After we finally got Lucy healed and recovered, my house fell victim to the nasty stomach bug that is making itself known everywhere. It didn't hit everyone but the ones who were ill were very ill.
I lost several pounds of weight from my already light frame, and therefore my energy levels were zapped.
My appetite finally recuperated after two weeks. Today I am ringing in my new year with a cup of freshly brewed coffee. I am so very happy.
I cannot say that I am sad to see 2013 leave. Although there were many blessings throughout the year, it was also a year with some struggles and some tears. I am ready to say good-bye to 2013 and hello to a new year, a fresh start.
This morning we are enjoying one last day of relaxation and messes, and then tomorrow we will pack away Christmas decorations and clean the house up. I have many projects planned for the new year and I need an organized home in order to think and plan. Messes distract all of my attention.
My goals for this new year include:
1. A farm newsletter. I will be sending out a letter complete with order forms for chicken, pork and possibly one or two other items. My calendar is covered with dates and events and so I want to make sure every one of my customers is in on the activities.
2. Simplify, simplify, simplify. I am clearing out the clutter, the extras, the mess. I am getting rid of all the things that take away my time and energy that do not give me any sense of love or satisfaction. It is a goal to get away from some of the consumerism that tends to take hold. I think I will start with all of my clothes.
3. Finish the projects. This specifically refers to my load of unfinished quilting projects. I did a pretty decent job in 2013 of finishing up projects but I need to be more intense. I am starting a monthly Block of the Month at my local quilt store, but it will likely be my only *new* project until I can finish my works in progress.
4. More posts on meal prep and meal ideas. When you have kids (especially lots of kids) food and meal prep consume a great deal of the day. I spend countless hours planning menus and food shopping. I have some areas down to a science and think perhaps I need to share some of what I have learned the last 18 years.
5. Less online time and more real book reading time. Seriously, I spend a great deal of time reading online while I have piles of books begging to be picked up and read. Speaking of books, I will also be going through and getting rid of books that I do not *love.*
That is all I have on my list now. I believe in keeping lists of goals short, to the point and attainable.
Starting tomorrow the list will be tackled and woman handled. I will keep you all posted on the progress.
I am going to close with a picture of Journee and her first deer. She went hunting over the weekend with her grandfather and now we have some deer roasts in the freezer. I was also lucky enough to get a dehydrator for Christmas so we will be making some deer jerky in another week or so. YUM!