Yes, I make resolutions. I like fresh starts. And, once the celebratory noshing and imbibing are over, we have a perfect opportunity to start anew.
I won't bore you with the particulars, but of course, I resolve to eat better in 2010. I do this every year. One year I added more water to my diet. This year, I gave up most desserts, in part our of an allergic reaction to wheat, in part because for the most part desserts have lost their appeal. They will immediately regain their appeal the next time I visit Paris.
I have yet to find a way to give up potato chips. Why even try?
This is the year - 2010 is - that I eat lower on the food chain. I plan to eat more salads and more raw foods. Since I adore salads, that should be no problem.
This is also the year I take more time for myself. Allow me to explain: I simply find it hard to take a day off. I have to leave town to do so, and unless I am at least 150 miles from home, I am calling the office frequently.
This will be the year I will find time to savor more of those wonderful moments of enchantment. You know them when they happen: A flock of cedar waxwings in the flowering crab tree, an owl in the tree outside my window, a gaggle of geese along the shore or the pungent aroma of a smokehouse along a country road. I will stop and enjoy and breathe deeply of life.
I will start tomorrow morning with a visit to the winter farm market. I am on the lookout for herbs and whatever else might be on hand. More often than not, a visit to the farm market is sheer enchantment no matter what time of year.
The photo above was taken at the Saturday market in Cahors in September 2008. The morning was frosty, and as you can see the leaves had begun to fall.
What will you savor in 2010?