Yes and no


  • Doing a tidy-up of the living room and kitchen before bed every night.
  • Spending less time on social media.
  • Going to the library on Saturdays so I have more help with Pip, and so the big kids can choose their own books.
  • Putting more importance on reading according to whim, as outlined in The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs. 
  • Getting a babysitter for Pip during the big kids' piano recital. It's the first time I've actually enjoyed it, and I was able to stay for the whole thing.
  • Menu planning. I love planning menus so much, and I always want to make more things than I have room for in my schedule.
  • The slow cooker and the Instant Pot—so I can have dinner ready when I'm teaching violin in the afternoons.
  • Stopping to watch a sunset.


  • Not reminding the kids to practice piano. 
  • Going off my usual diet and eating too much junk last week. It actually made me a wee bit ill.
  • A sewing pattern that produced a bodice that won't go over Tiger Lily's head. I'm pretty sure I didn't do anything wrong—but probably I did and I just don't know what.
  • Pip digging in the garden, right where we planted a bunch of seeds.
  • Turning a blind eye to the dandelions in our front yard until the HOA sent us a note about it. Dandelions don't actually bother me—I think they're pretty—but I sprayed them to appease the HOA.
  • Putting things off until next month, when there will somehow magically be more time. There will not be.
  • Putting candy in Pip's container of church snacks. Of course it was all he wanted, and it caused him to voice his opinion very loudly when he couldn't find any more.
  • Waiting until next school year to get new clothes for the kids. Everyone is growing out of everything.


  1. My parents' HOA cited my mom $60 for feeding birds. The citation came on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas from the HOA!!! My culture eats dandelions. Definitely the greens but not sure about the flowers. Research it. If u want. I've always been scared to even tho I always ate my grandmother's

  2. I can relate to putting things off. It seems like time is flying and then, I am like..."It is MAY??!!"

  3. Love this post..
    Love the do's and the don'ts... I have the same type of things in my list.ha [except , I don't have an small Pip's to dig in my seeds.. but I use to.. and I miss it...believe it or not? lol
    Crock pots...wonder how we survived before the days of crock pots? I put stew in my crock pot , and some peas in a smaller crock pot this am.. Supper is cooking as we speak.. Love it..
    Have a great day.