Winter Goal Results

As you may recall, I posted about my winter goals last fall/winter.
Then I posted an update to show how well I was doing and also to make myself get that butt in gear.
I did fairly well in most of the categories.

Read 10 books—Results

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (meh)

A Gift for a Rogue by Parks (ok)

Gypsy Rizka by Lloyd Alexander (TGR=Thumping Good Read)

Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich (Jolly for the season)

Partial read: Drinking Water: A History by Salzman (Strong start of lore. Non-fiction fails to keep me after the first bits)

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester (Awesome! History WELL written)
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (Death by Newberry)

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry (If I read this as a child I would squeal)

Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (Reread. Awww, fiction :-)

The End of the Party: Three short stories and a poem by Lily White (E-book on Amazon. Pseudonym for author Winston Emerson—dark short stories, REALLY pulls reader in emotionally)

Bean Trees by Margaret Kingsolver (Most shocked by this that a popular novel is not only good, but damn good)

A Wind in the Door by Madeline L’Engle (Reread in progress. Such a lovely writer)

Five Embroidery Project—Results

Headband embroidered with flower/starbursts (Christmas gift).
Headband embellished with puffy sheep (Christmas gift).

Bookmark with a music quote (SiL studying Music)


Borderland Farms logo (for the business of the same name)

Kitsch Witch pattern

Five New Recipes—Results

Tapioca pudding (utter failure, I had the wrong type of pearls)

-Sausage and potato breakfast bake (amazing yet greasy–Keeps ya regular)

Golden brownies from scratch/blondies (good if you like that type of thing)

Nutella cookies

-Greek Lemon Chicken

Hasselback potatoes

Ginger Lemon shrimp

Nutella hot chocolate

Slow cooker baked apples

Spinach lasagna roll ups

-Strawberry jam icing (original recipe)

Orange Chicken (blah)

Garlic & balsamic vinegar crusted pork

Pineapple angel food cake

Crock Pot Ribs (twice now)

Boba Tea

Onigiri (twice now)

Belly dancing and Writing—Results
I didn’t make any progress with the belly dancing, but I will get to it. Maybe over the summer.
Although I didn’t finish my short story, I did do some writing over the early spring time. I wrote some listening guides to accompany some old radio show homeschool business.

Winter Goals Update!

How is she doing? Ashi Danza!! She is doing quite well.

As you may recall, I posted about my winter goals not too long ago. And I am doing so well that I may have to update my challenges.

Bookie Progress

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (meh)
A Gift for a Rogue by Parks (ok)
Gypsy Rizka by Lloyd Alexander (TGR=Thumping Good Read)
Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich (jolly for the season)
Partial read: Drinking Water: A History by Salzman (strong start of lore)

I intend on going back to finish reading the Salzman book but I just got tired of renewing it from the library at present. I am currently reading The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester.

It is a non-fiction book about how the Oxford English Dictionary came about. Fairly interesting so far, but I’m just a couple of chapters into it. The holidays are not friendly for folks trying to get reading done. There is so much to do and obligations (although enjoyable) that one must fulfill.

Don’t worry. I’m sure I’ll get plenty of reading done in the next few months ahead. They are for the most part dead months and terrible weather outdoors sends readers under the covers.

Embroidery Projects 
That I’ve made
-Headbands x2
-Bookmark with a music related quote on it (in progress)

I have a few other projects planned but it seems to take me ages to go from the planning to the stitching phase. I love planning them though.

Recipe Experiments
-Tapioca pudding (utter failure)
-Sausage and potato breakfast bake (amazing yet greasy)
-Golden brownies from scratch/blondies (good if you like that type of thing)
-Nutella cookies (thank you Pinterest!)
-Greek Lemon Chicken
-Hasselback potatoes

Other Goal Updates
I have made pretty much zero progress on my belly dancing and short story writing goals. I did do a quite youtube search for a belly dancing video and found a decent one but haven’t made any moves yet.


Let me apologize in advance for all the Christmas posts that are to come. I guess you can blame it on the fact that I take entirely too many pictures of food and my animals.

All the blogs about my 24 Days of December Activities will be posted throughout January. If you really hate Christmas then you might want to avoid my blog for a little bit.

I promise to try to throw in some blogs that are not Christmas related and instead more related to the New Year, resolutions or my Winter Goals. 

I have some pretty big news that I REALLY want to share but it’s a little too early to let the cat out of the bag. I promise to share the news whenever the plans are finalized. I would hate to share my news and then the plans fall through.
Sorry, folks, I am not pregnant. Keep guessing, until I reveal it!

cheese face


Stay Cheesy. Especially in photos!

I’ve Got Goals and I’m Super Bad

Winter is not my favorite season. Short, cold days for months on end are depressing to me.

Yes, I love playing in the snow and leaning on walls blowing out streams of hot air (pretending I’m smoking), snow angels, caroling, Christmas, and adorable hats…..but this season still gets me down.

I’m no pro but I have decided to fight the winter blues this year by making a list! I know right? Don’t forget to breathe.

My list are winter goals and the deadline is April 1st, 2013. The first day of spring is March 20th but I’m giving myself the extra time.

I tried to pick things that I love doing but never have time for in the summer. Or, things that I keep saying, “gosh, I wanna learn that!”

Here is my list. Small as it seems.

1. Read ten books
2. Embroider at least five projects
3. Learn belly dancing basics and practice (YouTube, baby)
4. Finish writing my short story (dare I share it with the interwebz?)
5. Experiment with at least five new recipes


1. I have lately been neglecting my reading. I have booklists longer than my leg and two librarian siblings that are fantastic at finding me books when I whine around that I wasted time on a dud. Winter time is THE time to make a cup of tea and only leave your snuggle blanket for potty breaks. (Yes, I say ‘potty’ and have no children. Don’t judge me)

2. Embroidery is another thing I tend to neglect. Starting projects is the most difficult thing for me because I currently have no printer (ermehgerd!) and transferring is hard without one. I don’t most of the iron on patterns I own.
Once I get started, I love it!! I have been stitching some headbands to make them less bland looking and hope to share pictures soon.

3. I have been wanting to learn belly dancing since I was (skinnier) in college but never had time with class and work. I am convinced that with only one thing (work) ruling my life I must have more time. I still don’t have money so I can’t take a class from my inspirational friend and belly dancing instructor.
By watching the gagillion videos online I can at least understand the basics of the dance.

4. This summer I did a rewrite of the fairy tale The Princess and the Pea and I nearly finished it. My beef with this story is that the quality that makes you a princess also makes you an ungracious, high maintenance guest in a good samaritan’s household.
My mom would smack the hell outta me (as an adult) if I bitched about how uncomfortable the bed was when this lovely family dragged my pneumonia-ridden butt out of the gutter. Excuse the language, mommy.

5. I love, love, love cooking. However, I have this bad habit of picking a recipe from my book and not wavering. My husband, bless him, likes my cooking and never complains. A good cook, like a teacher or doctor, never stops learning new things.
I have the opportunity to cook for Christmas, bake cookies as gifts and just regular dinners for me and Kit. Why not try something new?

Are you setting goals this winter? Do you have winter projects to help prepare yourself for spring?

I will try to keep my readers posted on how well I am doing with my goals.