Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Do You Have Any New Year's "Intentions?"

by Maggie Sefton

One of my favorite "Winter" photos.  Daughter Serena sent it to me two winters ago.  :)  

You notice I'm not calling them "Resolutions."  I'm using the word "Intentions" instead.
Yes, yes, it's a weaker term, wishy-washy, whatever.  But the word Intentions doesn't carry with it the same judgmental quality as the word Resolutions.  I know. . .only people like writers who work with words all the time would make that distinction.  What can I say?  We writers are a strange bunch, granted.  After all, we walk around looking normal, while we have all sorts of different people dancing through our heads.

But, back to the subject of this post----Intentions/Resolutions.  Mine are very simple this year.  I intend and/or resolve to save some money and NOT go on a cruise this winter.  I fell in love with cruising a couple of year's ago as a wonderful way to escape some of Winter's harsh cold weather during either January or February.  I have really enjoyed my previous cruises, especially last year's February 2-week cruise in the Eastern Caribbean.  The ship went to of my favorite places plus all of the other islands I had not reached yet.  I would dearly love to cruise the Western Caribbean, but that will have to wait until next year.  Having been an accountant and CPA, I am able to "summon" enough will power to accomplish my money-saving goals when necessary. Thank goodness.    It's the only way I can stay on track living this precarious existence as a writer of fiction.  

So-----this year, I am going to escape for a week down to Florida to visit my dear childhood friends who always escape the Winter Cold of the Metropolitan No.Virginia/DC/Maryland area and go to their second home in Florida.  For years, I've been promising them I would visit sometime during the winter, but I never have.  I think this is the year.  I've always enjoyed every trip I've ever made to Florida, whether it's spring, summer, or fall.  So, I imagine I will enjoy a winter trip as well.  Do any of  you Readers "escape" Cold Weather during the Winter?  If so, where do you go?  Tell us.  :)

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