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Live From the Trail:  #ROW80 /#12WeekYear EOW4


Hi there, ROWers and friends!

Yes, I’m late again. And I’m okay with that, because I’ve discovered(also belatedly) my #oneword for 2018 – and I’ve been busily putting it into practice.

And the word is…


There’ll be more on my #oneword throughout the year.

My week of travel finally ended on Friday, when I picked Lise up from three days at a friend’s home. It feels good to have both kids home again, and no major travel plans on the near horizon.

I haven’t been writing much this week. Most of my energy has been spent on organization, resetting, and administrative matters, with a good dose of Home and Garden TV and other non-writing creative endeavors sprinkled in, and time to reconnect with both kids now that they’ve gotten some much-needed friend time.

I’ve decided not to panic about the paucity of wordcrafting. I feel a need to create a new type of stability in our lives, and to deal with some administrative details that shouldn’t be pushed aside for long.

When February arrives on Thursday, I will kick off two weeks of intensive focus on How to Write Flash Fiction That Doesn’t Suck. I have a story in early development that I want to submit, and I might as well create some others, and learn things, along the way. I also plan to resume my beta reading, and tend to some homeschool administration.

But it’s still January, so…time to finally update my progress!

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

 Black with Overstrike: 86ed.


Relationships, Family, and Home:


Complete lists of homeschool activities/ update attendance for November. Due Week 2.

  • Progress: 0%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 4-12.

  • 4/4 – Pennsylvania into New York on rural, state, and interstates; local driving.
  • Progress: 100%.

Move bedroom furniture to better accommodate nurse visits; deep clean as I go; ask for help from kids as needed.  Week 1.

Use one-on-one time to touch base with all family members. Weeks 4-12.

  • Lots of connection with the kids; maintained contact with Jim’s
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 4-12.

  • Facilitated returns from meetups with friends; shopping; Frost Faire; dining at favorite restaurants; discussed plans for updating personal/common spaces.
  • 7/7 for this week to date.
  • Progress: 100%.


Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 4-12.

  • While hometending; making food; and just hanging out together chatting.
  • 7/7 for week so far.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 4-12.

  • Lots more discussion/brainstorming, and planning. Arranged for purchase of a reclining love seat for the kids’ game room.
  • Progress: 100 %




Inventory sauces; get count on what/how many labels needed: Due Week 3.

  • Moved remaining sauces to staging area; counted 26 cases, of which a few might not be full. It’s a step in the right direction, at last.
  • Progress: 55%

Go through checking account and insurance policy info; make list of monthly/quarterly bills and due dates: Due Week 4.

  • Closed Jim’s business account; changed joint accounts to solo. A sad but necessary process.
  • Still waiting for life insurance paperwork to arrive.
  • Progress: 80%

Pay Jim’s back sales taxes; find out how to dissolve business. Due Week 6.

  • Progress: 25%.

Do (or delegate) our taxes: Due Week 10

  • Progress: 20%.

Create a base family budget for the kids and I: Due Week 12.

  • More discussion on general economics, immediate and extended.
  • Progress: 45%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 4-12.

  • Progress: 20%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 1-12.

  • Progress: 0%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 4-12.

  • Read and commented on several #ROW80 midweek Sprints as possible.
  • Progress: 25%.


Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 412.

  • Still no official list; but ideas are becoming more refined.
  • Progress: 25%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 4-12.

  • Happening organically.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 412.

  • A bit of informal progress here.
  • Progress: 45%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 4-12.

  • Progress: 45%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 4-12.

  • I’m rocking this!
  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:


Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 4-12.

  • Every night this session.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 4-12.

  • More Home and Garden TV; bought cottage garden magazine; walked friend’s farm; took pictures during lunch out with Lise and while cooking.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 412.

  • Made a whole faux-rotisserie chicken (and over-steamed broccoli)!
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 4-12.

  • Saved a few more recipes.
  • Progress: 100%

Use Ninja for food prep once weekly. Weeks 4-12.

  • Progress: 0%

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 4-12.

  • Regained rhythm post-travel.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 412.

  • Still doing well at this.
  • Progress: 100%


Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 412.

  • Progress: 30%.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 4-12.

  • Lots more quiet moments between travels.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 4-12.

  • I continue to focus on this.
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 4-12.

  • Spent time with both kids, just being, as well as tending to their needs.
  • Progress: 100%

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My very first faux rotisserie Instant Pot chicken! #ICanDoThis!


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!

6 thoughts on “Live From the Trail:  #ROW80 /#12WeekYear EOW4

  1. The words will come in their own time. Right now, you’re doing what you need to, not just for teh words, but for yourself in the grand scheme of things (of which words will definitely be a part).

    Yay on that chicken! It looks lovely. Over-streaming the broccoli… well, it’s a learning process! And it was probably still pretty yummy. 😀

    1. It was pretty yummy broccoli, at that – if way mushier than I’d choose! Definitely a learning process, since I can’t see what I’m steaming. The chicken was so delicious, and simple, I’m making another one this week.

      And the words are coming. Mostly for the flash fiction course, so far, but they are coming. As I deal with other things that need to be dealt with, I expect more to arrive. I have that percolating feeling again..

      1. It sounds like it was a good experiment then.

        Do you like celery? Because my grandmother used to make a “backing rack of celery stalks to roast chicken on, and it might be an idea to try.

  2. I know you can “write flash fiction that doesn’t suck”! Just keep talking to the rest of us and show us the way, oh wise woman, wise on so many levels. Hug the kids, hug yourself, follow your intuitions. When YOU are ready, those words will come.

  3. Even if there haven’t been many words, there’s lots of progress in other areas. Any of that right now is good.
    Here’s to getting to a place where the writing happens next month. ☺

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