Monday, November 11, 2019

101 Things in 1001 Days

"Souls are shaped in the common moments of life, the daily stuff of memories"

- Sally Clarkson

Have you heard of 101 Things in 1001 Days? I was first introduced to the idea from a friend who had a similar list on her blog. I even half-heartedly created my own list, though I only had about thirty things listed. It's not even that coming up with 101 things I want to do is hard, if I really thought about it, I could probably come up with five hundred. But for me, I want the list to be meaningful, practical, but stretching myself a little and daring to dream that some of these (dreams) would even be possible. My previous list also reflected goals and dreams from a very different time in my life, and I am, simply put, not the same person now that I was then.

And so, with today marking the beginning of my 58th trip around the sun, I am going to at least begin my list. I will also say that I calculated the time frame on a five day week and also added in holidays and special days, so it's really a bit longer. In reading through other people's lists I learned that some people calculate it using a true seven day week, and other's take weekends/holidays off. At first that sounded kind of silly, because there really isn't a set order (at least for me), that the goals/dreams will be accomplished, meaning the there is the possibility that #90 on my list is accomplished before #1. But after thinking it through, I realized that calculating it on a five day week gives you some breathing room, and I like that idea! I also loved the fact that it stretched the end date to the near the Autumn Equinox, which is one my favorite days of the year!

And so without further delay, here are the first 11 things on my list. Today being 11/11, it seemed fitting. Maybe my first goal should read, "Begin my 101 things list!). I'll be adding more as I thoughtfully consider what I want to include, and updating as needed. My plan is to also share about the individual goals and document when I accomplish them and can check them off the list, so if you'd like to follow along with me on this journey, I'm grateful for the company!  Some things will most likely only happen once, a single life experience, while others, such as skills I hope to learn, will most likely become a regular part of my life.

 1. Learn to knit (well enough to make a pair of socks)
I've got the knit stitch down, but I am finding purl troubling.  

 2. Learn to successfully bake and frost a two layer cake and decorate it. 
I am a wonderful cook, but aside from cookies, which are even a gamble at times, baking has never been my area of expertise. Yet I long to make cakes like this, or this! I mean, come on, that second one doesn't even have that much icing! I don't know if it's possible, but it's a goal.

 3. Learn to make bread from scratch (not using a bread maker)

 4. Read 200 Books

 5. See The Nutcracker during the Christmas season.

 6. Learn to paint with watercolors.

7. Read / Study the Bible cover to cover.
So, confession. I've read every book in the Bible except Numbers (it bores me to tears), and Revelation. My hang up with Revelation is due to a hell fire and brimstone preacher who quoted it so often and with such emotion (bordering on anger), that it scared me to death. The first time I was baptized and made a public profession of faith I was a child, and I did it because I was terrified of the very thought of going to hell. Not the worst motivation, I suppose, but it's not the reason for accepting Christ as your savior.  So it's time to push past my childhood fears and tackle Revelation, and trudge through Numbers, as well. This goal may take me more than 1001 days, because when I say study, I mean digging for the meat. I'm going to take my time. So with this goal, I mean to at least begin. My target date is January 2020.

 8.  Capture a picture of geese in flight. (Hopefully more than one!)
Nod to my daddy!

 9. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. 
I haven't determined how many, I may not set a number.  I know several by sight, but very few by sound.

 10. Learn to identify trees.
This is beginning to sound like a Charlotte Mason education. :) The girls and I went on countless nature walks when we were homeschooling, and we've spent a good amount of time in woods and forests, living so near the Blue Ridge Mountains.  But I was never very good at teaching them to actually identify what we saw. I appreciated them for their beauty, but now I want to truly know what I am observing. One of my homeschool regrets.

 11. Grow a pretty pot of marigolds and figure out how to get my chrysanthemums to keep blooming.
Every year we buy these beautiful post of mums, all abloom. Then the first blooms die and dry up, and even though there are countless bulbs left on the plant, typically they never bloom again after that. They are one of my favorite flowers!  I have to master this.

And so it's a start. A few of these I will set to work on achieving right away.  I'll continue practicing
my knitting, reading (as always, just counting the books from this point on), identifying birds as the winter birds (my favorites) are making their way to the feeders now.  Others, in light of the busy holiday season ahead, I'll most likely put off for awhile.  I have plenty to keep me busy in the mean time. I'll also probably come up with new things I want to add quickly, so look for an update soon, if you're interested.  I even created a little button (as seen on the right), and placed it at the bottom of my right side bar. That way, if you want to keep up with my progress, all you have to do is click on the image! And if you're inspired to create your own list, let me know. I'd love to hear about our goals and dreams.

p.s. A friend put me on to this today, happy listening! I am behind a season, maybe even two. I watched Seasons 1 and 2, and then just never got around to the others. But I heard the next season is the last. Time to catch up.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

I have a GREAT easy no knead bread recipe to share with you. You can do it and this is the perfect place to start with your bread making!

This comes from a youtube video, but for the life of me, I cannot find the link for it. There are tons of videos out there, but THIS is the one I've made numerous times and I can vouch that it is simple and fool proof!

No Knead Bread

3 c. flour
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. yeast (I use SAF yeast purchased in bulk, but I'm sure any will do, just not the bread machine yeast)
1-1/2 c. warm water

Stir these for ingredients together in a largish mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 4-12 hours.

When ready to make bread~

Put lidded Dutch Oven into oven and preheat to 475 degrees. Flour the counter and turn out dough. It will be really sticky, so flour your hands well and get the dough well coated with flour and roughly shaped into a ball. It will be really soft and not hold its shape, but you're going for round. Let rest while oven is preheating. (dough will kind of flatten while it rests because it's so soft, but that's ok) When oven has preheated (using hot pads for sure) pull dutch over out, place dough in Dutch Oven and cover with lid. Return to oven and bake about 30 minutes. We like ours with a lighter crust, so 30 minutes is good for us. If you prefer a browner crust, let it go a little longer. Let cool a few minutes before slicing.

Kimberly Lottman said...

Thank you so much for this! Yeast seems to be my downfall, and obviously you can't make bread without it! I don't think I do it right, whatever doing is. :). Any suggestions? Do you even know what I'm talking about? LOL!

Anonymous said...

Yes. I always feel like anything with "yeast" is intimidating, but I promise you, this is not! If I can do it, I KNOW you
can do it! The only thing I can think of with the yeast is that you want your water warm enough, but not too hot. I don't use a thermometer or anything, and I've not had any trouble with the yeast in this recipe.

I had sent the link to a friend a while back, and she found it for me this morning, so here it is. I'm so glad to be able to link it because once you watch it, you'll see just how simple it really is!

If the link doesn't work, the title is Easy Dutch Oven Bread (Large Family Cooking) and you can search youtube for it.

After you make it, I want to see a photo on your blog!!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't think I signed my comments, but it's me, Pam. :)

Kimberly Lottman said...

I am so excited! I'll give it a try.

Nicole Pivec said...

Happy birthday and happy adventuring with your 101 things! I wanted to tell you that Revelation is quite a lovely book, actually. The first part is letters to the churches about what they are doing right and what they are getting wrong and there is some good advice there. The second part is about the Lord's return and it's actually interesting and exciting, I find. I would say to use a commentary or watch some of your favorite Christian speakers/pastors on YouTube discuss it.

Regarding Numbers, might I suggest listening to it? I always drag my feet with Job and I've been listening to it lately (using the YouVersion app) when I get ready in the mornings and I'm enjoying it much more!

Blessings and good luck!

Kimberly Lottman said...

Nicole, thank you so much for your encouraging words. I never considered either of your ideas and I think both might be especially helpful, especially listening to Numbers! What a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for the suggestion and encouragement!