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Stepping….Sideways?  #ROW80 /#12WeekYear MidWeek 11

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

 On Sunday, I wrote about stepping through time – changes and challenges that rolled in with Daylight Savings time.

Since then:

  • Monday marked 2 months since Jim died. I slept a lot, and was very emotional – there’s still so much to process, and I was exhausted.
  • I’ve been in touch with several people I haven’t talked to in too long, and made a date to visit with a dear friend in a couple of weeks.
  • We had another snowstorm, this one on Tuesday, but with more snow expected today – 3 weeks in a row. We haven’t yet replaced our snow shovel, so we’ll be making do.
  • Jeremiah learned how to jump-start a car when his battery failed in a parking lot, and some helpful strangers came to our aid. A new battery for his Forester is on our to-do list.
  • Speaking of Jeremiah, both kids’ homeschool reports are now in the final stages, so I should have no trouble making the deadline (midnight tomorrow). Unfortunately, Lise’s had some major formatting glitches that took over an hour and four Microsoft Support techs – to get nowhere. Then my #allstartrek friend Mark McDermott (check out his beer blog here!) volunteered to look at it. He had a workable .pdf file for me in about 5 minutes – at no charge. Makes me wonder what my $99/year Office subscription is really buying me, other than a headache.
  • On a happier note, Lise discovered she likes chicken avocado burgers. This might not be news, except that she isn’t particularly adventurous where her palate is concerned, generally preferring bland and familiar tastes. Finding something new she enjoys is a big win!

Has your week brought forward progress, or are you also stepping sideways?

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.

  • Miah’s report: 16/16 sections completed (through Attendance).
  • Lise’s report has been proofed and reformatted.
  • Progress: 95%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 30%.

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 11-12.

  • This continues to be a strength, as we find our way forward together.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 11 -12.

  • Each day this session. Hometending; cooking; travel plans; connection with friends; facilitating interests/goals; updating waste pickup service; and homeschool reports. 3/3 for session.
  • Progress: 100%.


Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 1112.

  • 3/3 days this session; while cleaning/food prep/conversing/shopping.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 11-12.

  • More conversation about sharing hometending; ideas for redecorating/organization and upcoming home repairs.
  • Progress: 100%



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

  • Progress: 93%

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

  • Progress: 90%

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

  • Progress: 40%.

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

  • Progress: 35%.

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

  • Called waste company; changed service and got billing totals.
  • Progress: 65%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 65%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 1112.

  • Progress: 50%.

Keep in touch with other writers   reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 11-12.

  • Sprinting each weekday.
  • Answered several blog comments.
  • Progress: 100%.


Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 70%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 1112.

  • Talked with both regarding various new ideas – lots of puppy/cleaning talk with Lise.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 11-12.

  • Arranged to pick the brain of a dear friend who purchased a fixer-upper and made a lovely, cozy little home out of it.
  • Progress: 100%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 10%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 1112.

  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:


 Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 11-12.

  • Every day.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 11-12.

  • Home and Garden TV; decluttering/organizing/hometending/beautifying; cooking; prettied my workstation surface.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 1112.

  • Bought a new metal mixing bowl that can fit inside my Instant Pot.
  • Progress: 50%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 50%

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

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 1112.

  • Sunday and Tuesday were busy; Monday, I slept a lot.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 1112.

  • I continued to do well here.
  • Progress: 100%


Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 1112.

  • Yep!
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 1112.

  • This, too.
  • Progress: 100%

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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!

2 thoughts on “Stepping….Sideways?  #ROW80 /#12WeekYear MidWeek 11

  1. Lots of blue throughout. Wonderful progress in a year of continuing changes for you all. Stepping sideways? Just fine as you have beautifully delineated that line between progress and balance, listening to what is needed for you and the kids. In the process, you’re teaching us to cherish the moment and seek balance for ourselves. Maybe today, I’m stepping sideways. Instead of pushing to write 750 words, I’ve ‘only’ written 350, and then I went to GoodWill and found this amazing shirt that says, “Take Me to London!” Back home now, ready for sandwiches, to talk online with ROW80 friends, and then a walk. Have a very good week to come.

  2. There’s a lot of blue in there with some green mixed in. Looks good!
    Emotional times can be very draining. Almost more than physical exertion(at least for me). (((HUGS)))

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