My Big List of Things I’m Going to Do in 2021 – Week 40 of 52

Stay Healthy! 

It may be dark when we get up now, but at least we get to enjoy sunrises like this one. Maybe it’s all in my head, but the sunrises during the fall and winter months seem like the best ones. 

Since it’s the first Sunday of the month I weighed myself this morning and I was 131.5. Not bad considering my in-laws were in town and we ate out a bunch. I would still like to get down to my goal weight by the end of the year though. 

Weigh What I Weighed When We Got Married  {128 pounds}

Weigh-ins are the first Sunday of each month.

  • My October 3rd weigh in was 131.5
  • My September 5th weigh in was 131.4
  • My August 1st weight in was 131.4
  • My July 4th weigh in was 129.0
  • My June 6th weigh in was 129.6
  • My May 2nd weigh in was 131.0
  • My April 18th weigh in was 129.9 {after 18 days of being on the low iodine diet}
  • My April 4th weigh in was 133.4 
  • My March 7th weigh in was 135.6
  • My February 7th weigh in was 137.3
  • My January 3rd weigh in was 140.7

Keep My Husband Busy 

Yesterday the HH dug 2 dozen holes for me out front so I could transplant all the shasta daisy plants I had growing along the fence in the kitchen garden.

This week I’m planning on transplanting the lupin and purple coneflower starts to the same area along the front of the property. 

The HH’s Honey Do List {so far} for 2021 

  • Build a new set of stairs down to the water. The old set… it’s not exactly useable.
  • Build a firepit near the edge of the property. {DONE!}
  • Build a picnic table near the birch trees for summer lunches {Done!}
  • Build 4 or 6 garden boxes for his little lady {we did raised beds this year instead}}
  • Build a boatload of birdhouses for the {soon to be} bird sanctuary 
  • Create a garden path/walkway for the front garden {DONE!}
  • Remodel the bathroom in the hallway {DONE!}
  • Install some sort of driveway border
  • Install a workspace for me in the basement for dying wool
  • Install a fence in the front for Lucy {DONE!}
  • Build a set of 3 bookshelves in the dining room for me {DONE!}
  • Install a trailer hitch on the car {DONE!}

Things We’d Like to Buy

No new purchases this week, but The Girl did paint us a watercolor of the view from the dining room. 🙂 

  • A dinghy 
  • Clothesline
  • Archery Set {every camp should have archery!}
  • Kitchen table and chairs 
  • Sideboard 
  • Bench for the entryway 
  • A full size washer and dryer set {the house came with a small stackable w/d set} 
  • Deck chairs and a patio table set {Going the picnic table route instead}
  • A set of 4 Adirondack chairs for the fire pit area  {I LOVE these chairs!}
  • BBQ {He bought a Blackstone Griddle instead!}
  • 2 More Kayaks

Unplug As Much As Possible {but still keep the blog, FB and Instagram}

6 shells, 6 crabs and a duck {?} bone? We found these on the little island and brought them home to add to the collection. 

Unplugging is cool…. 

  • Goodbye Facebook {Done!}
  • Goodbye Amazon Prime {Done!} $119 a year
  • Goodbye Hulu {Done!} $54.99 a month *
  • Goodbye Netflix {Done!} $7.99 a month
  • Goodbye PicMonkey {Done!} $50 a year
  • Goodbye keeping my cell phone in my back pocket and checking it constantly {so far so good}
  • Limit time online to 3 hours a day {for writing, working, and Etsy} 

* Hulu is actually now $64.99 a month for the live tv version {live sports, live news}. You can get it for $5.99 a month but all that does is play tv shows and old movies {with ads}.

Try 24 New Recipes {and remember to link them here} DONE!

This week I posted a recipe for a ham and potato puff pastry tartIt was so good, I think I’ll make another one this week. 

I have shared 27 new recipes this year! Wahoo. 

New recipes I’ve made this year:

Read {or Listen to} 12 New Books about Maine {or written by Maine Authors}

I didn’t pick up any new books at the library last week and probably won’t this week either. I need to finish painting the back of the house before it gets too cold, and it looks like I’ll have a good opportunity to finish up this week.  

Books about Maine {or written by Maine authors} I’ve read this year:

  1. Christina Olson Her World Beyond the Canvas
  2. Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life
  3. Finding Freedom
  4. Maine’s Favorite Birds
  5. At First Light: Two Centuries of Maine Artists, Their Homes and Studios
  6. Bernard Langlais at the Colby College Museum of Art
  7. The 3,000 Mile Garden
  8. Becoming Teddy Roosevelt 
  9. Here On The Island
  10. The Lobster Coast 
  11. A Small Farm in Maine

Audiobooks I’ve listened to {or attempted to listen to} this year: 

Get 24 Stories Off My Phone and onto the Blog  ** SEE NEW GOAL BELOW **

Try Everything That Head Tide Oven Offers This Summer

Head Tide Oven is closed for the season but my adventures there were fun while they lasted. 

Items I’ve Tried From Head Tide Oven in Damariscotta, Maine this summer:


  • Dark Rye Sourdough Bread
  • Light Rye Sourdough Bread
  • Sourdough Kalamata Olive Bread
  • Sourdough Green Olive Bread
  • Sourdough Bread 
  • Flat Sourdough Bread
  • Baguette 
  • Walnut Raisin Sourdough Bread
  • Vollkornbrot Sourdough Bread


  • Raspberry Jam Bar
  • Ginger Cookie x2
  • Swedish Cookie
  • Almond Bar 
  • Anise Sesame Biscotti
  • Pan Forte x2

Pies and Cakes

  • Chocolate Cake with a chocolate ganache 
  • Peach Pie
  • Lemon Thyme Pie x2
  • Blueberry Pie
  • Cherry Pie
  • Cherry Rhubarb Pie
  • Blueberry Hand Pie
  • Lemon Hand Pie

Get the Photos on My Phone Down to Less Than 1,000 {started the year with 2863 photos}

My endless summer bloomstruck hydrangeas are STILL in bloom! 

*I am down to 1242 photos.

Clean Out My Closet

I still have exactly 22 tops I haven’t worn yet this year and if those hangers don’t get turned around by December 31st, the clothes are headed to the thrift store.

My House Projects For This Year

We are still narrowing down our choices for the kitchen cabinets but I do think it would be nice to have some sort of “pantry” cupboard worked into the mix. We just haven’t figured out the exact configuration yet. And a work island for rolling out pie dough. 

  • Figure out new window treatments for the back of the house
  • Come up with a game plan for the kitchen remodel {for 2022} 
  • Paint the family room walls and trim {DONE!}
  • Paint the entryway trim and doors {DONE!}
  • Paint the dining room walls and trim {DONE!}
  • Paint the master bedroom walls and trim {DONE!}
  • Paint the barn and add a new fixture 
  • Paint the hallway bathroom {DONE!}

My List of Garden Projects For This Year I want to Accomplish

Yesterday I worked on clearing up the kitchen garden. We transplanted all the daisies that were along the fence, pulled up one row of tomatoes, the pepper plants and the zucchini, basil, cucumber, onion and petunias plants too. 

Today before it rains I think I’ll pull up the rest of the tomato plants and do a little weeding. 

The flower bulbs should be arriving any day now, so while I wait for those, I think I’ll get my garlic planted this week. Where exactly though, I’m not sure yet. 

Still left on the list:

  • Install a simple flower bed border in front of the house {Done}
  • Start a lasagna garden
  • Install a boatload of birdhouses/feeders in the side yard {re-thinking this one}
  • Transplant evergreen saplings to the side of property for a privacy border {Done}
  • Clean up and prune the area that faces the road {working on it}
  • Install a vegetable garden {Done}
  • Install a sunflower patch {decided for a row along the side of the barn instead}
  • Plant 2,500 flower bulbs in the fall

Reach 10,000 Sales on Etsy {as of this morning I’ve made 8458 sales on Etsy}. Only 1542 to go. That means I’d have to sell 17.1 items a day until the end of the year to hit my goal. Yikes. 

Well, miracles do happen, right? 🙂 Who knows, maybe everyone and their brother will want to order garden markers this Christmas. 

Create 12 New Rug Hooking Patterns or Kits {8 down 4 to go}

I have finished hooking pattern/kit #9 and I’m working on pattern/kit #10 and have pattern/kit #11 drawn out and ready to hook. The plan is to have everything hooked and kitted up by Friday so I can list everything on Saturday morning. 

New Rug Hooking Kits or Patterns I’ve Created This Year:

Create 12 New Ornaments for 2021 Done!

The ornament section of my Etsy shop is fully stocked and ready for the holiday rush. 

2021 Ornaments I’ve Made So Far

2021 Garlands I’ve Made So Far

Discover 12 Made in Maine Products and Share Them on the Blog

I have discovered several more Maine products this year but since I plan on doing a few “Maine” giveaways later this year I don’t want to spoil the surprise so I’ll wait and share them then.

Made in Maine Products I’ve Discovered in 2021:

Visit 6 Lighthouses in Maine

4 down, 2 to go! 

Lighthouses We’ve Visited So Far This Year:

Lighthouses I’ve Been to in Maine Before 2021:

Other places in Maine We’ve Been to This Year Are:

So that’s it. That’s my progress report for this past week. How about YOU? Did you make any goals for 2021? Have you checked any of them off your list yet? 

Have a great one, 



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