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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.

3 Quick Thoughts on Sunday, March 18, 2018

Another busy Saturday, including two trips to Lowe’s with the Neon to pick up bags of soil and compost.  We added 25 cubic feet to the front flower bed (outside the office window), and then I was able to transplant the 8 Sweet William flowers into that bed.  There’s another 5 cubic feet left in bags to use on the new bed I will be building in front of the lattice that conceals the compost bins and where I intend to plant a Confederate Jessmine flowering evergreen vine.

We also picked up linseed oil and Bill applied one coat to the new fencing around the compost bin area.  We’ll need more oil to do a second coat and then I can begin to build that flower bed.

I saw blueberry shrubs at Lowe’s yesterday and they were loaded with blueberries.  I’m so tempted to take the $50 gift card I have and buy two plants.  They are Bountiful Blue Blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) supplied by Monrovia.  I hesitate because the blueberry roots I bought three years ago didn’t pan out – but these plants are big and beautiful.  Can I resist?  And where would I put them, because I’d need more than one, for sure.   It’s suggested to pair them with Sunshine Blue Blueberries.  Hmmm … stay tuned.

3 Quick Thoughts on Sunday, March 4, 2018

Saturday was a very busy day.  In the morning we cleaned up the garage so that the Neon can be parked inside during the upcoming severe weather season.  Bill checked over our new-to-us bikes that we bought last summer and then we took a test ride.  We both remembered how!  The robot worked at cleaning up the pool, which had so much silt from the rains last month that we had to run it through two cleaning cycles.  After lunch we picked up all the sticks from the cottonwood and then raked & bagged leaves in the backyard.  I finished emptying the one compost bin (multiple pails full – I’m impressed by how well these bins work!) into containers and the new flowerbed and then planted three plants that had wintered over in pots into the bed.

Sunday we slept late and groaned as we got out of bed.  We definitely overdid yesterday, but the weather was beautiful and we’ve had so few of those days recently.  We are mostly just resting today, watching the Las Vegas NASCAR Monster Energy race.

We did go out for a twenty-minute bike ride this morning – thought we’d get that in before the rain this afternoon.  Yup, that’s right, we’re having rain again.

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