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One Word 2017

Last month I was contemplating what I might choose for my word of the year and I decided to look back over my past choices for inspiration. Unfortunately what I discovered is that I seem to have no staying power. Most years my efforts did not last more than a couple of months before fading away.

Another thing I discovered is that there is still a lot of work to be done in each of the areas I have chosen in the past. Work that I really would like to master/complete. After much thought I’ve decided that I’m going to divide the rest of the year into three sections of 100 days. Each section of the year will be devoted to a separate theme and hopefully the shorter period will keep me focused and on task.

I’m going to start with my original one word theme – health. My goals for those hundred days are to get to bed by 10 pm, walk for at least 10,000 steps each day and limit my “dessert” to 250 calories each day. I’m also going to try to incorporate some other activities like less processed food, more vegetables, more water, and some strength training.

Because my son’s schedule is going to be a bit crazy for the next two weeks I’m going to wait until January 29th to start. That means my first hundred day period will run from January 29th until May 8th. I’ll take a week or two after that to review how things went and decide what the next focus will be.

How about you ? Has anyone chosen a word for this year? Please share in the comments – I’d love to hear what you are up to.

 

Thursday Tidbits – The Job Search

Just another unedited, sloppy edition of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

So I’ve been thinking about my “dream job” ever since I wrote about it awhile ago and lo and behold up pops a job that at first glance seemed to be the one. It was for a part time position at a fabric shop – doing a little bit of a lot of things – shop maintenance, sales, helping with design projects and social media efforts. They asked you to email a resume or just stop in, drop it off and chat. I decided to just drop in and chat since I do not have a resume. Unfortunately the person I needed to talk to was not in the shop at the time. I left my contact info and planned to write up a resume and send it in.

The aspects that make it my “dream job” were that it would be part time, it is working with fabric, it is within walking distance, the hours would be pretty good, I would get to learn more about fabric and perhaps have time to work on my projects or at last be more motivated to work on them.

Then my doubts started cropping up – I haven’t worked in years so I have no work history, I love fabric but I’m not really good at designing/matching patterns or colors, I’m too introverted to sell, I don’t know anything about social media and on and on.  I tried putting together a resume but all the doubts kept creeping in and I ended up not creating anything.

Then I was going through old journals and found an entry where I had written down a description of another “dream job”. This was around having a few clients whose gardens I took care of. This would allow me to spend time outside, work with plants, have minimal interaction with others and allow me to create my own schedule. A few days after that another job posting came up. This one is for a part time horticulturist working in malls and office buildings taking care of plant installations.

I didn’t need a resume – you just had to fill out an application online. So before I had time to second guess myself I filled out the application and sent it in. I got a call and scheduled an interview. The interview went okay – I made a few mistakes but overall I think it went okay. They will be finishing up interviews this week and will let everyone know by the end of next week. So now it’s just wait and see what they have to say.

So that’s what has been happening here lately. I’ll be back tomorrow with a progress report for the 100 day challenge – hope to see a report from you as well. Until then, wherever and whatever you are doing, have a great day!

 

Tidbit Thursday

Just another unedited, sloppy installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

Have done a bit more in the garden – got started on the iris transplanting.  I moved them  into “temporary” beds last year but didn’t get them moved into their permanent this spring as I had hoped to do.  Hopefully I’ll get the rest of them in before too long.

Also did some more weeding and covering in preparation for winter. Still have some raspberries developing. Lately there has been a young mourning dove hanging around the raspberry patch. Not sure if it is hurt or just doesn’t have much flying experience yet.

Still trying to decide on my 100 day challenge but I’m leaning towards getting rid of 100 things. I’d like to clear out my loft and get serious about working on the numerous projects I have collected supplies for. Right now it is too cluttered to be able to spread out and work on projects. Need to try to get moving on the girl’s quilt and  I’ve got tons of holiday fabric that I planned to make placemats and table runners out of. Would like  to make a dent in that as well.

Don’t forget to let me know what your challenge goal is going to be. I’d love to cheer you on as we work towards our goals.

For now though it’s time to get to bed. Hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing you are having a great day.

Soul Searching

Sitting here waiting for my daughter to return my car so I can go to church and I’m going back and forth in my mind over what to do. Should I skip Sunday School and take her to work because her car broke down and she can’t afford to get it fixed or should I let her deal with the consequences and take two busses to get there. That’s if she can even get two busses since it’s the Sunday schedule and there aren’t as many busses running. Should I loan her (more)money so she can get the car fixed or take a Uber ride to work?  What is helping and what is enabling??

Oh, to be able to go back in time and change how you did things – there are so many things I wish I had done differently. But I can’t go back in time, I can only choose to try to better from now on. The difficulty with that is trying to determine what is better.

Tidbit Tuesday

Just another installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

I’m looking out at the bright sunshine and thinking I should take a walk but I don’t feel like bundling up and braving the cold – maybe later…

As much as I complained about the hubby wanting a carport over other home improvements, I must agree that it is nice not to have to scrape off the ice/snow in the morning.

I’m another year older and hopefully I’m becoming another year smarter. Got a lovely birthday surprise from my hubby to start the day and then spent a relaxing day at home. We went out to lunch the day after and it was very yummy.

There was a lot of family drama over the past two months and the short story is that the girl turned eighteen, moved out and now is thinking about dropping out of school. She is only 6 months from graduating and being eligible for $30,ooo towards further schooling. I’ve been trying to get her to go back to finish and just might have convinced her to do cyber school. I’m hopeful but I’m also coming to terms with the fact that I have no control over this decision and I have to let her make it and face the consequences on her own. Tough thing for this mommy to accept.

As usual Monday was a productive day – several financial tasks done, laundry and some cleaning done, decluttered and tossed one shelf worth of stuff, got information about a possible way to get the girl to graduate, got closer to being caught up with my email, set tentative lunch dates with two friends and most surprising made five phone calls!

To some of you that last item may not seem like much but for me it is a major milestone. I have a serious phone phobia – I absolutely hate to make phone calls. I get all nervous and frazzled, thinking I’m going to interrupt someone, be a bother to someone, say something stupid, forget something important, etc. I write out little scripts so I don’t forget things, call when I know I’ll get an answering machine, try to use email whenever possible or try to get someone else to do it for me. The ability to text is about the only good reason for having a cellphone! Anyway, I bit the bullet yesterday and took care of a few things that had to be done by phone. I’d like to be able to say it wasn’t that bad but it was. I had to make three calls to set up an appointment for the cat because I got frazzled the first time and then didn’t check my calendar the second time.

Unfortunately, I’ve fallen into the Tuesday slump. I have a tendency to be productive on Monday and then turn into a sloth on Tuesdays. I got everyone out the door but haven’t really accomplished anything since they left. In the past I would have a long list of things I would say I wanted to do but would end up doing very few. This year I’m trying to stick with three task along with my daily stuff(laundry, tidying up and dinner). If I do more than that(like I did yesterday) well that’s great but if I only do the daily and my big three that’s okay.

Today’s tasks are – writing this blog post, getting a blood test and picking up pet supplies. I can’t get my blood test until 1pm and there’s no sense in making two trips out so I’m waiting to pick up pet supplies till after the blood test. I should have started the daily stuff but I can’t decide what to make for dinner and I don’t feel like tidying up or stripping the bed to do laundry.

One thing I’m trying to remember this year is to accept the feeling and then go ahead and do the work anyway. Sometimes the feeling comes after I get started and sometimes it never does come. It doesn’t matter if it does or not because the tasks need to be done either way. One of the changes I need to make if I’m going to make progress on my goals. Still haven’t decided on my one word but these two – changes and progress are leading the pack.

Wow, this is becoming quite lengthy – time to get away from the computer and get to work. Until next time – have a great day!

One Word

Well, this has been a disappointing year. It started out with big goals and high hopes but things didn’t quite go as planned. Once again I was unable/did not follow through with my plans.  I could give a lot of reasons for that however I’m just going to say that once again I am left looking back at a year of missed opportunities and failed plans. I really want 2016 to be different.

I’ve been thinking about my one word for this year and there are so many possibilities to choose from. I did one of those random generators on Facebook(using several versions of my name) and the one that resonated with me was “Change – your next year will be founded on change. New challenges will bring you much happiness.”  I need to change – my thought patterns, my behaviors, my life.  There are so many things I’d like to do but unless I make changes I’ll never get them done.

When I looked at  the Oneword365.Com site, several more words caught my attention – commit, discipline, persevere, progress. I really liked what one person wrote about not looking at things as pass or fail but through the lens of progress – that’s what I need to do. I need to make changes in order to make progress  in several areas this year. I often say that I just need to keep taking baby steps and eventually I’ll get where I want to go. Unfortunately it is very easy for me to get discouraged with the small amounts of progress I make with those baby steps.

I’m going to sleep on things before deciding on my word for next year. Do you/have you chosen a word for the year? Please share your word if you have one.

Here’s hoping that 2016 is a fabulous year for you and me.

Tidbit Tuesday

Just another installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

Let’s try this again – I had a post completed last week and then lost it somehow. I’m out of practice from not writing for so long. I’m trying to become more regular with my posting but it’s not always easy.

I have become such a scatterbrain lately. Twice this month I missed an appointment – the first time I did not have it in my calendar or tickler file. Today it was in both places but I still managed to miss it. UGH!

Feeling very frustrated with the girl. She is so close to turning eighteen and thinks that she should have total control of her life. We however feel that as long as she lives at home, she needs to follow our rules. There is a lot of tension and it doesn’t look like it is going away anytime soon. She was going to move in with a friend’s family until she discovered that they had similar rules and it would be quite as free and easy as she thought. Now she wants to rent a room somewhere but really doesn’t have the money for that. Not sure what is going to happen with her.

In my last, lost in the ether post, I wrote about some gardening work I did. I have a bunch of irises and they needed to be divided and replanted. I dug up a bunch, cleaned them off, divided them, cut them back and let them sit for a bit before planting. I could/should have tried to find someone to take some of them because there were quite a lot but I didn’t. After planting a bunch of them, I got tired and ended up throwing the rest of them over the hillside. I know that will cause many gardeners to shudder in horror, but I just couldn’t handle the thoughts of trying to do anything else with them.

There was quite a bit of sunshine today and I went out and pulled three wheelbarrow loads of thistles. I keep pulling them out but they keep coming back again and again and again. Also pulled out the four clocks that got killed by the frost we had recently. Trying to clean up the dead leaves and get things ready for winter. Didn’t have much luck with the veggies this year. Need to think of something to keep the deer away.

Hope you had some sunshine and a chance to enjoy it today, until next time – have a great day.

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