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Planner Graveyard


I love planners. I get one every year and try to stay organized. But somehow I never fully utilize them and by the middle of the year I usually quit using them. I’m a daily list maker and love checking things off. I had one for writing, one for household stuff and one for my son’s school. I struggled to keep on top of everything.


So I did some research to see how other people stayed organized. When you enter organizing and planners you get tons of hits. There are the expensive refillable planners that some found they could not live without. And the versatility sounded appealing but I didn’t need that much.


There are the simple types found in most stores that offer room for appointments by the hour. They didn’t have room for any notes. I had few real appointments and needed a way to keep what I did each day in the same place.


I needed something that had room for notes, gave me plenty of room and showed a week at a time. I narrowed it down to The Planner Pad or the Mom Agenda.



I chose the Planner Pad because it offered me room for my entire list making. And its funnel down system would help me stay more organized.




But it wasn’t pretty or colorful like some of these:


Using some of their tricks I gathered some washi tape, my new favorite thing,

photo-washi tape


also colorful sharpies, stickers and sticky notes.

photo post itsphoto stickers

Now I could trick it out any way I wanted and I did. I took what was normally unused like the alphabetical contact list and made it my books-to-read list. The Planner Pad also offers several goals pages at the end of the book. I labeled those for current WIP’s. I use the Notes page at the beginning of each month to keep up with my local chapter to-dos.


I picked up a small metal frame stand and now my new organizer sits on my desk so I can see what needs to be done each day. So far I’m using it like I wanted and everything is in one place. So we’ll see how I’m doing this time next year. I think I may have found my system.

To choose or not to choose. That is the exercise question.

Walkers' Feet

As I get older, exercise becomes a very important choice to make. Choice being the important word. Knowing what can happen with inactivity I can decide not to get up early to walk before it is too hot. I can choose to hit snooze and watch the scales slowly climb higher.

I can choose to watch what I eat, make healthier food choices. Despite the fact that chocolate cake is composed of milk and eggs and ok for breakfast, at least according to Bill Cosby. Oatmeal with fruit is a better choice.

My friend and I have decide to enter a local lose weight challenge. Hoping that together we can keep enough momentum going to see some progress. We have two months to get a jump start on what will hopefully be a lifetime journey.

To change an attitude takes determination. To stay for the entire hour of exercise takes perseverance. To eat differently when all you really want is a burger takes a different mindset.

It all circles back around to choice. I choose to get healthier for myself and my family. Ultimately I’ll be  happier. I’ll need to remember this as the aches and pains try to slow me down.

I’ve found these links to be useful.
great recipes–


Potted Success

Potted sucess

Potted Success

I love plants but most don’t like me. Buying plants that survive on neglect has been my saving grace. For the big pots on my deck I love Kimberly ferns and Gerber daisies. Both can handle me forgetting to water them till they are drooping in defeat. They plump up quickly grateful for the drink.

In our yard, I only use  hardy plants that grow well on their own. So we have lots of iris’, daylilies, hosta, daffidils. All of these have grown so well that this fall I need to divide all of them.

My desk is in our oversized bedroom where I can look out on our back deck. The large colorful pots clustered there give me something to gaze at when the muse has fled. This year I’m branching out by trying to grow some vegetables. So far I have two cherry tomato plants. We are a small family of three so a few plants will be all we can eat. If those survive I hope to add spinach and zucchini.

I’m also experimenting with reusing what we would normally throw away by growing my romaine lettuce from the ends. Our first one did well but I waited to long before planting it. This time we will sprout 2 or 3 and put them outside.

There is something satisfying about growing plants.

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