A New Year, A New Calendar

January 1, 2012

The weekly "diary" I will be using for my 2012 planner

Transferring information to my 2012 planner

It’s the time of year for a new calendar.  One of my year-end tasks is to transfer important information — birthdays, anniversaries, vacation dates, holidays, etc. — to the new year’s planner.  I finally get to use the lovely 1984 Diary from the Royal Horticultural Society that I bought for $1 at the Miller Library Book Sale.

There is something freeing about so many uncommitted dates at the start of a new year.  How to keep hold of that feeling of freshness and free time!

Winter “To-Do” List

January 3, 2011

Page from John Updike's A Child's Calendar

Let me share with you one Winter “To-Do” list by Nikki McClure in Remember: A Seasonal Record:

  • Build a fire
  • Eat with friends
  • Go to the library
  • Walk at night
  • Have a sauna salon
  • Make friends with the neighbor’s cat
  • Read cookbooks
  • Eat kale
  • Sleep in
  • Barter
  • Make tamales
  • Heat it
  • Follow racoon tracks in the snow

And here is my seasonal “To-Do” List:

  • Wear woolen socks
  • Finish a hand-quilting project
  • Snowshoe on a mountain trail
  • Curl up under a quilt with a pile of library books
  • Warm up with a bowl of Vietnamese pho
  • Sit among growing things in a conservatory
  • Go on a winter hike
  • Feast my eyes in an art museum
  • Build a snowman
  • Drink hot chocolate with a melting marshmallow on top
  • Sleep between flannel sheets

New Beginnings

January 1, 2010

A new year, a new calendar

Starting a new calendar and day planner

“Nothing is essential except beginning.”
     — Sherry Ruth Anderson and Patricia Hopkins, The Feminine Face of God

I consider every day the beginning of a new year, and therefore my New Year’s resolutions are apt to be on-going efforts to be grateful, appreciate and love my family, learn new things, create art, explore new worlds, and find beauty in my ordinary, every day life.  Here are a few special things I hope to concentrate on in 2010:

  • Pare back my material possessions, give away things that no longer reflect my interests, lighten my load, minimize clutter;
  • Read more poetry;
  • Travel to New York city for the first time in my life, visit museums, walk through various neighborhoods, take pictures;
  • Continue daily posts to my blog through April 14th (the one-year anniversary of its launch) and then re-evaluate its direction;
  • Walk or take the bus to work more frequently (drive less) and explore Seattle by bus;
  • Learn to bake bread;
  • Make at least one trip home to Minnesota to spend time with my Dad and family;
  • Spend more time outdoors hiking and camping.

I don’t foresee any big changes in my life in the year ahead.  My regular life, with its routines and responsibilities, provides plenty of material for growth and creativity and thought.  Books and movies send me on mental journeys, which are almost as satisfying as physical ones.  My boxes of fabric scraps and watercolors are the raw materials for more art and handcrafted projects than I can possibly complete in one year.  If I pay attention, my local surroundings provide infinite subjects for my photography and opportunities to feed my soul.

I must continually learn to keep a fresh eye on my world.  “Though I am always one year older, the year is ever new, renascent . . . and whatever I encounter within the season extending before me will be at once familiar and completely new.”
     — David M. Carroll, Following the Water