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Seasonal Reflections:  January

And some light hearted humour to finish with:


“Jill, I need your help to lose weight.”

“Yes, sure, I want to do the same thing too.”

“OK, well the next time I feel like jumping in the car to get a burger I’ll ring you.”

“No problem, I’ll ride with you.”


Losers’ Strategy:

January 1st: I will read 20 good books this year.

January 10th: I will read 5 good books this year

January 20th: I WILL finish the book I was given at Christmas

January 26th: I will regularly read a newspaper this year

February 1st: I will read one article a week

February 6th: I will read the magazine covers in the newsagent’s while waiting to buy my sweets.


New Year Resolutions for Dogs:

I will learn to accept that the cat is from Venus and I am from Mars – and we’ll stay apart.

I will learn not to chase the stick until it is actually out of her hand.

I will not follow the stick into the freezing cold waves.

I will get the postman’s fingers in the letter box.




“Teenager is when you’re allowed to stay up and see the New Year in. Middle age is when you have to. Old age is when you appreciate the fireworks being laid on for your midnight trip to the loo.”


“New year resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly as long as they do not take up my time.”


“Many people look forward to the New Year for a fresh start to old habits.”


“Guaranteed resolution failures: Men – I will read the instructions. Women – I will get my husband to read the instructions.”



So, whether you have tried to step out into new things (even if you’ve failed already) or you simply determine to enjoy the old you, have a good new year!




Did I understand last year? Which year?  


A couple of weeks ago, just after New Year, we pondered New Year Resolutions. I didn’t get a copy of Scott’s Almanac 2011 but last year browsing it, I noted the phenomenon of ‘new words that have come into usage’.


Every year, it seems, new words or expressions seem to creep into life. Check out the following that appeared a year or so back, and see how many you know either what they mean or where they came from:






(Editor’s note: Warning! I think I knew two (three with some thought) and guessed correctly two more. See how you do by going to the next page)

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To Part 2 of January
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Forever Generation
THE SEASONS: January Reflections originally written in 2011
The Rochford Life Guide to New Year Resolutions

So here we are in another New Year and, of course, ”New Year Resolutions”!   Did you make some? Did you break them?  I’m told that 30% of all resolutions are broken within the first week; the rest usually fold in less than a month. The following are some  interesting’ and light-hearted New Year resolutions we’ve come across:

I've thought long and hard, and decided on my New Year's resolution. 1024x768."  (Clever!)

Jeff, the owner of blog 'Weird Meat' has made a new resolution to eat as many "weird meats" as possible. In which some of them include raw yak, crickets, ostrich sandwich.  (Yuck!)

I will find out why the correspondence course on "Mail Fraud" that I purchased never showed up. (Right!)

I will assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else's fault. (Oh yes!)

I will no longer

OK, but is there any point in making such resolutions? Well, whatever the answer, the fact is that many of us do make them! Somewhere deep within us, it seems, there is something that says ‘I want to be a better person / more healthy / fitter etc. etc. next year.’ So what could be some reasonable things to go for perhaps?
The crucial thing is to tailor-make your things for YOUR life. You may not need to lose weight or give up smoking, say. You may not be in debt or find yourself getting angry. Decide what you want to do, not what others say you ought to do. So look at yourself and decide: what are THE most important areas of your life where you’d like to bring change?   Then comes the problem of keeping these resolutions!
So how might we keep some of these – the ones we decided to go for that is? Here’s a simple strategy that cuts down the odds of failure:
1. Write it down.
2. Have a calendar on the wall of the kitchen where you tick off the item each time.
3. Think about what else needs to change to achieve this as a regular thing – plan for it.
4. Share it with a friend – ask them to encourage you to continue it – perhaps they may want to do it as well.
5. Make it fun and not a drudge!