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- Complete three handmade gifts by mid September (A knitted shawl and quilted throw for my brother and yoga bag and mat for my daughter).
Since my son doesn't stop by, I feel comfortable saying this is one of his gifts, except there will be real album covers in the center.
- Hire someone to stabilize and fix our poor pergola and then get estimates on winterizing the thing.We had a monster of a dead tree removed and they did their best, but the pergola was damaged and that swing is my home!
- Spend at least an hour outside just enjoying the patio,yard and dogs every day. One of the reasons I rarely travel in the summer is the perfect weather here and the fact that my yard is simply glowing and blooming in July and August to the point that I don't want to leave. Admittedly that's because I share a home with the plant whisperer.
- Learn how to use our gas grill. Yea, please don't laugh. If my son moves out, right now I might never have a steak again.
- Turn all the remnants and unused stash in my studio into saleable items. I tend to always buy more fabric/yarn/paper than I need for a project. Time to work that stuff.
- Go to exercise class two days a week (2 hours each of Silver Sneakers and Yoga),
- Read at least two books each month that are out of my comfort zone a bit. American Gods is first on the list, I'm determined to read and then watch.
Perhaps this would be the second choice? Although it's not that far out of my comfort range!
- Take two full day or overnight driving trips in July, August and September and aim for one in June.
- Plan two summer short trips, one to the sand dunes of Colorado and the other to Montana.
- Complete the introduction and two chapters at a minimum of my DIY Craft book (and perhaps ask any readers if they would like to be testers).
- Completely dig out and streamline my bedroom and studio. A project left from spring goals and undone. Not so much a declutter as find a way to make things work better for me.
- Get seven hours of sleep every night. A goal met mainly successfully in the spring, but that I want to continue tracking
- Have a "use it up" July. And as much a no spend one as possible. This goal was an epic fail in May/June and I have GOT to get my freezer thawed and my cabinets empty enough to properly clean
- Hire a housekeeper and a Handy person (or a housekeeper who can caulk and such). The time has come, the walrus said. The things I can reach in this house are spotless. Everything else-not so much.
- Start and Finish the Genealogy Course through the Great Courses. I just finished the drawing course and need inspiration as I am hung up in my search right now. No Olli courses till fall, so I need to go online!
- Take an introductory weaving or felting class. Which one I begin with will depend on the date
- Do something small for each of my kids by mail each month. I'm getting my daughter a succulent gift box in July as well as sending her some restored photos.
- Hit the beach in August when I travel to Texas again to see daughter and grand puppies. This got pushed aside in May due to puppy sitting needs and it's one of the two places I am looking at to get a second place and semi snowbird.
- Entertain outside at least once each month. I've drastically cut back on the entertaining in my life (at least done at home) but summer outside is low effort and the perfect time.
- Look at finding a way to have more of a capsule wardrobe, but one that does NOT involve project 333. I need something for two seasons twice a year. I mean in one week a few weeks ago it was below freezing one day and 90 the next. This one is a work in progress.
- 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. Sorry folks, this makes 21, AND it's political, at least sort of. I am an activist at heart, and most politics are local.
What's missing? Self care. I probably have less self care goals than others because I already allow myself regular pedicures and pampering due to my injuries and health. Major travel, which happens in the fall and spring. Anything about volunteering (because I volunteer two to three days per week the rest of the year), and anything business related. Those will be on my fall list.
Happy summer (or almost summer) everyone. Do you have any plans and goals for the coming months?