You'll notice that my bucket list seemingly does not have a great deal of self care alternatives. I'm not denying myself!! A few months ago when I acknowledged that removing my own toenail polish was causing me pain and distress, I moved self care stuff to my health care budget. So monthly pedicures and massages are now a regular part of my life-just as an example:
- Complete three handmade gifts by mid September. I'm far ahead on this. In fact I'll be taking the yoga mat bag and the Texas Rangers wall art with me in August-since it does not good to give a baseball fan gift in December.
- Hire someone to stabilize and fix our poor pergola and then get estimates on winterizing the thing. I've not even begun this. There is such a housing shortage here, as well as a shortage of contractors that I figure I will be better waiting for fall and telling folks I am in no rush.
- Spend at least one full hour daily just enjoying the yard, patio, and dogs. Yes, yes, and yes. This one is easy!
- Learn how to use our gas grill. Not yet, but I've been promised a tutorial
- Turn all the remnants and unused stash in my studio into saleable items. Working...I've shared some photos here and I'll be putting more here and on my instagram page.
- Go to exercise class two days a week (2 hours each of Silver Sneakers and Yoga). Yes, although I'm finding the yoga is not really yoga but "yoga stretch", so I'll probably be searching for a separate yoga class.
- Read at least two books each month that are out of my comfort zone a bit. I'm reading Mr Mercedes (out of my zone as I don't do Stephen King), and then I'll be reading the book below for my "Resist group" next month.
- Take two full day or overnight driving trips in July, August and September and aim for one in June. Yes, because in general I assign Friday as day trips, even though they are in the greater area. No, because I doubt anything until late August will be over night-which is fine.
- Plan two summer short trips, one to the sand dunes of Colorado and the other to Montana. While they are planned, an added trip to Texas and the heat will certainly put the Sand Dunes off until cooler weather.
- Complete the introduction and two chapters at a minimum of my DIY Craft book. Yes, and now editing before I share with others and do testing.
- Completely dig out and streamline my bedroom and studio. The bedroom is done except for disposing of the Goodwill bags and purchasing hanging closet shelves for my sweaters.
- Get seven hours of sleep every night. Yes!!!
- Have a "use it up" July. I've done great on the use it up part, not quite as well at the no spend part (Thanks Prime Day!), but continuing, continuing.
- Hire a housekeeper and a Handy person (or a housekeeper who can caulk and such). Yes!! She has yet to start but I found a young woman who is a jack of all trades, and just charges by the hour, be it for deep cleaning, caulking the bathroom or whatever.
- Start and Finish the Genealogy Course through the Great Courses. Started but not finished.
- Take an introductory weaving or felting class. Yes. My weaving class will begin when return from vacation.
- Do something small for each of my kids by mail each month. Yes, succulents and indoor sky diving. In August I'll take them to this gourmet chef restaurant.
- Hit the beach in August when I travel to Texas again to see daughter and grand puppies. We'll see if I do this in August or in the fall. My main goal is to check out a snowbird location and I'm wondering if cooler weather might not be a better time to judge what I think (I have plenty of outdoor and large lake experience in north Texas, so my ocean call this year is not as big as other years.)
- Entertain outside at least once each month. Have not done this and don't feel bad about it. It's too darned hot, even with an outdoor fan
- Look at finding a way to have more of a capsule wardrobe, but one that does NOT involve project 333. Yes, and I'll be sharing this, as well as having a "what I wore" series once a month.
- Find out about local politics and become involved with the folks in my local party and chapter who are actively becoming involved in the midterms and raise my hand. Yes. The book above is for said group, I've been involved with the Dems in my district as well.
And there you have it. I'm allowing myself the laziest summer in record (I've been averaging a book every two days) and I'll be gone for three weeks in August. Since many of these goals are house and home related, nothing much will happen during that time except for dogs, swimming, dining out, and fun.
But that's okay. Because, well, fun.
But that's okay. Because, well, fun.