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My Goals for 2018

 

My most important goal for 2018:

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Have a healthy pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby in late spring!

 

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Garden Goals:

1. Take out dead our peach tree and replace it. We may take out both peach trees in the back, as the other appears to be dying as well. I learned in my extension service classes that peach and apricot trees only last around 10 years here. We've had these trees for 10 years. They are the two above covered in pink blossoms, The one you see on the right died last year and the one on the left is the other we will most likely take out too.

2. Plant many more flowers for cutting and enjoying in the garden. I want to grow thousands of flowers in the garden this year for arrangements thorughout the year.

3. Plant more Swiss chard, lettuce, green onions, snow peas, Armenian cucumbers, alpine strawberries, squash, and beets than in past years.

4. Fix sprinkler issues and reseed the lawn in the bare spots.

5. Find and fix all leaks in the drip lines.

 

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Sewing Goals:

 

1. Sew curtains for my bedroom. I bought the fabric over a decade ago, shortly after we moved into the house. I need to buy lining and something to hang the curtains (I think we will need to make boxes). I want to get this project done this year. We've had shades hanging for years, but they broke last year and I'm ready for my curtains to finally be up!

2. Sew the decorative bed pillow that I embroidered a cover for last year (pictured in-progress above).

3. Sew baby clothes using patterns and material I have on hand. I gave away almost all of our baby clothing, save a few favorite things I had stored in one box.

4. Sew four dresses for myself. (These have been on my list for a few years now; this year I want to finish the ones I've started and sew two more, and I already have the fabric to do it).

5. Sew birthday gifts for the children using fabric I have on hand. My girls have requested several things and I already have a list of what they want.

 

Purchase Goals:

These are my planned purchases for the year. While I'm sure we'll have other needs, these are ones that I already know will be part of my purchases for the year:

1. Purchase a few baby clothing items for the new baby. I've already registered at Target so that I can get a 15% off coupon to use towards baby purchases the last two months of pregnancy (they let you use one towards what is left on your registry at that time, but the 15% is only good for ONE purchase. I'll definitely buy diapers and possibly purchase some onesies and socks at that time). I also will look at garage sales for needed items. I was recently gifted enough hand-me-down 0-3 month onesies that I don't need any in that size.

2. Purchase a car seat for the baby.

3. Buy the following clothing items for myself: sandals, black flats, nursing bras, and a few more maternity items (I'll look for those in thrift stores) for warm weather wear. It gets warm here early in the year. I am needing new-to-me maternity clothing in a smaller size; I donated all of my old maternity clothing last year.

4. Purchase new shoes for the family.

5. Purchase tarragon and tomato plants for the garden. I'll also buy more dirt for the garden; removing tree roots will mean I'll need dirt to fill in those spots.

 

Financial Goals:

1. Refund emergency fund. This was depleted last year after some hospital bills.  We have other goals we'd like to add to this category, but this is the first and most important one, and we won't do any of the others until after this one is accomplished.

 

What are your goals for this year?

 

 

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  • Jody January 05, 2018

    Brandy,
    I’m relatively new reader. What are your kids names. I know Winter and Octavius but what are the others?

  • Jody, I wrote a post about our children's names and how we chose them here: http://theprudenthomemaker.com/blog?view=entry&id=18486

  • Kim Heller January 05, 2018

    Brandy:
    Congrats on the new baby! What exciting news and what a blessing.
    My goal for 2018 is to spend more time with my father in law. He is living in a facility that doesn't provide much in the way of social interaction so many visits will be planned. This is a major goal since he is located 4 hrs from us and we have to pay for a hotel room each time we visit.
    Another goal is to replace some of my cheap, vinyl window blinds with wooden shutters- a few at a time. I have done 2 windows already and I so enjoy the wooden shutters.
    I plan to plant a ton of basil this year in the garden. I planted a lot last year and we used every bit so more is needed for this year. I also made and froze pesto which has come in handy this winter.
    Finally, I plan to make a major change in my working hours towards the end of this yer. My grandson will start kindergarten in September and I plan to re-arrange my working hours so I can pick him up from school and watch him until mom and dad get off work each day. I really hope this works out because spending time with my grandson is vitally important to me. He is growing up so fast. I only have the one grandchild so I really value my relationship with him.

  • Susie January 06, 2018

    Hi Kim! Have you looked into Airbnb has a possible money-saving option during your visits to your father in law? We list an apartment over our garage (with its own private entrance) for less than our local chain hotels cost, for a much more roomy space, full kitchen, laundry facilities, etc. I think folks aren't as familiar with this option, but we love having guests, and using Airbnb ourselves when we travel.

  • Jody January 05, 2018

    My 2018 goal is to make serious headway on eliminating debt.

  • Jennifer January 05, 2018

    What happy news! Very best wishes for a healthy, happy pregnancy!

  • Allyson F January 06, 2018

    I was so excited to hear of your news and want to wish you and your family my sincerest congratulations!! I can't wait to see what name you choose. I truly live vicariously through you Brandy, as my goal in life was to be a mother and homemaker. I wanted many children and to stay home and garden, sew and cook. Didn't happen exactly that way but I am happy with what I have. I am very happy for you.
    My goals for this year include saving more for retirement, losing 20 lbs, visiting my aging parents more who live 5 hrs away, sewing every chance I get, and not letting my new duties at my nursing job, consume my life.
    Hoping you have an easy pregnancy and delivery, and that you and your new sweet baby are healthy :)

  • Katy in Africa January 06, 2018

    Congrats!!!!!!

  • Virginia January 06, 2018

    Congrats on your newest blessing!!

  • Marybeth January 07, 2018

    So happy for you and your family. Take good care of yourself.

  • kim January 07, 2018

    Congrats! That is so exciting!
    I also used Target diapers as when they have their baby sale and diaper sale at the same time in July, you get a really good deal. I didn't know about the 15% off coupon. Sounds awesome.
    We only have 2 children but who knows in a year or two? I was one of 4 but my parents are divorced so I'm hesitant to increase workload with more children and adding more stress, etc.

  • Melissa V January 07, 2018

    I have to admit, baby announcements always give me a tinge of jealousy as I so wanted more children but that wasn't in "the cards" I was dealt - even so I pray this pregnancy and delivery are easier on you and you have a healthy baby and easy recovery.
    For me, this year I hope to focus more on making this house truly home (since selling is looking like it is not going to be an option at any point in the near future). We've been here 21 years now and some of the windows still only have the original blinds the house came with. Most of the windows need new screens put in and the storm windows need new plastic pieces to keep them in their tracks. The wood around the windows also needs to be sanded and resealed and the glass re-caulked. I can do all of those things myself as money comes available. I have all the fabric I need for new window coverings as well - just need to actually do it. I am fighting depression -again- which seems to suck the joy out of everything and makes any project seem so daunting that I just never start. Somehow, I need to push thru it and find that motivation! I also need to continue to de-clutter - it is ridiculous how much stuff we have even after all my purging!

    In the garden, I'm not sure what I will be doing as the water contamination has ballooned into a county wide issue. We know a neighbor's well has contamination, so ours more than likely has it as well. So I'm not sure how to water the garden - it may be time to set up a rain barrel system. I do already have 3 barrels - just need a way of running the water to the garden. I do want to put in blueberry bushes (some dwarf types) and transplant more blackberry bushes but that all depends on if I can save any money to go towards that (the blueberries - the blackberries are free). I do not need any seeds other than lettuce. I have enough saved or left over that I should be set this year. I may purchase some packets of flowers though - it won't matter if they get watered with contaminated water. I will be keeping an eye out for more free gravel, lava rocks and perennials to finish my back area around the patio as well. Have any of you ever tried columnar apples? I am wondering what the texture and taste is like?

    Financial - the goal is just to manage to survive another year. Hubby's health just isn't getting better so we are surviving on my very limited part time job and my disability. And we have already gotten hit with some vehicle issues due to the extremely cold temps we have been seeing. Today it made it up to 20*F and it felt like a heat wave! Hopefully we will get a decent tax return so we can afford the dogs yearly vaccination, licenses and meds. Last year it was $800 for the Danes alone. At this point, since our cats are all indoors (except the oldest one who like to roll around in the sun and check for mice around the shed), we simply cannot afford the yearly cost of vaccinating all 5 when they are never exposed to other cats or outside. It bothers me, but it is how it is right now. At least I no longer work at the kennel and have to be concerned with bringing home some bug. We will continue to utilize the pet pantry for the cats litter and food and the beagles senior food. I will keep the ducks and quail simply because it is cheaper to feed them and collect their eggs than it is to buy the eggs from the farm market (duck eggs go for $4.50-$6 for 1/2 dozen - and quail are about the same for 18 eggs - 3- 4 of their eggs is equal to one chicken egg). The dogs will come first and anything left over will go towards vehicle repairs we have put off and home repairs that are necessary and can't be left undone.

    I have a feeling, we may be selling the boat project we traded a rifle for. #1 I don't know that my husband will be able to do any boating with the amount of pain he is in and #2 boats are money pits - especially a project like this one. It has been a dream of his to have a boat like this (weekender - bath with shower and mini kitchenette) but we may have to let it go. We'll have to see how the next few months go. We also have "The Bus" that is our RV but long lengths of time sitting are difficult as well so we may need to discuss whether it makes sense to keep it. It is all so uncertain right now.

    And that is it. Hopefully, this year will be a turning point for us and things will slowly begin to improve on all fronts.

  • Margaret @ApproachingFood January 14, 2018

    I'm sorry you're going through such a rough time, Melissa. Am thinking of you!

  • Jennifer January 09, 2018

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!! What a blessing!

    My goals--my two big ones are to fund an emergency savings account a certain amount each month and to post to my blog at least once a week.
    We also have to replace a washer/dryer and we have a small house so it's proving more challenging than I thought it would be. We want another unitized washer/dryer but it can't be more than 24 inches wide to fit in the space we have.
    I also plan to at least double the amount of flowers I grew last summer--especially dahlias. I can't believe how easy those were to grow and how prolific they are.

  • Athanasia January 10, 2018

    Brandy, congratulations to you and your husband. Our prayers our with you for a healthy and uneventful pregnancy and delivery. We will look forward to his or her arrival and to that first newborn picture in Spring.

  • Carla January 10, 2018

    Congratulations!

  • Becky Konshak January 12, 2018

    Brandy, I am very happy for you and praying for you and your family. For years, your website has been my go-to place when I want to feel peaceful, hopeful and enjoy beauty. I tell people about your website and blog all the time.

  • Kristi January 15, 2018

    Happy, happy news! Congratulations!

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