Monthly Archives: August 2012

Two in one day!


Came across this idea ( Since I’ve already found joy and challenge in the “101 in 101 days” idea, I thought I’d try this, too!

I’m having a tough time coming up with 40 bags … I’m a purger by nature, so I try and get rid of stuff on a regular basis. But I think I can do this … having a list helps!

Here’s the list:

My “40 Bags in 40 Days” List:

Beginning tomorrow (Tuesday, August 14, 2012), I plan to purge 40 bags of stuff from my home in 40 days …

  • Front room closet
  • My bedroom closet
  • My bedroom closet
  • The school closet
  • The linen closet
  • The photo room
  • The photo room
  • The snack cupboard
  • The business cupboards
  • 10. The library
  • 11. The storage room in the basement
  • 12. The upstairs closet
  • 13. The garage
  • 14. The garage
  • 15. The garage (easily 3 bags)
  • 16. Wesley’s room
  • 17. Kara’s room
  • 18. Ethan’s room
  • 19. Aubree’s room (I’ll let the kids each do their own contribution to this project!!!)
  • 20. The display shelves in the kitchen
  • 21. My dresser
  • 22. The living room
  • 23. Kitchen drawers
  • 24. My computer files (OK, that’s hard to guage “a bag,” but I’m going to do it)
  • 25. The junk drawers
  • 26. The china cupboards
  • 27. The mug/glass cupboard
  • 28. The plastic cupboard
  • 29. Bruce’s bedroom stuff (again, that’s his call … or I could help him, but he probably wouldn’t like it ….)
  • 30. Recipe books (not a bagful, but to pare it down)
  • 31. Bathroom
  • 32. Facebook friends
  • 33. Upstairs hallway
  • 34. Under the kitchen sink (maybe not a bag, but there’s gotta be stuff there I don’t use …)
  • 35. Pantry (organize and streamline)
  • 36. Cupboard over the fridge
  • 37. Pans cupboard
  • 38. Coffee/tea cupboard
  • 39.  **
  • 40. **

Wish me luck! I get started tomorrow …




I bet most of you thought I forgot my list … silly friends!

Here’s the most recent update:

My 101 in 1001 (from Monday, April 23, 2012 – January 5, 2015)

1. Finish the book I’m writing

2. Let my “writing friend” read it; gather feedback from the friend who is already looking at the first draft of what I have. (I have sent the “almost” complete story to my friend friend …and she’s reading it)

3. Compete a “Couch-to-5-k” program. ( I finished a while back … now consider myself a “runner,” and just completed my second day of running a full 3.1 mile in 45 minutes … now working on the time …) 

4. Run a 5K! (We’re shooting for the “Santa Shuffle” in December here in Lapeer!)

5. Lose 10 lbs. (down 6 …)

6. Lose 10 more lbs.

7. Lose 10 more lbs.

8. Lose 10 more lbs.

9. Lose 10 more lbs.

10. Lose 10 more lbs. to obtain 60 lb. goal

11. Catch up scrap-booking — either physical books, on-line collages (on picassa) or throw insignificant photos away!(Chipping away …)

12. Graduate child #3 (Ethan) from home school (May -2014)

13. Train trip to Seattle with Aubree (scheduled this June/July)(What an awesome time we had! You’ve probably all seen the pictures on Facebook …)

14. Help with a family wedding … (Wes proposed in July! We’re well on our way ..)

15. Another camping trip with family for Dad

16. Move Dad into our house

17. Visit the rest of the US States: Maine, New Hampshire; Connecticut; Rhode Island; Alaska; Hawaii

18. Make home-made flavored crackers

19. Teach girls (and boys, if they want) how to can tomatoes

20. Learn how to operate zero-turn lawn mower (I did it today — 5/19 — and will be helping out regularly with it)

21. Re-learn how to hit a softball (honestly, I can’t hit anything anymore!)

22. Read through entire “Common Prayer” book

23. Get at least 2 more tattoos (I already know what I want …)

24. Travel across Canada by Amtrak

25. Take a basic drawing class @ Mott

26. Publish “at least” one article/story/etc.for $$$ (Entering a contest in September …)

27. Publish “at least” one photo for $$$

28. Learn to make home-made mozzarella

29. Clean and organize basement storage room (got a head start on this one … almost done!)

30. Write a letter and mail it once a week, every week (so far, so good … but I am counting e-mails that are to specific people with specific purpose of encouraging them)

31. Make home-made bread at least 1x a week, every week (I tried some “simple” break tonight — good taste, rough texture. But it’s my first attempt at “artisan” bread)

32. Out West trip for Ethan’s Sr. year

33. Visit New Orleans

34. Take Aubree (and whomever else in family can attend) to Harry Potter World

35. Learn to French Braid

36. Make a ring

37. Make “from scratch” pasta on a regular basis (bought a pasta machine @ a garage sale for $5 5/11/12)

38. Design and build wind chimes “cool” enough to be given as gifts

39. Build outdoor bread/pizza oven

40. Grow and maintain a successful herb garden

41. Read at least one book a month and write a review for Helium, blog, or other source (Hmmm … I need to start reading again!)

42. Make home-made vanilla extract (switch to using it all the time) (it’s done and it’s good!)

43. Make home-made caramel sauce (switch to using all the time)(easiest thing in the world!)

44. Make homemade condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc.) and switch to using all the time

45. Learn to knit socks (from my friend, Melanie!)

46. Get another motorcycle (we are already looking…) (bought a fabulous ’97 Shadow Spirit YESTERDAY — it’s good to be back on a bike!!!)

47. Make home-made body butter and lotion

48. Learn to play “Blackbird” and “She talks to angels” on the guitar (Thinking about “Margaritaville” too)

49. Sell some old Victrola records we don’t listen to for extra $$$

50. Make MI History book (and others I have from Grandpa) to Lansing bookshop with Dad for appraisal.

51. Get Grandpa’s coins appraised in Lapeer

52. Learn to make skirts for girls (bought my material …)

53. Make all pajama pants for Christmas from here on out

54. Make Christmas ornaments for kids and others from now on (collecting ideas on pinterest … does that count as progress??)

55. Try at least 1 new thing from pinterest and blog about it each week (I’m tired of just collecting stuff; I want to DO some of the cool stuff I see) (Still doing pretty well on this one …)

56. Re-finish dresser

57. Micro-roast coffee at least once

58. Vacation with friends

59. Visit my friends up North at least twice a year (They came down this weekend! Now it’s my turn to head North …)

60. Write Dad’s book

61. Make home-made butter all the time

62. Visit/tour Memphis TN

63. Visit/tour Austin TX

64. Meet Anthony Bourdain

65. Convert old picture CDs to computer to storage hard drive

66. Finish cleaning out/organizing Kara’s room (she’s home now & has taken over)

67. Finish cleaning out/organizing Wesley’s room  (However, this will probably be a repeated exercise until he moves out …)

68. Covert family videos to CD & store on long-term storage

69. Learning to sync my ipod myself and update regularly (there is soooo much good music I have yet to discover and own!) (created my “running” playlist Wednesday! It’s not as tough as I thought …)

70. Call my dad at least once a week (right now, I’m so inconsistent) (just celebrated his 84th birthday with him here yesterday!)

71. Organize my curriculum for the classes I teach (it’s always in disarray this time of year) and KEEP IT ORGANIZED THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR! (Almost ready for classes in the fall …)

72. Plant seeds and start my seedlings for the garden (that’s a “today” project!)

73. Keep a food journal for “at least” one month (I’ve started this 100 times … May June 2012 is my projected attempt to actually DO it!) (Joined “My Fitness Pal” yesterday … what a GREAT site!)

74. “At least” once a month go somewhere I go all the time, but take a different route and see what I find! (I have been doing that … it’s fun, and like a mini-adventure … I’ll start posting some of the photos from my wanderings)

75. FINISH THIS LIST BEFORE THE FIRST OF MAY, June 2012!  (finally completed 5/8/2012)

76.  Eat at a world-class restaurant

77. Make a cheese press & make “real” cheese

78. Test drive a mustang

79. Try acupuncture

80. Take a week-long tech hiatus (no TV, no computer, no phone)

81. Get our will done

82. Milk a cow

83. Make homemade tamales

84. Learn to geocache

85. Go see a Tiger’s game

86.  Take a cooking class

87. Redo my bedroom (not the painting – I love that)

88. Learn to spin

89. Paint a “real” picture

90. Try a “crazy” food on the 100 most unusual food list

91. Buy my sewing machine!

92. Take a cake decorating class with the girls

93. Perfect my pie making skills (I bought a pastry sock today … hopefully that will make me love pie crust more)

94.Make homemade pickles — dill and bread and butter

95.Write a family cookbook (I have the bones of one, but do a “real” one)

96. Learn to tie a tie and a bow tie (Half-way there … I can do a regular tie!)

97. Say “yes” whenever I can! To opportunities, to experiences, to adventure! (practicing … good way to overcome your fears!)

98. Make chocolate bacon!

99. Return to making weekly menus — saves time and $$$ (this week …)

100. Get my back worked on by chiropractor (fix the year-old problem)

101. Do my first pieced quilt (even if it’s a lap quilt)

Whew! When I thought about this the other day, I was beating myself up for no forward motion … It’s just not true.
The other thing I’m finding … I’m developing other skills … other passions … along the way. While this list is still like a road map of sorts, it’s not the end all. I’ve found that simply being open to “improving” my life and my skills makes me more susceptible to new things! I like it!
So, here in Michigan we’re soon to be headed into another season (fall! My favorite!). Have you done this exercise yet? If not, it’s a GREAT time to put your “dreaming” into action and MAKE A LIST of your own!
Watch for updates along the way …