Happy New Year! Welcome to the big new one, the one in which we find the resolve or the strength or the courage to be a little better than we were last year. I hope that includes electing a better President later this year (sorry to be bringing it up in January).
Once a friend told me that what you find yourself doing on New Year's Day is a reflection of how you will spend the year to come. I hope that's true. HWWLLB and I spent the day together, working in our garden (it was unseasonably warm and sunny - another prediction for the new year?). I talked on the phone with a couple of friends, and we cooked a wonderful dinner at home together. I worked on some knitting projects and did a little writing. That's exactly how I'd like to spend 2008.
This year I'm not going to get overly-ambitious with the resolutions as I have tended to do in years past. Last year's resolution -- to be a better friend -- was a good one, and I want to keep whittling away at it in 2008. But this year, I took my inspiration from how we spent the day.
how the morning was spent: unloading compost
So for 2008, my New Year's resolution is to grow more of our own food, and to do a better job of eating or saving the things we grow. We got started on that today, spreading a big load of compost around the beds, and even starting a new bed. Then when it was time for our New Year's dinner, I picked chard from the garden for the greens, and used summer tomatoes we had frozen in the black-eyed peas. If we can keep up even a fraction of this level of activity, we should be in good shape in 2008.
Since the seed catalogs seem to be arriving by the dozen now every day, there is no shortage of inspiration for garden planning. And HWWLLB has had his notebooks and cookbooks out, preparing his menus and shopping lists for the many weeknights ahead. Whatever else happens, at least we know it will be a tasty year!