December Oddities

December Oddities
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It’s been years, decades really, since I have felt that excitement of Christmas and the new year. I think the last time was when my stepdaughter was eight or nine years old. She’s thirty one now so that tells you how long it’s been. This isn’t to say that I’m actually a Scrooge though. I like the decorations and the change in the food. I think what I miss that I used to have in abundance is the good cheer and kindness, both giving it and receiving it.

I live in Tennessee, one of the southern states of the U.S.. The south is supposed to be known for its hospitality and charm. I haven’t seen any of these two things, not even during the holiday season. Furthermore, I live in a small town in the Cumberland Mountains. I would think that in a small town, the good would be more likely to outweigh the bad. It doesn’t seem to be happening that way. To be truthful, it’s probably the same all over anymore. I just have to stop griping as if I haven’t contributed to the attitude, because I know I could do better.

Each year, many people start making lists of how they want to change, what they want to accomplish and what they want to do away with in the new year. Yep, those New Year Resolutions. I have never ever made any New Year Resolutions. If I felt like I needed to change something about myself, I’d start right then and there. I’ve always thought that waiting for the calendar to change to January before doing something good for myself was ridiculous. Why should I wait?

Even so, this year I’m making a list of goal to achieve in this next year. This thought started with the Ugly Baby Challenge that started the first of this month. Holly Lisle, the owner and author of How to Think Sideways Writers’ Boot Camp and the instructor for this challenge, with her down-to-earth approach and the load of her classes for this challenge, got me evaluating how I’ve been running my life in general for the past few years.

Then, just a few days ago, I received the notice of Susan Cooper’s new post at her blog, Finding Our Way Now. The post told about how she has so many iron in the fire. I’m surprised that a fire truck hasn’t pulled up in front of this woman’s house to give her a ticket for the outlandish blaze she has going. She puts me to shame.

I know that I can do better than what I have been doing. True, I’ll never be able to accomplish as much as Holly or Susan, but that’s not the point. I’ve been slacking. There isn’t any other way to put it. I’m capable of doing more, and by not doing as much as I’m able, I’m not getting what I should out of life.

So, this year I have made a list of goals that really aren’t all that difficult to achieve.

  • clean the house when it needs to be cleaned — do not put it off
  • keep in touch with family and friends — even emails are good
  • be diligent about the classes I’m taking from Holly — no excuses except illness
  • be diligent about working on my writing projects — schedule work time, push to do more, no excuses
  • keep up blogging activities — an actual good distraction as long as it is scheduled
  • eat health — stop worrying about weight

Well, that should keep me going this next year. I should even be able to put some ‘free time’ in there. 😛


24 Replies to “December Oddities”

    1. I used to live quite comfortably by schedules. Although I could use the excuse that my husband’s schedule has fouled up things, it’s still just an excuse. I need to get back to schedules. I think I’ll be a much happier person that way.

      I do have a scheduled time for reading, myself. We have a tendency to be such an active species that we neglect to just rest. For me, reading helps relax me so I save my reading for right before going to sleep at night. An hour of reading makes it a little easier to fall into dreamland.


  1. Oh Glynis, I’m sending you some big holiday cheer…take it! Meaning no disrespect to the Southern people, if you come to visit or stay for a short while, you’re a Yankee. If you stay for good, you’re a damn Yankee. The Atlanta metro area is not a true representation of the South. I’ve met more New Yorkers than true natives. I think some are still holding a grudge about the failure of the reconstruction after the Civil War. These people carry grudges, apparently many generations of grudges, passed on to the next. I believe I have said this, but I feel as if I can blend in until I open my mouth. Hospitality? Charm? Hmmmm…Savannah has charm, and hospitality–but we only stayed there 3 days. 😀

    Now! Listen to some Christmas music, and when you are out and about, show some of your Christmas spirit–a person can be inhospitable and far from charming, but how could they ignore a kind word, smile, or a hello?


    1. My little town of Crossville isn’t as bad as a lot of others here in the south. They have ‘kind of a suburb’ both a little outside of town north and south where many northerners live. If it wasn’t for these two communities, I have a sneaky feeling that this town would die. As it is, it’s slowly growing giving everyone a chance to get used to whatever new is coming in. It’s been this way since the 1980s so the locals have gotten fairly used to it.

      Like in our beloved west, people here are just too wrapped up in themselves anymore to say hi and give a smile here in the south. It’s that way up north too. I lived there for just under 10 years.

      When I was in NYC (when I was 15), I was stunned by how many people walk looking at their shoes and never smiling at anyone. Nowadays, it’s that way all over the country. All I can do is my normal, walk down the sidewalk of the strip malls and give a greeting with a smile. I’ve done it for so long that I can’t stop. 😀

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    1. Jacqui, yours stays clean for days!? I’m lucky if mine stays clean for 8 hours (the time Hubby is at work). I was raised by a neat freak, my mom. She’d take off the wax from the kitchen floor every week and put new on. I wasn’t allowed to go anywhere until my bedroom was spotless — dusted, vacuumed, bed made and everything put away. My brother is the same way. It drives his wife crazy.

      Right now I feel like I’m living in a real pig stye just because of all the clutter. For my own sanity, I must do better.


  2. That’s a great list of goals. Even the smallest of things are fulfilling when they are accomplished. I like your statement about being capable of doing more. I really need to implement that in my life too. There is so much I should be doing, but don’t. Like you, why wait until the new year when we today is already here? Sadly, I think you’re right about people not being so polite anymore. Around here I see many more rude people than I do polite ones. Especially during the holidays. It seems like people leave their manners and respectful nature at home.


    1. The rudeness is bad, no doubt about it. I do have to wonder if the technology of being online has anything to do with it. I know I feel so much more at ease writing than talking. I know that I like the cloak that allows myself not to be seen. I don’t ‘put myself out there’ in person. I don’t think I’m rude but I wonder if I’ve stopped being friendly in person.


      1. That’s an excellent point. We get so used to interacting with people we can’t see, that maybe we’re forgetting how to interact with those we can.


  3. It’s important to schedule ‘you’ time otherwise you will burn out. I like your list. I too aim to eat healthy but the weight loss is a bonus. This time of year and its endless array of sugar and fat don’t help with that but I’m thinking moderation is good. 🙂
    Like you I don’t make New Year’s resolutions because I also believe that if you need to change, then it should happen when you need it to. 🙂
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Glynis and that the love in your heart shines out toward others. ❤


  4. Glynis, I really liked what you wrote:
    If I felt like I needed to change something about myself, I’d start right then and there. I’ve always thought that waiting for the calendar to change to January before doing something good for myself was ridiculous. Why should I wait?
    Great writing! Something worthy of being in a book so many can read it! 🙂
    I’m glad that you’re in the Holiday spirit. Enjoy! 🙂


  5. Glynis, I loved the line about the irons in the fire and the firetruck. Good heavens that was a great giggle.
    I wish you a mountain of luck and energy for the new year’s “projects” (let’s call them that so the prickly word of resolutions might not even need to be mentioned). I look forward to reading about your adventures this coming year and I hope bumping into a bit of much needed kindness and good cheer may be something you come across during the next couple of weeks.
    Happy Holidays from a little further up north, Glynis!


    1. Believe it or not, I am spreading some good cheer and tidings around now. And, at least online, I’m getting oodles in return. 😀 Yes, the word, project, is much better than resolution, not quite as much pressure to get it done lickety-split.

      I had to go to your About page to find out where you live. I have a nephew and his family living in Virginia, although they’re closer to the coast. 🙂

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ❤


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