How to use a Personal Tracker

Personal Tracker

Today’s post is a guest post by my daughter Caitlin.  She is so wise that I often wonder that she came from me.  I am so privileged to be able to share some of her wisdom with you today.  To get the trackers that she designed, click here.


Life can be difficult to manage. We have so many obligations from day to day, week to week, month to month – it all seems endless. On top of these obligations (work, college, childcare, friends, family, health) we all have personal habits we’re trying to cultivate and goals we’re trying to meet. These come in all shapes and sizes and range from simple things like keeping the house clean or decluttering the pantry to larger goals like publishing that book, opening your own business, or meditating daily.

No matter how big or small, meeting goals (or building good habits) involve the same basic steps – organizing a plan and following through. The same is true of personal, professional, or health related goals. We need to have a plan to know exactly where we’re going and how we’re going to get there and then we need to follow through with that plan.

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Apologies and other manners

Apologies

When I was young, my parents taught me my manners. I’m sure yours did, too. But I have noticed that those manners have evolved over the decades. The manners I teach my children are slightly different from what my parents taught me. Why? Aren’t manners considered timeless? Well yes, but not really. Politeness varies from culture to culture. In some cultures, slurping your soup is considered polite, while in others, it is considered rude. Continue reading “Apologies and other manners”

Switch away from paper products

switch away from paper products

There are things that everyone knows hippies do.  They eat organic, they reuse water bottles, they recycle, they wear their hair long, and they do yoga.  Then there are things the hardcore hippies do.  They cloth diaper, they drink kombucha, they boycott Amazon and Walmart, and they don’t shave.  So what kind of person refuses to use paper for anything but writing and drawing?  That is too much for most of even the hardcore hippies.  Today I’m going to show you how to switch away from paper products for hygiene.  Are you ready?

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Bedwetting and a diaper cover tutorial

Today I want to share with you a diaper cover tutorial for cloth diapers.  According to Pubmed, many children still wet their beds at age 5 more than 6 times per year.  My daughter A is one of them.  Every morning that she wakes up dry, she gets a sticker on the calendar.  Last month (February) she got 19 stickers.  So far this month, she has 9 stickers.  This means she has an accident approximately 1/3 of the time.  This month, she was sick for two of those wet nights, and she is on a five day streak right now.  I have told her that once she goes a whole week staying dry, she can wear underwear to bed. Continue reading “Bedwetting and a diaper cover tutorial”

Drying apples in a dehydrator

drying apples

This week, I dried apples for the first time.  This is a simple preservation technique, and I’m not really sure why I never did it before.  I wanted to make these delicious sounding Apple Pie Caveman Bars from Civilized Caveman, and it called for dried apples.  I actually looked for dried apples at the grocery store, but we didn’t find any.  Then the light bulb kicked on and I remembered that my dehydrator was actually meant for drying things, not just making yogurt. Continue reading “Drying apples in a dehydrator”

Crossed back apron

crossed back apron tutorial

One of the items my daughter put on her Christmas wishlist this year was an apron.  That was easy for me to take care of.  Aprons are practical and pretty, and I have a few myself.  I found the perfect bacon-themed fabric for her at JoAnn and purchased one yard.  I figured one yard would be enough for most any apron I would probably want to make up.  After I got home, I found a crossed back apron design I liked and decided to make my own pattern for one.  I think it took me about four or five hours to draft the pattern and make it up. Continue reading “Crossed back apron”

Processing pumpkins – What to do with them all

processing pumpkins

Despite my not planting any, I harvested a few pumpkins this year from my volunteer garden.  Since the killing frost a few weeks ago, they have been sitting on my counter taking up space and waiting to be processed.  Today I finally got around to tackling at least some of them.  I started with three large pumpkins, two small pumpkins, and a Hubbard squash.  The three large pumpkins are now in the freezer as purée, ready to become pies. Continue reading “Processing pumpkins – What to do with them all”

How not to build a chicken coop

chicken coop

Well we finally finished our new chicken coop.  I must say that I am underwhelmed with the results.  I am relieved to be done with the project, but it didn’t exactly work out the way I hoped.  If I were to do this project over again, there are several things I would do differently.  The first would be to start by running the instructions through a sanity check before buying any materials.  But first, let’s start at the beginning. Continue reading “How not to build a chicken coop”

My rotating file system

rotating file system

I once told a friend I would write a post about my rotating file system.  It took me a long time to get to it, partly because I simply forgot.  I’m sorry, and I hope you find this valuable.  I am horrible at keeping track of papers.  I have tons of papers to deal with.  Graded homework that has been sent home, homework to be completed, shopping receipts, appointment reminders, chore charts, school calendars, 3-week-old newspapers, notebooks, empty envelopes, bills, political mailings, books, charity solicitations, recipes I have printed out, etc.  All of these are on my desk right at this moment.  Most are poorly organized, meaning they have just been plopped down in a teetering stack waiting for the center of gravity to shift ever so slightly so they can all topple onto the floor.   Continue reading “My rotating file system”