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Realistically Speaking – A List Is Just A List And How Many Goals Do We Really Need Anyway?

Realistically Speaking – A List Is Just A List And How Many Goals Do We Really Need Anyway?

There’s something to be said about your new years resolutions list – or is there?

Everyone makes these lists but do we all keep them? Do you actually read over them every day and check them off as done?

I’m guilty of forgetting they are even there until the next new year rolls around and I think to myself – oh yeah – I was going to do that last year!

So this year…maaaaybe I won’t make any?

I could list a few of these most common New Years resolutions even though a few don’t apply to me.

  1. Loose weight
  2. Improve financial budgeting
  3. Exercise more
  4. Get a new/better job
  5. Eat healthfully
  6. Manage stress more effectively
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Improve a relationship
  9. Stop procrastinating
  10. Set aside time for yourself

OR…I could list these realistic resolutions that are my own. There’s no one to compete with except myself. If I don’t manage to complete one…or two…or three, it will always remain in my list for the next year and who will be the wiser?

  1. Write more so I can finish ‘What Line’ –  My published goal is March. Now remember, I didn’t say March 1st. There are thirty-one days in March and I intend to make use of every last one of them. 🙂
  2. Make my workroom – aka ‘The Philadelphia Room’ – a room I can honestly call my own instead of a storage room – Where all that “stuff” will wind up, I honestly can’t say, but I have visions! That new ceiling fan (yes, I know we’ve had it sitting in the box for a few months) with light will be installed and I’ll be able to actually see. 🙂
  3. Paint all my inside doors and woodwork – My son-in-law, Davey, installed them over a year ago. It’s about time don’t you think?
  4. Finish my kitchen – The over-the-stove microwave is going up as I type! Yay! Then all I have left to do is the tiled back splash. And a new paint color because we have changed our minds again! Oops…H just asked me to make cookies. The oven will be hot so he can’t move it out of the way to install the microwave, so maybe later tonight or tomorrow.  By the time he goes back to work on the 6th for sure though! One more thing in that kitchen is the want – not the need – of a new fridge. I can just picture a sleek, trim, shiny, stainless refrigerator. That vision will be all I see for a while though because we can’t justify spending money on something that works just fine even though it is an ugly white dinosaur! It can’t last forever, can it? One day it WILL be on the curb!
  5. Build my desk in the without-a-door-unused-hall-closet – I do this every day in my mind or in my sleep! One day I hope to wake up and the shelving and desktop complete with pictures hung, shelves filled, and files filed will be completed. If it could only be that easy!  😦

I think this is a realistic goal. There is even a little wiggle room in there to do some little things such as hang pictures, straighten out my files, remove some clutter, and maybe tackle that yard! With no cell phone at the moment I have a lot of time on my hands. Lol!

Gosh!  According to this, I’m going to have a busy year! What are your goals for the new year? Are they as realistic as mine – or not?


Really? – Thinking Or Drinking? – What’s Your Opinion?

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Ok, so I promised you a post about the bathroom updates and believe me they were updates! Anything would be considering not much had been changed in our fifty-seven year old bathrooms from day one.

First there was a lot of scrubbing and scraping a year ago just to be able to live with these bathrooms until we had the time to do some much needed work. Then there was more of the same when we finally began the project – or should I say I –  because mostly it was me on this project!

After I prepped the walls in both rooms and made a trip to Lowes to pick up the paint and supplies, it was time to get the paint roller rolling. There was a very pale yellow for the bathroom with the blue/black tile and blue ceramic floor and a light green color for the one with the pink ceramic floor/black ceramic tile baseboard. Yes, you heard me right! Those were the colors chosen fifty-seven years ago and I’m sure they were on the high end back in the day!  Since it would be expensive to tear that floor and the half tiled walls in the blue bathroom and the floor and baseboard in the pink bathroom out, this is what we had to work with. I just kept telling myself – “I can do this… I can make this work.”

The color went on the walls one afternoon and the next morning I liked it even better. Harry didn’t say much, but I could see the wheels turning in his head when he saw the yellow. Oh well, this was my project and he told me to go get the paint and said get what I wanted – and I did! After all, I didn’t have much of a choice with color and besides, the yellow matched my new shower curtain I had made a few months before. It’s not like it was an in-your-face yellow. No sunshine or electric brights. Couldn’t he see I was trying to save him some money! 🙂 “Just deal with it.”

Next I scraped all the old caulk off the tub for the second time getting a bad blister on my hand while working at it. I re-caulked with some caulk strip that I had been wanting to try. It went on great –  a lot easier than that messy tube of gunk!  Now we will see how long that will last. I hope longer than my blister does. 😦

The cabinets and sinks were the only items that had already been replaced in both of the bathrooms, but when I announced that I was going to repaint those cabinets black and add white porcelain knobs, I got hit with “Really?”  However, I thought it would look sharp and would tie in with the black tile on the baseboards and edging. It did and so far everyone likes it. Sometimes I do have good ideas.

Believe it or not the tile on the walls and on the floor in both bathrooms were in great shape for being that old (original to the house) and having survived three rowdy growing boys! I spruced up the wall tiles and scrubbed the bathroom floor again to whiten up the grout lines. The rooms were beginning to take shape and looked almost vintage.  I don’t think vintagy is a word is it?

Like I mentioned in a earlier post – I don’t know what they were thinking or maybe drinking? – when the porcelain towel racks were installed in both bathrooms. Why are they not centered on the wall as they should be? It is so obvious they aren’t. Removing them from the wall is not an option because I have no idea how they were anchored and am afraid it may take a big chunk of that concrete block wall with it if I try to remove them – ditto for the toothbrush and soap holders – at least they are spaced properly! I can live with it – I’ll just have to look cross-eyed sometimes. 😉

After only two trips to Lowes for this project – we had to pick out the hardware for the cabinets and Harry actually liked the white porcelain ones that I had decided on earlier – we are almost through. What’s left? The door and trim work need to be sanded and painted and the fixtures on the tub and sink changed. I’ll google it and do it myself if I have to, but it will have to wait until I get back from a trip to see family.

As for that yellow paint – Harry will have to re-paint those walls if it doesn’t grow on him because I have painted that bathroom twice already and it’s not going to happen again too soon. I like the yellow with the blue and black! Hope you do too!




Cabinet painted black


wall color and shower curtain looks brighter here!

wall color and shower curtain looks brighter here!

Pictures in pink bathroom look orange! It must be the lighting which there is none of! Use your imagination. 🙂


Stay tuned for the ‘drawing of the blinds’! Lol!

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