Before I make my New Year resolution, I'm reflecting on last year and the things that didn't happen.
? The world didn't end or shift to place Wisconsin in Antarctica. We still get snow, ice and cold like we usually do in the Midwest.
? I didn't lose 40 pounds, just 20. I saved the extra 20 for this year.
? I didn't break any of my bones.
? I didn't pay an electric bill one month. When I saw my bill, I thought I'd left all the lights on and the computer running for two months. Xcel got a big check from me, though.
? I didn't read all the books I wanted to read. It's not possible unless I'm awake for the next 10 years.
? I didn't go fishing, although I paid $20 for the license.
? I didn't buy a house. I have a great home to write stories until the midnight hour.
? I didn't walk down the aisle - if you know what I mean.
? I didn't make more money, but that's OK. If I did, I'd never admit it.
? I didn't do a lot of things, but I hope I have 50 more years to work at it.
This year's goals are more realistic.
? Lose 20 pounds or give them away.
? Keep more of the money I make. I look at every coin for old dates and they are saved for my retirement - that is, if I do live until retirement.
? Learn to sew with a sewing machine - it can't be difficult.
? Bake great meals without burning myself. This will be a challenge.
? Learn to bait my own fishing hook. Those darn worms slip off or are eaten by the fish.
? Buy a piano and rent four strong men to move it upstairs to the second story.
? Balance my checking account. This shouldn't be difficult either.
? Take better care of my car. It needs its oil changed and a new air filter.
? Walk a mile outside everyday. This is easy, I can do it.
? Become really good at playing "Jeopardy." I'd have to read the encyclopedia daily for the next five years.
Whatever your New Year goals are, be sure and have some fun. You've got 12 months to accomplish them.
June Thompson is a correspondent for Neillsville.