As you know, my word for 2017 is focus.  And like most of us, January 2017 has been a challenge to focus on  day- to -day activities.



In the south, there was the artic weather the second week in January.  It stayed in the teens at night for several days. Then it warmed up a day or two later and was in the 70’s during the day.

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We have experienced all four seasons and January is not over. Focus, I say.

And we had belated Christmas celebrations and birthday celebrations requiring focus.

One Saturday, I shopped for items to take to the cottage to finish projects and forgot to pack them when we left.

That delayed things for a week. Focus. Indeed.


There was an issue with the webhost for Ms Finely Done. I was down for several day. Focus.

Are you getting the picture?


But, you know what?

I did focus in a way I wasn’t even considering when I chose the word.


I was in the moment for what demanded my attention.

In my mind, I was thinking about the things I wanted to accomplish around the house. But while that is a part of my life, it is by no means all of it.



I will continue to focus and not feel like I have failed my word when my focus is not on accomplishments and decorating. It is where it needs to be ……… at that given moment.

This week while I’m gathering this and that for the guest bedroom, my focus has been scouring pinterest for ides. All the cottage bedrooms are beautiful and I’m anxious to get mine finished.


How are you doing with your 2017 word?



We’re all in

We’re all in this together …..into 2017 that is.

A week of doing this thing called life in 2017. 

Due to extreme winter weather in the southeast, I’m already feeling  a bit off schedule. A schedule that I truly didn’t have. It was just an idea that this year, I would not let projects wait, I would be proactive.


To quote Robert Burns, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.”

Spending the weekend at the cottage because of weather predictions, was not in my plans. The shopping I had planned while back at the main house was put on hold, putting projects on hold, putting my schedule on hold.


I’m pretty sure I mentioned before, this cute little cottage is in a “no shopping” area.  There are no malls, no Target, no Michaels, or Hobby Lobby for hundreds of miles.  Shopping  had to be put off for another week.

I used the extra time at home to catch up with some of my  favorite bloggers and read about their goal setting  for the  new year.  Resolutions are a thing of the past. No one admits to making them anymore. But the thing to do, it seems, is to choose a word for the year. The word you chose is for word for inspiration and guidance throughout the year. I have done this in the past, but this year I’m doing what author Debbie Macomber is doing. She is making a dream jar. 



Here’s how it works. Whenever you think of a dream or goal during the year, write it down and put it in the jar. It will be interesting to read at the end of the year all that was accomplished.  That can be really good or really bad. But for those of us energized by being productive, it will be another tool to keep us focused. The author chose her word for 2017. Her word is dream.

Examples of dream jars from pinterest.


The word I am choosing is “focus.” Focus as a verb, To be in the moment and pay attention to what needs my attention at the moment. For multitaskers this proves to be a challenge. To not have so many things going on in my head that I am already moving on to the next thing ahead of time. I believe that is truly the way we should live life. And  I know this in theory, but putting it into practice is my first goal. The first deposit in my dream jar is “focus, live in the moment.”  Another dream jar from pinterest.

Other deposits will be more concrete such as ” finish the guest room at the cottage before guests arrive in February.”

Focus, Focus Focus!!!



Looking back Part 2

After finding the cute little cottage in June, a couple of months will go by before we could actually move in.

Paperwork, paperwork, …..sigh…..paperwork.

An inspection resulted in a lengthy repair list.  We decided some items we could let slid but, others were a deal breaker.

They would have to be done or we would keep looking. 

In  July, while the house repairs were being scheduled and paper work was continuing to go back and forth, we took a break for a mini vacation.

Beautiful Cadiz, Kentucky was a nice get away over the 4th of July weekend. 

Lodging nearby at Lake Barkley State Park Resort, we explored the beauty of the area.

An added bonus…..we got to spend time with close family that we don’t get to see often enough.

 August was busy…….. moving ahead with the move from the townhouse to the cottage.

How did we accumulate so much to move……. in six months.

While repairs continued at the cottage, boxes were packed and ready to be moved to their new home.

Finally…… moving day!!! Yay

Just 2 weeks before a “planned months ago vacation” to Aruba scheduled the first week in September.

No time to start the projects…….the first project….PAINTING.

Any and everything…. Every room….living room, dining room, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, laundry room, and 3 bedrooms…

one bedroom to be used as a TV room. And thrift store furniture in need of a little paint.


After Aruba, life settled in to…… day in and day out painting…. walls, furniture and on and on.

 Finished painting in time for fall decorating, my favorite.

December decorating…… FUN, and more FUN. Two houses, each in my style, but each different.

The cottage

And this.


2016 farewell memories.

A year of adventures…………………….. some planned and others not. And that’s the way life rolls for all of us.

Happy 2017!