We had a mostly happy week. We ventured out on a hike. It wasn't perfect. Our first place to hike was a lake that we discovered on arrival had been drained for cleaning and smelled of rotting fish. So we followed MapQuest to another site and never could find it. We finally found a pull off on the side of the road near a river. We wandered through the flood plain next to the river for a bit. I am glad we pushed on and found some fun. We are trying to add more hikes into our weeks this year.
Friday, January 22, 2021
Saturday, January 16, 2021
I love goals and lists to check off. I am a planner. Last year was a hard year to be a planner. I suspect that this year is going to be as well. I came up with a few daily goals, a few long-term broad goals and goals to improve our home. It is fine if I don't get through them all. I really treat them more as reminders.
Daily Goals ~
- Drink more water ~ I hope to drink a minimum of 40 ounces a day. So far, I have accomplished that most days.
- Walk 800 miles by the end of the year ~ I have walked 10 miles so far this year. That is a slow start for me. Winter is hard. The best time for me to walk is when my daughter is in dance classes downtown at night. My city is not very safe to walk around at night. There are many desperate homeless people as well as strange people exhibiting mental problems, and there are very few stores open to pop into if I get nervous. I will start making more progress when it gets lighter in the evenings. We are also trying to take more family walks on the weekends.
- Take care of my skin ~ This should be an easy goal. I am mostly in the habit already of putting on sunscreen and lotion daily.
- Read 12 Books ~ I enjoy books but never seem to prioritize them. I hope to accomplish that this year. I am currently reading The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison. It is okay. I am not a huge fan, but it is an easy enough read and I am half way through.
- Convert the rest of my blog into book form ~ This goal will really depend on availability of money. Each book costs a bit over $100 and I am four years behind right now. We will see how far I get.
- Take photos for a Billion Graves ~ This combines my love of photography, doing service and graveyards.
- Learn to use my Dad's last professional camera that I received after his death ~ I need to buy the charger and I will be on my way.
- Travel to a different city at Christmastime ~ I love visiting different cities at Christmastime. We have visited Washington, D.C., Knoxville, Tennessee, and Greenville, South Carolina at Christmastime in the last few years. We didn't visit anywhere in 2020 for obvious reasons.
- No Buying Month ~ I do this most years in January or February. I am not sure when I will do this in 2021. I do buy the essentials such as groceries and gas. I just don't buy any extras.
- Visit a new-to-us state park ~ When my husband and I were thinking about travel this year, we just stated to nervously giggle. Who knows what is to come? It isn't looking like a fantastic year to travel at the moment. However, outdoor places are possibilities. There are state parks far and near that we have never seen. I am sure we can manage to visit one of them.
- Visit a new-to-us national park or site ~ We have a dream one in mind, but I suspect that a more reasonable one will be our destination.
- Take an overnight or weekend trip with the family ~ or a week long trip ~ Ha! There are some destinations that are a short distance away that we have never seen. We shall see if they can happen.
- Do something new every month with the family ~ This could be as simple as a new game, new hike or takeout from a new-to-us restaurant. It also could be a totally new experience such a going on a horseback ride together (most of us know how to ride a tiny bit).
- Paint the laundry room ~ This one is a huge undertaking and makes me want to faint just to think about it. However, I know it would vastly improve the place. It is very old and dirty cinderblock that has never been painted in some areas or in other areas was painted in a sickening green.
- Replace two or three doors in the house ~ We really could use to replace six doors so I have lots of options.
- Declutter 365 items from our home ~ This will be an easy goal. I have already gotten rid of 31 items this year.
- Replace our bedroom curtains with shades ~ Our curtains are getting pretty worn.
- Paint the kitchen ceiling
- Paint the dining room ceiling
- Make rec room into a useful and comfortable space ~ We are actively working on this project now. It is an underused space and an overflow area in our home where lost items get dumped. It is also where we enter the home, and it is not the nicest space to see when you get home. We are turning it into a multi-purpose room with a sewing area, the model building area for my young men, a closet area and a cat corner with comfortable seating. The cats love to chase their toys around in the big empty space, and we find ourselves sitting on the cold floor while we watch them.
- Paint the breakfast bar ~ Accomplished this week! CHECK!
Friday, January 8, 2021
I have sat here for 10 minutes wondering what to write. This week has left me speechless. It feels a little bit like September 11 all over again, except this time our own citizens are attacking. Our country is in so much peril. Our nation had an attempted coup. I have many friends and family that live and work in the shadow of the Capitol. Washington was my hometown as a child. The things they witnessed the rioters doing while they were just trying to do their jobs and get home safely is appalling. It boggles the mind. I don't know what kind of a country we are leaving our children -- if we leave them one at all. I do know one thing ~ we need to heal the division in our country. We owe it to our children. If we learn nothing else from this week, it should be that T***p is a divider and we need a unifier. Well, that is my opinion.
Besides All of that Crazy ~ The rest of our week was fine. We had a fondue night. Anne started her first college class. She is taking Art Appreciation online. We are staying home as much as possible while COVID-19 spreads like wildfire through our area. We had our second snow. Elijah started using the sewing machine. He is making some alterations to his costumes.
Saturday, January 2, 2021
Rosie's favorite gift was a catnip snowman.
|My husband got in on the action, too.|
One of my Christmas gift's was getting this gallery wall put up. I collected all of the frames from thrift stores. I am glad to have many photos of our ancestors up on the wall.
|These are ready to go back for firing in a kiln.|
We went on our third drive-thru light show. This was the Shadrock show and was about an hour from our home. It was very modern and like a rock concert. The lights were synchronized to the music on our radio. It was pretty spectacular. However, I still liked the classic and beautiful lights at the arboretum the best.