Weaving Joy and Sorrow: ROW80 Update, 12/22/13

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It’s been an eventful week since I last posted here. I’m recovering from a cold that came with muzzy head, body aches, and fatigue the insistent dry cough didn’t relieve. We’ve been in a festive mood, punctuated by the Thursday evening death of Blaster, one of our two elderly guinea pigs, and his Saturday morning burial service.

I’m in a place of renewal and refilling. More television, time with loved ones, reading and saving things TBR, random bits and pieces of living tended to, and more blogging. No new WIP writing – though snippets and ideas are simmering in a rich stew …

My Wednesday post may be brief or nonexistent, so I bid you all a lovely few days, whatever you are celebrating this week – even if it happens to be dryer lint!

Buffet Selections:


Focus point:

  • Offering a sustainable schedule of features.

Maintain four non-ROW80 posts weekly. Almost.

Keep up with comments; or post an explanation. Not even close.

  • I’ve read all the lovely comments, but have utterly failed at answering them, or explaining.

  • This is a high priority for the coming week!

Strive for high-concept posts for shanjeniah Regular Features. Target attained!

  • Yes, for Friday and Saturday posts.


Focus point:

  • Tidying and beautifying my physical, virtual, and interior spaces.

Continue refitting common rooms to better suit our needs. On target.

  • Helped Annalise prepare for her Christmas decorating.

Move nature books and field guides to new space. On target.

  • Unearthed and moved a backyard birding magazine.

Complete family room shift, with new desk as anchor. On target.

  • My large plastic tub is about half-empited, and the remaining items on the computer desk are roughly sorted.

  • I’ve finally got the base arrangement of the rest of the room set. Tidying, cleaning and organizing ongoing.

Minimum of 5 minutes, twice weekly, organizing and cleaning the space. Target exceeded!

  • I spent 5 minutes each on Monday and Thursday, and about 10 on Saturday. Things are definitely looking better, and I am getting new ideas on how to best utilize this small and tucked away space.

Decorate bulletin board, take down US map (moving to family or living room). On target.

  • Removed world map and kids’ old game scoring sheet from the bulletin board.

  • Decided where to put the US map, but I need to get considerably further with the family room refit, first, so that is on hold for now.

  • Next up, pull the rest of the staples from the board and decorate.


Focus points:

  • Relationships.

  • Exercise and Movement.

  • Passions.

Make time and sweetness for Jim and the children, in ways that are important to them. Target attained!

  • Major attention paid here during this pre-Christmasing week.

  • Helped Jim with a couple of computer projects he wanted to wrap up, and we had time for talking and flirting. His car is still down, so I loaned him mine all week.

  • Took the kids out to get the rest of their Christmas treasures. Helped Lise procure and set up her tabletop tree.

  • Removed the deceased guinea pig from the cage; tenderly and respectfully, for s/he was a good piggie. Was attentive to the feelings of the children, and have been, since. It’s a rough time of year to lose a pet.

Immerse myself in writing, living, and being with my family, striving for presence. Target attained!

  • No new writing other than blogposts. Still gathering input, percolating, and being with my family. I have been feeling introspective and present, of late.

  • I suspect an avalanche of words to pour forth from me, post-Christmas. I feel it growing and loosening. This is the fertile time, and I’m not messing with it!

Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. Target attained!

  • Natural evaluation still simmering, while I begin to implement a few small changes and consider slightly larger ones.

Practice movement daily, for at least a few minutes. Target attained!

  • Yes, mostly hometending.

Add a little more intention to this, and remember to move even when in long nighttime writing sessions, at least occasionally. On target.

  • After a lull during NaNo, getting a bit better at this, at least sporadically.

Allow time and space to indulge my passions. Target attained!

  • Yup! I spent some time editing photos, blogging, being with my beloveds, and, of course, watching Enterprise – it’s writing research, after all!

Read, comment, and share others’ posts and links.Target attained!

  • This week, I read, commented on, and shared All. The. WIPpets! On Facebook and Twitter, too,where I gave each a cute little hashtag. Yay, me!

Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!

Connect!Target attained!

  • Many comments on many blogs!

  • Some chatting and opening up on Facebook – with hashtags, even!

WIsh the other ROWers some holiday cheer!

May we all have peace and light!


  1. You’ve had an amazing round! I’ve loved your goal break down so much I’m adapting it for my 2014 goals. We’ll see how that translates to next round 🙂

    {{hugs}} on your loss. It is a tough time of year to lose a pet.

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday!

    • Raelyn,

      I’ve loved this round – well, pretty much the whole year, really! It’s also opened me to what I feel will be a delightful 2014.

      So happy to have given you a new way to approach your own goals. I gain so much from adapting others’ ideas to suit me. It’s very cool to know that I’m part of that flow.

      It is hard to lose a pet this time of year. We’re adjusting. The guineas really belonged to the kids, but, since they live(d) in the family room and were social at least when hungry, we all had relationships with them.

      Our Christmas was mellow and happy. I hope yours exceeded your wishes! =D

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