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Saturday, December 31, 2016

5 Things

It's New Years Eve day, and I'm sure many people are thinking about what they want to change, put in place or hope for in the coming year.  2016 has been a tough one in so many ways, ranging from changes in global leadership to the loss of so many big celebrity icons.  I'd be remiss in saying that I will never get over the loss of Prince, such an icon and gone too soon.
The New Year always brings with it a lot of optimism.  A fresh start, new opportunities.  I'm not big on resolutions because I think sometimes those just set us up for failure.  So I think about things on a broad scale.  Last year was horrible for me as far as how I felt physically, I had health issue upon health issue and as a result, my house is not clean to my liking.  So my long range goal for the year is to go (again) from room to room, cleaning from top to bottom, getting rid of things we aren't using.  The last part is probably going to be the easiest as I've been working on purging our home of unnecessary items for the past 4 years.  But there is always something!
I also have a couple of things that I want to do, but keep putting off.  After thinking about it a bit, I decided to make these my weekly challenge.  One item per day for 5 days and hopefully by the end of 2017, I will feel like I have not only accomplished something, but some of these things will help me reach my "clean house" goal.
So, here they are.  I always feel by putting this out on a worldwide scale, I'm much more likely to stick to it.  They may seem kind of silly, but they are things that I have neglected, and that upsets me because each of them has a place in my life or will make it easier.
1)  Add 5 questions to my Coronation Street Quizup Set.  Last year I started my own quiz on the Quizup platform for the popular British soap Coronation Street, and I did really well with it to start.  Then I got sidetracked, and it's been sitting at 300 questions since October.  That's not acceptable to me, especially for a show that has been on for over 50 years!!  So by adding 5 questions per week, that will add 250 questions to it by the end of the year.  I don't think that's too much to ask.  I have 150 followers so far, and I think I owe it to them as well.
2) Sew a doll item.  I have a rather big stash of fabric and patterns I've accumulated over the past two years with good intentions of making them into different things for 18 inch dolls.  This is sort of a carryover from last year, but I'm going to make a much bigger effort to stick to it.  Some items will be an all day type project, and some as little as 30 minutes.  I just need to get to it!  Doing this will also help me with my clean out project!  And no, I don't intend on keeping all 52 items I make, some will be gifts.
3)Clean out a cupboard/drawer/closet.  Again, part of the floor to ceiling clean out.  And one of those things that EVERYONE needs to do periodically. 
4) List 2 Ebay items to sell.  I don't have a ton of stuff to list now as I've purged quite a bit, but there are still a few things here and there that need to go.  More of the clean out.  Plus we all love a bit of fun money, don't we?
5)Take a box/bag to donate to charity.  All this cleaning means there is going to be stuff to go!  Sure, I could have a yard sale, but that just means it sits around here until I do.  Be gone!
The nice thing about all of these is if I have a week where I am going to be busier on some days than other, it's not unreasonable or impossible to do several, if not all 5 items in one day if necessary.  But I'm going to do my best to try and do these things every week.  Oh, and taking that stuff to donate does not mean I'm going to set foot in the store.  I don't need to bring anything back!!!
I hope this post has given some of you some food for thought.  I'll let you know at some point how it's going.  Fingers crossed!  And Happy New Year!!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Gloom, Despair and Agony On Me...

Okay, it's not quite that bad, but whenever things go haywire, I frequently think of that song that they used to do on the TV show "Hee Haw".  I can't tell you how many times over the years that my mom and I would sing it whenever something went wrong.  So what has prompted this?
The Thursday before Thanksgiving, our hot water tank sprung a leak.  We knew it was old, so it wasn't completely unexpected, just bad timing.  $775 later we were good to go again, and we won't have to worry about that.  Not long after that, my husband got some bad news about one of his clients, another hit to the wallet.  And then the Saturday after Thanksgiving, I went to reheat some leftovers.  As I was preparing things to cook, I turned the oven on to preheat.  A few minutes later, I could smell the strong odor of natural gas.  It finally happened, our ancient stove decided it was all over.  Timing is everything.  The new one is ordered, but it won't be here until December 29th, so in the meantime I'm debating on what to make for Christmas dinner that doesn't require baking!
Last night we gave Laney a chew bone.  She loves them, and hasn't had one for a while, so she was really going to town on it.  Then we noticed some blood on it, so we thought perhaps we had better check.  She's missing a front tooth!!!!!  We're not sure if it was caused by the bone and just the rough surface rubbing on the gum caused the bleeding or the tooth actually came out then.  You don't notice it unless you pull back her lip, it's not one of her big canine teeth.  But I couldn't help but have flashbacks of the movie "The Hangover", I've been calling her "Nerdy Hillbilly Dog" ever since.  (If you've seen the movie, you'll know what I'm talking about.)
As Roseanne Rosannadanna would say..."It's always something!"