My New Year Resolutions for 2023

Written by Dyami Millarson

I am holding one of my quail. Quail eggs are vaguely visible in the background.

Every new year resolution is like a quail egg: it is a new beginning.

These are my resolutions for this year:

  • I will continue my work on the linguistic classification of the North Frisian and East Frisian languages.
  • I will continue editing dictionaries of Frisian languages.
  • I will read as much as possible in different Frisian and non-Frisian languages.
  • I will learn more about gardening.
  • I will learn more about animal diseases and their treatments.
  • To challenge myself, I will continue brushing up on my gaming skills after not having gamed for more than a decade.
    • After completing the F2P content of Old School Runescape (OSRS) in 2022, I will complete as much as possible of the P2P content of OSRS in 2023.
  • I will keep improving the health of my eyes and teeth.
  • I will change the blog design and change the mission statement.
  • I will scan old books in order to expand our cloud-based library for Frisian studies.
  • I will reorganise my library at home in order to make it efficient for my studies.
  • If time permits, I will learn new languages.


  1. Happy New Year.
    We currently live near hills. Several years ago a flock of quail landed here, little twittering birds – there must have been about 30 of them. We tried to round them up but they couldn’t be contained.
    We think they may have escaped or been rescued from a game-shooting site in the hills.
    Amazing little birds.

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    • Quail are definitely amazing little birds. I find they are also somewhat needy birds, because they are quite social and surprisingly intelligent. Others say online they are not the brightest of animals, but I disagree: they really seem to use their full mental capacity for understanding cause and effect, and I have found they are able to learn new things and adapt quickly. For instance, they know how to communicate their needs if you raise them as pets. They will definitely make it known when they need water, food, tiny stones, sand for dust bathing, etc. They are smart enough to realise they need to get your attention when they miss anything. They just can’t communicate exactly what they are missing, except you can just try giving them different things until they respond in such a way that it becomes clear you gave them what they were looking for. They become quiet and peaceful when they have everything they need. You can also make them quite tame with frequent interactions, though their natural flight instinct may sometimes get the best of them; for they retain most features of their wild ancestors even when held in captivity.

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