Tuesday, January 29, 2013


So where does the time go?  It is already January 29th, 21 days since my last post...I can see I started the year out on the wrong foot.  I have not accomplished anything on my list and this month is almost over. 

Besides my list, that seems to keep growing, I have the usual things that need to be done...housework and laundry.  The never ending laundry.  Seems like I no sooner get it done and the hamper is full again.  I don't mind doing laundry, it is one of my favorite chores to do.  Throw it in the washer, go do something else, throw it in the dryer, go do something else, take 5-10 minutes folding and putting away, and it is done.  It is the something else that I am having trouble with.  I think I'm overwhelmed.  Housework is a different story.  Seems like we walk in the door and drop what ever is in our hands. Eventually it will make it to where it needs to go, until it does no dusting or vacuuming will be done.  Dishes will pile up in the sink until I get around to clean out the dishwasher. When we have company is when we really get to work and clean. We haven't had company for months...get where I'm going.  I need to be on a housecleaning schedule. Ugh!

So, I printed my list off and I'm thinking of re-writing it.  Maybe breaking it down into what I will accomplish each month.  For February, I will need to get my taxes done, so might as well shred all that old paperwork that seems to keep piling up.  If I get those two things done, I think I will be good.  It is such a relief to get the taxes done, I dread it every year. 

Of course, for February, I need to keep posting on this blog. Don't look for anything spectacular, but please keep following my blog to see my progress. 
Speaking of time, I've got to get ready for work and I haven't even fed the dogs yet!  Got to go...

Happy Reading !

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Year - New List

Since all the shopping for Christmas is done and we have started the new year, I am going to start my new list, which will include my old list from 2012.  

3 books to do ... I know I had three books on my list in 2012, and I did get one done, but have decided to do another book.  

Sort material by color into the totes I bought in July 2012. I can smile at this because I just finished doing that this evening.   Mark that off the list! Completed Jan. 8.  1/8

Complete/start sewing projects: 
Joanna  Completed Aug.  10/28
Kathy Completed Aug. 24.  10/28
Me - I have some dish cloths I want to convert into appliance covers.  Completed Oct 20.  10/28
Make the cover for the coffee table, we have a large black cushion we want to cover so we can have a comfortable foot stool we can both use.

Repair items: 
Brian's Jacket - project I have promised to do before we moved 2 years ago. Donated in Sept.  Decided I would never get to this, so I donated it.  The zipper was broken, however the jacket was still good. 10/28
Brian's fleece jacket - I made this for him years ago, it was way to big, so I have to fix it so he can wear it. 
My Purse  ....I think I threw this out when I was cleaning, it was hopeless. 3/12
my jacket   Completed Oct 25.  10/28
my rain pants 
Brian's pants  Completed first of March! 3/12

Make cover for the dog crate...the material I have was supposed to be for a  pillow for our dog that we lost in 2004. Now we have two little dogs and a big crate for them, I thought I could make a partial cover so they can keep warm at the back of the crate.   

Shred old paper work - you can only do so much at one time, goal is to get it done this year!  Completed sometime in the summer, I' keeping up on this, no more piles and piles of old paperwork for me.  10/28

Do taxes....I will get this one done sometime in Feb.  I'm adding it to my list so I can mark something else off.  Completed the first of March! 3/12

Set up a budget ... for some reason I really struggle with this one.  

Set up a menu...trying to make this easy, so shopping would be easier for me and ....couponing!

Coupon more....I am constantly reminded on this by my daughter who is excelling at this.  She sends my head spinning when she tells me how she can buy $40 worth of stuff and only pay a few cents for it.  She bought me two boxes of hair color and only paid 24 cents for it.   I can't tell if it is because I had little sleep the night before or if I am just not smart enough to grasp the whole process.   I will work on this  when I can.  

Keep posting on this blog

Start an Etsy account - I would like to make some extra money, and doing something I like - sewing - might be a way to do this.  

It would be nice to get some of these things completed and crossed of my list. Oh, add planning on moving to this list!  Hopefully in about six months we will be moving.   

Happy Reading !