2023 Hopes

I started the year with a Bucket List which so far is going well, and my daily planner keeps me on track. I also have so many “hopes” for this new year with the first month almost gone. Time sure flies when you’re almost 70 and when did that happen???

These are my top 20 hopes for 2023:

  1. A smile for everyone I meet and talk too, leave’em laughing is a good thought!!
  2. Visits to friends that never seems to get accomplished due to weather, pandemics, gas prices, time, and any other excuses that render themselves to me. I have six friends that live within 60 miles of me that I HOPE to see this year.
  3. A cure for Covid, cancer, and Alzheimer’s! That’s not too much to hope for when scammers can invade our lives!!! Is the cure already out there and big money is holding it back????
  4. To see our grandson at least four times this year and maybe even spend a week with us or his Dad. Every month is hoping too much with the busy lives of the parents but I’m so afraid he’ll forget us or grow up too fast which I know he is already doing!!!
  5. Hope that our granddaughter complete’s yet another degree/certificate in her field of education. Fifth graders love her and that tells me she knows what she is doing in her classroom.
  6. That nothing gets anymore of my fowl!!! Something got one of my ducks three days ago in the daylight hours. Predators are brazen and apparently hungry!! I’m left with a duck and drake and will miss those two eggs every morning from the ducks.
  7. To have a very impressive growing season in my greenhouse and garden. The cellar shelves need filling again.
  8. For a plan to stop ALL of the senseless killings in our country that can’t be entirely blamed on the guns. Guns don’t pull triggers by themselves.
  9. For my family to stay well and HAPPY! We ended the year with lots of sickness for the kids and grandkids.
  10. To complete the fencing in the pasture field that we started in December.
  11. To grow a bigger stack of firewood than we had this year. We’ve used over half of the pile and it was one of our biggest in a while. We forgot how cold and windy it can be but hasn’t for a couple years. Our worst weather months are coming up fast!!!
  12. To take care of me and my better half throughout the year with NO sickness or accidents.
  13. To have a very successful calving season with no losses!!!
  14. For our country to stop all the endless bickering and get something done like they were chosen to do. I DO NOT TOLERATE POLITICS AT ALL!!!
  15. To have a great fruit crop this year! No surprise frosts in May would be a very good thing.
  16. Hope to have a better relationship with my siblings!! The loss of our sister was huge!!!
  17. Hope for a successful maple syrup season, it’s looking better so far.
  18. To make our farm something our ancestors would be proud of.
  19. Hope for our economy to pull out of the mess it’s in without hurting our day to day living!!! We need to learn to take care of ourselves and our families without taking advantage with these increasingly outrageous price hikes in everything.
  20. Hope that our country will become more self reliant and not depend on other countries so much! Why can’t the big spenders use their affluence to bring back the factories to our country, pay our employees instead of other countries, and make it profitable for the company owners as well as our people!!!

That’s my rant for the day and hopes for the year!!! Good luck 2023!

Happy New Year

I found this lovely inspirational poem this morning with an unknown author which is sad because it says it all for what I wish for all of you on this eve of a New Year 2023!!


At the sound of the tolling midnight bell
a brand-new year will begin.
Let’s raise our hopes in a confident toast,
to the promise it ushers in.

May your battles be few, your pleasures many,
your wishes and dreams fulfilled.
May your confidence stand in the face of loss
and give you the strength to rebuild.

May peace of heart fill all your days
may serenity grace your soul.
May tranquil moments bless your life
and keep your spirit whole.

Happy New Year everyone!!!


This morning’s chores are done, and I’ve been organizing a closet and packing up clothes I haven’t worn in two years and donating them. While doing that I thought you should do something like this at least once a month and my life my become a bit simpler. This is what I came up with, my 2023 Bucket List. I do love a challenge!!


  • Clean out one closet, chest, dresser once a month for a year. Donations are wanted everywhere.
  • Go somewhere that you’ve never been in your area once a month. Take a photo to commemorate the daytrip’s.
  • Call a long distant friend or family member once a month.
  • Put a certain amount into your savings account ($5, $10, 25, $50, whatever you can afford) once a month.
  • Write a handwritten “thank-you” note to someone once a month.
  • Thoroughly clean one room in the house once a month for the year. Organize, decorate, or change things up.
  • Read 24 books in 52 weeks. This may be a challenge with all that’s on this list.
  • Make a list of 10 small things that you enjoy doing, and make sure that you do at least one of those things once a month. Make something creative.
  • Have a picnic with your better half once a month.
  • Go for a good walk once a week with your hubby, kids, grandchildren, dog or friend.
  • Try making a new recipe once a month.
  • Grow something new in the greenhouse once a month from April through September.
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