Category Archives: Personal

My First Year on iNaturalist

[NOTE: long and nerdy read!] When I was a kid, my family home was on a lake shore. The property was bounded by a brook and forested on three sides. I knew the names of wildflowers, trees, insects, birds, fish

My First Year on iNaturalist

[NOTE: long and nerdy read!] When I was a kid, my family home was on a lake shore. The property was bounded by a brook and forested on three sides. I knew the names of wildflowers, trees, insects, birds, fish

Life Update – July 2021

We had a big change at the Exacting House this month. Rom retired from his job! He had been increasingly unhappy there and knew he wouldn’t stay another 8 years to age 65. He saved half his take-home pay “FIRE-style”

Life Update – July 2021

We had a big change at the Exacting House this month. Rom retired from his job! He had been increasingly unhappy there and knew he wouldn’t stay another 8 years to age 65. He saved half his take-home pay “FIRE-style”

Paper mementos including tickets, greeting cards, tourist pamphlets, boarding passes and maps

Precision Memory Filing

I keep memories! My photos are digital and I stopped buying souvenirs when I travel. But I keep lots of mementos of special times. Mostly paper. During my first year of Covid restrictions, I loved catching up on home tasks

Paper mementos including tickets, greeting cards, tourist pamphlets, boarding passes and maps

Precision Memory Filing

I keep memories! My photos are digital and I stopped buying souvenirs when I travel. But I keep lots of mementos of special times. Mostly paper. During my first year of Covid restrictions, I loved catching up on home tasks

A Room of My Own

Reorganized home office after working from home for a year!

A Room of My Own

Reorganized home office after working from home for a year!

Open ring-binder bullet journal

My Anti-Planner

I love watching YouTube videos that show planners and bullet journals being set up and filled in. I kept a long-hand journal from about age 10 to age 30, and I always expected to return to journaling someday. Since that

Open ring-binder bullet journal

My Anti-Planner

I love watching YouTube videos that show planners and bullet journals being set up and filled in. I kept a long-hand journal from about age 10 to age 30, and I always expected to return to journaling someday. Since that

Life Update – January 2021

Hi everyone; I’ve missed hearing from you, and I hope you are as well as possible during these times. I am relying on my American readers to play whatever big or small role you can in restoring democracy and kindness.

Life Update – January 2021

Hi everyone; I’ve missed hearing from you, and I hope you are as well as possible during these times. I am relying on my American readers to play whatever big or small role you can in restoring democracy and kindness.

Thriving in a Home-Based Life

I have now been Working from Home for 21 weeks. I love domestic life, but I never imagined I could integrate work and personal life to this degree. I am enjoying it while it lasts. As I mentioned in earlier

Thriving in a Home-Based Life

I have now been Working from Home for 21 weeks. I love domestic life, but I never imagined I could integrate work and personal life to this degree. I am enjoying it while it lasts. As I mentioned in earlier

A Day in Covid Lockdown

Today’s post is a photo journal of a Saturday. I was inspired by the Photo an Hour posts that Janet (blogger at JBistheinitial) used to do, like this one. I decided in advance to keep busy all day so I’d

A Day in Covid Lockdown

Today’s post is a photo journal of a Saturday. I was inspired by the Photo an Hour posts that Janet (blogger at JBistheinitial) used to do, like this one. I decided in advance to keep busy all day so I’d

Life Update March 2020

For this post, I’ll backtrack and tell you what I’ve been doing since New Year’s. Notice I didn’t preface that by saying, “Now that I have extra time on my hands…” My new work-from-home routine has kept me as busy

Life Update March 2020

For this post, I’ll backtrack and tell you what I’ve been doing since New Year’s. Notice I didn’t preface that by saying, “Now that I have extra time on my hands…” My new work-from-home routine has kept me as busy

Be It Resolved

Last year I set two mini-resolutions (new habits). The first was to hand-wash my personal dishes every night. Rom and I alternate making dinner, and whoever cooks also cleans up, giving the other the night off. However, after work, I

Be It Resolved

Last year I set two mini-resolutions (new habits). The first was to hand-wash my personal dishes every night. Rom and I alternate making dinner, and whoever cooks also cleans up, giving the other the night off. However, after work, I