I am not a "New Year's Resolutions" sort of person. I do not sit making endless lists of hopeless goals that I am unlikely to achieve.
I do however have some things that I hope for. They will require some effort on my part.
I hope my father enjoys another year. He will be 88 in February so we both know anything could happen but, at present, he is healthy enough and still able to enjoy working in the garden and his shed. I can help by making sure he is well fed, clothed and the house is clean. It will never be tidy but we both contribute to the untidiness.
I hope I remain as healthy as possible so I can go on looking after him. That means eating properly, getting enough sleep and exercise.
I hope I can keep this blog going. I began last year with about one third of the "followers" I now have. I did not, unlike some people, go actively hunting for followers. I would prefer that people found me. Thankyou for coming and deciding to tag along. I will try to make it worth your while.
I hope I can do more reading. I have added more books to the seemingly endless list of things I want to read. As I cannot afford to buy as many books as I would like I will have to wait for the library to obtain some of them for me.
I hope I can do more writing. I wrote a slighter younger than YA novel last year. The first three chapters are, I hope, going to be read by a young man who reads the manuscripts of published writers. His mother has said he will. If he likes it I hope I have the courage to submit it elsewhere. It was hard work and the next one I plan does not look easy either. I still want to do it.
I hope that there might be a contract out there somewhere with my name on it. I have to work on that.
I hope I can retain and grow my friendships. Working from home it is difficult to maintain face-to-face friendships. I need to remember that and take time out occasionally.
I hope I can continue to "purrowl" through the internet and visit "furriends" there as well. I wonder what you would be like if I actually met you. Maybe I will one day. I hope so.
There is a lot to look forward to and much of what happens will depend on me and what I do.
Thankyou everyone who stopped by and added a comment at any point this last year. I really appreciated it. Here is to a hopes-fulfilled 2011 for all of us.