Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Like most of you, I am having fun playing with my new Christmas gifts. Hubby got me this lovely set of Jane Austen books, they are really beautifully done. I'm learning to use my new GPS which is an absolute life-saver since I could get lost in my bathtub! So far I have only used it to go places I already know how to get to, and it is so much fun to 'mess with it's head' and deliberately turn the wrong way, etc. to see what it will do. It always recovers and redirects admirably, so it is going to be great when I really need it. Especially to get back home again! I seem to be able to find my way places, only to be unable to find my way back home again, which can be most distressing. I got one of those really cool Kitchen Aid immersion blenders, too, and I can't wait to use it. Smoothies and soup, for sure, with recipes out of my brand new "Cook's Country" cookbook!

We have had an extremely good year in 2008, so this is a fond farewell to the year. We aren't going to have a New Year's Eve party, opting for a New Year's Day party instead. I don't always do New Year's resolutions, although I did when I was young, and my mom kept some of the more hilarious ones to blackmail me with! But this year I have several that I am extremely resolved about. I haven't really written them down, and don't intend to share them in any great detail, at least not in advance - that is such a jinx! But I have considered making a needlepoint that says "Write - Exercise - Garden" as a reminder. Of course, I don't do needlepoint and learning is not on my resolution list, so I will have to just do these things regularly until they become indispensable habits. I have enjoyed the modest publishing success I've achieved so far, and I'm hungry for more! So writing, and submitting, needs to become more of a priority. I want to be healthy, and exercise gets me there, so that's non-negotiable. And I would like to have my whole yard transformed, slowly and steadily, into a garden with paths and resting spots, and that will take a lot of hard work. So I am actually looking forward to this new year, full of promise and potential accomplishments. One last party, and then I will get back in to a routine, including a blogging routine. I have awards to accept, and loose ends to tie up, and I'm sure I'll have new experiences to share; not to mention reading all of your blogs! Happy 2009 to all of you friends I've made in this past year!

15 comments:

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Happy New Year.

nikkipolani said...

What a great looking-forward post! I hope you'll post your progress in the garden (and in other areas too!).

Charli and me said...

I have really enjoyed getting to know you. My resolution is to walk one mile a day. I hope I will be able to stick to it. Happy New Years to you and your family. Happy Anniversary too :>)

Sara said...

Oooooh Jane Austen! Wonderful.

Happy New Year to you, Rosezilla, and your family.

Blessings too.

Connie said...

Hi Friend! Happy New Year and could you come to SC and work on my yard? I don't do resolutions anymore instead opting for a word that reminds me of what I need to do all year...I have not completely settled on 2009's word yet...it may be Grace...last years was Courage! So good luck with all your goals and hope to spend a lovely year here at your blog!

Lavinia said...

Happy new year! I hope your wishes really do come true for the new year. May your publishing continue to flourish and grow, your health be excellent, the exercise work its magic, and your garden become a beautiful reality! I like your wishes, they seem the best kind to me. Happy, Joyful, Prosperous and Healthy New Year. All the best in 2009 to you and your loved ones....

Cherdecor said...

I would love to have a GPS just to have someone to talk to me while I drive! =) I think that would be fun!

Happy New Year, dear blogging friend,
Cheryl

Wanda said...

What nice Christmas gifts... I know you are going to enjoy them very much.

I like you have some goals in mind, but don't intend to elaborate on them on the blog... hopefully they will just shine through if I accomplish them.

I have enjoy your posts and your friendship and comments this year and look forward to 2009!

LOL:Wanda

Islandsparrow said...

Hi Tracie

I'm on the way to the airport with my girl but just wanted to pop over and say "thank you!" for such a sweet encouraging comment. It was just what I needed this morning.

Blessings,
Kathie

Susan said...

Oooh ... I'm drooling over your Jane Austen books, and I think we seriously need a GPS too. What awesome gifts! Happy New Year - may it be a wonderful one for you!

Merle said...

Dear Rosezilla ~~ Happy New Year to you and family too. Let's hope it a good one for all of us. Take care, my friend, Love Merle.

rhymeswithplague said...

And a much-belated Happy New Year to you, too, Tracie!

thedailydish said...

Oooh what nice gifts Trace! My dad gave me an immersion blender when they moved to ATL and I LOVED IT. Unfortunately the motor on mine recently burned out - you'll have to let us know how yours is working. My folks got me a Southern Cooking cookbook this year and I am very eager to try it out. Happy New Year to you and your family! Wishing you all the very best.

jenniferw said...

Great start to 2009, Tracie! I'm right there with you on the writing and exercising part! Unfortunately I'm not much of a gardener, but I can tell TG what I want done! Love the Austen books ... I have a similar set written by the Bronte sisters! Happy New Year to you, my friend!

dancingonabladeofgrass said...

I had some Jane Austen books for my birthday and, given that I live not far from Bath, I think that I should have read some before now!

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