Stepping Away: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear End of Week 11

 Hi there, ROWers and friends!

 On Wednesday, I wrote about my sometimes sideways journey through grief – what I was feeling two months after Jim’s death.

Since then:

  • With homeschool administration tended for another quarter, I shifted my focustoo other tasks – and found that our financial situation is quite precarious at the moment. It’s temporary, since I haven’t yet filed our taxes or submitted the life insurance claim …but lets me know that I need to deal with those things this week.
  • The kids and I packed ourselves up and traveled to see dear friends in central New Jersey. It’s closer to spring here*, with daffodils already up and trees budding.
  • I’ve had a chance just to relax and be for a while. I think I needed that more than I realized.
  • While visiting, I got some solid input on revisions for a short story pending publication, and for the meet-the-author event I’ll be doing next Saturday. It’s my first event of the type, and I’m very uncertain about what to do and expect.
  • On that note, I also wrote and submitted brief bios for that event, and for the Northeast Unschooling Conference, where I will be speaking this summer.
  • Yesterday**, the kids and I went with two of our friends to see the movie Every Day, which Lise had been wanting to see. It was even better than I expected, and stirred up discussion after the fact, and story ideas for me.

*Here means New Jersey.. I typed this on Sunday, but now it’s Monday, and we’re home.

**Yesterday means Saturday.

So, how was YOUR weekend?

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

Red: Goal Change.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:


Complete homeschool reports and submit. Due Week 11.

  • Miah’s report proofed, letter written, both submitted.
  • Progress: 100%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 1112.

  • 3/4; including a 5 hour drive to New Jersey.
  • Progress: 80%.

Move bedroom furniture to better accommodate nurse visits; deep clean as I go; ask for help from kids as needed.  Week 1.

Use one-on-one time to touch base with both kids. Weeks 11-12.

  • This continues to be a strength, as we find our way forward together.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 11 -12.

  • Each day this session. Hometending; cooking; travel; connection with friends; facilitating interests/goals; and homeschool reports. 7/7 for week.
  • Progress: 100%.


Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 1112.

  • Every day this week; between home and visiting.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 11-12.

  • Joint hometending as we prepped for our trip; purchased a second-hand ribbon board for Lise’s room – something she’d been wanting in favorite colors.
  • Progress: 100%



Inventory sauces; get count on what/how many labels needed: Due Week 3.

  • Progress: 93%

Go through checking account and insurance policy info; make list of monthly/quarterly bills and due dates: Due Week 4.

  • Progress: 90%

Pay Jim’s back sales taxes; find out how to dissolve business. Due Week 6.

  • Progress: 40%.

Do (or delegate) our taxes: Due Week 10.

  • Decided to bite the bullet and make the appointment for this week.
  • Progress: 40%.

Create a base family budget for the kids and I: Due Week 12.

  • As something of a warmup, we set a budget for our weekend travel, and easily remained within it- this could be a first for us!
  • Progress: 70%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 65%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 1112.

  • Nothing this week.
  • Progress: 50%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 11-12.

  • Srpints Wed/Thurs; and sporadic catching up over the weekend.
  • Progress: 100%.


Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 70%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 1112.

  • Talked with both regarding various new ideas.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 11-12.

  • Bounced various ideas of my friends Sylvia and Jim, who are excellent sounding boards.
  • Progress: 100%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 10%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 1112.

  • Sylvia treated us to a movie; we accepted happily. =)
  • Progress: 100%


Body, Mind, and Soul:


Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 11-12.

  • Missed Friday due to travel.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 11-12.

  • Fixer Upper; decluttering/organizing/hometending/ooorganizing/beautifying; drawing my fantasy home improvement plans; photography; singing.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 0%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 11-12.

  • Lots of ideas from Sylvia.
  • Progress: 100%

Use Ninja for food prep once weekly. Weeks 7-12.

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 11-12.

  • I think so, but honestly didn’t pay too much attention while we were away.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 1112.

  • I continued to do well here.
  • Progress: 100%


Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 11-12.

  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 1112.

  • Oh, yes!
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 1112.

  • This, too – in spades!
  • Progress: 100%


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