Over the years, I have often pondered and occasionally written about those elusive New Year's resolutions and now that we are in February, I am once again wondering if folks are holding fast to those commitments and promises they made to themselves or if they, like me, are trying to stick to them?

I have a dear friend who waits until the last minute to put her Christmas decorations away. When I say last minute, I am sharing with you that one year she left her tree up until after Valentine's Day. Since it was adorned with red, why not? Some may find that quirky, but I get the fact that letting go of the holidays and all it represents is difficult. It is hard to tuck away and place back in the attic all of what the holidays represent: festive gatherings with family and friends, which always include an abundance of deliciously decadent "good cheer!"

I view tackling my New Year's resolutions not unlike my friend enjoying her decorated house long past Christmas. I envy those who people who actually begin their resolutions on Jan. 1, each year and miraculously seem to stick to a plan of action. After all, on that date each year, college football is in overdrive, as we sit watching and recuperating from the celebration of the prior evening. And so this year I vowed to ease into my resolutions, as opposed to jumping in full-throttle, so as not to see unrealistic expectations unfulfilled shortly down the road. I know it is different for everyone, which is why I enjoy getting feedback from other folks and their quest to stick to their resolutions.

I bumped into Kathleen Ralyea around Alamo, and when I asked if she was sticking to her resolutions, she replied, "What resolutions?" She said she tries all year to eat healthier and exercise. "I try and I try and I try all year long. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't," she added.

Lisa Hicks told me she avoids making them as well. "I never make them and the reason is, if I make them and don't stick to them, I end up feeling bad," she told me.

Her husband, Michael Hicks, didn't make any resolutions this time around. "If I'd known you were going to ask me, Caterina, I would have made one," he said.

Jack Finegold has decided that he wants to ease off on a habit of his. "I made a New Year's resolution to cut back on smoking cigars on the golf course, and I'm now down to one a week," he said.

When I saw Brent and Margaret Simor out and about and asked them if they were sticking to their resolutions, they both said they never make them.

"It isn't something we've done, and if you don't make them, you don't end up breaking them," said Margaret.

Diana Pitchford told me she didn't really make any this year as well. However she came up with a theoretical one anyhow. "If I had one to make, it would be to continue surrounding myself with my incredible friends who bless me and put up with me on a daily basis," she said with a smile.

And so it is, some folks make them and break them and avoid making them for that very reason. My resolution was to ease into a healthier lifestyle and exercise more, which I am now finally doing. I'm also pretty sure that my friend has taken down the last of her Christmas decorations too, so we are off to a great, albeit late, start! After all, the holidays, and more "merry making memories" are merely months away!

Contact Caterina Mellinger at around- alamo@hotmail.com