READ. After finishing Where the Crawdads Sing and Circe, I’m motivated to tackle more recommended books. Piles are overflowing so I have plenty of choices around the house and loaded in my Kindle. The key is to simply pick a title and start reading. Maybe I’ll even finish two this month since I’m home. Ideally I’d like to get in the habit of reading two novels a month and work my way up to reading more.
EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE. Once I return from Chicago I’m home the whole month and want to get a few things accomplished. First and foremost, everything was moved to the basement for the hardwood floor installation. ONLY books and clothing that are worth keeping will be moved back. The rest will find its way to the garbage or the donation bin. I want this done 100% by the end of the month.
RE-TRAINING. The pups were with Jen at High Fives for K9s last year and they are in desperate need of a refresher – in fact, it’s me that requires the remedial program. They’re off for a week. I am going to do my best to stick with it upon their return this time around. They are so much happier when they’re calm.
FURNITURE PLAN. Now that the second floor has hardwood floors – so fabulous – it’s time to decide what to do in each room. Essentially all four kids have moved out and have places of their own. They never grew up in one home so as private as each of their rooms were (aka mama never entered without an invitation) there is no real dedicated “this is my room and has been my whole life” feel. I want to make the spaces welcoming for them when they’re in Oakville but functional enough that when friends and family stay they don’t feel like they’re invading my kids’ privacy.
Here’s the accountability piece:
The 7th and final module of my most recent UofT Continuing Studies course is to take all we’ve learned and apply it to an 850 word piece. It is strangely optional. Then, quickly following our final week of the last guided critique class is another one starting up. Mine is one of the first pieces. Now that I know the point of view I want to use in my novel, I’ll use this course time to get things organized so that submissions are something I look forward to each week – receiving constructive feedback is so essential to the process. Things are looking good. I got some good feedback that makes me feel far more confident about my novel – even a request from my UofT prof that he be invited to the book signing. I then took some time to read a book written in 3rd person in order to get a better handle on what I’m planning.
#aprillove2019 and #the100dayproject will have me dusting off my camera to follow the prompts of the first challenge and make up my own for #100daysofnaturallightphotos (follow me on Instagram!) I’m looking forward to the end result of both creative projects. BUST. I took a ton of photos but didn’t really follow the prompts. April was filled with technical snafu’s and glitches. I do plan to catch up in May now that I have access to both my photographs and Photoshop Elements!
SEASONAL START UP.
Time to turn on the water outside, the windows will be washed and patio power washed, the landscape crew will come by at least twice to prep the gardens for spring, new deck furniture is ordered, the barbeque will be cleaned, and snow tires will come off the truck. It’s all so exciting to clear the cobwebs of winter and welcome another season. Each bring with it something new and I love the cleaning part of Spring. All done! I’m looking forward to enjoying weeks ahead – outside.
ANNUAL CHECK UP.
Back to MedCan. I can’t imagine there being any issues since I feel fabulous. I continue to eat well and Jackie is now coming three times a week rather than two – and I do my homework. I’m moving more than I have in years and hope to start swimming – or at least aqua fit classes – by the end of the month. All results are in and I’m not just feeling healthy but I am healthy. Just a couple of follow-ups but all looks good going forward.