Creativity

I was reading this morning some of the blogs that interest me. I always check out Umtemplater. People who march to their own drummer fascinate me. They are my kind! I’ve done a ton of different things throughout my life.  I wrote on the site today:

It used to be for me, that as soon as I had an idea, I went and did it. Whatever it was, tanning hides, quilt making, or making a strip built kayak. As soon as I mastered it, I never did it again. I dumped every bit of creative energy I had into these things as fast as I could. Like my talent would be taken from me. If you’re out there wondering, just do it. Don’t be afraid. you are going to make mistakes. So what? Just keep on. It’ll be frustrating, and crazy making, and then you’ll get it, and it will be smooth sailing. I didn’t think I’d ever get the hang of welding, then one day, I just did. I didn’t grow up in a place where any of the things I did were even around. I grew up in suburbia, and I started a farm. Anything is possible. Really.

It really is. I think of something now, and I attach goals to it. That way I don’t have half done things lying around as I pile more good ideas on top it. Now I do one creative thing AND MAKE A LIST of the new ones I think up. That way, I can still get to them all without overwhelming my self or my living space. My life is full of cool things. And plenty of space. I love space. And huge art. That might be the next thing. Although, I have been kicking around the idea of enameling miniature portraits. To learn enameling, I’d need to go to school. The the school is in NC, so I’m good there. And silver smithing. I like that idea, too.

So many ideas, and we all have time to do most of them. Get that list of goals going, pick out the most important one and get hot. In my case, literally.

Take care, and don’t worry. It really is all good.

Beth

Operating on a two-hour delay

Our schools in this area are operating on a two-hour delay. I got a call at 5:50 this morning. I could not imagine who would be calling. Even my crazy ex doesn’t do that anymore. It was the school. Mumbles of joy were heard throughout the house. I got back up late. Way late. All this studying is wearing me out. I forgot how taxing it is.

I need to learn that having a human body doesn’t always let me just do what my human mind thinks I should be doing. So I’ve rested a lot today. It’s nice I can do that. I’m very lucky in that regard. I have a lot of support.

Not a long post today, but I wanted to get something down, so no one thinks I’ve forgotten them.

Take are, really.

Beth

My Kindle rocks!

I take walk’s in the morning to rev up my brain for studying. oh, I do a little studying before  go, But I save the big stuff for after the walk. I took my Kindle with me and listened to my A&P book. It’s a great review for the TEAS. What a nice thing to have. I feel like I’m covering all the bases I can, while living a minimalist life style, which is critical to me. If I can study better, it stays. That’s one of my motto’s.

Last night, I was surfing the net, trying to maximize my Kindle experience. I just knew I could do more with this device. And there sure is. I can go online with it, and I can get books and newspapers that are free, and not off the Amanzon web site. Very cool.

A wonderful thing about the Kindle is the amount of stuff I can hold in it. And I can get rid of old news, too. I downloaded Calibre to be able to get other books from other places besides Amazon. The freedom!  I feel it!

 I was called out last night. I have a plan B. But what I was reading told me to ditch the plan B, and put all my energy into plan A.  I can really see the wisdom in that. And what do you know? It has a certain minimal mind set to it. So I’m going to take some risks, and plow all my effort nto plan A. Which is work like a crazy woman to get into my class of choice, instead of registering for another college.

Back to studying…

Beth

11 more days until my TEAS test

I’m excited about taking it. I’m also nervous about taking it. This is the test that gets me into nursing school. I have some plan B’s, but thing will be a lot easier if I can get in near where I live. So today and for the next 10 days, I’ll be studying like a crazy person. I probably should have been right along. Live and learn, I sometimes say.

It’s such a beautiful day here today. The cat is at the door, looking out. She’s catching squirrels and birds in her hunter’s imagination. I wanted to sweep in my imagination, but it need it in real life so I did the sweeping before I go to school.

 I have a choice today. Go with my son to school in Havelock, 9:30-12:15, or with my daughter, 10:30-1:45 In New Bern, a nearby town. I think I may go with my son, so I can get busy sooner. And I know that library better, since I work there very part-time. My three goals for today are , work on my teas booklet for two hours, eat lunch, come back to the library and work on my A&P. We have a test on the respiratory system tomorrow night. I really need to get an A in that class, since I get more points towards my nursing program if I get an A. The library is open until 8 p.m., so I may go back tonight and hit the books some more.  It’s not forever, and it gets me where I want ot be. So, it’s all good.

Take care!

Beth

Gardening

It’s almost spring here, and t’s time to start thinking about planting a garden. I read this book, All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space, by Mel Bartholomew.  I had read this book before, when it was not the ‘All New’ version. It’s good both ways. I’m going to give the method a try. Usually when I see a new way of dong something, I jump in with both feet. You know what happens? Broken heels. So, I’m taking this slow, and by that  mean I’m only making one garden box. t’s a four by four square. I’ll put one plant in each square. Everything will be much more manageable. I asked a friend of mine to go into with me, and she’s going to. here on the coast of NC we have some very hot humid weather. I’m thinking all the gardening is going to be early morning. I’m up early, so it’s all good.

What should I put in it? Well, onions and broccoli will be good for now. Which means I need to get going on the frame. So pretending the frame is ready, and It’s soon to be summer, I’ll be trying to grow tomatoes, eggplant, basil, bell peppers, and I can’t think of anything else at the moment. I’m sure it’ll come to me though.

We’ve gotten a lot of rain this winter, and my lawn has been soggy since last fall. I know, because we put off the last lawn mowing until the lawn dried. We are still waiting. Which is okay, since I have since lost the key to the shed. I’ll get the shed open, and then it’s no holds barred.

Take care, and keep warm.

Beth

The walk through on a property I own

A couple of days ago, I did a walk through on a house I own in a nearby neighborhood. It has four bedrooms, and a nice fenced in yard. I bought it so I ould have passive income. I read this book A Million Bucks by Thirty: How to Overcome a Crap Job, Stingy Parents, and a Useless Degree to become a Mllionaire Before (or After) Thirty, by Alan Corey. I found to very inspirational. Ok, he may have had different experiences, but the thought is still valid. By being smart, living below your means, and being aware, you can really get where you want to go. Alan had a goal, and he worked so he could achieve it. His avenue was real estate. I like the idea.  I rent that house out, and live in my other one. See, I bought the house, and someone else lives in it.

I was kidding with my daughter last night. I told her the house we live in is so minimal at this point, I can rent out the closets so people can live in them. I laughed, she was aghast. I ‘m still laughing.

So, back to the walk through. It went very well. The family that lives in my house, must have read the book. They have their family in it, and they have another family there, too. That was on my okay. So basically they rent half price. Genius. They take wonderful of the place. I have a rental agency taking care of the repair details for me. I might do it myself next year. Or hire my own rental agent. I can outsource just as well, if not better than the rental people.   

I’ll put some marl (marl is drieway gravel and sea shells in a mix) in the driveway, since they asked, and I wish them well.

Take care, all.

Beth

This morning, I’m only going to read five things online before I start my day.

I notice that I spend a lot of time on the computer doing a lot of nothing. I probably don’t need to read a newspaper from a town I lived in 19 years ago. I mean,what meaning can it really have to me? I’ll tell you what meaning it has, it keeps me from what I need to be doing. Like homework, or house work, or putting marl in the driveway. Fake stuff is keeping me from real stuff. I want to really take a good look at how I waste my time, while seeming to be doing something worthwhile. So, starting today, I’m only going to read five things online in the morning before I start my real stuff. That’s instead of five hours of reading online.

I got nine books from the library yesterday. I would rather read junk online than Algebra Demystified. well, I guess, to be fair, who wouldn’t? but the thing is, if I go into my algebra class with some background, I can pass the class and move on with my plan. That would only take eight weeks. Eight weeks! I have dreaded that class since I was in high school. I can get that off my back, never to worry about again, if I put some time into it now. doing the pre-work will free me of math, which has been such a burden to me all these years. It has keep my from school. it has kept me in low paying jobs, because I thought I didn’t have the smarts tp go any further in school that a welding diploma. And I never even used that. Algebra and the very thought of higher math has been a shackle to me. Time to get focused, stop making excuses, and learn what I can.

Wish me luck. I’m off to dig into this math book. Oh, and it’s PRE algrebra first. I was too embarrassed to write that. algebra is later this week.

Take care! Beth