Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

I always have the best intentions. I have a list, lots of them, and I plan to blog about projects and post pics. Unfortunately, I’m a slacker.

I fail to estimate the right amount of time each project will take me, and when it’s not completed when I thought, I don’t post about my progress. I guess I’m trying to hide my slacker tendencies. I don’t particularly like to fail and I most certainly do not like others to know about such failures!

So I decided to myself out there to all of you. I AM A SLACKER! I FAIL! ALOT!

Is it a reason to give up, NO.

My resolutions for 2013 have all come up short. I keep working towards them, but I really haven’t made much progress with any of them. I made it all of 3 weeks before I picked up smoking again. I have lost zero pounds and truthfully, I think I might have gained a few.

I did get the loft beds built for the boys and their rooms cleaned up. It is a struggle to have them keep them clean but I continue reminding them of the importance. I did take pics but they are still on the camera.

Their bedrooms puked everything they didn’t want back in their rooms into my living room, so it is now storage central. Packed to the brim with boxes, books and movies. I look at it everyday, stare at it really and think…where am I supposed to start?

And now the weather is finally breaking and I don’t even want to be in the house. The projects outside are calling me and I feel guilty leaving behind a beaten, battered and dirty house.

It’s a constant struggle to keep up with the laundry, the dishes, the vacuuming all while working full time (not that this is news). I add all of these projects to my lists knowing there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. And then I realize that there is, that I am simply a slacker. And that a pity party is not going to get it done either. I scatter my time, a little on this project, a little on that one. Hoping that one day, they will be completed. I think about this while I sit in the chair, looking at my home, T.V blaring some show I’m not even interested in watching.

The truth is………..I’m a slacker.

But today, today it changes!

It’s okay to be a slacker, don’t feel bad about it. I don’t. But I want to be a better me, so I am making chages, taking steps and moving forward!

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Here it is. Spring time again. Time for all of us to embrace the spring cleaning craze. Why is it that we all want to make updates and changes to the inside of our homes when what we really want is to be outside in the sunshine?

Maybe it’s because we are all stuck inside during the cold winter months and we want to spruce it up. Maybe we are tired of looking at the same old thing day after day after day. Maybe it’s the tax returns.

At my house, we are still getting snow. Cabin fever has set in and is working overtime. We haven’t even had a decent enough day to open the windows and air out the house. I’ve been out to inspect the gardens in search of the early spring crocus blooms and have found a couple. The tulips have started their journey in search of sun and I so desperately want to rake away the leaves from fall and clean up the gardens, lay down mulch and till up the veggie garden, but I know I cannot. I’m afraid the lingering cold temps and impending threat of more snow might damage the young growth. So I go back inside and sit and contemplate inside projects.

This is the list:
1. Build loft beds for both boys to increase usable space in their rooms.
2. Complete little man’s redesign with a few decorations and putting the chosen toys back in there. (Thus
removing them from the living room!)
3. Unused toys will be sorted and a select few will be stored in the living room for visiting children.
4. Build shelves for toy storage in the living room.
5. Repaint the kitchen/dining/living room.
6. Tile backsplash project in kitchen.
7. Build nooks on either side of the sliding glass door to create launch pads.

The list is actually longer, but I have decided that the remaining items will wait until late summer or fall. I just want the main part of the house in order before we stop spending any real time in there. Most of the items on my list will improve function and eliminate the clutter that has been plaguing me all winter and hopefully reduce the required cleaning on a daily basis.

Don’t judge me, I did said “hopefully”. I have no delusions that anyone other than me will end up utilizing the storage solutions provided.

I believe that the supplies needed for the building projects (minus the backsplash) will be purchased this weekend. I will post updates as we go, pictures included. I plan on completing the repainting before the newly built storage items are installed so I guess it’s time for a trip to Menards for the paint.

What’s on your list while we wait for the real arrival of Spring?

Yesterday was my birthday. Mechanic man planned nothing. It is just another day I suppose. It’s just that I try to make sure that everyone’s birthday is special in my house and I got nothing. I’ve always said that it’s not a birthday without balloons. They did tell me happy birthday and constantly reminded me that it was my birthday, and that I should decide what to do.

There are a few things I don’t think the birthday person should ever have to do.

1. They should never have to decide what to do for their birthday the day of. If it was your plan to take me out, but wanted me to choose the place, fine. But I should be informed of this a few days prior to my birthday. It lets me know that you’ve actually thought about it.

2. I don’t think that the birthday person should ever have to make their own cake. EVER!

Although I did not make my cake, I think they were hinting towards it all day. (I do make a mean birthday cake!) And my friends and my sisters did not forget me.

But I got no card, no cake, no balloons, nothing. This doesn’t happen every year, and honestly I’m not going around for months ahead of time reminding everyone either. I really didn’t expect much, but I thought I would get at the very least….a card. It made me feel like the only people who wanted to celebrate my birth were my parents, and they are all gone. So I cried on my birthday.

Will I say anything to mechanic man? Probably not. They only thing I said is when he asked me for the 100th time…”What do you want to do today?” I replied, “Exactly what you planned for me, nothing.”

I’m getting older and the excitement for being another year older is fading anyway. Will I not try so hard for everyone else, no. I will continue making their day as special as I can because I love them and that’s what I do.

2013 Resolution update:
1. Did not start exercising like I should have.
2. Repeated snow days has given the boys cabin fever and I am unsure of how to spend time with them when they
are trying to kill each other.
3. We are eating at home more….obviously, since we didn’t even go out for my birthday.
4. 2012 paperwork is nearly ready for the tax accountant.
5. Ebay store has stalled out, the book is soooooo boring!
6. I’m down to 5-7 cigs a day instead of 10-15.
7. The garden is on hold until spring.
8. Collecting supplies for the refrigerator project, expected completion is this weekend.
9. I am still successfully deflecting drama from outside sources.

Oh, and we are currently on the hunt for a kitten. Per the allergic husband’s request.

Finally! I have replaced the card reader! Lets see if I can get some of this to work. First, the before pic of me.
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Scary huh? Well, that is going to be the old me. I will be working very hard to make a lot of that me disappear! I start exercising this week.
Organizing and improving my home has been ongoing and I am really enjoying it. I found this on pinterest…
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After getting some family pictures taken and finding all the right stuff, this is what I ended up with.
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THIS WALL IS NOT PINK! I have no idea why it would look like it in the pic….There are NO pink walls in my house. It’s a light tan. I am repainting this spring!

Over the weekend, I cleaned scrubbed the kitchen and decided on a paint color for the main part of the house. Spring project of course. My next project is pinterest inspired as well. Here’s a preview.
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I have a lot of things I want to do, but I keep reminding myself that it’s one step at a time. With my sisters help I am nearly caught up on all the business paperwork and that takes the majority of my time. Mechanic man and I have come up with some exciting new products for the business too. I will post once I get the first prototypes online.

Oh, and hormonal son #1 managed to pull his F in math up to a B! I knew he could do it. Love seeing that look in his eyes of self accomplishment. I am a very proud momma! Lets hope he keeps his grades up now that he’s ungrounded.

Trudging along with all my resolutions, how are yours hanging in there?

You have good days, you have bad days. Sometimes, you have good weeks, and you have bad weeks. Crazy part is, it’s been unusually good.

The hormonal 13 year old has had a steady improvement on his grades once we put our parental feet down, my sister has been a huge help with the business paperwork, and I am making progress in the house. But with all of this good news, why do I feel like I should be waving the white flag?

Probably because after catching and releasing the bug that went around over New Years, I have been non stop at trying to keep up with my resolutions, make a positive change in my life for once. And it’s a LOT of hard work. Which stands to reason why so many resolutions get tossed aside in February and March.

As much as I would like to waive the white flag, becuase I still can’t find that SD card reader to add pics to this blog, or because I am exhausted, and staying that way to try and keep up, I won’t. I have given up on the card reader, I will replace it on my next trip to Walmart. Which means I will find it within 24 hours of replacing it, and I will then have 2. And I am okay with that.

My friend and follower sobomama.wordpress.com nominated me for the Very Inspiring/Lovely Blogger Award.
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So a big thank you to her! Check out her site by the way, full of tons of money saving and organizing tips!

So according to the rules I have to tell you 7 thing about me:

1. I only watched soap operas because it meant an hour and a half when the boys would leave me alone.
2. I HATE spiders!
3. I LOVE to read but never have the time
4. I love to garden, but I don’t like vegetables
5. When I was 4, I wanted to be a stripper
6. I started dating my husband when I was 15. We’ve been together ever since
7. Unlike most women, I’m not fond of chocolate or shopping

My nominees are:

1. http://sugardishme.com
2. http://victoriablt.wordpress.com
3. http://sturner2.wordpress.com
4. http://domesticdivamd.wordpress.com
5. http://texanaskitchen.wordpress.com
6. http://TammyeHoney.wordpress.com
7. http://chrismartinwrites.wordpress.com
8. http://thebettermanprojects.wordpress.com
9. http://malouprestado.com
10. http://ladyromp.wordpress.com

Here’s hoping our words make a difference to someones life!

So here it is! My 1 week update.

I decided that small changes were the way to go, so I am starting there. I hardly eat and my doctor told me that I should eat more in order to lose weight and I thought she was crazy. I was wrong! I added food to my diet, I added a banana in the morning for breakfast, a yogurt mid-morning, ate lunch as normal, added a orange mid-afternoon and ate dinner as normal. I felt bloated and over fed. I figured I had to have gained weight.

I can’t find my SD card reader so the pic will have to added later, but my beginning weight was….178.6! One week later, 175.8. It’s incredible, I ate more, exercised none and lost just shy of 3 pounds! I guess my doctor was right.

For the rest of my resolutions, I am sticking with the slow and steady theory! I’ve picked up a book on how to start an ebay store, I’ve enlisted my sister to help me with the business paperwork, I’ve done some research on soil for the garden, and I’ve started folding and taking care of each load of laundry as it is done so I no longer have piles of laundry screaming at me! Mechanic man and I have started spending time with the boys in the evening and they seem to really enjoy it. I’ve failed slightly on eating more at home but I will continue to work at it.

More updates to come, as well as pics (if I ever find that reader!) Stay tuned!

So this year I have made resolutions, like so many others. But I plan on being accountable for all of them.  This blog is going to be my accountablility.

Last year was the first year I have ever completed a resolution.  Really, this was out of pure determination that I was able to do even that.  That resolution was to de-clutter my home. I finished that on December 30th after 6 days of steady de-cluttering, before and after Christmas.  It was very stressful, but I was very proud of myself.

So here are this years resolutions. Some are for fun and some are just necessity.

1. Lose 40 lbs – This is heafty goal I know.  Family history, current issues and my personal need to be happy with the reflection in my mirror are feeding the goal.

2. Spend more time with my boys – This one, well, it’s both a want and a necessity.  See, my oldest is 13 and my youngest is 9.  Right now, they still want to hang out some with dear old mom, but I know that it is nearing its end, and I want to claim as much time as I can with them.  It feels like the last 13 years have just slipped by.

3. Eat at home more – This one goes with number 1 in a way.  It also is for the simple reason that I hate the way eating out makes me feel.  Just yucky!

4. Keep up on the business paperwork – My husband and I started a business 2 years ago and I am the entire office staff.  I also work full time outside of the home, so I tend to be behind on all the office duties.  This year I intend to keep up on it with diligence and determination!

5. Start an eBay store – This is for the business.  I need to get some of the inventory we aquired this year up for sale and out the door!

6. Quit smoking – Again, family history and current issues are really fueling this resolution.  I’ve decided that this blog will be the only place I will talk about this resolution, when I quit, I will do it quietly.  Not so I am not accountable, but so I am only accountable to the only person that matters, me.

7. Garden – This is just for me.  I love love love to garden.  Bringing myself closer to nature lights something deep within me and I, well, it relaxes me.  Brings me closer to my parents in a way.  Heals the heart where the wounds are too deep.

8.  Continue Organizing my home – I want to keep up on the one and only resolution I was able to complete.  And I would like to extend the reach of that organization outside as well.  I also believe that although I eliminated a ton of clutter from my home, there is more that I could part with.

9.  LESS OTHER PEOPLES DRAMA! – If you need an ear while you unload, I’m there for ya.  But if you want a place to drop off your drama and pick it up later, after I’ve fixed elimated it for you.  Well, you’ve stopped at the wrong house!

Ok, so I realize that there are a lot of items on this list.  In a way though, they go hand in hand.  Last resolution, I will post at least once a week on my progress.  I will post pics when I can, and links to the places that I get tips from.  If I screw up, you’ll be the first to know, and if I succeed, you will be the first to know.

Next week…..

You can look forward to a before pic of me for resolution #1 (for accountability). Tasteful of course (no pics of me in my underware!).  I will even post my weight!  Scary!

I will be working on all of the resolutions all of the time, so there will be updates on everything every week!  I would love to hear any tips you all might have that could help, and I would love to hear about your resolutions and thier success as well!

Here’s to keeping those resolutions! Bring it on 2013!