My 14 Goals for 2020

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Goal #1 – Take Full Advantage of Having My Husband Home 24/7

The HH pulled Manny out of his winter hibernation, fired him up and tilled up the {soon to be} raspberry and asparagus beds. We are still waiting for our plants to arrive in the mail, they were supposed to be here a few days ago but I think pretty much every seed company is swamped right now, so they’ll be here when they get here I guess.

The good news is the weather next week is looking pretty nice {with only 1 day of rain} so I’m excited. Some days I miss having a giant garden, and other days I’m like, you know, living on a 1/3 of an acre isn’t so bad after all. What more do two people need than a few garden boxes, some pots and a few rows of berries?

Goal #2 – Take Better Care of Myself. 

I made an apple pie. In my pj’s. And the over the course of 3 days ate the entire pie by myself. Fruit. It’s really good for you. Especially when it’s in pie.

Goal #3 – Get Organized

Guess who was a total no show this week because they spent waaaaaaaay to much time online and wasting a ridiculous amount of time staring at a screen?

The plan:
March 22 – 28 Paint Kitchen Walls, Trim Doors and Office Door March 29 – April 4th – Finish Garden Beds {Raspberry & Asparagus Beds, 3 New Flower Beds Along the Back of the House} April 5th – 11th – Paint Master Bedroom Walls, Trim and Doors April 12th – 18th – Make Window Treatments for Master Bedroom April 19th – May 2nd  Make Window Treatments for Sunroom
Goal #4 – Get Proper Window Coverings on All Our Windows. 

Working on it.

Goal #5 – Master Bedroom Make Over

Decided to go with white curtains and rods. Enough of that Roman shade bit {although I still need to make 6 more for the sun room}.

Goal #6 – Kitchen Update

The walls are still yellow.

Goal #7 – Install Vegetable Garden

The garden boxes are in place! Raspberry and asparagus beds are dug {we’re just waiting for the plants to be delivered}. And I might plant a row of lettuce this week. But we still need to:
Figure out what to do with the old pavers. Create 2 more brick edged flower borders. Till up area for raspberry and asparagus beds. Plant hydrangeas along the back of the house Create a seating area {a super simple one} Figure out where to put all the extra pea gravel

A few from the drone. If you look closely you can see the brick garden edge coming into shape along the back of the house. Today I’ll be extending the border along the right side and prepping that weird outlet of dirt for grass seed. The HH will {hopefully} be shoveling up the last of the fire pit pea gravel and wheeling it over to the neighbors {they are thrilled to take all our castoffs, and we are thrilled they want them}.

Goal #8 – Explore More of Maine 

Looking forward to my next day trip with the HH! Harpswell, Maine is on the list next, but it will have to wait a bit. For now, the only exploring we are doing is called Will it Grow in Maine? Sugar snap peas? Yes!

On the radar for exploring Maine this month:
Bar Harbor, Maine Lincolnville Center General Store in Lincolnville, Maine Wallace’s Market in Friendship, Maine Alewives Fabric Store in Nobleboro, Maine Harpswell, Maine and Bailey Island
Goal #9 – Host Some Sort of Get Together

Patio lights are going up this week!

I listened to the The Aviator’s Wife {again} on audiobook this week while I worked in the basement. I need another story! Perfectible historical fiction or a biography. 

Goal #10 – Read/Listen to 12 Books
Olive Kitteridge Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites Natural Color: Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for Your Home and Wardrobe  The New Bungalow Kitchen  Container Gardening by Stephanie Donaldson  A Piece of the World The War I Finally Won Vertical Gardening Front Yard Gardens The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook Beach House Style
Goal #11 – Learn A New Skill or Craft

Hopefully this fall? Right now I’m on a mission to get the garden in place.

Goal #12 – Visit 12  Museums, Historical Homes or Botanical Gardens {and bakeries too!}

Currently on hold. Lucy doesn’t seem to mind though.

Maine Maritime Museum Maine Mineral and Gem Museum The Island Market  Cafe DiCocoa Hungry Hollow Country Store
Two Fat Cats Bakery Portland Museum of Art Speckled Ax  Atlantic Baking Company Rockland, St. George, Cushing and Port Clyde Maine
Bar Harbor and Desert Island Adventures Day One, Day Two and the Summer Cottage Rental Tour. Tinder Hearth Bakery in Brooksville, Maine
Goal # 13 – Reach 5,000 Etsy Sales by the End of The Year 

As of this morning, I have made 3389 sales on Etsy. That’s up from 2804 on January 1st. I dyed  wool last week and updated my Etsy shop with a few new wool bundles. As far as rug hooking goes, I wasn’t able to stay focused and only hooked a few flower stems. This was supposed to be a new rug hooking pattern I was going to release on April 3rd. But after 5 weeks of distraction, I have decided to set it aside to work on this winter.

I made a promise to the local historical society that I would hook a Maine themed rug for their bicentennial celebration later this summer, it’s a big one, and I am supposed to have it completed in 5 weeks. But at this rate…. at the rate I’m going, I might have to have a internet / social media free week so I can get it done.

Mrs. HB sent me a text saying she needed a few more garden markers… so I figured while I was at it, I might as well make a few more. And now I think I’m good on garden markers for my Etsy shop for the foreseeable future. I find it interesting that some things hold my attention these days… and others, well they seem like a lost cause.

Goal #14 – Once a Month Menu Planning {for 2}

I re-arranged the freezer this week and now have room to hold a few freezer meals. Yipee! Next on the list… Chicken Chili. We are going to make it today, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Have YOU made any goals for this year? If so, DO TELL! We all want to hear about them.

Have a great Sunday everyone, enjoy the sunshine.


Mrs. Hillbilly’s Update

Mrs. HB has thrown in the towel. Said she’s done with updates and doesn’t want to do posts anymore.  Poor Mrs. HB. I wish I was there to go walking with her. I think she misses me.

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