The New Year

Lets see a quick review
of the things that I want to do
now that the New Year has already begun
and we have started to have some fun
no resolutions did I set
knowing that I would soon forget
at keeping them I am not very good
as least not as good as I should
and generally it is a waste of time
and so I have drawn the line
and instead will outline this years plan
hiking of course of which I’m a big fan
and taking pictures while I am out on the trail
with words to fit I shall prevail
and post in my blog for all to see
how words and pictures make harmony
I plan on losing a little more weight
for that what I have is extra freight
to carry around an unnecessary risk
to eat less is the way to the fix
along with working out at the gym
to try to make the body more trim
and regain the muscle that I have lost
as old age creeps on and is really the boss
so really there is a very short list
one that I can easily fix
take pictures and hike as far as I can
write in my blog for all of my fans
cut back on my eating and lose some pounds
and work out at the gym myself to confound
with just how easy it really can be
to make 2019 my legacy.

Written 1/10/2019

Goodbye 2016-Hello 2017


I spent the last day of 2016 staring at my computer screen hoping that words would magically appear. I really wanted to get outside to work on cutting down all of the frozen vegetation destroyed by the recent frosts but somehow was having difficulty working up enough enthusiasm to actually make the move. It might have had something to do with the fact that the weather is very cloudy and overcast and that it keeps trying to rain but the reality is, I am just being lazy.

Maybe that is my cue to make a New Year’s Resolution of “Stop Feeling Lazy” but the problem with that is I have never been able to make and keep any resolutions longer than a couple of weeks. That is not to say that I am weak willed. Not by a long way. Several years ago, I decided that I really needed to do something about my weight and over the next 3 year period, managed to go from 185 pounds down to 151 pounds and keep it there. I watch what and how much I eat in order to control the weight plus added the long hikes to my fitness routine.  I think that probably my greatest achievement is that 8 years ago, I quit drinking. Being very British, I was brought up on a diet of beer in all of its various forms and like many of my British colleagues, prided myself on how many pints of the aforementioned brew I could consume in any given evening. Turns out that the Judge decided that it was a habit that I could do without and after spending a couple of days in the slammer, I totally agreed with him. I did not take a lot of convincing and am pleased to say that I haven’t had any alcohol since that time. More recently, a little over a month ago, I decided that I needed to give up my only other remaining vice and that was drinking Starbuck’s Lattes. I was routinely drinking one and sometimes two a day and it was costing me $150 a month which I deemed to be another unnecessary expense, so I have quit cold turkey. Now I am waiting to see if Starbucks even notices that my card is not getting used. This was also adding additional mileage to my car as I would go out every afternoon to get a Latte and listen to Audiobooks on the car’s Bluetooth system and usually driving 20-30 miles while doing this. Relaxing but expensive…

So, it is not that I don’t have the willpower to make and keep New Year’s Resolutions but more that I need to really believe in whatever the resolution is. With the three I mentioned previously, I had pressing factors to help make them succeed, weight loss, money and jail time (plus a heavy fine), which goes a long way towards any success. I read somewhere that any emotional shock as long as it is big enough, helps to break bad habits and that was definitely true in my case.

Most people set incredibly difficult Resolutions that are almost impossible to keep under the best of circumstances. Other set so many that they can’t possibly keep up with them all and so eventually, they all go by the wayside however good the original intentions.

Me, as I said before, I will make the Resolution if and when it is needed. You could say, I have Resolved not to resolve.

Now, the sun is shining and my ambition level to go outside and cut back damaged greenery has risen by 100% far overshadowing the desire to sit and write about non existent New Year Resolutions.

Happy New Year everyone. May 2017 treat you kindly.

Looking Back.

dsc_4587Looking back over the year
with all of the things that I have seen
in my little world which is very singular to me.

It started great with a birthday cake
and friends who would not let me forget
that I am now eighty.

The summer with it’s one hundred degrees
were not very frequent this time around
and it rained… a lot.

Everything grew tall and even taller
it’s hard to see the ponds amid the plants
through the very lush greenery.

Friends died and new ones were born
such is the nature of life
we live and we are gone.

The country went mad at election time
choosing a man whose main goal in life,
is himself.

One of my long time and faithful doggy friends
died in my arms
and I was sad.

Another walked into my life
helping to fill the void
and I am glad.

I walked a lot and took many pictures
of this beautiful world here in Texas
and posted them for all to see.

The year is coming to a close
when you read this
there are just three more days.

Welcome to 2017.

Another Year

dsc_4718This year has almost come and gone
and with it more time has passed on by
Time that is measured
in days and weeks and months
and not by hours.

Hours are for the very young
when time passes so slow
and any given day seems twice as long
as when you are old
and time is running out.

Looking back over the year
with so many good things
meeting and making new friends
going on long hikes and communing with Nature
spending time outdoors and in the sun.

Tending to the ponds and the garden
living close to nature even with her downside
of who lives and who dies
as she is not selective
in balancing the numbers.

What will the New Year bring
who knows as none can tell the future
but unless there is a world catastrophe
and man in all of his foolishness blows it up
things will go on pretty much the same from day to day.

This is not a bad world although
some people would like to make it so
but the majority are sane and caring
and want life for their sons and daughters
and the world will go on.

Measuring time in days and weeks and months
and not in hours.

Goodbye Old, Hello New…

Happy New Year- what will it bring?

      Happy New Year- what will it bring?

I look back on yet another year as it draws to a close
and think of the things both good and bad that have happened
all a part of this thing we call life.

It would be easy to make a list, one for each
but I choose to remember them all in my mind
as lists put things in order and life is not like that.

I remember friends and family and pets that are lost, gone forever
to be replaced by new friends and new pets
but never forgetting those that are no longer with us.

Do the good things outweigh the bad
only in the eyes of the beholder
which differs from person to person.

What will the New Year bring with it
who can foretell and certainly none of us
but I am eager to be around to find out.

Considering the alternative.

Good Luck for the Future

              Good Luck for the Future


Blue Rose

Blue Rose

The sun shines on a cold winters day
and New Years is not far away
another year is ready to start
and each of us will play our part
acting out this game of life
in a world full of strife.

What will a New Year bring to this world
who will live and who will die
how many fortunes will be won
or lost as fate dictates.

What will it take for us to see
how many lifetimes of which we have one
for us to make a better world
that with each other we all agree.

Some Thoughts on the Season…

English: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! E...

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Twenty thirteen has almost gone
and with it another year has passed
the time flies by so quickly and yet
all we are left are the memories
some good some bad some in between
of things that happened in twenty thirteen.

When we look back what do we see
things that happened to you and me
new life fresh into this world
to carry on the human race
taking the place of those who have passed
to the other side.

My heart goes out to those who have lost
a brother or sister, father or wife
and we all hope that in their other life
they will find peace at last.

For those of us that still remain
life will not be the same
but we continue on running the race
at our usual demonic pace
for that is the way it has always been
as life ebbs and flows.

When the New Year comes in a few days
will everything still be the same
probably not for we all know
that with each moment older we grow
we slow a little as we move
and forget things that we should know
even more with the passing of time
we run our life just as though
the next minute will be our last.

One thing I would like to say
to all of my friends I met on the way
and those friends I have still to meet
as we pass by in the street
Merry Christmas I say to one and all
and Happy New Year and may it bring
all that you wish along the way
with each passing day
good health and happiness and maybe too
good fortune in everything you do.