I survived February! I was expecting February to be better than January and quickly came to the conclusion that it was not, I was expecting lighter days and spring and it didn’t happen quite as quickly as I’d hoped and then there was Storm Doris…yes we have started to name our storms but we are giving them granny names…
However, it is a bit lighter and I also realised that it was a feeling not an action. Yeah, I felt pretty down during a lot of February but I got a lot done too and I should try to focus more on the positive than the negative. So I will.
In February, I was social; I went to Richard’s birthday celebrations, dinner with Kathy and Adam, Sarah came for lunch, I visited Beefeater with Christelle, I got up to Shefford to see my nephews (and Ben and Lu!). I also got to Grace and felt much better for spending time with God and my community. We woodchiped all the paths on the plot, planted rhubarb and I planted seedlings (probably too early but what the hell!).
Here were my goals:
- Use Bright Light Therapy Headset every day. This was the easiest thing on the list and it does make a difference, even when I felt that maybe it wasn’t. People have noticed…
- Get out of the house by 7:30am on workdays & 10pm lights out on schoolnights. I’ve not been perfect with this but I have caught that 7.56 train every day. On at least been at the station at the right time before it was cancelled!
- Going for a walk at least every other day. I did this and it didn’t feel like a stretch, I think I need to get a new fitbit…
- Stretching. I did this more or less every morning and on the mornings I didn’t my body let me know it was unhappy, cue stretching in the toilets at work!
- Defrost the freezer and clean the oven.
- Make marmalade. Done, whether it is enough to keep my mother in marmalade for the year is yet to be seen!
- Weed top of plot and plant new rhubarb crowns. Done.
- Sow leeks, cavolo nero and sweet peas. Done, the seedlings are all looking a bit leggy (leeks excepted) but you live and learn, I can alway re-sow the cavolo nero next month.
- Weed beds and prep for spring. Weeding has been done, compost has yet to be obtained, we may be spending some time carting it back from Wilkinsons…
- Work out what to do with the ‘rubbish’ pile now I can’t burn it!.This is going to invoice bagging it up and going to the dump which requires a car, it’s a problem…
I want to generally focus on the flat a bit in February. I feel that I did this and it was really nice to be able to offer it to Kathy as a place she could get some work done during half term. She was grateful for the calm and I was glad that the flat was calming. That’s in large part because it wasn’t messy because I’d made the effort to keep it like that!
My word for this year is focus and to better reflect that in my life, I want all of my monthly goals to build up, so to keep doing what I do and then add. Now some of the goals will drop away as they become irrelevant through the year but there are going to be a lot of repeats…
- Use Bright Light Therapy Headset every day. This is working and after the clocks go forward (March 26th!) I probably won’t need to use again until the clocks go back in October. For March though, it stays…
- Get out of the house by 7:30am on workdays & 10pm lights out on schoolnights. This is going to be a goal every month, again, it works, I know I need it so it’s a place I’m putting my focus
- Going for a walk at least every other day. This is important, especially while I’m not on the allotment so much.
- Stretching. It’s such a small thing yet it makes such a big difference and as I get more into allotment work, I’ll need it even more.
- Clean the oven. Part of my focus on the house.
- Housework routine. Believe it or not, I do have routine for laundry and cleaning the house. It’s flexible but I really need to bed it in as something I do no matter what because I’m coming up to the allotment part of the year and last year the flat really suffered…
- Renew passport. Or at least set aside the money to renew my passport.
- Clothes repair. I have a heap of clothes that need buttons tightening/patching etc, I just need to devote an hour or two to fixing them.
- Finish preping the beds, clearing what needs to be cleared
- Sow things outdoors. This is really weather dependent but by the end of the month I should have been able to sow, carrots, beetroot, chard, spinach, peas and the herbs, chives, parsley, dill and coriander.
- Sow things indoors, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash
- Work on rubbish pile and creating a compost area
- Order and set up shed, which is going to take some help
Lent starts tomorrow, I haven’t made any plans to give anything up but I am going to try and join in some of the Grace Lent meals and discusssions, we are reading Henri Nouwen’s Life of the Beloved, which I have read but will need to re-read after some reflection.