Project 2011 – Week Seventeen

April 28, 2011 § 3 Comments

Week seventeen, wow.  Technically, it was last week that was 4 months but it’s really only hitting home this week that a third of the year has now passed.  I’m the type who uses birthdays, anniversaries and holidays as sign posts to mark my life’s journey.  I take more pictures, I write more and I make life changes, some subtle and others not so.

Right now I want to take stock of the goals I set in January and have already changed since then…

1) Take better care of my body.

I justified this vague goal so as not to put too much pressure on myself and to ease into a healthier lifestyle.  What I’ve discovered is that trying to ease my way into a healthier lifestyle is like trying to ease my way out of a lazyboy chair after the third glass of wine.  I just grab a blanket because I’m not going anywhere.

“Do or do not…there is no try.”  Yoda

2) Finish writing the first draft of my novel.

This started off okay but I think, again, I’ve gone too wide with this goal.  Perhaps I need to break it down into smaller pieces.  It’s difficult to put together a puzzle when you have no idea what the final picture looks like.  I think I really need to go back to the beginning with this and figure out if it’s something I really want to pursue right now.

3) Be kinder to myself.

I actually think this is a keeper goal.  Over the last several months I’ve been making a conscious effort to not let myself get away with putting myself down.  I’ve been allowing myself to take pride in my meager but still invaluable contributions to my family and home. I even bought myself a bouquet of flowers.  All of this led me to wanting to be kinder to and more appreciative of the people I have in my life.  By making myself happy, I have more inspiration and a deeper desire to make others happy.  Who knew?

4) I recently added making handmade cards.

Well, I’m still making cards and having a blast doing it.  Still, I think I’m going to switch this up to a more general be-some-sort-of-crafty-this-week goal. I STILL have Daughter’s Tom Baker (Dr. Who) scarf to finish, I have a coffee table I want to strip, sand and varnish and I have all kinds of canvases, paints and brushes calling my name.

For the next third of the year, I want to add keeping on top of my garden as another goal.  It’s not a big task and after a couple of years experience we’re in for fewer surprises than when were newbies and were overrun by cucumbers.  Still, I always have big plans for harvesting and storing but always end up with more waste than I like.  I’m hoping to improve on that this year.

That’s my Project 2011 for this week.  Off to check out how everyone else is doing.  😀

Another Award

April 27, 2011 § 3 Comments

Well gee, I’m going to get a swelled head with all these awards.  Thanks again to Bernie @ One Mixed Bag for yet another award.

The best part of this award is just what it says.  No hoops to jump through, no rules, no obligations.  Just accept it.  Well, I do accept it and I’m grateful, as always, to Bernie for thinking of me.

Note to Self

April 26, 2011 § 4 Comments

Oh you go girl, go give it a whirl
Go pretending that it doesn’t matter

Oh you go my friend, you keep trying to pretend
That it didn’t shape your very core

Try as you might to ignore the thoughts that still
Keep you awake at night
Try as you might to fight the forces that let you
Get away with ignoring what’s right

You my dear are long since passed grown up
You my dear are long since passed responsible

Try as you might
It’s time to just go ahead and do

Try as you might
To forget, I won’t let you

To my forty year old self
From my fifteen year old me

I will not be silenced…

Our Easter Weekend

April 25, 2011 § 5 Comments

Along with the new couch came, inherited from a friend, a glass table and chairs set…

that I absolutely had to make room for.  As you can see, Hercules agrees.

It’s a great little set up for coffee in the morning or if I want to whip off some cards and don’t feel like cluttering up the dining room table.  I can also sit there with my laptop and maybe work on my novel.

The in-laws came over for dinner and it was lovely.  MIL brought me this gorgeous arrangement…

and I picked up the tin basket and coloured eggs (I’m not sure what they’re made of) at our local craft store for less than $10.00.  I snagged the ribbon off of something else, so that was free.

Last night we had roast beef, roasted carrots and turnip, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, homemade buns, cheese sauce and gravy.  Oh, and trifle for dessert.  It was awesome…

…especially the gravy.  I swear I could live off the stuff.  Thanks to my MIL who taught me how to make her German Mennonite mother’s gravy.

Today has been about taking it easy.  I’m making a stew with leftovers, putting away the good dishes and gathering up the laundry for the week.

Hubby, well…

he’s doing taxes.  Poor buggar.  Despite the hours spent in the kitchen and laundry room, I still think I got the better end of the deal.


Project 2011 – Week Sixteen

April 21, 2011 § 6 Comments

Another week that just flew by.  Actually, it didn’t really.  It’s kind of been dragging on because of the cold, very wet weather. Nothing like staring out your window looking at gardens that need cleaning up and weeding.  *sigh*

Then, then…oh heaven’s I can’t even say it.  This morning I woke up to…

No, the ducks weren’t playing with a bottle of talcum powder…that my friends, is snow.  I cursed, closed the window and grumbled through my first cup of coffee.  Not a happy day for me folks.

This week has been pretty much a lost cause for all my goals and though I’m giving myself lots of leeway, I can’t help but feel like I’ll never get my mojo back.  I really need some nice warm sunny days out in my yard to revitalize me.

I did however, get this today…

The new couch was delivered about an hour ago. I’m so tickled. Ain’t she a beaut? I love the thick cushions and the wood detailing.  Of course now the rest of my stuff looks like I got it at a local rummage sale but that’s okay. I’ll build around it.  😀

Have a great weekend and to all who celebrate, have a very Happy Easter.

Duck Talk

April 19, 2011 § 3 Comments

It’s All About the Ducks

April 18, 2011 § 4 Comments

Yay! The ducks came back again yesterday. This time no one flew off when I went outside with a fresh tray of corn and some bread.

Hubby snapped some photos of me admiring my feathered friends.

They just make me so darn happy.  😀

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