2020 Whether I am ready or not – I’m not!

A number of my friends in the blogosphere have been posting about their goals for 2020. It has set me thuinking about mine.

Well I said a while back that I want to redecorate the house. I did it shortly after my husband died as we had not got round to it as a joint project. But 9 years on it is looking shabby, not helped by two dogs and three cats trailing in mess and rubbing against the walls and furniture. I got one wall in the sitting room done and a small area of the kitchen turned into a blackboard before Christmas but that was all. So finishing the job could be my first goal. As usual I only remembered to take a photo of the change after I had started!

Orchid, the lurcher, believes the sofa is entirely for her benefit. She would like to take over the comfy chair as well but I have drawn the line at that. She finds it necessary to ‘nest’ before settling down and as the sofa is old she has shredded the covers on the seat cushions. I know I have the skill and equipment to make new covers so that can be goal 2.


If I am repainting the kitchen I need to move everything off the shelves and out of the cupboards so I might as well take the opportunity to put it all back in different places and make it more efficient. And in the process I will have a clear out of stuff I no longer use and maybe buy a couple of gadgets I have had my eye on. So that would be my third goal.

I planned to finish my Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design over the Christmas and New Year break with a view to it being marked and finished by the Spring. But I sent the first 5 designs for interim assessment at the beginning of November and apart from an acknowledgement that they arrived have heard nothing since. What better excuse could I have to put off the tedious job of writing up the last 5? However I guess I should really have it as goal 4.


Outside there are all the usual jobs; cut firwood, grow veggies, keep the place reasonably tidy…. But I would like to finish clearing along the top boundary where the willow we planted 20 odd years ago for coppicing as firewood grew and then died before we got round to cutting it. I will replace it with a shelter belt of trees which produce fruit or berries, not so much as food for me as food for wildlife. Where does that bring me? Oh yes goal 5.


Ages ago I had a building put up on an existing concrete slab with the intention of moving the utility room into it. It needs to have the walls and ceiling insulated, electricity supply put in, plumbing done, shelves put up.. I am hoping a builder is coming soon but I will have to supervise, buy a new freezer and transfer all my jars of preserves and little used kitchen equipment across.At present I use the old garage for laundry and as a food store but it is too big and attracts clutter. Once it has been cleared out I could turn it into two extra bedrooms for when family stay. So that would be Goal 6.


I also have the wood for a compost loo for the veg patch.It is in the car port and in the way. Errrr Goal 7.

My daughter and her husband are divorcing so she will be moving soon. As she works full time and is doing an Open University Degree in her spare time I have offered to do any decorating and to be there to let tradesmen and deliveries in. She lives about 4 hours drive away so that will take up some time. I am up to Goal 8


There are friends I have not seen for ages. My spinning wheel and wood turning lathe gather dust. The patchwork cushion covers are falling apart and need replacing. When did I last make myself some clothes instead of buying them? I keep thinking of walking some sections of the Coast Path. I haven’t been to the theatre, cinema or a concert for too long.

Who am I kidding? It would be lovely to do any, let alone all, these things. If I am not careful the pressure to get everything done will destroy my pleasure in them.

So my goal for 2020 is to get to the end of the year well and happy having achieved some progress on some of those things and to have had a lot of fun. Oh and to celebrate my 70th birthday in style!

I hope you will keep me company on the way and share the fun with me.


11 thoughts on “2020 Whether I am ready or not – I’m not!

  1. queenofsienna January 12, 2020 / 3:50 pm

    I enjoy your posts very much. Wishing you a happy, healthy and fun filled 2020.


    • Going Batty in Wales January 12, 2020 / 4:03 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy my posts of 2020.


  2. tialys January 13, 2020 / 11:42 am

    Wow! You have some serious goals there.
    I daren’t list mine in case I scare myself.
    I’m sure I’m going mad – i spent quite a few seconds gazing at your photo no. 2 thinking you had embarked upon some sort of textile art and, to be honest, wondering what to say about it and then realised it’s the shredded cushion 🙄


    • Going Batty in Wales January 14, 2020 / 8:31 pm

      You aren’t going mad – it was a rubbish photo but I was trying to do it while the dog was off having a drink! Actually your comment has set me thinking about maybe making a virtue out of necessity and making the damage look intentional. I will have to have a ponder but keep watchiong this space!


  3. Laurie Graves January 13, 2020 / 3:12 pm

    Phew! Made me tired just reading about all your goals. Then I came to the last one. Yes, that is surely the best. Celebrate, celebrate! And I will be most certainly keeping you company.


    • Going Batty in Wales January 14, 2020 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you. I hope you enjoy my posts as the year gos on.

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    • Going Batty in Wales January 14, 2020 / 8:28 pm

      Too much to have any real hope of doing it all so I will just do what I can and enjoy it.


  4. anne54 January 13, 2020 / 9:51 pm

    I find that listing all the things that need to be done (and there are many big projects around my place) actually helps me. In a strange way it helps me feel less overwhelmed, even if there are no proper plans for getting them done. Is that how you felt with your list? I do love your final goal, contentment and health are the important things. Here’s to a less chaotic 2020!


    • Going Batty in Wales January 14, 2020 / 8:28 pm

      Thank you Anne. Listing the goals made me accept that it was pretty unrealistic of me to think I could get even most of them done. That meant I could stop fretting and stressing and just do what I can when I can and enjoy whatever progress happens. And yes, being healthy and content is what really matters. I hope your 2020 is productive and enjoyable too.


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