Only a month from Valentine’s Day!

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Can you believe we’re already almost halfway through January?

Have you done any dreaming or planning for the year ahead?

I finally got to setting down some intentions and goals last weekend. I know many pooh-pooh this new year tradition. Not I! Even the roughest road map helps me feel more purposeful and confident that I’m heading in a direction to which I’ve given at least a little thought.

One of my intentions this year is to be more regular with blogging. I’m going to try for one post a week, alternating posts about art and writing. We’ll start this week with art.

A month from today is Valentine’s Day! Since I’ve opened my shop, I’m very conscious about upcoming celebrations—all the more because orders need to be placed in good time to allow for shipping (and I’m not Amazon!). And so I’ve spent my art hours this week making valentines (with accompanying memories of elementary school).

A Valentine trend this year, according to Etsy, is for vintage designs. I had fun trying to figure out and duplicate that look. Here are some of the cards you’ll find at Violet Nesdoly Art. (Several of them can be personalized.) What do you think, did I capture the vintage vibe in some of them?

How have you spent these first weeks of January 2021?

January, February



January, February

It’s January, all must change
my resolutions cry it!
I’ll clean the cupboards, shine the glass
completely change my diet.
The constant list of things I need
has changed from Christmas treats
to organizers, storage boxes,
and a set of sheets.

It’s February, nothing’s changed
the bathroom scales decry it
(that frozen stash of Christmas treats
has sabotaged my diet).
The hopeful list of things I pledged
discreetly tucked away.
Ten months to do just as I please
until next New Year’s day.

© 2004 – Time of Singing, Winter 2004-2005 (also published in Calendar, 2004)

Happy New Year!

Today’s poem is a re-post. It first appeared here in 2009, but I wrote it long before that. I’m afraid it’s the ongoing story of my New Year’s Resolutions. Some things never change!Poetry Friday Logo
This post is part of Poetry Friday. You will find many more Poetry Friday poems linked at Betsy’sI Think in Poems blog.

Read the Bible in 2013


Girl reading Bible

Let the Bible change you in 2013

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to read the Bible in 2013? Would you like to read through the entire book (or, more accurately, the library of 66 books)? Or maybe you’re not that ambitious. Whatever your goal, there’s a Bible reading plan for you. Below is a list for you to look over now, so that you’re ready to jump in come January 1st! lists thirteen plans that go from reading the whole Bible in a year to the Psalms in a month. You can view each plan on the web and/or be reminded by receiving it each day by email. Each plan is available in several languages and translations. describes and links three downloadable Bible reading plans:

  • 5 x 5 x 5: five minutes per day, 5 days per week, 5 ways to dig deeper. This plan takes you through one chapter each day. You will read through the New Testament in a year.
  • A book at a time with the gospels spread throughout the year plan takes you through the Bible in a year.
  • The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan reads from four places in the Bible each day and also takes you through the Bible in a year.

Download all of the above from this page

Don Whitney’s Bible Reading Record (link is a pdf) lists every chapter of The Bible so you can check them off, whatever pace or plan you go with.

I found that last link on Justin Taylor’s article “Bible Reading Plans for 2012,” which has more plans and links to articles explaining why reading the Bible is important and the strengths and weaknesses of various reading plans.

Or you can join me at Other Food Daily Devos. There you will find the linked daily readings prescribed by the Canadian Bible Society and a brief devotional. What , of the Bible will you read by following this plan? According to the brochure which contains the list of readings (link downloads a pdf):

“The 2013 Daily Bible Reading Guide is the 28th consecutive one prepared by the Rev. Dr. K. L. Peterson. It is based on texts used in the Revised Common Lectionary and other lectionaries such as those used by Anglicans, Lutherans, and Roman Catholics…. If the Guide is used every day during 2013, 56 books of the Bible will be utilized and 11 will be read in their entirety. With intention for 2013, all 79 biblical texts used by G. F. Handel in his oratorio ‘Messiah’ will be read, as will all the 12 so-called Great Prayers of the Old Testament.”

Happy reading as you peruse this book of books, hear God speak through it, and allow it to impact your life!