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Learning a bit of focused action... [Jul. 3rd, 2011|11:37 am]
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Friday I cooked rice. Maybe I'll make fried rice to take to work on saturday.

Yesterday, I got up, mixed some rye flour and sourdough starter, mowed my lawn, watered my lawn patch-repairs (lots of moss, and so I'm trying to kill a patch, rake out the dead stuff, and then plant fresh seed - just a few patches at a time), raked up the clippings, packed lunch, made breakfast (cheating - sourdough bread and blue cheese, which means slicing cheese and bread and making a sandwich), and got to work almost-on-time to work my 12 hour shift. No time to make fried rice.

Then I went home, made bread dough, and let it rise for about 45 minutes before refrigerating it and going to bed.

This morning I found the bread dough had doubled in the refrigerator (!!), so I warmed the oven for a minute, put it in to warm up a bit, watered my patch-repairs, kneaded and shaped my dough, put it in a bread pan, and put it in the refrigerator again. If it doubles again, I'm going to be truly impressed with the strength of my sourdough! Then, with 23 minutes until 10, I made my fried rice. (I forgot egg - but it was good anyway, and with chicken, it wasn't lacking in protein).

I also made tea both mornings, somewhere in there.

Time has long been my enemy, slipping away uselessly, and I've been trying to fight back by learning to be more focused and active, and I think it's starting to help. The interesting thing is that, I know that if I *had* to do this, I'd be cranky and upset at all of this work. But since it's my own choice, I'm feeling a lot better about it. (Which is not to say that it's not frustrating sometimes. But as Mark Twain put it, work is what a body is obliged to do, and play is what a body is not obliged to do. Just taking out the obligation can sometimes make it play.)

It does occasionally remind me of a line from Stranger in a Strange Land about how Michael is always rushing from one place to another, telling people they must never hurry. That is an important key... if you have to *hurry*, things go wrong, and it's a lot more frustrating. But with practice, and patience, you can learn to do several things relatively quickly, and things that used to feel like they were hurrying can become more sedate.
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[User Picture]From: wolfette
2011-07-03 07:34 pm (UTC)
there's a gardening tv show in Scotland called "Beechgrove Garden" (Beechgrove is the location of the Aberdeen BBC tv studios). It's been running a long time and I've been watching a long time, even though I don't have a garden. :-)

Anyway, last week they were talking about a new product they were trying on lawns with moss patches. (quoting here from the episode fact sheet)

"Well, a few weeks ago we showed you the ‘miracle’ moss solution that is Mo Bacter, and the time has now come for us to actually put the substance to the test. A fully organic fertiliser, MO Bacter consists of 5 parts nitrogen, 5 parts phosphorus and 20 parts potash, with a little added Bacillus bacterium. The moss gorges itself on the potash to such an extent that it kills itself, and then the bacteria feeds on the dead moss, meaning there is no need to scarify or rake and no black patches, or so they say. One 20kg bag will cover around 200m² and as it is completely organic it is safe for use around children and pets." Something to look into?
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From: kightp
2011-07-06 07:10 pm (UTC)
*nodnodnod* Practice, patience - and lists. In my case, anyway.

If I can remember to list everything I want/need to do on a given day while I'm having my morning coffee, my odds of actually getting all or most of them *done* are higher, and it prevents the for-me-very-frustrating "wait, now what the hell else was I supposed to be doing?" moments I encounter otherwise.

And if I remember to cross things off as I get them done, then I also know what didn't get done so I can put it on the next list. (-:
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