Not enough hours in a day…

I know I haven’t blogged lately (over two and a half months). I’m actually surprised that people are still viewing my blog.  So I guess it’s about time that I start blogging again. After a wonderful lunch on Friday with two of my retired friends, I decided that since I do enjoy blogging I should make my way back to it. I have not stopped gardening or creating projects, which is why I’ve just been too busy to blog.

As you know, if you’ve been following this blog, I quit teaching. Actually I retired; I won’t go back. Not that I didn’t love working with children and it wasn’t incredibly rewarding, it just became too much. I certainly have other reasons too that I’ll share with you someday.

This was my first time not starting school since I can remember.  I was excited for more time to focus on me.  My sister-in-law did invite me to the beach the first week of school to help ease the transition. What better way to kick off the new school year than with a trip to the beach? As it turned out, I even got the chance to witness sea turtles being excavated on what would have been my first day with students at the EXACT time students would have been arriving.  That truly was amazing!

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After I got back from the beach, I had high expectations for my time. I thought I would have all the time in the world to blog and garden. As it turns out, I just don’t. I am not sure how I keep finding things to do or people to visit, but I still find there are not enough hours in a day. I’ve just been filling my days with stuff I love to do. This is happiness.

What am I most proud of? The time that I now have to dedicate to working out and taking care of myself. I started a challenge at my local gym called “Project Pounds Away.” It’s similar to “The Biggest Loser.” We train twice a week as a team, have team challenges, and ‘homework’. I also started Yoga and Zumba!  I’m not crazy about the Total Body class I take on Tuesdays or The Mixx class I take on Thursdays, but I do them anyway.

Anyone that knows me knows this is beyond my comfort zone and that’s why I’m proud. I usually don’t sign up for group things with people I don’t know. I usually don’t take group classes like Zumba and Yoga, let alone by myself. This post by Pink Runner certainly helped a bit. However, I’ve learned something about myself in recent months- I’ve learned that I love meeting new people and most things aren’t worth worrying about. I’ve let go of just about all the negativity in my life and I’ve been going by the quote: “Sometimes, you just have to show up.” So, that’s what I’ve been doing and so far it’s been working out great.

Hopefully that catches you up a bit on what I’ve been doing. So, even though there are not enough hours in the day, I’m hoping to blog more. 🙂

~ Sondra

 

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Gardening Summer Bucket List

Since it rained just about all day, I didn’t work outside today. Instead, I have created a “Gardening Summer Bucket List” in hopes that I actually accomplish more projects around the garden. Last year, I didn’t do as much as I wanted to do because I simply did not make a list. So, here goes…

  • Build blueberry boxes around my blueberry bushes so they have more soil
  • Make a ladybug house out of sticks and hope spiders don’t find it! Ladybugs are good for the garden- spiders, not so much.
  • Mulch around flower beds (hoping to cross this off this week)
  • Cover raspberries (with a cage)- out of old materials of course!
  • Build a tire retaining wall- This is really Tony’s project. Since Tony works on cars too, we have a lot of old tires sitting around. Hoping to recycle some of these instead of sending them to a landfill.
  • Keep up with the garden (that’s the picture from 2012, it looks a bit different now, but it’s still the same goal).

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  • Trim trees above shed for more sunlight
  • Put lights up/ wire electric, so I can spend more time in the garden
  • Stain fence – clear coat to protect it
  • Post about glass plate flowers (yes, I’ve already made these, but haven’t posted)
  • Attend Mud Sale!  Lancaster county is the best place for Amish Mud Sales. One is coming up in two weeks. It’s the best auction for plants, crafts, and antiques.
  • Work on making more decorative planters- There are some really great ideas here, but of course I will post mine at some point. (The picture below is from 2012 also, I have different plans for the year)

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  • Visit a yard sale just to find planters
  • Organize my garden shed- It.is.a.mess. I found some great ideas- Better Homes and Gardens offers some GREAT tips!
  • Create door knob hooks outside
  • Make sweet tea- from apple mint plants. I know there are tons of benefits to apple mint too!
  • Repaint garden shutter boxes- the paint is beginning to chip
  • Trellis made out of old ladder for cantaloupe and watermelon
  • Visit habitat for humanity store and find a project to make
  • Create garden markers using circuit- I really like the idea of using wooden spoons. I wonder if I can find those at a yard sale.
  • Garden with my nieces and nephews- They always love it!
  • Visit mom’s garden and do a blog post- My mom has a pretty large garden and they are expanding each year.
  • Pick cherries at a local orchard- I always pick cherries at Cherry Hill Orchard. Cherry picking season is now! There is about a 2 week window, then sour cherries come in at the end of the month.
  • Make jam
  • Can peaches! I love the idea of fresh peaches all year! And I know what I’m putting in them! I found useful canning tips on Simple Bites. 
  • Canning with my aunt- we will probably make salsa, but she cans so much! I have a lot to learn from her.

My personal (non gardening) Bucket List:

Along with my “Summer Bucket List” board on Pinterest, here are a few more:

  • Cruise to the Bahamas! I am so excited for this!
  • Florida visit with Grandmother
  • Make a pillow case dress for my niece
  • Spend time on the deck making s’mores (please ignore the broom..lol)

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  • Shaving cream water slide (I know one of my nieces or nephews would love this)
  • A milkshake from Son’s– They have a TON of milkshake flavors, but my favorite is Oreo! Yummy!
  • We also just bought a camper at a permanent place, so I am hoping to reupholster all the cushions, make the curtains, and paint the inside (it’s a little dated)

Needless to say, I have a lot on my list! I am a little ambitious.  I am super excited to blog about it too. Do you have a summer bucket list? If so, do you have anything I should add?