Here it is the 18th of January and I have only posted four times this month, and all of those were in the first week. Can you hear the big sigh of dismay? So far I have accomplished very little that I had planned for January. My time, energy and focus have all been centered on replacing a vehicle that was lost in a traffic accident on January 3rd, a situation complicated by the distance of 1800 miles. But finally, this morning, it sounds like we may have resolved all the issues and now we just need another several days to let progress continue.
I signed up for the January Doodle that the Kelly and Tracy at The Dao of Doing are coordinating this month and, as with everything else this month, my commitment and progress has been sporadic at best. You would think 15 minutes of exercise each day would be easy to accomplish, but so far I have only managed about half the days of January. I did get signed up for a yoga class and actually made one (yes, one!) class last week. Tomorrow I will make it to my second class, as I don’t see why I should have to put it off while waiting for insurance adjustors or bankers or anyone else to call me!
One of the highlights of the month was been visiting son David last Saturday in Phoenix. It was a spur of the moment trip to visit a car dealership (that was not so pleasant!) and we took advantage of being in town to take David and his roommates out to supper. We let David choose where to go and we ended up at a Japanese restaurant that specializes in sushi. I think next time I’ll choose where we go – I learned I am definitely not a sushi-lover!
I took this picture of the Huachuca Mountains last week, on one of our many cloudy days this month (we even had rain!).
In March, there were memories to preserve:
- My granddaughter turned 5 this month! Even though I were not there to help celebrate, I did get to spend time with her on Skype several times over the month.
- My youngest son turned 21 this month! I am very proud of him. I know he reads this blog, so, “I love you, Charles, and am very proud of the young man you have become!”
- For the recluse that I am, I had a lot of social interaction this month. We had friends over early in the month for chili and games (we played the card game Fluxx and then some Wii Mario Kart). I met with a cousin for lunch in Tombstone one day and then met with another cousin for a visit to the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Fun times.
- I had my first visit to a Butterfly Exhibit and I want to go again!
In March, there were things that deserved editing:
- This month we experienced continued employment concerns and I have found it more difficult to remain calm in the face of such uncertainty. Thankfully Bill and I seem to be (mostly) on the same page with this concern, so we’ll get through it. We should know by next month’s Recap just what we will be doing for the future.
In March, there were the moments that hold our lives together:
- More dental work for me (I’m almost done, except it’ll soon be time for a cleaning again!).
- Clogging class and square dancing on Friday nights.
- Evening walks where Bill and I talk over our day and get some fresh air, sunshine and exercise.
In March, there were mountains climbed:
- I discovered in mid-March, through an exercise on The Dao of Doing, the power of the right affirmation. I tried to create an affirmation that would help me tackle Quicken and empower me to keep it up to date, but the more I focused on the specific task (accounting), the more discouraged I got. Finally I stumbled across this affirmation on Chellie Cambell’s Financial Stress Reduction blog: “ I am full of Joyful Energy!” The more I repeat that affirmation, the happier I am and the more energy I have. It really is what got my butt in gear during the last two weeks of March in so many areas of my life, but most particularly with the accounting/bookkeeping stuff that I usually dread (hate) doing.
- Quicken is up to date, as of March 31st! Doing our taxes is next, but that will take only a matter of a couple of hours, now that Quicken is current.
- In addition to Quicken being up to date, my Financial Diary is also current. In the process of getting my Financial diary up to date, I’ve realized how much I really like having this system of keeping our financial life organized. So much so that I am going to set up a website to “share” my system; I know it has made my life easier and I’m sure others will benefit from my experience.
- I have been able to keep my desk mostly clear of junk. I process the previous days mail each morning, have kept a very clear spot to the right for the laptop (so I can Skype) and have only one small pile of papers to deal with on the left side of the desk. Even Bill remarked earlier this week about how clean I was keeping my desk!
- Bill and I started up again with the South Beach Diet. In two and a half weeks he has lost 10 pounds and I’ve lost 6, but then I’ve not been quite so strict following the diet as he has.
- Thirty-six posts here in March! I’ve had so much fun with the Mommytography’s 365 Project.
In March, there were pitfalls to overcome:
- Only two posts for the LeapingFromTheBox.com blog and no updates done to the main website. This is going to be where I concentrate efforts in April (provided I don’t have to spend most of my time in the job hunt process).
- Guitar practice has not been done at all. Each month I remind myself to begin again with it, and then the month flies by and I realize I have not picked it up even once. I think, with the stress of the job situation and possible move, that I am going to let this one go for a while and try again another time.
My favorite picture this month wasn’t even taken by me! Here’s Munchkin with birthday cake frosting on her nose! This picture has been my desktop background all month!
Lately I’ve been following The Dao of Doing blog and participating in some of their exercises designed to take us beyond the everyday self-doubts and fears that we all have and begin to experience more “doing” in our lives and less waiting for the things we desire. Earlier this month one of the self care exercises, Tea Time: Making a List…, was to make a list of the things that are essential to my self-care.
One of those for me is flowers. I’m a gardener and love to grow flowers outside when and where I can. But over the years I’ve learned that I need those flowers inside also. For years I had over a dozen African violets, which were wonderful because they were in continual blossom. Right now, though, I only have one such plant, so cut flowers have become a pretty common sight in our house. Last week I bought myself two bouquets of flowers.
The roses were marked down to $4.99 per dozen. Granted, they were well past their prime, but I figured they would last a few days and they have! They have no smell, unfortunately, but are gorgeous to look at.
The other bouquet that I purchased was the cheap flowers (astral?) that all supermarkets seem to carry. They come in a variety of colors and last forever! I love them! The biggest problem is deciding which color to buy.