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December 6th, 2014 at 05:49 am

What are yours?

I honestly don't have any financial resolutions. Everything is on auto pilot now, and as long as this job continues, I don't feel I have to worry about it too much. I am saving over 30% of income with ample funds left over for home improvements and fun.

I am still ruminating on personal resolutions that have to do with cultivating more patience with my mother and seeking out more opportunities to volunteer, possibly, or get more involved in my town.

Today, for example, I aim to go to a rare Saturday meeting on opening up a large (over 1,000 acres) parcel of land in the center of town to multi-family housing.

Looking up at the ceiling of one of the original state mental hospital buildings that was rehabbed and now serves as our beautiful municipal offices. The origami doves were one of several given to the town following the school shootings, one dove for each child or educator killed.

A closeup

One of many buildings on campus that will either be rehabbed or torn down.

The property, a former state mental hospital, campus style, was given to the town by the state over 10 years ago and the town has very slowly been redeveloping it by tearing down selected buildings deemed too far gone to rehab, creating lovely walking trails in the woods and meadows, new ballfields and relocating municipal offices there, along with a huge sports complex and a new ambulance facility.

After the 2012 school shootings, GE gave the town quite a lot of money toward construction of a new facility that would serve both seniors and teens...it will be located somewhere on this same property. This is where our Victory Garden is, where volunteers grow food that goes to the food pantry. It's also a great place to have road races and our arts festival, not to mention various events for dog lovers. I walk there often myself.

I have to say that when this town builds or develops anything, it is done in a very classy way. However, the townspeople have been surveyed and polled several times before and each time said no to more housing. Now they're asking again becus developers are breathing down their backs and promising lower taxes, which we all know never happens. We the people want to keep this rare parcel of open space for active/passive recreation and for town needs, not for developers who want to make money off rentals and yet more stores.

They must be expecting a big crowd becus the venue is the intermediate school gym. I hope that preparations for the upcoming holiday, just a few weeks away, don't keep people from showing up.

4 Responses to “Resolutions”

  1. Kiki Says:

    Gsah those buildings are gorgeous I hope that the community is able to come together and protect the property.

  2. FS Says:

    1280 by 800 pixels Big Grin
    I don't bother with them since I don't keep them. Whenever I want something badly enough, I'll set out to make it happen.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    What a beautiful memorial for the Newton school children and faculty.

  4. Kaycee Fisher Says:

    I don't like to call them resolutions. I prefer to think of them as goals. And they are pretty much the same as last year.

    - - Save MORE (I was doing VERY well until I lost my job in mid-May. Thankfully, I started a new job this past Monday.)

    - - Spend LESS (Huge strides for me in 2014. The loss of my job did aid in this area. ;-) as I am a spender by nature)

    - - Go to gym 3x a week (I did go 2x a week on avg for 7 or 8 months of the year)

    - - Eat better (I had my ups and downs with this one)

    - - Lose 20 pounds (that did NOT happen)

    - - Less time online. (that did NOT happen)

    - - Read at least 60 books (that DID happen - - again thanks to being unemployed)

    - - Declutter, declutter, declutter (that is an ongoing process)

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