November 2017 Goals

How did October go for you? Did you accomplish some of what you hoped to? I got a few things finished and a few things I straight took off the list. You can see my October list here, with updates. Now, on to November!

Pantry & Preparedness:
Use Sun Oven as much as possible (we are finding it’s a trial and error process – but it’s fun and free fuel!)
Charge & program our HAM radios Continue reading

Menu Plans ~ 23 Oct 2017

Linking up with I’m an Organizing Junkie this week for Menu Plan Monday – working from my pantry and freezer as much as possible this month!

Monday: Gnocchi and green beans
Tuesday: Vegetable chowder and toast
Wednesday: Mac & cheese with peas
Thursday: Sandwiches and pears
Friday: Cous cous with Bombay potatoes and fruit
Saturday: Pizza (frozen)
Sunday: Lamb chops, peas, and mashed potatoes

Menu Plans – 9 Oct 2017

One of the easiest ways to save some cash is to cook meals at home, especially if you plan things out in advance (particularly using items you already have on hand). I used to so enjoy reading others’ meal plans each week and sharing my own – it’s been too long, so I’m going to get back into it. I hope my menu gives you some inspiration. Some folks plan for three meals a day and even include snacks; we have pretty much the same thing daily for these things, so I only write up dinners. Here we go!

Monday: Waffles & fruit
Tuesday: Beef & bean tacos
Wednesday: Pizza
Thursday: Baked ziti
Friday: Hot dogs & pasta salad
Saturday: Baked ziti leftovers
Sunday: Curried mutton & brown rice

If you’d like to get more meal planning ideas, hop on over to I’m an Organizing Junkie and read on!

October 2017 Goals

Pantry & Preparedness:
Purchase two cases of bottled water for our emergency supplies (DONE 18 Oct 2017)
Scan vital documents to a USB drive for evacuation bag
Walk 1x weekly with evacuation bag & with dog wearing her panniers (thanks to this little lesson learned!)

Finish knitting donation hat (Frogged this project & gave away the yarn. It is just way too hard on my hands.)
Re-start my Tesla shawl (Cast on [again!] 11 Oct 2017)

Education & Personal Enrichment:
Finish first quarter of kids’ homeschooling (DONE 13 Oct 2017)
Read a book from my fall/winter reading list (DONE: Finished reading Ghost Fleet 8 Oct 2017; finished John Adams 10/26; finished The Water Knife 10/30)
Finish the “Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature” lecture series I am watching on The Great Courses Plus (This is on hold for me; reading John Adams took up most of my free time in October!)
Complete at least one FEMA Independent Study course

Writing & Professional Development:
Catch up on my LinkedIn messages/connection requests (DONE 15 Oct 2017)
Transfer clips list to this site
Type up final draft of the article I’m working on, and submitted to planned site
Work on my non-fiction book, Prepare Anywhere

Index at least 10 batches/100 image files (DONE 8 Oct 2017)
Participate in Worldwide Indexing Event sponsored by (DONE 21 Oct 2017)
Scan irreplaceable family photos to USB drive

Health & Wellness:
Dental exam/cleaning appointments for children (EDIT: Now in November)
Make appointments with specialists for myself & one child per primary doctors’ referrals
Walk at least twice weekly (without evacuation pack)

What are your goals for October? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! If you’d like to see what I was able to mark off my September goal list, click here.