|Beach fun for my grandchildren|
|My son's a happy chap with fresh oysters and beer|
These are the headings I use:
TO DO: this is usually things like staining a fence or getting power sockets repaired, tidying out the workshop or painting rooms. At this time of the year I walk around the house and make a note of what needs doing and write it in my book. It is a great incentive to get on with the jobs. I always note the date jobs are completed and if the year is marching on and jobs are still to be done you should see my flurry of activity towards the end of the year! It's a badge of honour not to leave things.
TRAVEL: as an enthusiastic traveler I like to write down some goals for travel for the year. I have to be realistic about this, though, because, you know, money! Sometimes I will just go away for a couple of days to explore a place close to home or even take an inexpensive day trip ( I need things to write about, after all!) I am often surprised at how much I have done over the year.
MAINTAIN FITNESS: I have a regular fitness regime, walking, exercising and playing golf but writing it down and checking the book regularly keeps me on track.
MAINTAIN FRIENDSHIPS: as a widow living alone this is important and I work at this, not that I see it as work, fun more like. I belong to a few groups and clubs, keep in touch with friends for meals and coffee, organise a dinner group and spend a lot of time with my family.
OTHER: these are the additional bits and pieces like writing this blog, minding the grandchildren on a regular basis, maintaining my garden, growing vegetables etc.
LEARN A NEW SKILL: each year I try to do something different. I have taken a photography course, a writing course, learnt how to use power tools, researched the family's genealogy and completed the family tree, to name a few.
VOLUNTARY WORK: I have been involved with a few groups for several years now. I feel it is important to do my bit and give back.
I'm sure you can think of other headings. Give it a go, it is very satisfying to end the year with most goals achieved....and good luck! I hope you have a happy and fulfilling 2017.
|Glorious sunset from our holiday home|