April 2020

Hi, everyone!

It has been a year full of change and full of adaptation. I’ve been making changes in my life. I’m sharing some of those with you.

Withdrawing Online Interaction

Who Made That Twitter Bird? - The New York Times

Before the virus outbreak, I found myself withdrawing from my online use. I stopped using my writing Twitter almost completely. Let me explain why.

While I miss all the people I have been in contact with, I felt that I was drowning. My posts were not being seen, I wasn’t getting responses, and I was tagged in too many posts to keep up. It felt like I was ignoring people by not responding to the games, trains, and whatever challenges. I had too many to go through. It would take me upwards of an hour reading and responding to posts.

I never could keep up. I would get on Twitter to ask a questions about my work, get distracted by the notifications, and lose out on hours of writing. So, I stopped responding, stopped posting, and stopped opening the Twitter app. Here is what I learned.

  • One, I had more time to focus on writing and less time on needing validation from people on twitter. I’ve written more in the last few months and learned a lot about myself as a writer.
  • Two, I cared more about how many likes and shares I got, I didn’t stop to think about what the heck I was posting. I didn’t value the responses I got.
  • Three, I’m not as interesting as I wanted people to think. lol.

I stuck to posting things on Facebook and responding to family members. I stopped spending hours online and spent more time with my family and completing house tasks.

So, where does that leave me? Well, I’m still trying to figure it out.

I wanted to say that I miss all the people I had conversations with. I am going to try to be more intentional with my use on Twitter.

Food and Lifestyle

I’ve been making changes for my health in big ways. I’ve been guilty of drinking too much coffee, eating too many carbs, and indulging in sweets. It’s a problem.

So, I worked for weeks, endured major headaches, and suffered some adjustments. But I gave up drinking coffee. It was really hard and I still crave it when I smell it. But I know that it is better for me to give it up.

I increased my vegetables and fruit intake, decreased my grain and dairy intake. By dairy, I mean milk and cheese. I’ve been eating a ton of vegetables and try to only eat fruit every other day. I’ve started to drink tea, water, and almond milk more. Just doing that, I’ve lost about 10 lbs.

I’m looking forward to seeing more changes the more food choices I replace. Here are a few pictures of the produce I bought this month.

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Gardening

I planted seeds this month. I’ve decided to grow some of my own food to be more self-sustainable. I’m planting seeds, getting ready to plant a plethora of other seeds. So far, I’ve planted radish, green onion, sage, thyme, parsley, cilantro, basil, flowers for the hummingbirds and bees, carrots, peppers, beans, peas, cucumber, chili, jalapenos, and melons.

I got some supplies and an herb kit.

I’ll post pictures as I make changes to my garden. Right now, they are all in pots. The only one I can share right now, is garlic. I started this as an experiment and didn’t think it would do much. I’m pleasantly surprised.

I put this clove of garlic in a bottled water for 4 days. It took that long to grow roots.

Leave in water until roots appear
After 4 days in water
Planted March 28
March 30
April 2
April 4
April 9

Pets/Animals

We are fostering a puppy during the virus. His name is cookie and he is about 5 months old.

We also got a puppy. Her name is Faye Valentine. She’s about 8 weeks old. She’s a doll. We love her.

I’ll post more updates on what I’m up to and changes that are being made. Our next mission:

Building a chicken coop and getting baby chicks. Pics to come.

How has your year been? How have you been handling being at home?

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