January Goals

It is January.

It is raining.

The alarm went off at 5:15 this morning.

My kids are back in school and my husband is back at work.  I am home today since I am always home on Tuesdays.  I should be catching up on housework and laundry and grocery shopping.  If you saw the state of my house you would agree.  Having everyone home for a week is not conducive to tidiness and organization.

Instead, I am sitting on the couch watching random Youtube videos, rereading Georgette Heyer mysteries, and writing a last-minute blog post.

So yes, 2017 is off to a fantastic start.

Though it is possible that the Georgette Heyer novel balances out the rain and the 5:15 a.m. alarm.

I am not a big believer in the whole "new year, new you" mindset.  I can't get enthusiastic about any goals that start in January.  If I was going to pick when to start a new year and set some goals I think it would be in the spring.  In January all I want to do is hibernate.  However, it is a new year and that does get me thinking about what I want to change and accomplish.  I think goals for a year just set me up for failure but goals for a month I can probably do.

As far as blogging goes, I would like to be a little more organized.  I tend to write posts right before I post them.  This post is a prime example of that.  That does leave me feeling pressured if I don't have a  post ready to go on a day I usually post.  Actually, lately I don't even have days I usually post.  It has all become a bit random.  I would like to think ahead a bit.  In that way, I can take my time writing and taking photographs.

I also would like to make time to read books that take a little more effort.  Life has been busy and a bit stressful lately.  When that happens I tend to pick up old favorites, Georgette Heyer being a prime example.  The problem is that, while I enjoy them, I don't really have a lot to say about my five millionth reading of a Georgette Heyer novel.  I want to read the books that make me think, the books that lend themselves to being talked about, the books I have been putting off because I am too tired to read them.  I also want to stop doing the equivalent of saving a book for best.  You know the outfit you never wear because it is your favorite and you don't want to waste it on an undeserving occasion?  I do that with books.  I have books I am sure I am going to love but I want to read them under the perfect circumstances.  I want to read them when I am calm and relaxed and can fully appreciate them, not while my kids are bickering and I keep having to jump up to check on dinner.  But let's face facts here, perfect circumstances are few and far between and bickering, hungry kids are all too common.  I need to just read the books and enjoy them.  They can brighten the ordinary days and make them a bit special.

I want to enjoy the time we have with our kids, particularly with our son because he is growing up and soon the day will come when he isn't at home anymore.  Right now he is still our kid and basically does what we do but soon he will have his license and then a whole different world is available.  He won't be stuck with Mom and Dad. So, much as I hate the phrase, I want to make some memories. We have some big plans coming up but that is another post for another day.

Is it too cliched to say I want to exercise again?  I do though.  I was exercising regularly for a couple of years and then last fall my schedule changed.  Exercise fell by the wayside.  I need to add it back in.  I feel better and I am a pleasanter person when I exercise.

I want to clean my attic and get rid of all the junk.  This will have to be done while my daughter is gone.  She won't let me get rid of anything.

I want to try more recipes.  I am sick of food; of buying it, of cooking it, of eating it, of trying to make meals everyone likes.  I think I just need to change things up and try a few new things.  Maybe buy a few new cookbooks?  Does anyone have some recommendations?  Nothing too time-consuming, with ingredients I can find in a normal grocery store.

All of this sounds very doable.  Well, maybe not the attic.  It is a black hole of possessions I am not sure I really want to face.  But the rest I think I can manage.  If I succeed I am sure I will report back at the end of the month.  If I fail, well, this post will never be mentioned again.


  1. I think the new year needs to start in September, like the school year! I'm ready for new beginnings then, not in cold January:) but I feel positive about this year.. :)

    1. Yes! A September start to the new year makes much more sense. I am capable of enthusiasm then.

  2. I love your idea about saving (or not saving!) books for best. I do that too! (Or I buy a book instead of borrowing it from the library because I really really want to read it and then I don't. How funny we readers are! Thank you for visiting - I see we have a lot of books and authors in common.

    1. I read a book (Chatterton Square by E.H. Young) over the weekend that I had been saving for ages. I am trying to break my habit of saving books but it is hard!

      Thanks for commenting. I have been reading your blog for a while and you have been the cause of me adding a lot of books to my shelves!

  3. I'm also bored with my usual cooking routines. I have plenty of cookbooks but I tend to just do the same things over and over that I don't have to look up. I try to cook seasonally (more or less) so a couple on my shelf I've been trying to use more are Recipes from the Root Cellar and The Winter Harvest Cookbook. They have some good suggestions for using root vegs and other winter fare.

    1. Those sound interesting. I'll have to look into them. I do have quite a few cookbooks but you are right, somehow I just keep making the same things. My family is getting bored and so am I.