A Quote

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Currently - Top Five Fave Romances

There are so many love stories that have been adapted to the big screen (and little screen, too).  Here are a handful of my current TOP FIVE faves (I have a lot of faves):

In no particular order:

1.       The Notebook - a tear jerker.  But the love - I want to live a romance like this.  

2.      An Officer and a Gentleman - what we all want - rescued.

3.      The Bridges of Madison County - oh my. What would I have done?  What would you have done?

4.      Life is Beautiful - When I first started watching this movie, I have to admit, I was like, this is stupid, I'm not watching this. I was totally wrong.  This movie is FANTASTIC. The love this man has for his child is, well, beautiful! 

5.      And then there’s Moonstruck. Sweet, funny, cute.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February's Goals

My goals for this short month are to: 1) begin crocheting a poncho for Kayla; 2) read one book; 3) walk 4 miles a week; 4) create and finish 1 project; 5) plant the spider plant cuttings; 6) save $$; and continue cleaning out the family room.  It’s a mess (pic below).

·                     I’ve chosen the project (it’s actually a gift for my Mom for Valentine’s Day.  More on that later).
·                     I’ve chosen and begun the book.  I am a huge fan of Leslie Meier’s Lucy Stone Mysteries.  I’ve downloaded "Valentine" to my Nook and will start that on the bus home tonight.
·                     I am reprinting the directions for the poncho and will put them on my bedside table where they can be found more easily.
·                     I’ll take the plant cuttings home from the office tonight and Elliot can help me pot those.
·                     Then I’ll take a walk.
·                     And then I’ll spend 15 minutes in that room. 
·                     As for saving the buckeroos, well, here’s my plan.  We’ve gone the freezer dinner route this month (make enough for two meals, eat one, freeze the other).  I’m actually enjoying this project.  Sunday, while the kiddies napped (both had just gotten over that ugly stomach virus), I cooked up two pans of Baked Ziti (using Ree Drummond’s recipe) and a batch of Sloppy Joes (Kayla loves this stuff).  We had a Baked Ziti for dinner, the other pan went to the freezer.  The leftovers were divided into smaller containers for lunch. Part of the Sloppy Joes went to the freezer and part into the fridge for lunches.  This week, I am baking up a batch of White Chicken Chili and browning ground meat with taco seasoning for quick and easy meals.  Sorry, I got totally sidetracked there.  My plan is to save the grocery receipts and then at the end of the month, tally up the savings and deposit that amount into our credit union savings account.  I like using the credit union account because 1) I have no cards for easy withdrawal; and 2) although you can call and request $$ and then pick it up the next day, I’m just lazy enough to not want to do that.  So, it’s a win-win for me.

Wow! Have I rambled.  And it’s time sheet day (office lingo).  Back to work.

When habitable, this is a fabulous, super huge room.  Unfortunately, we had a leak from some hole in the siding and it took two roofing companies and then a fab handyman to discover the hole. That would be Burt, the handyman. In the meantime, the damage to the front of the ceiling got worse. This is also the room my eldest son used as a bedroom during his 1 1/2 year stay and stuff just piled up. The current resident, a squirrel, has been spotted sitting on that there trim hanging in front of the window.  Luckily, K spotted the newest hole (up under the eaves) and we immediately called Burt (the handyman).  He's backed up with ice damage customers, but that's okay, for now, as K and I have really been tackling the stuff piled up in there and VA has picked up the last week of January and again this week.  I suspect they'll be out again before this month is over.  Ahhh, such is life.

Achieving one day at a time,


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

What to Do in February

Purchase or make Valentines.  Send them.
Bake heart-shaped sugar cookies.
Read a romance novel.
Buy roses (or any bouquet) for your dining table.
Buy a rose bomb from Lush and take a luxurious bath.
Light candles at your evening meal for a touch of ambiance.
Write a love letter, or a love poem.
Bake a cherry pie.
Watch a love story.  I love this Romantic Movies and Menu(s) idea found at Delish.  Making homemade truffles and popping in “Chocolat” is so doable!

Achieving one day at a time,

Monday, February 2, 2015

Welcome February!

February, ahhhhh, the Month of Love and also one of the “busier” months.  Not only is it host to Black History Month, Valentine's Day, President's Day and Ground Hog Day, Chinese New Year, the Super Bowl XLIX and the 87th Academy Awards, but this February 2015 also boasts our darling Jade’s 8th birthday.

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,