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Measure Up Monday – time to see how I am doing on my goals

I have been doing a lot of reading lately and am happy to say that I have read  112 books so far this year.  It breaks down to 22 from my library wish list, 41 from shelves and 49 picked up at the library while waiting for my kids to get their stuff.

Now the next big task is to get them entered into the 1500 Book Challenge list. Hopefully I can work on that in the next week or so.

What have you read lately? Leave me a comment and let me know.


Measure Up Monday – time to look and see how I’m doing on my goals

The first quarter of 2014 is over and let’s see where I am with my reading goal.  The goal is to read 150 books – 50 from my stash of books, 50 from my library wishlist and 50 from other sources.  So far I have read 49 books with 10 coming from my stash, 4 from my library wishlist and 35 coming off the shelves of the library as I browse while waiting for my children to get their books.

I do currently have 5 books from my wishlist  that I will be reading this month and I need to add a few from my stash as well. I should stop browsing the shelves and just take a book to read while I wait at the library. We’ll see if I can manage that.

Have you read anything good lately?

MUMday – 349 down,1151 to go

Measure up Monday – how am I doing on my goals


I found another sheet of book titles I needed to add to my list. I have now read 349 books on my way to my goal of 1500 before I turn 60.  To keep me on track I need to read 128 books per year which is certainly doable.  For next year, I’m thinking about a goal of 150 books. I’d like to read 50 from my stockpile of books, 50 from the wishlist I created at the library and the last 50 could be books I learn about or a mix of the first two categories. We’ll see how it goes.

31 days toward completion – day 27

We are in the home stretch now – only a few days left. I am pleased with my progress. I completed 6 projects so far and will finish one more this week. I have started on one other project, decided to put a few garden things off until spring and no work was done on two projects. I am going to try to keep going in November and get the last 3 projects done.

1. Library wish list – have a bunch of books written down on little slips of paper and want to put them all on the library’s wish list – am almost finished with this

2. Books I’ve read list – same thing – I have little slips of paper with the books I’ve read and need to get them all on here so I can see how many I have read and how close I am to my 1500 goal – added 20 books to the list, still have lots more to go since I realized that I haven’t updated since July of 2012

3. Zen garden – need to put down newspaper, weed fabric and sand; dig a border and fill with pond stones; arrange my big rocks  –have finished the newspaper, weed fabric and the stone border, got the sand but now I’m debating whether I want to do it now or leave it until winter is over –   have decided to wait until spring to put the sand and big rocks in place

4. Shrub area – finish mulching – this is done

5. Orchard – weed, seed, cut down trees – have done some weeding, did the seeding  – have decided to put the trees off until spring

6. Veggie beds – harvest, pull out and dispose of plants, add compost, cover for winter – harvest is completed, compost has been added and all beds are covered

7. Compost – empty out bin – this is completed.

8. Bookcase – put together, put books on – this is completed

9. Quilt fabrics – sort and figure out how/where to store

10. Mat for loft – order mat for exercise area – ordered, arrived, put together and ready to use

11. Yard sale leftovers – put in bags/boxes and arrange for pickup

12. Business IRA forms – need to fill out and send in – this is done

31 days toward completion – day 25

It looked like a great day to be out in the garden – lots of bright, beautiful sun but that was a lie. The air and the breezes were just too chilly for me today. Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit warmer. Monday and Tuesday look like they will be good days to get out. I sure hope so or I will be out with the heavy coat, gloves and a hat trying to finish up the garden.

I’m almost done listing the books I want to read on my library wish list. There are a few that the library doesn’t have that I will need to search out elsewhere. The next list  to finish is the books I’ve read. That will be another long one to do.  However, I’ve discovered that just putting in some time every day makes it manageable and it really doesn’t take as long as I thought it might. Isn’t that the way it often goes – you put off something because it seems like it will take too long only to find once you do it that it didn’t take nearly as long as you thought it would.  Wish I could remember that insight every time I decide to procrastinate about something.

Less than a week left in this challenge and I’m thinking that I would like to see my work keep moving forward. I may continue to do a list of things to complete – choosing a certain number of projects and reporting on them(although definitely not every day!) . Even if no one else is reading it seems to help keep me moving forward. We’ll see how it goes – it may be tough with the holidays coming up.


31 days toward completion – day16

Almost forgot to do this entry. It was a busy day and I was able to work on several of my goals.. I did some seeding in the orchard, added some books to my wish list and ordered the mat for the loft area. We are half way through the challenge and I am happy with my progress.
Not much else to say – I’m tired and headed to bed.

31 days toward completion – day 14

It was hard to find my 15 minutes today. This weekend was very busy and I felt the need for some quiet, relaxed time. I stayed up reading last night and that was not smart. I knew today would be tough since I had one kiddo at home and had to go out for parent-teacher conferences. It was once again a case where I went for good instead of better. I could have given up reading last night(good) for getting to bed on time and being well-rested(better) but I didn’t.

I have still not mastered the skill of delayed gratification(and I wonder why my kids haven’t?!). I like to think it may have something to do with being depressed for so long but perhaps it is just a lack of willpower. Whatever the reason it is a skill that I definitely would like to improve upon. It is scary to look back and realize how many things could be different if I had already mastered this skill. I just have to remember that the past is past and I do have the ability to change what happens next.

I did actually get in 15 minutes of listing books on my library wish list so I am one step closer to completion of that goal. The work will continue tomorrow.

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