Best wishes from Down Under.

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    • Hello Kate! Happy New to you and your family! I hope you have a great 2022, stay well, and you reach your goals as well. Looking forward to reading posts about your travels, how your chickens are doing, and if you have more projects in the making. Take care always and thanks for the comment!

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  5. Dayphoto says:

    Happy Birthday to you!

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  6. Helen says:

    Happy New Year!

    Who doesn’t procrastinate? My daughter and I have just made a list of all the things we want to do around the house, so we shall see….

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