Cold Temps, Calendars, and a Good Read

We are still dealing with arctic weather on the prairie. Last Thursday and Friday it was 10* with no wind; beautiful! I went for a short walk outside and our neighbors horses were along the road.

Saturday and Sunday were raw with single digit highs and constant 25-30 mph winds. We saw temps in the mid teens yesterday and it was windy.

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Sounds like the deer are hunkered down and hard to find. J’s Uncles braved the cold and harvested three deer. They enjoy the wide open spaces and looking for the big buck. J likes to ride along as an official guide.

While J was out hunting I worked on a project that has been in the back of my mind. It’s easier for me to think and work on projects when the house is quiet and the possibility of being called outside is slim. I took full advantage and completed my idea.

November 18

I like office supplies, pens, paper, organizers, calendars and more. I have a calendar in the kitchen that keeps J and I on the same page. By the end of the month things are crossed off or whited out (my preferred method), there are arrows going different directions and check marks of completion. This calendar reflects the semi-organized chaos of our life.

I keep a personal calendar/planner as a journal. It documents what we did, places we traveled, meetings, ranch tasks, when crops were planted and harvested, how much rain we got etc. We frequently need to go back and double-check dates or have exact dates for various types of paperwork. I hope that someday my niece and nephews will find my journal an interesting read.

And then I have my personal spiral topped weekly calendar. It has the same things that the kitchen calendar has with the addition of blog post topics, tasks that I need to do during the week, meal ideas and deadlines.

The other day I came across a new concept, Passion Planner. I watched the video, looked over the website and I am hooked. I slept on the idea, remember I’m an objective thinker, and ordered myself a 2015 planner. As an experiment I printed off example pages to try out this week. So far I like it and am excited to get my planner.

November 18

Last night I finished reading An Uncommon Family (Family Portrait Book One), by Christina Polkinhorn. It was excellent and I had a hard time putting it down. Polkington does a great job developing realistic characters with depth. The main character, Karla, is six-years old at the beginning of the story, she lost her mother and Grandmother in a car accident and lives with her Aunt Anne. Karla is a talented artist, even at six. Anne enrolls Karla in private art lessons with Jonas. The story is about these three characters overcoming the pain and hurt of their pasts, healing and learning to trust and love again.

Next on my list; Love of a Stonemason, Book 2 in the Family Portrait series.

November 18

Tomorrow is the kick off day to sign up for the Second Annual Christmas in the Country gift exchange. Bloggers and non-bloggers come back and join the fun!

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5 Responses to Cold Temps, Calendars, and a Good Read

  1. Cheri says:

    You stay warm girl! These bitter cold temps are unusual for us this time of year….but I’m liking them…layers, layers, layers. Love that last shot with the blurred horse and focus on the barb wire….cool..
    Congrats on the deer harvest…
    I keep saying I need to keep a daily journal….I do during calving….and if there is something important…it is very useful to go back to…you tend to forget the exact detail…

  2. Darcy says:

    Excited for tomorrow! 🙂 And love the different focus points you used on the horse pictures in this post. It sounds like you are well organized – it’s interesting how everyone uses different methods for keeping organized. Have a great week!

  3. Kim says:

    I am going to see if my library has the book. I always like a recommendation from a friend. Randy & I are both fairly organized. He writes notes on a calendar. He carries a little book in his pickup. He has another book for keeping track of bales, etc. My blog has become a way to remember the highlights, too. We are still cold here, too!

  4. Nita says:

    Awesome post! Great photos and that does sound like a great book. Love the idea of your planner. I’ve tried the paperless planner route and can say I am in total chaos, time for me to go back to good old paper. Heading over to check out that link. Thanks
    Enjoy the day

  5. Bonnie says:

    I am seriously considering the planner. I use a little pocket calender at work and would be lost without it. I like the goals and other additions. Thanks for the good idea. Glad J’s Uncle got a deer. I’m very happy with the outcome of my butchering. I made bacon cheese venison burgers and they are grand.

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