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Stride and Stroll: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear Midweek 9

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

On Sunday, I wrote about how things are moving along as I adjust to my new normal.

Since then:

  • My new printer is up and running, and so is my keyboard.
  • I’m using Command Center and laptop interchangeably.
  • I’ve made headway on the homeschool reporting.
  • I’ve also moved forward with personal matters related to Jim’s death – preparing to send his ashes to his sister in Oregon, and emptying the remains of the many medications the hospice nurse destroyed with dish liquid on the night he died, then left for me to flush. I wasn’t up to these very real bits of unfinished business until this week, and there’s liberation in tending to them.

There’s still a mountain range worth of things to tend to – but, though sleep has been rare with the full moon, I’m gaining confidence that I can and will tend to them. Sometimes I need to stride forth on something specific; other times, I can stroll along puttering at this and that, but I will make progress along the trail and up the peaks.

What mountains lie on your horizon?

How will you scale them?

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Red: Goal Change.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:


Complete homeschool reports and submit. Due Week 11.

  • Annalise’s report: Section 10/10 drafted.
  • Progress: 45%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 9-12.

  • 1/4; talked about areas where he needs more practice.
  • Progress: 25%.

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 both kids. Weeks 912.

  • Touched base with Lise while we were having lunch together, and with Miah while hometending together.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 9 -12.

  • Yes, each day. Hometending; personal enrichment; administration; shopping; connection with and facilitating interests/goals for both. 3/3 for session.
  • Progress: 100%.


Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 912.

  • 3/3 days this session: car; home; yard.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 9-12.

  • Discussed division of home labor; improvements in common and personal spaces; travel; and puppies.
  • Progress: 100%



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

  • More insight, and the beginnings of a plan.
  • Progress: 92%

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

  • Progress: 85%

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

  • Progress: 35%.

Do (or delegate) our taxes: Due Week 10.

  • Progress: 25%.

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

  • More consideration of our budgetary needs.
  • Progress: 55%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 9-12.

  • Progress: 60%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 912.

  • Comments for 9, Sc.2 completed.
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 912.

  • Responded to blog comments and visited/commented in return; Monday/Tuesday
  • Progress: 100%.


Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 912.

  • Nothing written thus far; approach plan evolving and simmering.
  • Progress: 60%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 912.

  • Talked with both.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 912.

  • Some early ideas on how to approach this.
  • Progress: 10%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 9-12.

  • Progress: 0%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 912.

  • A whole new set of ideas here.
  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:


Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 9-12.

  • Every day, yes. I also reread a 535 page fanfiction novel I wrote.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 9-12.

  • Home and Garden TV; decluttering/organizing/hometending; singing; coffee with a friend; walking.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 9-12.

  • Progress: 0%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 9-12.

  • Progress: 0%

Use Ninja for food prep once weekly. Weeks 7-12.

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 9-12.

  • Well…not so much. Active every day, with the fatigue to prove it!
  • Progress: 50%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 912.

  • Doing won out.
  • Progress: 50%


Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 9-12.

  • Not so much – I’ve been pushing more than is best.
  • Progress: 30%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 912.

  • Uh, not so much.
  • Progress: 20%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 912.

  • Success here, at least!
  • Progress: 100%

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One of my favorite songs from childhood:


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!

4 thoughts on “Stride and Stroll: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear Midweek 9

    1. Not sure I always feel I agree with you, but, less than two months after Jim’s death, maybe expecting to be caught up with the mountain range of unfinished business would be unrealistic.

      I have to say I’m satisfied, overall. Trying to do more than I am might be emotionally and/or physically exhausting. I need rest; the kids need a mom who can cope and help them to do the same.

    1. Not so much in the professional/financial area, where I’m creeping along. But that’s an emotional sinkhole of a sort; I am making very slow progress…and will get there.

      It wasn’t a bad session, all in all.

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