Friday, December 31, 2010

Good-Bye . . . Hello


Saying good-bye to 2010 is not a problem for me.

It was a year fraught with some challenges - more so than most.

But I'll have to say, I'm proud that Donald and I (and Harley, of course!)  were able to meet them head-on and get on about our business of living and enjoying our life together.

And looking forward to 2011.  Ready to face its challenges, and looking forward to its joys.

I'm still trying to decide whether or not to make any resolutions.  Some years I do, some years I don't.
How 'bout you - do you make resolutions?  Are you able to keep them?

Here's a few I have made over the years - and I'll bet some of them will look familiar to many of you.

  • To lose weight.
  • To eat healthier.
  • To exercise.
  • To have more patience with people who drive me nuts.
  • To be a kinder, more considerate person.
  • To clean up my potty mouth.
  • To live each day to its fullest.

There are a couple of things on this list I'm proud to say I have actually gotten better about as I become a wiser (ie,  older) woman.  But, I have to admit - I still have a ways to go to become the woman I'd like to be.

One very important decision has been reached today.

One I'm happy to share.

It was the very tough choice about which book I want to start my year off with. 

Last year I started my year with an ARC of Linda Fairstein's HELL GATE.  Book 12 in the Alex Cooper series.  It was a great choice, and a book I enjoyed immensely.  And I can't wait to read #13 - SILENT MERCY, coming out in March.

This year, after much thought and consideration, I've decided to start the year in a whole 'nother way.   The book that is calling my name right now is Keith Richards' LIFE

He may not be a favorite of everyone, but he is one of mine.  Donald and I have been lucky enough to see The Rolling Stones in concert twice - The Steel Wheels Concert in 1989 at Georgia Tech, and The VooDoo Lounge Concert in 1994 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

I've been a fan of Keith Richards, and of The Rolling Stones, since way way back.  Actually, preferring them to The Beatles when I was a teen.  That's not to say I don't adore The Beatles, I do.  But there's just something about bad boys . . . .

One of my favorite songs ever is one written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  It's Salt of the Earth - Enjoy!

And Happy New Year to you all -

Salt Of The Earth
written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Let's drink to the hard working people
Let's drink to the lowly of birth
Raise your glass to the good and the evil
Let's drink to the salt of the earth

Say a prayer for the common foot soldier
Spare a thought for his back breaking work
Say a prayer for his wife and his children
Who burn the fires and who still till the earth

And when I search a faceless crowd
A swirling mass of gray and
Black and white
They don't look real to me
In fact, they look so strange

Raise your glass to the hard working people
Let's drink to the uncounted heads
Let's think of the wavering millions
Who need leading but get gamblers instead

Spare a thought for the stay-at-home voter
Empty eyes gaze at strange beauty shows
And a parade of the gray suited grafters
A choice of cancer or polio

And when I look in the faceless crowd
A swirling mass of grays and
Black and white
They don't look real to me
Or don't they look so strange

Let's drink to the hard working people
Let's think of the lowly of birth
Spare a thought for the rag taggy people
Let's drink to the salt of the earth

Let's drink to the hard working people
Let's drink to the salt of the earth
Let's drink to the two thousand million
Let's think of the humble of birth


Kaye said...

Wow, Kaye, I got so sidetracked looking at your impressive 2011 guest lineup. Fantastic!! Lol,I don't know what I'll be doing next week, never mind next December.

Have a happy and healthy new year.

Anonymous said...

Kaye, I hope you have a very Happy New Year! I know this has been a tough year in many ways, but I'm hoping that 2011 will be filled with joy and lots and lots of good reading! And, like Kaye above, I'm excited about your upcoming guests. Wow! Some great posts just around the corner!

Earl Staggs said...

Kaye, Darlin', we think alike on most things, but I'm afraid not when it comes to music. While you swing with the Stones and bop with the Beatles, I'll stick with Elvis and Barbra Streisand. But that's okay. We'll always have OC. Muchluv to you in the New Year.

Lesa said...

Have to say, I'm in Earl's arena. Still love Elvis. Happy New Year, Kaye. I love to hear about you, Donald and Harley, and I hope you have a joyous 2011 with tons of good books, and a lot of laughs.

Hugs, My Friend.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Kaye and Kay (we're a small community of K's! Ha!). Happy New Year to you both. I'm pretty excited about this year's guests too!! should be a fun year at Meanderings and Muses.

Earl Darlin'! Hey! Happy New Year to you and Carol! I'm an Elvis fan also. AND Streisand. LOVE Streisand. Did you know I sound exactly like her when I sing?! Yep. I do. (Pfffffft!). My favorite Streisand album is an oldie that not many people ever heard of - "Butterfly." Have you heard it? Some pretty powerful stuff on that album.

Hey There Lesa! Happy New Year back at you, sweetie. I've just come from your place! You've got me interested in The Weird Sisters - sounds like a book right up my alley. Wishing you a sweet New Year, my friend. And sending a hug.

Patty said...

Not a resolution maker, never did see the point. Losing weight - I've been slowly losing weight for the last two-three years and am down around 60 lbs. I know me, I won't do it faster. Other resolutions just seem pointless. Maybe it is a rebellion thing from having to "give up something" for Lent. Never liked that one either.

Vicki Lane said...

Happy New Year, Kaye! I look forward to hearing about your adventures in 'retirement.'

Mason Canyon said...

Kaye, wishing you and Donald (and Harley) a very wonderful and Happy New Year. I've got Keith Richards' LIFE audio book and I'm looking forward to listening to it too. He is a character. May 2011 bring much happiness, good health and prosperity to you and yours. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thoughts in Progress

Jill said...

Oh Kaye....keep the potty mouth. I think it is fantastic. Adds a little spice to life. Non-conformist. Wild. Love the Stones.