For the next month or so I expect nothing will get done toward this goal. W is preparing for a show at a local sporting goods store. I will wait patiently until this is over so we can then focus on the house.
2. Plan Ahead for Birthday and Holiday Gifts
I have decided on books for the younger children in our families for birthdays. I ordered the first one from Amazon for a February birthday. By planning ahead of time I was able to choose no rush shipping.
3. Use the Garden to be More Self-Sufficient
I spent the weekend going through the seeds I already have and making a list of what I need to order this year. I have been browsing the seed catalogs and am trying to keep myself from going crazy. Those seed catalogs are dangerous!
4. Take One Class a Month
I finished the first lesson of Designing Elegant Edible Gardens. I am not sure that my garden will ever be described as elegant. I am getting some helpful tips and ideas from the class.
5. Pack Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes on a Budget
I bought some organza bags to hold the bracelets I already have for the girl shoeboxes. I am tentatively planning to do 50 girl boxes so I will have leftover bags and bracelets for next year. These are a bit of a splurge item, but I think they make the bracelets more special.
I also had a question about the wash cloths I crochet. I have done a couple of patterns over the years. I have settled on one I made up myself (light green one in the picture below). I chain 27 stitches. I do a row of single crochet, 17 rows of half double crochet, and one last row of single crochet. It makes a nice size wash cloth. I made one of these this week.
I spent an hour sorting through the items that I already have on hand. It helps give me an idea of what I need to buy. It will also help me when it comes time to pack the boxes as things are better organized.
6. Boost Savings
I am still chipping away at the credit card debt. I put some of the grocery savings from the pantry challenge toward the credit card debt this past week!