Thursday, June 1, 2017
Monthly Goals Update: May, a Month in Review
So, let's review May shall we?
When it comes to goals last month, I did get some of them accomplished, but I veered off at some point and got a bunch of other stuff done instead (life does that).
I did work on the garden and planted seeds and then planted THOSE seedlings in the garden along with more seeds. I'll save the progress on that end for the update tomorrow, but other than losing some lettuce seedlings (not quite sure why, honestly...I don't think it was the cold, but more like I just waited too long to plant them), the garden is coming together so far :).
I finished up the lettuce in the hydroponics garden and started some herbs (which came with the garden originally, so I wasn't out any money to plant them). So far all three herbs have sprouted (the parsley worried me there, but it finally popped up a couple of days ago *thumbs up*) and I'm letting the little garden do it's thing.
I mended some things last month, but not as much as I would have liked. The last few days I've been cleaning like a mad woman and reorganizing everything in the den and such so that when the phone company guys came today they could get to everything and I didn't have to feel bad that my house was a mess. So, I scrambled and found places for all of the sewing things that were scattered to the four winds, pulled out a couple of different types of fabric to make shopping bags out of and wrote down some measurements. Overall, I feel great about the progress I've made the last few days on the "getting embroidery projects started" front :).
By the way to those who inquired about special orders for embroidery...at this point I don't want to commit to those types of projects because time is so scattered around here. For now I just want to make things with materials I have on hand, finish said projects and then sell them. Sorry, but maybe in the future I'll feel more confident doing special orders.
I conserved pennies I didn't even know I had this month and am working on conserving them as they come in as well. As for egg recipes...well eggs were kind of scarce this month due to broody chickens (which I THINK we might be on the other side of it completely now as the last one seems to be breaking out of it, but at least I'm up to two eggs a day right now), but I'm planning on getting some baking done tomorrow and over the weekend to use up some eggs and more importantly get some different things into the freezer.
I worked my tail off trying to get some Spring cleaning accomplished, but suddenly with the son having behavioral issues, we instead ended up going to a psychologist and have spent the entire month working on finding the right type of medication for him to take (which he's starting on a new one tomorrow as soon as it comes in...they had to compound a pill into a liquid for him).
I did, somehow manage to squeak out some cleaning, though, especially the last few days. The downstairs looks okay now (need to get recycling out of there, though) and I managed to get the rest of the Christmas decorations into storage (yes, Christmas decorations. Don't judge *laugh*) and got the mattress that was in the den drug across the lawn and put into storage as well. My arm is more mobile then it has been in months and isn't hurting as badly, by far, so I'm kind of hoping I'm on the mend there, as well.
So some of the cleaning I got done on the Spring cleaning front. I got my daughter's room dusted down really well (she helped) and my daughter started to organize it again. My son kept messing with his fan and trying to unscrew the fan motor from it's casing (which my husband was even impressed by), so I ended up moving his bed a few days ago and rearranging his room so there was NO WAY he could reach his fan anymore before he hurt himself or wrecked the fan...or both. I got the master bedroom mucked out and organized a bit better, which was nice to get done.
I also took the top of my stove apart and cleaned all of the openings and things and scrubbed the burner covers really well and things. I finally tried an H2O at Home product I didn't really like, which was the cleaning clay. SUPPOSEDLY it was awesome. I had heard all of these stories of seven year neglected ovens being scrubbed by a seven year old with the clay and how it worked wonders to clean the oven sparkling clean and such. So much for testimonials. I found it messy (as it foamed up TERRIBLY whenever you grabbed some with the scrubber it came with, so it went everywhere) and it just plain didn't work at all well that I could see. I finally just washed down the entire stove top in frustration with water (and the counter where the stuff had foamed up all over it) after scrubbing it for what seemed hours and just used some white vinegar to wash the top down as well. Which between that, soap and good old elbow grease at least I'm CLOSE to getting the old grease and the burned on sugar (canning last year...son distracted me at wrong time throwing a fit...results were pure awesome burned on sugar mess) off the top of the stove. I had gotten the cleaning clay for free with the party I gave, which was good because I would have felt really ripped off if I'd paid for it. I'll probably use it to scrub out the sinks after I do the dishes or something as it is mildly abrasive, thus it SHOULD polish okay until it's gone.
So, overall, my month I'd say was pretty productive, just not in the way I had planned, but such is life :). So, how did you all do last month?