Monday, December 27, 2010

Year-End Recap

With the end of the year in sight, I wanted to review my goals from the beginning of the year. It seems almost an exercise in futility as I KNOW I have failed in several places, but it's still important to see where I did & didn't measure up to my own expectations. So here they are again, my personal goals for 2010:

God & Family
* incorporating structured Bible studies into Wednesday's lesson plans. This was almost TOO easy to change. I am happy to say that we now have a weekly Bible study, as well as lessons on Christian role-models as they appear in history.
* monthly date-nights... this was a tough one to keep up, with almost nine MONTHS of battling a shingles infection gone wild that has left my right eye permanently damaged. Having a car break down, the dishwasher die, and my daughter with some sort of chronic congestive difficulties for the past two months has not helped either. Still, we have managed to schedule (and keep) date-nights for ten of the past twelve months. And yes, it's been lovely going out somewhere OTHER than late-night grocery runs just the two of us!

Around the House
* the daily chore-schedule... this one seems to have been hit-or-miss. We DO keep it up, but only 4 days per week. Perhaps a re-vamp of the system is in order?
* And the 15-minute morning cleanups? Not bad. We are finding the time to do this only twice per week rather than the five times I had planned, but this in combination with our evening chores is keeping the house nicely manageable.

and Just for ME
* losing 30 pounds... yeah. Oh, how I wish I could forget I ever promised this! Unfortunately I was not ALLOWED to exercise until August due to the dratted shingles. However from then 'til December I truly have no excuse other than laziness. I am now 20 pounds heavier than I was at this time last year, and absolutely hating it. However I AM almost a week into a new exercise regime, and have recruited my husband as accountability-police. So there is a light at the end of this long, dark, scary tunnel.
* And my weekly crafting? Yep, that was forgotten in the middle of hourly dilation drops & steroid-induced migraines. I HAVE been crafting more since fall however, and plan on continuing as I have these past three months. There are already quite a few new crafts lined up on my to-do list, and I have a happy little recruit who is looking forward to helping me which should ensure that this actually happens.

Well there it is. I've not completely failed, but I definitely need to stay motivated this coming year. This will be my contemplation for the rest of the week - determining how best to tweak, change & add to this knowledge for NEXT years goals!

Monday, December 13, 2010

my little hutch

I just finished repainting my little hutch for the third time in ten years, and spent the time reminiscing its many uses over my lifetime.

This little hutch started life as a pile of packing crates. My dad built it for me while I was still in diapers, as a place to store toys & books. Over the years it has held everything from diaper pins & lanolin, to crystal trinkets. When I learned that my second child would be a daughter, I "rescued" the hutch from my parents basement where it had been holding board games & puzzles, and repainted it to serve in her nursery just as it had in mine. In turquoise & white, and laden with bunny-rabbits it was the prettiest thing in the nursery... until our daughter came home.

When she was about five, she asked if she could have a larger bookshelf, and the little hutch moved into our pantry to hold canned goods. It also stood in our dining room for a year or two, full of school books & art/science supplies. And for the past year, it has been back in my bedroom holding my books & fabric stash.

Now, with yet another fresh coat of paint, it's ready for service again in my dining room. The bottom will still hold my fabric as our dining table is the only surface large enough to sew on, but I haven't decided what to do with the top half. Should it hold family memorabilia? Seasonal displays? My favorite china pieces? Gardening books?

For now, I have placed my few pieces of Snowman china on it - just to keep it from looking lonely until I decide for sure how best to use it. But regardless of what I decide, I know it will be perfect... as it has my entire life.

Not bad for a pile of packing crates, huh?