signs of spring?

I refuse to look out my window today. Almost everything is white. Yes, the sun is finally shining and the sky is blue, but the ground isn’t green like it was last week. It’s white. The storm that blew through here on Tuesday wasn’t as extensive as initially forecast. However, it wasn’t fun either, there were high winds, nine inches of snow, and several hours of sleet. Yuck.

In a desire to remember that some day it will be warmer, the snow will melt, and there will be colour outside, here are two photos I took two weeks ago before winter finally arrived. I tried to capture some daffodils that decided to bloom too, but they just look like bright yellow blobs.

my pen at work

Here are a few links to find other words I’ve recently written in places beyond Penguin Girl. Periodically I’ll post about them here.

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balancing summer end

It’s the time of year when I try to balance long hours of work with long hours of work. At dawn and dusk, as weather permits, I try to escape for trail runs or long walks. It’s difficult, what I really want to do is play with the ideas that I’ve scribbled into my notebooks, read (everything), and nap.

At least Shadow and Buddy can nap!

My daily focus comes from my morning planning sessions over tea or coffee (and sometimes both (though not together!)). It really does help to set the day and keep things on track.

How are these last fleeting days of summer treating you?

taming the chaos

Sometimes you need to make a bigger mess to make it better.

I moved my workspace over the summer and I believed that come winter I’d be really cold in this new spot. With it finally frigid, I verified that as true! On Tuesday I moved the filing cabinet and shifted everything to the the other side. The side benefit is it then allows me to spread out my notebooks easier without keeping everything on top of the keyboard. It’s a nice change. While it’s only a move of inches, my hands haven’t been as cold, and I’m looking at my notebooks more!

This afternoon I finally reorganized the chaos the results after TNNA. After dumping everything out in a big pile and bringing in all the current project bags I reorganized everything and put things away. The cats were very helpful — they napped!

There’s something very satisfying about this sort of clean up & tidy. Now I need to catch up on the bookkeeping.