New Year's Day, blue skies and sunshine, and only the second frost of the winter. The first was back in November, when we were all fooled into thinking Winter was beginning so out with the summery bedding, on with the thicker duvet. Of course, it didn't last and by mid-December there were nights so unseasonably warm we were kicking off the heavy duvet. But a nice crisp morning, perfect for a walk in Sandringham woods. Not many people about, no doubt sleeping off last night's excesses. I suppose there were some parties, somewhere, but our neighbours aren't the party types, hunkering down in their homes and seeing in the New Year in their own, quiet way. We were asleep!!!
How do you spend this first day of the New Year I wonder? Do you have certain rituals? For many it's the time to take down the old calendars and hang the new, which is what I do, transferring birthdays for the year and medical appointments for the next couple of months. Not for me days marked with such as 'lunch out', 'meeting so-and-so for coffee', 'dinner at the pub'. These days it's definitely non-exciting/interesting stuff. But such is life, you adapt to how it turns out, and if it's not as you expected or hoped, then so be it. If it can be changed, then change it. If not, go with the flow.
As friends know, that's those who read this but never leave comments, I am not one for resolutions. I have Good Intentions, which seem less important in a way, things that it's OK not to see to fruition. Whereas resolutions put you under stress in a way, and then disappointment when you fail to keep them. I have one friend, and I'm sure it's the same for you, who after confessing to excesses over the Festive period, is determined this year to start a diet and fitness regime and stick to it. How many times have I heard that! Even said it myself in the past, but now accept that the best I can hope for is weight maintenance. She said that there were going to be no more treats when she and I chatted last week, now that's changed to treats only at the weekend!
Anyway, my Good Intentions this year include learning to knit socks properly, ie on small circular needles as opposed to a normal pair of needles. I read Lucy at Attic 24's blog and she mentioned Winwick Mum and her book of knitting socks, which has had some excellent reviews on Amazon, so I've treated myself to that, the first book of 2016, but as anyone who knows me will tell you, it won't be the last!
I also intend reading a poem a day from 'Poems for Life', doing more sketching, and spending more time in the garden as soon as I can.
You see, nothing too strenuous or stress-inducing. And no doubt I'll think of something else I would like to do, something achievable, because that's surely the secret to having resolutions and intentions, making them achievable and realistic which means you're more likely to succeed perhaps?
Happy New Year!