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My Word For The Year

Another year has come and gone. My grandma was right when she said the older you got, the faster time goes by. Crazy. But here we are - 2016.

What does it mean for The "B" Farm? Well my friends, this marks the fourth year of us owning our sweet farm. When we bought it, we set a goal of getting it live-in ready in five years so that means next year all projects will be completed! (hopefully everything falls into place)!

I am so ready to leave the city behind and become a Country mouse.

To that end, my word of the year is "Prepare".

Prepare by tackling a couple of big projects - new kitchen countertops and making Tin Roof Studio a reality.

Prepare by getting rid of all the stuff we've managed to accumulate over the 22+ years we've been in this house and only keeping what we really need. (When we do move, we don't need to take a bunch of unwanted stuff with us. And by doing it now, we'll have less to do when we do move).

Prepare by refreshing what needs refreshing at the city house so we can sell it when that time comes. So many projects to do in just a year. It's exciting!

So 2016, let the "preparing" begin! It's going to be busy!


  1. So happy for you! Praying it falls into place as planned, and you can soon be a full-time country mouse!

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I hope you are well. It's been too long, girl!

  2. So exciting, Cecilia! Your heart is prepared so the rest will follow ;) Hugs, Cecilia

  3. It's an exciting time to prepare for the year ahead with some positive changes. Just think how satisfying it will be once everything is in place and you are a very happy country mouse! xx

  4. Your grandmother was so right, the older we get, the faster time goes by! So true!
    I am so excited for much to look forward to moving to someplace you will love so much and someplace I am sure you have worked very hard for! I too am not a city mouse, so I can so relate! The country and a farm sounds heavenly to me!
    Downsizing will be tough, we have gone through it with our moves for my husbands work transfers, it's a big job!
    I am so looking forward to following you along on this journey!
    Hugs, Kimberley

    1. Thanks, Kimberely. It will be a lot of work. We've had time to accumulate lots of stuff.

  5. Cecilia, I envy your state of mind! We have land between Dallas and Houston that is absolutely beautiful. My husbands dream come true would be to live there but I am not ready to leave the city behind. I don't want him to live a lifetime and never get to have his dream of these days maybe.

    Happy New Year! :)

    1. I'm not saying it will be an easy transition. The city definitely has perks! LOL. But oh the quiet and no traffic and no neighbors too close by (just close enough!). Do you have a house there yet? It helps if you get to spend regular time there and get used to the community.
      Happy New Year to you too!

  6. Ahhhhhhh...I remember it well Cecilia. Deciding what to keep, what to donate, what to trash, etc.

    You're on the right track and you're smart to start preparing ahead of time because as you know, it will be here before you can say 'country mouse'.


  7. Cecilia--
    I hope you see all this come to fruition for you. I love your word for the year. I liked my word for last year..."DO." so much... I've not even thought of a new one for this year. Today is Jan 6th already!
    But I am thinking of words... nothing has stuck yet. ;)
    You're going to love being a country mouse... this year will go so quickly. I know your heart is ready,
    blessings, Patricia

  8. How exciting! Sounds like your new year is going to be great! Love your word too, very appropriate!

  9. oooh, Cecilia! is that one of the roses I sent ? Are they blooming now ? I remember an older friend of my mom's telling me about time flying by, and now, of course, I'm telling the younger generation. You just can't understand it when you're young, but it sure rings true when you start getting older. I'm trying to go through things and this year is the big push to get it all decluttered. I know one of these days we'll have to leave this home and go to something smaller so I'm trying to prepare. It's not that simple!

  10. How exciting Cecilia! It does sound as though you have a busy year preparing, but how awesome to see your dream of living in the country soon come to pass! Great it! I am excited to follow your journey this year and look forward to the projects you have planned. Hope 2016 is treating you well!

    Hugs, Vicky

  11. So exciting Cecilia that you are preparing for the move....Can't wait to see what you do at the farm...We hope to "prepare" ourselves for thinking about downsizing...still weighing our options...Have a great day...Happy New Year!

    1. Yeah, that whole downsizing thing is going to be a challenge. I look around and wonder where it's all going to just can't all make the move. Whether the move happens soon or later, we need to really get rid of lots. I have to decide what I just can't let go of. It's going to be hard, I think. I'm looking forward to finishing out these spaces though! So exciting.

  12. I love your word, Cecelia! It could well be my own, as we are in a state of transition, too! Thank you for stopping by my Christmas tour and for your lovely comment...I'm a new follower of yours now, too!

  13. Your photos are beautiful Cecelia! And I love the creativity of taking the photo of the hub of the old farm implement.

    All the best for an extraordinary day!

  14. I'm so excited for you as you prepare for a big change in your life. We thought we were going to move a few years ago, too, so we got rid of a huge 25 year accumulation of "stuff." Then we didn't move! But, oh my gosh, it felt SO good to have it all done, and we haven't regretting simplifying our lives for one minute. It's a ton of work, but so satisfying. Good luck on all your projects.

    1. Thanks, Laurel. I've been wanting to declutter for awhile now but I always work best under pressure. Lol. Started thinking about the kitchen. It's next!


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