Building Rome is a weekly mini-challenge hosted by Bradley Corbett over at Green Embers. The goal is to come up with some small, achievable goals for the week and work toward them. Each week has a theme: this week it’s Accepting Feedback. Make a goal this week to get honest feedback about some aspect of your life, work, hobby, or what have you!
How to participate: Make a post with your goals for the week and how well you did with the previous week’s goals! Link back to the challenge page. Visit other people who have linked or commented and cheer them on.
I have to say that I’m lovin’ this accountability thing. I’m getting stuff done (sort of) and feeling good about it (more or less) and what’s not to love about that?
In the excuses department, I have been sleep deprived pretty much all week since the full moon triggered another bout of insomnia. Can’t blame the weather since it was nice and cool. As for number 8 below, I hate my vacuum cleaner.
My list of goals for last week:
Transplant the cactus babies.
A couple of years ago, I was playing on Pinterest and came across this image of an aloe plant. Smitten, I was. Driven, I was, to click on through and lo and behold, I landed on an eBay site. Before I knew it, I had purchased some seeds. If I had known then what I know now, that is, the species is at risk due to over-harvesting, I might have thought twice.
I really did not think. I am not a houseplant sort of gal. Besides, adequate indoor lighting conditions are scarce in our house AND there’s Oscar. He has a taste for aloe.
The seeds arrived in short order. About half of the seeds germinated and grew to what you see here. Two are clearly more robust than the third, but given the rarity of the species, the little one remains in my so-called care.
They are now about two years old. As you can see, moss is growing on the surface of the soil. Plus the outside leaves are self-pruning due to contact with the pot and the cloche. The plants have been in this state for several months.
As you recall from last week’s exciting episode of Building Rome, I made an effort to locate potting soil in the back shed. Two words: mouse poop. So, I needed new soil. Which I ordered. I walked downtown to pick it up Thursday but I will advise you, that was a mistake. Unless you like to walk home carrying an extra five pounds of dead weight.
- Walk every day. This will remain a weekly BR goal. I missed Monday and Friday and Sunday, but otherwise got in about 2 km the other days. This I want to improve upon.
Eat home-made food. Eat out no more than twice.
- Wash the remaining windows in the kitchen. hahahahahahah yeah, no.
Blog every day.I’m going to take this from the list, and hope it doesn’t backfire. It’s gone for a couple/three reasons. I’ve decided that it’s OK to not blog every single day. This is a hobby/nice to do thing for me. Not a job. Also, with the new gig as volunteer social media maven at FWIC, I need to allow time with that project. Besides, I’m too engaged with my blog and my friends here to worry about fading away. If my posting here drops off to less than 3 times a week, I’ll relist it as a “to do” item. Harvest thyme and oregano
I actually ran out of dried oregano over the winter. I had a lunch baggie full, and still used it up by March. This year, I want to make sure that doesn’t happen. One would think, judging from the number of deliberately planted and volunteer plants in every corner of the yard, I’d have an abundance of the stuff. You’d think. But a bug has been prospering just as vigorously as the oregano plants and leaving its mark. You can see the dark dots on the leaves in the photo above. It’s a challenge to find untouched or barely touched foliage. I refuse to use chemicals, but instead, I handpick insects – if I see them. But I’ve never laid eyes on the culprits. The same critter has decimated the hot pepper plants. Rather discouraging, but it comes with the territory. I think the hard winter might have killed off the creature higher up the food chain that would have otherwise kept this pest under control.
Update from my gardening pal in Elgin County – the red spots on the leaves of the oregano look an awful lot a fungus. She sent me a link to a very comprehensive document. It states Origanum plants are susceptible to a variety of fungal diseases. Rust fungi (Pucinnia sp.) causes circular spots on the leaves. So, there is STILL a fungus amoung us!
Weed the interlocking brick patio
- Clean up the attic. More raucous laughter.
- Meditate daily on the Metta Prayer, focusing especially on the “May you love yourself completely” part. I’ve gotten into the habit of doing this when I walk. So if I don’t walk, I don’t think about it. This, too, shall remain a weekly goal.
My list of goals for this week:
- Walk every day.
- Eat home-made food. Eat well when travelling on the weekend.
- Meditate daily on the Metta Prayer, focusing especially on the “May you love yourself completely” part.
- Feeback: For the upcoming weekend trip… be aware of knee-jerk response to relationship issues.