Sunday, July 6, 2014

Weekly Goals~ July 7th 2014

It's been a fairly productive week around here! Hopefully soon I'll be able to add more blog work back in.

Finance
~Earn $300... and more!

Animals
~enlarge chicken run... didn't get finished, but I did get started and get a different water set up that freed up some space

~either sell or slaughter roosters... I have some possible interest, I'm waiting on a firm answer before I butcher

~continue to try to catch or kill the wild rabbit... continued to try, but she's still winning

~determine what materials I need for milk stand... I have most of what I need, now to find the time to build it!

Food
~$50 max... $49.62

~meal plan from pantry... accomplished easily

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~finish afghan... done

~reusable produce bags... done

~ cut purse pieces... done

Reading
~Bible, follow plan... on track
~Clean House finish... finished
~Sheparding a Child's Heart, finish... finished

Business

~Make business cards... I'm slacking
~Contact local Saturday market... did I mention I'm slacking

Homeschooling 
~Accomplish at least 2 hours of school per day... mostly

~ start looking for more curriculum... looked and realized it's just not in the budget

Projects

~rest of carpet up... nope

~haul, rake and level the (free) gravel for shed area... hauled several loads and raked them, but didn't get it finished

Garden
~rip out peas... done

~plant something else in their place... went with sunflowers, they'll be beautiful and then we'll save the seeds to help offset critter feed

Other
~deliver one meal... done

~house & pet sit for family that is out of town... and I enjoyed their Netflix too

~make an updated project list... that was scary

~make a detailed list of potential changes and the likely savings... that was enlightening and slightly depressing

Additionally
~baby hat to match Afghan
~turned scrap yarn into pot holder
~finished over half of a gift for my mother

I need to work on managing all my tasks I need to get to run our life and be able to expand my business. for this week.....

Finance
~Earn $300
~set up online bill pay for water bill

Animals
~finish enlarging chicken run
~either sell or slaughter roosters
~continue to try to catch or kill the wild rabbit

Food
~$50 budget
~meal plan from pantry

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~finish 5 pot holders
~embroider butterfly on purse

Reading
~Bible, follow plan
~start reading Pay Dirt

Business
~Make business cards

Homeschooling 
~Accomplish at least 2 hours of school per day

Projects
~rest of carpet up
~haul, rake and level the (free) gravel for shed area
~move shed
~finish floor in girls room

Garden
~make a plan for a fall garden
~determined what edibles I can grow indoors and in the greenhouse for the winter

Other
~deliver one meal
~go through all the garage sale leftovers and get them posted online
~figure out the rest of the Christmas gifts for family and friends

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Weekly Goals ~ June 16th

Well, working 4 days a week is wonderful, but does take some adjustment!

Finance
~Earn $400... almost!
~Cut budget by $25... I found about $5 to cut but I'm not sure what else can be cut

Animals
~Get buck and drakes sold... check!!!!

Food
~$10 budget... blown, I spent $43

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~finish off mending basket... done
~30 rows on Afghan... I accomplished 11 rows

Reading
~Bible, get caught up... still not caught up
~Clean House chapter 10... didn't even touch it
~Sheparding a Child's Heart Chapters 10-12... done

Business
~Stock Etsy shop, at least 5 more items... 3 items stocked
~Make 8 business cards... nope
~Contact local Saturday market... still didn't do it

Homeschooling
~Accomplish at least 2 hours of school per day... only 2/6 days

Projects
~Put up new clothes line... nope

And there were no additional accomplishments. I am actually very discouraged. While I know I did a great deal this week, I don't think I made the best use of my time. I need to be more diligent and watchful of my time!

I'll be adding a few new categories this week to encompass all my monthly goals.

Finance
~Earn $300
~Assess water, electric and gas usage for possible cuts

Animals
~enlarge chicken run

Food
~no buy week

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~30 rows on Afghan
~find/make night gown pattern
~print purse pattern
~reusable produce bags

Reading
~Bible, get caught up
~Clean House chapter 10
~Sheparding a Child's Heart Chapters 13-15

Business
~Stock Etsy shop, at least 5 more items
~Make 8 business cards
~Contact local Saturday market

Homeschooling
~Accomplish at least 2 hours of school per day

Projects
~Put up new clothes line
~rest of carpet up

Garden
~tie up peas
~cut and freeze some herbs

Other
~1 meal delivered
~meet with pastor

Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekly Goals ~ June 9th

Another week has passed and it's been a busy one!!!

Finance
~Earn $400 this week... almost made it!
~Write out June budget... check

Animals
~Keep trying to get drakes and buck sold... I tried, but no takers
~Check with 1 business about waste produce... didn't happen

Food
~$140 budget (this includes stocking up on spaghetti sauce, rice, and other staples)... spent $170, I ended up going to visit family and hit up two awesome discount stores there!
~Continue to try to catch wild rabbit... she's still hopping about
~Start potato tower... check!

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~1 item from mending/alteration basket each day... check
~Find yarn... check
~30 rows on Afghan... did a skein on the other project, but not the Afghan, I'm waiting on the yarn I ordered
~Pick fabric, floss and embroidery pattern for purse... check!!!

Reading
~Bible, get caught up... I'm 3 days behind still
~Clean House chapter 9... check
~Sheparding a Child's Heart Chapters 8&9... check

Business
~Stock Etsy shop, at least 25 items... I've been stocking items, but it is a slower process than I anticipated
~Make 8 business cards... didn't even try
~Contact local Saturday market... completely spaced this one!

Homeschooling
~Select new community welfare project... check
~Write up approximately 4 weeks of bible curriculum... check

Projects
~Put up new clothes line... nope
~Install screen door... yes, it's a beauty
~Paint kitchen... it looks wonderful!

Additionally
~pulled up carpet and several layers of linoleum in the living room and boys room... revealing the original hardwood floor. Looks fabulous!
~Got a new babysitting job!

Now for this week's goals!!!

Finance
~Earn $400
~Cut budget by $25

Animals
~Get buck and drakes sold

Food
~$10 budget

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~finish off mending basket
~30 rows on Afghan

Reading
~Bible, get caught up
~Clean House chapter 10
~Sheparding a Child's Heart Chapters 10-12

Business
~Stock Etsy shop, at least 5 more items
~Make 8 business cards
~Contact local Saturday market

Homeschooling
~Accomplish at least 2 hours of school per day

Projects
~Put up new clothes line

I feel like I'm aiming low this week... but I'm also going to be working 3 or 4 days this week. Here goes nothing!!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Weekly Goals~ June 2nd

Better than last week, but I clearly have an aim for the moon and land among the stars philosophy.

Finance
~Earn $300 this week... made it about half way

Animals
~Sell 2 drakes... pushed the post, but no sale
~Post buck for sale... posted and reposted
~Check with 2 businesses about waste produce... one yes, one no

Food
~$20 budget... $20.11, close enough
~Continue to try to catch wild rabbit... 3 sightings and it's still roaming free
~Start potato tower... umm, nope

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~1 item from mending/alteration basket each day... check
~finish baby shower gift... check
~20 rows on Afghan... nope, haven't found the yarn I need yet

Reading
~Bible Ezra 1- Job 4... I finished Nehemiah.... oops
~Clean House chapters 6-8... check
~Sheparding a Child's Heart Chapters 6&7... check

Business
~Post at least 3 flyers... check
~One Facebook post per day... check
~Set up Etsy shop... check
~Make 10 business cards... I made 2
~Make 15 ribbon tags... check

Homeschooling
~Catch up grading and filing...check
~Refill Chey and Dakota's baskets... check

Projects
~Clean up green house... check
~Paint and install screen door... it's painted but not hung

Additionally
~cleaned out shed
~cleared brambles along back fence line

And now for this week's goals!

Finance
~Earn $400 this week
~Write out June budget

Animals
~Keep trying to get drakes and buck sold
~Check with 1 business about waste produce

Food
~$140 budget (this includes stocking up on spaghetti sauce, rice, and other staples)
~Continue to try to catch wild rabbit
~Start potato tower

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~1 item from mending/alteration basket each day
~Find yarn
~30 rows on Afghan
~Pick fabric, floss and embroidery pattern for purse

Reading
~Bible, get caught up!
~Clean House chapter 9
~Sheparding a Child's Heart Chapters 8&9

Business
~Stock Etsy shop, at least 25 items
~Make 8 business cards
~Contact local Saturday market

Homeschooling
~Select new community welfare project
~Write up approximately 4 weeks of bible curriculum

Projects
~Put up new clothes line
~Install screen door
~Paint kitchen

Let's see if I can knock this list out!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Scheduling

Homeschooling, church, homesteading, running a business, keeping house, errands, appointments, odd jobs, family time, extra projects and maintaining relationships with those we care for....

That's a lot. That's our life.

How do I fit it all in each day? 

Simple. I don't.

I've accepted that no day will ever be complete. But I can keep moving in the right direction. I can make progress, but completion is for when I've gone home to be with the Lord.

Until then, there's time management. There's avoiding my breads of idleness. There's prioritizing.

 I have this cute little poster on the wall. Its a daily schedule for each family member to follow Monday through Saturday. In six months we've achieved this twice. Thats 2 out of 180. Those aren't great odd.

When that bugs me, I hear Michelle Duggar's voice in my head saying ''at least we have a goal!''

That's the point. A goal. Not perfection.

What does our goal look like?

-Wake up, dressed and ready, family bible and prayer time
-Breakfast, clean up, morning stewardship (otherwise know as chores)
-School or errands
-Lunch, bible reading, clean up and afternoon stewardship... this is when nappers get laid down
-Free play for kids (or more school for those who want to) while I do business stuff or work on mending and sewing
-Dinner, family devotionals, clean up, baths and evening stewardship
-Bedtime for the munchkins and I catch up anything I need to, do my bible study and work on custom orders

And sometimes we toss the whole thing to visit those we love or because I've had extra work that requires us to be outside the house for an entire day.

Decide what your priorities and goals are and build your day around those, but always be flexible!!!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Weekly Goals ~ May 26

Well, not the most impressive week.
But when you toss in that we had the stomach flu for half the week, I think I kicked butt!

Here's how the week played out...

Finance
~Earn $250 this week (only made $85... I had to cancel 2 jobs the days I was sick)
~Evaluate budget to account for job loss... doesn't look too bad, not good or easy but nothing to panic about

Animals
~Sell 2 drakes... a few people were interested, but no takers
~Find a new source of free feed... found!

Food
~A "buy nothing" week... I spent $5 on bananas while we were sick, we were all on the B.R.A.T diet
~Start many seeds... started as many as I'll be doing until that rabbit is gone!
~Start potato tower... didn't happen.

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~1 item from mending/alteration basket each day... success!
~baby shower gift... is almost done.
~20 rows on Afghan... 25 actually

Reading
~Bible 2 Chronicals 32- Nehemiah 6... I made it to Ezra
~Clean House chapters 3-5... done
~Sheparding a Child's Heart Chapters 4&5... done

Business
~Post at least 3 flyers... printed but not posted
~List at least 2 ready made items online daily... I managed 2 post most days, but at least one each day

Homeschooling
~Catch up grading and filing... about 50% caught up
~Help oldest 2 through work... their back on track
~Organize school corner... it's so pretty!!

Projects
~Secure fence line so ducks can free range... check
~Clean up green house... did I mention the stomach flu?! Yeah, didn't happen
~Price water barrels... check and no
~paint laundry room... check, even painted the storage room

Additional accomplishments
~turned off pilot light for furnace
~found $5 shoes for me for church
~cleaned and organized most of my room (the sewing table isn't done, but that's a full day project)

It bothers me that in each category there is at least one task I didn't accomplish. This week I'm aiming just as high, but I want to see at least one category complete... hopefully, they'll all be completed!

For this week....

Finance
~Earn $300 this week

Animals
~Sell 2 drakes
~Post buck for sale
~Check with 2 businesses about waste produce

Food
~$20 budget
~Continue to try to catch wild rabbit
~Start potato tower

Sewing/knitting/crochting
~1 item from mending/alteration basket each day (yeah, it's a full basket!)
~finish baby shower gift
~20 rows on Afghan

Reading
~Bible Ezra 1- Job 4
~Clean House chapters 6-8
~Sheparding a Child's Heart Chapters 6&7

Business
~Post at least 3 flyers
~One Facebook post per day
~Set up Etsy shop
~Make 10 business cards
~Make 15 ribbon tags

Homeschooling
~Catch up grading and filing
~Refill Chey and Dakota's baskets

Projects
~Clean up green house
~Paint and install screen door

Here goes Nothing!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Homeschooling Plans and Curriculum

I like to plan things... clearly.

But I've learned that all my plans need to be flexible or I go a little crazy because the plan isn't working.

Our homeschool plan has to account for last minuet work opportunities, nice days spent outside working the garden, animals and yes, enjoying it, sickness that never seems to end and a myriad of other things that make being a single parent, homesteading, homeschooling family rather interesting.

First of all, curriculum.

I had big dreams of finally buying the Rod and Staff curriculum I so greatly adore. Unfortunately at this point, that's not an option. Back to dream land goes that plan.

The back up plan is to create my own curriculum.

I'm sure there are 100 million ways to do this. My way works for us, so I'll stick with it.

Everyone works on what they have and I give them harder packets (of free printables) or workbooks as they complete what they had with competence. I pay little attention to grade level, I just increase the difficulty as they master a skill.

Sometimes that means someone is doing basic subtraction or coin values for 6-8 weeks until it clicks and then they may get the next skill down in a week or 2.

For things like introducing government and history topics we get age appropriate books from the library (we go every other week) and read them together. I answer any questions they may have that wasn't covered in the book. Some questions I can't answer, because even Google doesn't give you Abe Lincoln's favorite color.

I plan to do a homeschooling post every Wednesday. Next week I'll cover how homeschooling fits into our day!