Thursday, July 5, 2007

Please stop. . .

RAINING! Enough is enough! Gracious, we have had rain every day for nearly a month now! Officially, we have had ten consecutive days of rain, but at our house it has been much longer than that. The rain gauge says we have had 19.76 inches since we reset it on June 1st, and since our YEARLY rainfall is about 33.7 inches, you can see we've had more than half our usual rainfall in just a little over a month. All the lakes have not only gained the ten feet or so they lost last year during the drought, but they've gained more. A lot more. We're talking flooding in places that don't usually flood. Ever.

And yes, everything is really green and lush, and we have a bumper crop of tomatoes and peppers. But even that has its limits. The peppers are looking waterlogged. Now that would be a first. Things dying in the yard from over watering is just not something we experience here.

I am nearly finished with the knitting of the Pram Coat. I think I will work a few days on the nearly-but-not-quite-abandoned cap, and then get started on those layette sets that I want to provide for the nursery. I really want to get some small projects completed, and continue to hack at the stash. Plus I need some more instant gratification. Baby booties, caps, small sweaters and large gauge blankets are what I had in mind.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Half-Year Resolutions, or Well-Intended Intentions

It occurred to me that it is the Half-Year, and it seemed a good time to review the resolutions, or well-intended intentions that I wrote at the Beginning of the New Year. They were good then, and they are good now.

My New Year’s Resolutions for 2007, or
2007 Well-intended Intentions:

Career/Education

*Read articles from hospital library for one hour per week.
*Read books about breastfeeding and care of newborns.
*Participate in hospital online wellness programs, and be a cheerleader for those participating in Newborn Nursery, Ante-and Post-Partum and L&D.

Financial
* Pay down debt—pay down all credit cards to zero.
* Decrease unnecessary spending by evaluating each expenditure as a "need" or "want".
* Increase liquid cash and retirement fund

Health/Fitness
* Walk three miles a day.
* Buy Penguin book and run a half marathon this year.
* Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day and continue to drink eight glasses of water per day.

Hobbies/Interests
* Build a stash of baby layettes of at least three for the nursery. Begin knitting hats and booties and sweaters and quilts for a charity/charities.
* Knit for Red Scarf Project—only takes donations for month of January
*Continue working on scrapbooks.
* Host regular monthly social events.
-We need to have people over to our house more often. Maybe we can host a Stitch and Bitch, Book Club, Game Day, Movie Night, Investment Club, Walking/Running Club, Socialize with the Dogs, etc..

Personal/Love Interests
* Contact long lost friends and get to know extended family.
* Continue communication with close friends and family.
* Chip and I are to go on a shopping expedition once a month and purchase one new outfit, from head to toe.

We haven't done too bad--I have been trying to keep up with the latest in breastfeeding and realize I need to expand that regarding newborn care. I was diligent in my wellness program until about a month ago, when the site was broken for an extended period.
We've been diligent about paying down credit, despite a two month setback due to a tax snafu. We've been good about keeping spending to a minimum, and although our savings is not where we would like it to be, it's "all right" for now. Retirement savings has improved dramatically.
Although I'm not walking three miles a day, and I'm not training for a half marathon, I'm doing fairly well about walking two or so miles a day and I've been lifting weights at least once a week. My eating habits continue to improve, and I've recently cut my alcohol and soda consumption by at least 2/3's.
I haven't begun the baby layettes yet, but plan to get rolling on that soon. I knitted numerous items for the Red Scarf Project, and tried to get a program locally going, with no luck. As a result, I missed the deadline for sending in the stuff I had made, but it is in storage, and I will continue to knit for it. (note to self--check to see if there will be a red scarf project for 2008. Continue to try and get a local program going) I would like to continue with working on the scrapbooks, and will try to get motivated in this area. I'd like to reconfigure my website and get that running again. We have certainly had the kids over often enough so far this year, and we've had some really great get-togethers. We've met up with some old friends, and truly, that has been fun. We're planning to meet up with my sister in August in St. Louis, and Chip will finally see where I grew up--'bout time, after 31 years.
Chip and I started out shopping kind of badly, and it's just sorta fizzled since then. We went twice, and we bought stuff mostly for Chip, and then with the tax fiasco, we put shopping on hold for a few months. Then May came and all the birthdays, and we just never got started back up again.
So I will restart on the well-intended intentions with a few changes:

My Half Year and Revised New Year’s Resolutions for 2007, or
2007 Well-intended Intentions: (revisions in bold)

Career/Education
*Read articles from hospital library for one hour per week.
*Read books about breastfeeding and care of newborns.
*Participate in hospital online wellness programs, and be a cheerleader for those participating in Newborn Nursery, Ante-and Post-Partum and L&D.
*Work on improving my Spanish.


Financial
* Pay down debt—pay down all credit cards to zero.
* Decrease unnecessary spending by evaluating each expenditure as a "need" or "want".
* Increase liquid cash and retirement fund

Health/Fitness
* Walk two miles a day and lift weights 3x per week.
* Run a half marathon this year.
* Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day and continue to drink eight glasses of water per day.

Hobbies/Interests
* Build a stash of baby layettes of at least three for the nursery. Begin knitting hats and booties and sweaters and quilts for a charity/charities.
* Knit for Red Scarf Project.
*Continue working on scrapbooks.
*Revise website and get it running again.
* Host regular monthly social events.
-We need to have people over to our house more often. Maybe we can host a Stitch and Bitch, Book Club, Game Day, Movie Night, Investment Club, Walking/Running Club, Socialize with the Dogs, etc..

Personal/Love Interests
* Contact long lost friends and get to know extended family.
* Continue communication with close friends and family.
* Chip and I are to go on a shopping expedition once a month and purchase one new outfit, from head to toe.