Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Years Resolutions

Nice, MOSTLY EMPTY, family room!!

As I take a break from putting Christmas decorations away, cooking and cleaning, I think about what I want to accomplish during 2009. Not all my goals are sewing related or even quilting related:

1. I want more time to ride the horses;
2. I want to have a garden that I keep up with and harvest. Not live off the land, but not be buying wilted salad greens, tasteless tomatoes (not that I will eat them anyways:)) and mushy peppers;
3. I want to finish 18 quilt projects this year. Whether they be pillows, lap quilts, wall hangings, bed quilts. I think I did pretty well for 2008 - my goal was to finish 12. and I finished 16. Not bad considering I took a 8 year break while having both kids;
4. I want to start making Christmas gifts in January - none of this staying up until 12:45 Christmas morning for me - or still madly quilting to finish my Mom's gift;
5. I want to donate several quilts/lap blankets to Akron Children's Hospital. They were so good to Jessie during her stay/visits there.
6. I want our calves to do good at the County Fair - and for the kids who are showing them to have fun. I don't want Jessie to get Grand Champion this year - I believe it's something she needs to work for - not have it handed to her because her calf is groomed the best or has the most hair (and I think she will appreciate it more as she gets older and does more of the work herself).
7. I want to continue to cut back on our spending - we currently spend about $200 a month on groceries - I think we can do better since we don't buy meat from the grocery store;
8. I want to continue to improve my cooking skills - there is a lot more I could be doing to feed us healthy meals - I just need to do it.
9. I want to loose some weight. Not a lot, just the 10 or 15 extra pounds. Riding the horses would help with that in a hearbeat. (And as Todd pointed out when he realized a week ago that I do have a blog, and was reading a lot of my back entries - there are no pictures of me on this space - it's all the kids, Todd and the animals. Maybe this year I'll put a picture of me on here. Maybe.
10. I want to save some more money up - and I will be taking part in Gill's savings plan. Every little bit will help in these tough economic times. And I am afraid it will only get worse. I am a big one for that cappucino is only $1.29 - but that adds up every today I brought my last one from the gas station:) It was very good.
11. I want to learn how to hand quilt. I have the quilt frames, the needles, the thread, backing and batting. All I need is the courage to JUST DO IT.
12. I want to enjoy my family and friends more. To spend time having cookouts, campouts, hangouts and whatever we can come up with. I don't want to worry so much about if my bed is made, is the house clean enough, are my floors vacuumed (OCD or anal retentiveness coming out again).

I hope everyone has a bright and blessed New Year. It has been so wonderful meeting new people in blogland and visiting with all of you. See you all next year.
Todd, Kris, Jessie and Tyler

PS - and for those of you wondering - we had 1 empty egg slot in the carton yesterday, Jessie had 3 dippy eggs for breakfast, I had 2 scrambled eggs (I couldn't eat the 3rd one, so she had to - has to be an even # for me), we collected 14 eggs yesterday, so I have a carton with 8 eggs in it now, which I was happy with as of last night. Then this morning Jessie ate 2 eggs, and we so far today have gotten 5 eggs - so I'm back up to a carton with 11 eggs. But there are 5 hens sitting in nest boxes right now, so all should be right in my little world shortly, and I will be done with this odd # egg carton. hehe

What I consider essentials for going out to gather eggs -
a calf bottle for water, a basket for eggs, and a cappucino for me!


isolada. by design said...

You've already accomplished so much by simply taking the time to know and understand what has meaning for you and what will be "dreams" come true in 2009.

I've so enjoyed meeting all of you here. I'm so grateful for all I've learned and most of all, for the laughter and smiles "strangers" have given me on my otherwise very quiet mornings...and days. I'm so looking forward to more such moments. To walk with another, each true to his/her own path, is one of life's great mysteries and blessings.

Enjoy a very happy New Year's Eve gathering of family and friends!

See you next year!


Lib said...

Hi Kris,
Happy new yr. hope 2009 brings the best yr. ever!

jacquie said...

great goals for your year, kris. knowing you, you'll get it done. have a happy new year.

Gill - That British Woman said...

great list, I am glad you are joining in with the daily savings club.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Gill in Canada

Patty said...

I like how you have a variety of goals. For me I seldom make goals but have been considering starting my Christmas sewing in January; this way I will have time to change my mind and enjoy each project without being rushed. For the past 2 years I have planned on making my daughter a Raggedy Ann doll but I always run out of time; this may be my first January project.

Happy New Year!

Leah said...

your 'wild zen batik quilt top is pretty' and i like the chickens in the snow header, very cute, made me smile. i was reading your goals, i hope you know how lucky you are to have horses and a garden. thats awesome! as for your obsessiveness over the chickens laying eggs, thats really funny! i've never thought about that before, I guess, how frequently they'd lay eggs. we had a duck once that would lay an egg every couple of weeks.

happy holidays! good luck on your goals. less good luck and more hard work, i suppose!

Anonymous said...


What a practical resolution list you are trying to accomplish in the new year! Good luck and have a happy new year!!!

Thanks your comment on my blog!!

Anonymous said...

Ha! I liked the one where Todd just reaslized you had a blog! lol Eric had that same moment last summer. Kind of like hmmm.....maybe I better see what this is all about anyway....and what does she say about me? lol Good luck with your goals Kris, if anyone can pull them all off plus about a million others w/o breaking asweat, it would be you! ;)