Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Monthly Goals: December 2015

I'm hoping I can remember all of my list for this month.  My son woke up in the middle of the night last night, vomited and then had other stomach "issues" on top of it (I won't go into gory details).  Kind of took us by surprise as he seemed fine and recovered yesterday.  My husband had to work today, so he went back to bed and I and my son were up all night.  Bright side he nearly immediately, after a few bouts, started feeling better and just basically stayed up all night eating and playing, so I wasn't going to complain too much about that.  And I was with it enough after the 1 hour of sleep I got this morning to make my daughter's packed lunch, got her medication down her and got her to brush her teeth.  The hair my husband caught and helped her get that done *laugh*, but I thought I was doing pretty good overall considering my "trudging through mud" mental capabilities this morning.

So, one of the things I did was just plain ADD a lot of the things I'm going to be doing the rest of this week to deep clean the house to get rid of just the shear amount of yuck we have floating around.  It's got to be done and I do better when I check things off a list, so that will get done.

Bright side is my husband has picked up some side work to help somewhat with finances and is actually planning on contacting some leads he has for new jobs as soon as he gets done with the few jobs he's doing at the beginning of this week.  Just him doing that has helped alleviate some of my anxiety, which is definitely welcome.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to send out a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been nice enough to offer up advice and encouragement this last week or even to send up a prayer in our general direction.  It really helped to lift me from my emotional funk and start seeing the good that is still there in bad times...sometimes you just need a reminder that it's there :).  I don't know what I ever did to deserve blog readers like you, but I'm grateful either way.  Thank you all!

So, onto the goals for this month!

Monthly Goals:  December 2015

Sewing Goals:
  • Finish Christmas Gifts (this might get tricky in the next little bit as my husband is working weekends, but I'm determined!)
  • Attempt to fix husband's boots (I'm working on putting a new sole on the inside of a boot...this might be interesting but I think I can make it work)
  • Make table runner for kitchen table out of Christmas Snoopy fabric.  Make new covering of some type for sideboard and coffee table (I kind of need to cover surfaces as my son likes to just leave liquid things on the wooden furniture.  I don't like to see wooden furniture hurt, so I take steps to protect it.  And hey, it gives me an opportunity to make them more holiday-like, so double bonus ;).
  • Work on embroidery projects (if I can find time) 
  • Make stocking stuffers for husband and kids (I consider these separate from the Christmas gifts, so that is why they are their own goal).
General Goals:
  • Put up Christmas decorations (already started on this and got the rest pulled into the house yesterday).
  • Organize upstairs video space better (it's kind of a mess right now and I need to come up with something better). 
  • Reorganize the gloves and hats and boots/shoes area in the den.  It's always such a mess and so disorganized.  I'm going to do something about that.
  • Pull out cookbooks for Christmas baking recipes.
  • Make up bucket of bleach water.  Scrub bathrooms.  Scrub son's bed inside and out with said water (make sure it's diluted enough to not bleach out the plastic).
  • Wash all the bedding on hot to kill any residual germs.  Change children's beds with nice super clean bedding.
  • Shampoo all upstairs carpets at least three times (to remove any residual germs and/or funk in the carpet).
  • Make up pot of air freshener and steam the house with good smells.
  • Figure out Christmas dinner plans.  Normally I buy a beef roast on after Christmas clearance (yes, I hit meat clearance too *laugh*) and Food Saver it for the next year's Christmas dinner, but that didn't happen last year due to finances, so this year I'm going to have to come up with another plan.  I'm thinking maybe a cheaper roast (I normally get a standing rib roast on clearance) or maybe a ham.  Still thinking on this one.
  • Look through what little is left on gift cards and what we have in the pantry to figure out if there is anything we want to do "special" for my birthday.  It's at the end of the month, so I have time.  My daughter gets upset by my nonchalant attitude when it comes to Mother's Day and my birthday *laugh*. 
  • Take kids to the Bright Up the Night Display.  This is right up our alley as you stay in your car and drive through the display.  With my son's want to play with everything Christmas light related, I think this will be a lot of fun!
Blogging Goals:
  • Do blog post on winter activities
  • Do blog post on frugal Christmas decor.
  • Do blog post on things I've read in October and November (I did indeed read...just haven't gotten around to the blog post yet *laugh*).


  1. I'm so happy to hear your husband was able to get some side work. You must be so relieved with a bit of extra income on the way. I hope he's able to find more to get your finances back on track quickly.

    Please take pictures and share your experience at the light display, if you can. I'd love to hear all about it!

  2. Pork Tenderloin works for Christmas dinner too. You can stuff it with special things like pecans and cranberry. Pork Tenderloin often comes with a coupon.

  3. I actually considered pork tenderloin, but we've eaten so much pork this year I'm actually kind of low in the pork department. I was going to try and get a couple of roasts this month, but that'll depend on finances :).

  4. I am so glad to hear about the side jobs! I am still enjoying your gift series very much. :)

  5. I think it's awesome your husband picked up some side jobs! All of it will help. It will make him feel better, too, so everyone will be happier. That's a good thing this time of year:)

  6. Definitely. It's also helping to alleviate my panic, which can't NOT make him happier as I know how your mood can affect others. It's good to feel hopeful this time of year :).