February, where it currently feels like we’re back in Vermont! Snow on the ground and frigid temperatures. Looking forward to the warmer weather ahead. Pretty sure this snowy weather is not going to last! Very thankful that the days are getting longer and we finally have afternoon sun streaming in our apartment once again.

  1. Continue to monetize my blog. As you know this is an ongoing goal. I hope you have taken the time to check out my own page on Amazon where I put all the items I just love from favorite cookbooks to gardening tools. Please check it out, I’ve been having fun adding items to the various categories. Another aspect of this goal involves increasing my readership. If you enjoy reading my blog, please recommend it to your friends. The more the merrier!

2. Create a cookbook.  You may remember this goal was on my list last year and I finally put it aside. My goal for this year is to have my cookbook ready by November 2019. I have been working away at this. After many days I finally gathered all the recipes off the blog and I actually have over 450 recipes. The recipes have all been organized by category and now I have to start copying each recipe into a document which will finally be made into a cookbook. Another ongoing project.

3. Have 20 minutes of exercise at least 5 times a week. The only exercise we received in the last week was looking at houses. We spent the week in the Portland area and looked at numerous homes. Nothing was quite right so the search continues. We did see one nice house that had some raised beds, an herb garden and three bee hives! That was encouraging.

4. Explore ten 9 parks or hiking trails in the state of Washington we now call home! No new parks this week. Several of the houses we have looked at backed up to green space. It would be nice to have walking trails you could access from your home, it would remind me of Vermont!

hiking during hunting season

5. Incorporate 20 16 new recipes into our dinner plans with the focus being on healthy eating. Made a delicious Italian Spinach and Tortellini Soup this week. It was so good. I will share the recipe on Friday. It was the perfect soup for these cold, snowy days.


6. Read 35 28 new books this year. Finished my seventh book , The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. I had been waiting to read this book for months! It is another World War II book and is all about the women spies. although  the book is fiction is is based on real people. I would highly recommend this book.

7. Complete Four 2 knitting or sewing projects this year. Second project is finished! The third project is in the works. I mentioned last week that a friend of mine sent me a package of material! More placemats to come!

8. Visit family on the west coast. Had a great time in Portland, spent time looking at real estate, but also got to celebrate my birthday with some goodies! It is such fun to be spoiled.

9. Explore Six 5 new museums in the area. We are still waiting to grab the pass from the library for the Tacoma Glass Museum, hoping we can pick up this pass soon!

10. Find a new home. We have looked at so many homes it’s hard to keep them straight! I take photos of each one and write down various notes so we can keep them all straight. After a while they all blend together. Just want to find something that offers some gardening space and a nice kitchen! Learning to be patient.

“You can do anything is you set goals. You just have to use yourself”
R.J. Mitte

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4 comments on “Goal Setting Update Week 7

Naomi Shelton on February 13, 2019 4:11 am

Hi, Nancy! The Italian soup looks yum, yum, yummy! And the book sounds like it would be a good read. One of my goals for this year is to keep a list of all the books I read. I have read seven, almost eight so far since January. I am nearly finished with the eighth which is “In Pieces” by Sally Field. It’s a good book but a sometimes harrowing account of her childhood with an abusive stepfather.

I hope your house hunting yields something that is just what you are looking for. I love looking at houses but I’m not planning to move so it’s more of an entertainment than a necessity.

I am envious of all your exploration of your new area. One never thinks to really do that when you’ve lived somewhere for thirty years!

Good luck with the house hunt and with growing the blog.

Nancy Wolff on February 13, 2019 3:37 pm

I love keeping track of the books I read! “In Pieces” sounds like an interesting read! House hunting is a frustrating business but we remain hopeful that there is just the right house out there somewhere!

Nancy Somebody's on February 13, 2019 4:14 am

I hope you’re not too buried in the snow in Washington State!

Nancy Wolff on February 13, 2019 3:36 pm

I can’t believe how much snow we got, there was over a foot of snow on the roof at one point. Thankfully it is now all melting and it is a big slushy mess!

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