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Nineteen For 2019

Last year I made a list of 18 things I wanted to do, 18 for 2018.  While I didn’t accomplish all 18 things on the list, I did stay more on target than if I’d not made a list. It also served as a great reference point when I felt myself getting a bit stuck during the year.

I think I learned a bit from the list as well. Some of it was quite vague and needed tweaking to be a bit more specific. Some of the vague items worked well though.  Click here to see my 2018 list.

My favorite accomplishments from my 2018 list: 

  1. I read 58 books! A few more than 18 and I read 12 of the ones on my list of 18.
  2. Managed to do a fairly good job guarding my heart. The biggest change from this is I no longer start my day with Facebook. And limit my time as well as apply the “snooze for 30 days” button liberally.
  3. Adding a garden area to the front yard. Started a butterfly garden area at the edge of the driveway! And a wildflower area in the backyard as a bonus!
  4. We took a wonderful, fun summer vacation to Duluth, Minnesota. And I even met Carrie from Northwoods Scrapbook, she’s as kind and gracious in person as on-line.
  5. Joined in the Happy Homemaker Monday each week. Such a wonderful community of blogs that Sandra, the host, brings together each week.

Areas on the list where I fell a little short:

  1. The 18 pounds wasn’t ready to leave and I think invited company over the holidays!
  2. Our house looks like mostly the same mess as last year.
  3. I missed one month on the fresh flowers for the kitchen table. 11 out 12 though.
  4. No walking in a 5K last year and not nearly enough nature walks (though I did go on a big one, traveling down to Prairie State Park where I met Rebecca from Rebecca’s Hearth and Home, also as kind and gracious in person as on-line)
  5. The weekly photograph challenge was too much for me.

I decided to make a new list for 2019. Hopefully, I’ll have more success with my list this year. 

The list of 19 Things I’d like to do in 2019:

  1. Treat myself on the 9th of each month
  2. Prepare for Christmas by buying 2 gifts (one for each kid) each month
  3. Keep a Kindness journal
  4. Make a list of 19 books to read (and of course, read them!)
  5. Take a trip
  6. Eat a salad at least 3 times a week
  7. Join in for each Happy Homemaker Monday
  8. Continue to protect my heart from drama and negativity
  9. Read the bible, maybe just the old or new testament? Suggestions?
  10. Un-subscribe from 3 junk emails a week
  11. Learn to use Photoshop or other photo editing software beyond the stuff on Windows
  12. Have one family outing/activity a month
  13. Go on one date day/night a month with my husband
  14. Send real birthday cards to family and friends each month
  15. Complete at least one minor organizing/clutter clearing project a month
  16. Put some pictures up in the living room
  17. Send a card/call a friend family member once a month (keep in touch OFF-line)
  18. Learn a new craft
  19. Spend time outside every day

Have you thought about what you’d like to spend 2019 doing?

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, Working On A Crazy Week

Please sing the words at the end of my title to the tune of Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne.  I can think of no other or better way to describe substitute teaching the last week before Christmas break. Four days to go.

Am I feeling overwhelmed in addition to the crazy week (yes, I know it’s only Monday)? Yes, very much. Hoping taking a minute or two to plan my week with Happy Homemaker Monday helps. Glad Sandra from Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom does this link up each week as it’s so helpful!

The Weather This Week

Beautiful! Sunny and hitting the 50’s the first part of the week. Maybe a chance of rain on Wednesday. Cooler for Thursday into the weekend.

On The Breakfast Plate

A Chobani Flip yogurt and coffee, my working all day go-to breakfast.

Right Now I Am

Trying to find a bit of center and peace (I was stress eating but that wasn’t helping) and figure out the week.

On My To-Do List

  1. Laundry!
  2. Pay Bills!
  3. Clean off my desktop (it’s bad)
  4. Make cookies (for Bunco tomorrow night)
  5. Make Christmas list: figure out who is left for gifts, wrap presents, Christmas cards
  6. Return library books
  7. Probably a billion other little things I’m forgetting

Currently Reading

Blasphemy by Douglas Preston. It’s another book by the author of The Lost City of the Monkey God but this one IS fiction.  Not sure how often I’ll pick it up this week.

On The TV This Week

No idea. Hoping to finish up watching season 4 of Fuller House on Netflix. And start the new season of The Travelers. However, so much to do that I doubt I’ll watch much TV.

On The Menu This Week

MONDAY: French Toast and Bacon, Pineapple *Work 7:45-4:15*

TUESDAY: Heat & Eat chicken fried steak or corn dogs and French Fries *I have Bunco* *Work 7:45-4:15*

WEDNESDAY: Chicken strips, salad *Work 7:45-4:15*

THURSDAY: Ham steaks, sweet potatoes or maybe whatever we don’t have Tuesday *Work 7:45-4:15* *J has baritone lesson*

FRIDAY: OUT! *Work 7:45-4:15*

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

I finally got around to trying the almond bars my friend, Carrie over at Northwoods Scrapbook (she’s currently on a blogging break) posted. They were a hit!

From The Camera

Our Elf on The Shelf knows all the Wise Men (and women) are Chiefs fans!

Quote For The Week

In your calm is your strength. (German proverb)

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What kind of week is on your agenda?

 

 

Blogmas Day 15: Stocking Stuffer Ideas

I’ve already written a post on Christmas stocking stuffer ideas here. The post details my process and the standards they find in their stockings on Christmas morning.

I did, however, start a post on organizing my Christmas stocking stuffer drawer back in October. And then, life happened. Here’s a peek at the photos I took for it.

Organizing the Christmas drawer:

First I took everything out of it! I hadn’t done that in quite a while. And should note, it also becomes the “important” Christmas receipt space during my holiday shopping. 

Here’s the mess I had contained in the small space spread out on the bed: 

And yes, I also stored my swimsuit in the same drawer. Limited space means lots of spaces do triple duty sometimes. I did find a new home for my swimsuit. And some of those receipts? Um, 2012! Cleared away quite a bit of trash.

Decided a Christmas stocking stuffer space should be a bit more festive. So I lined it with my Santa Claus paper: 

And returned all the items to the drawer, giving each of my sons a side for their items: 

It doesn’t look quite as organized now as I’ve taken a few items (Went ahead and gave J the wallet for his November birthday) and of course, added a few items as well. Still I’m (as usual) a bit behind on filling the drawer. I know it’ll come together as it always does.

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Linking up with Tamy over at Chasing My Life for Blogmas! Rebecca at Rebecca’s Hearth and Home is playing along as well!

 

 

Blogmas Day 11: Christmas Cards

I do love Christmas cards!  

My mom used to recycle the front of the cards to make gift tags. And then recycle those gift tags each year. She would use a hole punch and string ribbon through the hole, writing on the back. I used to think certain tags were on the “better” presents as a kid.

The first year I went to my husband’s family Christmas celebration, I brought gifts with recycled Christmas tags on them. I clearly remember their confusion. “How can we tell who these gifts belong to?”

Now, I’m lazy and just use the same sticker tags as everyone else.

We also don’t get the same number of Christmas cards as in the past.  Used to line our kitchen door frame plus cover the closet door. Now, I’m lucky if we get the closet door covered.

Yet, I’m also guilty of not sending them out as often. For a few years, I had it together even including the dreaded Christmas newsletter in them. Not as much need with technology and Facebook.

Some years I miss completely. Last year I  happily sent quite a few out to friends and family.  Curse of the big family, it does also cost a bit more than a dime to send them.

I am partial to Hallmark Christmas cards since they’re a local company.  However, I’ve sent Target dollar spot ones out in a pinch.

As of this posting, we’ve received 3 cards. Hoping it’s a matter of everyone being busy and planning to send them out this weekend. That’s my plan.

Do you do Christmas cards?

*Linking up with Tamy over at Chasing My Life for Blogmas. Rebecca from Rebecca’s Hearth and Home is also writing for Blogmas.

Blogmas Day 10: Handmade Gifts?

Do I give handmade gifts? No.   

Things handmade gifts require:

  • Talent
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Materials
  • Talent

Things I don’t possess:

  • Talent (especially not in the crafting and cooking arenas)
  • Excellent time-management skills (I’m more in the just below average area here)
  • I might have a few materials if I had the talent
  • Did I mention talent?

There were years when my husband and I first married when I enthralled with the romantic notion of handmade gifts set out to do just that. Handmade gifts for all our family members!

A complete disaster of a table as I scrambled to finish putting things together on Christmas morning! Yes, you read right. Christmas morning.

See requirement: excellent time-management skills listed above.

One year I did manage to make all my nieces handmade no sew fleece blankets. Still, December 23rd and possibly Christmas Eve. Family gatherings happening without me as I was spread out on the living room floor in a mad-dash to finish them. They turned out okay.

Food gifts?  See requirement: talent, list above. I do think one year I gave my sister some homemade coffee creamers that was okay.

Overall, it’s better if I watch for deals and simply do things that way.

Do you have what it takes for making homemade gifts? Consider yourself lucky if you do!

*Linking up with Tamy over at Chasing My Life for Blogmas. Rebecca’s Hearth And Home is doing a December Blogmas as well.

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