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February 1, 2015: February, I See You!

ROWin’ through February….

So, I’ve got a question: Why do we Americans annually drag unsuspecting and hibernating rodents from their burrows or cages, and hold them over the ground to see if we can see their shadows?

I mean, isn’t this just a wee bit odd, as traditions go? Isn’t it really a weird thing to make even a nominal holiday out of?

Because I’m the type who likes to share…click the links, and learn more about a tradition rooted at nature, but which assumes that groundhogs actually look for their shadows and understand the concept of omens.  Strange, that…

I don’t think any local groundhogs will be seeing their shadows in a snowstorm. Personally, I just think the poor beings ought to be left to their own sleepy natures – shadows or not, spring weather comes when it does, and no sooner or later than that.

In the meantime, it is February, so it’s time for a new set of goals. Many of these are continuations or expansions of my January goals; a few are new this month. I’ve color-coded the initial status of each; I’ll post a more detailed update on Wednesday, as my first regular February update.

February Accounting:

  • Goals attained: blue with strikethrough.

  • Goals in progress: green.

  • Goals-in-waiting: red.

And, for reference, here’s the bigger picture:

February Update #1:




  • Write rough draft – next chapter/story in “Monday Morning Coffee” series.
  • February: Submit “Slow Jazz Awakening” to a fan fiction site TBD.

Kifo Island Chronicles:

Star Trek Chronology Project

The IDIC Romance:

  • Research fan fiction sites.
  • Choose one for first submission.
  • Submit first story, “Slow Jazz Awakening”.

A-Z travel posts:

  • Create list of A-Z post topics.
  • Write intro post.
  • Make notes for all.
  • Rough draft 13.

Trueborn Warp/Weft series:

  • February: Review background information.

Write at least 750 words daily:


Chameleon’s Dish: 

  • Revise all midpoints for Chameleon’s Dish (2 scenes).

The IDIC Romance:

  • Slow Jazz Awakening” – Complete draft.
  • Vermilion Threads” – Create new compilation rough draft.


  • Slow Jazz Awakening” – Complete revision passes.
  • Peach Liqueur Love” Complete Deep Revision through Exercise 3.
  • Choose story 4/5 for 2015 revision.

Social Media:

Blog Maintenance:

  • Maintain regular posting schedule, comments, and visits.

Build blog queues:

  • Write at least 1 Coffee and Conversation post.
  • Write 1 “special” WIPpet.

Blogging Action Plan:

  • Rough draft revision.
  • Review Lovely Chaos Sidebar; make list of desired changes.

Twitter and Facebook:

  • Visit Facebook twice weekly.
  • Visit Twitter thrice weekly.

PinterestLinkedIn,  WANATribe,  ect:

  • Visit at least one weekly.

Share posts – mine, and others’:

  • Share 5 items a week.

Blog views and followers:

  • Continue goal; increase to 50 (at least 10 times this month).


Family room reset:

  • Clean the three toy bins (trains; gears; misc.).
  • Clean the Lego and battle game drawers.

Kitchen reset:

  • Clean kitchen counter to left of sink.
  • Rehome serving dishes.

Inhabit my study:

  • Clean and organize floor.

Personal Administration:

  • Clean, organize, and backup Writing Bullpen files‘; sort Leisure Time Reading file.
  • Maintain inbox below 100 messages twice weekly.

Homeschool Administration:

  • Begin second quarter homeschool reports for both kids, due March 15.


  • Keep visits up-to-date.


Oregon vacation:

  • Make list of what needs doing.
  • Make schedule for accomplishing list items.
  • Do them.
  • Make it So!”

Kindle ebooks:

Write reviews for 2 books on my Writers I Know list, and post to Amazon.

NNWM local group:

  • Continue attending write-ins whenever possible.
  • Interact at least weekly online.


  • Experiment with guided/unguided meditation at least once a week.

TBR Stacks:

  • Read 1 book from bedroom TBR pile.

Smart Change:

  • Make a list of goals to focus on, using the methods in this book.

My beloveds:

  • One on one time with each, at least five times each, doing something of value to us both.

Paying it Forward:

Complete at least two beta reads and promotional blog posts for other writers as requested.

Fitness and Nutrition:


  • At the Y or a strenuous activity twice weekly.
  • Wii Fit at least once weekly, for 15 minutes minimum.

Walk, dance, swim, or physical play:

  • With children, spouse, and/or dog at least weekly.


  • Attend a t’ai chi or yoga class.

Intuitive Eating:

  • Read.

Cooking/ Food Preparation:

  • Develop two self-made food options that support my nutritional goals.
  • Prepare repertoire food for myself at least weekly.
  • Maintain weekly nutritional quotas; adapt as needed.


Maintain or reduce weight; continue monthly checks.

Take a ride on the ROWboat!


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

10 thoughts on “February 1, 2015: February, I See You!

    1. Offers Joey a palliative hot beverage and a pat on the back.

      I’m glad I’m not alone. I kinda liked the movie in my 20s…Bill Murray is a funny guy, and I liked Andie McDowell a lot at the time.

      But I spent a lot less time thinking about things like this, then, too, though, so there’s that.

      I guarantee that there won’t be any groundhogs seeing shadows in my yard today. Sensible critters are snug and warm under more than a foot of new snow. =)

  1. Yeah, I never really understood Groundhog Day. At my work, we had 3 or 4 groundhogs on the property and my brilliant co-workers decided to use rat poison to kill them (I don’t know why they just didn’t call Animal Control). So, yes, they died — underneath the building. The smell was hideous and made me nauseous for a long time. It was the height of summer, 90+ degree weather, and it sucked. Smart, huh? Should have called Animal Control.

    Awesome on your goals! I’m envious.

    1. Yes, they should have. Or just let the little guys alone. Everybody has to live somewhere, after all!

      The irony is that groundhogs actually have poor eyesight. So maybe they can’t even see their own shadows at the best of times. And being pulled out of your snug nest, more asleep than awake, and held out in bright sunshine isn’t likely to make bad eyesight any sharper! =)

    1. I had never heard of a Kanban board until I read your comment, John! But it does seem a lot like the way I’ve bumbled into organizing things, and I do have this large bulletin board I was struggling to figure out the best way to organize…

      And now I want to play with these. As a culture, the Japanese are brilliant at combining work and fun.

      With the variety of things my mind likes to toy with…I think I’ll be experimenting with these (because, you know, one more thing to play with!).

      Thanks for the brain candy on a snowy Monday, John! =D

  2. Dear me, I always get dizzy when I read your goals and how much you achieve. Very impressive!!! Thanks for taking part in “Love Is In Da Blog”

    1. Well, it’s more like I make goals of everything I want to do. SO, whatever I do, I’m engaging with a goal. =)

      Also, I don’t have a day job per se, and no school schedules to complicate my life. It makes a big difference!

    1. Lists. Lots of lists. And color-coding.

      Oh, and I don’t need a tremendous amount of sleep. That’s handy. =)

      Apparently, it’s a centuries old folk tale of sorts. But, seriously – we’ve got inches of fresh snow, and it’s coming down thick out there! Will be all day, here. It’s cruel to pull out a hibernating animal in this!

      Besides, pretty much anyone over four or so could probably figure out, if they thought about it, that if a groundhog makes a shadow on Feb.2, so do people, houses, trees, snowdrifts…

      Not exactly rocket science, is it? =)

      I think people were just looking for diversion, and maybe publicity. But maybe we could leave the poor whistle pigs out of it!

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