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17 for 2017 May Round Up

May seems to have flown by, and some of the things that happened this month were not on my list of goals but they happened anyway! I think because we we were so busy, some things got forgotten, or at least pushed aside, so that other things could take priority. It doesn’t matter, because a lot was still achieved.

17 cupboards/drawers/storage areas sorted (10)

Because we decorated our room, several areas in there were sorted (some of which had not seen the light of day for 3 years!) I’ve bagged up a lot of clothes for the charity shop, and so has Mr C. Sorting through made me really consider which things needed to be kept and which things really wouldn’t be missed at all. It feels good to have a little more space (although that space still looks a little bedraggled as we are waiting for the furniture to arrive). We also had to do some sorting in the childrens’ room as they got a bunk bed. There were tears from my 3 year old as we dismantled her cot, but there are no complaints now at bedtime as she has more space for sleeping star shaped in her big girl’s bed! (Not to mention the hundreds of teddies she stashes in there.)

16 new recipes tried (6)

Still no more progress, I’ve been so focused on the redecorating and then nursing Mr C after his operation that it’s been mainly salads, jacket potatoes and chilli. However, I did win the raffle at Slimming World and am now the proud owner of a cook’s blowtorch and brulee kit. Watch this space for blow torched kitchen creations!

15 minutes per day on household admin

Still plodding along nicely. Although I will confess to forgetting to order my son’s hot lunches for next week. He is very pleased to be having packed lunches for a week! (He needn’t get used to it, whilst school lunches are free he’s having them. Also, I think he may be disappointed that Mummy’s pack ups do not include ‘gooey chocolate pudding’ like the school dinners do occasionally.)

14 blog posts per month

17 blog posts in May, that’s not bad considering how busy I was.

13 tutorial posts in the year (6)

I managed to add one more, in the shape of the basket pattern. I only write tutorials if I think they’re interesting or useful, though and this month I’ve been more focused on working on projects that are from patterns rather than creating my own.

12 frugal things

We were pretty good this month, we bought several things on sale that we needed (I much prefer to buy better quality things in a sale if I know it’s something we will use a lot, rather than making a very cheap purchase). We also priced up a bedroom carpet and then went to a local, family run, carpet warehouse where we purchased a lovely thick carpet with underlay for two thirds of the price of a well known store. They were very friendly (and it hadn’t changed a bit since I got my bedroom carpet from there as a child!) We also did some more trading with allotment neighbours and got some onion sets.

11 photos of the whole family (1)

No more this month, hopefully we will get some good photos over the summer.

10 comments/likes/both on other blog posts per day

I’m still working on this quite nicely; if I miss a day I try to catch up so it averages out.

9 crochet projects completed (6)

I completed the mermaid tail blanket in May, and there are several things on the hook for June too.

8 times more spent setting up photos than taking them

Now the evenings are lighter, I’ve been using the conservatory and patio for my photos more. I have purchased a couple of things to use as photo props too, and am trying to take better photos. The light box hasn’t even been out this month, but the light in the conservatory is preferable to the artificial lights anyway. I’m trying to take less wonky photos as well. The thing I’m still not so keen on is Mr C’s camera as it takes longer to set up. Perhaps whilst he’s off work he can teach me how to use it!

7 patterns written (2)

I’m a little behind on this, although I did manage to produce one (the basket pattern).

6 new places visited (3)

No new places this month, sadly. Weekends were taken up with decorating and the allotment. We are looking at places to visit over the summer already though.

5 outings with friends organised (3)

We had a baby shower for one of my friends the other weekend, and I met up with her again whilst Mr C was having his operation to take my mind off it. We went shopping and then had lunch in the park. A good month for seeing friends, hopefully we can organise something in June too.

4 cards made per month

I think I managed this one ok after some experimenting with the chevron stencil and a couple of other little cards. I’m still tending to make as I need them rather than building up a stash though. Maybe I need to consider whether that is just my style and accept it!


3 seasons of harvesting on the allotment

This is still going well. We’ve set some late onions and the last rows of parsnips are in, so we should be harvesting the first of the summer crops (strawberries and new potatoes) very shortly, and be able to keep harvesting until at least Christmas! Exciting times here.


2 workouts per week

Nope. Not good. When we were decorating, the evenings (workout times) were spent sorting and helping Mr C, and the last week or so has been too hot. I am missing the exercise though so I need to sort myself out.

1 Slimming World Target certificate

Another couple of pounds off, but not enough to make a dent in my target. Perhaps as things settle a bit more here I will regain my focus. (All of the lovely fruit and veg from the allotment will help too!)

0 unnecessary craft purchases

I’ve still remained pretty restrained, as my birthday gifts were mainly craft related so I got my fix that way! The Wool Warehouse vouchers my friends bought me went a very long way too, thanks to the Drops sale they had on.

Well, it’s becoming very clear where I am doing well with my goals and where I am doing pretty badly indeed (or just flagging slightly). No stress though, seven more months left in the year and plenty of time to catch up. Also, I’m pretty chuffed with some of the things I’ve achieved, particularly on the decluttering front.

How are your goals going? Are they long forgotten, are you tracking daily, or are you floating somewhere in the middle like me?

19 thoughts on “17 for 2017 May Round Up

  1. Hello,
    I am very impressed with the sheer number of goals you have set, I feel good if I set and/or meet one goal a month. I think I need to take a page from your book and at least try to set more goals.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  2. WHEW!!! you have been busy!!! I am sure it feels good to get so many things accomplished. Well done!. Glad to hear your husband is doing well. Your card is adorable. I am horrible for building up stashes and I also tend to make them as I need them. lol It works for me! Have a fabulous weekend =)

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  3. What a busy month you had!! I like how you have a year vision for you goals. I’m not quite ready for that. I’m glad I have a reasonable idea for what I would like to do in a month – even then I end up throwing some of them out the window when something that seems more interesting pops up! Good job! As far as exercising/working out I’m pretty sure the work on the bedroom renovations could count! There was weight lifting involved and I bet there was plenty of aerobics done too!! πŸ™‚

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  4. Very impressed. You may have inspired me to write down my progress each month – when it’s written down you can actually see you’ve done real things rather than the vague ‘erm…..’ you say when someone asks what you’ve been up to. !

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