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From the beginning of the 2015 To-Do List Post:

It's taken me longer than normal to do the goals post for 2015. The large part of this is that I've been sick. In fact, I'm sick again as I write this. However, this too, shall pass, and it's time to get busy.

I had to laugh at that  when I re-read it today, as I have been sick again this year, right when I was supposed to do this post and the following post, which is the 2016 list.  These 2 posts are the only 2 posts I feel like I 'have' to do every year, because they give me things to work for.

That said, let's see what's happened this year...


1)  roofer came and fixed roof for a reasonable price, but then told me to save $$ for a new roof this year or next. Goal: $10k for a 30yr concrete job.
 2) I need to fix the garage door.  Which means I really need to get someone out to look at it, update the radio signal to a new code for a new set of garage door remotes, and to fix/ repair the track/ lever thing.  Or replace the track and door.
3) I need to repair – or more likely, replace – the outside door to the kitchen.
4) I also need to replace the one window in my living room that’s cracked.  It’s possible this will be part of a set replacement, but it completely depends on what I can do at the time.
5) I have a number of outside outlets, and outlets in the kitchen, that do not work.  I need to get those fixed.

           This  - number 5 - is the one thing that I can't figure out.  I have tried to locate the GFI circuit these guys are on, to no avail.  I have a couple of other things to try before I give up... if I ever get around to it...

6) I need to get the door to my bedroom fixed.  This *will* be a replacement, because although the door is new, it was hung in-correctly.
7) I need to repair the light above roomie’s vanity.
8) I need to fix the window casings where the prior owner’s dog chewed on them.  This may end up being done in conjunction with an update on casements.

1)    New carpet in it in the Guest Room.

            The Guest Room has actually been finished as of about August.  It really looks good.  The current project is a quick change-out of the shelving scheme in the Office, and this summer, I'm going to work on the painting in my own bedroom.  If I'm good, I'll be able to replace the carpet in my bedroom, too.

2)    I would like to replace the side-light frames of the front door with new solid-side thingies.  (I hate the side windows on the front door.  You should be able to run around naked in your own house without getting arrested, and the sidelights prevent that.  It’s annoying.)
3)    I need to primer-paint the bathrooms.

4)    I want to finish painting all the trim.
5)    I want to get window film for the windows, and also wood casing updates, and curtains.  This is an expensive project that will probably be put off until most of the rest of the stuff is done.  (ETA1: I keep forgetting, but this has to wait until I replace the windows.  Thre's currently ugly lattice-work in the windows, which are double-hung jobs.  My preference is for German-style windows: unmarred glass, single-hung windows that swing in or out.  This will probably need new casements, too, but we'll see.)
6)    Yes, I’d like to update the kitchen, but that will probably have to wait a while.
  what's left: cabinets, new appliances, backsplash, new counter-top
7)    It is more likely I will be able to paint the master bedroom walls, ceiling, and stencil lines.
8)    I also want a wall-mural of Neuschwannstein in winter (which can be done via wallpaper).

GARDEN stuff:

This is purely the section for the partierre garden.  I have moved the ironwork out to the patch, and now I need to:

  1) Build 2  boxes
  2) Place boxes and pavers
  3) Fill the boxes with soil
  6) Seed the boxes with seeds bought from organic farmers.
  7) Need to acquire a lawn/leaf bag to catch grass clippings for the compost pile

        So, this section was both successful and not.  I grew Black Spanish Radishes, which were *really* successful.... too much so, in fact.  The baby carrots were ok, but the parsnips failed again.  The marigolds were late bloomers.  Peas were pretty good this year.  Unfortunately, the squash were not good at all.  Of course, part of the squash failure was mine - in the middle of summer i couldn't stand to go out, so everything died.  I should do better on that.

What I really need to do with the garden is continuing with the landscaping until the next box space(s) is/are reached.  I think I accidentally messed up.  Instead of using sand right away, I think I'll cedar mulch the area around the box and pavers before putting the next section in.  I'm hoping this will also cut down on mower clippings blowing into the boxers.


The major goal this year is to keep landscaping materials to $50 a month.  This is necessary to be sure I’ll have enough money to save for things on the wish list.

1)    Price how much it would cost to turn the front ditch into a River Runs Through It
2)    Work with Landscaper to generate a plan for my yard
3)    Finish the front patch out. ==> done except for rocks

       Sadly, I had this done, and then the weeds came back. I'm going to try the same cedar mulch technique as with the garden areas.  With any luck, this will keep the weeds down while I save up money for the rocks.

4)    Price out concrete for extra parking space.
5)    Begin doing the furnace patch.  ETA1: this is going well, and may be near #3 soon.

     See above. yeesh.

6)    Mowing upkeep
7)    Goal: tree removal of in far back of current trees.  Really Awesome:  Planting of new trees in the yard.
              I changed this goal to be 'clear and mulch with cedar mulch 20ft along the fence'.  I accomplished this, and in 2016, I will try for another 20 ft.

1) Practice Putting up the Tent
2) Cut the remaining 8 poles.
3) $1200 for walls.

    In addition, Dad and I have adapted the old bed platform to a new bed kit.  It's a dream, and has under-bed storage, and little self-leveling taps on the legs to handle things like slopes and dips at the campsite.

I’m not going to specify working on Archery this year.  I would like to be able to put up the Archery Lane, but that’s not a garuntee in any event.  So instead, the Archery stuff is ‘rolled into’ the Landscaping list, albeit a bit hidden.

However, I *am* going to add the goals of:
    a) Creating a stumpwork piece, and entering it into at least one A&S contest.  And also:
    b) Remember to photograph the garden and the stumpwork as it is being completed.
                 I did take photos of the garden this year.  Posts tagged garden have a fair shot of having photos.  I'm still working sporadically on the stumpwork, but it's going pretty slowly, probably because there's a lot of cross-stitch in it. In lieu of, I stitched a piece of surface embroidery for a friend of mine, pictures of which can be found here. It was 80 hrs of work in about 3.5 months, and it was fun and amazingly cool... :)  Probably, I'll be doing another one sooner or later.

I’m rolling over every stitching thing this year.
    1) Finish my first commission piece for mmike.
    2) Work a small stumpwork kit this year
    3) See if I can make a small macramé item in enough quantities to work as either largesse or a site token.

        I've been looking at this, and I'm going to try Dorsett buttons for doing this.  These buttons have a long handmade history, with a definite 'beginning' and 'ending' point.  I'll have to practice, but if they're fairly easy and quick to make, this may be the key.

    4) Finish another Mag7 Doggie (I've taken this kit to work to work on my lunch hours)

         This didn't happen this year.  I am almost finished with a smaller kit featuring the sun and moon.  I also finished a smaller needlepoint.

    5) Sylvia's towel

         Crossing this one off - I never seem to get to it, towel is hard to stitch through, and I'm out of contact with Alex and Sylvia.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the towel I have done, or the one set up.  I'm not ready to pitch the towels, but I'm def. putting it on the back burner for a while.

    6) Laney's sampler (and no, I *didn't* set a single stitch on this last year, why do you ask?)

        ummmm   *looks completely innocent, and pulls out a picture of a friend's cat to prove it*

FANFIC - I rolled over everything from last year:
  1) I still... have those two essays on writing to finish!
  2) Finish Seventh Gift
  3) See if I can't make progress on the TS cross-over
  4) Upload stories to Dreamwidth, and AO3
  5) Start Projects on:
      a) LB!JD is actually a girl
      b) Alternate Ending to 'Something Wicked'
  6)  Contact Seremela and talk to her about permission to post LMG, since this story depends so heavily on hers.
  7) Finish slice-of-life stories
  8) Finish Highlander-AU first 3 stories
  9) The Bitter Glass (Green Day 'verse story)

              Same as last year - no progress made, everything will be rolled over.  I did take over for Randi for a bit earlier this year, when she had personal real life happen in the worst way, which was compounded by Snowmageddon.  I have a new-found appreciation for Randi's prompts!  It was a lot more work than I thought to come up with a new theme every week!  So let me take a moment to thank every single person in fandom who does work to keep our fandoms running.  Y'all are awesome, and directly or indirectly, have provided me with much entertainment over the years.

Personal ADMIN:
  1) Organize household items, including
       a) disaster kit
  2) Transfer data from old laptops to PC, when i get it.
  3) Make the database for my library
  4) File rest of bills from 2012 – and now, also 2013!... and now 2014...
  5) Convert VHS and audio tapes to updated platforms. (Contingent on buying platform converters)
  6) Make a list of cyclical maintenance duties and times due.

9) pay good chunk of personal CC

        Sad is that I haven't managed to do any of this.  Good is that the office project of the new shelf system will help tremendously.

  1) Make an exercise plan and stick to it, although be prepared to be flexible.
      a) Include Kinnect-X games, and
      b) Put Kinnect-Play on the Calender Schedule program with the household chore list.
  2)  take 2 classes a week at local gym, aerobics.
Notes: Ideal weight-loss should be 1-2 pounds a week.

    Again, I have nothing to say here.... move along...

FURNITURE PROJECTS (all rolled over):

1) Finish that silly chair!
      a) make two matching wood sides (this is a dremel-project, and includes finding my tools... somewhere in the purple room garage...)

  1) Acquire Garden Software to help Plan Garden and Gardening Stages.
  3) Acquire a VHS to DVD converter
  4) An audio-tape to CD converter,
  5) Replace professionally-produced products with the newer professionally-produced versions.
  6) Buy a new tv  (look, the old one is a 1994 Toshiba… that came with rabbit ears.  No lie.)
  7) Buy an XBOX 360
  8) Kinnect X
  9) Consider buying a household organization software
  10) Patio/Deck Design Software
  11) Household Design Software
  12) Get a calligraphy desk and comfortable chair
  13) Get a cabinet for use in that area
  14) computer desk kit
  15) lawn-leaf bag for mower
  16) tow-behind cart for mower
  17) Rocking Chair
  18) Ashley furniture set

19) Running boards, tonneau cover, and bed extender for Zeke
  20) New roof

And of course, I haven't been able to buy any of the wishlist items.  I did get a new couch for the living room, because with the guest room done, the futon went back to provide a bed.  Hopefully this year, the futon can be moved again to the office as the couch there.  I have a bright yellow slip-cover I'm going to put on it.  Then I'd like to get a bunk bed affair for the guest room.  I have 9ft ceilings, so this may be an interesting affair, but we'll see.

The other issue is that I kept having to get new stuff for the truck.  I swear I've bought the damned thing over what with the new replacement stuff.  Next time I buy a vehicle, it'll be a much newer vehicle.

And that's the state of the year, last year.  This weekend, I'll also post the 2016 To-Do List.

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