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Working a zillion hours helps

But my friends are wondering if I’m ok :)

have my own land and be self-sufficient (read all 36 entries…)
Beyond Organic Orchards
I’ve just discovered the works of Michael Phillips. He has a book on Holistic Orcharding that I am going to get myself for Christmas. It is so what I was starting to realize when I grew my little apple trees in Nevada – but wasn’t quite sure what I was trying to do – until I saw one of his Youtube videos:
I’m so glad I discovered this while still in the planning stages of my future orchard! Hoping to become a land owner in 2014!

go to the library more (read all 5 entries…)
Overdue, but back on track

Paid off my fines – which is ridiculous, because I could have renewed my books online and not had to pay. Oh, well, paid my $5 and got my card out of hock… Checked out some more books. Put the due date in my calendar this time!

spend more time outside (read all 8 entries…)
Went for a walk today

20 minutes in the crip, autumn air.

find a better job (read all 2 entries…)
Not sure I want to do this

But I am rapidly getting burnt out. I have an awesome boss, but I think we are in a no-win situation.

have my own land and be self-sufficient (read all 36 entries…)
Anyone out there?

After having this goal for over 5 years, it looks like I’m the only one writing about this goal? C’mon all you people heading down this journey – what are you doing to move you closer to accomplishing this goal?

clean my house (read all 9 entries…)
Desk still a mess, but the room is looking good in general

Have one of those big, tall air mattresses. Fixed it up with a blanket beneath the bottom sheet, so hopefully it won’t be too cold or plastic-y feeling. Organized my (empty for the season) plan racks. Put away stuff from the floor. So, I won’t be totally embarrassed when my friend visits. She knows I’m really messy, and she doesn’t care, but I know she likes to live a little neater than me. :)

make an emergency kit for my home (read all 11 entries…)
I could feed us & elderly neighbors for 2 weeks

Especially if they like canned pasta sauce, pasta, pancakes (oops, need more syrup), shelf stable soy milk, home made tortillas, water, and – yes, the all important coffee – real coffee that can be made by dripping hot water through filters. I’m not a coffee drinker, but to preserve sanity in the household, I have planned to provide that critical beverage for my wonderful husband. :) Working up to 30 days worth. Neighbors are nice, but they are not the kind to “put such things by.”

See the band Madison Rising perform the Star Spangled Banner
Rock and Roll for the Modern Conservative

clean my house (read all 9 entries…)
Turbo cleaned the guest room for 20 minutes

It isn’t “awesome” yet – but looks sooooo much better! Washing linens and taking a break and then another 20 min rock out to the music and clean.

lower my blood pressure (read all 30 entries…)
One month off the BP Meds

So awesome to not have to worry about remembering to take pills any more! Major Yayness!

lower my blood pressure (read all 30 entries…)
139/86 In The Green

Yeah, baby, yeah ~ keep exercising! That seems to be the key for me! Even one day of walking (slowly, even), for a bit more than 20 minutes, and it shows!

have my own land and be self-sufficient (read all 36 entries…)

For around $100K, looks like we can get 4 or 5 acres and a house from the 1960’s… the plan is slowly forming in our brains! 14 more Jeep payments and we will be very nearly debt free. Our income to debt ratio will be awesome and our credit will be moving back up. Yay!

Learn Permaculture Design (read all 10 entries…)
I have discovered Paul Wheaton

and Warning, some rough language usage in his YouTube videos, and he doesn’t mince words on the blog – but funny, if you like his “tell it like it is” humor.

20 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Sunday (read all 31 entries…)

1. What did I learn last week?
A whole lot on permaculture. Can’t wait to have land to practice this on!

2. What was my greatest accomplishment over the past week?
Helping son look for new job – and it looks like he’s going to get one! Hoping! Hoping!

3.Which moment from last week was the most memorable and why?
Found out about some big, dramatic changes at work. Part of it will be good, and part not so good – but they will all be big and dramatic.

4.What’s the #1 thing I need to accomplish this week?
Stay focused at work.

5.What can I do right now to make the week less stressful?
Have lots of easy to make, but healthy food.

6.What have I struggled with in the past that might also affect the upcoming week?
Being overbearing.

7. What was last week’s biggest time sink?

8.Am I carrying any excess baggage into the week that can be dropped?

9. What have I been avoiding that needs to get done?

10. What opportunities are still on the table?
One of my best friends is visiting!

11. Is there anyone I’ve been meaning to talk to?
Miss C

12. Is there anyone that deserves a big ‘thank you’?
Mom for taking care of J

13.How can I help someone else this coming week?
Help A excel at work

14. What are my top 3 goals for the next 3 months?
Pay off bills
Make more money
Focus on son

15. Have any of my recent actions moved me closer to my goals?
Paying down debt!
Helped son organize his paperwork & get new phone

16.What’s the next step for each goal?
Pay off credit card one
See if I can monetize blog
Follow up on jobs with son

17.What am I looking forward to during the upcoming week?
One of my best friends is visiting!

18.What are my fears?
That hubby will quit his job

19. What am I most grateful for?
Everyone in my family has their health.

20. What can I do to make life more beautiful today?
Clean my guest room

Go to a farmer's market 43 times. (read all 10 entries…)
Stalled at 18 until next year?

Summer is over, and I think today was the last one for the season. Will miss the farmer’s market – it is a tie to the land that I really need right now.

lower my blood pressure (read all 30 entries…)

yellow/green… need to bring that top number down a bit more

make more money (read all 6 entries…)
The stars are aligning

Interesting things happening at work, and I may end up climbing the corporate ladder faster than anticipated. Going to take a lot of hard work, though. Good thing I am not afraid of hard work!

have my own land and be self-sufficient (read all 36 entries…)
Drove around the country side

Hubby and I took the long way to the recycle/garbage transfer station today – enjoyed seeing the autumn tree colors and cows in their pastures. I could feel his heart aching for a piece of land as much as mine is. It still was a good and beautiful ride, though, and it strengthened our resolve.

donate smoke detectors for newborns
Collected 1 so far

They are about $6 – $10 bucks. After I have a few, I will donate them.

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