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    I'm going to try and do one thing a day to move me towards my wishes. Just one thing and I should be able to do most of my wishes by the end of the year.

    Today...

    5. Update wardrobe (by sewing fabric at hand…and knitting, etc.)
    - I sorted through my patterns and selected the ones that still fit that I am interested in sewing. Not much to choose from. I may hit the Jan. 3rd sale at Fabricland to shop for separates patterns in half sizes. I'm a weird size now...half size and petite!

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    Peanut, Yes I like birds! I've been a birder since I was about 10 years old. I would like to attract more to our property. We live in the country beside a creek and have trees and open fields.

    It's interesting to see the common thread running through each set of wishes: needlework, cooking, decorating, animals, etc.

    I want to do something every day like Peanut said, and post my progress reports like she does. I just love reading those.

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    Okay, my first ten are things I am pretty sure I could get done in a year. My next ten are definitely in the "wish" category:

    11. Run a marathon
    12. Learn to play a musical instrument (preferably piano)
    13. Take a class in ballroom dancing
    14. Get canine good citizen certification for all three dogs
    15. Get something published
    16. Start a new specialty job within my agency (preferably fire investigator)
    17. Get re-certified in CPR
    18. Become a Noah's Wish volunteer
    19. Get back up to running speed and resume my old five-mile runs
    20. [reserved for later]

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    Wow! Madhen, I knew you could come up with 20 if you tried! Some of them are big ones, but if you brainstorm ways of doing them (which I hope we'll all help each other with on this thread), then you may come up with creative solutions.

    I don't know if you have a piano. I wish you lived closer. I'd give you mine. We're looking for a good home for it at the moment. It was on my original Twenty Wishes list...until I realized I simply didn't have time for it and much preferred listening to good music. That and doing my handwork!

    Also, does publishing on the Internet count? You have a unique set of skills/interests that might be of interest to people living in the country. Maybe there's some blog where you can do guest articles or something. I think Suite101.com pays for articles. Must be others out there...

    And running is just a case of making time for it...or is it? Is this going to be hampered by all the injuries you had this year?

    How much does it cost do get re-certified in CPR? Seems like that would be a logical thing to do as you live in the country.

    One of the things I do when I look at my list is figure out what the cost of all my wishes is going to be. Or rather, relative to one another. I do the cheap/free ones first. The ones I have stuff in the house to do. Then I plot out the more expensive ones. I work at all the wishes simultaneously (as you've noticed in my posts). That way I don't spend too much money on my wishes at any one time.
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    Daylily: my dad used to be a wildlife biologist. He studied birds for awhile for the federal government. My childhood was spent birdwatching in some pretty out of the way places! It was so much fun.

    When I had my own family I took my girls out a few years in a row to take part in the Annual Christmas Bird Count. That was interesting too. I had no idea there was such a variety of birds this far north in winter! I think there's a Backyard Feeder Bird Count too at some point in the year. At least in Canada there is.

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    miss_thrifty: does "prim" mean primitive? If so, have you seen this site? Some interesting ideas that a crafty person might be able to make themselves.

    Also, knitting cables can be time consuming if you go the way of using cable needles. But I saw an Elizabeth Zimmermann DVD where she shows how to use your hands to hold the stitches while you knit the ones you need, and then just pick up the ones from your hand and continue. I'm going to try that and see if I can get it to work with standard North American style knitting. EZ knits continental.

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    Thanks, peanut,

    I hadn't thought about publishing on the Internet. Have to consider that....

    Running is out right now, due to my July back injury. I can barely walk 1/2 mile, and the doctor has limited my physical activity to bare minimum until March to allow my back to heal. By then, I'll be COMPLETELY out of running shape.

    I don't think the re-cert in CPR is very much. Red Cross may even do it for free. I'd REALLY like to get certified as an EMT, but I'll start with CPR this year.

    I was thinking that I need to write these down somewhere that I can see them daily, so I can work toward accomplishing them. Some of them require money, and some just require discipline. I don't have enough of either right now.

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    P.S. Thank you for the wishful thinking on the piano. I've always wanted one. I used to sit wistfully, when I was a child, while my best friend had her piano lessons. Something magical about those black and white keys....

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    peanut - yeah im going to look to see if I can get leftover material and some pillows at value village. id like to get a nice pattern maybe on sale at a material shop.
    Oh i have lots of primitive sites with great ideas. thanks for ur link i never had that one. yeah I would like full prim but with renting u cant change the colour on walls for the next couple of years. and so far uve seent he wood stuff hubby makes me as prim. Ill keep picking some up and gathering ideas .
    and for the cable- i have that little short cable needle. Heather aka yankeemom has used it and says its easy. last year i was suppose to make cables and never got to do it, no patience lol
    The wrapping yarn around fingers sounds intersting. Did u say u've tried it?

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    Okay let's see how many i can come up with

    1. Use my sewing machine
    2. loom knit a pair of socks
    3. have an extra massage a month
    4. read a non-fiction book a quarter
    5. cooking and baking more from scratch
    6. replace the carpeting in my condo
    7. replace my bathtub
    8. loom knit a sweater for myself
    9. purchase some new shoes
    10. Wear skirts and dresses in the spring
    11. Soak my feet on a regular basis
    12. Make a special dinner on movie night
    13. Make homemade pasta
    14. finish reading the books in my house
    15. Take inventory of my fabric and yarn supply
    16. Attend the Unity Common Ground Fair in Sept
    17. Gather items to be sold at a future yard sale
    18. Shop all the craft stores i haven't gotten too yet
    19. Be a tourist in my own state
    20 Smile when i get to cross something off my list

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    Today, first, I wrote all my wishes down, so I can see them and be motivated every day to work toward them. Next, I checked out the Noah's Wish website to find out if there is any training in my area (yes, in March) and how much it costs to register ($125). Now I'm off to check out the Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festival site and also Music Circus to find out about those.

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    Cornell also has a "Nestwatch" program that you can participate in on-line.

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    Popped out to check sites: Music Circus tickets are on sale now, season pass is $89. Santa Cruz tickets go on sale in March.

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    Have started on #'s 19 and 21:


    21 Take a wine appreciation course.

    Last night I signed hubby and I up for a course our community college is offering on the 16th of January. The course is called Couples: Head First Into Wine.

    19 Go to the 12th Annual Mo's Crab and Chowder Festival at Willamette Valley Vineyards in January.

    And then the Crab and Chowder Festival is the following weekend

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    Ok, I had a few more than 20, but even though most of my
    things wouldn't be considered fun, they are my goals & wishes:

    Exercise program with Zumba & my Weider gym
    Private salsa dance lessons (took group lessons already)
    Build a coop and have chickens
    Plant a garden, flowers and a pear tree
    Learn to use a pressure canner
    Meet my half sister (We were both given up for adoption)
    Make a rag or braided rug
    Paint and redo my bathroom
    Build an indoor dutch door
    Try Candle Making
    Fine tune my genealogy as much as I can without traveling.
    I want to make my Mom's birthday extra special this year! (84th)
    Get materials to make button dolls (been gonna do this forever!)
    Learn to make my own greeting cards.
    I want to get a massage every other month.
    I want to learn to crochet, knit and quilt.
    I want to sand and revarnish my kitchen cupboards.
    Make my toothpick Christmas tree I didn't get done this year!!
    Attend the Renaissance Festival.
    Make a curtain for the front door
    Get a new couch.
    Get a gas stove.
    Get a freezer.

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