The photo has absolutely no relevance to this post, it is for my Northern friends, who are snow-bound.

The post is a re-post in response to Side View’s weekend theme, because I still buy about 7 magazines a month.


I’ve given up on ever having my home featured in H&L, G&H etc. as I just don’t have the heart to hide all the gifts made for me by The Child over the years. Her foray into pottery (mercifully short-lived) yielded an astonishing number of gifts and I had to be extremely careful when giving thanks.  “What a beautiful carrot!” brought the indignant response “It’s a vase, Mom!”   So, in all, I wasn’t achieving the minimalist, monochrome mansion I’d long dreamed of.

The upshot of all this is, of course, that I was able to eliminate one magazine genre from my guilty habit.  When New Year loomed, I gave my addiction some thought: I was buying upwards of 15 magazines regularly.  As I’d always made easily attainable resolutions: one year I resolved to not eat fish eyes, ever (easily done), it now came to me that I would buy ONLY ONE magazine A MONTH!

The decision alone made me feel virtuous; both ecologically (save a tree) and economically (more money for Merlot). But how to choose? Décor was already out (vases, birds, dogs, ET, see above).  I can cook as well as I’m ever going to, besides, there’s my new online friend, Giggling Gourmet, if I get stuck; so that crossed the Foodies off the list.  The Child was born delinquent, so the Parenting Mags hadn’t worked for me anyway.  Cape Town steals whatever time I have to break away and I don’t camp (unless it’s with My Moffies*, but then we CAMP!) so there was no need for Travel.  My dress-sense is abysmal and I’d long-ago resigned myself to being considered ‘quirky’, so it was farewell to the longtime companions, Fair Lady and Femina.  (I shall miss Marianne Thamm).  Sex was a distant memory, so that took care of COSMO. 

What I wanted was a ‘keeper’.  Good journalism and slick production, something that lasted a while and that I could return to for reference. I also wanted to be taken out of my immediate world, so there had to be a good chunk of glamour.  With the looming extinction of print already on the horizon, I wanted a souvenir for the child: a chunky stack of history that I would keep at the beach house for rainy days and nostalgia.

It’s bloody chilly here today, I’m off to the fireside with Vanity Fair.

I know it’s unpatriotic that I chose a foreign mag, but the Merlot is – and always will be – from Stellenbosch.

Keep warm.

*Moffies is a local slang term for homosexuals. It is derogatory, unless one is a fag hag,. Fag hags may use the term freely.

©Cindy Taylor 2008


40 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    I don’t do resolutions. :-\

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not worth it, the self-disgust when I don’t stick to them isn’t worth it …

  2. Lovely, did you keep to the resolution?

  3. SuziCate says:

    You crack me up! I gave up the mags! I also gave up on guessing what the art productions I received were! Love the flowers…we’re just sitting in white snow…now pretty colorful blooms. (sigh)

  4. leigh says:

    Luvvie enrose 🙂

  5. Supa says:

    New Years resolutions? let me think about it for a nano second….Nah!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m with you on that …

  6. Now why would you want to punish yourself like that… really not a good idea.
    News Year Resolutions, hmm, not my kind of thing. If I had to wait for once a year I would be in big trouble and have a major backlog!
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Spot on, Mandy, not worth it 😀

  7. slpmartin says:

    Gave up on resolutions years ago…but always enjoy watching others try to live up to theirs…off to bed my friend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nighty night my dear 🙂

  8. souldipper says:

    Just had an “all nighter” – drank a delicious coffee with the Trifle after Christmas Dinner yesterday so I’ve been up for a couple of days. Just fell asleep in the comfort of Charles’ “…” so best I beat my way to my favourite sheets.


    I shall resolve to resist caffeine – cup by cup.

  9. Madmom says:

    I don’t do resolutions either. However, I do do glossies whenever I can.

    1. theonlycin says:

      *smiles and heads off to Exclusive Books*

  10. Those magazines sure stack up….one a month is incredibly abstemious 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ahem … abstemious and me don’t go in the same sentence 😉

  11. The best is just thinking of doing resolutions… a good feeling to enter the new year. Then whatever must happen, happens. And for the rest, I suppose it is not meant to. See you next year 🙂 About the magazines : there are three I cannot part – and will not – with : quilting, then one about philosophy, lifestyle, health, ecology, someting to think about and the third is one I buy now and then about food.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m also a hopeless sucker for food magazines, Isa.

  12. halfp1nt says:

    The only resolution I’ve made and stuck to, is the one of not making any!

  13. Rita says:

    Ok. The photo has nothing to do with the post, but it’s wonderful anyway!! it reminds me of my beautiful roses (it’s wintertime here, it’s cold and roses are faded… let’s wait for next spring to come!)

    1. theonlycin says:

      My roses are showing off like nothing on earth this year, Rita, such a blessing 🙂

  14. Val says:

    I resolve to be more resolved about my resolute need to avoid resolutions. 😉

  15. gospelwriter says:

    Resolutions are not worth the piece of paper (brain) they’re written on… gave ’em up a while back. I do like the glossies though I seldom buy them any more – perhaps do a page-through while in the supermarket checkout line, or in the doctor’s office, studiously avoiding all the bits near the front that tell me I’m not as young (or beautiful) as I once was… well, duh!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, those articles are to be avoided at all costs 😉

  16. Magazines and a warm fireplace. Ultimate comfort.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed, thanks for the visit Heather 🙂

  17. nursemyra says:

    7 magazines a month? but when do you find the time to read books darlin’?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Don’t sleep much, Myra, hence my short stature, I guess 😉

  18. Resolutions or new year are training in resolutions for kids.
    Acheivers have to resolve or the hours, days, weeks and months.
    Enjoyed the read o course.
    Happy new year.

    1. theonlycin says:

      And a happy and prosperous year to you, Doc.

  19. nrhatch says:

    My New Year’s Resolution = be the best “me” I can be. I am the sole judge and jury of my progress. 🙂

  20. Understand the addiction. Do all mine online now. Saves trees. Not money. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      *hides two news food mags under desk*

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