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LucyGransnet (GNHQ) Thu 05-Feb-15 11:45:54

A year of resolutions

This week we hear from gransnetter middleagespread on the year she finally managed to stick to a New Year's resolution (well, one month down, 11 to go). The question is...what's next?


A year of resolutions

Posted on: Thu 05-Feb-15 11:45:54


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One resolution down, 11 to go...

I have lived a life of breaking New Year's resolutions but this year my stubbornness and determination have surfaced. Could it be age-related? I'm 61...oh OK, 62 in February. I have a plan. Each resolution has one month to be accomplished and the pledge not determined excepting that it has to be something I have not done before. In January, my pledge was to find something to do in the evenings, that I could do when watching TV and which allowed me to sit with my husband.

Writing is a great pastime, hugely enjoyable but so restricted. There is nothing I love more than sitting in a quiet room, at a desk, with a laptop, surrounded by endless Post It notes. But, as habits go, it is more unsociable than breeding ferrets under your bed. I need complete silence, hence the clock is stopped from ticking, the dog banished if he snores and DH sent to go and do something, anything, else.

There is nothing I love more than sitting in a quiet room, at a desk, with a laptop, surrounded by endless Post It notes. But, as habits go, it is more unsociable than breeding ferrets under your bed.

So, with the end of the month in sight, and looking like I was doomed to fail (again), on 31st January I found a quilting workshop and turned up. I had a hugely enjoyable morning and learnt so much, realising that there is so much more to learn. I half made a piece showing a cute yacht bobbing around a blue sea and will finish it in due course. I was shown traditional English quilting techniques and if I thought my eyes hurt after a morning on the laptop it was nothing to the intense straining when sewing minute stitches on tiny scraps of fabric. The tutor's husband said he couldn't understand the point of cutting up fabric only to re-sew it together! We had a great time all sat together sewing and I can see why it became so popular with American ladies. Now, what shall I do next month?

By middleagespread

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Matthew1 Thu 05-Feb-15 20:22:10

what about a different origami animal each day

annemac101 Fri 06-Feb-15 10:59:26

I bought a sewing machine in January and learned from YouTube and blogs how to work it. Last time I used a machine was 43 yrs ago. I'm loving learning something new and hope to make a quilt as you have done. There are so many different quilt design blocks I don't think you'd ever tire of them. I'd like to learn to dance now.

Granne72 Sat 07-Feb-15 15:15:01

My new years resolution to help me declutter my cupboards and drawers was to recycle or throw away one superfluous item each day this year. I should be '365 Items Lighter' by the end of the year and I am sure I will not miss the peacock blue winter coat I last wore 3 years ago, the torch that did not work even with new batteries, or the Collins Gem Dictionary which was last used at school!
Now what to get rid of today ?

Maywalk Sat 07-Feb-15 22:59:10

You can do anything if you put your mind to it.
I was asked at the age of 74 by my son if I would write down the experencies I have had through my life if he got me a computer and showed me what to do.
Writings that included my childhood days which took in being put in a Sisters of Mercy home for nearly 7 years because I was born during the Great Depression in 1930 through no fault of my parents I hasten to add.
It also took in being bombed out twice and being machine gunned in the hopfields and on the evacuee train.
From that came my WW2 website that went round the world and made me many cyber friends from many countries.
I am 84 now and a carer for my hubby who is 86 who has Dementia but I still have many folks coming to me about my website which helps to keep me going. Its been a fantastic time since I first had my computer and my lovely one and only granddaughter is SO proud of her grandma because TV have contacted me not only about my WW2 website but about my poetry too.
I also knit quite a lot for charity and for any little ones that live near me because it helps to keep my fingers going.
Just tell yourself that you ARE going to do whatever it is you set out to do and who knows what else will follow. Good Luck.

Day6 Sun 08-Feb-15 21:52:26

Maywalk, what a wonderfully inspiring post!

It sounds as though the computer has opened up a whole new lease of life for you! I think it is so important that in this fast changing word people appreciate that times were very different not so long ago, and making a record of how we used to live and what we experienced is so important. I was a child in '50s and '60s Britain and my children imagine I must have had a life of complete hardship because we had lino on the floor, one coal fire to keep the whole house warm and had to heat up hot water if we needed it! Automatic washing machines? My mother had a copper of hot water and a mangle and thought it a blessing! [laugh]

It's such a different word now, and I quietly worry about how it will be in the future as so many youngster seem glued to screens of one sort or another and seem so dependent on them for interaction. Mind you...I am looking at a screen now! We can't fight progress! smile

As for my resolutions...I feel I am drifting and have no resolve. I find it very easy now I have a little more time on my hands to tell myself "tomorrow" and I am letting jobs pile up. 2015 was going to be the year I lost my excess weight and became more active. I had my 60th birthday last year, and instead of gritting my teeth and getting on with what I have to do, I find myself putting things off. It's a bad habit and one I must break. I do so admire people who grab life by the horns and just get on with it.

I wish I were more driven. Is there a shop that sells 'resolve'? confused

jenn Mon 09-Feb-15 20:59:25

When you find that shop let me know.

Rosiebee Tue 10-Feb-15 20:29:37

I find that I can't sit and 'watch' television without having something in my hands - usually cross stitch or crochet. Working on a sampler is really absorbing and the football matches just whizz by. If you can see to put the needle in the hole, it's a doddle. However if it's something like Foyle's War or Silent Witness I usually end up doing lots of unpicking as well. hmm

Oldgreymare Wed 11-Feb-15 09:41:40

Rather than make one resolution to be kept for a year, I am making a new one each month.
January..... no wine...... kept
February..... no computer games...... going well
March- December to be decided. smile

middleagespread Wed 11-Feb-15 09:55:43

dance when you have energy, quilt when you need an excuse to sit down.

middleagespread Wed 11-Feb-15 09:58:01

I remember my first twin tub!

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middleagespread Wed 11-Feb-15 10:01:03

Silent Witness is a killer! But I do agree that sports matches aid concentration. My little piece is growing fast now the Five Nations is