Goals for 2010 – Update #3

So, I wanted to update my 2010 [and beyond] goals…this will be the last update for this list. I wasn’t successfully in everything, but did accomplish a lot. Here is my list again with my comments in red (or where I’ve blogged about it the link is blue):

  • Read through the whole Bible
  • Get certified to foster again – we are working on this now, but it is on the back burner again while we are trying to sell our house
  • Begin the adoption process
  • Print black and white photos and get them framed for my b&w project – this is on hold until we sell our house (it’s not wise to put more holes in the wall to hang pictures when we’ll just have to take them down before we put the house on the market).
  • Eat something I’ve never tried before – COMPLETED – Quinoa
  • Build a snowman – COMPLETED on 2/12 [my birthday] when it snowed about an inch at our house
  • Go visit Angie in Denver – this is scheduled for the end of January 2011!
  • Go out west with David and Brad – COMPLETED – May/June 2010
  • Learn how to oil paint
  • See the Grand Canyon – COMPLETED – May/June 2010!
  • Volunteer somewhere
  • Go to Disney – COMPLETED – December 2010
  • Christmas carol at nursing homes on Christmas Eve – COMPLETED – December 2010
  • Get better at photography
  • Work on our photography website
  • Buy an antique
  • Paint our whole house (inside) – COMPLETED – Fall 2010
  • Go see Samford (basketball) play an away game – COMPLETED 2/27/10 we played Appalachian State in Boone, NC…and saw TONS of snow at the same time
  • Plant a garden – COMPLETED – Summer 2010
  • Do some canning with the vegetables grown in my garden
  • Be successful with a compost pile
  • Send thank you notes for things I wouldn’t normally send them for – worked on this in 2010
  • Get better at sewing – I sewed more in 2010, not sure I’m actually better
  • Keep my car clean – so maybe this isn’t possible, I might just remove this from the list
  • Make my own laundry detergentCOMPLETED 1/9/2010
  • Make my own dish washing detergent – COMPLETED 1/4/2010
  • Make a piece of jewelry
  • Lose 25 pounds
  • Spend Thanksgiving camping somewhere – COMPLETEDNovember 2010, Pine Mntn, GA
  • Drive to NC to cut down our Christmas tree – COMPLETED – December 2010
  • Camp at Oak Mountain – COMPLETED 2/19 to 2/21, and July 2010
  • Learn to speak Spanish
  • Buy an old/ugly piece of furniture and refinish it
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables
  • Cook at home 5 nights a week
  • Go see Samford’s football team play FSU at FSU (fall 2010) – COMPLETED – Fall 2010
  • Get our house ready to sell – it’s on the market as of October 2010
  • Move out into the country
  • Write a letter to our 3 Compassion kids quarterly – only did this once in 2010 😦
  • Get some chickens (once we move to the country) for fresh eggs
  • Create a blog to sell the things I make
  • Knit a scarf (and actually finish it)
  • Give handmade Christmas presents – I did this (crayon rolls and dish mats)
  • Make some more bird houses
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Let’s make some soap

I had some girlfriends over a few weeks ago to teach them all how to make laundry detergent. This was one of my Goals for 2010 and I’m happy to report that we’ve used my homemade detergent almost exclusively since January 1st. I have a container of commercial detergent in the laundry room for the times that I run out of the homemade stuff and don’t have time to make it, but still have laundry to do.

The recipe makes a large portion, so since January I’ve only had to make it three times.
I’ve posted to recipe before (click here), so this post will just document it in pictures.
Cast of characters – Fels Naptha, Borax and Washing Soda
Cut up the Fels Naptha

Once the Fels Naptha melts, then you stir in the washing soda and borax. Stir until it’s melted (this part only takes about a minute). Then pour into a plastic storage container (it must have a lid). Then add additional water.

David helped stir.

My batch needed some more water. If you can’t tell, the wooden spoon is sticking straight up in the soap. It gels pretty hard, but you can add however much water you want to make it to the consistency you like.


Overall, I’m very happy with this detergent. It saves a ton of money and cleans very well. I do use Oxy Clean in addition to the detergent but only when washing David’s baseball uniforms and practice clothes. I just think it helps get the extra dirty stains out.

Goals for 2010 – Update #2

I listed an update to my 2010 goals here. Well, I’ve started working on another one of them recently:

Send thank you notes for things I wouldn’t normally send them for

I (almost always try to) send (handwritten) thank you notes for normal stuff (gifts, meals provided when I had my surgeries, favors people do for me, etc). If you are reading this and I haven’t formally sent you a hand written notice consider this my apology because I forgot (or thought I had already done so).

Anyhow…..sending other random thank you notes is what I really wanted to do this year. And I sent one today.
Here’s the story: I was super sick last week and went to the doctor. In this doctor’s office is a pharmacy. I went to the pharmacist before I was even seen by the doctor and explained that I didn’t have my insurance (Rx) card and couldn’t even remember who my prescription insurance was through. I know, awesome, right. Talk about being prepared. I was feeling awful and I wondered if she could figure out who my insurance was with by the time I was finished seeing the doctor. The sweet lady took my information and I told her I previously have had Rx’s filled at Walmart and CVS.
In the exam room I saw a great young doctor (intern possibly). I got stuck 3 times by a nurse (who sucked) that couldn’t find any veins in my body. Got my head x-ray’d. Had a q-tip jammed so far up my nose I thought it was touching my brain. Had another q-tip pushed to the back of my throat it almost made me vomit. And fell asleep on the exam table (I was in there for about 90 minutes all together). After all the lab stuff was done they determined I had a pretty serious sinus infection. Another nurse came in and gave me two shots and told me to go to the pharmacy to have my Rx’s filled.
By the time I walked from the exam room to the pharmacy (a whole 30 seconds) the sweet pharmacist already had all 4 of my Rx’s filled and just told me what I owed. I paid my bill and left.
I seriously think this was the best customer service I’ve had. Ever. I was feeling terrible and feeling like my head was going to explode….so to be able to walk up and pay for my Rx’s was just the best thing ever.
So, my first random (handwritten) thank you note when to that pharmacist. She went above and beyond what I would ever expect to provide excellent customer service. I don’t have any monthly Rx’s, but I will get all my new Rx’s filled at this pharmacy going forward. It’s a small place and I liked the service and the home town feel.
If you live in my area….it’s the U-Save Pharmacy next to the YMCA across from Greystone.

Goals for 2010 – Update #1

So, my father-in-law asked me recently how I was coming along with my 2010 [and beyond] goals. Here is my list again with my comments in red:

  • Read through the whole Bible
  • Get certified to foster again – we are working on this now
  • Begin the adoption process
  • Print black and white photos and get them framed for my b&w project – this is on hold until we sell our house (it’s not wise to put more holes in the wall to hang pictures when we’ll just have to take them down before we put the house on the market).
  • Eat something I’ve never tried before
  • Build a snowman – COMPLETED on 2/12 [my birthday] when it snowed about an inch at our house
  • Go visit Angie in Denver
  • Go out west with David and Brad – our trip is scheduled for the end of May 2010!
  • Learn how to oil paint
  • See the Grand Canyon – our trip it scheduled for the end of May 2010!
  • Volunteer somewhere
  • Go to Disney
  • Christmas carol at nursing homes on Christmas Eve
  • Get better at photography
  • Work on our photography website
  • Buy an antique
  • Paint our whole house (inside)
  • Go see Samford (basketball) play an away game – COMPLETED 2/27/10 we played Appalachian State in Boone, NC…and saw TONS of snow at the same time
  • Plant a garden
  • Do some canning with the vegetables grown in my garden
  • Be successful with a compost pile
  • Send thank you notes for things I wouldn’t normally send them for
  • Get better at sewing
  • Keep my car clean – so maybe this isn’t possible, I might just remove this from the list
  • Make my own laundry detergent – COMPLETED 1/9/2010
  • Make my own dish washing detergent – COMPLETED 1/4/2010
  • Make a piece of jewelry
  • Lose 25 pounds
  • Spend Thanksgiving camping somewhere
  • Drive to NC to cut down our Christmas tree
  • Camp at Oak Mountain – COMPLETED 2/19 to 2/21
  • Learn to speak Spanish
  • Buy an old/ugly piece of furniture and refinish it
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables
  • Cook at home 5 nights a week
  • Go see Samford’s football team play FSU at FSU (fall 2010)
  • Get our house ready to sell
  • Move out into the country
  • Write a letter to our 3 Compassion kids quarterly
  • Get some chickens (once we move to the country) for fresh eggs
  • Create a blog to sell the things I make
  • Knit a scarf (and actually finish it)
  • Give handmade Christmas presents
  • Make some more bird houses