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Welcome! My health problems add craziness to my life. Here I post ideas I've tried, also questions I'm still asking. I have an electrolyte disorder. So I have crazy neuro stuff like complicated migraines, alkalosis, loosing my speech and paralysis. (including legs and hands) Little by little, foods had to go, they affected my brain and immune system. So I avoid like the plague: soy, dairy, gluten, nightshades, and try to avoid refined sugar. My body requires pink salt and electrolytes. I now use a speedy red wheelchair that I love. I've craved a simpler life, but how do you do that with crazy health stuff? I've already had a fire and flood, so I really don't value possessions. I value people and experiences. I am not compensated for any posts, just my opinions.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Simplifying my "To-Do" list

My new "to do" lists. Well used boards! Can click to view larger image.


During a super hectic time in my life, I had a super long to-do list. A whole page in tiny print, and several columns. Appointments I had to make, phone calls I had to remember, etc.  So much stuff, I couldn’t remember hardly anything anymore, so I started writing everything down. My friend saw it and said, “This is crazy! Who has time for all that? I couldn’t do half of this in a month! Can I throw this paper way for you and you can just forget and start over?” The thought was tempting but I answered I couldn’t because this was all stuff I had to do after our fire. We had an electrical fire that started in the walls of our house. Crazy stuff. Insurance paperwork, replacing stuff, calls with the builders…. I told myself after the fire the lists had to get drastically shorter. They got somewhat shorter, but there was always crazy stuff happening, just life. I had two dry erase boards, about 8x10 in size. One was mine & one was my husband’s, stuff we needed to do, both boards on the fridge. But the lists were so long they just weren’t getting looked at anymore. So then I took my board and changed it to just “this must happen today”. Then maybe one or two wishes. Example of must happen: “9AM Dr apt, 3PM music lesson”. Then for wishes: “grocery run”. If grocery run didn’t make it that day it could be done the next day. Maybe in two days it would be listed as "This must happen." Only a few words on the board were much more effective. Then my husband’s board changed to just top 3 things I needed him to do. And the dinner plan for today and tomorrow. Every night before bed, I check my Google calendar and update the boards with what everyone can expect the next two days. It’s so much less stressful! 
What have you done to simplify your to-do list? Or do you even have a "to do" list?

Intro post



Hi! I used to think I was the only one out there with such crazy stuff always happening. I always knew I was a little odd. I hate shopping. I hate shoes. I hate socks. I hate cars, especially because I get really bad motion sickness and sensory overload. I tolerate cars, socks and shoes because they serve a purpose, and I do need to eat, even at the risk of bad reactions. But the more I started  talking to people, I realized we actually have a lot in common. I've been through tons of emergencies. I feel like I walk through life with a plan A, plan B and then the emergency back up plan. I went through real training like air raid training, earthquake training in simulators, and preparations for some pretty intense typhoons and hurricanes. People kept telling me I should write a book, about lots of various subjects. I always tell them my life is too crazy to have time to write a book. So I'm doing what I did with two other blogs I still keep on my efforts I've been learning in two frontier areas of genealogy. One on Polish families separated during WWII and the flu epidemic. The other, Virginia records in a rural area with lost and destroyed records. My hope is if I keep writing, it will keep challenging me to learn and grow more. I have a list of questions and thoughts for my first set of posts. Hope it will be of benefit to some of you out there. Maybe some of you can teach me too.


Some quick notes about me. I'm the oldest of a really big family and love it! I grew up military. I've been married 18 years, and we have 3 children (and 3 dogs). I have lots of nieces and nephews and I love children. I chose to homeschool to meet our needs. I also respect teachers and parents who send their children to public and private schools.


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