Back in March I wrote that, instead of making New Year’s resolutions I was setting goals and challenges for myself. Things are moving slowly but I’ve been making some progress. This is the first update on my goals and challenges. And you may find some recipes or other things that you can use along the way!
Restoring the flower beds –
One of the goals I set was restoring my neglected flower beds. I’d spent so much time getting them just the way I wanted when we moved here and then left them to be taken over by weeds and grass. They were so embarrassing! But, if you’ve been reading lately, you know we made some really big changes on the flower beds in less than a week! Replacing some of the dead perennials will take a little time but the flower beds look great now!
Make meatless meals once a week –
Another of my challenges was to make one meatless meal per week. This isn’t going as well as I’d hoped. When I served the second of the meatless meals Mr. Comfortable looked at his plate and asked if we were now vegetarians. His voice was not full of joy.
Linguine in Browned Butter with Mushrooms & Asparagus
His nutritionist was also less than thrilled with this plan. Mr. C needs a lot of protein after his cancer treatments. I’m adjusting the meatless meal idea to doing one every couple of weeks but getting Mr. C to eat a lot more vegetables with his meat.
Build the Duck Cabin –
We’ve made progress on the duck cabin although I haven’t really been allowed to help. Mr. C built the frame and has cut over 100 of the little logs that will make up the walls. But he still has about 200 logs to cut. And we have to dig to lay the concrete foundation and get the frame in place before we can start building the walls. It’s going to be quite a project!
If you didn’t see the inspiration for the Duck Cabin, here’s the video Pete sent me on which we’re basing Freckles’ and Penguin’s home design.
Bake once a week –
I admit I’ve totally failed at this one so far. In the cooler weather I baked at least once a week. But now that it’s gotten warmer I have rarely baked anything. The house is air-conditioned but I hate to get the oven going because that means the air comes on. Each time the air conditioning comes on I can practically hear the electric bill going up. This goal may have to be a cool weather thing once a week and a once-in-a-while thing during the summer. My Earl Grey Tea Cookies with Lemon Glaze are something I may bake during the summer. They don’t take long in the oven.
Sewing projects –
My original list of things to learn to sew had three items: napkins, easy curtains, and a simple top for myself. The one thing I forgot to factor in is the cost of fabric. To date I can’t buy fabric so this challenge is on hold. I did, however, (Link to Learning to sew) sew patches on some of my jeans and I’m going to fix jeans for Mr. C and for Pete. It’s not exactly the goal I set but at least I’m using my sewing machine!
Next week my dear friend, Eileen who is teaching me how to sew, will be giving me another lesson. We’ll be taking in a pair of dress pants for Mr. C.
My goal is to can enough tomato sauce for our use and the kids’ for the year. It’s important that I avoid The Attack of the Killer Tomato Sauce that I had last year! I also want to can some of my cherry salsa. This is a late summer project since I must grow the tomatoes to can the sauce and make the salsa. It’s still something I’m determined to do this year.
Organize the junk room –
Oh, my. I wish I’d never put this on the list. Several times I’ve opened the door to that room, gazed about, and closed the door again. The amount of work involved has me overwhelmed. But it needs to be done and the sooner the better. My plan now is: 1. Figure out everything in the room. 2. Assign places in various closets, the basement, etc. to put everything I want to keep. 3. Get rid of everything I am not keeping by donating the good things and trashing the rest.
Grow The Comfortable Coop –
There are several bloggers who have posted advice on how to grow your blog. And it’s all really good advice. I’ve done some of the things and I’m trying to implement some of the other suggestions. I am limited on my daytime data. I get 50 free gigs every night from 2 a.m. until 8 a.m. so maybe I’ll have to become a night owl to start doing more. I think the blog may have to grow “organically” through word-of-mouth.
Spend time reading the Bible and praying each day –
I’ve been much more conscious about praying every day. In the past I’d realize I was “too busy” while I was up and about to pray. Now I make a point to not only pray formal prayers but to spend a lot of time just talking to God. I like to think He prefers that to just reciting things by rote. I do need to buckle down and read the Bible more.
So that’s the update on my goals and challenges. Do you have goals for this year? I’d love to hear what they are!