2014 has dawned with a blast of frigid weather for the most of the country and it is chilly here too. Not frigid mind you, but still cold for here. The year has been a grand one so far. We hosted New Year’s Day celebrations for the family, we took a delightful day trip on Saturday, and my creative energies have returned full force.
Winter here might not be snow filled and requiring snow shovels, but it is undeniably beautiful. This picture was taken Saturday in Northern Arizona and while the weather was chilly, it wasn’t freezing cold. The day trip was a wonderful source of inspiration for me. It provided the scenery and background material I was missing to finish my novel.
2014: The Year of Completion
I have a backlog of unfinished and neglected projects scattered about the house, ranging from writing to stitching. This year I am determined to finish a bunch of projects and not start anything new this year before completing various projects scattered here and there.
On the writing front, I have my cookbook and first novel. Both are started but are languishing. I’ve suffered from writer’s block on the novel for the last several months. That damn appears to have broken loose. I know how to resolve the problem finally. The cookbook is by far the hardest thing to write, which is surprising.
I have a lot of partially finished stitching projects that I need to finish before I begin anything new. There are a lot of them that are so close to being finished it is ridiculous that I set them aside without completing them.
I have also set myself an impressive reading goal for this year courtesy of Goodreads. I committed to reading a 100 books this year. I’ve already read one book and am well on my way to completing several others. I have so many books waiting for me that it is challenge not to spend every waking moment curled up on the sofa reading. I will post book reviews at the end of the month rather than piece meal throughout the month.
The hubby and I are beginning to discuss retirement plans for the long term future. Part of that planning is getting us both in long term “fighting” shape and thus I’ve once again taken up walking the dog. I’ve gotten Hubby to join me with the other dog in the evenings after the bird has gone to bed. The evenings are chilly right now but as the year goes on they will become unbearably warm. I fully expect that once that happens the walking pattern will change and we will be getting up early in the morning to walk. Either way, it is something I look forward to immensely. There is nothing quite so relaxing as walking the dog while listening to a book, unless it is doing precisely that with your husband.
Part of that long term planning for me is us getting out and exploring at least once a month. It can be a car trip to look at rural property or a photo taking trip to explore the amazing countryside surrounding us. Personally, I want to go on a photography trip this spring to view the wildflowers once the surrounding countryside begins to explode in color. I also would very much like to see a couple of state parks this year. There are several interesting events coming up in the next several months at state parks that sound fascinating.
I would very much like to return to DBG in the late afternoon and see the exquisite glass sculptures in the setting desert sun. Now I just need to convince my husband, it shouldn’t be too hard if I manage to get him out moving on a regular basis.