From Pipi’s Pasture: Resolutions for 2019 |

From Pipi’s Pasture: Resolutions for 2019

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Time has a habit of flying by. Only a short while ago, I was writing about the birds that were picking leftover crab apples off our tree that grows next to the dining room window. Yesterday, I noticed the crab apples are all gone, and only a few dry leaves were clinging to the branches as the wind tried to knock them off. When did the changes take place? I hadn’t noticed, just as I hadn’t noticed that 2019 is just a few days away.

So, I have been thinking about the brand new year and some of the changes I would like to make in my life, most of which are quite doable. I just have to put my mind to them.

These resolutions include the following:

• Organize chores so I don’t have to go to the corral more than twice a day.

• Get rid of some of the clutter in the house.

• Clean up and organize my outside office cottage so I can spend more time working there.

• Do a better job of planning meals ahead of time so we don’t have to eat bologna sandwiches on evenings I have conference calls and paperwork.

• Clean the grass away from the fence where the irises are planted.

• Plant the garden earlier in the spring (as compared to the past two springs).]

• Find my prairie flowers in a nursery this year.

• Write at least one letter to friends or family members each week.]

• Begin shopping for Christmas in summer.

• Start working on income tax in a more timely manner.

• Sort and organize the storage shed.

• Spring clean the house in March and April.

• Organize my recipes so I can find what I need.

• Get someone to fix the fence partition at the corral (that the bulls knocked down).

• Clean up the pile of grain sacks in the carport (even if the cats enjoy sleeping there).

• Find a way to enjoy winter more.

• Fill out a notebook, given to me by granddaughter Jessica, with history of my grandparents’ lives

• Eat more fruits and vegetables.

• Do a better job of keeping my car tidy.

• Grow some really big pumpkins this year.

• Enjoy more, stress less.

• Spend more time writing my columns.

Do you have a list of doable resolutions for 2019? Whatever your plans, I hope 2019 brings a wonderful year for your family!


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