Sunday, December 29, 2013

2014 Goals List For the Home

I was sitting out on my back patio this morning making up my new To Do list of goals for the next year. I really thought I would have finished everything before this year was up, but my neighbor that was helping me sort of starting working on another project and my projects got put on hold. Hopefully he is finishing up soon or I can find a new neighbor to get this ball rolling.  :)

I've owned my new place for almost a year now (purchased Feb 28, 2013) and everything has worked out great. I chose this place because it was only 10 min from the beach and I did get to frequent the beach a lot this year, more so than I ever have before. I'm loving the warm beach life year 'round. Hello - 85 degrees in December!!!  

Here was my original To Do list when I first moved in...
Move In To Do List

2014 Goals

  • Update Kitchen door
  • Put wood on garage wall to organize tools
  • Put hooks on garage wall
  • Shelves on garage wall
  • Clean clutter out of garage
  • Shelves for Laundry room
  • Wall Clothes rack for Laundry room
  • A table for the living room (to go between the 2 chairs)
  • Drapes for dining rm
  • Rug for dining rm
  • Put lights in dining rm
  • Table for office
  • Terrazzo floors professionally cleaned in office
  • Throw rug for office
  • Window treatments for office
  • Organize office closet
  • Window treatments for Master Bedrm
  • Put a door on Master bathrm
  • Paint Master bathrm vanity
  • Add hardware to vanity
  • Paint Master bathrm walls
  • Hang pictures in Master Bath
  • Remove glass stall in Master Bath
  • Get grout in bathrm cleaned
  • Small nightstand in both guestrooms
  • Tile the back patio
  • Hang pictures on walls
  • Fence off the rest of the yard
  • Get Little Foot a doggy door
  • Paint walls
That list doesn't look too painful. Hopefully I can get all of this done next year. 

 I did landscape the front yard, but the leaves all fell off of my bougainvillea and I'm waiting for them to grow back before I take the picture. All the plants and trees are babies right now, so they need time to mature some. 

I have been working on all of the rooms, I just don't have any completely finished because instead of finishing one, I keep doing a little bit at a time to each room. I'm going to focus on the garage next though so I can show a picture of it finished. I brought a bunch of my dads old tools down from NC and am organizing them on peg boards and shelves that need to be finished. I put a piece of peg board up myself from watching how my dad did it in my shed at the last house I lived in.  It turned out great! Dad would be proud.  :)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Farm Fresh

There is nothing better than eating fresh picked food from a garden. The way nature intended for us to eat. I've heard a lot about CSA's, Community Supported Agriculture, you can join so you can benefit from local farms in your area. I finally took the plunge and joined one. Some CSA's let you work and be part of the experience in return for the food, others let you pay a small fee. It depends on the local farm and how it's set up. 

I joined a month ago and I've had farm fresh produce coming out of my ears! I live alone, so it really is way too much food for me, I'm having to freeze things so they won't go bad. If you have a family, it would be the perfect amount. 

I pay $25. a week (paid up front) for a basket like this.

You walk in, empty the contents into your own bags that you bring and it always fills up about 3 bags. They stuff A LOT in these baskets. It also comes with a list of recipes to use your produce up in. I made some baked acorn squash stuffed with apples and it was divine.

Everything is local, in season, freshly picked, and only organically treated. 

If you would like to find a CSA in your area, go here
and type in your zip code and hit search. 
It will give you a list of all the CSA's and local farms that participate close to you.

For those that live in or near the Brevard County area here in Florida,
Rockledge Farm is right across the street from Rockledge Gardens on US-1.
Here is their website.

They will let you pick the food yourself, too.
I picked strawberries the other day. It's really neat, so they can get more in, they vertical garden and use hydroponic production. 

Check out these strawberries!

More of the farm.

You can also buy produce there without being part of the CSA. They have it set up like a farmers market in the front of the farm, so you can just go in and grab what you want, pay and go. I may end up having to do this instead since the CSA gives me more food than I can handle. I'm so glad I found out about this place.  :)

Picked my own strawberries.

There are so many reasons to get your food from a farm than the grocery store. One of the things I like about it is, there are no guessing games about what is in season and what's not. Everything they grow is obviously in season, it hasn't been shipped hundreds of miles from around the world using who knows what types of pesticides and farming practices.  You can see with  your own eyes how the vegetables are being taken care of and you know you are getting healthy food. No waxed up artificial things being done to it trying to make it last longer or look all shiny. Just fresh raw food the way we are intended to eat.  

Have I convinced you yet?