I didn’t make New Year’s Resolutions last year. I decided to challenge myself in my 60th year to do sixty things.
It was interesting. Fun. Not totally successful. But fun. I may try something similar this year.
Like finish the list in the areas I didn’t do very well in accomplishing.
My list —
Visit six festivals and/or fairs that are new to me
Taste at six new wineries never visited before
Seek out six new farmstands or markets to expand my locavore network
Do something different or visit someplace new in six states other than MD
Eat at six small business restaurants and/or diners
Eat/drink or experience six childhood memories
Log six new birds not seen before
Cook and eat six new proteins, i.e., meat, seafood, beans or nuts
Grow and/or eat six exotic fruits, veggies or herbs
Tackle six rightsizing projects
I am proud of myself in really taking on those rightsizing projects and pushing myself to get rid of things.
I hit more than enough wineries. Getting out of the rut of going to the same places. Discovering new and not so new places in MD and VA.
Farmstands and markets were successful too. Fruits, veggies and herbs, yep, did those too.
Where did I fail? Not getting out of MD, VA and PA. I really have become a stick in the mud when it comes to traveling. We did the trip to Roanoke and a few trips to PA. Found a few new towns in MD.
Never made it to DE or WV or NJ or NY, like we planned.
I was lucky in getting three new birds. Not by traveling, though. What were they? The guinea hens, the screech owl and the great horned owl. Thankfully, the program on creatures got me two close encounters with delightful creatures.
Cooked with some new grains like wheatberries.
Hit more than enough childhood memories, too.
I should take inventory of how much I did. And, decide what to do next year. I am a firm believer in challenging myself, so as not to get stodgy and set in my ways in retirement.
cooking with chayote was a highlight of my adventures into new foods.
As for wine, we can add Big Cork, Old Westminster, Early Mountain, Doukenie, Port of Leonardtown, St. Michael’s, Villa Appalaccia, Ankida Ridge and Valhalla to the list of new wines and wineries discovered this year. Not bad.
Here’s to a great year. And many more adventures.