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Do you remember in school having to make goals- 5 year, 10 year, blah blah blah? 
As a child, I saw this process as a random task; something for a grade. Sure, we wrote our goals and dreams of becoming teachers, lawyers, doctors, nurses, but did we ever think that process would serve a purpose in adulthood? Uh, nope.

As an adult, I have had to make goals going and coming. I was always a journal hoarder. I wrote down everything. Did you realize keeping a budget is a form of goal tracking? I have a goal of saving $500 for the month. I must adjust the budget, accounting for credits and higher bills, to make it happen. Making a grocery list is also a form of goal tracking. I have a goal of spending $100 on groceries for the week. Will I go over or under? If I go under, do I use the savings towards other items or dining out? Why not use the savings towards the savings account goal? Do you see how making goals work in your adult life? 

Let's not forget those S.M.A.R.T. goals you must complete for your manager at work during performance review time . This can be a daunting task or you can make it fun. What makes it fun is pulling out what is A.chievable. Once you set a R.elevant goal, other pieces fall into place. Before you know it, you've captured your S.M.A.R.T. goals and will be off to a great year. 

We taught our kids to maintain goals, me teaching our youngest the S.M.A.R.T. goals concept. Setting goals is nothing you can get away from. In some form or another you're setting a goal. And if you haven't, well, you set a goal to not accomplish anything. Has anyone ever asked you what you plan to do for the weekend and your reply is__?  

You may think of a goal as a plan also. Plan? Goal? Just do it!


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Grilled Peaches & Herb

Why not pair fruit with herbs? Why not grill them? Growing up, I used to listen to my Mom's records often. So, when I hear 'peaches & herb' I can't help but to remember the 1960s duo and their hit "Reunited". I came up with this grilled creation and dedicate it to 'Peaches & Herb'.

GRILLED PEACHES & HERB INGREDIENTS:6-7 peaches (real peaches, not nectarines), 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/4 c. brown sugar (dark brown, light brown, it doesn't matter...just brown sugar), fresh lemon thyme sprig or 1 tbsp. (dry should be okay since the liquid from the peach will reconstitute the dryness)
TOOLS & EQUIPMENT: knife, foil, grill
YIELDS: approximately 5 cups

Rinse peachesWash the fresh herb. See blog of "How to wash fresh herbs"Layer the ingredients, peaches first, in a foil pouch. See blog of "How to Create a Foil Pouch" Grill for 30-45 minutes. YouTube

Dog & Garden Gate

My husband and son visited the local animal shelter and came out with THREE DOGS! They were on sale during the past Christmas season. 

The dogs are forbidden from my garden area. So, I had to create a boundary for them. I searched for gates and screen doors to purchase. They were surprisingly pricey. Then I studied Pinterest pins for days. Okay, I was ready- easy peasy! All I used was scrap wood, chicken wire, a staple gun, hammer, nails, spray paint, and butterflies...all re-purposed materials.

If your dogs are terrors with chewing and destroying everything, you better double-up on the chicken wire and not leave any space for them to tear through it. The key word is reinforcement!

Have fun with your gate project. Send me pics of your simple project!

Bye Bye Birdies

I have never seen so many bird nests around our yard as I have this year.
We discovered nests in my wall flower box, a crepe myrtle tree at the driveway, and in a utensil caddy near the grill. 

I understood the nest in the crepe myrtle tree, but the other two locations were brave and had me in awe that birds even considered building and raising babies there. We walk through those areas all the time! Perhaps the birds considered us loving enough to not disturb their areas. Nevertheless, I took pride in having areas where the birds felt comfortable enough to be so close, including us in their circle of nature. 

I felt a little sad when they left, as I no longer heard their endless chirping. I felt as if they didn't say 'goodbye' upon their departure. That's life. Until next Spring, 'bye bye birdies'.
birdies in flower box video