I must say April flew by. I did some business travel 2 out of the 4 weeks which made those weeks go fast, so the whole month just kinda went poof! And now we’ve had days in the 90s so feels like we are in mid June. We took the cover off our pool and it was crystal clear this year as opposed to last year when it was alien green. With these mid-summer temperatures it should warm up quickly. DH did quite a bit of work in the backyard – a new closed off area for our dogs (because, neighbor dogs) and painting his new shed. My garden is in and coming along, the additional boxes are working out great – I am attempting one last time to grow corn, peas and pumpkins in the 3-Sisters method. If that fails then I’m going to use that box for strawberries. I’m also trying out using a hay bale for butternut squash, we’ll see how that goes. A Mallard momma laid 8 (last count) eggs in a nest in my asparagus box, good planning on her part as the ferns provide great shade for her. We are at about 16 days since she started sitting on them so we’ll be watching for ducklings soon. I was so hopeful that a Bluebird couple had decided to move into our bird house, but there’s just a nest in there now and I haven’t seen them for almost 2 weeks. Will keep an eye out though in case they decide to do a second brood!
18 in 2018 progress:
18 – Books Read. To date: 6. I was part of an ‘advanced copy’ group for a new book by Lisa M Lilly – “The Worried Man”; Mom sent me “Where You’ll Find Me” by Ty Gagne (one of my relatives was involved in the search and rescue!); and “The Black-Eyed Susans” by Julia Heaberlin.
17 – New Recipes Tried. To date: 6. The past month I made vegan date-nut bars (DH even likes them) and udon noodle bowls.
16 – Walks on the Beach. To Date: 1.
15 -Bike Rides. To Date: 0.
14 – Local places visited. To Date: 1.
13 – New Restaurants tried. To Date: 5. We tried 3 new places last month!
12 – Blog Posts. To Date: 5.
11 – House Areas De-cluttered and organized. To Date: 2. The master bathroom and walk-in closet are complete, and are gorgeous!! My new closet is fabulous and very functional, and the bathroom came out beautiful. The other area is our sunroom which isn’t too hard to keep organized but tends to become a dumping ground for things (not as bad as my dining room table though).
10 – Pounds Lost. To Date: 0. Still perplexed how I managed to train for and run a half marathon without losing any weight, but I’ve started a new Beachbody program and focusing on eating more protein so fingers crossed.
9 – Farmers Market Visits. To Date: 0. We did get our first CSA box which was great – strawberries, kale, onions, tomatoes, cantaloupe and white (!) sweet potatoes.
8 – Beading/Jewelry projects. To Date: 0.
7 – Crochet/Knit Projects. To Date: 1 completed, 1 WIP (still making progress on a blanket for the DH)
6 – Sewing projects. To Date: 3. I finished my sampler quilt!! I chose 5 blocks to use – Jacobs Ladder, Evening Star, Missouri Star, Martha Washington Star and Ohio Star. I can’t imagine doing all of this by hand in the olden days – the hand sewing of the binding had my fingers cramping haha! It did come out beautiful, I’m really proud of my work 🙂
5 – Painting. To Date: 0.
4 – Running Events. To Date: 1.
3 – Cross Stitch Projects. To Date: 1. I finished the Christmas alphabet, now to get the mat and frame.
2 – Songs learned on the piano. To Date: 0.
1 – Stand-up paddle board lesson. To Date: 0.
Almost halfway through 2018 can you believe it!?