Tuesday, January 01, 2008


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!


  1. the compost is a site to see. lovely stuff.

  2. i have heard the same thing. we spent the day cooking and walking by the eno (in hillsborough). happy new year! xo

  3. Hubby is spending the day today getting an area prepped for us to start our own compost pile, in preparation for our garden. And we've got a bottle of champagne in our fridge that's been there since we got married (3.5 years ago) - I mentioned drinking it on New Year's Eve, but he wouldn't let me - says we're saving it for November. :)

  4. Spreading compost on New Years Day? We spent it measuring snow in feet! The result was two. Followed by two more feet yesterday. I think that I live in the wrong part of the world.

  5. Yay- more gardening to come! Hmm, we spent the day vegging in the house and I knit for most of the day... ;) Happy New Year!

  6. hey hon,

    just peeking my head in to say hello. it's been a while since i've been here. happy new year, and i hope that things are well with you.

  7. Uh-oh. I napped and we ordered out pizza. Two things that are extremely rare in our household. (Although the pizza was NOT from a chain!)

  8. RedBetty (the co-op beater truck shown in the picture) has been a busy girl. Thank you for the compost that you had left over!! Saturday morning Nicole and I unloaded it into our front flower beds so we could get the materials for the shop. We'll Nicole did most of the work while I set the concrete for the shop that we worked together with my brother and my father and a friend or two to build over the weekend. Working together on projects or even working on separate projects in the same vicinity is a great way to spend a weekend!

  9. happy new year!

    i will try
    to grow
    as much
    as i can
    on my patio
    csa is our plan
    this year
    as we dream of
    actually haveing
    a garden-


  10. happy (very) belated new year, lady. this day sounds like a perfect way to ring in the new year... and such good resolutions. i am missing the garden but mine is to support the farmer's market more :) xo


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