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My New Year’s Resolutions–What’s Yours?

Written By: Jackie Weger - Jan• 04•18

WOW! WHAT A YEAR WE JUST SCRATCHED OFF THE CALENDAR…

Across the USA and our spinning planet Earth we suffered, fires, floods, earthquakes and hurricanes. Some unlucky folk got doubled tapped by back-to-back hurricanes, or like us in Texas; a hurricane atop flooding along the Gulf Coast. Thousands have yet to ‘reclaim’ their lives. Now, sweeping down from the Arctic is severe and frigid weather. I accidentally closed off my bathroom from circulating heat and awoke on the first day of 2018 to discover my tube of toothpaste frozen almost solid.  Had to soak it in a bowl of hot water to get it flowing again. This time last year I was recovering from surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. I had so many Hail Mary passes with my health in 2017, I bought two rosaries. My resolution for all of 2017 was: Keep breathing! Got it done.

My jungle kitchen under a bit of tin to keep the thatch from catching afire. We ground peppercorns as needed in a mortar & pedestal because if in powder form it swelled in the damp and became useless. A thumbnail twist of salt in paper cost 5c at the local tienda. My rent for the bohio was $20 a month.

I’m not doing resolutions for 2018. Nope. I’m gonna coast. Anyway, I’m still dragging on my 2017 To-Do List. Didn’t have time for it between doc appointments, my home-care RN and nagging My Keeper to wait on me hand and foot while I was so dreadfully ill.  I do have my little quirks, two of which are 1) Save all of my pennies in jar in the kitchen for Good Luck and 2) Never toss out a garment without first cutting off the buttons for my button jar to ward off Bad Luck. I figure if I don’t have good luck or bad luck, I’m in the middle with no luck. Stuck with my common sense, which usually does the trick for me. I also buy one lotto ticket for the drawing on the first Saturday in the new year. I never win, of course, but the lack of winning reminds me not to spend more than a dollar a year on chance.  Follow that with deleting all of those wonderful e-mail offers to make me a millionaire best-selling author. Zap!

The table New Year’s Day is set with black-eyed peas cooked with ham hock, cornbread, sliced tomatoes and pecan pie.  Even when I lived off-grid on small islands or in tiny jungle villages, I didn’t miss black-eyed peas and cornbread sticks on New Year’s.  I couldn’t get my hands on a ham hock but pato de res [cow feet and leg bones filled with rich marrow] was available: 10 cents a pound. Native stoves, a wooden box on legs filled with river sand and rocks for a ‘back burner’ don’t have ovens. But I managed one with bricks and river rocks wrapped in boiled banana shrub leaves. Boiled banana shrub leaves served as my plastic wrap and waxed paper. There is some chemical in those leaves that keeps food fresh for a few days sans refrigeration.

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With that I’m pivoting into 2018. What’s in store for me and other indie authors? I’m a writer, so I hope to finish a book and get it ready for publishing.  When time permits, I enjoy talking to fans, friends and readers. Networking with authors is still exciting.  I have learned so much since I stepped into indie authorship with Stupid printed on my forehead.  The single thing I’ve learned is to keep to the basics and stay focused on the goal: Learn new ways to market and Sell Books.  And for the remainder of this Winter freeze: Stay warm. That means learning to shop on line for groceries and sending my Keeper to pick ’em up,  ’cause I ain’t going outside until it is 70  degrees F.

Wishing all of you a healthy and successful 2018. Keep the faith: Read books. Write books. Promote books.  You can read what eNovel Authors are doing in 2018  HERE.  We’re rocking it!

@JackieWeger 2018.

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. Melanie Cravens says:

    You’re also supposed to have some kind of greens (spinach, collards, mustard greens, etc) to symbolize having folding money in your pocket throughout the coming year, and carrot slices to represent coins to jingle in your pockets. Hugs to you in this new year. May it be a good one!

  2. Here’s to a happier, healthier 2018!

  3. Alexa Dare says:

    Here in the south, there’s a concoction called Hoppin’ John. It’s black-eyed peas, rice, ham, and I’m not sure what else. I usually eat my spoonful!

    • Melanie Cravens says:

      Yes, Alexa, and this transplanted Southern gal and her guys made sure we got our Hoppin’ John too. I’m originally from Florida, married a Texan and had two little Texans. Now we are in Colorado. The farthest I’ve ever been from seawater in my life. Must admit to missing it though I love having real seasons.

  4. Happy new year, Jackie! The celebratory meal sounds wonderful. Wishing you great health and sales for 2018 🙂

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