I feel myself beginning to relax as life returns to its familiar routine. Another Christmas has come and gone, and as the sun sets on 2005 I wonder what the new year will bring. The dawning of a new year always fills me with expectations and plans. I don't know why I can't seem to conjure up the same feelings of renewal at any other time during the year. I seem to be locked into the cyclical nature of a new year - a new beginning in January to the end in December.
Soon I'll get the urge to purge the house of unneeded items and then spring will bring sleepless nights as I dream about changes for the garden. I'll look forward to vacation and cook-outs in summer, and then as fall brings shorter days and cooler temperatures, I'll enjoy the warmth and coziness of my home. The new year will bring familiar favorites, unexpected surprises, joy, sadness and new memories that will be permanently etched in the pages of my life.