Monday, November 28, 2016

Planning Quarterly

Each season, I sit down with my bullet journal or calendar and take a look at the next three to four months. I will give this period a theme such as:

"Fall into to Winter" or
"Winter turns to Spring" or
"Spring into Summer" and
"Summer falls to Autumn"

I try to make it poetic and paint a picture of the changes in time to come. Each period also has theme colors I use to decorate them with.

Then I set up the quarter in my bullet journal. I make a calendar page with important events, holidays, birthdays, appointments, etc.

Other pages I make include:

Book list-- this is a list of books that I read during the quarter
Recipes--meals that go good with the season
Entertainment--shows and movies that I watched and completed during this time
To-do list--things that need done each quarter or are important to get done during this period of time

Friday, November 25, 2016

Current Stories

Finished Reading:

Working on An Everlasting Meal

Finished Watching:

Jealousy Incarnate--great drama about family relationships and male breast cancer, also brings up some interesting questions on love and dating

The K2--an action drama set in modern day Korea about a presidential candidate and his secret daughter. Plenty of characters to love and hate.


Moon Lovers OST because I miss watching it every Monday and Tuesday.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Color Coding

I find that color coding my calendars really helps me to keep track of what I am doing and when it needs to be done. A lot of people talk about color coding their calendars online but they may not really explain what or how they do it.  So here is my system:

Days of the Week or Color my days:

I use the Waldorf system for the colors of the day except, since Sunday is white I use black instead. I will lightly shade the days of the week with their color and then write down what I want to do that day in the day's color.

Monday is purple
Tuesday is red
Wednesday is yellow
Thursday is orange
Friday is green
Saturday is blue
And Sunday I leave black for clarity since it's color is supposed to be white.

Coloring my activities:

For this I use highlighters so that I can block the time but still see what I have written underneath. These colors help me with knowing what kind of activity I am doing. These colors are ones that I picked at random with the highlighters I had on hand.

Blue is for things that are away from home, outings, outside activities, etc.
Orange is for work.
Pink is for school work and learning activities (we still home-school and this time needs to be blocked aside).
Yellow is for chores and tasks that need to be done around the home.
Purple is for errands and things that need to be done outside the home.
Green is for special events like birthday parties.

Do you use color-coding in your planning? If so what do you do differently?

Friday, November 18, 2016

Five Favorite Stories

To get a better idea of what kinds of stories inspire and draw me in, I'm going to list my top favorites of stories, movies and books.

Five Favorite Movies
A Room with a View
Green Card
Pulp Fiction
The New World
Grand Canyon

Five Favorite Books
Jayne Eyre
Harry Potter
Nana (unfinished)
Dorothy Wordsworth's Diary

Five Favorite Television Shows
Heartless City
Six Flying Dragons
The Simpsons (the early shows through 1999)
New Tales of Gisaeng

Five Favorite Music Albums
Standing on a Beach/Staring at the Sea -- The Cure
Bringing it All Back Home -- Bob Dylan
Parallel Lines -- Blondie
Tragic Kingdom -- No Doubt
The Day -- Day6

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Current Knitting Project: Socks

I started these as a simple vanilla pair of socks but then decided to go with a moss stitch to make it cuter. I think it helps make the natural striping of the yarn blend in a bit more.

Yarn: Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo 50% Merino Superwash, 25% Nylon and 25% Bamboo
100 grams for 462 yards or 420 meters of knitting enjoyment.

Color: 105 or Grotto layers of purple and a hint of tourquoise

Needles: ChiaoGoo Lace in a nice 0

Cast on: 60
Knit 2 Purl 2 for 1 1/4 inches
Then alternating knit and purl for the body of the sock.
I'll be doing a short row heel because I'm lazy and ending it with a rounded toe.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tools: Page Flags

Every since I first discovered sticky notes, I have always loved them. They are great to stick to things with little notes, to mark a place in a book and now they have so many cute ones available.

Here is my current collection of cute sticky notes and page flags:

Monday, November 14, 2016

Planning my Year

How do you plan an entire year at once?

I don't.  It's more of a loose, this is what needs to be done this year and this is what I'd like to do this year sort of thing.

I usually do my yearly plans in July and plan out the year for August through the next July.  This is mostly because my family is on a school-year sort of schedule and because our years tend to flow that way.  In January I will often do some goals lists.

So really, How?

I usually take a piece of paper and write down the months of the year. And then I make note of important dates, appointments, holidays, etc.

Then I make a list of things I want to accomplish and divide it into little bits that can be done each month. This was a big part of how I planned my home-school years. When you do things in small steps you can accomplish so much more than you thought you would.

Friday, November 11, 2016


I love stories in all their many forms:  books, music, movies, television shows, etc. Because of my love of stories, I enjoy them from many different mediums and find that the best ones stay with me and enrich my life.


I love stories about romance, adventure, and travel. I also like slice of life and books that make me think about how I live my life and how I want my life to be. Currently I've been reading a lot of travel books and manga as well as books on cooking and organization.

Just finished:
In the Empire of Genghis Khan


Korean dramas have really pulled me in over the last few years. In another post, I'll talk about why I enjoy them so much. Lately, I've been watching quite a few historical ones and I've also been looking up the history behind the stories.

Just finished:
Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds
Scarlet Heart: Reyeo or Moon Lovers
Joseon Gunman


I enjoy a variety of music from Bluegrass to Hawaiian to Kpop to 80s to New Wave to Classic rock to Punk.  I love the sound of instruments but I also like folk singers who just sing.  Music that you listen to can really set the mood of your days.

Current favorites:
OAOA Mayday
Feel So Good B.A.P. (only song of theirs I really like)
Day 6's mini-album Daydream

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Birthday Cake

Of all the things I bake, I find cakes to be the most challenging. Not only making one from scratch but also decorating the cake. My husband loves white cake and we used to just buy one from a bakery every time some one had a birthday.  But in the last couple of years, I've taken on the challenge of baking my own cake.

I mean, I work in a bakery.  Yeah, we specialize in pies and I spend most of my days there rolling pie dough and helping trouble-shoot when things go wrong. But still, I'm a baker. I should be able to make a cake from scratch.

So last year I found Mrs. Billett's White Cake and decided to give it a try. I did not have a flour sifter last year and it turned out OK. This year I did have a flour sifter and it turned out nice but dry, I think I'm going to add a little milk or cream to it next time.

I also found a good frosting recipe. I tried and failed at making true buttercream.  It always ended up being too runny. But this one make something fluffy and it takes like the filling in Oreo cookies. I kept the bulk of it white but tried to make purple for the accents and writing. I added a few drops of teal and some hot pink and I got the most lovely shade of lavender.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

How I Plan My Days

Over the years I have tried many methods of planning and organizing my time. You can really only do so much in a day and you really want to get the most important things done.  There are a few resources that really helped me.

Managers of Their Homes  This book really helped me to think about my time and what I really and truly wanted to accomplish in a week. It helped me to prioritize.

Waldorf Essentials really helped me to think about yearly planning. What I wanted to do in a year and how to divide it up into bite-sized pieces.

One thing that I have tried to find balance between is the idea of blocking and planning my time verses a natural daily rhythm. What are these concepts?

Time Blocking
Time blocking is where you set each task you need to do for a specific time each day. I've found that this method of planning can make things very stressful for me.  I like to have some flexibility to my day and the ability to easily move things around if needed.

With rhythm you follow the natural flow of the day with a breathing in and a breathing out.  Things can be more flexible with this method but they can also be planned.

When I plan, I like to have a calendar that I can easily look at to see what I have to do at certain times and then a list of things that can be done whenever I have the time. This allows me to breathe and relax because I know that I will be able to keep my appointments but I also have the freedom to do my tasks when I feel like it is time for them to be done.

Thanks to Flylady , I try to think of my time in segments. I give myself "breathers" (periods where I do something that I enjoy such as knitting or watching a show or reading a book) that alternate with periods of doing (chores, appointments, important tasks, work, etc.). Some times I do 15 min/15 min and other times, I just alternate tasks and don't time things.

That is pretty much my basic philosophy on planning.  Next up is Planning for the Year.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Finding Peace Through Creativity

Who am I?

I'm a mom, knitter, spinner, bullet journalist, writer, dreamer, baker, cook, and I'm winding down my family's home-school journey as I figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. 

Why blog about it?

Because I think a lot of moms and dads who home-school find themselves in the same sort of place. The kids are almost grown and moving on and you've spent the last twenty years or so raising kids and educating them and now there is a question of "What Next?"

What Next?!?

Where do I go from here? What do I do now? What were my dreams? What do I like to do? What makes me happy?

I'm hoping to answer these questions for myself but also for others. And while doing so celebrate creativity and ultimately find peace in my life.