Hum. 2012. My personal goal is to make it the best year of my life. However, the pundits, prognosticators, proselytizers, and purveyors of everything from oil to oranges will do their best to see this does not happen.
First of all, I’m either too smart or too stupid to imagine any President can change anything (except perhaps through a Supreme Court appointment, which is really a nomination and can change a lot of things) around this do-nothing government unless we purge both houses of the sitting Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike. I would like to see this country go to a Parliamentary system of government. At least then something would get done whether we liked it or not. We are a Republic, not a Democracy, and if we keep these shenanigans going, we’re headed into some dark days, which, if you know your history, have happened before.
Yes, the weather is changing, and I do believe if we don’t stop dumping carbon into the atmosphere, there could be a dramatic change in weather patterns that will greatly affect our food and water supplies. La Nina and El Nino are fickle. If we are causing this with our industrialized lifestyle, I would hope someone could put the brakes on before we destroy this beautiful planet.
I don’t think the world is going to end this year. I took Statistics and realize you can make numbers say just about anything you want. After all, the Mayans didn’t invent time, so their calendar has ended and restarted an untold number of times before and the world is still here. I doubt you will find me hoarding baked beans. If they are right, and I am wrong, I’d be happy to go first.
And I bought a Prius. That’s the best I can do for the environment while snubbing my nose at big oil. I drive it so little I can go almost a month on a tank of gas. I have the cheapest cell service; I have never once texted anything to anyone; and I’m not on Facebook. Wordpress is one-stop shopping for my need to broadcast my words and pictures. If you can’t find me here, please look in your mailbox.
I don’t have even one pay channel on my TV. I got rid of 3G for my IPad. I recycle everything. I “print” very little; mostly coupons. I’m a thrift shopper/”yardsailer,” but frankly I’m consuming very little these days. I have entered the age of austerity, by choice and by need, and it feels pretty good.
So I look forward to all my friends here showing me how to grow my own everything (just as soon as I leave this golf course home) on my own plot of land. I dream of sprouting seeds and the smell of spring. I’m ready to make candles and applesauce and face soap and learn to do most things for myself.
My efforts have lowered my total cholesterol almost 40 points with flax seed and not using butter or eating ice-cream, and I’m going to be vigilant as holy heck to see that I don’t go there again. I am going to walk and golf and swim my way through 2012. I’m going to stay in touch with my friends and the world more often. I’m going to punch needle myself into oblivion and hopefully get on one of those pattern places to sell my little designs. And if my husband has any control over our lives, whatsoever, we are MOVING! And that, in and of itself, will make my year fantastic!
Best Wishes to everyone for this New Year.