A Brand New Start

Happy-New-Year-Images-2018-HD-1-1New Years Resolutions

Alright everybody ready to start 2018 off with a bang!!! Resolutions time. Are you prepared for this? Humph, well all I want to do is think of something to add or subtract that I have a better chance of actually completing this year. It’s not until Christmas is over that I realize the resolution is looming ahead.

How did this “resolution stuff” begin anyway? Well according to History.com – “The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. They made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed. These promises could be considered the forerunners of our New Year’s resolutions.”  So guys the tradition, with a few tweaks, has filtered across the ages to still be with us today.

After doing some research, I have found the most popular resolutions are:

  1. Get In Shape
  2. Travel more (Rena M, your name is on this one! )
  3. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  4. Spend Less, Save More
  5. Spend more time with family and friends
  6. Get Organized
  7. Learn Something New
  8. Break my smart-phone addiction (Sorry, that ain’t happening this year!)
  9. Reduce stress (what, am I going to live in a cave!!)
  10. Get more sleep (hey, I think I’ve found a winner!!!!!!)

What ever you choose as your New Years Resolutions, give it your all. Congratulations ahead of time if you stay the course the whole year. If the bumps down the road cause you to falter or come to a complete stop, you still have earned a Congratulations for the effort.

I wish you all a safe and happy 2018!


As we come to Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to remember thoses who are no longer with us at the table.

Dad and mom taught us the joy of celebrating at the table. How mom always had a feast prepared for our hungry brood, and on time! We still have yet to perfect that magical feat. The food represented their love for us. Dad did his part, you can’t have it without making the “greens”. He even helped in the prep! Raise your arms again mom and Bless us during this season.

Our eldest siblings are remembered as the strong individuals they were. Windy and Maydell taught us about sharing. Windy shared his mechanical gift and that sense of humor, yes he was an original. Maye and her style and her wealth of health & wellness guidance, miss you sis.

We can never forget or replace the spitfire that came into our family, Shirley. Wow, was she a perfect fit for our pack! Shirley shared her culinary skills, like mom. She could pull together a celebration like taking a breath of air. Shirley had a spirit of adventure like no one I’ve met, in her generation. Her laughter was from the heart, robust and alive. Our sister from another mother!

We’ll shed tears in remembering but we will go on with love, just as they want us to.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!