Note – The Board of Directors Here at Spo-Reflections was against me posting this entry. They are uninterested in self-improvement and they doubt anyone would be interested in mine.

“Come celebrate with me that every day something has tried to kill me and has failed” – L. Clifton.

One normally looks back today to reflect on the year and its events, but this one is better seen as a furtive glance in the review-mirror as one accelerates away. It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good. 2020 sucked lemons and halted all my attempts to work on my bucket list. However having more time at home (and money not spent on travel and eating out) I did better on my resolutions. While the world was a wreck, Urs Truly did well.

First of all, I’m still here. I have the quiet satisfaction to sing along with Sondheim on this one.*

I did very well with my daily routines:

Dog walks; flossing; Spanish lessons; journaling; reading; blood pressure reads.

My goal to read 20 books? I read 45! That’s more than that past 3-4 years combined.

I did ‘fairly well’ with daily stretching and not eating after supper.

Monthly soup-making: I made 14 soups; some of them I would make again.

Monthly ‘Great Courses’ lecture: 10 of 12. 


Let’s look at my shortcomings:

I will leave the first one blank lest my family is reading this.

“Make 4 shirts” – I made two. In my defense I made many masks, dozens of them, for my nearest and dearest.  It felt good to do so.

“Go to the gym 4-5x a week” – I’m letting myself off the hook on this one as the gym was closed and then when it reopened it was too hazardous to go.

“Weigh 76 kilos” – another bust. Actually I’m not too off but I fear while my scale weight is not too bad my body composition went bad. I am what they call a ‘fat thin person’.

I haven’t yet made my resolutions for 2021 but I think it will be about regaining lost tone and fitness. I need to figure out how to do so sans gym.


Happy New Year 2021 to one and all; I am glad you are here with me.


*This is a discreet reference to Mr. Sondheim’s “I’m still here” from ‘Follies’. Go on YouTube and hear it, why don’t you. The version sung by Elaine Stritch (the one in a red hat) is my favorite.