Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt (Granny) New Years Resolutions


Hermiony resides in the fictional town of Fuchsia, Minnesota and Granny is the main character in the book Granny Hooks A Crook by Julie Seedorf.

Every year the citizens of Fuchsia are hounding me to make New Year’s Resolutions. In the interest of keeping the merchants I work for happy, I will do so this year.

  1. I will not let any more furry creatures adopt me this year.
  2.  When Franklin winks at me I will not blush.
  3.  I will give up donuts this year. Wait, it’s not Lent, I will not give up donuts this year.
  4. I will  practice the art of patience with my adult children. I am changing the locks on my door.
  5. I will make at least one trip a week to Red Hot Mama’s Boutique.
  6.  I will remember where my cars are this year. I will not lose them.
  7. I will try something new, perhaps skydiving at the Fuchsia Airport  or water skiing in Blue Bird Lake or snow skiing down Blue Bird Hill.
  8. I will help the Big Guy in new ways. Surprise is the mother of invention or something like that.
  9.  I will spy on my neighbors, especially the new ones that are moving in.
  10. I will laugh, I will mourn, I will love. What is a better resolution than that?

Did you know that they make spyglasses with camera’s?  That’s it, my last resolution. I will buy myself a spyglass with a camera so I can take better care of my neighbors.

Happy New Year and Foofidleyfa!


Happy New Year

Happy New Year (Photo credit: James Marvin Phelps)

Column: Something About Nothing, by Julie Seedorf

I am not a good resolution maker. If I make a resolution I usually break it early in the year.

Recently as I was driving back from an appointment, my thoughts went to the New Year’s Eves in my past. I remembered being a teenager so long ago and celebrating New Year’s Eve with my friends, some of whom now no longer grace the earth with their presence. I remembered the New Year’s Eves as a young married couple celebrating with our friends and partying well into the night.

Now we are usually snuggled in our beds by the time the midnight rolls around. I am sometimes amazed that the new year starts without us celebrating. How dare it begin without us? Shouldn’t it wait until we have our eyes open again? Couldn’t we move the celebration and time from midnight to morning?

In my musings, I also wondered what my 98-year-old aunt would say about her New Year’s past. Did they celebrate? Does she look forward to another year at her age?

As I have gotten older my New Year’s Eve celebration has changed and become quieter and perhaps more thoughtful. There is something very meaningful to contemplate thinking about what has passed and what is to come.

People celebrate New Year’s Eve to ring out the old and usher in the hope of the new.

This year, I am looking at the new year as a new beginning to a new chapter in my life. I have retired from my computer business and hope to write full time as an author and as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines. It is a scary proposition and I chose the New Year to start this scary new venture. Maybe I will have to add another parttime job to the mix, but it feels good to look at this change in my life at the beginning of a new year.

There is a song called “Feeling Good.” One of the lines in the song says “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day; it’s a new life for me.” We could change that line to say, “It’s a new dawn; it’s a new year; it’s a new life for me.”

Instead of resolutions we could look at a new year as a new beginning for each of us.

We seem to have the idea that a good year is one where everything that should happen to us is good and wonderful. It isn’t. Life is good and bad mixed together. It happens every year, the good and the bad. Some years are better than others, but if we are starting a new year it means we got through, we are tough and there are many surprises waiting for us in the new year.

I am not making any resolutions, but I can tell you the things I would like to accomplish in my own life. I would like to become a better person this year. I would like to be more compassionate, less judgmental and more adventurous. I would like to become less fearful of letting go of the old and trying something new. I would like to eat better, and exercise more. Most of all, I would like to become a person that is a good example for my grandchildren. I would like to make them proud. I would like them to know they are loved.

Will I accomplish all of those things, probably not? Will I know if I become a better person and become more compassionate, probably not? Will I know if I become more adventurous? It will depend on each person’s definition of adventurous. Mine would probably be navigating traffic in the cities. It could be eating liver and onions. Or it might be something so small, that to those that know me, it is not even seen.

No resolutions, just wishes on how to live my life better. Will I succeed? I don’t know.

It is time for each of us to look at the old, start the new and possibly ask ourselves, for this new year, “What would I attempt to do if I knew I could not fail?” We will never know unless we try. I am starting this new year with a different career. It is a brand-new start. That is what I would do if I could not fail. But failure is always a possibility, without trying I will never know. If I fail, I will learn something along the way and then I would have to ask myself, “How can this lesson be failure when with that failure, I have a chance to start anew again?”

A friend gave me a gift this week, and it says;

“Live your dream. Do what you love. Cherish every moment. Be brave. Take risks. Create your own happiness. Have an open mind and heart. Make a real difference. Never give up. Dream big. Be fearless. Make every moment count. Today is the day.”

I will go a little further with that. It is a new year. This year is the year.

The first thing I did, right before the new year to ensure that I will smile? I took a risk. It might turn heads. It might make people cringe, but it makes me smile. My new ringtone for my iPhone, “What does the Fox Say? Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!



Happy New Year!

Do Followers Really Read Your Twitter Posts?

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When “Granny Hooks A Crook” was published I decided I needed to hit the Social Media and become involved. That has become an interesting process.

I was on Facebook.  http://www.facebook.com/sprinklednotes That was my start. I added this blog. I evolved to my website http://www.julieseedorf.com. I then added Twitter. julieseedorf@julieseedorf.

I still do not quite understand all the language of Twitter but I am learning. I look at people who I follow and that are following me with thousands and thousands plus followers and wonder, are of the tweets being read? Or is it just about the numbers?

I do Twitter to interact with people who have the same interests as I do. I do Twitter to promote “Granny Hooks a Crook” and “Whatchamacallit? Thingamajig?” But does it matter?

There have some blogs, people and quotes that inspire me and catch my eye daily. I try not to always promote my books but try to promote what I feel and what I believe. I have found that those that constantly promote their books and what they have to sell and not much else are those that I skim past on a daily basis, and think about unfollowing. Maybe it is just me that is put off by that.

Those are my thoughts. I have a lot to learn. I joined Instagram yesterday. You can possibly teach an old woman new tricks. Isn’t that right  Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt better known as Granny.