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December into January (Contest)
Sunday, December 31st, 2023

UPDATE: The winner is…Diane Sallans!



  1. I continued to work on Malcolm (Book #10 of Montana Bounty Hunters: Dead Horse, MT).
  2. I completed 5 editing projects for other authors in December.
  3. I didn’t write a lot in December, between the craft fair and getting ready for the holiday/having kids underfoot, but I don’t care. It was a fun month!


  1. I have been concentrating on drinking more water, plus, I added drinking water mixed with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar twice a day to improve my liver health. It’s weird, but after the first couple of times of drinking it while wrinkling my nose, I actually like it.
  2. I’ve managed to keep my blood pressure down to 135-155, despite the holiday excesses.


  1. I finished some last items for the Christmas craft fair and participated in early December. It was so much fun!
  2. Here are some examples of things I completed before the fair. And yes, I painted tags for potholder sets. 🙂


Malcolm (Montana Bounty Hunters: Dead Horse, MT Book 10) What Happens in Bozeman

For work-related, I plan:

  1. To complete writing Malcolm, my next Montana Bounty Hunters book and publish it!
  2. To begin work on What Happens in Bozeman, my next We are Dead Horse, MT, book!
  3. To complete 4 editing projects in January!

For health related, I plan:

  1. To start back on my Weight Watchers diet, because it’s time to get serious!
  2. To continue to reduce salt, processed food, and incorporate foods good for blood pressure (spinach, broccoli, bananas) and my liver (apple cider vinegar, flax seeds, sunflower seeds).
  3. To pay attention to my daily steps, trips up and down the stairs, and to incorporate some chair exercises and more walking.
  4. To do more housework because my art room isn’t finished! Cleaning is exercise, too.

For happiness-related, I plan: 

  1. To participate in the Gel Print January challenge where I’ll be making painted pages for collaging—at least one every day!
  2. To assume the presidency of the local art guild, much as I don’t want to, but someone’s got to keep the organization going!


Comment on anything you’ve read in this post. Tell me what you’re doing to make yourself happier and healthier, or tell me what you plan to read in January…
Like I said, comment on anything for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card!

21 comments to “December into January (Contest)”

  1. Terra Oenning
    · December 31st, 2023 at 10:15 am · Link

    For me I want to drink more water and have cut down on junk food and want to stop eating it. I don’t do alot of drive through foods now either. Just want to feel healthier and lose a few pounds and try to stay healthy and not get for Jan reads they’re a ton I’m looking forward I love audiobooks and excited to see what 2024 brings. Happy New Years To You and your family.

  2. Dawn M Roberto
    · December 31st, 2023 at 11:20 am · Link

    I want to start walking more outside when weather is nice since I need to up my exercise routine better.

  3. Ann Ivey
    · December 31st, 2023 at 11:41 am · Link

    Drinking more water, getting outside more, keeping up with my reviews better so I’m not scrambling to get them written at the end of the year.

    Have you been eating flax seeds for a long time? I have a friend who put flax seeds on everything until she developed diverticulitis from them.

    Have a safe and happy New Year! 🎊🍾

  4. Debra S.
    · December 31st, 2023 at 12:01 pm · Link

    I have set a goal of reading 100 books in 2024 and to stop biting my nails. Have a Happy New Year 🙂

  5. Colleen C.
    · December 31st, 2023 at 12:19 pm · Link

    Read as much as I can… have some projects I need to do around the house…

  6. Margaret
    · December 31st, 2023 at 2:41 pm · Link

    I love that you have so much going on. Choice is the spice of life. I drink a ginger & lemon shot for my health. I am thinking of adding a shot with beets. I want to change jobs, right now I work with High School students, but my love if the wee ones. So I plan to make that happen, and I want to create enough to sell my crafts. I knit, crochet, bead, make jewelry. Sometimes I think it is too much to put out there.

  7. Jennifer Beyer
    · December 31st, 2023 at 3:35 pm · Link

    I love your crafts! The hand painted tags are a nice touch. I am going to complete a couple of long term projects in the next couple of months. I am excited to finally finish them.

  8. Mary Preston
    · December 31st, 2023 at 6:28 pm · Link

    I love the pot holders. Mine look a bit scrappier than that.

  9. BN
    · December 31st, 2023 at 7:47 pm · Link

    nice art

  10. Diane Sallans
    · December 31st, 2023 at 7:47 pm · Link

    I should drink more water – have to try adding the apple cider vinegar. I do love your crafts – once I get myself moved I’ll get myself into some crafting.

  11. Beverly
    · December 31st, 2023 at 9:08 pm · Link

    I’m looking forward to these next two books from Dead Horse. Love visiting there.

  12. flchen
    · December 31st, 2023 at 10:56 pm · Link

    DD (um, dear daughter, not Delilah in this case 😉 ) and I are working on knitting a blanket together. I’m hoping to get back to ballet in the coming months, and keep walking and reading…

  13. Debra Guyette
    · January 1st, 2024 at 7:36 am · Link

    I like your 3 sets of plans. I think I shall try some health related items.

  14. Reina Torres
    · January 1st, 2024 at 3:16 pm · Link

    sooo looking forward to the next Dead Horse book

  15. Jana
    · January 2nd, 2024 at 6:29 pm · Link

    You my dear, are a Renaissance woman!! You are talented in so many areas. Keep on doing what you’re doing.
    Happy New Year!

  16. Steph
    · January 4th, 2024 at 11:08 am · Link

    I love your art!
    My continued goals for myself are to keep moving and losing weight. I’ve lost 35lbs in 2023 just by walking so I plan to continue and to start eating more plant based not because I have to but it helps with my fibromyalgia.

  17. kerry pruett
    · January 7th, 2024 at 2:51 pm · Link

    For me I am like you I need to get serious about losing this extra weight or I am going to be in a wheel chair. I have bad knees and ankles. I know I can do it ; it is just getting motivated to do it.

    I plan on reading as much as I can this next year to help keep me relaxed and calm.

    I hope that you have great success with all of your coming goals for this year. Please share any good recipes you come across.

    I type medical transcription and there is one Dr. that tells everyone to eat the rainbow. That you will get all the nutrients and vegetables good for you if you eat the rainbow in colors.

  18. Mary McCoy
    · January 7th, 2024 at 5:47 pm · Link

    I remember making potholders like that over 50 years ago…

  19. Beckie
    · January 8th, 2024 at 12:50 am · Link

    I want everything organized so I can be more creative. So between reading when my health allows. I be trying to organize my house so I can be creative whenever the mood strikes.

  20. Stacey Kinzebach
    · January 8th, 2024 at 5:58 pm · Link

    I’m concentrating on setting up a self care routine. I tend to take care of everyone else and forget about me.

  21. Delilah
    · January 11th, 2024 at 5:35 am · Link

    Thanks, everyone, for sharing and for the encouragement!

    The winner of the GC (chosen by a random number generator) was #10—Diane Sallans!

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