When the Astrological year begins with the Spring Equinox on Tuesday, it will feature a year of making “value based” decisions – based on our core values. Do you know what your core values are?
Many of us can’t really define theirs, no one ever helped them develop a value system, but it’s never too late to start. Building a foundation for which to make choices in your life makes it easier, more plentiful and less subject to strife.
For instance, spending time “keeping up with the Jones’” makes for uncertainty and never knowing your own “enough”. High School children marching with “enough is enough” posters to signify enough school violence don’t talk about the violence in their own lives from video games and movies. They don’t speak against the late-night talk shows that ridicule others and bully those that don’t value what they purport to value. And while they think “see something, say something” is a noble way to live, they won’t “rat” on their friends. Which is really “enough”.
I hope you all find your “enough” this year of values. I hope you think about the 6 core values and choose to find out exactly what that means to you and how you’ll implement them in your lives. I’ll be living mine – working on Service to others. I need to decide who and how.
Have knee replacement surgery.
Today is a day for patience. I’m going to have to find a lot of that in the next 6 months. After x-rays of my left knee, there is knee replacement surgery in my future (as soon as I can get it done). I’ll have to be patient with myself, my spouse, and the world.
That’s going to require a change in several planned activities in the next 6 months. First an MRI tomorrow to see if the pinched nerve in my lower back will relax itself after I start walking on my knee correctly. Then a visit to the Surgeon on Oct. 2nd. We’ll not be going to the Moab Rock and Gem Show mid-October, nor the Hurricane Rock and Gem Show in early November.
The goal will be to be up and mobile for the Homestead Christmas Show in December. And since I’ll be doing a walk, sit, walk, sit routine until then, I should have enough sitting time to get merchandise done especially for that show.
I’m grateful to have a new housekeeping service to keep things up to snuff. And Tracy is smiling about having to cook for two weeks. The first thing out of his mouth – “remember you have to eat whatever I serve”. Let’s hope for take-out.
If all goes well, I should be up and walking so I can enjoy the Quartzsite and Tucson Rock Shows and do a little rockhounding with Tracy in the mix. The left knee joint is bone on bone and will never get better until something is done with it. So – here I go.
But this also means I’ll have no excuse not to write every morning. And by the time I would be back up and thinking of doing other things I should have a wonderful morning pattern of writing established. 30+ days usually sets a pattern. I’ll take it. I want to blog, write Historical Fiction “Eliza B” and my Children’s Book on #Enough. Won’t all happen in six months, but could get very close.
I’m going to use my platform to write these stories, so stay tuned – – – – – – – –
I’ve spent a great deal of time this summer thinking about writing and my blog. Should I change it? Should I quit? Should I change the focus, or how about giving it one?
We spent almost the entire month of August on the road, and I had lots of time to reflect on what I really want to do. I decided on two efforts – writing and basketry. And then realized I could, in some ways, put them together. So that’s what you’re going to see in the coming months.
I’ve been working on a picture book to go with my #enough baskets and am enrolled in a class on how to create them. Wow – that’s another project on its own. And I’ve almost finished a class on guest blogging and becoming certified as a guest blogger. We’ll see where that goes.
In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my refined focus and will let me know what you think in the comments. I need and appreciate your feedback. And if you have specific topics you’d like to see let me know that as well.
Until next time - - Jana
We had quite the rainstorm this AM. Now it’s turned to snow. At first it wasn’t sticking, but now it is. I need to visit the post office today, but I’ll wait until it quits. Glad we got all the outdoor chores done before this started. I still have to store the patio chairs, but now they’ll have to dry first.
Good friends came into town yesterday and we spent several hours “catching up”. It was nice to just sit and talk. Spent the rest of the day writing our Thanksgiving cards and getting our family letter out. They’ll go in the mail today.
Now I can start working on earrings for the Christmas Market in two weeks. I have Christmas Candy Baskets ready, except for putting in the candy. Rock Candy, of course. A few will have chocolate peppermint pieces. In the meantime, I’ll try and get the blessing blanket done for a wonderful lady who is expecting her first in March. Then I’m going to go back to knitting baby outfits – more fun. I’ve found some new needles I’m going to order that replace the sets of 5 double pointed (DP) needles with three bent double pointed needles. DP needles are okay with larger yarn, but I have trouble holding onto No. 1 and 2 needles. Old hands are not as pliable. It will be fun to try something new. I have several patterns I’d like to try that call for small size DP needles. And I need to settle on a project for the hospital. I’m thinking a scarf would probably be the best, I won’t have to count stitches, just knit. Then again, I might be better off keeping track of a pattern – busy mind to go with busy hands. On second thought, maybe I’ll do both. LOL
November is about over and I have much to be grateful for – a wonderful husband and partner, good kids doing their thing, a wonderful house that is warm and dry, plenty of food and #enough money to live a nice life. Every year, about this time, I sit down and go over my goals from last year and make new ones for the year to come. I’ll do that this week. Stay tuned – – –
It’s snowing and I love the peace and beauty of a good snow, but then I don’t have to go out in it. I usually plan on having #enough to get through until the roads are clear and driving is good.
We’re almost completely out of the house we sold and have our stuff in storage until Spring, 2016. The trailer is starting to get full of our needed items for a month or two on the road, and I’m beginning to think about what I’ll need to get though the long days of sitting and doing a booth at the swap meet in Arizona for a month.
As I envisioned the setting I realized I won’t have a work table, so we’ll add the purchase of a TV tray table to the list. We already have our outdoor rocking chairs (Arizona recliners) and the generator to keep the battery powered (and the laptop). Now, what projects do I want to work on? Miniature baskets. I’m taking my 1/8” oak, ash, hickory and pine to weave into miniature baskets. I want to try one to fit the glass hot air balloon blown glass a fellow artist is working on.
I can’t do any beading because of the wind. And the rain will impact what we do. The 90 day forcast for that area predicts average temperatures but above average precipitation. That may make a mess of the whole month. Hard to say.
I’ll mail my mother’s Christmas card on Saturday. She has no idea we’re planning to be with her the second week of January. I want it to be a surprise (she doesn’t get many these days, at least not good ones).
Today is clean out the pantry day and remove all food items we won’t either eat in the next 7 days or put in the trailer. Some will go to Harriet and some to the food bank. That will be the majority of the stuff to be gone through. From there it will be just move all the misc. into storage. Too much stuff.