I had a really good Week 1. Since I haven't worked the plan for the last few years, it seems that means I also hadn't cleaned my porch. Ew. There are going to be many areas this year that won't look "good" because they need enhancements I just really can't afford, or because it's just not worth putting the money into this place (very old mobile home) and we need to do something else. But I got rid of a bunch of stuff I haven't touched in the last few years and it's definitely BETTER. And that's the important thing.
Here's one thing I found to take care of that I think should probably be mentioned on the plan and isn't--I washed my flag.
In 2001, I was the manager of a fabric store. Post 9/11, we were INNUNDATED with requests for flags--or anything that looked remotely like a flag, and we (along with every other retailer around) were simply not prepared to meet the demand for weeks. And when I say demand, I mean DEMAND. It was a stressful time for everyone, and we took a lot of abuse from a number of people who were very upset to find themselves without a flag to fly and no way to get one.
Even if you're not one to fly your flag regularly, this is a great time to check on it, make sure that you have one, and that it's in good repair. There seem to be so many rules regarding the flag that I know it makes some people wary about dealing with it at all. I did Google to make sure it was okay to wash it. Opinions vary, but the general consensus seems to be hand-washing is fine. And it looks nice, right?
Flag tangent aside, I thought my first week of the HGP went really well and I'm off to a great start on Week 2.
Here are some links I wanted to pass along:Ornaments to make:Paper garland (would make great ornaments too)Photo ornamentsPaper balls 1Paper balls 2Paper balls 3Freezer meals:http://joelens.blogspot.com/2007/01/freezer-friendlymake-ahead.html
How's everyone else doing?