Sunday, December 27, 2015

Monthly Goals Update and This Week's Goals

You know, times like this I really wish I could transmit smells through the internet.  The house smells so good as a pot of beans with the leftover ham bone from Christmas dinner is simmering away on the stove.  My husband and I are really wanting to eat dinner *laugh*.

Well, some of the goals for last week got accomplished and some didn't. Due to us being sick I didn't get a chance to make Christmas napkins, but then my mother-in-law gave me Christmas napkins, complete with napkin rings for my Christmas gift.  So, the goal got accomplished and I didn't have to do anything.  Win win ;).  I am still tweaking the winter themed activity post, as I'm having a hard time finding winter motivation when we haven't had much snow at all, but plenty of cold weather, so it's been kind of a "meh" type of winter for fun.  I am working on it, though *laugh*.

The kids and I did watch Christmas movies and listened to Christmas music, cookies got decorated and we all had fun, so I can't really complain too much.

This week I have some things to do, for sure.  I put away the Christmas decorations yesterday and those boxes need to be hauled back out to storage this week if I can get to it and then I figured out that the Christmas throw pillows I had on the couch were the only throw pillows I have for the couch at the moment.  My son's speech therapist has been using them during therapy for different purposes, so making throw pillows is now on my "to do" list for this week.  I thought of just using the Christmas pillows and make slip covers for them, but decided against it as the pillows took a beating a bit this year and they are already looking more flat than they were at the beginning of the Christmas season.  I don't see the throw pillows lasting very long with day to day wear and tear happening on them, so I'm just going to make new instead as I can make them tougher.

So, onto the main goals for this week:

Sewing Goals:
  • Make throw pillows for couch in den.  Figure out a good design for pillows to match with different decorating schemes throughout the year.
  • Make new cover for trunk in den (I've been using a baby quilt as my main cover for the trunk, but it's really starting to fall apart so it's time for a back up plan) or at least work on a design for one.
General Goals:
  • Check ingredients for birthday cake and make sure everything is available to make it.
  • Finalize shopping goals for January.
  • Make goals for January.
  • Tweak winter menu plan for the month if needed.  Make a list of needed items and add to shopping goals for January.
  • Deep clean children's rooms, vacuum under beds, clean out closets (I'm looking at my daughter on this one), etc.
  • Catch up on laundry (this goal is sent up with a prayer that my son will let me do this without too much trouble).
  • Scrub bathtubs and clean bathroom sink tops.
  • Fold and store blankets in a more organized fashion (this is a challenge due to lack of linen cabinets in the house, but we need all the bedding we have, so I'm kind of trying, once again, to make a better storage system).
  • Work out cleaning schedule for a week and give it a shot.  See how well it works.
  • Work on grocery budget for the next couple of months.  Try to shave some off of it if possible to cover shopping goals for the month as they are needed to fill in holes in the pantry and such.
  • Haul Christmas decorations out to storage for the year.
Baking/Cooking Goals:
  • Work on recipe ideas and see how they turn out.  Share if they do.
  • Due to changes in schedule, figure out new schedule for baking days and possibly plan on more labor intensive meals because of having more time.  Plan on baking at least one thing during the weekend so that daughter can help bake (thus getting some practice in with measuring things).
  • Make granola (trying this out on my son with feeding therapy).  Find a container somewhere in the house to store it in (the hard part *laugh*).
So, there you are folks.  My goals for this week.  How about you?  What are you up to?


  1. It's funny that you see our winter this year as "meh". After having 2 brutally cold and snowy winters right in a row, I'm thrilled to have a "green" Christmas and warmer winter weather!

    1. Oh don't get me wrong. When it comes to driving in the winter and things the last couple of years up here have been awesome. When I said "meh" I meant from the kid's perspective as not only have we had no snow, but it's been super cold, so the kids haven't been out to play much at all this winter. I'm just kind of hoping that it gets warmer and stays warm for a while so that the kids can have some fun outdoors. My son especially is going a bit wonky from having to be inside too much.

    2. My sister-in-laws give me a hard time, actually and call me a winter scrooge as I LOVE it when we have mild winters. I tell them I grew up in New England when they were predicting a "new ice age" coming at a rapid rate due to global warming, which showed what the weather was like back then. I had plenty of snow in my childhood and then when I moved to Pennsylvania I learned to hate ice storms a LOT, so by the time I moved here, yeah I can drive through it, but I don't if I can help it and if given a choice I'd hibernate through the winter months *laugh*.

    3. I totally agree with your driving comment. I am born and raised Canadian, so I am very adept at winter driving. But the reality is that there are plenty of accidents on the roads when the snow really hits, so I'd rather stay home as well. I envy those who don't have very much snow in winter. I'm a hibernator type person as well. The only good thing about snow is snow days!

    4. Ah, how I wish we had snow days up here. The last like four years we have been having about one snow day a year, but that's it. This state doesn't shut down for much at all. Basically you get to a point where you realize that you're stuck driving in pretty much everything, although there has been a few occasions where I called the school and said, "No way, Jose. I am not driving my kids to school in this" and that was that :).