Friday, August 31, 2012

Update on August Goals

Blogging -

1.  Eagle Nest - Write at least 25 Daily Kindle posts (that allows me to forgive myself if I miss a few).  ....  I moved this content to another blog .... Kiddos With Kindles .... and managed to post at least something almost every day.
2.  Eagle Nest - Write at least 25 Other Posts on Homeschooling, Crafts, and such.  (I don't think I reached 25 - maybe 20?)
3.  O 'Scarlett - Write at least 12 book reviews  (I'm not worried about setting a book reading goal - I already have 40 books that I need to write up!)  (I'm pretty sure I finished up around 10.)
4.  Wings - my personal scrapbooking blog - Write at least 8 posts and 1 Family News Update.  (5 or 6 goals and 1 family update)
5.  At least once a week, visit other blogs and leave comments, and visit Blog Frog.  (Barely had time to even skim Google Reader - and my numbers are slowing down.)

Project School Room - and Household Shuffle
1.  Story moved into the play room - collect everything that belongs to her and it goes into her room with her.  (Finished!
2.  Finish sorting out Dad's office so the Ref can move into there  (finished as much as we can do ... the rest is up to the Ref)
3.  After the ref has moved and rehooked the internet to downstairs, get all of our computers moved downstairs  (this will not be easy, since for the last 8 months, every spare item has just been stacked into the unused schoolroom).  (Still waiting for the internet downstairs.)
4.  Set up a "room" for Sunshine in our living room - where Story use to have her "office"  (We put her on the other side of the room, the bed is there and she's been happily sleeping there without problems - unless storms count? - for the whole month.   There is still a ton of work on this project to get her toys and clothes situated into the room)
5.  Paint the room where the Ref did have his office for Scholar - and move Scholar into his room.  (Assuming I can find enough yellow and green paint.)  (Grandma has promised paint, I just hope we have TIME to paint once the ref moves out!)
Bonus:  6.  Get Song's room cleared out of her siblings things and all of her stuff into her own room - this includes her two sewing corners.   (Completed!  -  Song worked HARD and her room looks amazing).

We are actually gaining a room in all of this shuffling - so I am hoping that some of the "homeless" items will actually find a home!  Plus eventually, I do have a storage spot that I've been trying to empty for the last 8 years so my sister can use it as she needs to.

Project Aunt V.
1.  Empty Dad's office (sames as #2 above)  (It's not empty - but the Ref has over half of the room for his usage.)
2.  Empty the bunk house - R3 comes and gets the bunk bed.  Sell the baby bed.  (Bunk bed is gone ... sisters decided to try to sell items, so all of that has hit this room and I'm taking pictures and posting for sis to sell.  Things are not moving very fast.)
3.  Empty the Master Bedroom.  (moved out 1 dresser to Story's room, emptied a shelf to move later)  (Dad and sisters spent 6 or so hours a few Saturday's ago.  Progress.)
4.  Help Dad do the repair work on bathrooms and bedrooms whenever he is here.  (Dad got downstairs bathroom working- happy dance!  ....   But now the toilet is leaking - slow drip on the bottom of the tank.)
5.  Sort pictures and papers so they can be easily stored to go through at a later date.  (have spent a good 10 - 15 hours on 5 and 6 - dusty work)  (Lots of time spent here - but I have a LONG way to go!) (We have spent the last 2 weeks on this project - still a LONG way to go ... pictures will be posted on the peek at our week.)
6.  Toss old catalogs and papers that do not need to be kept.  (A lot has been done here - but still finding things to throw away!  Have emptied 6 large trash  cans of stuff so far.)  (I think we've got 90% of it found and tossed.)
7.  Decide between sibs where things can be relocated or stored, and who can best use things.  (R4 came and got one of the dressers)  (Not much sorting or leaving or relocating happened the past 2 weeks.)  (Still mostly waiting for things to leave, but I sent a bunch of my personal stuff off with friends to be donated in various locations or for their own usage.)
8.  Get with sibs at least 4 times to go through things that need to leave the house.  (We got together twice ... and a planned 3rd time fizzled into packed schedules).
9.  Help R4 get stuff together for Children's sale for Dad.  (Also fizzled)

1.  Go through and organize and itemize the small freezer.   (My BF helped with this and the top freezer at our house.  I have a list and we are doing our best to work as much off as possible. --  Freezers are increasingly emptier.)
2.  Clean the 2 frig top freezers, and itemize what needs to be used up. (One freezer down)  (second freezer organized)
3.  Itemize the Chest freezer - Goal is to have Empty by September.  (And the 2nd refrigerator and the upstairs pantries must be empty by October).  (using stuff with nearly every meal.  But there is a lot of mystery packages in there!)
4.  Make meal plans to use up as much odds and ends of stored food as possible.  (Still haven't made plans ... we just plan to use the stuff.)  --  (Never got actual meal plans made up ... mostly we ate crock pot mystery stews.  A dollop of mayo can hide all kinds of odd and dull flavors.  Thankfully, a friend has been bringing us her extra chicken broth - which has made the flavor so much better!)

1.  Deep clean as each room is cleared or emptied.  (Two bathrooms that had become "catch all" over the past 2 years are now clean and functional.)  (Office partially deep cleaned, as well as the corner Sunshine is in for her bedroom)  (Rooms are not getting empty enough to deep clean ... sometimes we forget and plop furniture where it goes between tired and running out of time.)
2.  Get the main kitchen under control - easier said than done - the table takes up most of the room.  Must decided on new floorplan for kitchen/dining/living rooms - it's all one BIG room.  (Ref has been chasing bugs - mild winter, country life, hot summer, means lots of bugs)   (NOT EVEN touched this room - more than surface  cleaning.  But we've added a LOT to the piles!)
3.  Find a board to put under the foot of my bed - so it doesn't go through the floorboard anymore.   (Somebody tell me why they put particle board in trailer homes - it gets wet, turns to flaky sawdust, and disintegrates!)  (Not done)

1.  Find the schoolroom  (Actually have done a LOT ... but then we bury it again.  Currently pulled the toys out of the pile and we're sorting those. Song's project.)  (Hoping to have this done by the end of next week - we are gaining on it!)
2.  Organize the desks and stuff in the room  (Most of the desks are or were found and organized and somewhat ready for school.  Story's desk is under a pile of empty containers for use as we organize - all of them were full at some point, so it is quite encouraging to see so many empty ones! ...  Song still needs to go thorough all of her desk and get it ready for the new year.)

Facebook and Email -
Goal is to check no more than 3 times a day.  (Better, but still a long way to go.) 

1.  Be in bed before Midnight - WITH the lights off.   
2.  Have all of the kids in bed by 10pm - and asleep.
3.  More consistent devotional times.
4.  Loose 10 lbs. 
5.  No eating after 7pm.
6.  Walk a mile or so at least 4 times each week.  Goal is to work  up to 2 miles by Sept 1. (We did walk at least 15 times this month - it's getting dark sooner - so we need to sit down and replan our day so we walk in the daylight again. ..............   Other than walking, personal goals were mostly unmet.)
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