garden · memory impairment

The Waiting Game

The radish queen

ANNNND, still no answers. Waiting for my MRI results and all my neuro tests to be sent to my Dr. at Barnes. Can I volunteer to go photocopy it myself and drive it down because it’s 5 13 8 weeks later (Shit, I cannot keep track of time. )*circle back* and I am positive I could get it mailed or hand delivered faster.

My family still gets to hear me repeat myself but I’m working hard at taking better care of myself. I’m making the hubby walk with me and got him a FitBit so we can challenge the kids. My only concession to junk food is tortilla chips and guac. I mean, c’mon, it’s guac. The good fats, right? I have lost 5 pounds in a couple of weeks. I just have to be careful of when I am outside because too much sun= flare.

The garden is looking killer. I’ve been teaching little miss to pick radishes. I tell her the big ones are yelling “pick me” at her. She even takes them and washes them for me. Not a fan of the taste though. These are French Breakfast radishes which are so beautiful.

 

This is kinda all over the place, but hey, so am I.

garden · life · Plannermania

Making a plan B

My notebook cover
My notebook cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you get a whiff of layoffs happening, it is always smart to formulate a plan B. I used to have a different plan B, sewing and alterations. That however was not so easy to do. I ended up with zero time for myself and undervaluing my work and time. I am not ending up with a layoff as I have seniority and get to keep my position. My husband is not so lucky. Enter Plan B.  My new plan is based on my love of planners. I have used many planners over the years and see the beauty in the different systems.My favorite it the Midori Traveler Notebook style. I like adding notebooks as needed and taking apart notebooks when I don’t need them. I made my own cover in the fall from some gorgeous leather from The Leather Guy in Minnesota. I bought a lovely chestnut Chromexcel for myself and very thick black leather to make a cover for my son.

 

I didn’t get a picture of his, but it is Field Note sized and has multiple notebooks in it. Field Notes is a great size for him, he is in the Army, as it fits in his uniform so he can take notes whenever needed. My husband steals my Field Notes books so he can keep all his lists. Lists of musical recordings by artists, different equipment used in World War II, comic books he has or has sold and so on.

Field Notes -holder of bills
Field Notes -holder of bills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My planner is the standard Midori size but with a Field Notes insert for bill tracking. It makes it much easier to sort through the mail that way. I just open a bill, put the new balance in and schedule a payment online.Helps keep me from being a paper hoarder. Me and stacks of paper-ugh. Keeping everything in a planner is so much easier. I spent this weekend ordering all my garden seeds and have two pages of seeds in my planner to keep me from doubling up when I go to the store for things and am tempted by spring gardening supplies. Seriously, what would I do without all this organization?

Garden seed orders and on hand seeds
Garden seed orders and on hand seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully by the end of March I will have all my new inventory in and I can open plan B-my online store with planner accessories. Then everyone can have the gift of organization. I will have notebooks, washi tape, bookmarks, hopefully some handmade leather covers, stickers and other assorted planning goodies.

Captain America bookmark
Captain America bookmark
garden

Getting your mojo back

French Breakfast Radishes

Ever notice how when you’ve been a mom for so long and worked under stress for a while that you lose motivation to do the fun things in your life?  I’m trying to get myself excited by planning my garden for spring. I’m ogling the Baker Heirloom Seeds catalog at my house and I apparently need about 2 acres to garden in, although at that size I would be a mini farm. I added a third raised bed this year for tomatoes only. I have list of new veggies to try and some that I loved. French Breakfast radishes are one of my favorites and always for in as soon as possible. I’m definitely planting Sugar Pie pumpkins again-last year was the first year and I got them planted too late but managed to get about a half dozen. So good. They makes great muffins.

Powering through the bleak days of January and February and then I should be on top of the world. Until then I’m really going to focus on some yoga and some more meditation and lots of hot tea to help me get my groove back. I know it’s in there somewhere.