Pipi's Pasture: New Year’s resolutions

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In just a few days the year 2013 will be a memory. For our family, the year has been one of a variety of changes, One of the biggest changes has been the out-of-state move for our son Jody and family. We can’t help but wonder what 2014 will bring.

Where changes are concerned, most people spend some time thinking about resolutions for the new year. I think about them — not that I follow through with all of my resolutions. For me, most of them involve changes in habits. So this past week, I’ve come up with a list of resolutions, some of them about chores here at Pipi’s Pasture, others of a more personal nature.

In 2014, I resolve to:

■ Find a way to make cattle chores less time-consuming.

■ Watch the water as it fills the stock tanks so that it doesn’t overflow.

■ Buy a new pair of snow boots so my feet won’t freeze.

■ Take the strings out of the grain sacks and neatly fold the sacks instead of shoving them into a bag, or worse, throwing them in a pile.

■ Not feed the cows in front of the gates.

■ Pick up all of the baling twines that have been scattered (mostly by cats) all around the trash receptacle.

■ Keep the loafing sheds cleaned out so that the manure does not freeze solid.

■ Keep a variety of hypodermic syringe needles on hand so that we have the right needle when it comes to treating cattle.

■ Clean out the storage sheds.

■ Fix the roller on the front porch chair so it doesn’t fall off just as somebody sits down.

■ Write enough so there is always one “From Pipi’s Pasture” ahead of the deadline.

■ Sort through, file and toss papers from the piles of paperwork in my office and in the house.

■ Quit procrastinating about working on taxes and paying bills.

■ Read an entire book straight through without reading the end first.

■ Submit some stories that I’ve put back in my file.

■ Fix up my cottage office.

■ Write more letters to family and friends.

■ Start christmas shopping in the summer and wrap everything.

■ Clean out my car — that includes papers, books, dust, dirt and even grain.

■ Sort through boxes of photos.

■ Bake more cookies.

■ Decorate the house well in advance of the holidays and take down fourth of july decorations before Christmas.

■ Work on a novel.

■ Eat more vegetables.

■ Iron the clothes in the laundry basket.

■ Find a way to keep hay leaves out of the house.

■ Dust the house more often.

■ Eliminate the negatives; look for the positives.

■ Tell my family members that I love them more often.

It’s quite a list of resolutions, but they’re doable. What are your resolutions for 2014?

Best wishes for a wonderful new year!

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