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June 2019 Goals

It’s about time I got back into the habit of sharing my goals.  Putting them down for the world to see (all of my 7 subscribers!) somehow makes them more real.

Health & Weight – My big honking goal for 2018 was to lose 33 pounds by my 60th birthday in April 2019.  I did really well in 2018, losing 22 pounds, but somewhere around mid-January I lost my focus.  Not quite sure why, but I began eating snacks and sweets like crazy.  I’d like to blame it on the winter, but I’ve never gained 10 pounds in four months any other winter, which is exactly what happened this year. 

Recently, though, I’ve regrouped, refocused, joined a 100% ETL Challenge for June, and am getting back into the habit of daily exercising.  Since June 1st, I’ve lost 3.5 pound, so I know what I’m doing is working.  So now I have a new goal – to get back down to my previous low weight by August 1, sooner if I work hard at it, and then back to my original goal weight by New Year’s.  I know I can do it.  I will take this brief blip as a learning experience and do differently in the future.

So, for this month, my goals concerning health & weight are pretty simple.

  • Daily 100% ETL (Eat To Live, the way of eating {WOE} that I’ve followed for the past 8 years.
  • Daily 100% 2B Vegan Mindset ( a complementary {with ETL} eating plan that I was doing the last half of 2018 and worked well for me).
  • Daily Intentional exercise of some fashion.
June 2019 Tracker
June 2019 Tracker in my Bullet Journal

As you can see from this month’s tracker, I’m doing fairly well in most areas.  Those first 5 days have a lot of colored boxes!  I’m finding that this type of tracker is fairly motivating.

Quicken – One goal that I’ve had forever and ever is to keep up to date with Quicken and to reach year’s end and not have a mad, frenetic three-week marathon to catch it all up in time for taxes. I kept it up to date until mid-April, this week I’m playing catch up again.

Blog posts – 2 blog posts per week.  Hmmm… only one so far in June.  I’d best get busy!

40th Wedding Anniversary trip – need to get that planned.  Vacation dates from work have been approved, now we just need to pin down and itinerary and make some reservations.

So, that’s June.  And already it’s the 6th!  June is just flying by. Time to go work on some of those goals!

It’s My 60th Birthday…

… and I really want to get back into the habit of blogging regularly.  I miss it.  And so here I go, beginning a new decade the right way, by posting all my fun stuff on the Internet!  LOL

I’ve had fun today.  Presents have come in the mail, including a pink tiara and birthday sash from my cousin Judy.  She requested photos, so here’s a selfie I took.  I’m slowly getting ever so slightly better at taking selfies.

birthday photo with pink tiara
Queen For The Day

This morning I celebrated by getting a haircut, hanging out at Starbucks drinking my birthday chai latte, and then picking up some new plants at Albertson’s, because it just isn’t a birthday without new plants!

kalanchoe and calathea plant collage

I love the bright yellow/orange of the kalanchoe, and when I saw the crazy leaves of the Calathea, I just had to have it.  I’ve never seen anything quite like it!

And, as if it knew it was my birthday, my second streptocarpus bloomed this morning.  Streptocarpus is cousin to an African violet.  On the left is German streptocarpus (or Cape primrose) and on the right is Fleischle Roulette.  I think they are gorgeous.  And tiny!  They are living in the small bathroom Dixie cups!

blossoms of german and fleischle roulette streptocarpus
German streptocarpus(left) and Fleischle Roulette streptocarpus (right)

On my way home this morning I swung into our local Asian Pho restaurant and picked up some Vegetarian Spring rolls for my supper.  The guys are having a treat for supper – lamb & salt potatoes (postponed Easter dinner) – so I thought I’d have a treat also.

Time to go remove that lamb from its marinade! 

Happy birthday to me … Happy birthday to meee …..

Weekly Overview 02.20.17

Outside My Window… it is overcast and dreary, just like the last two Mondays!  We had wind and rain overnight, but we’re promised sunshine and warm weather starting this afternoon.  We shall see.  I have a good crop of dandelions growing in my yard, though.  A lawn care salesman stopped by last week and tried to sell Bill his services, pointing out our huge crop of dandelions.  He seemed a bit taken aback when Bill announced we liked our dandelions!

I am thinking… it’s going to be a busy week, but hopefully as productive as last week!

I am thankful for… getting the Christmas tree stowed away in the attic over the weekend.  AND the start of the 2017 NASCAR race season.  I do love our Sunday afternoons of race watching, with Bill napping and me crocheting.

From the kitchen… dishes are piled in the sink and nothing is planned for supper.  I made the guys bbq pork ribs yesterday and baked sweet potatoes and made a topping of black beans, tomatoes & kale for myself.  There was plenty of leftovers, so no cooking will be needed tonight.

I am hoping… that the paintings I shipped to my brother last Wednesday arrive tomorrow undamaged.  My grandmother painted them and they are irreplaceable.  I did take photos of them before I sent them off, as I plan to order wall canvases of some of them for myself.  Eventually I would like to take pictures of all the paintings that various family members have and then make them available to all family members.  Here’s a photo of the painting she made for me as a teen, maybe for a birthday?  More likely for a high school graduation gift.

Apple Blossom Lane oil by Mabel A Gibson

I am reading… The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan (for the 2017 European Reading Challenge).  I have 30 pages left to read, it’s due back to the library on Wednesday, and I cannot renew it again.  I may have to pay some fines on this book.  I’m still reading The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919 by Douglas Brinkley.  I’ll be starting One Child by David Nicholls tonight – it’s the next book on our 100 Bestsellers List challenge.

I am busy creating… a Rippling Waves afghan for a niece.  It’s coming along nicely, don’t you think?

I am hearing… the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast, specifically the February 16, 2017 episode “2-Hour Best Celtic Music Retrospective.”

Around the house & garden… the houseplants I treated for mealy bugs survived the treatment.  I don’t see any new evidence of mealy bugs, but I’m keeping an eye on them.  This coming weekend I plan to take down the winter/holiday floral arrangements and break out spring flowers.  I’ll probably have to make a trek to Hobby Lobby at some point to buy some new flowers, as I’ve added some new vases / containers since last spring.

In other news…  David finished his taxes last week, February 15th.  He was quite pleased with himself that he got them done by the deadline.  I pointed out that the deadline was actually April 15th.  We were all amused.  He was slated to get a rather large refund, so he bought himself another monitor like the one he bought last December, and passed his old monitors along to me.  So I have new-to-me monitors, slightly larger and newer than my old ones.

One of my favorite things… pictures of granddaughters.  Charles bought a new car last month and was given a couple of hats by the salesman.  Liana has taken to those hats, won’t go anywhere without one of them on.  She’s so cute.  And she knows it, too!


Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill working from home.  David is at work.  I’ve been writing book reviews, crocheting, and writing blog posts.  As soon as I finish this post, I’m headed to town to get some groceries and ship a birthday package to my mom.

Tuesday: Bill works from home.  David is off work.  I’ll be at my Master Gardener class from 9 – 4.  This week’s lesson is on Turf, with a mini-lunch session on How To Sharpen Your Garden Tools.

Wednesday: Bill works from home.  David is off work (but probably has a Manager’s meeting to attend at noon).  I’ll have MG homework and Quarterly Invoicing (paid work), plus the ever-present Quicken.  With Bill’s help, I was able to get our mortgage refinance entry in correctly last Friday.  I’m down to just double checking a few entries and 2016 will be complete..

Thursday: Bill works from home.  David is at work.  I have a MG SWAt meeting in Denton from 9:30 – 11:30.  In the afternoon I’ll tackle whatever paid work has come up and hopefully be able to get ready to start taxes on Friday.

Friday: Bill works from home.  David is at work.  I will have MG reading to do and hopefully get started on taxes.  It would be nice to have them finished in February, a novel idea!

SaturdaySunday:  David works.  Bill & I need to do some outside things, if the weather is nice.  The pool desperately needs cleaning (we didn’t get it cleaned last weekend or the weekend before!).  I need to clean up my raised bed and get that ready for planting greens.  And I’m sure we’ll have a lawn to mow if the weather stays as warm as is forecasted.

Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing …

Coffee Coasters!

These are just some of the 24 coasters I made.  Some will be gifts, others we will use ourselves.  They were a lot of fun to make.

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