Stay Healthy! 

When your skin looks like a topographic map… you know it’s summer in New England. 

Yep. Lucy apparently got into some poison ivy, oak or sumac and then snuggled up next to me. GOOD TIMES! 

Weigh What I Weighed When We Got Married ...

Stay Healthy!  When your skin looks like a topographic map… you know it’s summer in New England.  Yep. Lucy apparently got into some poison ivy, oak or sumac and then snuggled up next to me. GOOD TIMES!  Weigh What I Weighed When We Got Married ...

Stay Healthy! 

When your skin looks like a topographic map… you know it’s summer in New England. 

Yep. Lucy apparently got into some poison ivy, oak or sumac and then snuggled up next to me. GOOD TIMES! 

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

Weigh-ins are the first Sunday of each month.

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 {a few days into the low iodine diet}
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 

In addition to his normal chores, I had the HH remove the crusty old light fixture that hung above our front door. This week we’ll hunt for a new one. Home improvements… they never seem to end.

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!}

The seeds I ordered from the Botanical Interests Summer sale arrived yesterday, but other than that, no new purchases. I’d really like to get going on the new washer and dryer set… but we have so many other projects going on right now, I think we’ll wait until the fall.

Things We’d Like to Buy

A dinghy 
Archery Set {every camp should have archery!} 

Kitchen table and chairs 


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}

Hey! I broke up with Facebook a few days ago. I deleted the app from my phone and deleted my online account and I couldn’t be happier.  I could write a whole post about why I did it… but instead of wasting my energy on that, I’d rather spend time in the garden.  

Unplugging is cool…. getting your life back is even better! 

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} {16 down, 8 to go!}

I made strawberry jam last week! Wahoooo. 

New recipes I’ve made this year:

Classic Strawberry Jam Recipe
Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe
Rhubarb Pineapple Pie
Creamy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
Chicken and Green Bean Casserole 
Chocolate Chip Sea Salt Cookies
Lemon Meringue Pie
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apples
White Beans and Ham
Tuna Wiggle 
Grilled Steak Tips with Garlic Butter
Seville Orange Marmalade
Jalapeno Cheddar No Knead Dutch Oven Bread
Hearty Cheeseburger Soup
Meatballs and Brown Gravy


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

No new books or audiobooks this week but I have plans to go to the library next week and check out their audiobook selection. 

Books about Maine {or written by Maine authors} I’ve read this year:

Christina Olson Her World Beyond the Canvas. 
Finding Freedom
Maine’s Favorite Birds
At First Light: Two Centuries of Maine Artists, Their Homes and Studios
Bernard Langlais at the Colby College Museum of Art
The 3,000 Mile Garden

Becoming Teddy Roosevelt 

Audiobooks I’ve listened to {or attempted to listen to} this year: 

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah {I give it a 10/10}

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig {I’d give it a 7/10}

Wintering by Katherine May {Hit the return button after 7 minutes}

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 located in the small town of Damariscotta, Maine and is only open a few months out of the year… so I will have to be super diligent if I’m going to try everything before the bakery closes shop at the end of summer.

This week the HH picked up a blueberry pie, a flat white sourdough, a baguette, a ginger cookie and some sort of delicious Swedish cookie that tasted sort of like a cookie, and sort of like shortbread. Everything was excellent! 

So Far I’ve tried the following items from Head Tide Oven in Damariscotta, Maine:

Sourdough Bread 
Flat Sourdough Bread
Ginger Cookie x2
Swedish Cookie
Lemon Thyme Pie 
Blueberry Pie

Get the Photos on My Phone Down to Less Than 1,000 {started the year with 2863 photos}

Currently at 2,236 photos… but I’ve got to the end of the year, right? 

Clean Out My Closet

This is a totally boring goal, I know, but I still haven’t worn about 50% of the clothing in my closet this year which is kind of surprising. I mean, I know I pretty  much wear the same thing everyday… but still.

My House Projects For This Year

The entire {new} craft room has been painted out white and all my supplies have been moved in and for the most part, I’m ready to get back to making stuff. 

My next big project though, is to paint the outside of the house. I suspect it will take up the entire month of July, but as long as I get it finished by the fall, I’ll be happy. The HH is in charge of prepping the siding and running to the hardware store for paint. Team work. It’s all about the team work. Ha!  

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 think I’m all set on garden improvement projects until fall. So for now, all I need to do is keep the garden weeded and start a few seeds for fall {cabbage, broccoli and beets}. 

Still left on the list:

Install a simple flower bed border in front of the house {Done}
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 
Clean up and prune the area that faces the road

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 7756 sales on Etsy}. Only 2224 to go! 

I added a few more wool bundles to my Etsy shop on Friday and will be working on more wool bundles this week. 

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

New Rug Hooking Kits I’ve Created This Year:

Cape Cod 1829 New England Whale and Sailboat
Nantucket Whale
1820 Flower Basket
Bunny Love
Old Mr. Squirrel

Create 12 New Ornaments for 2021

2021 Ornaments I’ve Made So Far

#1  Ladybug Heart 
#2 Strawberry

#3 Mr. Turkey

#4 Whale Tails

#5 Bee Skep

#6 Loon

#7 Simple White Cross

#8 Miniature Candy Canes

#9 Miniature Red Mittens

2021 Garlands I’ve Made So Far

#1 Heart Garlands

#2 Bunny Garlands

#3 Strawberry Garlands

#4 Whale Tail Garlands

Discover 12 Made in Maine Products and Share Them on the Blog

Made in Maine Products I’ve Discovered in 2021:

Hearth and Harrow Tea Towels in Rockport, Maine
Royal Rose Syrups in Newcastle, Maine
Ash Cove Pottery in Harpswell, Maine
Uncas Farms Pure Maple Syrup

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:

West Quoddy Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, Maine

Lighthouses I’ve Been to in Maine Before 2021:

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
Marshall Point Lighthouse
Portland Head Light

Other places in Maine We’ve Been to This Year Are:

Owls Head General Store
Hedgerow Market in Martinsville, Maine
Longfellow’s Greenhouses and Nursery in Manchester, Maine
Fresh Off The Farm in Rockport, Maine
Wasses Hot Dogs in Rockland, Maine
Langlais Sculpture Preserve – Cushing, Maine
McLoons Lobster Shack

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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