Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tuesday Tidbits-And January/February Goals

Tidbits of the Day:  As we go through January, I'm reminded of why I put up with triple digit Texas heat in the summer. Today it is only fifty, but for the last four days it was seventy,and will hit the seventies through the weekend!  School was supposed to start today, but since my dog popped some of his stitches, I spent the morning at the vet's. The best laid plans, and all that. I already have first assignments for all of my classes. I'm looking forward to drawing class especially, but boy, the supply list is huge!  Last nite the younger generation dragged me out to the movie Contraband.  Enjoyable (especially when I'm not buying) but I still want to see Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

With everything that's going on, I haven't had a chance to sit down and make a plan for the next month.  Although I prefer this phase of my life to flow naturally, I have to set a few goals or nothing will get done. Also, I have some long term projects that need to be divided into workable chunks.  To that end, here is my tentative plan for the next month and a half.
  • Make a year's workable budget and start building savings.  My financial aid package will allow me to put a couple thousand in that area, to get me started
  • Set quilting and card making goals (both for me and for selling) for the next few months and commit to fifteen hours in my studio.
  • Make a an accurate sketch of the back yard (measuring everything)of how it looks now, and how I want it to be when done. Make a list of what I need so we can start tilling.
  • Read at least one book that is not mindless drivel (reading itself is no problem, it's just that my reading naturally strays to John Sanford, Robert Crais and the like)
  • Exercise, even if it is chair yoga, five days a week
  • Concentrate on eating healthy (IE five fruits and veggies and leaner meats) and ignore the calorie amount for awhile.
  • Revamp the blog-I'll be writing about quilting and other things as well, and putting tabs up at the top. My life is not JUST about frugality, nor just about retirement-it's the whole picture.
  • Spend one day a week working on the buying, sorting, reselling process (book sales, thrift and garage sales, listing, mailing out and the things needed to do to make this work)
  • Deal with my previously mentioned social security attachment issue aggressively starting at the end of the week-I need to do everything I can without bringing a lawyer into the picture with my finances.
  • Make a room by room list for the house of wants, needs and ideas
  • Make a tentative route for my gulf road trip so I can begin looking at costs.
  • Finally, get back on the mediation and volunteer wagon-find a way to set aside time for both.
I think I've set some reasonable goals for the next six weeks that will allow me plenty of time to chill on my patio (yes, in January), and enjoy my art classes as well. I know I'm not the only one with goals out there-all I have to do is visit the folks on my blog list-hopefully these will keep me a tad organized on track-we can only wait and see!

2 comments:

  1. Wow that's a huge list! Actually a lot of those things I should be doing as well. I look forward to seeing pix of some of your quilting creations!!

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  2. Great List! I like the structure of it.

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