Thursday, May 31, 2012
A Resolutions Update
I make resolutions. I track my progress. And me being to dork that I am, I share my results here. This, on good months, is GREAT. On a bad month, however, it is just downright embarrassing.
May was a great month for a lot of things-but not necessarily resolutions. I was so busy I tracked only my exercise (and even that, not very religiously.) We had extra expenses like dumpster renting (resulting in no double mortgage payment) and extra large tasks to complete like completely cleaning up Hopestead (resulting in far less time to do unnecessary things, like make Christmas gifts.)
Family Read Aloud(s)-one is the goal:
We read lots of little books through days, but no read-aloud at night before bed. Fail.
House Project(s) of the Month-one is the goal:
We rented garbage and scrap steel dumpsters and took almost a week to clean out the barns, outbuildings, basement and yard of all their J.U.N.K. Dumpsters cost a pretty penny, I found out and it is no fun cleaning out 60 years worth of someone elses' garbage, but I am VERY happy and thankful that job is finally done. I'll be sharing pictures soon (maybe tomorrow?) of the before and afters. This was HUGE and was one of the biggest goals of the year!
I have also been working steadily to create a nice sized garden for vegetables and a circular flower garden of perennials, herbs and annuals. These two things have kept me VERY busy all month and there is still plenty of work to be done!
Several very generous neighbors have thinned their perennials and shared their abundance with me, so my Circle Haven vision is becoming a reality far more quickly (and cheaply!) than I had anticipated and I have far surpassed my 2012 goals for adding ONE perennial this year! yay!
Letter-writing: I didn't keep track but there were several. Two, I know for sure of, went to Opa. I can think of several more I sent out to friends but I can't remember total. Probably about five.
Exercise: 23 times on my tally sheet but I wasn't diligent at writing them down, so I bet that number in reality was much larger.
Reading Bible: I was in the Word twice daily all month, but never just for myself. I am becoming okay with that, I think.
Drank 60 ounces of water: didn't record.
Christmas Gift Made: FAIL. In fact, I was intending to make TWO things, to make up for last months' fail. Now I am up to THREE things in June.
Money to Car Fund: no- it went to getting car fixed after the deer incident.
Money toward Principle on House: Only managed to overpay $300.00. Better than nothing I guess. :-(
Life happened and required more of us: our time and our resources leaving less for the resolutions but I think it was a very, very successful month anyway. I am happy with all we accomplished.
I can't wait until the end of the year when I tally everything up and see just how much we accomplished this year. That will be a fun day and that will make the embarrassing moments worth it.