There’s nothing worse than having frigid temps after the holidays when the blahs hit.

Lori Johnson

Lori Johnson

When you see that your area has colder temperatures than Antarctica, it’s really easy to snuggle back into your warm afghan with a hot mug of cocoa, a good book and plans to stay there ‘til spring.

I received some wonderful quotes:

  • “I don’t call them New Year’s Resolutions — I prefer casual promises to myself that I’m under no legal obligation to fulfill.”
  • “My goal in 2018 is to accomplish the goals I set in 2017, which I should have done in 2016, because I made a promise in 2015, which I planned in 2012.”
  • “I was thinking about making a New Year’s resolution, but why tamper with perfection?”

Sound familiar? Normally, I would agree with them all. But this year, I actually accomplished one of my resolutions from 2017. I decided that I was going to pay myself first and contribute to not one but two savings accounts every week. The one account was my Christmas club account which I knew I would need when I went a little nuts buying Christmas presents this year, but the other one is a nice little nest egg for a rainy day. It’s a good feeling.

This year one of my resolutions is to declutter my office, but I’ve tried that before and didn’t get too far. I can’t do much for exercising, but I did find a couple of things, and I hope to get into a routine. And I hope to get out of a rut when it comes time to trying new recipes. Any unusual resolutions made out there?

The year 2018 got off to a great start when my cousin Mary was the first person I chatted with. And in another greeting, I even got wished Happy New Year in Polish.

Happy belated Birthday to Austin Olson — hope you had a fun time!

Also, add Kris Humphrey to the January happenings list. Hope you had a nice birthday, Kris!

Forty-one years of driving each other batty! Over the years, I’ve gotten flowers, meals out, cards or gifts, some years he’s forgotten entirely, but this is the first year, he thought it was on the 7th rather than the 8th. Oh well, there is the surprise aspect of it. Wishing my hubby a very happy anniversary.

Them Coulee Boys recently traveled to Madison and the Wisconsin bluegrass fest at the Majestic Theater.

Nothing like a concert to warm the soul during these frigid times. Black River Falls High School’s band and choir’s winter concert is to be held 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Lunda Theater.

Many thanks to Federation Co-op, whose recent donation to the Hixton Volunteer Fire and Rescue will be used toward grain bin rescue equipment.

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