A Quote

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

Thursday, January 22, 2015

THE GOALS for 2015

Late but present.  Here are the GOALS for 2015. 
1.         Make a plan and stick to it.

2.         Finish painting Kayla’s room, hang the curtains.

3.         Replace the ceiling tile in the family room. Hang the curtains.

4.         Read six books.

5.         Crochet two wearables and one blanket.

6.         Walk a mile (or more) a day.

7.         Cook dinner 5 times a week.

8.         Create a realistic budget and stick to it
9.         Have no credit card debt, no back tax debt. 

10.       Have savings.

11.       Add more houseplants (keep them alive!)

12.       Have a schedule – follow it.

13.       Take the kiddies on a “day trip” once a month.

14.       Take a photo a day.

15.       Send more cards (birthday, holiday, just because)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

OLW 2015

Achieve:  verb

To get or reach (something) by working hard

To become successful: to reach a goal

I am totally behind in my posts as I came down with a nasty cold/flu like symptoms, swollen glands, horrendous sore throat on Tuesday, December 30.  I celebrated the New Year with cough drops and Kleenex.  I’m feeling much better now and ready to roll!

I thought my word this year would be INTENTIONAL.  I tried it on, wore it for a few weeks, really tried to work with it. But, it does not feel right.  So after much thought and a very detailed assessment of where I am now, and where I want to be, the word that fit is ACHIEVE.

As with last year, I am going to begin each month with a Goal List for that month (nothing overwhelming, but a list of a few things that I would like to accomplish or change during that particular month).

 I will also continue making a To Do List at the beginning of each month.  I found last year, that even if I didn’t accomplish every goal or to do, I stayed focused, I was aware of what needed changed or done and for the most part, even if it took more than a month, I eventually did it.  Because of this, the beds get made every day, the kitchen is cleaned every night and freezer dinners are prepared once a month and stacked in the freezer.  Our days are running more smoothly with the few routines we effectuated and maintained, though there is always room for improvement. 

This year, we will intentionally save money each month.  We will use coupons and look for deals and put the money saved in a separate account.

This year, we will travel more.  Not to far away places (with the exception of a vacation beginning in Georgia and ending in Florida), but most weekend getaways. 

So, those are my thoughts, achieve is my word and I’m ready to begin.

Peace and giving,



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What Are YOU Eating on New Year's Eve?

Back in 2012 when I was looking for new dishes to serve for New Year's Eve, I
came across an excellent article on what to eat and what not to eat on the Eve.  I served only what was on the "to eat" list and ate plenty of it.  I must say (and this may be coincidental), I’ve had better years (financially), NO, I did not get rich nor was I ever hit with a huge windfall, but I didn’t feel overly strapped for cash each week.  I may change up a few dishes this year, but I will be including plenty of green food!  Here is the original post:

What are you eating this New Year that may bring you good luck throughout [2015]?  When I sat down to plan my New Year’s menu and typed in “foods for New Year’s”, I was led to this, an excellent little article on traditions and what are believed to be lucky foods.  There are six major categories: grapes, greens, fish, pork, legumes, and cakes.  I also found it interesting that the amount of greens that are eaten may predict one’s fortune.  That could explain why I am so poor.  Our tradition was to eat a spoonful of sauerkraut at midnight.  This year I am eating tons of sauerkraut.  I’ll also be serving pork (it signifies wealth and prosperity) and I’m thinking of trying my hand at baking a dessert from Holland: the ollie bollen, a puffy, donut-like pastries filled with apples, raisins, and currants.

There is also a list of What Not to Eat.  “Lobster is a bad idea because they move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks. Chicken is also discouraged because the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past. Another theory warns against eating any winged fowl because good luck could fly away.”

I'm thinking of following with the German custom (or superstition) of leaving a little bit of each food on your plate past midnight to guarantee a stocked pantry in the New Year.  Nothing wrong with cleaning up in the morning.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas, it’s here (almost)!  The day we’ve been waiting for, the day we’ve been counting down to.  When I first began counting down the weeks, I was determined that this year, I was going to enjoy every minute of the Season.  And I have! With the planning and following, and checking in each week, this year has been the most stress-free year I’ve had in a long time.  It has been wonderful!  I hope your planning and counting down has been as joyous and that you and yours are enjoying a warm and wonderful day anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus. 

Cheers to a very Merry Christmas!

Peace and Giving!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Final Countdown for Christmas, Week 8

1.  Review your menus and supplies once more. Any last minutes shopping needed?
2.  Keep a list of each gift as it is opened for writing those thank you notes later.
3.  Be sure to leave a snack for Santa and his reindeer.
4.  Stuff the stockings.
5.  Have yourself a very Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Countdown to Christmas, Week 7

This is it. The final week (with a few days just before) to get it all together.  Will you be ready???  Will I be?!
1.  Make your lists and check them twice! Are all catalog and on-line orders received? 
2.  Buy (or create) thank-you notes.  As gifts are received, or parties attended, you can begin writing out and addressing the cards to be sent on the 26th.
3.  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus finalized? Non-perishables purchased? 
4.  Cookies baked? Food gifts assembled? Presents wrapped?
5.  Purchase any supplies needed, such as batteries (in abundance!).
6.  Charge the camera(s).
7.  Tree up and decorated? Cards sent?