My Big List of Things I’m Going to Do in 2021 – Week 34 of 52

My Big List of Things I’m Going to Do in 2021 – Week 34 of 52

Stay Healthy! 

Exercise this past week has mostly consisted of harvesting seaweed from the mudflats and hauling it up the hill to the lasagna garden in a wheelbarrow. I still have about 5 more trips back and forth before I get this next layer finished, but I’m getting there, slowly but surely.

Weigh What I Weighed When We Got Married  {128 pounds}

Weigh-ins are the first Sunday of each month.

  • 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 HH spent most of his extra time this past week playing with the wood chipper and mowing. And when he wasn’t paying attention, I added on a new 5’x12′ section to the lasagna garden. I’m calling it the “pepper” section. 

Now all I need is a “corn” and “squash” section and I should be ready to go for next year’s gardening season. 🙂 

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

  • 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

The new clothesline arrived yesterday but seeing how a hurricane {although it never seems to be a hurricane by the time it reaches us} is on the horizon, we are going to hold off on installing it for a few days. Better to be safe than sorry I suppose. 

  • 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}

This past week was pretty low tech. I didn’t even watch a single movie. I did read every page of a local paper though so that was pretty exciting. When was the last time you read a newspaper? 

Unplugging is cool…. 

  • 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} {22 down, 2 to go!}

A few days ago I shared a recipe for Savory Tomato Jam. It was so good, I made a second batch on Friday. 

New recipes I’ve made this year:


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

I started 1 audiobook a few days ago but gave up after about 45 minutes and tossed it on our return pile for the library. I did read an awesome article about a 101 year old lobsterwoman though and it made me smile.  {Thanks for the link Susan!}.

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 

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

The HH stopped by Head Tide Oven at to pick up a pie but all the pies were gone {after only being open for 10 min!} and so no big pie for me. 🙁 

He did manage to get a loaf of green olive sourdough and two little hand pies for me though {blueberry and lemon}. I think all that’s left to get is a chocolate babka, the candied orange peel and a seasonal pie or two {If we can get one}. 

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 am down to 1246 photos! That’s the lowest its ever been!! 🙂 Also, it was a good week for crabs.

Clean Out My Closet

Working on it.

My House Projects For This Year

My current home project is preparing for winter. 🙂 And that means stocking up on everything I think we might need in case there is a major blizzard {or something like that}. This past week I canned 2 batches of Savory Tomato Jam and a double batch of Zucchini Relish {it goes great on weenies and tossed in with chicken or tuna salad. 

And in case you’re wondering, I used Weck canning jars this time around. I prefer the quality of the Weck jars to Ball as the glass is much thicker and I have found that in the long run, they are a better investment. 

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

I am still working on my bulb order from Van Engelen. I think I’m close though and now I just have to decide on my indoor bulbs. I had hoped to have a bunch of birdhouses installed in the field this year, but since I decided to put a lasagna garden there instead, we are going to have to install them somewhere else.

The HH hasn’t built any of them yet, but that’s okay, there will be plenty of time this winter. 

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 {fall project}
  • 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 {Why 2,500? It seemed like a good number to start with}

Reach 10,000 Sales on Etsy {as of this morning I’ve made 8122 sales on Etsy}. Only 1878 to go! 

My kitchen table is currently stacked with wool! Hopefully by the end of the day I’ll have it listed on Etsy. 🙂

Create 12 New Rug Hooking Patterns or Kits {5 down 7 to go}

It’s been a busy week and I am chugging along at finishing up a few new pieces to list on Etsy. I still have a few more pillows to stuff and pumpkin heads to back and new kits to photograph, but hopefully I can get it all done within the next day or two {and then move on to my next project}. 

New Rug Hooking Kits I’ve Created This Year:

Create 12 New Ornaments for 2021 Done!

I finished a new brown hen ornament this week but forgot to snap a photo {oh no!} so I’ll have to show you next week instead. 

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

Part of me feels like I am slacking a little with this goal, but the other part of me knows I’m holding back a wee bit because I plan on doing a few “Maine” giveaways later this year and don’t want to spoil the surprise. 🙂 

Made in Maine Products I’ve Discovered in 2021:

Visit 6 Lighthouses in Maine

2 down, 4 to go! 

Lighthouse adventures have been put on hold until the fall {when tourist season is over} and that’s fine by me. 🙂 

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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