Foundations That Accommodate:  ROW80/12 Week Year Week 9 Final

As I write this in the wee hours of Sunday morning, we’re a little over a day away from Jim’s first five-hour chemotherapy treatment, which will be followed with another 46 hours of at-home infusion via a pump, which will be attached and detached by a visiting nurse…

And our house is more of a mess than I’d like. In part, it’s the result of a busy week of appointments, car repairs, errands, and little sleep for me. In part, it’s that my efforts to prepare for the journey to come have included purchasing much needed dishes and flatware, as well as an Instant Pot that may alleviate the issue of food…Jim, as a chef, is far better than I am at that kind of thing; but I want to be better, so he can enjoy eating without needing to prepare, but also so I don’t have to add another huge, repetitive task to my already formidable list…

And so there are wrappings, and things I’ve been organizing, and…life.

I probably worry about that kind of thing more than I need to…and, really, life is an amazing thing for any home to be full of…

Still, the next hours will see me trying to get the place tidied…not so much for the nurse, but for those of us living here – all four of us.

Sunday Evening Update: Things look a lot better than they did when I wrote the above. I’m now taking the rest of the night off, for my region’s NaNoWriMo2017 TGIO* Party.

Are you a fan of a tidy house, or not really concerned if things get cluttered?

*Thank Goodness It’s Over, in case you were wondering!

Blue with Overstrike – Goal completed.

Green – Goal in progress.

Black – No progress.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 9-12.

  • Stained Blood; Chapter Five: I finally got back to this. I left off a few weeks back on page 5/11; now on 11/11pages completed and submitted to author.
  • Week 9 goal: COMPLETED!


Complete five hometending rounds in bedroom; three on porch; and one in study: Week 9.

  • Bedroom: 5/5
  • Porch: 3/3
  • Study: 1/1
  • 9/9 total.
  • Week 9 goal: COMPLETED!

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Week 9.

  • Living room, kitchen: 1/1.
  • 2/4
  • Week 9 progress: 50%

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice four times weekly, weather and car dependent: Week 9.

  • 1/4 practice runs completed.
  • I got my car back on Friday; he drove to do errands with me on Saturday.
  • Week 9 goal progress: 25% completed.

Draft Miah’s homeschool report: Week 9

  • Week 9/Year One goal COMPLETED!

Revise/proof/update attendance/submit homeschool reports: Week 9.

  • Done and submitted in the wee hours of Friday morning.
  • Week 9/Year One goal COMPLETED!


DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 15 minutes/week to Modules  One/Two:  Weeks 9-12.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

Slaying SEO:

Get all revelant materials from the Page/blog links, so I can work on this when life permits: Week 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 15 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Week 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 9-12

  • Discussed again; decided to keep it as Jim’s site for now; might be a way to move inventory when I finish and activate it.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 10% completed.

Organize and inventory stock; research business establishments for potential wholesale opportunities: Weeks 9-12.

  • Some organizing, and some discussion with Jim regarding wholesaling.
  • Made some decisions on how best to organize stock for inventory.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 20% completed.

Consider whether selling at local events is still desirable/feasible; if so, think about adaptations we’d need to make: Weeks 9-12.

  • Introduced the topic with Jim; no resolutions, but it’s on our radar.
  • Week 9 goal progress: 20% completed.

Mind, Body, and Soul: 

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 9-12.

  • Wednesday and Thursday appointments completed. Jim now has a central line port for blood draws and chemotherapy infusion, we’ve seen the infusion bay, and had a chemo conferenced. First cycle of chemo scheduled for Monday.
  • We’ve made a start on a multitude of paperwork that needs to be filed so Jim can receive disability. #babysteps
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 60% completed.

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 9-12.

  • When a good local friend messaged to ask how we were, and offered help, I made two small suggestions; things that would be of great value to me.
  • Reached out to a Facebook group for ideas/tips for our new Instant Pot.
  • Asking for help is still uncomfortable; neither of us was raised to do it. I’m adapting by remembering that, when folks feel powerless, being able to offer even small bits of assistance makes them feel better while it helps us. That’s a worthy trade.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 35% completed.

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Weeks 9-12.

  • Deep cleaning, moving furniture, and organizing.
  • Finally took a walk with Jeremiah Saturday night.
  • Week 9 goal COMPLETED!

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday:  Week 912.

  • Veggie pizza and salad; Monday.
  • Veggies and noodles: Tuesday.
  • Autumn squash Panera soup: Wednesday.
  • Sweet potato/quinoa; autumn squash soup/chicken Cobb salad: Friday.
  • Butternut squash ravioli: Saturday
  • 5/4 meals/snacks.
  • Week 9 goal EXCEEDED!

Personal Expression:

Purchase ear muffs: Week 9.

  • Briefly looked in one catalog, no luck.
  • Week 9 goal progress: 20% completed.

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  1. Knowing how things went now, ,,, a different space in time. You’re living accommodating every minute these days. And still making wonderful progress. Loved all that Blue especially on the healthy eating section (and that Instant Pot looks marvelous!) The more you have on your mind to deal with, the more you’ve got to be good to yourself. Then again, you know that. 🙂

    If you need me to pick up some flatware/dishes, let me know… I have the BJs membership and need to make a trip there soon anyway. I’ll just add the stuff to my own order.

    • Eventually, I’ll get to reading the Instant Pot directions…haven’t gotten there yet, but will once I get through the Chemo book from the oncology center, so I can disseminate for Jim, who might not want to spend the time to read it through, when he’s exhausted.

      I’m eager to start using it!

      The early part of this week was a lot trickier. St. Mary’s has moved to an out-patient facility – the cafeteria was closed when Jim was admitted to the ER, and I’d had a Greek yogurt to eat. Managed to snag a cereal bar, but still…that’s not much fuel for 16 hours of being awake. Got home and devoured quickest thing – hot dogs.

      Back on track by Tuesday.

      I bought new flatware and dishes, and we’re happily using them. Eventually, I’ll add another set of spoons, and Lise would like matching mugs, but we’re good for now. Thanks, though!

      • Make sense to pick up a set that you like. Especially with flatware… it’s a balance thing, at least for me, and I suspect a lot of other people too. The hand has to be able to move in so many minute fractions of an inch to bring a fork or spoon to the mouth without spilling anything….

        Busy busy week even so… ((hugs))

  2. I hope the treatment goes as well as it can. I wish I had more words to give you, something that would make things better, or that I was closer to offer more help. I’m thinking of you guys.

  3. Oh, how I wish I had wise words to offer you or that I could send you a magic wand to cure all things bad. All I can send you though are my thoughts and prayers that you and Jim have the strength and fortitude and all the help you need on the home front and the medical front to get through the days and months ahead. Take time for yourself – screw all goals, just take it a day at a time. My heart goes out to you.

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