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What's Growing? January 7th

We always start our year planning the gardening. That means that my spreadsheet is what is growing this time of year (and all my scratch paper). I use spreadsheets for most things these days. I had already started a file with all the preferred seeds and vendors from the last year. I tend to forget details from the last year, so writing things down helps me. My most helpful file from last year was a spreadsheet that was my journal and included gardening notes, rain amounts, along with my reading and other events. A spreadsheet journal works way better for me than any other kind. *I got the idea from an article I read on a tech website, but I can't remember where. First, I narrowed down the list of plants to just what I wanted to grow. This was a hard but freeing exercise this year. Usually, we add more plants and more varieties. We cut away at things that are hard to grow or that aren't worth the effort this year. For example, our kids don't care for my homegrown carrots bec

OPEN: My Goals for 2023

 Here are my goals for 2023: I plan on posting updates on my progress. Health Workout 200 Times (This is 16x a month) Do 5 pull-ups and 3 roll-outs (I've been working on roll-outs for 2 years. They are hard.) Learn Learn to make Chicken Biryani (Last year was Tikka Masala.) Read 36 books (6 audiobooks) Personal Finish edits on my Family Dictionary of Theology (This is the 3rd round of edits.) Draft 2 other book ideas Write 26 times on blog Have 20 fires in firepit with my family (This is so that I slow down and enjoy time at home without a to-do list.) Visit 5 historic sites with my family in our area

Podcast Discussion of Our Top Reads

 If you are reading my blog and care about reading recommendations, you might like my discussion with Emma about what we read last year. We've done video and audio versions of this for at least 5 years now.  Enjoy: https://anchor.fm/raiseemrad/episodes/Our-2022-Reading-Recap-e1svo0f