After a very busy first month is the Pacific Northwest we finally are catching our breath! Friday we got our Washington plates which was the last item on our to do list!Goal Setting

1. Find a new hosting site for my blog and make it secure.  Done! This was the first goal accomplished this year and I am so happy to have a secure website.

2. Monetize my blog. I have set up two affiliate accounts. You may be noticing links to my favorite items on Amazon. I’ve also teamed up with an amazing heirloom seed company, Mary’s Heirloom Seeds. Really don’t want to clutter my blog up with too many ads, however I sure appreciate any support in running this blog!

3. Create a cookbook. This is definitely getting put on hold. I had grand ideas of accomplishing this goal but I think it will go at the top of next years’s goal list!

4. Be diligent about getting 10K steps in 5 out of 7 days a week. I’ve decided to change this goal to 3 out of 7 days a week! Despite the beautiful weather we’ve been enjoying lately I have not been getting my steps in, this goal has been an epic fail! I hope to continue this goal next year, perhaps with some adjustment. I am looking forward to exploring this new part of the country we are living in!goal setting

5. As we continue to prepare for our house sale, continue to de-clutter. DONE!!

6. Read 25 books this year! Done! This goal may be completed but I am still reading! this past week I did a little light reading and read The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs. Cute story which takes place in Sonoma County. I enjoyed the story but what I really liked was that each chapter started with a recipe! May have to try a few as they call sounded pretty good. If you’re looking for a delightful book all about family I recommend this book.

7. Have a consistent meal plan each week and prepare ahead. This has been going pretty well. Followed my daughter’s meal plan while we were watching our grandchildren. Nice to have someone else do all the planning for you! This week we’re back on track and I’ve got meals planned for the week ahead. First up on the list is to make some homemade bread!goal setting
8. Finish 4 knitting projects. Completed! Made two hats and two scarves. This goal is completed but I would like to knit a few small projects for the holidays.goal setting

9. Clean out our freezer. Done! I miss having our larger freezers but I am not planning on stocking up while we live in this apartment. Shopping is done for the week ahead and that’s about it!

10. Take a few road trips and visit family and friends on the east coast that we will not see as often once we move to the west coast. Done! Having completed this goal we are now looking forward to a new year with new travel plans. I actually have a bit of family here on the west coast and it will be fun to catch up with everyone.


“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan,

in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act.

There is no other route to success.”

Pablo Picasso


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