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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 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 Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • This weekend’s plans include grocery shopping on Saturday, dinner out with friends on Sunday and then back to their house to play cards, and taping the NASCAR race in Las Vegas. Oh, and more cross stitching!
  • I accomplished a lot early in the week, cleaning up the back patio, pulling some weeds in the yard and cleaning out last year’s dead plants from some containers. I repotted a few African violets and cleaned the garage, looking for scorpions and laying down many more sticky pads. No taxes were done, although bills were paid on Friday. Taxes will be next week.
  • Speaking of African violets, I need to remember to purchase some more potting soil tomorrow while I’m running errands. I have several more plants that need splitting and repotting. Anyone want some African violets? I don’t know what I’m going to do with all that I split … maybe I will have to offer them to the first takers online!

What will you do be doing this weekend?

Weekly Overview March 3, 2014


Snow on the Huachuca Mountains

Outside My Window… the Huachuca Mountains have a dusting of snow and spring blossoms are popping open in the neighborhood!

I am thinking… scorpions, scorpions, scorpions.

I am thankful for… an inch of rain this past Saturday and a very high snow line.

From the kitchen… cranberry/chocolate chip muffins were made this morning and are as delicious as ever.

I am hoping… the scorpion traps work and I get taxes completed this week.

I am reading… The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, An American Saga by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

I am busy creating… Cross Stitching on Liana’s birthday blanket.

I am hearing… Guest Artist Monday on Today’s artist is Lera Lynn, whom I’ve never heard before but am enjoying.

Around the house & garden… After discovering another scorpion inside this morning (in the living room again!), I went to Lowe’s and bought a bunch of scorpion traps. Then I spent the rest of the morning vacuuming carpets and then laying out scorpion traps in strategic spots. I bought 25, used them all, and wish I had a few more. I still need to clean up the weeds in the front yard and do some cleaning in the backyard. I was contemplating buying some snapdragons or some other plants this Saturday to put in the backyard, which would give me added incentive to do some clean up back there.

Fionas Letter Box

Fiona’s Letter Box

In other news… I shipped off Fiona’s birthday package this morning, so it should arrive in good time for her birthday on Friday. Included in the package was the Letter Box so Fiona can write letters. I found the perfect box Saturday at Hobby Lobby and added some stickers.

One of my favorite things… giving thoughtful gifts.

Weekly Overview… I began another Monday by battling scorpions. Luckily I had planned to have the car today so I was able to make a quick run to town for battle supplies!

I have Quicken totally up to date, so sometime this week we’ll have to download the TurboTax software and then I can get working on the taxes. That won’t take long – I think last year’s took about 2 hours once I had all the Quicken information current.

I’m still thinking about the cleaning schedule and wondering if one reason that I have not really put pen to paper with it is because I’m just hoping we’ll move before I have time to implement any such schedule!

No appointments this week, although I think I will be making a stop at the chiropractor’s office this afternoon after I pick Bill up from work. We both feel the need for another adjustment.

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