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2018 Accomplishments

I often begin the New Year with a few lofty goals and, like most everyone else, they fall away by the time the calendar page turns to February.  This year, I tried something a little different.  I spent a couple of hours assessing the past year and planning for the coming year.  To do so, I downloaded a small printable booklet from YearCompass and worked through the steps laid out in the booklet.  I didn’t answer every question, but most of them, and it was rather interesting and even enlightening in a few areas.

One of the exercises for ending the old year was to go through your 2018 calendar/planner/bullet journal and note down the highlights of the year – places you visited, events with family and friends, projects completed, and accomplishments you were proud of.   Create a record of what made 2018 a good year.  You know how the year just whizzes by and you feel like you didn’t do anything, accomplish anything – it was all just mundane day-to-day routine stuff?  When in actuality you did a lot!

So here’s my list of 2018 Highlights:

  • 2 square dance weekends (January in Waco,Texas, and February in Paris, Texas)
  • Bonus Room Project – put up dry wall and all that entailed, painted the entire room & ceiling plus the hallway wall, and acquired the oak trim needed to finish off the room.
  • 3 weekend trips (San Antonio, Texas, to see The Alamo in January; Hot Springs, Arkansas, in July; Fall Foliage in Oklahoma in October)
  • Took on the job of DCMGA Newsletter Editor and successfully published 9 issues that were extremely well received by the membership.
  • Rain Barrel Project – completed the installation of 7 rain barrels around the house, along with drip line along the foundation and in several flower beds.
  • Veggie Bed Project – completed the building of a large vegetable bed in the side yard and have been harvesting greens all winter.
  • DCMGA – successfully volunteered for several projects, including the annual Plant Sale and Fall Festival, the Jr. Master Naturalist camp in June, and monthly Preschool Master Naturalist classes.
  • Several local day trips (the DCMGA Garden Tour in May with friends; the Dallas Arboretum to see the Kinetic Sculpture exhibit in July; the Perot Natural Science Museum in Dallas in August; the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens & Japanese Gardens in November to see the spectacular fall foliage).
  • Hosted family & friends here in May, June, July, September, October, and November, including Liana’s first ever visit on her own to Grandma & Grandpa’s.
  • Bought new mattresses for our bed and the guest room bed.
  • Settled up the auction part of my Dad’s estate and closed out the bank account.
  • Kept Quicken up to date until August.
  • Got new life insurance policies in place for both Bill & myself.
  • Made a 17 day road trip in September to visit family in New York and Alabama, and also take care https://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/of leftover auction items in Alabama.  Also made a side trip to the Land Between the Lakes in Tennessee/Kentucky, which was pretty nice.
  • Created a photo book on Shutterfly chronicling my mom’s 75th year, 2017, and all the milestones of that year.

I also completed several crochet projects:

  • 2 60th birthday afghans for cousins
  • 2 doggie afghans
  • Blocked & starched the 2017 granddaughter snowflakes
  • 6 small doilies for Christmas gifts
  • A filet crochet panel for myself of a mother cat and three kittens
  • A large afghan for myself in reds & golds (almost completed, not quite)
  • 2 granny square lapghans for Christmas gifts
  • One wedding afghan for a cousin

And best of all, for myself, I lost 22 pounds!  I still have 11 more to go to reach my goal, but I’m very pleased with my progress.

Completing this booklet is going to be an annual New Year’s Day project from now on.  If you are interested and would like to see what the YearCompass is all about, visit their website and download the free pdf booklet.

Weekly Overview 03.12.18

Outside My Window…  the sun is shining, but it’s oh, so cold!  Wait!  That’s what I wrote on my last “weekly overview” post in early February!  Luckily, we have had warmer weather and spring is definitely in the air.  Our Bradford pear is in full bloom and looks gorgeous!

I am thinking…  about all the things I should be doing instead of a blog post.

I am thankful for… sunshine and spring and the Master Gardener program.  Even though I’ve likely bit off more than I can chew, I’m grateful for purpose and directions and activity all in an area that I love.  It’s a welcome change after the ennui I felt most of my years in Arizona.

I am hoping… to pick up some plants later in the week.  I need a Carolina jasmine plant to grow up over the lattice work that “hides” the compost bin corner.  Of course, I still need to build the small bed for that spot and also coat the lattice with linseed oil before I can plant.  Planting is the fun part – prep work is the time consuming part.

 I am reading…

  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule The Future by Daniel H. Pink
  • Building The American Empire, Volume I: A Narrative History to 1877 by Harry L. Watson
  • Jeff Gordon: His Dream, Drive & Destiny by Joe Garner
  • Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Joel Fuhrman

I am busy creating… an wedding gift afghan for a cousin.  I finally settled on a color combination I’m happy with, which took way longer than it should have.

 

I am hearing… the morning news show on the television.

Around the house…  I have new plant stands that I picked up at a neighbor’s yard sale Friday morning.  I’ve been looking for a way to maximize the space in my kitchen window and found the perfect wooden stand, in addition to a corner stand.  I’m very happy with the way it looks.

Around the garden…  I have daffodils beginning to bloom and other plants greening up.  I’ve moved several plants that had wintered over in plants into the new flower bed.  The plan is to empty all plastic pots and only have plants in the bigger ceramic planters that I acquired last year – they require a lot less water and attention than the plastic potted plants.

In other news…  Bill got our bicycles operational a couple of weekends ago and we’ve gone on a couple of rides.  We’ve decided we both want different seats and possibly handlebars that allow us to sit more upright.  But we’re both enjoying the riding and hope to get out more now that Daylight Savings Time is giving us more evening hours.

One of my favorite things…  morning smoothies with lots of veggies & fruit.

Our Weekly Overview… 

 Karen:  Monday chiropractor visit and a quick run to Aldi’s in the afternoon.  Wednesday morning I speak about the newsletter at the DCMGA monthly board meeting.  The rest of the week is devoted to Quicken and the newsletter (and maybe a run for plants in there somewhere).

Bill:  Bill is working from home all week.  He acquired some silk and glue and paint to repair his airplane, but hasn’t been motivated to work on it.  Maybe he’ll work on it this next weekend, unless he decides to finish the knock-down coat on the bonus room wall.

David:  College class homework has been keeping David occupied, along with continuing work on his game.

Here’s a (silly-looking) picture thought I am sharing …  

January 2018 Goals Wrap-Up

January was a very busy month, with quite a bit accomplished.  Unfortunately, it seemed to be a short month (were there really 31 days in this January) and I have not completed my goals list, so there will be some carry-over into February.  We all knew this would happen, didn’t we?

Here’s the list I posted in my January 2018 Goals post updated to show progress:

  • Work towards finishing the auction/probate legal stuff on my dad’s estate – an accounting of the auction and my expenses was sent to the lawyer several days ago and I’m waiting on his response.  I can see that it will be necessary to begin calling his office.  So progress, but not completion.
  • Catch up Quicken – updates have been started, but much more needs to be done in February.
  • Start a new blog for book reviews – set up my name website, find a new theme to use – no progress at all in this area, so this will carry over into February.
  • Continue regular blogging – I consider this a success, as I did manage several blog posts in January.
  • Finish the 2017 crocheted snowflakes – block & starch – I crocheted two small afghans instead, so yeah, I did accomplish one crochet project planned for 2018, just not the one I had lined up for January.  Still a success.
  • Crochet the 2018 snowflake ornaments – nope, didn’t do this either, but I have begun a baby blanket for a Master Gardener friend who became a grandmother this month!  This can be a half fail, half success.
  • Do one picture project – watch for a future blog post on picture projects for 2018 – I didn’t do this either.  Instead I spent several hours going through all my picture files to help supply Fiona with pictures for a school video biography project.  The video was great (I have a copy!), so again, half fail, half success.

From all the red in the above list, it appears that I am going to have to work more diligently on some projects!  In my defense, I did also edit a complete book (freelance hire), graduate as a Master Gardener, travel to Waco for a square dance weekend, attend 6 Master Gardener meetings plus an all day workshop on Native Plants, dealt with Copper’s semi-annual visit to the vet, and got the Dart yearly inspection/registration and an oil change taken care of.  Plus, I’ve walked this month – slightly over 30 miles! I’ve been busy!

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