Friday, April 28, 2017

Cross stitch



My April cross stitch is done. You can see the finished project at Log Cabin Crafts.

Little Things


1. Today is: another rainy day.

2. What made you smile today?
My grandson's excitement when he saw three rabbits in his yard.

3. What was the best part of this week?
Getting over 9k steps yesterday.

4. What did you struggle with this week?
3pm cravings.

5. Self care is not selfish. Be kind to yourself!  What did you do "just for you" this week?
Watched YouTube videos even though it eats up the data on my phone.

6. Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have. List 3 things you were grateful for this week.
1. Rain, even though we have probably had enough for a while.
2. My sleep number bed.
3. My one cup of coffee each day.

7. Share something fun. A quote,  photo, website,  or anything that others might enjoy.
For the past two years or so, I've been doing daily challenges from MeYou Health. I downloaded the free app from the play store. Each day they email you a small daily challenge. You can choose different "tracks" (topics) which last about a month each. Or you can just choose the "every day well being" track. There have been some days when I didn't do the challenge, but it's fun to try to keep your streak going. You get points for each challenge and streak points.

8. What are you reading,  watching,  listening to, making, wishing, looking forward to,  etc?
*Making- scarfs for the winter "keep us warm" project. (We give away scarfs to the homeless or others in need.)
*Postponing mother's day plans because R will be having another surgery that Friday.
*Hoping to hit 10k steps one day very soon.

9. Did you reach your goals  this week? List 3 goals for next week.
This week:
1. Be more active. ☆definitely
2. Paint the porch. ~nope, too much rain
3.Choose a new cross stitch for May.  ☆will be picking out one this weekend

Next week:
1. Find healthier options for meals and snacks.
2. Start my new cross stitch.
3. Research new health insurance.

10. Sum up the week in just one sentence.
Much better than last week!


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fitbit Progress Report


Week of April 17-23, 2017

Goal: 42,000
☆Total steps: 23,323
16,682 less than last week
18,677 less than goal
Best day: Tuesday with 5,066 steps

☆Total floors: 4
12 less than last week

Goal: 17.5 miles
☆Total miles: 9.28
6.63 less than last week
8.22 less than goal

Goal: 1,800 a day
☆Average daily calorie burn: 1,822
115 less than last week
22 more than goal

Goal: 30 minutes a day, 210 a week
☆Total active minues: 48
68 less than last week
162 less than goal

Goal: exercise 5 days a week
☆Total days: 1
2 less than last week
4 less than goal

Goal: 8 hrs of sleep a night
☆Average sleep: 8 hr 41 min
1 hr 4 min more than last week
41 minutes more than goal

Goal: 8 hrs a day with 250+ steps
☆Average hrs a day: 6
2 less than last week
2 less than goal

☆Average resting heart rate: 76
2bmp more than last week

Goal: 252 oz this week
☆Total water: 104 oz
4 oz more than last week
148 less than goal

☆Weight: 173.6
Same as last week

Monday, April 24, 2017

Weigh Day


Last week: 173.6
This week: 173.6
Loss/gain: 0

This year: +1.6

*Maintained and I'm happy with that since my activity was way down for the week. I really expected a gain.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Little Things


1. Today is: Friday April 21st, rainy, high of only 54F, and it's kindergarten day.

2. What made you smile today? It's still early.....I'm sure I'll have something to list later in the day.

3. What was the best part of the week? R coming home for lunch almost every day.

4. What did you struggle  with this week? Staying active. I just couldn't seem to get my steps or active minutes this week. I think I'm a little discouraged.

5. Self care is not selfish.  Be kind to yourself!  What did you do "just for you" this week? As if being lazy wasn't enough.....on Tuesday I did a hot oil massage on my hands and cuticles.

6. Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have. List 3 things you were grateful for this week.
1. R cooking dinner.
2. Electricity.
3. My phone.

7. Share something fun. A quote, a photo, a website or anything that others might enjoy.

8. What are you reading,  watching,  listening to, making, wishing,  looking forward to,  etc?
I'm finishing my April cross stitch, making beef and rice for dinner today and looking forward to the weekend.

9. Did you reach your goals this week? List 3 goals for next week.
This week:
1. Walk 2.5 miles a day. *nope, didn't happen.
2. Start painting. *we are painting, but it's not the rental I had planned. But this one should be done on Saturday.
3. Finish my cross stitch. *should be done by Sunday.

Next week:
1. Be more active than this week.
2. Paint the new porch.
3. Choose a new small cross stitch for May.

10. Sum up the week in just one sentence.
It was a complete Fitbit failure.



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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My ridiculously detailed routine

One thing you may or may not know about me is that I thrive on routines. Not knowing what is coming up next really kicks in my anxiety. I find peace and comfort in repetitive actions. I have been quoted saying that my dream job would be sorting screws.....cross point, cross point, flat head, cross point, flat head.... LOL I could do it all day and not be bored.

I also have a slight obsession with tracking things, organizing my house, journals, planners, pens, stickers and most office, school and craft supplies.  (I'm also obsessively in love with my husband,  but that's a completely different post.)

So knowing that, this post may not come as a surprise to you. And it may explain why my blog tends to have repetitive post themes.

Today I'm going to share my rediculously detailed daily routine.


6:00am quiet time, meditation

7:00am RS time, check planners

8:00am make bed, shower, hair, skin care, get dressed

8:40am swish, swipe and sweep (quick clean the bathroom and sweep the floors)

8:45am put dishes away (at night I wash dishes by hand and leave them in the drainer over night)

9:00am breakfast, vitamins, what's for dinner?

9:15am journal, blogs (read, write, whatever)

10:00am Daily Focus  (see list below)

11:00am Zone work (see list below)

12:00pm lunch, start dinner if using crockpot.

1:00pm walk

2:00pm free time

3:00pm hobby time. (Work on rag rug Mon and Fri,  cross stitch Tue and Thu,  Coloring Club Wed)

4:00pm 10 minute tidy (R home at approximately 4:30) *remind him to go by post office on M,W,F.

5:00pm feed dogs

5:30pm start dinner (if not already in crockpot)

6:00pm dinner and do the dishes, wipe counter tops.

7:00pm RS time (usually tv or a movie but sometimes we play games)

8:50pm 10 minute tidy, feed Brill (she is nocturnal and is just waking up about this time), set coffee pot timer

9:00pm bedtime (sometimes it's closer to 9:30)



I've been following the Flylady for about 15 years, so some of the terms I use you will recognize from her site. I have also adapted her housework routines to fit my life.

Daily Focus:
Monday - Weekly Home Blessing
1. Wash pet bowls
2. Set up weekly meds
3. Water plants
4. Dust
5. Sweep, mop, vacuum
6. Clean glass door

Tuesday - Me Day
Do something fun!

Wednesday - Anti procrastination day
Do that thing (s) you've been putting off.

Thursday - Monthly Task day
Choose one or two things from the monthly list and get it done.

Friday - Desk Day
1. Balance checkbook
2. Bills every other Friday
3. Letters, cards
4. File paperwork
5. Make grocery list

Saturday - Laundry and errands
1. Go to laundry mat
2. Get gas in truck
3. Pet store, rent movies, etc

Sunday - Groceries and Outside tasks
1. Grocery shopping 8am
2. Outside tasks: truck maintenance,  yard work,  outside windows,  clean patio furniture and grill, etc.


Zone Work:
I set up each Zone so that similar tasks are done on the same day each week. It's easier to remember that if it's Tuesday,  it's window day.

Zone 1 (changed to fit my needs) Spare room (usually referred to as Brill's room because that is where my sugar gliders cage is.) This zone is the first week of the month from the 1st to Sunday.
Mon- door (frame, handle, general dusting), ceiling (lights, vents), walls (dust corners,  photos, etc)
Tue- Windows (sill, frame, blinds, inside glass)
Wed- The table and Brill's cage
Thu- closet  (straighten, dust, declutter, if it needs anything)
Fri- baseboards and floor
Sun- outside windows

Zone 2 Kitchen. The second week of the month from Monday to Sunday.
Mon- doors, walls, ceiling
Tue- Windows
Wed- Fridge, stove,  small appliances
Thu- Cabinets, counters
Fri- baseboards, rugs, floor
Sun- outside windows

Zone 3 Bathroom. Third week M-S.
Mon- door, walls, ceiling
Tue- no window....shelves, mirror, meds
Wed- toilet, sink and under sink
Thu- shower and trash can
Fri- baseboards,  rugs,  floor

Zone 4 Bedroom. Fourth week M-S.
Mon- door, walls, ceiling
Tue- Windows
Wed- side tables and trash can
Thu- dresser and closet
Fri- baseboards, floor
Sat- wash blankets on payday week. Wash sheets on non payday week.
Sun- outside windows

Zone 5 Living Room. Last week of the month from Mon to 30th or 31st.
Mon- doors, walls, ceiling
Tue- Windows
Wed- tables, tv
Thu- couch, chairs
Fri- baseboards,  floor
Sun- outside windows


Wow, that's a lot of details! I think that the only thing I didn't add here is my monthly task list. Some things on it are the same,  but each month also has it's own seasonal items to do.

So, that's how I spend my days. It looks super busy,  but there is a lot of down time scheduled in. I don't do too much housework on the weekends because when R is home, I like to focus on our time together. I love the routine, but of course I am flexible enough that unexpected things can fit into the day easily without too much anxiety.

This probably wouldn't work for most people,  especially working women. But if there is anything you can take from it and adapt to your schedule,  I hope it helps.

If you have made it all the way to the end, thank you! I know it was long and not very exciting.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekend Work

R had Friday off, so we decided to get some work done on one of the rental houses.

I stained kitchen cabinets.



And we tore off the front porch...


And then began rebuilding it...


The dog's helped of course!


We almost have the new porch finished. Just need to put in the hand rails and paint. It was a productive weekend, but there are still things on the To Do List.