My 22 Goals for 2019

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Goal #1 — Spend More Time Doing What I Love


Sweet Lucy Puggle! She may not have chickens to chase around the yard, but she sure has plenty of new places to explore.

Goal #2 — Garden, Garden, Garden

Fall foliage / front porch tour is in the works! There are so many beautifully decorated homes around town {some over the top and some elegantly simple like the one above} and I’m excited to share them with you. Especially for all you peeps who live in places where fall just sort of passes you by without a big change in leaves.

After installing the boxwood hedge last week we decided to take a break from gardening and work on indoor projects this week. We installed a new towel racks and t.p. holder, painted out one of the bathrooms, hung a new shower curtain, a new mirror and now all that’s left to do is make the roman shades for the bathrooms. The fabric should be here on Wednesday so I’ve cleared my schedule for Thursday to make 2 shades… so wish me luck.



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

Poor Miss Lemon! Since bringing her inside last week she’s loosing her leaves like crazy. I’ve fertilized her, and kept her roots well watered so I’m hoping it’s just the shock of coming inside after being outdoors for the past 6 months and that she’ll bounce back soon.

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.



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 sunflowers and 3 pillows along with a pumpkin table runner and upload them to my Etsy shop last night which was good progress considering we are still settling in. Next week I’ll work on a special order pillow, and a few flowers and then I’ll finish up the work on my big top secret holiday project.
73 rugs in my pattern bin {now down to 29} 183 hooked flowers {finished 135, now down to 49} 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 13 million.

Goal #10 –Lose the Muffin Top

Moving bricks from one end of the yard to the other. That was my cardio for this past week.

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

The planning for the inaugural Bakery and Tea Half Marathon is underway. The Girl and I are VERY excited. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Goal #12 — Read or Listen to 26 New Books {19 down, 7 to go}

I started Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen on audio-book 2 nights ago but fell asleep to it playing in the background both times. I can tell that if I can just stick it out with his monotone storytelling voice though it will be good.

Also, I snagged a few books at the library book sale the other day. Fill a bag for $5! WHAT A DEAL. I had this really clever idea to fill the bookcases in the family room with books that have red, white or blue bindings… so that’s why the collection of books I swooped up is a little eclectic.

I’ll be diving into Nowhere Near Normal, Mozart’s Starling and Lobster Rolls and Blueberry Pie first. Wahoo. 5 Bucks!

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 Mr. Churchill’s Secretary 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.

27 down, 25 recipes to go. Last week I shared a recipe for mini pumpkin cheesecakes and this past week the HH tried out a new beef stew recipe as well as a new meatloaf recipe.

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.

I picked up some ginger gold apples to make something… but I just haven’t figured out what yet. 😉

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

The good news is our two chairs and couch for the family room have arrived. The bad news is I’ve still got a boatload of painting to do in the room before we can put the furniture in position. I’ve already painted the walls and the ceiling in there but still have all the trim, the windowsills, the radiators and the bookcase/mantel area to paint.

The goal is to have the room completed by the end of November {Thanksgiving actually}. And that includes making all the art to hang on the walls, AND sewing all the roman shades for the windows.

Breaking down projects room by room is really the best way to go if you ask me. It’s stressful, but so much LESS stressful in other ways. It helps to keep me focused and on task and away from completing the house in a piecemeal fashion.

Goal #17 – 52 Dates with the HH {32 down, 20 to go}

1 date last week. It involved a pastry. 😉

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 was supposed to tell you about a new general store last week but got totally distracted. Oops. Will share this week.
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

I ordered a little bling to hang in the tiny front porch alcove area for Halloween and I’ve very excited to hang it up. I’ll share a picture next week once I get it all decorated and Mrs. HB’s wreath on the door.

I LOVE this time of year!

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


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