February not only represents the most romantic holiday of the year but also reminds me that I have a lot to do. Usually in this month, I realize that with every good intention, I did not follow through with my New Year’s resolutions again. I call February the catch up month. I still have time to lose those extra pounds before summer. It’s not too late to fertilize the garden and get it ready for the best crop ever. It’s possible to get in that extra walking so that I can get in and out of my kayak easily and bend over to pick up my golf ball without grunting. Eating healthy is the resolution of all resolutions for almost everyone. Hmmmm, I’ll start that one tomorrow and will be glowing by Easter.
Unloading things that I don’t need any more was at the top of my January resolutions list. My husband can stay, but my closet is full of clothes that I never wear because they are just sentimental or jeans that lost a button after Thanksgiving dinner so these things are out. Plans to paint my living room and repair our old fence can still be a reality (that’s where the husband comes in really handy). There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to make everything feel shiny and new. There are so many things that I would like to see done this year that at times I feel overwhelmed. As I sometimes toss and turn in the middle of the night with my mind filled with plans, my husband assures me that the fence is not going to get painted at 3 a.m. So with that bit of advice, I will attempt to accomplish one lost resolution at a time.
Spring is beginning to peak through the clouds some mornings encouraging us to appreciate the beauty of the season that is soon approaching. Ah, February, what a great month to think positively and be encouraged that life will start anew whether our closets are cleaned out or we can get into that dress that we wore one time after the last diet and before the binge. I think I will just take the time to enjoy the sunny skies and revel in the beauty of the perennial flowers that are beginning to bloom for now. If I don’t accomplish all of my resolutions, life goes on. Enjoy all of the new beginnings that this year will bring. Happy Valentines!
Tina Jensen is a member and one of the coordinators of activities for the Escalon Senior Fun Bunch. She contributes a monthly column for The Times.