2020 – Something New or a Continuation?

dried hydrangea flower

Does entering a new year mean new beginnings for you or does it mean a continuation with a new number? The latter is true for me. I spent Christmas week dog-sitting for friends, which meant I was alone for the holidays (except for the dog, who loved to carry my slippers around!). It made me feel like I missed Christmas completely.

Dog sitting at Christmas with a yellow lab

In my much younger years, I did look at January as an exciting beginning to what may end up being a happy new year – after I got over my hangover! I stayed up until midnight to say good-bye to the previous year and to be awake for the first moments of the year to come. I guess being young was what gave me hope for the future. Now I am in bed at nine.

Not to be too depressing, but now I don’t see much hope for exciting times in the year ahead. I did get a quick spurt of energy and organized my tiny kitchen. (When two previously single households merge and both people want their own kitchen items, a little kitchen can become quite crowded.) So far, that is about all I’ve done to celebrate a new beginning.

January in Florida

Here in Florida, January means a blissful relief from hot weather so I do celebrate that. I pull the cool air into my bedroom each night using a window fan, and I sleep much better than when the AC runs 24 hours a day. It’s comfortable to take walks and I get to wear the occasional sweater with jeans.

My vegetable garden has been transformed into a citrus garden with only a few herbs struggling to grow at the edges. More about that on another post, but I’m not doing much gardening these days.

I do plan to finish the front perennial garden once the chance of frost passes. For now, outdoor planting is on hold. I’m still watching my little hydrangea, which I put in the ground about a year ago. It survived the summer, and shouldn’t have too much trouble with colder temps.

2020 and Hydrangeas in the Spotlight

After reading a post at Susan Rushton’s blog, I learned that there are annuals, perennials, and shrubs of the year! Because I do design work, I knew that Pantone sets the “color of the year” which this year is “classic blue“, but had not heard of this about plants. She has a blog post with stunning hydrangea photography: 2020 is the Year of the Hydrangea, which is about a visit to Holehird Gardens in the UK. Wow, I would love to visit in person!

Actually, according to the “National Plant of the Year” site, the Invincibelle Ruby is the hydrangea of the year. I’m not sure I like it all that much, but I’m wondering if the flower colors fade nicely.

Plans for 2020

For the new year I will continue to consolidate my attention into fewer blogs, and work at selling more specific items in my Zazzle shops. Making enough money to survive is always a concern.

Speaking of online doings, I plan to quit Amazon Prime because I am not at all happy with Amazon in general. Every time I search I find some of my stolen designs showing up for sale (like pillows here). Each time I fill out a take-down notice and an item is removed, another new “store” pops up with the same stolen designs. Be careful of what you purchase from Amazon.

I hope to take a trip to New Hampshire to visit my grown kids and escape Florida for a little while. The thing is, once I get there I don’t want to leave.

A few things need to be done around the house, which will be fixed as money allows. On nicer days I hope to get out on the water in my kayak.

My only resolution of any kind is to visit the beach more often. After all, I live only a few miles away.

New Smyrna Beach
Winter beach

Author: Pam

I grew up in New England but spent most of my life living in central Florida. The joy in my life comes from being on the water, gardening in the backyard, RV camping, playing with my two cats, and hanging out with my grown kids.

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