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At the ripe old age of 60 I have decided to start a blog. It is appropriately named “SIXTY SHADES OF . . . “

THIS means that I can write about just about anything.

I figure that I must have learned something these past 60 years. It just depends on whether or not anybody wants to read what I have to say.

I have decided that I will start by making some resolutions. These won’t be the typical resolutions but rather those of one who is older and wiser.

I could resolve to stop drinking or smoking but it hasn’t killed me yet, so why stop now? Well maybe I will cut back a little!

Number One – Reduce the number of clocks in the house. When I counted we had 30 clocks. It’s not that I’m obsessed with time (goodness knows I should pay more attention to it – see resolution Number Four); it’s just that I really like buying clocks. But as you can imagine when Daylight Savings Time comes around it takes a long time to reset all these clocks. Plus they need new batteries or the power goes out. My goal is to cut the number of clocks in half.

Number Two – Pay more attention to my husband – oops Tom must have slipped that one in!

Number Three – Be on time – or at least no more than 10 minutes late. It is a very bad habit and rude. It has to do with underestimating the time that it takes to get from Place A to Place B. After two years, I have realized that it takes much longer than 10 minutes to get from my house to Old Town.

Number Four – Walk my dog more often – oops, Roxie must have slipped that one in.

Number Five – Write at least one article a month. This is other than my blog. I have so many issues that I want to write about – I just have to force myself to find the time to sit down and write.

Number Six – Stop Cancelling Plans. Or maybe I should just stop MAKING plans. There are so many fun things to do but invariably I make plans a month out and then when the time comes, I’m just too tired. This can cost quite a bit for events that are pre-paid.

Number Seven – Get my website up and running. If you are reading this, then I have achieved that goal!

Number Eight – Travel to one exotic place a year. We have already been to Panama and I’m going to Iceland for my birthday. Next year – Africa!

Number Nine – Start taking yoga. My body would thank me.

Number Ten – And finally, Get More Organized. While I spend my days organizing other people’s houses, I need to organize my own house!