My 22 Goals for 2019

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Goal #1 — Spend More Time Doing What I Love

It was another great week here in New England. Miss Lucy got plenty of walks in {the woods, the beach and around town} and we are starting to feel a little more settled. I’d say about 80%-85% of the boxes have been unpacked and now it’s just a matter of tackling a long list of {pretty simple} projects to make this place feel like our own.

Goal #2 — Garden, Garden, Garden

Last week we dug a new flower border and planted 900 spring flower bulbs {400 tulip and 500 muscari} from Van Engelen Wholesale Bulb Company. This week the goal is to get the rest of the plants in {boxwoods, hydrangea, hibiscus and arborvitae} in and mulched before packing up the gardening tools until next spring. It feels good to be playing outside again, WITHOUT being bitten. 😉

Goal #3 — Plant an Orchard {Calling it Quits on this one.}

I didn’t snap a picture but with all the cooler evening temps we’ve been having {and they’ll only get lower from here} we had to bring Miss Lemon inside for the winter. Luckily though there is a small little sun room type area in the house where I’ll be able to keep her {and some other houseplants once we settle in a bit more and get that area painted}.

Goal #4 — Gussy Up the Potting Shed Done!

Goal #5 — Grow Enough Extra Vegetables, Eggs and Flowers to Earn $1500 at my little roadside vegetable stand.

It was totally my intention to grow a ton of fruits and vegetables to sell at the farm-stand when I made my list of goals for 2019 last winter, but then we moved. So, that whole goal was sort of a bust. The new peeps wanted the vegetable stand, and we were happy to leave it for them since it was made specifically to match the front of the house, so hopefully the tradition will continue. 🙂

Goal #6 — Finish Every Single Unfinished Rug Hooking Project in My Pattern Bin + 10 Things from back Issues of Magazines/Books I’ve Been Meaning to Make. 

I was able to finish 2 make do’s and a pillow and upload them to my Etsy shop last week plus get about 90% of the Halloween runner I’ve been working on done {hopefully I can get it finished tonight}. Next week I’ll work on a special order pillow, and then I’ll work on my big top secret holiday projects before making a few Christmas pieces.
73 rugs in my pattern bin {now down to 32} 183 hooked flowers {finished 133, now down to 51} 10 “things” from back issues of magazines {finished 0}
Goal #7 — Create 12 New Rug Hooking Patterns {with at least half of them being large ones} DONE!

So far this year I’ve added 12 new rug hooking patterns and 13 beginner rug hooking kits to my Etsy shop.

New rug hooking patterns I’ve created and added to My Etsy Shop this year:
Tullia and Thomas Turkey Double Nantucket Whale Runner Miss Henny and Penny Miss Penny Simple Kitty Primitive Flowers 2 Fat Cats Annabell’s Big Day Old Fashioned Double Tulip Fat Brown Hen Busy Little Bee Queen Bee
Rug Hooking Kits
Busy Little Bee {in 2 different colors} Folk Art Heart Small Nantucket Whale Primitive Crow Miss Robin {in 2 different colors} Simple Kitty Primitive Flowers Sunflowers A Basket of Spring Posies Fat Brown Hen Chicky’s Garden
Goal #8 — Split and Stack 2 Cords of Wood for Next Winter 

All that firewood! We sold it. 😉

Goal #9 — Do Something with the 5,002 Photos on My Phone

Current number of photos on phone is 12 million.

Goal #10 –Lose the Muffin Top

This past week I walked around town collecting pastries, hot tea and chestnuts.

Goal #11 — Run, Walk or Crawl a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon

I thought I had signed up for a half marathon but apparently I only signed up for the 5K and when I noticed my mistake, the Smashing Pumpkin half marathon in Freeport, ME was already sold out! I am so mad at myself. I have been a bit flighty what with everything going on, but now what?

I even walked 8.5 miles one day last week in preparation. Maybe I’ll just save myself the entry fee and make my own bib and walk my own marathon with local bakeries as the pit stops instead of water stations. That would be fun.

Goal #12 — Read or Listen to 26 New Books {18 down, 8 to go}

I downloaded Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal yesterday and so far so good!

Currently on the request list:
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Books I’ve Read or Listened to So Far This Year:
Marilla of Green Gables #1 Still my favorite The Great Alone #2 The Aviator’s Wife #3 Before We Were Yours #4 Secrets of a Charmed Life #5 Where’d You Go, Bernadette #6 Carnegie’s Maid #7 The Gown #8 Unbroken #9 The Alice Network #10 The Shape of Mercy #11 Will’s Red Coat #12 Big Little Lies #13 I Feel Bad About My Neck Bunny Mellon  {Doesn’t count because it was my second time} On Writing {Doesn’t count because it was my third time} Walden Finder’s Keepers Delicious! Following Atticus
Goal #13 — Try 52 New Recipes.

25 down, 29 recipes to go. Last week the HH made Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Blue Cheese. I have two new recipes for him to try this week. 😉

Goal #14 — Clean Up 52 Old Recipes on the Blog

9 down, 44 to go. I’ll get crackin’ once fall {and cooler temps} come around.

Goal #15 — Fill 100 Canning Jars 48 down, 52 to go.

So far this year I’ve I canned:
7 jars Peach Jam 7 jars of Strawberry Jam 15 jars of Carrot Cake Jam 15 jars of Spiced Pear Jam  4 jars of Almond Pears.
Goal #16 — Finish Furnishing Our House

Yesterday I worked on filling holes in the bathrooms so today I’ll be able to paint. Then it will be up to the HH to install a towel rack, mirror and other odd bits. The whole house needs window coverings and after looking up prices on custom roman shades {$300-$500 per window!!!} I’ve decided to make my own. For the ENTIRE house.

I’m a little nervous, but I think after a little trial and error, I should be able to make the window coverings for around the $50 per window mark. We’ll see. If you’ve made your own roman shades before, I’d love any advice you can offer up.

Goal #17 – 52 Dates with the HH {31 down, 21 to go}

2 dates last week! One involved a bagpiper. {I’ll tell you more about it tomorrow.}

Goal #18 — Take One Adult Education Class Done {I’ve taken 3!}
I’m keeping the first class I took with my neighbor top secret for now {Mel know’s what it is though} 😉 Spoon Carving Class with Heather. Mini pottery lesson {I loved it! and now I want to sign up for a full class}
Goal #19 — Secret {for now} Holiday Project

The big reveal will be on Friday, November 1st.

Goal #20 — Create 12 Wowie Zowie Party Platters

6 down, 6 to go.

Goal #21 — Visit 12 General Stores

9 down 3 to go.

I have a new general store to tell you about… and they sell Grapenut ice cream! I’ll do a proper post with pictures later in the week.

So far this year we’ve visited:
Chase’s Daily {I think it should count} Squam Lake Marketplace Harrisville General Store Dodge’s Store in New Boston, New Hampshire Zeb’s General Store in North Conway, New Hampshire Dan and Whit’s in Norwich, Vermont Hussey’s General Store in Windsor, Maine
Goal #22 — Compete with Carole….. Get on My Front Door Game On

Hello fall! I cannot believe how many people around me have their front porches decorated. Keeping up with the neighbors is going to be a bit of a challenge and I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do for Christmas yet, but I suppose I’ve still got some time to think about it. But for now, at least I have some pumpkins and Indian corn out so I don’t look like a total slacker.

Would you be interested in a front door post? There are so many cool displays around town that I think it might be fun to feature some on the blog. Let me know what you think.

Front Door Bling I’ve Made So Far This Year to Compete with Carole:
Late January : Valentine Heart Late February : Shamrock Late March : Giant Carrot May: White wave petunia hanging basket June/July: Tin Star and Flag Bunting August : Sunflower September: Indian corn and pumpkins

How about YOU? What are your goals for 2019? If you told us about them HERE, check in! We want to know how you are doing. Because seriously, it’s so much easier to get those goals checked off your list when you have people rooting for you! 🙂

Have a great day everyone,
You can read more about my 22 goals for 2019 HERE.
Have a Great Day!

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