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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

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Saraband(((((kimber)))))

Dearest K,

Sending much love and warmest thoughts for you all. Keeping a special place in my own heart for you at this dark time.

xx 1 month ago


SarabandTuesday 17th June

Tuesday. The chapter in which I slept well and briefly, waking every morning filled with energy and enthusiasm has definitely closed for the moment. I suspected as much for the past few days and this morning I’ve woken after broken sleep, feeling tired and heavy, with aching limbs and the start of a head cold. No matter, the cycle will turn again :)

Joy, gratitude and happiness today:

  • for this quiet mid-June Tuesday with birds a-plenty around the feeders
  • even after just a short space of time, the garden is looking so much better for my daily weeding sessions
  • opting not to walk this evening; accepting that rest is more important today
  • property programmes on tv. I’m watching less and less television these days but there are times when slumping on the sofa is the perfect activity of choice
  • looking in on Popclogs this morning – first time in ages it seemed; and then reading the confirmation of 43t’s closure. Sad to read this of course, but grateful that at least I now know and can process and plan accordingly.

“Joy is not in things; it is in us.” ~ Charles Wagner1 month ago


SarabandMonday 16th June

Monday. A bit of a struggle but I got there :)

Joys, happiness and gratitude for:

  • a long, long sleep. Clearly needed it
  • this mid-June Monday morning: soft sunshine and gentle breezes
  • feeling mellow and comfortable at work. It was a welcomed quiet day
  • walking when I’d rather not, followed by my promised weeding session which I most definitely didn’t want to do. Happy that I stuck with the plan and did both!
  • the Book of Days I picked up for a song at work today. I love it and know exactly what I want to use it for

‘When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.’ ~Marcus Aurelius1 month ago


SarabandLadies what lunch

18th June

I was right about yesterday: it was a struggle – one that I gave into once work was over. Kept the hair appointment but didn’t tackle the walk. Instead I opted for chilling out time in front of a string of property programmes – so my evening comprised of relaxation and some gentle day-dreaming. Didn’t attempt the weeding slot either – but will make up for it today I hope.

And so to today. Still not 100% so the focus today is self-care – replenishing some misplaced energy – with a sandwich filling of lunch with dear friends. Shaping up for a lovely day :)

There is also of course, the news about 43t. For today I’m going to let that lie. Time enough, fortunately, to think about savings entries etc…

Today’s Focus: restoring the energy reserves, time with friends

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ― William Morris

DAILY:

Mind, Body, Spirit

Set daily goals

43t

Popclogs

43 refugees

Test blood sugar levels

WLR

Make healthy food choicesate out lunch and evening – did not make healthy evening choices (though it was delicious)

Take supplements: black cohosh, calcium, kerela, greens

Gratitudes

Happify

Forgiveness Challenge

Read

1 glass only

Meditate

Power nap

House and Garden

Tidy

Bathrooms

Shine sink

Cat corner

Water plants

Feed birds

Exercise

Stretches

5000 steps minjust

Solo walk

TODAY:

Relationships, Friends and Family:

lunch with S and P

House and Garden:

clear the ironing pile

laundry

gardengot the weeding in at least

Shopping:

finish shopping order

continue search for birthday gifts for J and A

order toothpaste

Me:

Drop the pacewhere I could

Misc:

follow up re voucher

renew library books

Queued:

chat with R

final clean of plaster dust: chairs7 out of 8 remaining

Future Focus:

Keep the pace gentle 1 month ago


Sarabandcheer

Tho I haven’t got any. You about sum it up 1 month ago


SarabandHappy happy birthday!

I know it’s late but the wishes are no less heartfelt for that. What a lovely day you had. May it mark the start of a special year for you :) 1 month ago


SarabandPianos

What a great idea! 1 month ago


SarabandJogging along gently

17th June

Yesterday was a bit of a struggle. I think today will be also. Nothing significant to add to today’s list: just chipping away at the same small things. Still looking for the right gifts for my nephews but I have some time as we’ll be taking them with us when we see them at the end of the month. So cards can go today, presents to follow. Squeezing in a hair appointment between work and walk – good use of time although I may regret it if the wind is strong while we’re walking! And looking forward to some good things later this week and to dropping the pace down a notch to match my energy levels.

Today’s Focus: jog along gently

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ― William Morris

DAILY:

Mind, Body, Spirit

Set daily goals

43t

Popclogs

43 refugees

Test blood sugar levels

WLR

Make healthy food choicesI made the choices I seemed to need last evening. Thus they were not low-carb, sugar-free etc but were consciously chosen. No ill effects this mornings (other than blood sugar of course)

Make healthy work lunch

Take supplements: black cohosh, calcium, kerela, greens

Gratitudes

Happify

Forgiveness Challenge

Read

1 glass only

Meditate

Power nap

House and Garden

Tidy

Bathrooms

Shine sink

Cat corner

Water plants

Feed birds

Exercise

Stretches

5000 steps min7000

Group walk

TODAY:

Relationships, Friends and Family:

get cards in the post:

House and Garden:

garden

Shopping:

finish shopping order

Me:

Hair

Misc

follow up re voucher

Queued:

chat with R

finally clear the ironing pile

find birthday gifts for J and A

final clean of plaster dust: chairs7 out of 8 remaining

Future Focus:

Lunch with friends tomorrow :) 1 month ago


SarabandSunday 15th June

Sunday. First day in a long while that I haven’t noted down gratitudes as I go. So – retrospective gratitude, joy and happiness for:

  • this muted subdued grey Sunday. Why is everywhere so much quieter when the sun isn’t shining?
  • getting things done. Though it made much of Sunday feel like drudgery; it’s a good feeling at the end :)
  • fledglings a-plenty!
  • the new garden furniture is on order and will arrive on Thursday. Hooray!
  • taking some time for myself. And getting an early night!

‘When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.’ ~Marcus Aurelius1 month ago


SarabandSleepy start to Monday

16th June

I think perhaps the weeks of short nights are coming to an end: I went to bed very early last night and slept through B getting up and leaving for work this morning. Still quite sleepy now. There are things that must be done this week, and several nice things to look forward to as well, but around that I’m going to try to be gentle with myself. If energy levels are slipping I shall give myself the opportunity to replenish them :)

I cleared 4 of the 8 items on the queued list yesterday. I’m happy with that. Cleaning up the chairs is clearly going to take longer than I thought so that one will be around for a while. I’ll tackle it one chair at a time. The remainder will be done over the course of the week.

My queued list makes me smile: I have a master list on my pc – now there’s a queue. Some items have been sitting there for years! But if I stick to the rule that once something makes it onto this list it has to be tackled, then I shall see progress without feeling the weight of the loooooong list lurking in the background :)

This morning I need to address some administrative errors that the accounts dept of the rental agency have dropped in my lap. And I must make a decision and act on gifts for my nephews. Beyond that, it’s a working, walking day (with a 20 minute weed session tossed into the mix as well).

Today’s Focus: resolve gifts and errors, be kind to myself

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ― William Morris

DAILY:

Mind, Body, Spirit

Set daily goals

43t

Popclogs

43 refugees

Test blood sugar levels

WLR

Make healthy food choices

Make healthy work lunch

Take supplements: black cohosh, calcium, kerela, greens

Gratitudes

Happify

Forgiveness Challenge

Read

1 glass only

Meditate

Power nap

House and Garden

Tidy

Bathrooms

Shine sink

Cat corner

Water plants

Feed birds

Exercise

Stretches

5000 steps min15000

Group walk4 miles

TODAY:

Admin – flat:

Email agents re cancelled insurance

Email agents re their attempts to collect rent that isn’t due

House and Garden:

gardendaily weeding session

Shopping

find birthday gifts for J and Aongoing

Misc

follow up re voucher

Queued:

chat with R

finally clear the ironing pile

final clean of plaster dust: chairs7 out of 8 remaining

Future Focus:

Jog along gently 1 month ago


SarabandIt helps!

Thank you!

I took a look at your blog. Love the theme – so clean. And I like how each goal is a category.

I’m really tempted to do what you’ve done and go through from the beginning. Or maybe from the start of this year, or from when I returned to 43t last autumn. Decisions, decisions! I’ve toyed with a “life blog” for the last couple of years. Maybe this is the time :)

Thanks again, Meridia. Great inspiration and hopefully the push I need to get started. 1 month ago


SarabandStriding through the miles

A good week for walking. Another 16.5 miles clocked: 5 walks, 2 solo, 3 group. None were particularly long but it all adds up. I’m enjoying the combination of slower (and chattier) group walks and fast-paced solo sprints. Hoping for another solo sprint today.

So far this month – 19.51 month ago


SarabandFTF: Garden 14th/15th June

Sunday
I was pleased to get even a little achieved in the garden after work yesterday. It’s cooler out today so I hope to tackle a few more items on the queued list. Though of course, more things must be added all the time so the queued list is a forth bridge task in itself.

Today’s photo: the fledgling patio bed

Forth Bridge Tasks

weedingsunny border almost finished

watering

edges

deadheading

QUEUED

tidy front garden

tidy greenhouse

plant lavender

plant dahlias

plant out verbenas

plant out ammi

plant remaining bedding plantssome

plant new arrivals from Mumin situ ready for planting

This weekend’s achievements

50 mins hard weeding

transplanted primroses in readiness for planting up front tub

add o more to patio tubspleased with how they’re looking now

replant front tub

agree garden furniture with b

sweep and clear front and porch

“There is in all visible things… a hidden wholeness.”
- Thomas Merton 1 month ago


SarabandQuell that Queue

15th June

Good Morning Sunday! The usual early start to what seems likely to be a greyish day. But an upbeat mood prevails. It’s going to be a good day :)

I’m liking the notion of thinking one day about the focus for the next. I woke today knowing what I want to achieve. Today I plan to quell that queue. Too many things there and they need to be dealt with. A key thing is to find presents for my nephews’ impending 18th birthdays. More difficult with twins. I made a good start yesterday, browsing in the Cellar during our dead period. So I may not achieve this one today, but I’ll definitely move it forward by browsing a while online too. Plus it’s Father’s Day so a call to Dad is important. After that it’s the usual things with hopefully a little time to chill a bit too.

Today’s Focus: Father’s Day, present progress, queue quelling

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ― William Morris

DAILY:

Mind, Body, Spirit

Set daily goals

43t

Popclogs

43 refugees

Test blood sugar levels

WLR

Make healthy food choices

Take supplements: black cohosh, calcium, kerela, greens

Gratitudes

Happify

Forgiveness Challenge

Read

1 glass only

Meditate

Power nap

House and Garden

Tidy

Bathrooms

Shine sink

Cat corner

Water plants

Feed birds

Exercise

Stretchesand planks

5000 steps min5000 just

Walk

TODAY:

Relationships, Friends and Family:

Ba, P, S

call Dad on Father’s Day

ring C

chat with R

reply to CM

House and Garden:

garden

finally clear the ironing pile

Henry’s workout

bathroom brush-up

shoo out the spiders, flick duster around

House and Garden 2: revamping the dining room

final clean of plaster dust: chairs1 out of 8

clean dining room windows and doors

Shopping

continue birthday gifts hunt for J and A

Misc

follow up re voucher

Cooking

cook two curries

Me:

make time for down time

Extra Brownie Points For:

book shopping delivery slot

Queued:
Apparently nothing! :D

Future Focus:
Make a decision on presents, flat businesssigh1 month ago


SarabandSaturday 14th June

Saturday. A muted start to the day both in the weather and at work. But life is far from muted for me :) Still so much to be grateful for.

Joys, grats & happiness:

  • sleep. I slept so deeply that it was mid-afternoon before the memory surfaced of being jerked awake at least twice by the tremendous thunderstorm that raged in the early hours. I woke only long enough to ask where Harri was before returning to the land of Nod. Heard plenty about it all day though: the storm grew more ferocious with every telling ;)
  • the freshness of the air after the overnight rain
  • work: a strange day – we were empty all morning because of the town carnival and manically busy for the last few hours. Many customers were short-tempered today – perhaps because of the heat. Grateful that I was able to meet their tetchiness with smiles and goodwill
  • cocao nibs and toasted coconut – great new low carb snack :)
  • energy and vigour once work was over – garden and walking time

‘When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.’ ~Marcus Aurelius1 month ago


SarabandNaNoWriMo 2014

I’ve been thinking along similar lines. But then I think about it most years and get no further. Maybe this might be my year. Maybe :)

Your plan sounds a good one. Keep at it!

Notice how I’m much better at cajoling encouraging others than I am at doing the same to myself ;)1 month ago


SarabandGlad...

.. the grumps have gone :)

Your 10 minute gardening approach has rubbed off on me and I like the results I’m getting. I’ve opted for 20 minutes rather than 10 since my garden is probably larger. And certainly has way more weeds ;) 1 month ago


SarabandPhoto

That is stunning, Douglas. I’d want that on the wall!

Glad you’re enjoying your courses :) 1 month ago


Saraband:D

Brilliant! 1 month ago


Saraband((((Grandmonster))))

Hope the sleep helped :) 1 month ago


SarabandIn my stride

14th June

It’s a working Saturday and I’m writing this list late in the day. Heavens, did I sleep well last night – not even the tremendous thunderstorm could keep me awake for more than a second or two with each thunder clap. Took a while to get going this morning but once I was going the day was energy-filled and positive. Squeezed in a little more than just work – including a very fast walk in which I really enjoyed striding out strongly – and the day’s not over yet.

Today’s Focus: Saturday in the Cellar

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ― William Morris

DAILY:

Mind, Body, Spirit

Set daily goals

43t

Popclogs

43 refugees

Test blood sugar levels

WLR

Make healthy food choices

Take supplements: black cohosh, calcium, kerela, greens

Gratitudes

Happify

Forgiveness Challenge

Read

1 glass only

Meditate

Power nap

House and Garden

Tidy

Bathrooms

Shine sink

Cat corner

Water plants

Feed birds

Exercise

Stretches

5000 steps min9200+

Walk2 miles fast

TODAY:

Relationships, Friends and Family:

apology

House and Garden:

garden

Shopping

birthday gifts for J and Astarted looking

Queued:

ring C

chat with R

finally clear the ironing pile

Henry’s workout

shoo out the spiders, flick duster around

final clean of plaster dust: chairs

clean dining room windows and doors

follow up re voucher

Extra Brownie Points For:

late night catch ups with CM and K

Future Focus:
Clear the queued list 1 month ago


SarabandFriday 13th June

Friday. More sun, with the fluffiest of clouds offering some precious shade. Perfect!

Joys, grats and happiness:

  • quality restful sleep. I’m focusing on quality rather than quantity these days
  • an early call from my estate agent with encouraging news. We’re cautiously optimistic :)
  • the peaceful rhythm of horses’ hooves on the road as they pass; the high-pitched calling of the newborn lambs in the field next door and the reassuring response of their rare-breed mothers. These are sounds which do not jar in this landscape :)
  • a refreshing shower – how lucky we are to have constant running water
  • an unexpected invitation
  • bonhomie in the village church. Poignant fund-raiser, old friends and new acquaintances
  • ponderous raindrops in the interval – one way to get us all back inside for the second half ;)
  • getting through this honey-mooned Friday 13th without mishap
    Unless you call nodding off during the concert a mishap! :-o

‘Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh1 month ago


SarabandHoney Moon

So that’s what it’s called :)

And very sadly, we had total cloud cover for the first time in weeks so couldn’t see it at all :(1 month ago


SarabandNo. 6

I have that problem too, Sue. (Not that I run but in general.) I struggle to believe that a lot of these clothes fitted me properly not so long ago.

But it’s a nice problem to have! 1 month ago


Sarabandawwww...

A good try though. And you probably learned things through the trying :) 1 month ago


Sarabandummmmm...

I take it this bet didn’t mean you actually won $1,000,000, Bob? I’m thinking you would be celebrating a touch harder if so – but maybe you’re a very laid back kinda guy ;)

If you DID, it knocks my recent win right off the podium! :D1 month ago


SarabandFollowing ...

.. your developments with this goal C & C. Brilliant! 1 month ago


SarabandFTF: Garden 13th June

Having this entry here definitely helped yesterday :) And this morning, inspired by Grandmonster’s determination to work in her garden for 10 minutes daily, I popped out before it got too hot and weeded for 20 minutes. I got so much done! I also bought more plants. Exactly what I said I would not do. Ooops…

Today’s photo: this week sees the first roses in bloom in the back garden :)

Forth Bridge Tasks

weeding

watering

edges

deadheadinglilac, roses

QUEUED

tidy front garden

tidy greenhouse

plant lavendersome

plant dahlias

replant patio tubsalmost finished

replant front tub

plant out verbenas

plant out ammi

pinch out tops

plant remaining bedding plantswere all planted until I bought some more today

plant new arrivals from Mum

Today I achieved

20 mins hard weeding

positioned obelisk and planted out sweet peas. Better late than never

Observations

There are several ‘weeds’ I choose to keep. Some spectacular self-seeded euphorbias, a tall white tansy winding its way through the lilac bush, and a sturdy mallow-like plant with large purple flowers which the bees adore. It’s discretely positioned and I can’t deprive the bees…

I haven’t done half what I planned to do today. Too many delays and interruptions and out this evening. Ah well…

“There is in all visible things… a hidden wholeness.”
- Thomas Merton 1 month ago


SarabandThursday 12th June

Thursday. Hot, hot, Hot! Lots to do – good to work against a background of summery sunniness and birdsong :)

Joys grats and happiness today:

  • I took my tea back to bed this morning and read for a while. What a treat!
  • Everything is signed off with the tenancy. I’ve been so lucky with my lovely tenants and very happy to be able to refund their deposit in full :)
  • Good chat with E at top speed. We both had masses to say in a short space of time and we achieved it. I still rejoice quietly to myself to hear her so happy :)
  • Roses x 3. We still have a carpet of bruised petals from the rambler over the front door. Untidy perhaps, but I love it. Mum gave me some roses from her garden to bring home which sadly bowed their heads almost overnight. But they are still so beautiful in their fading, drooping state: they remind me of a luscious painting, rich and heavy with antique hues. And finally, in my absence on Wednesday we acquired blooms in the back garden – especially welcomed from the roses that I moved earlier in the year (at completely the wrong time).
  • A long, hot walk with the walking group. The group’s founder couldn’t make it as she had a car accident on her way home from work. Only her second week into a new job. I’m so glad she is ok
  • A graceful bird of prey wheeling and swooping low on our homeward leg and an evening visit from a pair of very genteel – and now very over-stuffed – goldfinches, who gorged on the niger seed for minutes at a time.

‘When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.’ ~Marcus Aurelius1 month ago


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