Today, the first of this new year, was a day to just relax and putter. I was thrilled to spot the pheasants in the garden this morning.
Every Fall we have a conversation revolving around my sweetie’s desire to call the local farmer to come and plow the garden under and my responding no because I leave things in the garden for the deer and pheasants. Turnips and beets for the deer and, this year, some late kale, sunflowers and broccoli gone to seed for the pheasants. Once they get used to being there for a few days, I will start putting corn out for them. It’s a poor image as it was taken through the window but there they are!
We had about ten inches of snowfall over the weekend, and Mirza is thrilled with it and I love watching her run.
etc. etc. etc. One of my favourite parts in the old movie “Anna and the King of Siam” is when the king is dictating letters to other heads of state. He starts off strong each time and then waves his hand and pronounces “etc. etc. etc.”. Wouldn’t it be grand, some days to have someone to whom, with just the wave of a hand, you could pass on the rest of a task to?
It seems fitting on this first day of a new year to catch up, myself, on those etceteras. Well, you know, if I had an Anna in my life, all these things would have been done or mentioned long ago. But, alas!
I spent some time today trying to find a new theme for the blog. New year, new look. I’m not sure I totally like this new look but, after a half hour of looking, decided I’d better just pick one! I like the notepad feel of this as I often write on this style of notepad. So, we’ll see as the year progresses if I stick with this one or get bored with it and want something more vibrant. etc. etc. etc.
I’ve moved the blogroll to its own page, up above here. This freed up the sidebar (right hand column) for images and also allowed me to comment on each blog in the list which was fun! Fun is important! I also changed the name of the Small Stones page to Moments – short poetry focusing on a moment in my day. I wrote a few of these last January and then, zoom, zoom, the year disappeared but it’s something I’d like to take up again this year.
I’ve added an image, on the right, to my new blog which you are welcome to visit at any time. Just click on the image and it will take you to the new blog – Crowing Crone Woman of Wisdom! It’s focus is more “woo – woo” than this one and will, eventually morph into a website for my Crowing Crone services. Speaking of which, I’ve come up with an explanation for Holistic as in “Holistic Coach”. A Holistic coach is someone who has a whole list of services to offer, or a whole list of ways in which to assist you in looking within! etc. etc. etc.
New year means new challenges, new projects. One that I’m super excited to participate in is Sarah Potter’s Novel Writing Winter , a gentle way to pick up where NaNoWriMo left off. Tomorrow I’ll post a bit more about this. etc. etc. etc.
Today, Nancy over at Spirit Lights the Way announced “The Writer’s Desk – a Contest Giveaway” and I’m going to submit an article or poem for the contest. Should be lots of fun! Head over there, you writers, and check it out.
On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea suggested an Awesome Jar for this year and that, too, is something I’m going to do. More on that this Thursday. I have a few ideas for regular posts here that I’ve been pondering etc. etc. etc.
A lot of exciting things are coming up this year. I’ll be doing some poetry readings that you can listen to via phone or Skype. I’m going to submit my poetry for publication in book form and, along with designing a couple of 12 week wellness programs with another health coach, I’m putting together a 12 week “finding God within” course. I’ll keep you posted on all of that, etc. etc. etc.
It’s exciting to be on the threshold of another year. So many moments are heading our way. I want to choose to be still, to savour my life, to move into the year with confidence and grace. Above all, to walk in beauty.