Friday, December 31, 2021

Happy New Year and My Goals for this Year!


It's going to be a great one guys.  We need to stay positive and do the best we can.  At least I'm going to give it a go.  One of the ways I love to look forward to the new year is kind of look back on the old goals to see what I did accomplish and expand from there.

Sometimes things that mattered to me last year just don't anymore.  For example:  it doesn't matter anymore to me how many books I read now.  I just want to enjoy the ones I do.  

So here are my goals this year:  

My #1 goal is to be the best wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt I can.

Sometimes I fail but I keep trying!  

2.  Get healthier, lose weight, and exercise!  

I lost a total of 10 pounds last year.  I guess it's 10 pounds gone but really just 10 pounds?  I think it must come off slower when you get old or something.  

We went off our diet this past holiday, well I think I did more than him.  Really though the amount of junk wasn't around as in previous years so I'm proud of that accomplishment.   I picked out just a few recipes I wanted and went with them and I gave a lot of it away.  

So, today is a new day and I hope to get the New Year started off right.  The cakes, pies, candy, etc are all gone and they won't be back.  I gave the last of the birthday cake to the grandson as he went out the door last night.  He was happy!  

I know, I know it's New Year's Eve but I'm not waiting.

3.  Finish the two projects I've started:

Quilt for granddaughter 

Embroidering pillowcases

Try not to start new ones till these are done!  I hope to spend more time at night while someone is watching basketball getting these done.  Then I can start new projects...that I need to finish.

4.  Have a more beautiful and productive garden by:  

Keeping the weeds down so I don't spend all of my summer in the garden.  Although listen it was a great escape and I'm so happy I can get out in the fresh air with everything going on in the world.

Last year I learned that hay was a great mulcher for in between the rows (mowed grass is too).  I watered less with the hay and the weeds didn't totally take over the garden.  The year was kind of dry too in the beginning so it helped with the moisture level.  I usually get the leftover Halloween hay but it was so wet that the bales mildewed so I'll just buy some if the price is not so high.  

I want to grow more flowers especially marigold.   I planted marigolds at the start of the cabbage rows and I didn't notice the pests as much. This year I want to grow more marigolds in-between the plants.

I have two small greenhouses now so I hope to grow more seedlings.  I hope to have the plants bigger then I did at the beginning of the gardening season last year.  

5.  I love my readers and I hope to keep improving this blog by: 

Just posting more regular but not everyday.  Twice a week seems to be good for me (I hope it is for you).   I love the comments on my posts too!   If you like Free and low-cost Kindle books I post them throughout the day on my Facebook page here.

Thank you all for a great year!  You make me feel so good when you stop by to read my blog!

Have you made your goals list for the new year?


Cheryl Kimbley said...

Great goals. I have goals - no longer make resolutions.
I hope you and yours have a wonderful 2022.
Happy New Year

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Hope your New Year is wonderful too Cheryl!

Little Penpen said...

HappyNew Year! I want to garden more and I have several Christmas quilts I want to make in 2022.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Have a great New Year Little Penpen. I hope we both get done with our quilts and have the best gardens ever.

Lana said...

As I look around here I can see that we got so much done this year and it seemed so huge back in the Spring. Some of it was done by our college kid neighbor for pay but I still count that as an accomplishment to have gotten the materials and scheduled with him, etc.

My goal for 2022 is to do a better job of avoiding the news and to be more optimistic. Those two things would make a huge difference.

I'm glad to have you back here!

Elle said...

I plant marigolds every 18 inches or so in every garden bed. Natures best pest deterrent. I haven't seen a tomato hornworm in 26 years!

Happy New Year to you!

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

That's what I'm talking about Elle. Perfect! Marigolds are going to be my friend this year!
Have a great day!

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Listen we pay too to get things done when we get overloaded. Some of the repairs are above our expertise or energy for sure.
That news thing bothers me too. It's a lot of bad news for a brain to handle sometimes. Avoiding as much as we can but still staying informed is the key to being more positive.
Have a great day (glad your here too)!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you and yours Vickie and I hope that all the goals you have you can accomplish :) .

I too let the vegetable gardens go to rack and ruin whilst dealing with DH's medical conditions and being away from home so often. I would like to keep our vegetable gardens more weed free and succession plant more to grow more of our own food.

We have started off on the right foot and have most of them weeded now, garden paths mulched with dried grass clippings and have planted some corn and silverbeet. We also mulch the garden beds with well composted grass clippings too and find they are great for keeping down the weeds and the moisture in the soil.

We want to continue to add to and finish our grocery stockpile in the early part of this year. Only a little more expenditure and we will be where we want to be and I am using the rewards $ I get from buying our normal groceries to stock up with without spending additional money.

Would like to repair the chicken pen we have here so we can get some chickens.

Apart from that we want to paint the window sills and sheds as the paint is starting to peel off them and paint the two ceiling panels we had replaced in the home.

But most of all work on being happy, healthy and be worry free,


Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

I'm sorry to hear of DH's medical conditions Lorna. It really is hard to keep up when other things are going on. It's amazing when that has happened to me that we get anything out of the garden but we do. It sounds like you are better this year and I wish you much success with your garden. Chickens will be wonderful.
Your goals of being happy, healthy, and worry free are just perfect.

Belinda said...

Happy New Year Vickie!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! Hope you have a good 2022. Dare I ask which college team someone likes? Since I don't do fb, I miss the freebie books you posted but you gotta do what's best for you and I understand that. Ann

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Hope your year is a great one Belinda!

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

He seems to like whichever Michigan team is winning LOL.
I wish I could do something easier for the books ...I have to think about it more. Hope your year Ann is the best ever.