2018

Wishes for you? You bet.
I wish you health and happiness in that order because you can’t have the second without the first. ❤️

Resolutions – do you make them?

I normally do a little soul searching about how or what I can do to be a better person, improve a skill, and enjoy life more.

So, here’s my current internal conversation.

Blogging – I’m still good with one or two posts a week because I’m also prepping two per week on my Master Gardener blog. I love the blogging community – you make my day.

Bullshit – Call it when I see it because I’m tired of just smiling. I may be older, but I’m not stupid, deaf or dumb.

Customer Service – Accept the fact that there isn’t any. But I’m going to continue to seek out and patronize those smaller companies that still make the attempt.

Gardening – Oh, my gardening list is long. I have a bucket list of plants, tools I’d like, a shed maybe, and I can hardly wait to start the 2018 gardening season.

Photography – I love taking photos and I have decent equipment, but I need to  learn more about using my Canon and the iPhone. I had that Samsung Note down pat and now I need to learn about the iPhone and be brave enough to take the Canon off automatic. Yes, I admitted that in public. 🙂

Politically correct – I worked for many years in human resources and had to stop wishing people Merry Christmas and transition to Happy Holidays. I walked around the complex asking employees to take down certain decorations that could possibly offend someone. Possibly offend someone? Get a grip folks, and let’s be realistic. I won’t try to persuade you to my beliefs, you can enjoy yours, and there is always the delete key.

Politics – I’m down to local news as it is and skim national news on the net. That may still be too much when you filter out the personal opinions and entertainment pieces. I think I’ll cut back further because who needs the stress, but I will still send my occasional round of emails when some topic sends me over the edge. I’m probably on a ‘list’ being tracked by some facet of the government that has an acronym we’d all recognize, but at my age maybe they’ll consider me harmless but eccentric.

Quilting – Sewing keeps me same when I can’t garden. It’s not the same satisfaction but as close as I can get. I have a lot of opportunity to improve these skills. I brought my sewing machine to SC this year so I’ll see if I can produce one or two things.

Social media – I love blogging, and I’m developing a fondness for Instagram. I will continue to use Facebook as an electronic yellow pages and avoid fake news and chain sharing at all costs. I have a Twitter account but don’t use it. I have never been able to figure out why anyone would want to know what I think numerous times a day, but it makes lots of people happy – just not me.

So, what are you thinking about on this first day of 2018?

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About NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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54 Responses to 2018

  1. Happy New Year Judy! Your list is great! I haven’t made a list. If I had one it would include the usual lose weight and exercise more! My wish for today is for the Georgia Bulldogs to win the Rose Bowl!

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  2. syt says:

    WOW, what a list, I’m just happy I have friends that remind me of all these things. So thanks for starting my 2018 with a special thoughtful friend.

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    It sounds like you have an excellent handle on 2018, Judy. Hang on tight and don’t let it get away from you. After the things that set 2017 off it’s course, I’m going to take 2018 as it comes and try to make the best of it. It will be a catch up year, but as long as I’m participating, it will be a good one. Happy New Year!

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  4. pbmgarden says:

    You’re on track for a satisfying year Judy. I’m having a chat with myself too.

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  5. Murphy's Law says:

    Happy New Year my friend!! That’s a well thought out list. Like you, I want to work towards being a better person….more patient, more forgiving, less judgmental, kinder….well, you get the gist.

    Somehow we all lived through 2017, and we’ll make it through 2018.

    I hope this year will be a banner gardening year for you. Wishing you good health, lots of reasons to laugh, and many memorable adventures.

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  6. I am thinking “when will this dog settle down???” I have the infamous Merle here…the one who pulled the lever on my son’s Kegorator, and who recently pulled a crockpot full of ham and bean soup off their counter and shattered the lid and ate the ham. So is it any wonder they hoped and prayed that I’d take him overnight while they and the kids went to a friends ( who also has alot of kids ) for a NYE party and overnight stay? Merle’s been non stop playing since 6 a.m.

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    • Merle is costing them beer and food money, and you need one of those bumper stickers about loving your granddog. 🙂 With your dogs and your sons dogs I’m thinking you’re up to four dogs plus your cat(s). It must be a busy place today. 🙂

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  7. pastpeter says:

    Your list shows your characteristic good sense, and I predict a good year ahead for you. Enjoy the (relative) warmth of SC; it is still getting colder by the day here! Here’s to an early Spring! Happy New Year, Judy!

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  8. Donna says:

    Happy new year!!!!!!!

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    This is only one of 365 new days in the year. No resolutions for me. I can make them at any time.
    Happy New Year!
    By the way, I am offended by political correctness. If you don’t like my holiday, you should at lest respect it. Don’t transform it into another excuse to indulge in debauchery. If Christmas is not good enough for you, you do not need to celebrate it. Don’t ruin it for me. You can always invent your own holiday.

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    • Yes, it seems like everyday has been declared some holiday already so it allows everyone a chance to be happy about their beliefs.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Well, there are enough undeclared days out there for a ‘get drunk at the office party and grope co-workers who dislike you Day’, or ‘Santa Claus Day’, or ‘Easter Bunny with Eggs’ day, or whatever. Leave Christmas, Easter and other important holidays out of it. Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo there? We have huge violent parties complete with looting and burning down old houses, but no one seems to know what Cinco de Mayo is for.

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      • Oh, yes, it is observed here in the states by people celebrating their heritage and those who just like the food. 🙂

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Oh, I know it is celebrated in some of the states I am in California. I was just sure if it was celebrated as far away as New England. Although I do not mind it here (because it is part of our local heritage), it still seems silly that it is such a major holiday when former presidents Washington and Lincoln get only a sale at a Honda Dealership (that sells Japanese cars). What is worse is that it is a minor and uncelebrated holiday in Mexico, and most Mexicans do not even know what it is about.

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  10. slfinnell says:

    Love your style! Happy New Year back atcha!

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  11. Annie says:

    Great thoughts for 2018! I might print yours out as good thoughts for my New Year…. except for the quilting. I’ll have to substitute needlepoint there. 😊

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  12. Great list! Sometimes I think that this whole “politically correct” label was made up just to get some people’s underwear all in a bunch. I’ve seldom found anyone who is was offended by a sincere wish of good tidings… whether for Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Festivus (my personal favorite), or whatever. That your previous company removed decorations that could offend seems rather ridiculous… and sad. Best wishes to you for a peaceful, bullshit-free 2018. I’ll enjoy following your photographic journey as it is a favorite pursuit of mine too.

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  13. Nancy says:

    Happy New Year! I am making sure to slow down a bit! I am enjoying all the little moments and I will continue too!!

    I love your list! The BS part is fabulous!

    I am on Instagram. I enjoy it very much @nance_endless_summer Please look me up!

    Here’s to the best in 2018!

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  14. Today I am thinking that it is so nice to come to your blog! And I am thinking that this cold dreary weather in Georgia today is just the reason I left CT so what am I doing down here with snakes and fire ants? Happy 2018! garden on!

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  15. Laurie Graves says:

    Oh, my! You are way ahead of me. Our daughter just left today, and now it is time to get back into something approaching a routine. But I am with you about blogging. What a wonderful community!

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  16. Karen says:

    Happy New Year Judy, It seems we share a goal, I too would like to take the Canon off automatic more times than I do. 🙂

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  17. joey says:

    This is a nice tidy lil list. I like your evaluations.
    I’m STILL excited my spring will include Wet It and Forget It! lol Blogging is awesome! 🙂
    I, too, love Instagram. It’s so low-key and oh how I love to look at pretty things.
    I am very much a Happy Holidays kind of gal, but honestly, it should do a heart good to see anyone enjoying anything happy or merry or whatever. I am not offended by anyone’s joyful celebration. I don’t know that I could bear going around asking people to take down their menorahs or nativities. Kind of reminds me of my time in management, telling people when they could go to the restroom. I am NOT cut out for that.
    Anyway, I like your list. Is good. Already well on the way to a happy year 🙂

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    • Yes, please try Wet It and Forget It and let me know if it works for you. It’s done its job for two years now for me. When I only have a small area, I’ve even mixed it in a hand plant sprayer and it works just fine. I think being so politically correct adds to our intolerance as a nation or maybe it’s the other way around – either way, it’s not good. Hope 2018 brings you satisfaction in your personal and professional lives. 🙂

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  18. Rose says:

    Interesting reading….I don’t make resolutions, either, but hopefully I will do better in some things.

    Wanted to wish you a Happy New Year before the day is over!

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  19. Eliza Waters says:

    The very best to you in 2018, Judy!

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  20. I am not thinking anything. I can’t even figure out WHAT to think except that i was trying to cut down on blogs, but there are six up today and if that’s cutting down, lord knows what too much might look like. And I have a headache. And I can’t remember whether or not I took my BP meds. And i tried to use instagram and couldn’t figure out how which was so humiliating, i never went back to try again. have a great New Year!

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  21. Happy New Year Judy!

    I usually don’t make any resolutions because I never keep them, but this year I’m going to lose the 10 pounds I’ve put on since being a Grandma, and get my rear moving more. I miss being out in nature like I used to be.

    I like your list. I hope 2018 brings you lots of pretty flowers, and you stay healthy and happy. 🙂

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  22. Happy New Year, Judy. I like your list, especially the one about the news. I’ve tended to avoid watching as much because it’s all either sad or rubbish or presenters giving their opinion as if it’s fact. Very annoying. I don’t make resolutions but I do like to think about what I’d like to achieve in the future.

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  23. KerryCan says:

    Well, my favorite is the bullshit one–I’m glad to see you some right out and say it, instead of being coy. We all need to call it when we see it–maybe then there’d be less. I think I may be more political in 2018–there’s a lot riding on this year. And I’m with you about the blogging–even when I struggle to find something worthwhile to say, I never consider quitting. You all mean too much to me!

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  24. germac4 says:

    Hi Judy, I love your list, and I’m with you on political correctness and all the other nonsense…I don’t watch/listen to as much news as I used to either. Best of all is the blogging community out there……always reminds me of how many really interesting, kind, funny, lovely people there are in the world.
    …AND, I too need to be brave enough to take my Canon off automatic, it is on my list for this year!
    Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  25. pommepal says:

    A very appropriate quote in your header Judy and I agree with all on your list. I don’t seem to “do” resolutions now, but my mantra is “just do it, to the best of your ability. And most of all ENJOY what you do…” Hoping you have a glorious and satisfying 2018

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  26. Nadezda says:

    Hello Judy!
    Happy new year! I do not make Resolutions, any plans, etc. Sometimes I will not be able to resolve them for reasons beyond my control. I like your quilts, perhaps one day I make some of quilts as well.

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  27. Brenda says:

    Goodness, I just hope we all survive this next year! I’m glad to hear that you brought your sewing machine south with you. It sounds like you are about to get hit with some nasty weather, but you can always break out the machine and sew away. Stay warm down there–and off the roads if the ice hits–crazy southern drivers ….

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    • We went out this morning and got some supplies, and then parked the car in the covered part of the garage. So, bags in hand, we head up the ramp. Iit was just barely starting to get slick. We hit some spots, but made it in fine. About 30 minutes later, I opened the door and looked out. They’ve closed off that ramp so people can’t walk or drive up or down, and everything is covered in a sheet of ice. The cars and trucks that parked in the open are just solid ice. We’re suppose to get several inches of snow tonight, and, of course, no one will be moving tomorrow because they have no salt, sand, or plows. Should be interesting to watch. You stay safe in the snow and the frigid cold headed your way. 🙂

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  28. Val says:

    Looks like a good list. I don’t do new year resolutions because I never keep them! Marginally-late happy new year!

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