New Year’s Resolutions

2 Jan


It’s a new day. It’s a new year. It’s a new blog. As I get ready to toss out the old, well-worn 2012 calendar, I’m reminded of two things. One: I always make New Year’s resolutions that I seldom keep for very long. Two: I don’t have a new 2013 calendar. Now what? But, with all the fancy-dancy digital and techno-gadgets at my disposal, who really needs a paper calendar? Let’s face it, I don’t need one, but I still like the old fashioned ways. I prefer turning the real pages of a book as opposed to swiping my index finger across an illuminated tablet, and I enjoy the tactile custom of flipping over a calendar page filled with scribbled appointments and birthday reminders. Don’t get me wrong, my iPad is jammed with info, pictures, contacts, stories and reminders. I just need both.

This year, my resolution is not just to do more writing, but to share my writing with more people. So, here I am, and if you are reading this, I’m off to a good start. Thank you!

It was difficult to come up with a title for my new blog. It seemed like every idea I had was already out there when I Googled it. I wanted to use words like ruminations, contemplations, or rantings, but they were taken. Therefore, I did what every perplexed writer does in time of need. I looked up some words in my red Webster dictionary. In this case, I used the on-line version, but many times, I actually use the old fashioned hard cover copy on the book shelf.

The word fulminate popped up during my exhaustive search. Whoa! That’s a good one, and low and behold, my Google search didn’t bring up much with that word. Perfect! If you aren’t familiar with the word, as it was a new one to me, the synonyms are rant, rave or spout. Yes, perfect.

My plan is to share happy news, discoveries, stories about new places and fun people, thus the salutations. But, once in a while, I get a bee in my bonnet, and I start ranting or complaining about politics, phone solicitors, or the ever popular things my husband does to aggravate me, therefore, the fulminations.

Today is New Year’s Day, a great day to start a new project. I think I’m getting off to a good start with my inaugural post. Wish me luck!


16 Responses to “New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. Jo Ann January 2, 2013 at 5:45 am #

    You are so good with follow-thru! Congratulations on Salutations and Fulminations. If I had a blog, I’d probably call it something like Aggitation and Regurgitation–yours is so much less gross. Jo

    • toniandrukaitis January 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

      Thanks! Let’s see how long it lasts.

      • Jo Ann January 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

        Well, you will always have at least 2 loyal followers, Trin and me.

  2. Sherri Murphy January 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Great first post Toni. I love reading your stories and hearing any “news” that you have to share. I will be a loyal follower for sure!! Good luck in this new endeavor. 🙂

  3. Paula January 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Good luck, Toni, in starting a new year’s resolution. I’ll check out your blog, so keep writing. And painting!

    • toniandrukaitis January 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

      Thank you very much. I guess I’m not too old to learn new tricks. Just takes old dogs a lot longer. Happy New Year!

  4. Della January 3, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    Great News! Writers write blogs, so it’s good to see you blogging!

  5. Carole Sarah January 3, 2013 at 6:07 am #

    Thanks Toni, for sharing your “stuff”, whatever you call it. I love your writing and your painting. I am in awe of your ability to turn your talents into pleasurable experiences for the rest of us.

  6. Amanda Griffith January 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Dear Toni, Perhaps I am one voice who has whispered repeatedly in your ear to stop hiding your light under a bushel. This is great, and I love what you are doing. The pictures are amazing.

    • Jo Ann January 4, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

      Amanda, I am Toni’s older sister and I have been telling her for more than a decade that she should get her works published. Her year-long guest column with the Dallas Morning Sun should have convinced her that she’s “good enough.” But we are products of our Mexican-American, Catholic school girl upbringing that drummed into us that we should “learn to stay in our subordinate place!” Thanks for adding your voice and let’s start shouting at her to believe in herself as much as we do. Jo Ann

  7. dayya January 7, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    Happy New Year! You’re off to a good start! By the way, you made me smile about needing both the old and the new. Me too! Besides the artwork on many specialty calendars is gorgeous. I got new one too–a gift–“Vintage Travel”, illustrated in 1930s style. Thanks for the visit and the follow! D:)

  8. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap January 16, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    You just shared your writing, your lovely writing, with one more new person. Glad for it. 🙂

  9. Dan Hennessy January 23, 2013 at 3:02 am #

    I’m waiting for your next post ……………………………………………….

    • Toni January 23, 2013 at 3:20 am #

      I post every day! Hopefully I’ll never run out of stories to share.

    • Toni January 23, 2013 at 3:21 am #

      I post every day,Dan. I’ve been enjoying your posts.

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