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A new year is upon us and already there is less sherbet

I have just polished off a quart of mango sherbet while pondering my New Year's resolutions, one of which will be to lay off said sherbet. Willy Wonka is on the telly and everyone is asleep, including our three cats who are nicely curled up on my favorite chair. I am typing this tome standing up, so as to not disturb them.

  • "2011" has an odd ring to it and it will be hard to remember to write it for several months, but I guess Brenda at Palmetto State Bank will overlook that for a while. Changing years is a bit more difficult than changing clothes. You can't just throw old years in the hamper, sort them and wash them in cold water -- but then again that might be a grand idea. You could pick out the good parts of the old years, toss the bad times out and start fresh, like clean laundry that has been dried outside in the sunshine on a clothesline. I love that.
  • This is going to be a fun year. We have a new baby in our family, Patterson, who is already on her way to becoming a genius. It will be a wonderful treat watching her grow up. I am still a bit nervous around her because she is so small but that will pass as she gets older. Her mother and father act so confident about raising a child I am amazed. I still wonder how in the world I had three who actually made it to adulthood! I am more like Auntie Mame but I can't let them know that.
  • I was reading something interesting about the stock market yesterday. Companies that have increased their dividends for 25 straight years are among an elite crowd referred to as "Dividend Aristocrats." There are not many companies in this group, and this year some have been dropped because of their performances. Hormel, McCormick and Ecolab are three new members joining the other solid market bets. Remember this if you have some Christmas greenery leftover. You can find the complete list of "Aristocrats" on the Internet.
  • The Coastal Discovery Museum has some interesting programs coming up in January. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources veterinarian Al Segars will give a talk on "Northern Atlantic Right Whales" at 3 p.m. Monday at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island. The cost is $5 per person and you must make reservations. Details: 843-689-6767
  • If you have an odd item lying around the house and have been wondering, "What the heck is it?," you might want to bring your artifact to be identified by an expert at the Coastal Discovery Museum. The "What the Heck Is It?" program is presented by the Archaeology Society of South Carolina, Hilton Head Chapter and will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 22. Details: 843-363-5058
  • Natalie Hefter, of the Coastal Discovery Museum, will present "Island Timeline," tracing Hilton Head's history from the Native Americans who first visited here 4,000 years ago up through today. Reservations are required and the cost is $5 a person. Natalie is very well-versed in the history of our area, so this talk should enlighten all in attendance. Details: 843-689-6767
  • As for my New Year's resolutions I forgot what in the heck I resolved to do. One thing I know for sure is I'll try to get in my favorite chair before the cats do. I'll also try to have more prosecco stashed away for that rainy day.
  • Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.