a NEW photo and Friday challenge accountability


Happy Friday!

The photo above is of Boston Common. It is the oldest public park in the country – dating back to 1634! It was fun to watch all the people take advantage of nature’s beauty!

It’s Friday, so I’ve gotta take note of how I’m doing on a couple of my challenges. So, I’m pluggin’ along on my 12 Classics challenge.  I’m working on #11 (the scary one)…the book is just so, so, SO long!

On my Photo Challenges, I’ve completed photograph a stranger and want to do the ‘frame worthy street photograph’ next.

I’ve just started training for a century bike ride, so that challenge is on track.  I plan to ride 3-4 times a week and increase the mileage by 5 miles each week. The ride date is the middle of August. I did this…oh, about a decade ago.  It takes time to train…a summer with relatively few travel plans or other distractions.  I think this summer will be good.

Lastly, after hearing of all the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, I think I want to challenge myself to start incorporating that into my day. I really don’t like the taste, so I’m sure there are tricks on Pinterest I’ll have to check out.

That’s it.  Let me know of any fun challenges I should be aware of! Have a great day.  Do something NEW!


another NEW challenge




So far, I’m enjoying my “Classics Reading Challenge“.  3 out of 12 are done…in the books, as they say. This challenge gives me the boost to read things I normally wouldn’t pick up.  It’s exactly why I love belonging to my book club group.  Having others pick a book, and having the opportunity to read it, digest it, discuss it, is just one of those things I really enjoy.


BUT…on to the announcement of my next NEW challenge! I recently read a blog that had a series called “30 days of…”  and I figured I could try a NEW challenge for the next 30 days.  So, I’ve decided to de-junk or organize something different for the next 30 days.  There’s something about writing my challenges here on this blog.  It somehow puts it out in the universe and then I’M COMMITTED!!! I HAVE to do it!!!! My only problem is what to do if I’m out of town?????  I’ve decided I just have to make it up by catching up.  As long as I’ve de-junked 30 spaces, I will have succeeded at the challenge. I’m planning on traveling next week, so I got a jump on my first two items.  Since I’m starting this mid-month, I’m calling this my “40 days of…”

Here’s my list:

  1. De-junk/Organize the middle drawer in the computer room bathroom {done}

2. De-junk/Organize the bottom drawer in the computer room bathroom {done}

3. De-junk/Organize the “manuals” accordion file {done}

4. De-junk/Organize the spice envelope container {done}

5. De-junk/Organize one shelf of linen closet {done}

6. De-junk/Organize the lazy susan in pantry {done}

7. De-junk/Organize the lazy susan in kitchen{done}

8. De-junk/Organize the bread drawer {done}

9. De-junk/Organize the dish cloths drawer {done}

10. De-junk/Organize your nail polish {done}

11. De-junk/Organize top shelf above microwave{done}

12. De-junk/Organize bottom shelf above microwave{done}

13. De-junk/Organize top drawer of small file cabinet{done}

14. De-junk/Organize bottom drawer of small file cabinet{done}

15. De-junk/Organize middle shelf of master bathroom {done}

16. De-junk/Organize top shelf of master bedroom {done}

17. De-junk/Organize middle shelf of master bedroom {done}

18. De-junk/Organize bottom shelf of master bedroom {done}

19. De-junk/Organize top drawer of night stand{done}

20. De-junk/Organize bottom drawer of night stand{done}

21. De-junk/Organize under hall bathroom sink {done}

22. De-junk/Organize under computer room bathroom sink {done}

23. De-junk/Organize mudroom hooks {done}

24. De-junk/Organize mudroom cubbies {done}

25. De-junk/Organize one shelf in south storage room {done}

26. De-junk/Organize one shelf in north storage room {done}

27. De-junk/Organize scripture basket{done}

28. De-junk/Organize left drawer in black side table {done}

29. De-junk/Organize middle drawer in black side table {done}

30. De-junk/Organize right drawer in black side table {done}

31. De-junk/Organize recipe binder{done}

32. De-junk/Organize shelf under printer {done}

33. De-junk/Organize middle console of car{done}

34. De-junk/Organize gift bag/wrapping paper stash {done}

35. De-junk/Organize floral craft stash {done}

36. De-junk/Organize top shelf of paper closet{done}

37. De-junk/Organize FHE packets {done}

38. De-junk/Organize canned goods {done}

39. De-junk/Organize bottom of top section of pull-out kitchen shelfs{done}

40. De-junk/Organize veggie bins {done}


Happy Friday!  Have a great day and do or challenge yourself with something NEW!






a NEW hiking experience – going solo


Happy Saturday!  Today’s ‘challenge’ from the 28-day challenge I’m doing was to take a hike.  Again, this wasn’t really that challenging, because I live so close to the mountains.  But what was NEW to me, was going for a hike…SOLO.  I think I’ve always had someone with me before! To be honest and truthful, it was a bit freaky because I chose a very STEEP hike and not too many people were on the trail.  My mind kept thinking…’If I tumble off this cliff, no one would even know!’ 🙂  But I didn’t fall off the cliff and here is a collage of my trek.  I think I’ll do it more often….maybe I’ll get over my ‘solo-hiking anxiety’….as long as I stay away from the edge 🙂

Have a great day and learn or do something NEW!

a NEW challenge and NEW photo of my day


I’m participating in a 28-day challenge which started today.  The first day’s challenge was to buy myself some flowers.  I don’t remember if I’ve EVER bought myself cut flowers!  I’m pretty much a cheapskate!…but Costco had nice flowers for relatively inexpensive, so I DID IT!  Then I took a photo of them to show you 🙂  I hope they last a long time!  I’ll try to post what the rest of the challenges are…I always LOVE doing NEW things, so this should be fun.  Have a great week everyone!