Looking Beyond Tomorrow

Today is the day when many make their New Year Resolutions. As I’ve stated before, I make goals not resolutions. So without further ado the goals for 2022.

🐭 Last year, for the second time, Geowoodstock was cancelled. I’m pinning my hopes on 2022 – 3rd time’s a charm. I’m ready to go. I have my passport, the ArriveCan app on my phone, my vaccination certificate and my booster. We have worked out the timing for the “molecular testing” and will be hoping that everything goes according to plan.

🐭 The publishing of the poetry didn’t happen. There were too many road blocks, money being only one. But I’m not giving up it is on the list of goals this year. I think I’m going to enlist the aid of a friend who works at a printing company. Perhaps he can assist in the copy editing and maybe help steer me to a local print shop…

🐭 I’m going to straighten the basement storage area. I’m going to brave the spider infested basement and declutter and organize… That screaming you hear is just me stirring up the 8-leggers.

🐭 I’m going to get rid of some excess clothing and maybe a few pairs of shoes. Yes, I know. The shoes is a BIG maybe…

🐭 I’m going to finally shed that extra 7 pounds that have been clinging. I almost had them on the run but the pandemic closed the gym. The plan is to see if I can get back into the swing but at Planet Fitness instead of at the University.

🐭 I did manage 12 new recipes last year. This year will be 6 main dishes and 6 side dishes. First up will be a stuffed flank steak. I had this at a dinner many years ago and got the recipe but never tried it. This is the year!

🐭 I’m going to read one book a month. I am hopeful that I’ll shatter that goal! I have a list.

🐭 I’m going to watch one movie a month – either on Netflix, on DVD or in the movie theater. I think this will be entirely doable. I may surprise myself and exceed the goal…

🐭 I’m going to send birthday cards. I’ve gotten very lazy and let FB remind me and then end up just posting on their timeline. It isn’t the same as a snail mail card. Besides I have a ton of cards just sitting there waiting to be sent!

🐭 I’m getting more involved at church. I already do the organizing and stocking of the food pantry. I joined the Rosary Society just as the pandemic hit. Now I’m going to start attending the meetings. I am also part of the “Luncheon Brigade” which is a group of volunteers to make food for all the funeral luncheons. I really hope I don’t have to make anything this new year – because I really hope no one dies anytime soon.

🐭 The travel goal this year will be to take a trip to FL to visit my sister probably in late January/February. We will also head to PA to visit my sister because it is the thing to do. And at some point we might plan a visit to Montana to see Sparky’s sister. I do not want to go to Montana in the winter!!! And that brings us to BC, Canada in August. Keep your fingers crossed. I’m thinking that if Canada is scrubbed (again), we will head to Hawaii or Alaska instead. In this pandemic climate, being flexible is mandatory.

🐭 This year marks the “countdown” year before I’m fully retired. I hope to complete the training of my former work place staff before I’m “outta here”! It will be interesting to say the least to see how many will be scrambling to get my help before the clock runs out.

🐭 Another goal is to complete a couple craft projects. The first is doing some illustrations for a couple of poems that I want to give as gifts. The other involves beads and wire. It is an experiment – cross your fingers. If it works out I will post a photo!

🐭 My geocaching goal for this year is to reach the milestone of 4000 caches found so that Geowoodstock is #4000! Since at this writing I’m at 3699, I think that is entirely possible. If Geowoodstock doesn’t happen (again for the 3rd year) I’m willing to make the goal 5000 for 2023.

🐭 This is the year that I’m going to do the one chore that I abhor – washing the Venetian blinds. This involves taking them down, filling a bathtub with soapy water and letting them soak. After a good soak holding them up and spraying them off. Of course that is followed by the drying of the blinds which can take up to a week. I really would almost prefer to spend the money and just buy new ones. Sadly we have odd sized windows and these were custom made…

🐭 My last goal is an easy one. We will have Sparky’s parents over for dinner at least once a month (but not on a new recipe night). We took dinner to them several times early in the pandemic and ate outside. Now that we are all vaccinated and have had boosters, I feel it is safe for them to come to our house more often.

Thanks for reading this long long post. Do you make resolutions?

76 thoughts on “Looking Beyond Tomorrow

  1. wow, what a list. Good luck Muri. I am hoping to make a big splash publicity-wise with my social justice matter, but I can’t plan all of that yet. Have a few steps planned to progress with my academic work (there is a bit of an overlap). Expect a couple of directives/clearances from Docs’ visits in January as well as contact with a mentor and a coach. The latter is already pre-booked, the former requires a bit of planning and courage I don’t feel at the moment. But I hope, some minor cycling in the Rhine valley will give me a boost. That’s all for now, HNY to you –

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    1. PS have made a start at an intuitive food plan with the help of acupuncture and joined a ‘secular humanistic’ OA group (zoom, in German). Tentatively promising both – πŸ™‚

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              1. that’s to your credit times 2 as my use of idiomatic language was disputable – shouldn’t it have been the whooshing of the lycra as the riders whizz past? πŸ™‚

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  2. The only reason I ever have to make resolutions I know I will stick with is to vow NOT to do something. Mostly it is just me taking a moral stance against kale. But perhaps I could try to add “I will never voluntarily exercise to become fit” and see whether I can fail it spectacularly? Does reverse psychology work on oneself?

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    1. Hahahaha! I have tried the reverse psychology and can conclusively state that it didn’t work for me. Maybe you are different and it will work like a charm… As for your stance on kale, I completely understand. Sparky’s kale is still alive (though it is looking a little less green) and will likely survive another winter meaning we will have more kale than I care to even contemplate!

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    2. thanks for sharing – it may well work – a prospective coach emailed me ‘stay negative’ and that tickled me plus is now going round like an earworm in my head 😎 could be that Germanic sense of humour…?

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  3. That is quite the list, ValπŸ˜„ but I admire your optimism to aim for each item. I never do resolutions (or even goals) but since you’ve gotten me into the mood…
    1) to do some form of workout every day (I have waaaay more than 7 pounds to lose🀣)
    2) to do some sort of house cleaning every day
    3) to eat half the amount of what I feel like eating
    4) to set aside quiet time each day after 10pm to still myself & to be thankful for the day
    4 & and here’s to hoping they all work out – for us bothπŸ’™

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    1. All but one of your goals sounds achievable! (I eat until I hit my calorie limit.) I am cleaning all the time. Sparky has started to come around to the idea that he needs to clean up after himself – after 38 years! Sometimes it takes an old dog a little longer to learn those new tricks!!!

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      1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚38? I’ve been married for only 23 years and so far there’s no sign of any conversion in my husband. I guess I have to hold out for a while more.
        There was a time years before when I scrubbed and shone the house almost daily. Apart from having a nice and clean home, that was also the time I didn’t have any worries into fitting nicely into clothes. So, I think I should bring some of that back into my daily schedule. That should help if and when I fall off the wagon with the half-my-plate resolutionπŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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        1. Hehe! We left for a visit to see my mother (a 4 day mini vacation) which turned into me staying for a week because she passed. I had left the house spotless. After only a few days Sparky realized he was a messer and that I shouldn’t have to worry about cleaning when I got home…He has taken over dusting chores and has started wiping up the sink after he splashes around like a bird in a bath!

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  4. Like you, Val, I make goals! And WOW!—I LOVE yours! I have a friend who LOVES geocaching and I was able to go a few times; love it! Retirement—YOU deserve it! Way to go in setting goals! I will continue marketing my little book, writing each week, and taking better care of my health. My goal is to continue to be in nature at LEAST once a week if not more. I pray I get to travel and see the kids again but I have some major financial goals set! Hugs and warm wishes to you my friend on this new year!

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    1. Thanks bunches Karla! I get out in nature when I geocache – you never know where it will take you! Getting finances in order is important but shouldn’t keep you from enjoying nature or meeting your writing goals! I’m wishing you joy and success in this new year!!!

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      1. You’re welcome, Valerie! And thank you too! Yes, getting in nature has always been my easiest goal to meet~I’ll not let anything stop it! Thank you for your kind wishes β€οΈπŸ€—!!!

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  5. I am not a resolution person. I hope 2022 is filled with many blessings. Your list sounds wonderful. I hope your geochach event is held.

    For me the new year brings new adventures in the truck which to be truthful. Is a major part of our life. We are also talking about a long trip on the mountains on the bike next summer just the two of us. That should be fun. And it gives us something to look forward too.

    My biggest feat of 2022 was not a resolution as much as I was tired of constant migraines. I stopped drinking pop at the end of February. From other migraine suffers some have had good results cutting out high fructose corn syrup. I don’t know if it was drinking a ton of pop or not enough water but I have noticed many health benefits from the lack of pop. And I have only had two migraines in ten months triggered by cigarette smokers who are not caring of others and when the eye doctor dilated my eyes (first time). Never told me or gave

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    1. Yeah – I gave up pop a long time ago and have never gone back – the caffeine was a big problem. So I’m with you – no migraines, better sleep, weight loss, and more energy especially in the morning!! Hope you can maintain the change – I was tempted once after ~4 years and I shook so badly and my heart raced -swore never another sip!!

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      1. The craving went away after about 4 months. I do drink coffee on occasion like this week at home in the mornings when it is very cold out. But I don’t drink it on the road because Wrangler gets mad for frequent stops. And I get annoyed because we have to stop.

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        1. Ha! I can understand that! Fortunately Sparky drinks coffee like it is the elixir of life so we have to make pit stops every 1 – 1.5 hours! It makes all the stops his idea and that means I can chant one of my mottos – never pass up the opportunity to go to the restroom!

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          1. I never pass up an opportunity for a bathroom. It is every half hour for me and this is irritating to Wrangler. Like every where we went on errands Friday I had to find a bathroom. He looked at me and said you drank coffee didn’t you.

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  6. Good goals! You can print your book free on Amazon. It’s easy and the product can be very beautiful. I have no goals at all for 2022. I’m too disgusted at this moment to be so forward looking but tomorrow might be better subjectively, anyway. Happy New Year Val and Sparky.

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    1. Thanks Martha!! I’m going to have to look into the Amazon publishing route! I hope whatever is causing the disgust evaporates like a fart and you are feeling more optimistic soon. Happy New Year to you and Bear and Teddy! p.s. we are predicted to have snow this evening!

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  7. all that in one year, frankly I’m pooped just reading it! What about time to sleep eat and blog …. best of luck Val … and may 2022 be a healthy and peaceful one for both of you πŸ™‚

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    1. I like to stay busy – keeps me out of trouble! We are hoping to be able to travel a little because with a dog it becomes more problematic! I’m not sure about peaceful but I’m working on healthy for sure!!

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    1. Hehe! I may not enjoy the new recipes – thus an easier way to lose weight! Sparky is lobbying for a creamed turnip and leek soup recipe (which doesn’t sound appetizing to me but he is all about the turnip)!

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  8. Those certainly look like the stuff of a very full year. I hope Canada stays open-I have nine spots, from BC to Newfoundland, that I want to finally visit (online friends are there) and have posted my usual travel goals. When I’m here at Home Base, there is also plenty to keep me going. It is what keeps us all fit and relevant. Happy and Healthy 2022!

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  9. Those are good goals! I don’t typically make resolutions, but I like the idea of goals for a new year…gives me something to work toward. And as for your basement: do what I do, and hire an exterminator to come first, then tackle it. Much less screaming….. Happy New Year!

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    1. Ha! I am going to have the fly swatter handy and if I flush out an especially large one I’ll call for backup! (we have a truce but they violate the terms All The Time!)

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  10. Ambitious and brave for sharing all! I have a few dates in mind with the chiropractor but celebrating my good bill of health from my doctor, keep working for a few more years now that I have my own office!! and something to do with math and lottery tickets but I haven’t figured it all out yet!

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  11. I see someone else has mentioned it, but I have published a number of books through Amazon (kdp.amazon.com specifically) and it has not seemed to complicated. There is no cost other than the print cost of books you want to buy “at cost” with no minimum quantity that you have to have printed. They have tools to help with a printed book and/or kindle book.

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  12. That geocaching goal is entirely reasonable. I can’t believe I found 1728 caches last year. Half of that was usually a good year for me. I won’t be heading to Woodstock this year, too many other travels already planned.

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    1. Gah! I was hoping we’d get to meet. There will be other GWS events (I hope). 1728 caches is wonderful! I’ve only found about a third of that number this year… I’m hoping that I can get a little closer to the big 4000 but if I go over I won’t be heart broken!

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