I don't usually, but for some reason this year I was in the mood. They are:
Go to the beach more.
This is an annual item on my list, and I have yet to make good on it. We live on the edge of a continent, and not to take advantage of standing on the point where the Great Land meets the Greater Ocean seems sad.
Weed the vineyard and orchard more more.
This year I am going to do whatever it takes to keep the star thistle away from my berries, for the sake of my hands (and my legs when I wear shorts down there). It's not going to be fun, but hopefully with better vineyard management I won't have to step as carefully through the thorns to get to my food.
Keep the 20 pounds I lost this year away forever. Wine Country adds a lot of things to one's life, weight being one of them. This year I finally found a diet that worked for me and, combined with a better exercise regimen, I lost the 20 pounds I'd been carrying around since the first year we lived here. Yes, everything tastes good in this land, and there is wine with everything and lots and lots of social events featuring great food and wine. But with excess comes a price, and it must be paid one way or another. I feel much better since taking off the weight and want to keep it that way.
Don't stress so much at Thanksgiving...buying a sous vide system which should solve that problem. Let's face it, hating your "job" by 4 p.m. and feeling like you are constantly behind should be a hallmark of corporate office life, not Thanksgiving dinner at the homestead. And guests recognize the chaos. This needs to improve.
Get off the property for at least one vacation.
I know, duh, right? All work and no play makes me a resentful homesteader.
Write down and track what varieties of seeds I use so I know what works best.
Novel concept, no? It seems everyone but me does this faithfully. For years I have not done this except for tomatoes and lettuce, but now I'd really like to compare seed varieties for all my vegetable crops, especially pumpkins, squash and cucumbers.
Make more green manure in the form of cover crops.
This is happening next week, when I plant a cover crop of rye grass in my raised beds.
Sheep? Alpacas? Mini-donkeys? Goats?
This year I hope we can settle this dilemma, get fencing done and get some critters out there for weed control and fertilizer. Plus, isn't half the fun of owning country property having some larger-type livestock?