It took me 12 days, but I finally have my goals for 2015 listed and I am ready to rock!
- Pay bills on payday.
- Save $40 every payday which will go towards a Christmas spending fund. 26 paydays x $40 will give us $1040.
- Pay at least one bill off this year
- Read at least 52 books-one per week
- Read at least 4 magazines per month-current subscriptions include Oprah, Better Homes and Gardens, Marie Claire and soon, Entrepreneur.
- Learn to play my new instruments-ukelele/drums/guitar
- Dust off the violin, tune it up and start playing it again
- Attend at least one concert with Ali for mother/daughter memory date
- Do at least one activity with John that he enjoys
- Monthly date night with Bob
- Plan weekly menus and cook for whoever is at home that night
- Make snow globe cookies for Marnon Family Christmas Party
- Prepare house to be “company-ready”
- Stay current on weekly scrapbook pages Monday-Sunday
- Do Bible Study daily utilizing 5 Minutes a Day Every Day until I finish.
- When I finish above, find a new way to study the Bible daily.
- Visit at least one new church in the Wayne/Westland area each month.
- Drink at least one bottle or the equivalent of water each day
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Ride my bike
- Have hair colored and styled
- Create and maintain a makeup routine
- Maintain nails
- Learn to wear teeth and smile brightly!
- Develop Queen of Pink blog. Write at least 3 entries per week-Books/Pink/52 Friends
- Have a job that brings in a regular income
- Make 52 new friends
- Reconnect with friends I’ve lost touch with
- Stay in touch with other friends more often, at least once per month.
- Host a cookie exchange in November
- Host a Peacock-themed party
- Visit Paris, MI
- Go camping
- AROUND THE HOUSE
- Have garage cleaned out by the end of the year
- Make new pond plans and start implementation
- Remodel bathroom
- Attach doors to open kitchen cupboards
- Paint side entry door
- Install bay window in front of house
- Move dryer to better location
- Finalize scrapbook area in the basement
- Fix garage door opener
- Have afternoon tea (tea and snacks) at least once per week
- Daily entries in 5 year diary
- DREAM-REALLY STRETCHING…..
- Pursue “creativity person” idea with Taylor Swift
- Pursue law school
- Go to Harry Potter World with Ali
- Write 2nd draft of 2013 NaNo novel
- Collaborate with Taylor Swift on “Heart” idea
The overall idea is to break these goals down into what I need to do monthly and then weekly.
Did you set goals for 2015? If so, I would love to hear about them!
There is a movement within the online scrapbooking world called One Little Word, started by one of my favorite scrapbookers, Ali Edwards. For the past few years, I have chosen a word that spoke to me in advancing my life. Last year, it was Dare. 2013’s word was Create. 2012 was Peacock. I didn’t go far with my words those years. This year, I would like to change that. My word this year is Pink. What does pink mean? What does it connotate? What kinds of things are pink? I am going to try to look at it from all angles. I am going to envelop myself in pink.
One unfortunate circumstance is that I no longer have the queenofpink email. We changed cable providers and it was suggested that I use gmail for email and not to be at the behest of the cable companies with my email. queenofpink@gmail was not available. Tears for me! I looked into getting a website named queenofpink.com but it is already spoken for. No one uses it, but it’s not available. And I don’t want to pay godaddy $70 to negotiate on my behalf to get it. Kind of a letdown because I had planned to learn how to make a website this year and declare my love of pink. Maybe there is something better for me down the road. God may just be delaying my plan. When some of my friends heard of my email change, they were sad to see my queenofpink go because they found it so fitting for me. I never had to spell it out like I do my name now.
On another note, I decided I needed some help cleaning out my garage this year. This is the year the garage will get, at the very least, clean enough to hold a car. I know I am not the only person in the world who doesn’t have room in their garage for a car. I’m just the only person I know. I thought about how I could accomplish this. It’s cold outside in the winter in Michigan. The garage is not attached to our house. Sometimes in snows in the winter so deep that we have to dig a path for the dog. It’s going to be a big job and probably not one I can do in the spring/summer alone. What if we have one of those unbearably hot summers? I like to sparkle, but I don’t like to sweat. One of my favorite bloggers, Elise Blaha Cripe, recently posted about a yearly calendar she created so you could work on your goal a day at a time and at the end of the year, see what you accomplished. You can see her calendar here. I decided to try to make my own version. I didn’t need anything fancy. With my calendar, I would then be able to mark off each day that I did something in the garage. My goal is to do a little bit each day-it might be to clean out a bin stored in there; it might be to pick up some loose stuff on the ground. It might be to organized the camping equipment. It is my hope that the little bits done everyday in 2015 will lead to a much better organized garage. Below is my version of the calendar. It is just circles under each day of the month. I had hoped to put the numbers inside the circles like Elise did, but I couldn’t figure out how to do that. I am pretty proud of what I did accomplish with the circles because I had to learn how to do those. I printed my calendar on pink cardstock with Jan-June on one side and July-Dec on the other. Nothing fancy like Elise’s, but it will do the job for me.
It is now 11:09pm in my neck of the woods. My nephew is in Michigan for a few days and was able to meet with us and the grandparents for a few hours this afternoon. I haven’t ventured out to the garage yet on this first day of the new year. I don’t want to “fail” before I even start, so it off to the garage I go. Wish me luck!
Do you have a word that you choose each new year to stretch yourself? If so, I would love to hear from you. Just leave a comment and we can connect. Thanks for reading my blog and for being my friend.
Did you know there is more to Northside Hardware in Wayne MI than meets the eye? We try to use Northside for our hardware needs before hitting the big box stores. It’s important to support your local small businesses. I love it because when I am looking for a little nail or doo dad, I can go back to that section and there is always a friendly gentleman to direct me right to what I need instead of looking at miles and miles (a slight exaggeration) of little boxes with pictures of them.
Northside had agreed to participate in the Wayne Main Street Holiday Window Display Contest. I had to take a sign in to them and ask them to display it in their window. The cashier up front called someone and sent me to the office. I was thinking the office was that little area in the back of the store near the bicycles since they have a counter back there. Nope. I had to enter the holy grail of the door back by the sink fixtures. Down the ramp past the cutting area. Keep going further, an employee told me, through another door. Wow! Look at everything they have stored in this area. Like a warehouse! Keep going, someone else told me. Further and further I walked. I felt like I was intruding being in this area. Turn left! someone said and knock on the door. There was a door in front of me-the other door! When I talked and was let in, I was pleasantly surprised. After going through the store and the warehouse area, the office was a completely different world! It was warm and welcoming and brightly lit for the holidays. More modern, I would say. A nice experience. And the ladies were very friendly.
Well, as you might know, the employees at Northside are very friendly. The only one I know by name is Howard because he has been cashing me out what seems like forever. Back in the days when I actually took film in for processing. I wonder if they still do that there? Anyone know?
Tell me: Have you been to Northside? If so, what is it you like about the store?
Last week I happened to be at the Wayne Main Street office right before a city council meeting. Our WMS office is in the Wayne Activity and Banquet Center. The City Council holds their meeting in the large room there. On my list of new things to do in 2014 was to attend a city council meeting. I had intended to go to a Westland one since that is the city I live in, but I figured Wayne would be just as educational. I found a place to sit and grabbed an agenda to see what would be covered that night.
There was a crowd at this meeting. I thought “wow, so many people attend the Wayne meetings!” Apparently, that isn’t so. Some young women were being recognized for being Wayne-Westland Distinguished Young Women. Some were family members and friends to see the swearing in of the new Police Chief. Some were there with the Sisters who were buying a piece of property the city owned next to their school for $1. Once those people cleared out, it was down to the size of the audience I see when I happen to catch the Westland council meetings on cable TV.
The meeting didn’t take long. The council members seemed friendly. Nothing got too heated. All in all, a pleasant experience. It’s a good way to learn more about your community and what is happening.
Tell me: have you ever been to a city council meeting? If so, are you a regular attendee?
What in the world is cookie butter? I wondered this when I was at Trader Joe’s last week. I hadn’t been in this store for at least 5 years; it is not convenient to my home. I went in looking for a tiny Christmas tree I had heard about. No problem finding that; it was right inside the doors. While Bob went over to the Omaha Steak place next door, I perused the aisles looking at the unusual items you don’t see at Kroger, my regular shopping spot. I saw little cookies shaped like cats that came in three flavors. And then there was something called Cookie Butter. I had never heard of it before. It looked interesting, but what in the world would I do with it? It didn’t sound like something I would spread on bread like I do peanut butter. So I left all those jars sitting on the shelf and went about my day.
Fast forward to a few days ago. I come across a recipe for Millionaire Shortbread Cookies. I love shortbread, especially the kind my mother-in-law so graciously bakes and gives to me and the kind my sister-in-law, Stefani (check out her goodies at ChefStefs.com) bakes. This recipe had what looked like a layer of caramel and then a layer of chocolate on the shortbread. I am all about the caramel and the chocolate! I printed the recipe (which can be found at foodnetwork.com) and was gung-ho to make me some shortbread. What’s this? The recipe calls for cookie butter? Slapping myself for not buying the cookie butter when I saw it, I now have to find it locally. Of course, Kroger and Heartland don’t carry it. I called up Holiday Market in Canton and lo and behold, yes they carry it. So this morning I trotted my little behind to Holiday Market and went right to the aisle to pick it up. (I had asked when I called where I would find it when they said they carried it). What is cookie butter? It says it is made from biscotti cookies. I haven’t opened the jar yet to taste it. Oh alright, You convinced me I better taste it. It kind of looks like peanut butter. It doesn’t smell like peanut butter; more like a bag of cookies. The texture of peanut butter, but it tastes more like a sugar cookie. Not too bad. I’ll let you know how the shortbread turns out when I make it.
Let me know: have you ever heard of cookie butter before today and if so, what do you think of it?
This post is short and sweet. I learned that you can listen to a voice mail on your computer. I got an email from a friend that had a voice mail message attached to it. I never knew you could do such a thing! I can barely get my voice mail on my phone. It’s a hit or miss process. Sometimes I get them and sometimes I feel like an idiot because I can’t remember how to do it while knowing that I can do it because I’ve done it before. Ever have one of THOSE moments?
Anyway, learning how to do it can be saved for another day. The fact is, I now know it can be done and so do you! And if you do know how to do it, I would be most appreciative if you shared here so I and others can learn. Thank you. Now go out and enjoy that freezing cold snow!
After a not-so-successful meal at the nearby Beaver Creek Saloon and Grill (note the new name), Bob and I took the gift cards given to us by his folks and headed out to try the Deadwood Bar and Grill in Novi. We had learned that the owners of the 5 restaurants (including The Moose Preserve in Bloomfield Hills, Camp Ticonderoga in Troy, and Iroguois Club in Bloomfield Hills) are the same people who are restoring The White Horse Inn in Metamora. We learned there were problems when they sold Beaver Creek to its new owners, thus Beaver Creek isn’t accepting any gift cards that were sold under the old owner, despite the cards being for Beaver Creek. That’s the long story.
Anyway, we headed off on our 23rd anniversary to try to use the gift cards. Vera, my GPS system in the truck, took us to a bulding that looked very vacant. Turns out the restaurant was a few buildings down the road. So we arrived.
The first thing I asked was whether they were going to take our gift cards. Who knew when we went to Beaver Creek that we would have to confirm they would take Beaver Creek gift cards? We weren’t going to be fooled again!
The place was actually rather cozy inside. I love the lights hanging throughout on “tree” partitions.
I also loved this chandelier. I am a great lover of chandeliers, much to Bob’s dismay. He doesn’t like them. Still, at least I have one hanging in our house in the kitchen over the sink and it gives off the greatest light! Much better than the light that it replaced ever did give off.
And certainly not what I was expecting for a dumpling. It tasted more like a thick noodle to me. But maybe that’s what goes for a dumpling these days. Not those big thick fluffy mounds of goodness that grandma made. Yes, that is a dumpling on my spoon. Glad I ordered a cup of soup and not the mug.
And here’s a little something I discovered in the restroom–this is the very first one I have ever seen tampons sitting in a decorative container on the sink counter, free for the taking if needed. Hmmm.
If you are of my generation or older, you will remember the days when we actually had to get up off the couch and go to the TV to change the channel when we wanted to watch something else. You could be a couch potato, but you would be one that got a little up and down action as you rose and sat and got a little walking in as you went back and forth to the TV. Your wrist would even get a little action turning the dial.
Then new technology came around and a thing called a remote was born. You could change channels by pointing this device at your tv. No more exercise to change the channel. What a great tool for those who are sick, bedridden, or otherwise unable to get up and change the channel. Not so good for the rest of us who were learning to become a little bit lazy.
Today, I received an email for my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that informed me I could turn my cell phone (another technological marvel) into a remote to control my TV. Since I needed to learn something new today, I followed the steps on the webpage I was directed to and lo and behold, my phone was controlling my TV. I had to call up the program on my phone, pick my TV brand, point the phone at the TV, press and button and voila! my TV came on. I had to push another button to change the channel. After pushing, I was asked if the channel changed. If not, the phone advanced a new button to push and kept doing so until I was able to change the channel. There is a keypad for inputting a channel number. I can control the TV volume. Such a handy little program. I don’t know how much I will use it as I don’t carry my phone everywhere with me, but I know I have a back up device when the real remote starts getting temperamental on me.
So tell me, can you change your TV with your phone? What other things can your phone do that you think is cool?
Several weeks ago, I learned about an app for my phone called VOX. It makes your phone act like a walkie talkie if you are communicating with another person who also has the VOX app. I haven’t had a chance to use it and test it because I don’t have anyone nearby who VOXes. I don’t know if you can do it long distance, like whether I could VOX with my friends on the west coast.
I am curious to hear if other people have VOX and use it and if so, what do you use it for?
I am not a fan of sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top for Thanksgiving? No thank you. I was a little skeptical that I would like the soup that my mother-in-law made recently. It’s called Caramelized Onions with Apples and Sweet Potatoes Soup. I like onions and apples. No no no on sweet potatoes. But being the trooper I am, I said I would give it a try. And you know what? It was actually good. I didn’t really taste the sweet potatoes. Liz found the recipe in the Detroit Free Press. Will “I” go out of my way to make it? No. But I will eat it again if it is served.
Thank you, Liz, for broadening my culinary horizons.