This blog is a good thing. I was thinking back on 2018, sure we hadn’t done much around here, the remodeling never got off the ground the garden didn’t produce anything, we traveled and neglected the house, the end.
And then the wind blows, the power goes out for a few days, and I’m oh so grateful for the generator we put in over the spring. (https://bigwhitehouseonthehill.wordpress.com/2018/03/15/that-snowball-effect/)
And the AC units we installed last summer, (https://bigwhitehouseonthehill.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/cooling-down/)
offer heat too which is good since according to the workers today, the boiler wasn’t functioning because mice had chewed up the wiring and the heat pump wasn’t working because mice had built their home in the fan. All in all, another source of heat is a good thing.
I knew we had a banner year for apples (so much so that the weight of the apples reeked havoc), (https://bigwhitehouseonthehill.wordpress.com/2018/07/25/10-apples-up-on-top/) but then I saw pictures of lettuce and currants and blueberries and felt better about the produce department.
All those dreams we had about the remodel are still up in the air, but our garage is filled with a tub, sinks, lights, faucets, and all manner of things. If the cabinets are on time, we’ll be in full remodel mode come February. For those of you who’ve come late to the game, that means a lovely butler’s pantry and laundry room with useful cabinetry that makes sense, and a master bathroom with a tub you can relax in replacing the Japanese soaking tub, and the 10-foot vanity with one drawer.
And now for goals for 2018. Maybe I need to post these somewhere where I see them often. We did manage to buy a bunch of deck furniture and I’d still like to find a nice round table for outdoor dining. As for the rest… hmm… we still don’t have paths to the garden or down to the orchard, the storage room is a mess, the sewing room needs a lot of work, and I need a more organized way of approaching the garden–rain or shine.
Me and the MR traveled to California, Costa Rica, Tahiti, and Mexico. Baby Girl joined us for two weeks in Croatia, and all five of us spent a week back in Costa Rica for our Christmas trip. You may be asking yourself five? Weren’t you just four?
The best news by far was when Sweet Miss married the Fella in July.
We love those kids. They’re so happy and sweet. With weddings and parties and planning, and Baby Girl’s school, we managed to travel to Oregon almost every month last year.
I’ve been volunteering with the local MOPS program for the last few years. Simplifying seems to be a theme with these young moms, and it’s one I’ve decided to embrace. So this year I’ll not just straighten my junk, I’m going to get rid of it. Maybe the office area should be my first project.
In the crafting world, I bought a bunch of plastic Christmas balls to make sweaters for, and I’m designing a few new patterns for the local yarn shop. I’ll be sure to share those soon. I hope you enjoy all the projects throughout the year. I enjoy making things and I hope the recipients feel the love they were made with.
As for the 2018 goals, it looks like I can mostly recycle them for 2019. This is the year of organizing and releasing.
What are your goals for the new year? Do you ever look back and see maybe you’ve done more than you thought? Happy New Year my
friends. 2019 is going to be awesome.