Sunday, April 10, 2016

Monthly Goals Update and This Week's Goals

First, if you are wondering where the pictures of my shopping are for last week as well as a recap of what I made in the way of food...wellllll that didn't work out last week.  My son, because grass season is upon us, has started breaking out in hives on top of his usual eczema, so sleep was a long lost dream last week.  On top of no sleep the cough I acquired from that cold I caught is still clinging on, probably due to all the dust in the air outside (and the dust I'm kicking up Spring cleaning in the house) so I have been going between feeling exhausted and trying to forcefully expel my lungs from my chest via coughing.  So, the last possible thing I could think to do last week was track my menu plan (I just checked...I hit two out of seven meals.  Rock on me!) and we ended up with me making meals like meatloaf and just plain eating left overs a LOT last week.  I didn't have the energy or the appetite for anything else.  At least in the way of grocery shopping I was able to stock up on meat and was able to get some produce (got four limes as they were on sale at Fred Meyer for 3 for 1.00!  I got four to make more creamy limeade and I also got some lettuce for salads this week).

I do have a few recipes to share, though, that I made last week and realized I hadn't shared yet, so hopefully I'll be able to get to that this week and get back on track with everything else.  At least my family didn't starve last week.  So, I suppose I did my job *laugh*.

On them monthly goal front, though, I did get some things done.  As I put in my Frugal Friday post, I did get my glasses cabinet all emptied, the inside shelves washed and contact paper put down.  I also started going through other cabinets and figuring out what needed to be weeded or what plain needed to be tossed (a lot of empty boxes and things were hiding in the back of the cabinets). 

I started to figure out what could plain get tossed and/or donated around here as well.  I even found a few things, like my mug tree that I like a lot, but it is just plain taking too much room on my counters right now, that could go into storage until a new chapter of life starts later on.

With my husband's help I got the coffee table we had in storage and put it in our living room and then rearranged the living room coffee table to the den where my son can sit at it more easily when he's doing feeding therapy.  The trunk I moved to the end of my bed so it's better protected from my son's abuse.  I also put a new table cloth on the coffee table when I moved it downstairs into the den as the other one just didn't go with the color scheme down there, but it seriously needs some work as I just kind of threw some cloth over it that looked okay to my eye.

I got some more windows washed and some of the glass surfaces in the house deep cleaned, which felt good.

I also got one star out of nine mended/resewn on the quilt I got a while back.  Feels good to at least have gotten part of it done this last week.

So, onto this week's goals!

Cleaning Goals:
  • Wash children's winter gear a few times and hang it up (basically preparing to put it into storage, but I'm not convinced winter is over yet).
  • Wash walls down in children's rooms.
  • Clean ceiling fans.
  • Shampoo upstairs carpets
  • Vacuum mattresses and wash and put away flannel bedding for year
General Goals:
  • Continue to weed through things and figure out what needs to be donated or culled.
  • Haul stuff in den that was emptied from furnace room and other parts of the house and put it out into storage or add to donation pile. 
  • Can applesauce.
Sewing/Mending Goals:
  • Repair couch in den (this is a pretty big job, so I'm figuring it might take more than one week to do).
  • Work on pillow shams for couch in den (like I said...big job that couch).
  • Continue to work on mending quilt.
  • Finish bag holder (I really need to get some sewing done).
And there you go folks.  Some of my goals for the week.  How about you?


  1. My goals are also to pare down items as I work on the room swap upstairs. I also want to get my lettuce planted and buy some landscaping rocks for the backyard, and figure out a paint color to redo our worn looking porch and stairs. Also hoping to clean out the fridge.

  2. You poor thing - I have no idea how you can function on so little sleep. But, I guess we do what we have to do, don't we!

    I recently sold a bunch of my kids' clothes to the resale shop and also donated a bunch of household items to Goodwill. But, both are on my to-do list again this week because I need to determine what summer items I need for the kids so I can buy from the resale shop and I also need to go through my closet and donate or sell clothes that no longer fit me (I started weightlifting big time last summer and dropped a size and a half - and I wasn't big to begin with!).

    I also have a lot of paperwork type items to attend to. Curious - do you all have a storage unit because you don't have an attic or basement? Can't remember. I just know they can be pricey and was wondering if you all would eventually be able to let that go to save money.

    1. No we don't have a storage unit. We used to before we moved to our current home, so yup, I know all too well how spendy they are.

      Now a days we have a forty foot cargo van (an eighteen wheeler trailer) that we bought like five years ago or so and we use that as additional storage to make up for the fact that we don't really have anywhere in the house to store things. It actually works really well and we've been super happy with it :).