Catching up, but not here

There’s just no getting around the fact that I haven’t updated my blog in quite some time, but figured I’d check in, say hello and NOT do a ‘catch up’ on various things because first there’s not an awful lot to write about in that regard, and second that’s not what I decided to write about.

So what kind of catching up am I talking about then?  Well, as you know I’ve had a long haul with my health for a very long time and haven’t always been able to keep up with life in general which in itself can be frustrating and difficult. It’s me that’s been catching up in the last two months. It’s been very gradual, but bit by bit, I’ve been putting pieces back together and managing to do things that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. I’m not completely ‘caught up’ yet, but I’m getting there.

Some of this catching up is thanks to the medication for Sjogren’s the absolute fog my brain has been in for ages is finally starting to lift. Sometimes I can even string whole paragraphs together when writing without having to stop to grasp for a word that was just there 2 seconds before but became elusive just as I reached for it. This goes for both writing and speaking. I’m now once again enjoying writing and have written several bits and pieces – documentation and a recommendation that impressed Rod and the person I was recommending. It was satisfying and in turn has helped me to move on to other things I just couldn’t cope with not so long ago.

Another thing that’s helped tremendously is using a web app named ‘Remember the Milk‘.  It’s a task list type thing, but it can be used for much more as well, such as lists of birthdays, shopping lists, etc.  After using it for awhile, I’ve learned how to make use of tags with it to make up ‘smart lists’ and it keeps me on track which is something I’ve always needed help with doing. The last time in my life I used a task list was when my two youngest were toddlers and my brain was pretty foggy back then too. I made up a list of household tasks that I needed to make sure were done each day and had it tacked to the inside of a kitchen cupboard door. It worked great for me. The same is happening now only with an online list.  I have household things that repeat as needed (like ‘do cat litter box’ repeats daily and ‘sweep the patio’ repeats weekly).  When I can’t get something done I can either change the due date to the next day or ‘Postpone’ it which does the same thing… and a record is kept for how many times you’ve postponed an item too.  I won’t tell you how many times I’ve postponed ‘Update Blog’!

Where RTM really shines though is for the websites I work on. It used to be I’d have a discussion with someone about a change to their site and then forget that I was supposed to update an item.  That doesn’t happen now, and I’ve also got a record of things I’ve done for any particular site because each task is tagged with the site name.  I have a smart list set up to show me what I’ve done in the last day, 2 days and the last week. Seeing a long list of things I’ve finished really helps me to know I’m not just spinning my wheels – I really am getting stuff accomplished. Even better, the list of long-standing to-do’s is getting much sorter as I get through stuff.

I suppose it amounts to organisation. I still need to see a list of things I need to do – I just don’t have the short term memory to not have a list.  But I’ve found that over time, I do remember that when I do x, I also do y and z afterwards and don’t need to check the list as frequently for the daily type things,

Yes I’m still having the health issues – I’m having an arthritis flare up at the moment and needing to use the walking stick, but what with a better way of keeping myself organised, things don’t seem as frustrating as they had. I’m not sure if that’s a light at the end of the tunnel I see or if it’s just a reflection, but at least I know I’m headed in the right direction!

Hits: 20

Other Posts

Instagram Pics

21Jan20 Mid afternoon snack. For the last severa 21Jan20  Mid afternoon snack.  For the last several months my glucose has been really high and it’s coming down VERY slowly while I wait to see some specialists. Meanwhile, my body thought a 7.5 was a low and sent me diving to check my blood and grab a snack. I opted for something high in fibre (Sesame crisps) and a bit of blue cheese.  This is half a serve.  #2020pad #t2diabetes #t2diabeteswarrior #snack
13Feb20 Look what I found at Costco in Adelaide, 13Feb20  Look what I found at Costco in Adelaide, Australia!  A genuine Saginaw, Michigan product.  I was tempted to buy a jar, but … it would probably last me 10yrs unless my daughter in law came to visit.  #2020pad #costco #shopping #saginaw #saginawmichigan #adelaideaustralia #pickles #vlasic #vlasicpickles
15 Feb Real American Buffalo Wings made in the air 15 Feb Real American Buffalo Wings made in the airfryer.  This is going to be so good. #2020pad #cookingforone #cooking #buffalowings
23Jan20 Challenge Friday photo. I was given a de 23Jan20  Challenge Friday photo.  I was given a desk organiser set for Christmas that has a great gold and white pattern on it.  It went on my desk today, finally!  #cf20 #pattern #2020pad #deskorganiser
24Jan20 Challenge Friday Photo. You want a patte 24Jan20  Challenge Friday Photo.  You want a pattern?  Which one, the floor, the cat bed, the pillows, the hand made blankets?  Or maybe my jumper (sweater) precariously on the arm of the chair.  Lots to choose from!  If you see one I didn’t mention, feel free to comment and let me know.  #cf20 #pattern #2020pad #catsofinstagram #office #patterns #patternseverywhere
10Feb20 I’ve been weeding… When I came home 10Feb20  I’ve been weeding…  When I came home from my USA holiday the weeds were choking this area and several other corners of the yard.  I had someone from a lawn mowing agency come mow and he sprayed the weeds but when he returned a few weeks later, ONLY mowed the grass.  So, first I’m not having that agency back again. Second, it may take awhile but I can do this, and once done I’ll probably have to start all over again.  But it’ll look better and that will make me FEEL better about it.  That said, if anyone local wants to lend a hand, I would really appreciate it with beer, wine, a meal… #2020pad #didsomegardening #weeding #tryingtobeagrownup #cf20 #clutter

Add a comment if you wish

Close Menu