My 14 Goals for 2020







Goal #1 – Take Full Advantage of Having My Husband Home 24/7


Husbands that put things together are the best kinds of husbands.

Goal #2 – Take Better Care of Myself. 

Sleeping in, taking long walks on the beach and dragging home treasures, it was a good week. Now, what the heck am I going to do with this lobster pot rope? I just couldn’t leave that gorgeous blue and sea-foam green rope now the beach now could I? Any ideas?

Goal #3 – Get Organized

I am a week TWO WEEKS behind on my painting goals and so now I am re-writing my goals for the next month. Here they are:

The plan:
March 22 – 28 Paint Kitchen Walls, Trim Doors and Office Door March 29 – April 4th – Finish Garden Beds {Raspberry & Asparagus Beds, 3 New Flower Beds Along the Back of the House} April 5th – 11th – Paint Master Bedroom Walls, Trim and Doors April 12th – 18th – Make Window Treatments for Master Bedroom April 19th – May 2nd  Make Window Treatments for Sunroom
Goal #4 – Get Proper Window Coverings on All Our Windows. 

See above.

Goal #5 – Master Bedroom Make Over

I am almost done going through the stacks of wool I set up on folding tables in my bedroom back in JANUARY. This week I plan to break the tables down and move them to the basement and have the HH move the furniture back in place. The new nightstands arrived and I have a rug, and so now all that’s left to do is paint the walls {and the trim and windows and closet doors oh what a pain those are going to be} and make the window treatments.

Goal #6 – Kitchen Update

I finally fixed the window treatment above the sink and now all that’s left to do is paint the kitchen and we are done! YEE-HAW! Well, actually I still need to find a proper runner for in front of the sink too. Also, Lucy figured out how to open the cupboard under the sink {where we have a small garbage bin} so that was fun and now we have to secure the area with a rubber band. C L A S S Y !



Goal #7 – Install Vegetable Garden

Last week I pulled up {most of} the bricks in the patio area and began construction on the flower bed edging. The plan was to have the HH build 4 garden boxes in the space instead and move the patio {seating} area to the back of the house.



And well, I think he did a WONDERFUL job! He built the boxes with Douglass fir and the price for the garden boxes was about $50 each. I plan to stain the outside of the boxes {just like I have in every other house we’ve had} with a dark stain once the weather warms up and the wood has had a chance to dry out.

The snow has finally melted {although more is in the forecast for tomorrow} and so getting anything done in the garden will be a little hit and miss over the next few weeks as we battle with freezing {and then thawing} temps.

The next thing on the list {for the backyard anyway} is to clean up all the tree limbs, stumps and gravel in the {soon to be old} fire pit area and to work on getting the new flower beds installed along the sides and back of the house. The goal is to have all the beds in place BEFORE growing season starts so that when it does, all we’ll need to do is plop the plants into place.

Also, in case you were wondering, the soil for the garden beds is a 50/50 mixture of 50% loam an 50% organic shellfish compost. I guess that’s what they do here in Maine. It will be interesting to see how all that organic shellfish compost affects the vegetables. Who knows, maybe all those ground up lobster shells will result in some giant veggies. Exciting!

FYI: If you still haven’t ordered your seeds, Botanical Interests is currently offering 30% off online seed orders with code SEEDS30 at checkout through the end of March.

Goal #8 – Explore More of Maine 

Looking forward to my next day trip with the HH! Harpswell, Maine is on the list next, but it will have to wait a bit.

On the radar for exploring Maine this month:
Bar Harbor, Maine Lincolnville Center General Store in Lincolnville, Maine Wallace’s Market in Friendship, Maine Alewives Fabric Store in Nobleboro, Maine Harpswell, Maine and Bailey Island
Goal #9 – Host Some Sort of Get Together

I think it will be a summer BBQ.

Goal #10 – Read/Listen to 12 Books

I made it almost 4 hours into the Gilded Hour but finally gave up because the story just seemed so slow and predictable and now I’m on the hunt for a new one.

Other Books I’ve Picked Up From the Library This Year:
Olive Kitteridge Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites Natural Color: Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for Your Home and Wardrobe  The New Bungalow Kitchen  Container Gardening by Stephanie Donaldson  A Piece of the World The War I Finally Won Vertical Gardening Front Yard Gardens The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook Beach House Style
Goal #11 – Learn A New Skill or Craft

Hopefully this fall? Right now I’m on a mission to get the garden in place.

Goal #12 – Visit 12  Museums, Historical Homes or Botanical Gardens {and bakeries too!}

January
Maine Maritime Museum Maine Mineral and Gem Museum The Island Market  Cafe DiCocoa Hungry Hollow Country Store
February
Two Fat Cats Bakery Portland Museum of Art Speckled Ax  Atlantic Baking Company Rockland, St. George, Cushing and Port Clyde Maine
March
Bar Harbor and Desert Island Adventures Day One, Day Two and the Summer Cottage Rental Tour. Tinder Hearth Bakery in Brooksville, Maine
Goal # 13 – Reach 5,000 Etsy Sales by the End of The Year 

As of this morning, I have made 3308 sales on Etsy. That’s up from 2804 on January 1st. I dyed a bunch of wool last week and updated my Etsy shop with new wool bundles and made some more garden markers.



As far as rug hooking goes…. Ummm Yeah. That’s not going as well. I started this rug TWO WEEKS ago and I think I’ve only had the time to hook 10 wool strips. How that’s possible, I don’t even know. The plan was to have this giant rug hooked and ready to offer as a pattern {along with a second much smaller rug} for my April 3rd, Etsy shop update but apparently I’m so busy doing other stuff that by the end of the day, I’ve got nothing left to give.

If only it would SNOW for an entire week and I couldn’t go outside…. I could get it done.

Goal #14 – Once a Month Menu Planning {for 2}

Freezer meal planning was a total success this week {if you love cookies that is}. I made a batch of chocolate brownie cookies and chocolate chip cookie balls for the freezer.

Have YOU made any goals for this year? If so, DO TELL! We all want to hear about them.

Have a great Sunday everyone,

~Mavis

Mrs. Hillbilly’s Update

Mrs. HB said she will send us updates once a month now. So she’ll be back the first Sunday in April.



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