Judy has been keeping all of you informed daily about our progress on a number of fronts, so I will just highlight and give the Vince perspective on a few of things you already know about.
Healthy living is moving along well. I am losing weight, feeling pretty good, and I even have more energy to get a few more Judy dos done each day. Since we are getting good results, the viewing of new health information has decreased a bit and more effort is being placed in other areas. If we hit a wall or stumbling block, I we will spend the time to figure out what is going on and get it corrected so we can stay on track. I feel much better about what we are doing now than anything we have tried in the past.
Our focus on growing things is still getting attention. We decided to replace some fruit trees that have died and I am getting more garden spots ready to plant. The weather has been highly variable this week so I have been taking advantage of the warmer times to be work outside and the minimizing continues inside when it’s chilly. I received notice that my mushroom plugs have been shipped so that will be high on the list of things to get done once they arrive.
One thing I did accomplished was getting rid of no longer needed or wanted emails and facebook groups. I was getting so much email each day, the good stuff was hidden by the junk. It’s amazing that, over time, how much junk comes in that never was requested. Even more amazing is how hard it can be to unsubscribe from some senders. There seems to be a direct correlation between the more useless the email the harder they make it to unsubscribe. And why does it take days to get your address off their mailing list?
I mostly only use facebook to see information from groups associated with my hobbies. Some of the groups, as you can guess, include: 3d printing, mushroom growing, writing, woodworking, etc. I realized that many groups post so much junk that, just like email, their information was hiding post from groups which had posts I really was interested in reading. We are truly overwhelmed with information and much of it is pure garbage. This week I received a couple of unsolicited emails advertising free websteams that would teach us to do things of interest to us. I should have known better but we gave them the benefit of the doubt. So we tuned in and both just ended up being mostly sales pitches. It’s pretty obvious when presenter says nothing of use for the first twenty minutes or so. Oh well, we chalked it up to a learning experience and we were doing other things while they were playing in the background so it was not a complete waste of time. One never knows because sometimes you can pick up a useful tidbit that at least gets you thinking.
With all that is on my plate, I am debating whether or not to undertake a new hobby of sorts and that is to write an ebook. I have been considering a number of helpful topics that I believe would be of interest to an audience of mature readers just like you. Please let me know if there is a topic that we have touched upon that you would like us to explore in more detail. It would have to be something that we are qualified to address and that we can feel comfortable writing about. Just put your ideas in the comment section under this post and I will let you know which ones we agree are good candidates for the ebook.
That’s about it for this week. Stay healthy and don’t forget to leave me your thoughts about the ebook. V
Ha, ha, no one wants to give you suggestions, so everyone is staying mum! =) I don’t really know all the things you might be qualified to write knowledgeably about. I think if you keep a collection of your posts on your mushroom growing experience, that might be something of interest, especially because I think it would be the same anywhere.
The things you have, or have not, been successful growing in Texas, and the reasons why or why not, might make a good foray into the ebook realm – or go really modern and podcast them! Maybe even 3D printers from a beginner’s stand point would help other people who want to try that.
Have you any job-related knowledge that could be translated into something useful for a home owner or a hobby farmer? We are going to build, maybe 5 years from now, on some land, and do it mostly ourselves. We’re planning non-traditional housing, as well as non-traditional heating and energy sources, and non-traditional water harvesting. What do you know that we’d need to know?
I wrote something this morning but it apparently is lost in the internet…or in the comments holding pattern. If this turns out to be a duplicate – y’all get to read my thoughts a second time!
Let’s see – I think I mentioned that I also have been cleaning up my email and I agree that unsubscribing from an email chain is hard. I have three email addresses (personal, business and all else). I was sloppy for a while and using my personal email when using a website or whatever. I have been transferring all shopping links to the “all else” account. However, there are some situations that I think trying to unsubscribe from spam email just increases it, so it’s better to ignore it.
Also thanks to Vince to get me back into One Note – I used it a few years ago when I had a laptop and a tablet and was using it to save things between computers. The tablet died, so I stopped using it. I am currently doing another decluttering pass, but this time I am being more severe in what I am letting go. Not quite KonMari severe, but I am getting a lot of walking around my house as I place things with like things in anticipation of getting to that area. I am using the One Note program to track what is going where and what I have. In some cases, I am putting things I will use in small boxes on the top shelves. Since it is written down, I know that I’ll be able to locate it.
What to write about – how about aging in place in a rural vs urban area. I know a couple who retired from OKC down to the Lake Texoma area and then returned a few years ago because they realized the issues with healthcare. We’re lucky in the OKC area because of the available land makes it easier for companies to build senior communities that range from small garden homes to apartments to assisted living to memory care and nursing/hospice care in one large complex. I turned 65 this year, so I am prepping for the possibility of the need to move to another place. But, I would like to think I could adapt this house to be welcoming to me.
That’s all I can remember from this morning , plus some more thoughts….. take care y’all.
Nelle Coursey says
You and Judy are doing great on your diet. I am so proud of you both. Don’t overdo it just because you feel good. You could hurt yourself!
Wanda Jordan says
Helpful hints on how to fix anything. That what you need to write about. You know if can tells us just about how to fix anything we need fixing. There are loads of women who have no man to help them now or ever. They need help . Yes there is YouTube but sometimes it doesn’t do justice to our problems. So think about that as your ebook . Subjects like raising chicken,building a great coop, building solar ovens, neck how to do solar for the house etc.