Saturday, January 1

Thinking Aloud!

New Year is here and like the rest of the planet I have been THINKING about making some resolutions. Notice I use the word THINKING!
Christmas time has been a pretty good time and I have been eating various snacks and treats which I wouldn't normally choose. I am now back on my diet so I will aim to eat healthier in 2011, attending Slimming World each week. Quite a few of the classes were cancelled due to the bad weather, but come Wednesday 5th I will be there. I would think there will be quite a few new members!!!!

I want to do something new. THINKING alond the lines of sewing!!!! THINKING remember! I have a couple of sewing machines - one is a really good one which I bought from a tabletop sale at a local residential home. An absolute bargain - but have I used it? No! Do I KNOW how to use it properly? No! However I KNOW somebody who DOES so I just MAY have a word with my friend and neighbour Margy!

2011 is a very significant year for me as I am taking my early retirement agreement. The Teacher's Pension scheme is one of the better ones and the current financial mess regarding pensions makes me rather nervous of future developments and plans - so I am taking mine on my 55th birthday! Yes I will loose a small % of the lump sum but the annual pension will equal this out and a bit more in the 5 years before I reach 60!

We will have been in our house for 20 years, come 28th June and we need to do some repairs and updating - I am looking forward to this and it WOULD be a good learning curve for my sewing development! Jon is a wizz with DIY so it would be a good joint project! Hmmmm yes, I like the sound of that!

2011 then - I will have 3 basic aims:-
1. Not to use any plastic carrier bags and to really cut down on packaging.
2. Eat healthily.
3. Sew.

Anybody else making any plans?


  1. Isn't it funny how the "beginning"
    of a year, month, or week can insight us to want to make changes in our day to day living?

    In years past I have never reall given much though about this, but this year, I want to better myself.

    1. Eat healthy.
    2. Deepen family relationships.
    3. Be more organized.

  2. You have a busy year ahead - I hope it all goes well.

    This year I am going to drink more water (and less coffee) .... start with small steps!

  3. I have plans I'm dying to tell, but I'm holding it til next week on my blog - stay tuned and Happy New Year!

  4. Hope your plans go well.
    I MUST do something about my weight. (When there isn't chocolate and crisps about, that is.)
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  5. Wow it sounds like you are going to have a fab year. I am going to try and learn to sew on a machine this year for my resolution too :-)

  6. Happy New Year to you and good luck with your plans :-)

  7. ChrisJ said...
    I pretty well make resolutions all year long, on an "as need" basis. I'm pretty content with who I am and where I am -- not meaning to be smug. But as I get older I refuse to fight the battles I know I can't win and after all these years, I know what those are. When you're younger you think you can change the world, when you're older, you know you can only do one step at a time, so that's what I try to major in. I guess I try to be myself and be satisfied. I'm a realist, not a cynic :)
    I wrote the above on another person's blog and decided it was suitable for here. I have no regrets and my bucket list is all done -- except for petting a tiger. Still looking for that opportunity.

    Happy New Year, Denise and happy retirement!
    January 1, 2011 4:38 PM

  8. I just want to get back to my regular routine. I'm like a border collie -- very routine oriented. I want to get back to eating fresh fruit and vegetables, getting lots of sleep and lots of exercise. Then, let the chips fall where they may -- so to speak. :-)

    Happy New Year to you and your family!


  9. I find January not he best month to make plans, something to do with all the rain!

  10. Oh, I've missed the boat with early retirement(nursing), only by a year:-( heigh ho. Like your aims, except 3, I don't know one end of a needle from the other. Have a wonderful 2011.

  11. I don't tend to make resolutions as I seem to break them all too soon. Good luck with your's and Happy Retirement.

  12. Hello Denise and thanks for popping by to my blog. I've left you a message regarding the diary swap. This year the only thing that comes to mind is to stop saying yes to people and give myself more time to do the things I love. Hopefully I'll have my allotment space soon and can save the time for being there pottering and planning the year ahead, I'm happy when I'm pottering! Happy New Year. Amanda x

  13. Good luck with your resolutions Denise.

    I'm going back to the gym on Tuesday - my aim - to lose at least another stone before we go to America in May. Wish me luck. ;)

    We may get over to Whitby this year for the day - Ellen Smith to an Express coach there. Hopefully we can meet up for a cup of tea and a chat.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and Jon. x

  14. Happy New Year Denise, I look forward to you joining "the muck and mess refurb club"!

  15. Hello there! thanks for dropping by The Pea Pod.

    I think your aim to stop using plastic carrier bags is a good one and I might have to adopt it for myself. Have a wonderful 2011 xx

  16. Good luck with those! I think the carrier bags ones is a good idea. You could practice using the sewing machine to make a bunch of totes! lots of patterns & instructions on the web. Thanks for you comments on my blog. Happy New Year! Jacs x

  17. I noticed that the term "intentions" is being used as an alternative to "resolutions" around some blogs... what do you think of that idea? I can vouch for retirement having done the deed last December. Sounds like you'll have lots to keep you happily busy, so here's wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  18. Good luck with your plans! I took early retirement from teaching at 55, then went back, 3 days a week, fairly soon after - finally actually finishing at 61. As you say, the money's not back, although I didn't pay superann for years as I was sessionally paid and couldn't. Your 3 resolutions sound good and achievable! Abby


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