Winter makes me sluggish. My inner bear surfaces briefly enough to yawn, scratch my belly, and lie down again. Blog posts become more intermittent, frequently appearing less frequently. We ended last year here in Cañon City with a lovely snowfall that lasted through New Year’s Day. That alone gave me enough excuse to get severely lazy and stay safe and warm inside for the last few days.
But the dog and the blog call me. Stella needs her walks and doesn’t mind the cold. I wouldn’t, either, if I had a double-coat of thick fur. Once the snow and icy sidewalks started to melt, we headed out again. And here we go, firing up the Back Porch blog for another year. But don’t expect too much during my half-hibernation here. Even awake, I’m likely to take longer between writing posts here.
Part of the seasonal slippage in my blogging also involves the New Year, a pervasive theme for bloggers, but one I generally avoid. Many bloggers end the year with some sort of “Best of…” list. Not me. Love reading other people’s lists but have never made my own. Many launch the New Year with forward-thinking essays or resolutions. Perhaps you’re expecting something of that sort here.
Ha! Two posts from prior years better represent my attitude to New Years’ Resolutions. While I did quote from Woody Guthrie’s list of New Year’s Resolutions back in 2015 (7 years ago!), I ended up making this commitment then:
Since I learn from my mistakes, I hereby resolve to further my education in 2015 by making mistakes all year long.
I can guarantee you I lived up to that one! That year and every year since, really.
But my post from January 2017 really sums it up much better in a simple doodle:
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Every year.
Anyway, be it resolved (to borrow the old debate phrasing) that I will emerge from this half-hibernation eventually. Like a slumbering bear stumbling to the mouth of the cave, I will awaken periodically for a brief foray in the outside world, but for now, the dominant mode of operation is drowsy and ready to doze off for daily naps. Blog posts may appear more sporadically. Or maybe the writing will just be more dream-like.
No promises. That would be too much like a resolution.