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100 Day Challenge Progress Report -v.1

The first week of the challenge has passed. How did you do? Did you start off strong, forget to start or something in between? Let me know in the comments.

For my first week, I went through my kitchen cabinets and decided to get rid of expired stuff – mostly stuff that I bought thinking I would try something new but never got around  to doing anything with.  Then I started in on some of the art supplies my daughter got from my mother in law. Here’s the list of things I tossed this week –

5 herb mixes I got at the home show 2(yes!) years ago

1 package of spring roll wrappers

2 bottles of fish oil supplement

2 empty spray paint cans

That makes my total 10 for week one – only 100 items to go!

Can’t wait to hear what you’ve done this week – please leave a comment and let me know.


Thursday Tidbits – The Job Search

Just another unedited, sloppy edition of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

So I’ve been thinking about my “dream job” ever since I wrote about it awhile ago and lo and behold up pops a job that at first glance seemed to be the one. It was for a part time position at a fabric shop – doing a little bit of a lot of things – shop maintenance, sales, helping with design projects and social media efforts. They asked you to email a resume or just stop in, drop it off and chat. I decided to just drop in and chat since I do not have a resume. Unfortunately the person I needed to talk to was not in the shop at the time. I left my contact info and planned to write up a resume and send it in.

The aspects that make it my “dream job” were that it would be part time, it is working with fabric, it is within walking distance, the hours would be pretty good, I would get to learn more about fabric and perhaps have time to work on my projects or at last be more motivated to work on them.

Then my doubts started cropping up – I haven’t worked in years so I have no work history, I love fabric but I’m not really good at designing/matching patterns or colors, I’m too introverted to sell, I don’t know anything about social media and on and on.  I tried putting together a resume but all the doubts kept creeping in and I ended up not creating anything.

Then I was going through old journals and found an entry where I had written down a description of another “dream job”. This was around having a few clients whose gardens I took care of. This would allow me to spend time outside, work with plants, have minimal interaction with others and allow me to create my own schedule. A few days after that another job posting came up. This one is for a part time horticulturist working in malls and office buildings taking care of plant installations.

I didn’t need a resume – you just had to fill out an application online. So before I had time to second guess myself I filled out the application and sent it in. I got a call and scheduled an interview. The interview went okay – I made a few mistakes but overall I think it went okay. They will be finishing up interviews this week and will let everyone know by the end of next week. So now it’s just wait and see what they have to say.

So that’s what has been happening here lately. I’ll be back tomorrow with a progress report for the 100 day challenge – hope to see a report from you as well. Until then, wherever and whatever you are doing, have a great day!


100 Day Challenge – 2016

I have been thinking about this since I first posted. There were several things I was considering doing on a daily basis – meditating for 5 minutes, walking at least 5 miles, or working  in the garden or the loft.  However, the way things have been around here lately, I don’t think I can commit to doing something on a daily basis.

Then I thought  about doing something weekly – reading a book from my shelves, working an hour in the garden, spending an hour  going through saved sites/recipes/projects/blogs on my laptop, working on my job search for an hour or working for an hour on creative projects. All of these are things I need to do but none of them are really appealing at this time.

I finally decided that  for the next 100 days I’m going to focus on decluttering and getting rid of things.  I’m feeling overwhelmed by the number of things I could be working on and I’ve decided I need to make some decisions about what projects I’m really going to commit to and which I need to let go of.  Also there is just a ton of stuff that I don’t really use or need and I’m ready to let go of it.  For this 100 day challenge I will get rid of at least 100 items by December 31, 2016.

I hope you will consider playing along and leave a comment below to tell what you are going to work on for the last 100 days of 2016. I will post an update on my progress each week and you can leave a comment to let me know how your challenge is going as well.  I look forward to reading your comments and cheering you on.

Thursday Tidbits

Just another unedited, sloppy installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

Still loving the sweet autumn clematis display – so glad that I found that plant. Still have some raspberries ripening but this could be the last batch.  Also have some apples and pears to harvest.  There are some figs but they aren’t nearly ready to be picked.

The girl stopped for a visit. She is enjoying her new house although she hasn’t spent much time there. She is working two jobs to be able to afford it. I have a feeling that she may end up with a roommate sooner or later. I don’t think she’ll want to keep working so many hours but we’ll see how it goes.

The boy has been having some issues – I think it is too much exposure to advertising. Need to come up with a plan to balance screen time with other things. Hubby thinks we need to get him involved in something but what?? We’ve tried several sports, several musical instruments, scouting, art camps, horseback riding, shooting lessons – nothing seems to keep his interest for long. It is becoming a real struggle.

I’ll be back tomorrow to post about my choices for the 100 day challenge – hope you will join me and let me know what you will be working on. Until then, have a great day wherever you are.

Tidbit Thursday

Just another unedited, sloppy installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

Have done a bit more in the garden – got started on the iris transplanting.  I moved them  into “temporary” beds last year but didn’t get them moved into their permanent this spring as I had hoped to do.  Hopefully I’ll get the rest of them in before too long.

Also did some more weeding and covering in preparation for winter. Still have some raspberries developing. Lately there has been a young mourning dove hanging around the raspberry patch. Not sure if it is hurt or just doesn’t have much flying experience yet.

Still trying to decide on my 100 day challenge but I’m leaning towards getting rid of 100 things. I’d like to clear out my loft and get serious about working on the numerous projects I have collected supplies for. Right now it is too cluttered to be able to spread out and work on projects. Need to try to get moving on the girl’s quilt and  I’ve got tons of holiday fabric that I planned to make placemats and table runners out of. Would like  to make a dent in that as well.

Don’t forget to let me know what your challenge goal is going to be. I’d love to cheer you on as we work towards our goals.

For now though it’s time to get to bed. Hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing you are having a great day.

Who is up for a challenge?

2016 is winding down and  I’d like to go out with a strong finish. Once again I’m thinking about doing a 100 day challenge to close out the year.  A challenge is always easier when you can get/give support to someone else who is also working towards a goal. So I’m throwing it out to you-  my loyal reader J, those of you who follow but don’t comment and those of you who stumbled across this blog today. Please join me – think of some goal you want to accomplish, a habit you want to start, a habit you want to get rid of, anything at all – and make the commitment to do something for 100 days straight.

Start thinking about your choices. For me the options are – letting go of 100 things, committing to 5 minutes of meditation daily, walking at least five miles a day, and/or spending at  least an hour a week doing something related to my job search.

The starting date for the challenge will be Friday, September 23rd. If you are willing to participate, please leave a comment below stating what your challenge will be. I’ll have a weekly update post where you can leave a comment with your progress or lack of progress and  I’ll respond with some support/encouragement to everyone who is playing along. I hope some of you will consider joining in and look forward to hearing what your goals are.

Tidbit Thursday

Just another sloppy, unedited installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

I love walking out my door to the sight, sound and smell of my sweet autumn clematis. The white flowers are so pretty, the bees are buzzing around it and the aroma is heavenly.

My dad is finally at home and of course doing a bit more than he should be but who is going to argue with him  when we are so thankful to have him still with us after all the events of the summer. Of course there are still some transportation woes to be hammered out but overall things are looking good. It is hard to be so far away and not be able to help out. I’m lucky that my sister has been able to juggle so many responsibilities and still see that Dad is taken care of.

I need to get serious about the job hunt. The hubby wants me to come back to work with him – paid this time – but I know in my heart of hearts that it would be the end of our marriage. I don’t have the skill set or the desire to do the job he has in mind and I don’t want to have the business take over my life the way it has taken over his. I want a job that doesn’t spill over into my “off” hours. If I had done a better different job of training the boy, I could have a larger pool of possible jobs but as it is I’m limited to certain hours/days.  I’ll just keep looking and hoping to find something that will work.

Speaking of the boy, he seems to be enjoying school. I was a bit worried because he is with mostly new to him kids but it seems to be going okay. He is still a bit immature but hopefully he will continue to grow as the year goes on. He has done well with his assignments so far but still has a tendency to rush through. I need to keep encouraging him to put forth his best effort while still giving him time for goofing off and/or screen activities.

Until next time I hope wherever you are and whatever you are doing you are having a great day.


Tidbit Thursday

Just another unedited, sloppy installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

Seeing all the first day of school pictures on Facebook has made me feel like a bad mom – I have never taken a first day of school photo of either one of my children. It is so easy to compare and then feel lacking but I need to not do that. I have certain strengths as a mother and photo taking is just not one of them. It doesn’t make me a bad mom, it just means I value other things.

The boy was actually looking forward to the first day and so far the week has gone well.  He is with a new bunch of kids and hopefully he will make some new friends.  Last year the class had more than its share of trouble makers, hopefully that won’t be the case this year. Tonight is Back To School Night and I’m looking forward to meeting his teachers.

I’ve spent the week binge watching old CSI episodes but I’m planning to get myself on a schedule so that I can be a bit more productive.  This month, I want to get more of the garden cleaned up and ready for winter; work on some craft projects; meet up with friends and try to declutter some stuff. I have a box of books to take to Half Price Books and several bags to donate  and I’d like to get rid of more before the month is over.

My dad is coming home tomorrow. My sister and I are a bit nervous but Dad is super excited. He will be receiving a bit more therapy and of course the dialysis treatments but overall he has rebounded greatly. Still waiting to hear what the cardiologist had to say about his progress.

Need to be on my way. I hope wherever and whatever you are doing, you are having a great day. Be back next week.


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