Category Archives: Goals

With age, there is wisdom!

Every year for the last few, I’ve started my year out with a list/book of things that needed to be done.  I would get really aggravated with myself if at least half of that list didn’t get completed.

To-Do List for the outdoors

To-Do List for the outdoors

I had lists for indoors, outdoors, spring lists, summer lists, fall lists.

I had lists for indoors, outdoors, spring lists, summer lists, fall lists.

My list of things to do on the farm.

My list of things to do on the farm.I’m not talking about a list of 20-30 things, I’m talking about a notebook with sections for each room in the house, the yard, porch, buildings on the farm, garden, farm work, whatever needs to be done.  

Rather than beat myself up with resolutions and lists this year I’ve changed my tune!  If I’m in the mood, it’ll get done!   My new motto is:

If it gets done, hurrah, if it doesn’t it’ll be there tomorrow!

Graduation 2016

Our beautiful granddaughter has grown up and graduated from high school!  We’re all so very, very proud of her and know she can accomplish anything she sets her mind too when she wants to.  I want to share our evening watching her walk down the aisle and get that diploma.

Scholarship awarded

Scholarship awarded

Diploma from high school principal.

Diploma from high school principal.

Parents, Victoria, and maternal grandparents.

Parents, Victoria, and maternal grandparents.

She's holding it together pretty good!

She’s holding it together pretty good!

Victoria and her two best friends, Rachel and Amber.

Victoria and her two best friends, Rachel and Amber.

I leave my granddaughter with this quote from Steve Jobs:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs

Victoria Elizabeth, we love you and are very proud of you!  Nana

2016 Resolutions

RitaI’ve been thinking for the last couple of days about resolutions that people make every year and I’m one of those people. Each year I try to come up with 10-15 resolutions that I really want to fulfill. Now these are not my “bucket list” which is a list of the same things but they’re for your lifetime.
My 2016 resolutions are:
1. Try to be more compassionate to those less fortunate than myself.
2. Count my blessings everyday!
3. Tell and show my family how much I love them more than I do now.
4. Teach myself to knit.
5. Set up my loom and learn how to weave.
6. Find and set out at least five new fruit trees.
7. Lose 10 more pounds.
8. Write a personal letter to friends and family at least once a week. That’s only 52 letters and I know I can do this if I just set my mind too it!
9. Take my younger brother on a day trip every other month. A trip that is just for me and him to connect and have a good time.
10. Finish the two quilts I started two years ago. I started a sampler quilt last year and a snowman quilt the year before.
11. Grow and spend more time in my gardens this year.
12. Spend a long weekend with my friend in Maryland.
13. Make at least one thing every two weeks from my “Idea Book” (more on that later)

14.  Road trip with my love at least once a month!

15.  Girls Trip with my daughter in 2016 because the 2015 trip was such a blast!

16.  Try one new recipe a month.

17.  Write posts on my blog better than in 2015.

18.  Make at least two more quilts besides the two previous.

19.  Finish the three cross stitch pieces I started years ago.

20.  Start and finish a 2016 journal.

Wow, if I can keep at least half of these resolutions in 2016 I’ll be very proud of myself.  I’ll check back in six months with an update and another at the end of 2016.

 

Recipe box and cookbooks

2nd recipe box made from barn wood

2nd recipe box made from barn wood

My handmade (by hubby) recipe box is filling up.  I’ve been doing lots of purging in my home for the last year and one of the things that’s going is cookbooks!!  I love cookbooks but they take up so much room.  I’m going through all of my cookbooks and putting my favorite recipes and recipes that I think will be good on 4×6 index cards.  I’ve already gone through about 20-25 cookbooks but have about three times that to go through.  I also inherited from my mother-in-law boxes full of Taste of Home and All-Recipe magazines which I’m currently going through.  As I go through the magazines, I tab what I want to save and after I have 5-10 magazines tabbed I write down the recipe and pass the magazine on to my daughter, who passes it on to a friend and it goes and goes and goes.  I’m doing the same thing with the cookbooks.  We all enjoy the peaceful time going through them and getting new ideas for family meals.  I’m keeping a couple of the cookbooks given to me by my mother and special friends but now my kitchen shelves will have space for the “old treasures” I’ve collected for so many years.

This cookbook was my Mom's and bought when I was very young.  I still use lots of the recipes.

This cookbook was my Mom’s and bought when I was very young. I still use lots of the recipes.

This cookbook I purchased while working with the Craig County Farm Bureau Women's Committee.  It's out of print the last I checked but love giving it as a gift.  Wonderful cooks in Virginia.

This cookbook I purchased while working with the Craig County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee. It’s out of print the last I checked but love giving it as a gift. Wonderful cooks in Virginia.

A girlfriend that used to live in Georgia presented this to me many years ago and it's my "go to book" when looking for something new and different.  It has NEVER_FAIL recipes.

A girlfriend that used to live in Georgia presented this to me many years ago and it’s my “go to book” when looking for something new and different. It has NEVER_FAIL recipes.

 

These two cookbooks I use for canning and for “old-time” recipes.

Recipes from early 1900's.

Recipes from early 1900’s.

For those canning instructions that aren't used every year.

For those canning instructions that aren’t used every year.

Now I’m trying to decide is I need a larger recipe box from hubby or another one the same size.  I love the barnwood construction and works great in my very country kitchen.

A very comfortable and easy to use room in the house.

A very comfortable and easy to use room in the house.

Handmade table by Uncle Holl.

Handmade table by Uncle Holl.

Wood cook stove used mainly in the winter months.

Wood cook stove used mainly in the winter months.

White and bright

White and bright

I have a 18″ high stack of Taste of Home and All-Recipe magazines beside my chair in the living room awaiting my transfer of recipes to cards.  I have 9 cookbooks with tabbed pages to do the same thing with.  I’ll have plenty to keep me busy at night while watching TV with hubby.

Weight loss update

On the 25th of March I posted about starting over on my weight loss goals. It’s working!! I’ve started keeping my food journal again and though I may not walk everyday, I am walking at least twice a week during my breaks at work and working in the yard or with the animals on the weekends. I went back for a weigh-in on the 9th of April and had lost two + pounds. I’m meeting with my weight coach every two weeks again.  The two new pair of pants that I had bought were size 14 and were starting to feel too tight to wear again.

Gloria Vanderbilt jeans in a size 14.

Gloria Vanderbilt jeans in a size 14.

The size 16’s were feeling very good but knew that wasn’t how I wanted to deal with this and I’m working really hard to get back on track with this weight issue.

My weight coach is wonderful and so encouraging. When I was dealing with my younger brothers health issues the anxiety was unreal and I didn’t want to burden my family with what I was feeling so I ate and didn’t exercise at all.  I guess one excuse is as good as any!!

I also have three friends at work that listen to my troubles, walk with me, and encourage me to keep working at it. Carol, Gwen and Kathryn make me laugh and feel good about myself. You guys are my weekday lifeline and I love all three of you!

My best friend that lives on the eastern shore it my other lifeline. We talk, cry, scream and do all the things that best friends do together, even at a distance, to get through the “bumps” in our lives. I love you Margaret!!

I went back to my weight coach Wednesday and have lost four more pounds in the last two weeks.  I was so excited!

I just wish the weather was more comfortable to walk in.  The wind wreaks havoc on my sinuses and I’ve gone all winter (KNOCK ON WOOD) without getting sick and don’t want to push my luck.  I will continue to take short walks a couple of times a day while taking breaks at work and definitely walk or work at the farm to get the exercise I need to lose more and replace the fat with muscle!

Hubby told me last night he could tell a difference and I know I feel better.  I really think the exercise, the food journal I keep and the not eating after 7:00 p.m. is the results of the weight loss.  My goal for the next 8 weeks is to lose 10 more pounds and I’ll be the happiest girl in the world.

Keep me in your prayers!!

Sunday quiet time

Usually on Sunday afternoon if I can’t be outside I like to retreat to our guest room and catch up on my ironing.  This winter I procrastinated and let it pile up and I had my laundry hamper filled way beyond capacity.  It would all have fit into three large laundry baskets but in my defense about half of the laundry were dress shirts that hubby never wears. I had pulled them from his closet to re-wash and freshen and never got around to ironing them along with the last of my summer clothes from last fall.

Overloaded laundry basket of ironing.

Overloaded laundry basket of ironing.

I love to watch movies while I iron, especially those movies that hubby has seen already and I haven’t or my chick flicks that he won’t watch.  Sunday afternoon I watched “Lincoln” with Daniel Day Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Fields.  It’s a wonderful historic movie!

"Lincoln" movie with Andrew Day Lewis, Sally Fields and Tommy Lee Jones.

“Lincoln” movie with Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Fields and Tommy Lee Jones.

The movie lasted two hours and I got over half of the ironing complete, put away and feel a great accomplishment in doing so.

Almost done!!!

Almost done!!!

Dress clothes pressed and hung ready for wearing to work.

Dress clothes pressed and hung ready for wearing to work.

Knit shirts and t-shirts pressed, folded and in the drawers.

Knit shirts and t-shirts pressed, folded and in the drawers.

 

I have two irons but the one I prefer to use when doing our clothes is a Black & Decker steam iron.  It’s heavy enough to really press out the wrinkles in half the time of the light weight irons and I have an ironing board that I got shortly after we were married 42 years ago.

My heavyweight iron that I prefer to use when doing our clothing.  It's a Black & Decker steam iron.  Heavy but makes the work go so much faster.

My heavyweight iron that I prefer to use when doing our clothing. It’s a Black & Decker steam iron. Heavy but makes the work go so much faster.

Ironing board I've had since we got married 42 years ago and it's seen lots of laundry!!

Ironing board I’ve had since we got married 42 years ago and it’s seen lots of laundry!!

 

Here’s my other iron that stays in the quilting room.  It’s light weight  and steams but I use it for pressing apart seams when quilting or sewing.

My Sunbeam iron that I use when pressing seams when quilting.

My Sunbeam iron that I use when pressing seams when quilting.

My next movie will either be “The Passion of the Christ”  or one of my “tear-jerker” romance movies.  Anyway, it should help me complete the rest of the ironing that I have procrastinated getting done.  Now I have enough clothes ironed to last me through the next six to eight weeks of work.

It’s never too late to set some goals for the year

I’ve been thinking about posting my 2014 goals/resolutions for two months and procrastinated long enough so here they are:

2014 GOALS

  • Finish making the quilts I started in early 2012 & 2013
  • Teach myself to knit
  • Finish two cross stitch pieces I started more than five years ago
  • Make a baby quilt for a friend of mine and a friend of my son’s
  • REALLY clean my house
  • Build new bird/squirrel feeding station in the backyard this spring
  • Repair work to chicken house
  • Raise 24 new baby chicks
  • Read a book a month (I’m already behind on this one)
  • Write a letter to someone once a month
  • Organize and catalog all of my books and DVD’s
  • Re-upholster a wing back chair
  • Work/post more on my blog
  • Crochet new scarves and cowls
  • Re-pot all of my blooming cactus
  • Lose 10 more pounds
  • Weatherproofing on the gazebo
  • Clean up/out a house on the farm that’s used for storage
  • Learn how to weave on my new loom that I’ve had for three years.

With this said, I have enough to keep me busy all year and no time for being lazy.

Weight loss and near tragedy

I’m thrilled to announce that my change in lifestyle (food habits and exercise) has helped me lose 11 pounds so far.  My clothes are really loose and I feel better physically already.  I have until Christmas to meet my goal of 20 pounds and I was thrilled until yesterday afternoon.  I went to work and kept busy during my eight hours and then decided to go grocery shopping at Wal-Mart and pickup some other items.  I’m sure you have seen the horrid pictures some people have posted on Facebook about the people who wear clothes that are way too small and things are showing that shouldn’t be showing.  Well folks, I’m here to tell you it’s time to stop posting those pictures.  By the end of my day my jeans has become so loose that I thought I was going to drop them at any turn.  It’s hard to push a buggy while filling it with groceries and holding up your pants.   I left the store without completing my shopping for fear showing my fanny in public!!  I ABSOLUTELY  DID NOT want to be the next photo you see on FACEBOOK!!!  I was trying to hold off on buying new clothes until Christmas but after that ordeal it’s time to go shopping for the next size down in jeans which would be a 14  😉   I’m thrilled with the weight loss and  thought washing my existing jeans in really hot water might save me some money and maybe two sizes in jeans.  This near tragedy in Wal-Mart is just not worth the embarrassment!!  Keep me in your prayers and leave those cameras and phones turned off, PLEASE!!!  More updates as I reach my goal!!

Messy room cleanup

It took most of the day but my dressing room/craft storage room/library went from this:

 

Clutter and mess

Clutter and mess

I can't find the floor.

I can’t find the floor.

Too much stuff!  I can't even get to the spinning wheel.

Too much stuff! I can’t even get to the spinning wheel.

Boxes, boxes, trash!

Boxes, boxes, trash!

MESS!

MESS!

 

Six hours later and this woman is very happy and gratified by the new look and clean up!!  I didn’t even mess up another room doing it!  Take a look and see if you can see a difference:

Easy entry in and out of the room.

Easy entry in and out of the room.

Wide open floor!

Wide open floor!

 

Bookcase4 of decorating, crafts, how-to's, home repair, gardening, crocheting, sewing, everything in order.

Bookcase4 of decorating, crafts, how-to’s, home repair, gardening, crocheting, sewing, everything in order.

 

Organized bookshelves and library.

Organized bookshelves and library.

 

Clothes are mashed together, more room to sort day clothes from work clothes.

Clothes are mashed together, more room to sort day clothes from work clothes.

 

I am just so thankful that it was a cool day or I would have fizzled into a rag mop!  I can hear my daughter now,  “How long will it stay that way!!”  She knows me so well and knows that if I get in a hurry, something or all will be in disarray all too soon.  My job now is to slow down and take notice.

I only have one major cleanup left on the second floor but will need some help moving some excess furniture out of the house into one of the storage buildings and do a major clean out of all the linens in my home.  We are storing the linens from three households since our move several years ago and it’s time to pass it on to Goodwill so someone will get some use out of it without costing them an arm & two legs!!

 

What a messy room-time to get organized and clean out!

This is my dressing room/craft storage room/how-to library and it’s a disaster.  I wanted to show pictures before I start the makeover this weekend.  It’s calling for rain again all weekend so I’ve decided to accomplish something awesome.  Hope to have makeover pictures on Monday!!!

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My prayer is that I don’t get so frustrated that I open the windows and start tossing or worse, move it to another room and then have another mess!  We’ll see what happens!

Spring To-Do List

I consider myself a pretty organized person.  I also consider myself a pretty hard worker.  AND, a lot of people that know me think that I’m a cleaning fanatic.  I don’t.  I clean a lot but if I don’t have a list to go by and check off, I only do a fair job.  I have lists for everything.  I have Christmas lists, shopping list, gardening list, spring cleaning lists, spring chores, fall chores, and the list goes on and on and on.  I thought I would share two of my lists today.  First is my spring cleaning list and I start preparing this list during the winter when I can’t do much outside and sitting in front of the TV at night, thinking about the things I should be doing!

SPRING CLEANING & OTHER CHORES

In each room:

Dust all decor, furniture(under & around), ceiling fans & lights, walls

Wipe down walls and baseboards, interior and exterior doors

Take down curtains and wash

Clean/shampoo furniture

Wash windows and ceils, inside and out

Clean all trashcans

Clean all fixtures, doorknobs, switch plates, ceiling lights, paintings (including behind)

Clean/replace blinds

Sweep/vacuum

Mop floors

 

In the kitchen:

Purge and organize kitchen

Clean kitchen cabinets and drawers & replace shelving paper

Clean small kitchen appliances

Clean stove top and oven

Clean refrigerator and freezer (new this year, shelving paper on refrigerator shelves and drawers)

Clean all decor on shelves and all wall decor (and behind)

Clean kitchen table and chairs (don’t forget the chair rungs)

Replace kitchen chair pads
In the bedrooms:

Wash bedding

Air the mattresses for several hours and spray w/Lysol

Clean bedroom closets & purge clothing & shoes

Clean Sassy’s bed and replace mattress in her bed

In the bathroom:

Clean bathroom cabinets

Wash shower curtains and liners

Purge medicine and toiletries

Clean the toilet tank, bowl and outside
Special chores to complete during the late spring or during the spring clean:

  • Paint mantel bolts.
  • Make new quilts for bedrooms.
  • Make new hassock covers.
  • Re-finish master bedroom floors .
  • Put down corner round in guest bedroom.
  • Build bookshelves in guest bedroom.
  • Rebuild closet in Master bedroom.
  • Clean out downstairs closet.
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    OUTDOOR CHOIRS  

    • Put water spigot at back of house.
    • Clean up old herb garden.
    • Clean up game feeders.
    • Clean up bus houses & repair.
    • Move lilies, peonies & roses.
    • Board up the back of the milk house.
    • Stack wood in milk house.
    • Fix roof on sugar house.
    • Clean cellar and apple house.
    • Clean up smoke house.
    • Clean out boat house.
    • Clean up  paddle boat.
    • Replace plug in paddle boat
    • Clean up all lawn furniture.
    • Make new pillows for lawn furniture using old denim jeans.
    • Transplant peonies from mansion & red house.
    • Clean up front porch and mop.
    • Refinish & paint exterior doors from porch.
    • Clean up small chick room in hen house.
    • Tar paper interior walls of chicken house.
    • Paint the chicken house roof.
    • Clean up and store the bird feeders
    • Make more birdhouses.
    • Prune all shrubs & roses in yard.
    • Clean up flower beds.
    • Transplant more garlic to large tire planter from haylot.
    • Set up another tire planter for more rhubarb.
    • Set up another tire planter for asparagus.
    • Move furniture out of tractor shed.
    • Cut out and spray all pawpaw sprouts in back yard.
    • Put dinner bells up (corner of front yard and at gazebo).
    • Paint front porch columns.
    • Stain front porch and waterproof.
    • Clean up yard.
    • Put up solar lights at Gazebo.
    • Replace wire over chicken house windows.
    • Put new bedding in chicken nest.
    • Hang chicken water tank from ceiling near food bin.
    • Put new supers on bee hives.
    • Change batteries in solar lights.
    • Clean off potting table in yard and fill with flowers.
    • Transplant white orchid iris, oriental iris and peonies.
    • Prune and tie up raspberries.
    • Clean off tree limbs in apple orchard.

As you can see I have plenty to keep me busy inside and out of the house.  I think I need some elves or get myself cloned about three or four times.  Oh well, if it gets done, wonderful, and if it doesn’t, it’ll be there another year.  As for my clean house,  if visitors come to see my house instead of me, they can pitch in and help!!  Guess I better get off this computer and get busy!! 😉

April goals

Yes it’s almost mid-month but I have some goals to complete before months end.  I always have high expectations of what I can complete in a two day weekend and that means I have six days to complete my goals.   Here’s the April goals:

1)  Clean out the fall/winter debris in the yard

2)  Transplant the hibiscus and shasta daisies to another location in the yard

3)  Clean all the flower beds and make ready for new additions

4)  Make 12 new blocks for the sampler quilt

5)  Start spring cleaning the bathroom, pantry and back porch

6)  Make new cushions for the lawn and porch furniture

7)  Set out 15 of the 30+ apple root stock and nine American chestnuts we started from seed.

8)  Finish planting the garden and flower seeds in the greenhouse

9)  Spring clean the guest room  (decided to start in the least travedled and used room)

10)  Clean the paddle boat and put it on the pond

I think this should keep me very busy for the rest of the month.  Since turkey season begins Saturday I should be able to start bright and early in the morning.