My Big List of Things I’m Going to Do in 2021 – Week 43 of 52

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Stay Healthy! 

Hello Fall. You look beautiful. The long walks with Lucy have started up again and with the daylight hours getting shorter, I think it’s more important than ever to get her outside and worn out before dark. She’s kind of like a toddler that way. You need to wear her out or they get a little crazy in the evenings. 

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 

The grass seed the HH planted after removing those two trees and leveling the area off has finally sprouted! The evening temps have been pretty cool lately so I wasn’t sure if it was going to work… but it did. 

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

The next big project on the honey do list is getting the boat out of the water. We’ll have to take the boat over to the public launch, get it on the trailer and haul it home {something we’ve never done before}. And then comes the fun part, pulling the floating dock up with a winch. 

The HH decided to buy a winch and do it himself rather than pay “dock guy” to do it. If we are able to pull the floating dock up ourselves, the winch will pay for itself after only 2 1/2 uses, plus, we’ll have a winch. 

Our neighbor {who’s a sailor} said he’d come over a supervise, so hopefully everything will work out. Learning something new is always a challenge, but being able to do something yourself, and saving a boatload of money in the long run, is pretty cool too. 

This year’s honey do list:

  • 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

It wasn’t on my original list but I bought myself a set of “In the Forest” Mason Cash mixing bowls I had my eye on after one of my big rugs sold. Aren’t those little foxes adorable? 

  • 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}

It was a good week in the “unplugged” department. Less time on the internet, and lot’s of fresh air. 

  • 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 2 recipes! Chicken and roasted butternut squash casserole and roasted potatoes with sausage

I have shared 31 new recipes this year.

New recipes I’ve made this year:

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

No new books this past week but I did watch The New Victoria for the first time and it was lovely. 

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}

I probably don’t need this photo anymore. It was to remind me to look up “To Die For” dips because we bought one at Harman’s Cheese Shop in New Hampshire over 2 years ago and it was awesome. Last night I tried looking for the dip website but it was gone. Maybe they went out of business? Anyone know for sure? Man, it was a really good cheese dip too. 🙁

*I currently have 1270 photos on my phone. 

Clean Out My Closet

Yesterday was pretty chilly and so I wore a sweater. Now I only have 18 more hangers to turn around in my closet before the end of the year. 

My House Projects For This Year

I still need to finish painting the side of the house… but I think I’ll wait until next spring. I’m so done with painting right now. 

  • Figure out new window treatments for the back of the house
  • Come up with a game plan for the kitchen remodel {for 2022} {working on it!}
  • 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

The only thing left on my garden to-do list is plant 4,000 flower bulbs. WHENEVER THEY GET HERE! Hopefully I won’t be planting them in the snow. 

My worker man still has a few projects though, clear the brush along the deck, and finish pruning the area that faces the road. Birdhouse birdhouse building, I think we’ll save that for December. 

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 8657 sales on Etsy}. Only 1343 to go!

That means I’ll have to sell 19.46 items a day until the end of the year to hit my goal.  I believe in miracles. 🙂 

Create 12 New Rug Hooking Patterns or Kits {13 so far this year!} DONE!

On Friday I added two more rug hooking patterns/kits to my collection, both were my adaptations of Doreen Frost patterns; The Pumpkin Ladye & Her Deare Companion and Olde Heritage Turkey. This means I can check this goal off my list. Yee-Haw!

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

Create 12 New Ornaments for 2021 Done!

This week I added a few angels and some simple white trees. 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

Casco Bay Soap Company! Maine right here in Maine. I’ve had my eye on these soaps for a while now and I’m excited to give them a try. I’ll be placing my order later today, I’ll let you know how I like them. 🙂

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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