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Endings and Beginnings: Non- #ROW80 /#12WeekYear End of Week 12

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

 Last Wednesday, I wrote about settling-in and new possibilities as I scrambled the end of ROW80 Round One.

Since then:

  • The round ended, but I was busy with my presentation for my first meet the author event, so this is the first I’ve returned here to update. Here’s my portion of the program (transcript available soon on my Patreon page).
  • I’ve moved forward a bit with taxes, and considerably with the life insurance claims.
  • I’ve laid the footing for that new possibility. Still not ready to talk about it, but maybe before too long.
  • I’ve been preparing for the visit of a dear friend I haven’t seen in far too long.
  • Spring is officially here, and the earth is gradually warming and softening.
  • And now My second 12 Week Year is also complete, so I’ll be spending the rest of the month wrapping up some loose ends, preparing for the Blogging from A-Z Challenge, April CampNaNoWriMo, and developing goals for Round 2/12 Week Year 3 – the first full quarter since Jim’s death.

How about you?

Did you reach your first quarter goals?

What’s on tap for the next?

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Red: Goal Change.

Round One Self-evaluation of each category appears after its heading.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:

Doing:

Overall, I did fairly well in this category, despite the challenges of Jim’s illness, death, and the aftermath.

Complete homeschool reports and submit.  Week 11.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Week 12.

  • 5/4; including learning how to put air in a soft tire.
  • 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 both kids. Week 12.

  • This continues to be a strength.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Week 12.

  • Each day this session, for more than 5 minutes. Hometending; shopping; facilitating interests/goals; and plenty of financial administration.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

I consistently did well here.

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

  • Every day this week; between home and erranding.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Week 12.

  • More hometending discussions.
  • Progress: 100%

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

This was a difficult area for me; the concrete realities of Jim’s illness and death were a mountain range, and I managed a molehill at a time – at best. More stability at end of round.

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

  • I finally got all but the few loose bottles inventoried – and, since I’ve decided not to deal with those at the moment, I’m calling this one DONE AT LAST!!!!
  • Progress: 100%

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

  • More progress, incrementally, on life insurance and listing – phone app gives a better real-time sense of auto-payments Jim set up. Taking far longer than expected.
  • Progress: 95%

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

  • Found  paperwork that may lead to  (eventually) meeting this goal.
  • Progress: 50%.

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

  • Started the process at last.
  • Progress: 50%.

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

  • Didn’t finish, but did get a much better sense of where we are, and what our financial needs are likely to be going forward.
  • Progress: 80%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Week 12.

  • Progress: 65%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Week 12.

  • A bit of work on current chapter-in-progress of Stained Blood.
  • Progress: 100%.

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

  • Sprints as possible; A Little Higher for WiPpet Wednesday.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Did a bit better here than with the above section.

Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Week 12.

  • Progress: 80%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Week 12.

  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Week 12.

  • Many new ideas.
  • Progress: 100%

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

  • Progress: 10%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Week 12.

  • Jumped on an unexpected opportunity.
  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

This was a strong area throughout the quarter.

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

  • Each night.
  • Progress: 100%

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

  • Fixer Upper; Cake Mania; lunch with Miah;  Hanilton singing.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Week 12.

  • Progress: 50%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Week 12.

  • Progress: 100%

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

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Week 12.

  • I think so, but was distracted from conscious planning for this.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Week 12.

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

Being:

A very strong area – probably what saved my sanity this round.

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Week 12.

  • Yes – they were perfect for developing my presentation.
  • Progress: 100%.

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

  • Oh, yes!
  • Progress: 100%.

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

  • Yup!
  • Progress: 100%.

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

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Since it’s between rounds, and someone cracked me up with this, I decided to share it with you – happy ROW80 break!

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Scrambling to the End: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear Midweek 12

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

 On Sunday, I wrote about our weekend with friends, and how it renewed me.

Since then:

  • We’ve made it safely home, settled in, and had a small uptick in our financial situation, as survivor’s benefits kicked in.
  • I’ve committed to getting taxes and life insurance claims done by the end of the month.
  • I had a lovely and inexpensive Olive Garden lunch with Miah, after we ran errands together.
  • Some exciting new possibilities have opened up. I’m not ready to talk about them yet, but I am exploring them.
  • I have a solid idea regarding my Saturday presentation, and am working out the broad strokes.

How about you?

Are you where you want to be with your goals, or are you scrambling, too?

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Red: Goal Change.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:

Doing:

Complete homeschool reports and submit.  Week 11.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Week 12.

  • 3/4 already; including most of our return trip from New Jersey and local driving in urban areas and in traffic.
  • Progress: 75%.

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. Week 12.

  • This continues to be a strength.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Week 12.

  • Each day this session, for more than 5 minutes. A bit of hometending; travel; connection with friends; facilitating interests/goals; and financial administration.
  • 3/3 for this session.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

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

  • Every day this week; between travel, home, and erranding/lunch.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Week 12.

  • Some talk over the last days; mostly hometending.
  • Progress: 100%

 Professional/Financial:

Doing:

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.

  • More progress, incrementally, on life insurance and listing. This is taking far longer than expected, but I am getting there.
  • Progress: 92%

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

  • No concrete progress; sorted and skimmed some tax paperwork.
  • Progress: 45%.

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

  • Upon consideration, our 2017 taxes aren’t  as complicated as the 2018 ones will be, so I decided to do them online this week and chose a program.
  • Progress: 45%.

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

  • Discussed grocery budget with both kids; they’re a bit skeptical, but willing to give it a try.
  • Also discussed online subscriptions with Miah, and decided to cancel one of mine. I want to be sure we’re using those we have.
  • Progress: 75%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Week 12.

  • Progress: 65%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Week 12.

  • Progress: 50%.

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

  • Monday sprint; one blog post-travel.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Week 12.

  • I finally started a brainstormed list…on a piece of PAPER. With WRITING!
  • Progress: 80%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Week 12.

  • Talked with both regarding various new ideas.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Week 12.

  • Many new ideas happening…. but I’m not ready to share details just yet.
  • Progress: 100%

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

  • Progress: 10%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Week 12.

  • Jumped on an unexpected opportunity.
  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

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

  • Missed a bit of Sunday. Added Voyager to my lineup, since it’s restarted.
  • Progress: 100%

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

  • Fixer Upper; Cake Mania; lunch with Miah; singing.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Week 12.

  • Progress: 50%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Week 12.

  • Invented a meal as I went along.
  • Progress: 100%

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

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Week 12.

  • Driving/visiting Sunday; mellow Monday; erranding Tuesday.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Week 12.

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

Being:

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Week 12.

  • Yes – lots of them, post-travel.
  • Progress: 100%.

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

  • Oh, yes!
  • Progress: 100%.

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

  • Yup!
  • Progress: 100%.

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

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Stepping Away: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear End of Week 11

 Hi there, ROWers and friends!

 On Wednesday, I wrote about my sometimes sideways journey through grief – what I was feeling two months after Jim’s death.

Since then:

  • With homeschool administration tended for another quarter, I shifted my focustoo other tasks – and found that our financial situation is quite precarious at the moment. It’s temporary, since I haven’t yet filed our taxes or submitted the life insurance claim …but lets me know that I need to deal with those things this week.
  • The kids and I packed ourselves up and traveled to see dear friends in central New Jersey. It’s closer to spring here*, with daffodils already up and trees budding.
  • I’ve had a chance just to relax and be for a while. I think I needed that more than I realized.
  • While visiting, I got some solid input on revisions for a short story pending publication, and for the meet-the-author event I’ll be doing next Saturday. It’s my first event of the type, and I’m very uncertain about what to do and expect.
  • On that note, I also wrote and submitted brief bios for that event, and for the Northeast Unschooling Conference, where I will be speaking this summer.
  • Yesterday**, the kids and I went with two of our friends to see the movie Every Day, which Lise had been wanting to see. It was even better than I expected, and stirred up discussion after the fact, and story ideas for me.

*Here means New Jersey.. I typed this on Sunday, but now it’s Monday, and we’re home.

**Yesterday means Saturday.

So, how was YOUR weekend?


Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Red: Goal Change.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:

Doing:

Complete homeschool reports and submit. Due Week 11.

  • Miah’s report proofed, letter written, both submitted.
  • Progress: 100%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 1112.

  • 3/4; including a 5 hour drive to New Jersey.
  • Progress: 80%.

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; connection with friends; facilitating interests/goals; and homeschool reports. 7/7 for week.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

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

  • Every day this week; between home and visiting.
  • Progress: 100%.

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

  • Joint hometending as we prepped for our trip; purchased a second-hand ribbon board for Lise’s room – something she’d been wanting in favorite colors.
  • Progress: 100%

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

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.

  • Decided to bite the bullet and make the appointment for this week.
  • Progress: 40%.

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

  • As something of a warmup, we set a budget for our weekend travel, and easily remained within it- this could be a first for us!
  • Progress: 70%

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.

  • Nothing this week.
  • Progress: 50%.

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

  • Srpints Wed/Thurs; and sporadic catching up over the weekend.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

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.
  • Progress: 100%

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

  • Bounced various ideas of my friends Sylvia and Jim, who are excellent sounding boards.
  • 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.

  • Sylvia treated us to a movie; we accepted happily. =)
  • Progress: 100%

 

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

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

  • Missed Friday due to travel.
  • Progress: 100%

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

  • Fixer Upper; decluttering/organizing/hometending/ooorganizing/beautifying; drawing my fantasy home improvement plans; photography; singing.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 0%.

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

  • Lots of ideas from Sylvia.
  • Progress: 100%

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

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 11-12.

  • I think so, but honestly didn’t pay too much attention while we were away.
  • 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%

Being:

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.

  • Oh, yes!
  • Progress: 100%.

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

  • This, too – in spades!
  • Progress: 100%

ROW80

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

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Inspired at Sylvia’s happy kitchen table. She made herself my patron years ago, and lives up to it with each visit.. =)
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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:

Doing:

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%.

Being:

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%

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

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%.

Being:

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:

Doing:

 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%

Being:

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%

ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!

ROW Along, or Cheer Us On!

We’re On Facebook, Too!

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Stepping Through Time #ROW80 /#12WeekYear End of Week 10

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

 On Wednesday, I wrote about sleepwalking – finally getting some long-needed and restorative rest.

Since then:

  • I’ve chosen my new bedframe, though I haven’t bought it, or selected new mattresses yet – I want to do some research first.
  • We had another significant Wednesday snowstorm – 2 weeks in a row, Oh, and our snow shovel broke, so it’s a good thing for warmer weather and Subarus that can tromp through the snowbanks.
  • I’ve made significant progress on Jeremiah’s homeschool report, so I should be ready to submit by the Thursday deadline.
  • We cemented plans to visit friends we haven’t seen in way too long -next weekend!
  • And now it’s Daylight Savings Time, so most of America is a bit bleary and confused…

Has your week brought any interesting developments?


Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Red: Goal Change.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:

Doing:

Complete homeschool reports and submit. Due Week 11.

  • Miah’s report: 8/16 sections completed (through Economics).
  • Progress: 70%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 1012.

  • 1/4.
  • 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 10-12.

  • Lots of connection with both this week, discussing hopes and needs.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 10 -12.

  • Each day this session. Hometending; travel plans; connection with and facilitating interests/goals; finding life insurance papers, homeschool reports. 7/7 for session.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 10-12.

  • 6/7 days this session; schedules didn’t line up Friday.
  • Progress: 90%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 10-12.

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

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

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.

  • Progress: 60%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 10-12.

  • Progress: 65%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 1012.

  • Completed 10; Sc.1 comments.
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 10-12.

  • Sprinting each weekday.
  • Read and commented on ROW80 and BOAW blogs.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 1012.

  • Progress: 70%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 1012.

  • Talked with both regarding various new ideas.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 1012.

  • New ideas simmering ideas on how to request help with our improvement projects.
  • Progress: 20%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 10-12.

  • Progress: 10%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 1012.

  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 10-12

  • Every day.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 10-12.

  • Home and Garden TV; decluttering/organizing/hometending/beautifying.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 1012.

  • Progress: 70%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 10-12.

  • Downloaded a whole foods Instant Pot Cookbook.
  • Progress: 100%

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

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 10-12.

  • Each day has held both activity and rest.
  • Progress: 75%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 1012.

  • I did well here.
  • Progress: 100%

Being:

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 10-12.

  • Continues to be a strong spot.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 1012.

  • Yep!
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 1012.

  • Recovered from early-week distraction and had lots of later-week connection.
  • Progress: 90%

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Sleepwalking #ROW80 /#12WeekYear MidWeek 10 and #IWSG

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

 On Sunday, I wrote about seeking my strut.

Since then:

  • The realization that I need to replace the bed Jim and I shared, and in which he died, has led to sleeping 7+ hours at a stretch – almost unheard of for me –and a new pre-sleep routine that soothes me to slumber. Since the bed is house-shaped, with a peaked rafter roof, it would be perfect as a small greenhouse, so it will remain in our lives.
  • The package with Jim’s ashes safely reached his family, so soon he will have his wish of having them buried at his father’s orchard.
  • I’ve made significant progress in crafting an updated bio, and posted to Patreon for the first time since late September.
  • To get to know my new phone, I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and think it may indeed change my life.

It’s also the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day. I’ve been intending to join in for over a year, and now seems as good a time as any.

This month’s question:

How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story? 

Generally, I take a bit of time to absorb the completion of a major goal, and then move forward with other goals and projects while that warm glow of accomplishment is still fresh. That lets me use the sense of confidence as I delve into other projects.

If you’d like to participate in IWSG this month, please link here.


Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Red: Goal Change.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:

Doing:

Complete homeschool reports and submit. Due Week 11.

  • Progress: 47%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 10-12.

  • 1/4; local night driving. Discussed where he needs more practice.
  • 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 10-12.

  • Lots of “hanging out” time with Lise; driving, shopping; conversation, Enterprise, and new phone setup with Miah = plenty of base-touching.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 10 -12.

  • Each day this session. Hometending; personal enrichment; cooking; shopping; connection with and facilitating interests/goals for both. 3/3 for session.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 1012.

  • 3/3 days this session: mostly in kitchen area/car while cooking/cleaning/shopping.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 10-12.

  • Lots of conversation; many ideas.
  • Progress: 100%

Professional/Financial:

 Doing:

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: 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.

  • Second step – coffee/lunch; kept tally for deducting from monthly budget allotment.
  • Progress: 57%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 10-12.

  • Progress: 60%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 1012.

  • Highlighted Chapter 10 for comments; comments for  Sc.1, page 1/5.
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 10-12.

  • Sprinting Monday and Tuesday.
  • #BOAW2018 Blogfest OriginalThe Beauty of Community.
  • #BOAW2018 Blogfest Girl Boner Edition – She.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 1012.

  • More unwritten brainstorming.
  • Progress: 66%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 1012.

  • Talked with both regarding various new ideas.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 1012.

  • Continued simmering ideas on how to request help with our improvement projects.
  • Progress: 16%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 10-12.

  • Progress: 10%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 1012.

  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 10-12.

  • Every day, yes, although a bit late Wednesday morning.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 10-12.

  • Home and Garden TV; photography; decluttering/organizing/hometending; singing; coffee/lunch with Lise and friends; mellow 5k training walk.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 10-12.

  • Progress: 70%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 10-12.

  • Progress: 60%

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

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 10-12.

  • Each day has held both activity and rest, as I actually slept more normal hours.
  • Progress: 75%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 1012.

  • I was craving more regular sleep. Developed a simple routine; it’s led to two solid sleep days.
  • Progress: 100%

Being:

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 10-12.

  • I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up during quiet periods, and am simmering some major changes.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 1012.

  • Yep!
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 1012.

  • Much more connection this session. Driving, shopping, general hanging-out with kids and friends.
  • Progress: 100%

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Finding My Strut? #ROW80 /#12WeekYear  End of Week 9

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

 On Sunday, I wrote about striding and strolling my way to my goals.

Since then:

  • I’ve had a couple of days of intense activity, followed by two mellower days.
  • I mailed the package to Jim’s family, and feel freer without the emotional burden of that self-imposed obligation.
  • Lise’s homeschool report is drafted, and Miah’s has been started.
  • My recently composed flash fiction story, “Symphony at Song Glass Cabin,” was accepted to Pub 518’s upcoming anthology, Exploits in the Adirondacks. First round of edits due at end of month; a first review found only minor fixes needed.
  • I’ve also had an epiphany regarding our house, and how we can deal with some rather significant structural damage in our one bathroom. It involves a cargo container addition, possibly two, and moving several rooms. I’ve got a quick sketch and a headful of ideas, but very little else, thus far. I’m watching Fixer-Upper, though – so stay tuned!

I’m not sure I can claim a strut just yet – but with my reading approaching swiftly, and things taking on some semblance of order here…I can sense it out there, somewhere…

What brings out your strut?

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Red: Goal Change.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:

Doing:

Complete homeschool reports and submit. Due Week 11.

  • Miah’s report: opened file; began adapting intro. It’s a start.
  • Progress: 47%.

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

  • Weather not especially conducive; talked about pre-licensing course and gear-up for his license.
  • 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 912.

  • Touching base in bits and pieces.
  • Progress: 100%

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

  • Yes, each day. Hometending; personal enrichment; cooking; shopping; connection with and facilitating interests/goals for both. 7/7 for session.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

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

  • 7/7 days this session: mostly in kitchen area while cooking/cleaning.
  • Progress: 100%.

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

  • Discussed division of home labor; major renovation ideas; upcoming travel; and puppies.
  • Progress: 100%

Professional/Financial:

Doing:

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

  • Stored labeled sauces to make room for inventory of unlabeled (for which I have a different plan).
  • Progress: 93%

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.

  • First step: we have an eating out budget for the month.
  • 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.

  • Progress: 100%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 9-12.

  • Some sprinting; some blog reading/commenting.
  • My #SoCS post, Redefine.
  • Prepped for #BOAW2018 Blogfest.
  • Progress: 100%.

Being:

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

  • The very beginnings of a list, sort of. I listed a few essentials in my #SoCS post.
  • Progress: 63%

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

  • Talked with both regarding various new ideas.
  • Progress: 100%

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

  • Continued simmering ideas on how to request help with our improvement projects.
  • Progress: 15%

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.

  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

Doing:

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

  • Every day, yes.
  • 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; drawing simple renovation plans; photography; decluttering/organizing/hometending; singing; coffee with a friend; walking.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 912.

  • Made couscous and sautéed ground turkey.
  • Progress: 100%.

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

  • New Plated recipes.
  • Progress:100%

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

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

  • Active two, then restful two, when I couldn’t give any more.
  • Progress: 75%.

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

  • Not so much Wed. and Thurs., but couldn’t avoid it on Friday and Saturday, when I napped and dozed frequently.
  • Progress: 50%

Being:

Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

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

  • Better than at the beginning of the week.
  • Progress: 50%.

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

  • Again, a bit better.
  • Progress: 50%.

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

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

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