Blog – Happy New Year!
It’s a new year, again. As I get older, it seems that new years are coming around much more frequently than they used to. Historically, the New Year is a time when people make resolutions, many concerning losing weight and/or getting into better shape, or possibly changing a bad habit. This is a key time in the sale of gym memberships. Anyone who regularly attends a gym to work out knows that attendance will be up for the next few weeks, or so. About mid February to March, everything will begin to go back to normal.
I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions. A resolution is like a promise that you make to yourself or, sometimes, to a spouse or loved one. It’s hard to keep resolutions and we are, in a sense, breaking a promise made to ourselves. Promises ¦we hear them made in TV shows all the time. The lead character in your favorite show says to a special guest star something like: come back safe from that gruesome place I’ll promise. That’s easy to do when you have a hit show and you know you’ll be back on next week at nine. It’s not so easy to do in real life. So I take the easy way out. I just don’t make them. That’s not to say that I don’t get things done or never make any changes. On the contrary. I just don’t beat myself up for breaking a resolution, because you can’t break what you don’t make.
Anyway, the start of a New Year is a good time to get things in order around the house. I hope that you have your Christmas tree down by now, and the decorations put away. When you were putting them in the attic, did you notice how stuffed it was? Ours is, but it will be hard to get it cleaned out right now, due to the cold temperatures (it has been cold in the South this year!). I have discovered, though, that when you shut the attic door, all that stuff just disappears. Out of sight, out of mind. But what about those items that needs to be updated or tossed out in your home? You know things that you walk right by or move to the side in a cabinet when you are searching for something. Even if you are a neat freak, you may still be missing something. The start of the New Year would be a great time to check your smoke detectors. Do you have enough of them to cover all areas of your home? Why not go ahead and put in fresh batteries while you’re at it?
Another item that we tend not to think about is medication until we need them. I was rummaging in a drawer in the bathroom a couple of months ago, and I came across a pill bottle way in the back from when I had a surgery. It was a pain medication that was prescribed to me, but that I had not taken. I looked on the label and it reminded me that the surgery was in 1995. What was I still doing with those? I had just forgotten all about them. They are gone now, as well as other expired items. If you keep over the counter medications around, as we all do, for things that may crop up, such as bee stings, common colds, etc, check the expiration dates. If they are expired, they are not going to do you much good when you need them.
The above examples are just a couple of ways that you can make your home safer for you and your family. Hopefully, they will get you thinking about other easy ways to get your New Year started off right. How about resolving to wear your seatbelt, or maybe not drive so fast? Maybe what you need to do is to get more sleep. By doing so, you will be more alert at the wheel and not have to speed to make it to work on time. There is this great invention called a DVR that allows you to record Conan to watch when you are getting ready in the morning, or when you get home from work.
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