How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

Out With the Old; In With the New


I don’t want to come off as too sappy although I suppose I’m going to anyway. This last year, although it’s passed much too quickly, has been good to me.  These are some of the things I am grateful for.

My granddaughters keep me young. I laugh more, smile often and am surprised easily. The four-year-old especially warms the cockles of my heart. When I’m cooking dinner she asks. “What are we having that’s delicious tonight, Babcia?” I go to bed and wake up grinning with thoughts of either of their latest antics.

It has been a three-year learning curve since I moved into the same house as my daughter and her family. This year has been the best one as we grow to respect each other’s space and resources. My daughter continues to come down to borrow this or that but less often because I’ve learned to say, “Whoa, I’m not a built-in convenience store, sweetie. Plan better next time.” Of course she never returns things either. Is that written somewhere as a given? It must be.

I’ve been retired five years last month and am finally doing the things I’ve been putting off all my life—things for ME. This past year I have learned to say, “Sorry, I’m busy . I’m going golfing / out to dinner / the theatre, etc.,” without a second thought and without guilt anymore. Old softie has changed her shell. Who says a leopard can’t change her spots?

I’m lucky another year has passed peacefully. Atmospheric conditions in my smudge on the map have been kind unlike other parts of the world: tsunamis, earthquakes, oil spills. My family and friends have come through this year in good health as have I. There have been no serious blips and I’m more than pleased.

Along the way, I’ve started golfing. It’s a start. I’m not kidding but I’m tickled that I’ve moved out of my comfort zone and tried something new. Never in a million years would I have guessed I‘d be on a golf course willingly. No, I haven’t lost my mind, even though I thought I might have.

I’ve made some wonderful friends in the past twelve months. Lucky for me, I’ve also crossed paths with  friends from the ancient past again, taken on projects I never thought I’d have the guts to finally face down and have generally become more adventurous. For ME, that is. I don’t plan on jumping out of any airplanes or going bungee jumping anytime soon. I’m not crazy. But that’s ME (again).

In a nutshell, I have been seriously happy and content. Hopefully this doesn’t make it harder to pull my head out of the fridge in 2012.

I make no resolutions. Ever! I lie. I tried once but all that did was stress me out because the devil had a sweeter voice and I had to make choices. The wrong ones and kept arguing. With myself. Nope. That’s not for me.

Instead I plan to get better organized, work hard when I need to, goof off when I want to, read voraciously so I don’t get bitchy (cause I do if I don’t) and stop to smell the roses along the way. No matter what.

Last, but not least: I shall try to blog more regularly and possibly twice a week in the new year.


Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

16 thoughts on “Out With the Old; In With the New

  1. goof off when you want to, read voraciously, more adventurous, lovin liven sounds like a great plan Tess. A very happy New Year to ya.


  2. Learning to do what YOU want is a momentous event in anyone’s life. I’m still not so good at it, but I’m working on it.
    Have a good 2012!


  3. Sounds like a good life to me. Aren’t we blessed in the world?


  4. Happy New Year! Sounds like you have the life you want. What a blessing. Looking forward to a new year of blogs–whenever they appear.


  5. I’m happy to pass along to you the “Awesome Blog Content” Award–details at
    Cheers! 🙂 Kana


  6. Great self-awareness, especially knowing when you need to goof off – we all need this every so often! 🙂


  7. Friends of mine who are avid golfers are after me to take up the challenge too…but so far I’ve resisted. I used to golf with my hubby before our children came along but I was never any good at it and I can’t imagine why on earth I would be any different this time around….but who knows? Never say never, I guess…
    So happy that you enjoyed a good year…all the best in 2012 as well!


  8. Pingback: Thank You So Much Bailey for the “Versatile Blogger” Award Nomination! | Lara: On the Weigh Down

    • I’m trying to catchup an award at a time to get my awards, all dusted off and pretty, into my awards cupboard. I know it’s taken me FOREVER, but I want you to know I am tickled pink. I’m just time starved. Please be patient with me. Thanks again for choosing to share this award.


  9. I nominated you for the versatile blogger award. Follow this link for more info! Love your Blog!!


    • You are so kind! I received one in early January I have put up on my page yet as life has been getting in the way lately. Also, I’m having trouble as I don’t know how to correctly do it. Many thanks. I will try but don’t know when I’ll be successful.

      I love your blog too.