No Resolutions–Just Gonna Do!

I do not make New Year’s resolutions. I make an I’m Gonna Do list. Most of the time I complete the list with some things put off until the next year. This year in 2014 there will be none of that. In fact I am starting today.

As a woman of a certain age I have always had things that were for special occasions–not any more. It is a special day because I am still here.

I am “gonna” use that china that gets used only a couple of times a year. I will not buy another paper or plastic plate. When my folks tell me we don’t have any more clean plates I am “gonna” tell them to reach up there and get that china. Each and every day will be special.

champagne glasses 1When we popped that bottle of champagne to bring in the New Year we used my mother’s crystal champagne glasses. These glasses are not the flutes but the ones seen in the old movies–the champagne coupe or saucer.

There will be nothing in my house that can not be used.  Everything is fair game.

I say this because twice in the year 2013 I have cleaned out relatives homes where they were saving things for that special occasion. I have told relatives that the person left them something, and the relatives will have an estate sale, sell the items to an antique shop–maybe this was the special day they were waiting for.

I’m not waiting anymore–every day is special.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”– make every day special

PS–I am not “gonna” iron those napkins though. I will buy nice paper napkins.

Read in 102 Countries and Counting

Thank you for making 2013 truly a wonderful year. Take a look at the annual report for “thisisyourbestyear”. We were read in over 102 countries!!!!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks for coming with us on this journey, and remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

See you in 2014!!!

Aging Beautifully After 50+ – AARP

You know I love to read and share good information with you. This article is about more than looks. It is about life. Grab your favorite beverage and enjoy your reading.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, and you do look good.


Thank you for reading my blog

You guys are the best!!!

And the winner is 1

Ms. Jackie Barry!!!

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She wins a $50 Visa Gift Card!

Symbiotic Section

Jackie also wins an autographed copy of “The Symbiotic Section” by Tina Louise Brotz!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

Be Blessed!  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

You can also read my Christmas posts at:

Symbiotic Section Review and Give Away

Hey Guys,

I’ve just published my review of “The Symbiotic Section“, a thriller by Tina Louise Brotz.  Here is your chance to win an autographed copy of the book plus a $50 Visa Card.  The rules are simple, please read the review below, like this post and comment by telling us what you are reading.  The winner will be announced December 21, 2013.  Good luck!


The Symbiotic Section

By Tina Louise Brotz

A Review by Maricia D. C. Johns, “thisisyourbestyear”

            Whew, I am tired.  Tina Louise Brotz should have had a flight attendant give instructions on how to read “The Symbiotic Section”. When reading this book you should fasten your seatbelt.  Seriously this will be one of the fastest, intriguing flights that you will ever take.

            Immediately after takeoff, I was off and flying and you will be too.  During the takeoff, just before we were to reach our cruising altitude, the book was hit with turbulence.  It caused me to grab the seat because I knew at that moment it was going to be a bumpy, exciting ride for the rest of the novel.

            The pilot, Ms. Brotz proved to be in control.  She takes each character and gives us a complete picture of them.  While we think we know them, we don’t.

            The city of Chicago is at its best—showing the glitz and glamor along with the gritty side.  As I reached for my refreshments, pushed my seat back to get comfortable, out of the blue we were hit with turbulence again.  This time I knew that I might need something a little stronger to drink than what I had.

            Getting to know the characters was a real page turner.  No one is exactly what they seem which is sometimes good and other times not.  Even the secondary characters are interesting, and Ms. Brotz gives us the reader an insight into what makes them who they are.  She carefully, yet expertly gives us the description of each character so that we fully understand why they are a certain way.  You will “know” them.

            “The Symbiotic Section” is a mystery; it’s a thriller with a little romance thrown in.  It is novel that will grab you from the beginning.  You will reach flying altitude in the novel, but you will never hit cruising speed—it will be fast and rocky.  The time will fly as you read this novel, and when you finish you will be glad that you reached your destination.

            When we taxied to the gate and I collected my luggage from the overhead, I knew that nothing was left behind.  As Ms. Brotz stood in the doorway, I thanked her for a wonderful journey.  She smiled and said she hoped I would travel with her again—I know I will have many frequent flier miles with Ms. Tina Louise Brotz.

Seven Big Mistakes to Avoid in First Year of Retirement

Mr. Rodney Brooks has such good suggestions for those that are thinking about retirement.  Here is another one that I think will make you think about how you can make your retirement a “good” one.

You can read Mr. Brooks columns in the USA Today or you can follow him on twitter at Rodney Brooks@Perfiguy

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, and you want your retirement to be “awesome”.