OK. Here we are. It\u2019s time to take a serious look over the past year, and plan for the future. In years past, I penned a couple columns in which I noted \u201cI\u2019m going to make a few resolutions and announce them to the world. It\u2019s going to be very public. You can all hold me accountable to them.\u201d Nobody really held me to accounts, but I\u2019m going to try again anyway! RESOLUTION ONE As soon as I possibly can, I\u2019m going to make our new place a garden spot worthy of the neighbors\u2019 admiration. Immediately following our move to a new home, we were forced to fell almost every tree in the yard as a result of disease. (They were all dead or dying.) The house is still cute, but the place is kinda barren. With an eye to serious improvement I\u2019m already looking through seed and plant catalogs. Almost every evening. I\u2019m excited at the potential this new place holds. It\u2019s going to be fun. I also plan to plant a BIG vegetable garden with lots of zucchini. I\u2019m going to need some place to take my grandson when he visits. I believe gardening holds a lot of life lessons for both little and big \u2018kids.\u2019 And now ...my prediction as to the fulfillment of this resolution, with the grading being from 1-to-10. One means it probably won\u2019t happen, and 10 means it\u2019s a sure thing. Resolution Prediction Grade - 10. This is definitely going to happen. A) I love gardening, and ... B) I, unfortunately, have a clean slate on which to work. RESOLUTION TWO I\u2019ve tried this before, but I\u2019m going to try again. I\u2019m going to be less grumpy in my weekly pontifications. I\u2019m simply not going to let our national, state, and local politicos get me as upset as they have been doing in the past. I\u2019m going to keep my cool. There\u2019s going to be a lot more \u201cHearts and Flowers\u201d in 2014, and a lot less \u201cLadies and gentlemen of the jury, I implore you ...\u201d My prediction for success? Resolution Prediction Grade -2. (Two being - \u201cProbably ain\u2019t going to happen, but I\u2019ll try to be sweet.\u201d) I\u2019d like to be less grumpy in my writing, but \u201cthey\u201d make me crazy, so ...I suppose I need to resolve this and try a little harder this coming year. Truth be known, I don\u2019t necessarily enjoy being a grouch. I really would like to let my pen flow with more fun stuff. RESOLUTION THREE I promise to do everything I can to visit my grandson as often as possible. That\u2019s an easy one ...\u201d Resolution Prediction Grade - 10+. ( \u201cDone Deal\u201d) I have, indeed, done everything I can to see my grandson, but I guess I never get enough of that so I\u2019m going to renew that resolution - just for me! I now have even more reason to visit and see him as often as possible. During a recent holiday visit to New York, he told me with great excitement and no little sense of pride: \u201cGrandpa, you\u2019re the best monster ever.\u201d It\u2019s true. I AM the best monster ever! All you other grandpas who think you\u2019re pretty good monsters - step off. I\u2019m the best. My grandson told me so. RESOLUTION FIVE And now ... I promise to balance any bad news we may need to print with good news as well. I already try to do that, but we\u2019ll kick it up a notch. And, by the way, if you folks out there don\u2019t give me reason to publish bad news, I will be more than happy NOT to spend too much time searching out the more unfortunate stories. Resolution Predication Grade - 10. (Done deal.) I don\u2019t enjoy having to write, assign stories, and publish news about the crappy things people do to themselves and each other. So ...behave yourselves. That\u2019s it. My resolutions. Now it\u2019s time for you to review your past resolutions - even privately. Don\u2019t fib. And it\u2019s time to determine some new ones for the year to come. Be easy on yourselves, and have a great, prosperous, and productive New Year.