Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year from the Queen of Minutia

C.S.Farmer says that whatever you do on the first day of the year will show how you wish to spend the rest of the year. I guess it's good that I didn't take a LONG nap. There are too many things to do.

It's been many years since I made resolutions at the beginning of a new year. I guess you could say that I whimp out by not making goals. The thought is, you can't fail if you don't set  goals. Actually, you can fail. Perhaps there isn't as much guilt as when you declare that you will do something. Wrong. I believe that we all have an internal compass for the things we want to achieve.

Some of those things qualify to be called dreams. Does anyone else out there get excited with the idea of fulfilling dreams? Maybe you want to learn a new hobby, start a new business, or redefine who you are ( or want to be). I think of Elinor in the Jane Austen book, Sense and Sensibility. As Elinor rode horseback with Edward, she told him how limited the choices were for women. We are in a fortunate day and age for realizing our dreams. This year I'm going to be more purposeful with my goals and the actions I take towards them. Everyday I read and hear about folks, just like me, who achieve the things they want. I sometimes don't know whether I'm more afraid of failing or succeeding. Weird- yes, I know! That was VERY personal and I just shared it with you. I would love to know if you have ever dealt with  the same issue.

I have to somehow prevent the tail from wagging the dog. Cute saying, but better explained if I tell you that I'm the Queen of Minutia! Hello! Nice to meet you. Minutia is defined briefly as small or trivial detail. With all the ideas and dreams I have, I find myself searching for a very large snow shovel. No, it isn't snowing. I need a shovel for all of the laundry and dishes. "Minutia here...minutia there. Here a minutia, there a minutia, everywhere a minutia" (think the Farmer in the Dell song). I know that farm life brings with it many chores, jobs and responsibilities. A family with food allergies means that everything must be freshly cooked. That's a given, but there should still be plenty of time to work towards my goals. I lost my job of seven years a few weeks ago. I wasn't at fault- just one of those things. One would think there was more time now. It has been gobbled up by the hungry minutia. One would hope that the Queen of Minutia could control her kingdom. I'm still working on it, folks.

This has been a long post, and I have to go out and look for that snow shovel before it gets dark. I welcome supportive comments, suggestions, and ideas. I want to thank everyone who has read this blog in 2011 and has returned to visit again. Thank you for following me. Thanks to my new friends. Blessings for 2012.
Happy New Year to all of my friends. Please encourage the
Queen of Minutia to get out here with some carrots soon.


  1. wendell, don't be jealous but i just fed my 2 horses some carrots with their supper. :)

    patrice, i'm sorry to hear about your job loss. your chef job? i do hope your vegetable business will be bountiful enough to sustain you this year! and i really do want to see you get into that studio of yours and create some things!!!

  2. My days are much the same but no complaints from me. The clutter is passing from convivial to overwhelming so, p'haps, I'll tackle that this week...right after I go to my lawyers and call the *&^% telephone company to complain about STILL not service.

  3. Well, Patrice, I think life is made up of all of the things you said, Ron has been home a week. He looked at me on Saturday morning and said," I didn't anything done that I planned on getting done." He told me he has no clue how I ever get anything accomplished. He would fall in bed each night after living my life. He even took Emilie to the dentist for me and was so happy he doesn't do my jobs.
    So I think with running a farm and all that you do, you get lots accomplished.
    I think life is better like this rather than like how I overheard two woman talking, one asked the other one what she had been doing and she told the woman not a single thing, she had sat in the house for 30 days and just watched TV
    I just stood there thinking, really? How do you do that?
    I walked away feeling happy that I have so much to get done each day.
    I do hope you have a lovely New Year in spite of loosing your job. I am sure you will have lots of other opportunities.

  4. General day to day living can be overwhelming with minutia as you call it, I know only to well, but all the time adds up to getting a whole lot done in a day just write a list of what you have done and see. Sorry to hear you have lost your job look at it as a turning point that you can do other things.
    I don't have dreams or goals, that way there's no failing or succeeding, does that make me a sad case, no because I'm happy, when things don't make me happy anymore I move onto something else.(note I am still married after 31 years so something working)
    We are all different so this is just a little of how my brain works, heck did I say works!!!I'm still looking for my mojo;)after a blogging break!!!
    This has turned into a long comment!!and I didn't mean it to.
    Happy New Year, hope this turns into a year of open door for you.
    Jan, George and Tess send kisses to xxxx

  5. Hi Patrice!
    I think you are ready for a new year. Have a cup of tea, write in your journal, take a few weeks off from recipe finding and use the old faithfuls. Just put a few things away. That's enough. Feel cherished. You are.

  6. Happy New Year to you AND Wendell!

  7. Blessings for an abundant 2012!

  8. Minutia - I love that word! Just keep wanting to say it over and over.
    Anyway, Minutia really can make a roadblock in our path when we are trying to get things done.
    I think if we focus on priorities it helps push that minutia out of the way. We all have different priorities in life so the job is to figure out what our own priorities are.
    Stress is right up there with minutia so do not get stressed if you stray off the path for awhile - you can always get back on it.

    Happy New Year!

  9. P.S. I also wanted to say I am sorry about the loss of your job. I hope things work out for the best.

  10. Hello Patrice, All things are for a reason, we do not understand the reason at the time but it will become clear in the future. I am sorry about your job, but something else is planned for you in the future. Take this time to enjoy what you have in your life and what truely makes you happy and go for it! Take care and happy new year.

  11. Sorry to hear that you lost your job. It's always a hard thing no matter if expected or not.

    Anyone who runs a farm amazes me with the amount of work they have to do - all that minutiae. I think that raising a family and running a farm are both full-time, hugely important jobs to do. You can be proud of what you're accomplishing.

    Happy New Year!


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