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A Brand New Year!

     
     
 

Well, Jimmy is traveling the valley as Hunter plays in all the Christmas break basketball tournaments and in between games, he is enjoying the great outdoors with a little hunting with the boys. That leaves me here in the big open space of page 2!
I hope y’all enjoyed your holidays; it’s hard to believe that we are starting a brand new year again.
The cover of the paper may say ‘Volume 16’, but because our years work like centuries do, we are just a couple weeks shy of celebrating the 15th anniversary of the first issue of Webb Weekly.
It’s incredible how far we have come in 15 years, and I am excited to see what the future brings going forward.
One of the best ways (in my opinion) for us to keep putting out the best product we can is to give you, the reader, what you want. So, as always, I am up for suggestions if you have a subject, event, or person you would like to see us do a story on. You can send any story suggestions to webbnews@webbweekly.com!
There is often so much going on in the area, and so many people are doing wonderful things that it is easy for me to miss something without a little help from my friends. So help me out, and I will do my best to bring you the best and most exciting things our area has to offer every week.
Are you making New Year’s resolutions? I mentioned a couple last week, so I am starting to think about the best way to implement them.
My mother-in-law was sweet enough to help me out with my attempt to not kill a houseplant by getting me one for Christmas. It took me a minute to figure out what precisely the plant was (the tag simply said ‘fern’), but I figured out that it is a staghorn fern and now I am set to take as best care I can of the little darling. So far, except for the fact that my cat won’t stop chewing on it, it seems to be going well. I’m heading out this weekend to find a hanging basket so I can keep it away from Stormy’s chompers! And no worries, I checked, and according to the ASPCA database, staghorn ferns are non-toxic to dogs, cats, and horses, so while his chewing is bothersome, it won’t hurt him!
The other resolutions were to eat better, move more and stress less.
Eating better is probably the easiest of the group. Since I enjoy cooking anyway, it’s really just a matter of cooking fewer carbs and more veggies, and that will pretty much take care of that.
Moving more is going to require more effort. I’m thinking that starting slow and doing yoga a few times a week is the best place to start. After that, I think I will pull out some of the old P90X DVDs and try not to die doing those workouts!
Moving more will also have the side effect of aiding in the stress less department. I also asked for a few things for Christmas to help me along.
I got a bracelet that you can insert little felt circles in, which you add essential oils to. There are a ton of different oils that the scents of are supposed to help lower stress, clear your mind and improve concentration. Putting them in the bracelet allows for the scents to work their magic without being obtrusive.
I also was given an oil diffuser that is just small enough to fit on my desk for the same purpose. I have a diffuser at home and often use different oils to promote whatever it is that I need at the moment. Calm, mood boosting, concentration, etc.
Since I tend to run more than a little high-strung, I am willing to try just about whatever to help keep the peace and calm inside my brain. So I also asked for a salt lamp for Christmas. I am the first to admit I was/am a little leery of believing that a lamp made of salt could be of any help to me. However, supposedly these lamps offer a variety of benefits like improving air quality, thus making it easier to sleep and taming allergies and asthma and boost our mood and energy levels, especially for people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or depression. Now, I’m taking all of this with a grain of salt (pun intended), because again, it’s salt. But again, I’m willing to give it a go and see what happens.
So there’s my game plan and here’s to a happy, healthy and busy new year!