This post contains affiliate links.  This week, the girls and I took all of the screens off the windows and washed the downstairs windows.  Then, yesterday, all four of us went out to work in the lawn.  My husband trimmed the trees that had branches sitting on the roof, and then he trimmed the trees in the front yard.  The branches were so long, every time I backed out of the driveway, they scrapped my car windows like some freakishly ineffective car wash.  The girls and I raked loads of leaves.  However, they’re still scattered around the yard, and the maples haven’t yet lost 60 percent of their leaves.  I don’t know when they will drop the remaining leaves, but snow is in the forecast, so it was time to finish all of our yardwork.  I found myself thinking, at least raking leaves will be done, but then I reminded myself we’ll just shift to managing the snow since the local weather forecaster predicted we’ll have an “average” winter with 80 to 100 inches of snow.  Yikes! Here are my 2022 goals part 2: week 17 of 24.

My Goals for 2022
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My Goals for 2022 Part 2


These new home improvement goals are based on our new house.

  1. Paint the front family roomThis is done, but I can’t show you pictures because we still have a few boxes to unpack.
  2. Paint the downstairs hallway.
  3. Paint PB & J Girl’s bedroom.  I’ll have pictures to share next week.  (I wanted to share this week, but she says it’s not picture worthy yet!)
  4. Paint Cuddle Bug’s bedroom.  This room had green carpet and dark yellow walls.  We can’t afford to replace the carpet yet, but Cuddle Bug embraced it and picked a light green comforter and a light green accent wall.  I love the way she embraced a color she would never chose and doesn’t really like.
  5. Replace the kitchen sink.  Sadly, we’ve run out of home improvement money for the year, so this one will have to wait until next year.
  6. Buy lawncare and snow removal equipment.  We plan to buy one this week.
  7. Move or trim some of the trees and landscaping close to the house to let in more natural lightDone!
  8. Replace one of the bedroom windowsDone!  It looks so nice and feels so much warmer in our daughter’s room that we wish we would have also replaced the master bedroom window.  Maybe next year.
  9. Fix the leaking crack in the basement. Done! 
  10. Update the electrical.  Done.  I forgot to add this to the list earlier.  We needed to put GFCI outlets in two of our three bathrooms and in our kitchen.  In addition, we only had three outlets in our basement.  We used one for our deep freezer, one for our sump pump, and one for our dehumidifier.  We added three more, so now we have one for our other refrigerator, one for the treadmill the owners left us, and one for near the tool bench.  However, the workers had to cut into our basement insulation, just like the worker did to repair the basement cracks, so now we need to call someone to fix the insulation.


Walk 175 Miles This Years

I walked 3 miles this week for 54 minutes.

This goal is 82.8% complete.  For the year, I’ve walked 144.9 miles on the treadmill, for 2806 minutes.

Start Weight Watchers Again

I heard rumors that Weight Watchers is rolling out a new plan in a few weeks.  I’m excited about that because the 2022 plan just isn’t working for me.  I’m going to pick back up when the new plan comes out.


Read 40 Books

This goal is 90% complete.  I didn’t finish any books this week, but I’m in the middle of a strange one.  I have completed 36 books in 2022:

Animal Farm (review coming soon)

Fahrenheit 451 

The Day the Voices Stopped

Klaus-Dieter John

The Rosie Effect

Caleb’s Crossing

Tasting the Sky 

Cloud Cuckoo Land

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Last Bookshop in London

The Unusual Life of Thomas Weaver

Know My Name

William Booth 

For Those Who Are Lost

The Physicists’ Daughter

All the Bright Places

Hiding in the Spotlight 

Find Us

Lillies of the Field 

Rock Paper Scissors 

David Bussau 

A Night Divided 

Bright Lights, Prairie Dust 

No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality 

I’m Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen–My Journey Home 

Brother Andrew 

Surviving the Forest

The Forest of Vanishing Stars

Die with Zero

The Unanswered Letter

The Fault in Our Stars

Going Solo

Ida Scudder

The Night She Disappeared,

The Push,

Wuthering Heights

I’m currently reading/listening to several books.  (Check out my reading challenge to see what I plan to read this year.)

Write in My Journal 30 Times This Year

This goal is 60% complete.  I have written in my journal 18 times this year.

Make a Recipe Binder

This goal is 4.2% complete.  Progress is slow.  I have 3 recipes in my binder, but there’s room for 71.


Take Eight Local Trips

No trips this week.  It was nice to stay home and get things done around the house.

This goal is 87.5% complete.

In Arizona

Trip #1: We took our first trip to a local pop-up history event set in the 1880s.  We saw a blacksmith working and listened to a band play old time music from the 1880s.  It was a small event but fun.

Trip #2: We went to the Japanese Children’s Day Festival!

In Michigan

Trip #3:  We stopped by Michigan to visit my mom before we make our way to New York.  We decided to visit Adams Blueberry Farm to pick some organic blueberries.  My kids haven’t done this for 8 years, since we moved to Arizona.  My husband and I both commented how nice it is to be back in a place where we can do activities like this.

In New York

Trip #5: I didn’t take any pictures, but we went to Bliss Family Farm’s Homeschooler Day.  They had a small petting zoo, bowling with pumpkins, and a HUGE corn maze, which we were lost in for some time.  We also got to each take a pumpkin home.

Trip #6: We went to Genesee Country Village & Musuem.  More details coming soon!

Trip #7: We went to New York City and Jersey City, New Jersey.  More details coming soon!

In Pennsylvania

Trip #4:  More details to come about our trip to Philly!


These are the goals I’ve achieved so far in 2022:


Learn How to Homeschool in New York:

This goal is complete!  Yeah!

    1. Watch info videos on how to homeschool in New York.
    2. Make an education plan for this year for each of the girls
    3. Contact the local district and fill out the appropriate paperwork
    4. Find homeschool groups to join. .


In our old house, our realtor hooked us up with her contract.  He and his team were able to finish our master bathroom for much less than the tile company we hired last December to remodel the master shower.

My Goals for 2022
Our master bathroom BEFORE


  1. Replace the sliding glass door handle DONE!
  2. Finish our master bathroom (We had a new shower tile installed, but we still have improvements to make.)
    *Replace the master bathroom towel holders (new addition)
    *Paint the master bathroom ceiling (new addition)
    *Paint the master bathroom (new addition)
    *Paint the master bathroom trim (new addition)

Travel to Michigan

We went to Michigan!!  We’ve actually gone to Michigan five times this year because of all the back-and-forth driving we’ve done between Arizona and New York and getting Bookworm settled in college there.  This goal has been accomplished many times over.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, my goals for 2022!  I’d love to hear how your goals are progressing in the new year.

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