101 Things to do in 1001 Days

Over the course of the last several years I’ve “participated” in Day Zero, 101 Things to Do in 1001 Days, a personal challenge to meet personal goals. I’ve been quite successful and have decided to post my new list on facebook, maybe to inspire others to use it as a tool for a more positive approach to getting things done. It’s a bit like a vision board, for those of you who use one, just in another form. As I type this, Kayla is ispired enough to begin her own list, and is sitting across the table from me, writing away. Maybe she’ll post her list on facebook.

The idea behind Day Zero is like most goal setting plans…make a list, give yourself a timeline, keep the list updated etc.
The original idea started with Triplux but while starting my new list I’ve discovered that things have moved to Day Zero Project . Google 101 things in 1001 days and you’ll find endless inspiration.

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).
Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.
Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

Here is my current list of 101 Things to Do in 1001 Days in no order of importance.
Beginning Monday, January 11th, 2010-To be completed on Monday, October 8th, 2012

1. Print this list so I can read it daily – and accomplish #92
2. Read 100 novels. (40/100)
3. Shop at the Re-Store
4. Complete ONE papier mache sculpture instead of leaving them half done.
5. Organize the garage
6. Tile the mudroom floor
7. Whiten my teeth
8. Pretend I’m a tourist and take pictures all over town.
9. Learn to belly dance.
10. Install a bathtub.
11. Read all of the books I own, but haven’t read yet.
12. Teach the kids to play cribbage
13. Subscribe to all my favourite magazines.
14. Buy a Witchball, or two, or three.
15. Create a self portrait, in paper, acrylics or other medium.
16. Write a letter to my dad, telling him everything I feel.
17. Take abstract B&W photos of the kids.
18. Buy a new Rat
19. Burn the letter.
20. Repaint the living room
21. Establish a cozy reading spot in the house for me and the kids.
22. Backup all the computer files.
23. Write the soundtrack of my life.
24. Sort through the rubbermaid tub full of momentoes
25. Get contact lenses
26. Buy a frontload washer and dryer set.
27. Get my driver’s licence.
28. Make and mail 10 random postcards to strangers.
29. Scan and print momentoes and scrapbook them.
30. Renovate the kitchen.
31. Start a compost bin.
32. Research, and use herbology to its full potential.
33. Try all of the art techniques in my gmail techniques folder.
34. Spend one Saturday in the garden waiting for the hummingbirds.
35. Attempt one challenge from Cloth Paper Studios or Somerset.
36. Have Paul’s wedding band fixed.
37. Make art simply for me and no one else.
38. Get the kid’s names tattooed around my ankle in Hobbiton.
39. Rebuild theatre seats
40. Buy new beds for each of the kids.
41. Trim the hallway in board and batten like the living room
42. Find and keep current two snailmail penpals. (1/2)
43. Sew something fabulous.
44. Visit the ROM with Kayla.
45. Find the perfect curtains for the bay windows.
46. Learn to drive a snowmobile.
47. Wear makeup on the weekend, for no reason.
48. Learn to drive.
49. Finish Sara’s room
50. Renew my healthcard  I’ve decided NOT to renew my healthcard, as the red and white one I have now will never expire, and the new ones do.
51. Have my black Doc’s fixed.
52. Buy a piece of art just because I love it.
53. Fill an entire journal without starting another one.
54. Lose 70 pounds.
55. Find three things in each room to throw out on the road to decluttering my life.
56. Make a quilt.
57. Complete my altered book.
58. Make it through one day without swearing.
59. Take the boat on the Bay for a day long cruise
60. Bake Neopolitan squares for Paul.
61. Spend a day at a spa with a willing friend.
62. Finish reading the Divine Comedy.
63. Complete one technique/inspiration from each magazine I own
64. Buy two houseplants and keep them alive and healthy for two months. (2/2)
65. Have sexy photos taken as a gift for Paul
66. Buy “The Silas Stories” and re-read them all.
67. Organize all my collage images
68. Walk up the hill from the mailbox without losing my breath.
69. Have a booth at ArtInThePark, Carling market or Rosseau.
70. Buy a pair of Thigh-Highs.
71. Host a tea party.
72. Wear “pretty” underwear and get rid of all the old grannies.
73. Go on a garage sale/flea market adventure
74. Get the heels on my whoreboots/DomniBoots fixed.
75. Buy *The Usual Suspects* on DVD to watch with Boomhauer.
76. Get new glasses.
77. Take pictures of the kids for Mom’s portrait wall.
78. Hold a Mad Hatter’s Party.
79. Refinish antique dresser
80. Buy new clothes.
81. Start a greenhouse.
82. Journal every accomplishment.
83. Write a “100 ways to be happy” list. I’m halfway there, read the first 51 ways here.
84. Release a message in a bottle or on a balloon.
85. Renovate studio
86. Master the art of making spaghetti sauce from scratch.
87. Have at least 5 pieces of my art framed instead of leaving it in a portfolio
88. Celebrate a Solstice or two with a crowd instead of on my own.
89. Host a swap party or two.
90. Buy a new copy of every Tool CD
91. Empty my Amazon wishlist by purchasing every book on it.
92. Turn this list into a necklace or keychain. – since I don’t wear jewellery, nor carry keys, I turned it into an amulet instead. Photo posted below.

The outer tube slides off to reveal a scroll printed with the list. It’s much easier to complete the list if you can see it all the time.
 
93. Create a new logo.
94. Buy all episodes of the X-Files on DVD
95. Watch every episode.
96. Take a pottery class
97. Make a substantial contribution to my “Book of Me”
98. Go to or host a wine-tasting.
99. Go on a bed & breakfast tour.
100. Discover who my “real” friends are. – Recent events have shown me true colours I didn’t see before, and I’m not liking the rainbow one bit. As of today, I know who my true friends are, and can distinguish them from those who are merely “playing the game”. Sad thing is, if you’re sitting here wondering what category I’ve put you in, then you’re probably on the “just playing the game list”.
101. Write a new list and begin again.

Italics highlight my completed tasks to date.

If you decide to write a list of your own, tag me in it, because it’s something of great interest to me. There’s a lot of tools available, ie: date calendars, countdown calenders etc. for keeping track.

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56 Comments

  1. gigisanchez said,

    February 3, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I found you at the forum. I like this idea. I am on the same kick -setting goals. This is good because it’s so specific.

    ps: Are those your chickens?

    • February 3, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      Yep, they’re my chickens. Pet chickens mostly, although they attempt to lay eggs every now and then.
      The Day Zero project works extremely well. I’ve done it a few times over the years. I’d be interested in reading your list if you ever put one together…I get a kick out of this sort of thing.
      Nice to meet you by the way.

  2. gigisanchez said,

    February 3, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    They’re attempting to lay eggs, huh? Silly chickens… I like the Day Zero idea. I’ll have to bookmark that site. I have just started setting some short-term goals and get to meet with a woman I hired next week to tell her how I’m doing.

    …do you mind me asking what their names are? Is that chicken wire the bottom of where they’re supposed to sit? It looks like they’re trying to stay away from the wire.

    ps: I like the stitched dolls.

    • February 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm

      I’ve found that no matter what goals I set, it works best for me if they are “in my face” one way or another. We have a vision board in our house, helps everyone accomplish the little things, and tends to keep focus in play, because the wall it hangs on changes often (gets rid of redundancy) Good luck with your meeting! Is she a life-coach type?
      The chickens names are Tessie, MacKenzie, Harriet, Thomas, Thing 1 and Thing 2…and yes, Thomas is a she.
      Although not in the order they’re sitting in the photo. The chicken coop is divided in two, with chickens on one side, and garden potting space on the other. The wire is simply the wall between the two spaces….where they are roosting is just the top rafter of the wall. They prefer the highest space from the ground. That beam is actually about 8 feet off the floor. They do lay eggs, when they feel like it! Really, it’s just the time of year, where we live, there isn’t much sun during the day (too snowy) and a lack of sun slows down egg production. Through the warmer months, they each lay about an egg a day.
      Thanks about the dolls, one of many things to fill my time.
      I’ve been reading your stories, awesome. Mind if I add a link to you from my blog?

  3. gigisanchez said,

    February 3, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    A vision board –I like that. It probably helps to have other people holding you to it. I like the names for the chickens. I know someone with 11 turkeys. She heard that someone was giving them away and nobody wanted them so she took them and when you go to her house, they are huge and they all come up to you and gobble. They are SO cute. They sound like this:

    gubugububguuguubuubu (say it fast) 🙂

    I have heard that chickens all have different personalities. I’m not getting the wall part with the chicken wire, though. It looks like the wire is part of the floor? If the cuties move back, aren’t they going to be stepping on the wire? I’m asking because I’m an animal lover and chickens in captivity are kept in cages where the floor part is a similar wire and their feet go through it and it hurts. It’s hard to tell from here. I love that you have them as pets. 🙂 …yes, you can link to my blog, though I’m not sure what that means -I’m kind of new to this.

    • February 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm

      Chickens have HILARIOUS personalities! They are so amazing, they even recognize the sound of my patio door sliding open, and scramble to be the first in line for treats. As for the wall, the chicken wire runs vertical, up and down, my husband framed in a wall, and instead of covering it with plywood sheets, we used chicken wire so they wouldn’t lose light by being in an enclosed room. The 2×4 that they are sitting on is the top of that wall, like I said, that beam is 8 feet off the ground. Essentially, they’re sitting on the rafters of the coop. Here’s the original picture before it was cropped, maybe it’ll give you a better idea.
      Chickens!
      Our chickens are free-range, for the most part. They have run of the yards and gardens, but for their own safety, they get cooped only to protect them from other wildlife (we’re bush dwellers, so there’s plenty of fox/wolves/fishers/bears etc. who’d be happy to eat the chickens if they could!) At night, they choose to roost in the rafters, even though they have perfectly good roosts in the coop. Chickens are quirky, Tessie is the protector, and the brute, and the first one to go after your shoelace, Harriet will only lay eggs in the planter box on the outside wall of the coop, Thomas will only lay them BESIDE the nesting boxes instead of IN one. And you should see them all chase the chipmunks!
      We also have two Rouen ducks Quacky and Yacky, who love to have mud fights, a Rottie named Cleo who thinks she’s a Shitzu and a cat named Portia. I would love to have a turkey, but they’re HUGE, I couldn’t imagine having 11!
      As for linking to your blog, I will just be adding a link under the “people I read” list on my main page, because I think some of your stuff is great, and would like to be able to keep up on what you write….kinda like “subscribing” only a little different.

  4. gigisanchez said,

    February 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I LOVE this picture. I want to know who is who. Who is Tessie and who is Thomas and who is Harriet and who are the others. The second one on the left looks very inquisitive… it’s funny because I had the strongest feeling that the wire wasn’t being represented right and that I needed to ask you. I’m a vegetarian and I get all this literature on animals and oh my God these poor chickens are so mistreated, but I knew you must love them and that the picture didn’t do their home any justice.

    I would love to have a goose and a pig and a cow and a calf and a chicken and another chicken, but I can’t because I live in an apartment. So for now, I have 12 paws and 14 plants. Two mutts and the most romantic kitty in the world.

    So nice to meet you. I feel like I found a cool friend.

    • February 4, 2010 at 9:01 am

      On the very far left (who you can’t really see) is Harriet, she’s the meekest of the bunch. Next to her, the white one with the dark black collar is Tessie, she’s actually a lot larger then she looks in the pictures…then we have Thomas, the white one with the rusty coloured feathers on her chest. The two red ones are Thing 1 and Thing 2, it’s almost impossible to tell them apart, hence the names! And the big black one on the end with the golden chest (who you can only see a bit of in the top photo) is MacKenzie. The most interesting fact about the chickens is that when they’re out roaming the yards and it’s time to put them all in the coop for the night, I can just stand out there and call them all. They literally will come when they’re called.
      We are planning on adding a goat to the family, but we need to put a little more research in to it. I have a vast amount of gardens on the property, which I really wouldn’t want him eating, and building a pen to keep him in is just not an option. Plus, I’m not sure how the dog would react to a goat. She’s not a guard dog by any means, but she views any sort of animal (other then Portia) roaming the property as an intruder.
      Originally I wanted a white duck, but they tend to fly away if you don’t clip their wings (which we didn’t want to do) Rouen ducks look like Mallards but they can’t fly, they’re like ostriches, their body structures make it impossible. So we went with them. Honestly they’re a pain in the ass, fun to watch, but they make a HUGE mess! They’re cute though, and we love’em. We aren’t vegetarians at all, but we certainly won’t be eating anybody! We’ve been considering raising other chickens to go in the roasting pan, but we’re not sure how that’s going to work out! Chances are, none of us would be willing to eat them.
      Your “staff” are adorable, your kitty looks extremely cuddly. Portia is a bit of a princess, we live in HER house, she doesn’t live in OURS!
      It definitely is a pleasure to meet you, but be fore-warned, I can be very off the wall sometimes, overly opinionated and probably offensive at times! It’s nice to have you here though, I look forward to getting to know you better!

  5. gigisanchez said,

    February 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    ps: Here’s one of the many orgs that send me news on animals and nutrition. This woman has a lot of chickens.

    http://www.upc-online.org/

    • February 4, 2010 at 9:44 am

      This is a really infomative site! And not that I feel the need to explain myself, but I just want to set your mind at ease about a few questions that I’m sure you’ll probably have regarding our chickens. When I say “free-range” I really do mean free range, they are able to come and go as they please (although at the moment, they prefer to be in the coop, because it’s COLD outside!) We got them as chicks on the day they were born, and they were picked up as opposed to being shipped in a box from a hatchery. They have not been debeaked (a chicken peck doesn’t hurt near as much as one would think!) nor have their wings been clipped, so they still fly. And they’ll all probably be with us until they die of old age!
      I respect that you are a vegetarian, and welcome the information you posted above, it will certainly help me in my effort to raise happy chickens. We work hard to live a self sustainable life, you’ll probably notice that in future posts, growing our own fruits and vegetables and trying to lower our impact on the earth everyday. But on the other hand, we also do things like snowmobiling, eat hunted meat and fish caught in the lakes around us (can’t get more “organic” then that!) and live about 40 minutes from town (which can result in a large gasoline consumption!)
      I found the site encouraging to me, letting me know that I was doing the right thing regarding the chickens. There’s just something more satisfying about eating an egg laid by a chicken who’s actually happy to see you!

  6. gigisanchez said,

    February 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I love the stories about the chickens and I love how you have all these animals as pets. I would LOVE to have a goat. There were three living in the backyard of a house I rented once and they were the sweetest. The guy that owned them had these tall rocks and they would climb on them, then they would come over to me by the fence and I would feed them vegetables… it’s 100% okay with me that you snowmobile and eat meat. 99% of the people I know are not vegetarians. Sometimes people think I’m going to come down on them just for being different but it’s not true. I used to do those things myself. I stopped doing them for different reasons and now, I basically just give health info on switching to a veggie diet but only to people that ask. I did put up a thread in Off Topic for it but I think I only have one taker! Anyway, I’ll keep coming back… 🙂

    • February 5, 2010 at 9:51 am

      I’m actually going to follow your thread about living vegetarian, my oldest daughter has a long-time friend who often comes to visit. She’s vegetarian, and I’m always looking for meals to make for all of us when she’s here, that will compliment both her lifestyle and the family’s. (Because I HATE having to make more then one meal at a time!) For the most part, we stock the fridge with the basics while she’s staying, soy milk, plenty of veggies, soy margarine (which is a regular thing anyways) and I have a great vegan “chicken” stock base, which is chicken free (but you’d never know it by the taste) which makes life easier….I make a vegetable stirfry with it, serve it to her, then throw the chicken in for everyone else. She’s not much of a tofu fan, so that’s out of the question, but I certainly would like to add some variety while she’s here!

  7. gigisanchez said,

    February 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    can you cut and paste this in my thread, it will make it easier to keep track of everybody -got to go, hardly have time to log on

  8. willowbatel said,

    February 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    #31) I have a great link to make a worm bin, it’s one of the one’s I have now actually. I’ll give it to you if i can find it hahaha. I think it’s on my laptop somewhere. If all you want is a compost bin though, you could just make a pile of yard waste somewhere in the yard. That’s what we did when my mom first left my dad. One year the whole thing (which was about four feet tall) was covered in pumpkins because we threw our jack-o-lantern stuff into it. It looked really nice actually.
    #38) My mom had mine and my sisters initials tattooed on her ankle. Her favorite flower is forget-me-nots so she had the tattooist make a large forget-me-not flower, and then a vine goes half an inch above her leg and wraps around my initial. A second vine goes down her leg half an inch for my sisters initial. The guy wouldn’t wrap it around her leg because “it breaks up the flow/lines of your body” almost like it’s breaking up the flow of energy.
    #88) My mom and two of her friends always get together for the solstices. We usually just sit around and drink mixer lol. But we will do a light bit of meditation too.
    #96) I LOVE pottery. Throwing on the potters wheel is so much fun!
    I think I’ll try doing this, it’ll probably be mostly about plants but at least it’s something right?

    • February 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      I would lovelovelove the link on the worm bin, if you can find it. I plan to start one this year for the food waste from the kitchen. We do have a couple of compost piles, but we have to watch what we put into them because of the wildlife. I want to do a worm bin for a number of reasons, I’d ultimately like a whole big vermiculture spot on the property, but that takes money to make one as big as I’d like. It either has to be really big (so it generates its own heat in the winter) or small enough that I can bring it in out of the weather so things don’t freeze and will stay productive.

      Your mom’s tattoo sounds beautiful. Unfortunately where I am, the tattoo artist is terrible! So it will mean a trip into the city. I’ve decided it will be in Tolkien’s Elvish, in a circle around a pentagram (I’m a witch, see below)

      The Solstices are very important to me, but being where I am, it’s pretty difficult to celebrate on a largescale. I am an hereditary witch, meaning I was raised a witch (and a catholic, protestant, baptist, little bit of hebrew etc. I had parents who felt I should know it all) Not a Wiccan, mind you, although many of the practices are the same. But, we’ve settled in a very Christian based community, and there isn’t much opportunity to party in my way…lol

      My youngest has thrown pottery, and made some really nice stuff, I’m determined to try it!

      Thank you so much for your input Willow, it means the world to me. More then you’ll know actually.
      If you do decide to write your own list, I’ll be reminding you along the way!

      • willowbatel said,

        February 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm

        Once I’m finished making dinner I’ll search for it for you. The best way to get it started is to shred up a bunch of paper and through it in the bin. Put some dirt in also, but the paper is supposed to be the bedding for the worms. I don’t know where to buy the red worms (thankfully the bin that’s already here has some) but once you get them I guess they do really well. My cousin got some and she has so many now that she has to feed them to the chickens because they’re taking over the bin.
        I really like her tattoo, I’d show you but I think it’d be a little weird if I walked up to my mom with a camera in hand and said “hey ma, show me your ankle. I wanna take a picture of it so I can put it online for the world to see.”
        I never really understood what it is that witches do. Christians and Catholics and all of those religions sit and pray for however many hours a day and Buddhists meditate, but what do witches do? All I ever do is meditate, but I’m not meditating to an entity. My mom and I share very similar beliefes and she just calls herself an energy worker so I don’t know that I really have a religion. *wink* *wink* *hint* *hint*
        Throwing is really really really fun. I throw in a really weird way but I’m not that bad. You’re supposed to have the wheel spinning clockwise if you’re right handed and counter clockwise if you’re left handed; I’m right handed and I have the wheel spin counter clockwise. I dunno why, I just can’t do it the normal way lol.
        I’m determined to make a list now. lol. Hopefully I’ll start putting it together tonight and finish by the morrow.

        • February 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm

          Witches live, we live life to the fullest, we take advantage of the opportunities granted to us. Witches live life naturally, by the seasons, the stars, the moon, Universal energy etc. Really, that’s all. There are some out there, Wiccans, Gardnarians etc. who practice a “new” religion kind of magic. I practice an old, non-religion kind of magic. I do spells and magic, make potions and such, but not in your hollywood, Witches of Eastwick kind of way. Some people cleanse their house with a squirt of febreeze, I use herbs and candles and colours and light. I don’t worship a “god” other then the natural order of things. I don’t pray to an entity, hereditary witchcraft is very scientific, without much of the stereotypical black hat mumbojumbo. It’s not a religion at all, more of a way of life. Your mom, being an “energy worker” is very much like my witchcraft. They follow the same paths. Meditating is also a part of witchcraft, and I don’t meditate to an entity either, I meditate to empower myself.

          I’ve looked into the vermiculture idea, and know that I can buy the worms in town at the baitshop. I’d really just like to run a worm farm, if you can believe that! *sigh* dirt just costs so much these days!

          I think it’s very bizarre that you spin the wheel backwards….but hey, I’ve never actually done it, so you never know.

          • willowbatel said,

            February 19, 2010 at 2:06 am

            We do almost all of that too lol. We just don’t do spells or make potions, but I’d love to try just for the fun of it.
            I know! The saying “dirt cheap” doesn’t mean anything anymore. I completely forgot to look the link up for you but I WILL do it tomorrow. I had to go buy some jeans (which were WAAAYYY over priced) and then I sat and watched the Olympics with my mom so I really didn’t have the time tonight.
            Lol. When I did it at school my teacher always had to make an effort when showing me how to do something, since he is right handed. That’s me, being difficult for ya.

            • February 19, 2010 at 8:57 am

              Anyone who has ever made an herbal tea and thought to themselves “this is going to make me feel better” has worked a spell….lol In the basic sense of the word anyways.

              Last year I researched the amount of dirt I would need to start my “worm farm”, and I’m looking at at least 4 dumptruck loads, $500 a load. I think I’ll start small this year, with dirt out of the garden!! 😛

              We’ve been watching the Olympics of and on this week, we Canadians are doing very well!

              • willowbatel said,

                February 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm

                Jeesh! You really only need a little bit of dirt and some plant material and the worms will do the rest. With all of the woods around your house, I don’t think coming up with plant stuff’s will be a problem. But supposedly they don’t like pine, so watch out for that. You could throw the egg shells from your chickens into the bin though, they wouldn’t mind that.
                I somehow lost the link I used but I’m pretty sure this is it.
                http://www.gardensimply.com/howto/wormbin.shtml
                They’re diagram looks exactly like what I have now. You can also make a smaller portable version out of plastic bins, but I prefer something that will eventually decompose.
                I asked my grandpa to help me make it. But instead he just took it to his school (he teaches wood shop at a college) and had his students make it. They didn’t put handholds on the bottom and they put the top on upside down (so now it catches and holds rain water) but it’s still really nice. You’ll want to stain the wood so that it’s less likely to rot, and to help keep the worm bin warm.

                Did you see Shaun White?! He kicked butt on that thing. He scored a 48 and all of the commentators and everyone said that was him going easy. I just thought it was funny though, everyone else kept falling. Even in the ice skating, people were falling. and some how those are supposed to be the best of the best. But I couldn’t even stand up straight with a snowboard strapped to my feet, so I really shouldn’t be talking lol.

                • February 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm

                  Shaun White is amazing but I didn’t get to see him, although my husband said it was one of the most incredible things he’s seen in a long time. I couldn’t do it either! Me and you, making snow angels at the bottom of the hill, that’ll be our Olympic sport! 😀

                  I wanna go BIG baby!!! I want about an acre of worms. But it ain’t gonna happen! At least not right now, maybe in a few years.
                  For now, I’m going to stick with the plans in the link you gave me, which is a great help by the way. I like the way your’s looks, and I’d like to do something similar beside the chicken coop. Do you think your bin will survive the winter? I know you don’t get near as much snow as us, nor temperatures quite as cold, but I’m thinking that maybe if I make a double wall box so I can put insulation between the layers during the winter?? What’dya think?
                  I’m going to write to Gigi’s worm friend and see what he says.
                  Thanks for the help Willow.

  9. gigisanchez said,

    February 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    “I never really understood what it is that witches do. Christians and Catholics and all of those religions sit and pray for however many hours a day and Buddhists meditate, but what do witches do?”

    I think this should be a line in a movie.

    ps: I love to throw clay on a wheel.

  10. gigisanchez said,

    February 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    I guess I don’t get the witch part. You sound like an Earth-lover. If you don’t fly on a broom, how can you be a witch?

    Two thoughts, two friends:

    http://www.spiritedliving.com
    Deborah
    (You can subscribe to her newsletter and see if it interests you. She lets you know when the soltices are coming up and she holds these events, but they’re in NYC. However, she does have free phone calls where you can call in, one of many women, and get together for a bit on the phone and I’ve never done it but I think she goes into all the lunar cycles. She’s really into astrology, lunar cycles, soltices, etc.)

    http://www.wiserwormfarm.com
    Alex is my favorite person at the local farmers market. He sells me my worms. He has a worm farm and if you ever have any questions about starting one, you could tell him I sent you and I’m sure he’d get back to you. He’s good about answering questions.

    • February 18, 2010 at 11:01 pm

      What makes you think I DON’T fly on a broom? 😉
      I know when the Solstices are, I’ve been doing this my whole life, remember?….hehehe
      Deborah seems to work in the Universal Law of Attraction path (The Secret, to some) which ironically, is based in witchcraft. Like most coaching, it’s harnessing energy and using it to one’s advantage, which is witchcraft in a nutshell. Most people just don’t realize it.

      Alex has a very informative site, I’ll keep him bookmarked. Too bad he’s so far away!

  11. gigisanchez said,

    February 18, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    I know you know when the soltices are! I’m just talking! So funny cuz I do that to people. I think they’re talking TO me when they are but not so specifically.

    he he he (sounds like a witch)

    I’ll get you, my pretty!

    You have to tell me more about the witchcraft part. I’m not getting it. Is there a link? Cuz I’m a witch by the way you’re talking about it. Except the meditation part, I am not good at yet. You don’t cast spells against people? Cuz if you do, I’m thinking there are a couple people at the forum here that could use some voodoo.

    Alex is a very nice man. I make him laugh with all my worm stories. It doesn’t matter if he’s far away -he will get back to you. If you write something like, “Gigi referred me to you” in the Email whaddayacall it, that thing, that place where you put RE:… he will get back to you. If you want his phone number, let me know and I’ll ask him if it’s okay. I’m pretty sure he’ll say yes. I’ve spoken to him by phone and he spent a long time explaining exactly what to do with the worms.

    • February 19, 2010 at 8:45 am

      There are a million links out there involving witchcraft. I don’t use many, because I live by what I know. I don’t cast spells against people, because that goes against everything I believe. So no voodoo on the forums!! 😀
      Everyone uses aspects of witchery in their daily lives, without even knowing it, but a hereditary witch is born and raised. It means my father was a witch, my grandparents and great-grandparents were witches, and so on, and I was raised with the traditional beliefs and practices of my family. Most people refer to me as Wiccan, though Wiccan I am not.
      The Wiki definition of Wicca is: A neo-pagan religion and religious movement first popularised in 1954 by British civil servant Gerald Gardner, involving the worship of God and Goddess and the observance of eight Sabbats.
      The Wiki definition of a Hereditary Witch is: one who is born into a tradition of esoteric origin. These traditions are often not recorded, except maybe in grimoires which are also passed down, but rely primarily on oral and physical tradition. (esoteric being the key word in the definition)
      Wiki has a much convoluted view of things, but it’s good source of information.
      A good, but highly detailed explanation (although it really is much more then what is written here) can be found in the article here : http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usin&c=words&id=13229
      Wicca is a religion, witchery is a way of life. The two are often confused. I am a Witch.
      I can’t even begin to explain it to you really, it would take 39 years to tell you what I know.

  12. gigisanchez said,

    February 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Hello and Happy Friday 🙂

    “The Wiki definition of a Hereditary Witch is: one who is born into a tradition of esoteric origin. These traditions are often not recorded, except maybe in grimoires which are also passed down, but rely primarily on oral and physical tradition. (esoteric being the key word in the definition)”

    Super vague definition from wikipedia. But “esoteric,” by definition, is vague:

    1. restricted to initiates: intended for or understood by only an initiated few
    2. abstruse: difficult to understand
    3. secret: secret or highly confidential

    I looked on a witch site and same thing, super vague. The last site you gave, to be honest, says nothing about what a witch is. Not to someone that wants to know. The most it says is that witches know themselves and are true to their lineage/family. That could be true of anyone. Anyway, it’s not important. I was curious to get to know you better but it’s okay, I understand. Some things are personal.

    ps: still waiting to hear from Spider Man.

    HELLO WILLOW 🙂

    • February 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm

      Yeah, it’s vague, I know. It’s the way we are. The thing with witches is, you’ve got the hollywood hype, then you’ve got half the population of thirteen year olds who suddenly are into the “craft”, then there’s those who “discover” witchcraft (or Wicca, usually Wicca) and there is a lot of misinformation. We don’t feed into any of it, (not that our way is better) nor do we try to right the misconceptions. We believe that one who is drawn to witchcraft for the right reasons is able to correct the misconceptions in their own selves. You’d do better to research Wicca as opposed to hereditary witch, hereditaries really don’t ever share much.
      There are a lot of similarities between Wicca and Witchcraft, but there are a LOT of differences too.
      The major difference being that Wicca is an organized religion (even if practiced solitary) and witchcraft is not. I might answer questions about who I am and how I live, but not what I “do”. It all comes down to what you want to know, and how you ask. 🙂

      • willowbatel said,

        February 19, 2010 at 8:24 pm

        His performance was ridiculous! And then he did some Mcflurry trick or something like that. He made it up himself and called it a Mcsomething that’s all I know. I was like four spins, a flip, and a 180 at the end. I dunno, it was awesome though lol.
        Hahahaha I will definitely be there for the finals. I’d love to hear the commentary for that. “Now here goes willowbatel. He’s been training for this all his life. Look at the concentration! And note, you don’t want to have any snow flying. Just beautiful! Up next is She’s Boxing Clever. She’s the one to watch out for. Her entries are always spectacular! ”
        Ahahha, I’d almost pay to do that.
        I have mine propped up on stones because the wood WILL rot away if you leave it on the ground. As long as you paint it a dark color and put enough food in during the winter, I think it’d do fine. The other bin I have get’s almost no sunlight on it and all of the worms survived through the winter, but we didn’t get any snow this year. I honestly have no idea though, I’m a first time worm-binner too lol.
        I’d be interested to hear what he has to say though so would you let me know?

        • February 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm

          Hahaha….do we get to wear pretty haloes instead of helmets?

          Paul says it’s called a 1080 McTwist…?? I’m hoping to catch the performance on an Olympics recap. We just watched the “skeleton” events. Now THAT is some crazy shit!

          I’m about to go dig a hole in the snow, just so I can get started (not really, but sorta…lol) I plan to email Gigi’s friend in the morning, I’ll let you know what he says.

          • willowbatel said,

            February 20, 2010 at 2:51 am

            Yea it was something like that. I just call it the Mcflurry because of all the snow and it had Mc in it, hahaha.
            We could wear halos… and then have some super high-techy looking suit on “to boost our performance.” Lol, I feel like emailing the Olympics and asking them to make it a sport, just because.
            Skeleton events? What are those?
            I’d be going stir-crazy if we had snow on the ground now. I know it’s still winter and all, but really, after January things should be blooming lol. Spring and summer are my favorite seasons, so I really look forward to watching everything come up.
            You’re really inspiring me to be more “witchy.” When we started seriously looking at houses a while ago, we made a list of everything we wanted. “A fire place. A gate. A green house. Hardwood floors. were some of the things on the list. I also said multiple times “I want a witches house” to my mom. My mom really wanted to have a glass block shower also. And then look at that, there’s glass block for a shower. I just thought it was odd that we really did get EVERYTHING we asked for in this house.
            All I need to do is work on the “woo-woo,’ as we like to call it, and then my witches house will be complete.

            • February 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm

              When we were looking to move out of the city, I sat and wrote a book about my needs and wants in rural life. Like you and your family, it all came to fruition. Anything is possible!

              The “skeleton” events are like luging (sp?) only they head down the pipe head first. Check it out:
              http://www.nbcolympics.com/skeleton/index.html
              It’s pretty scary business that!

  13. gigisanchez said,

    February 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I’m not watching the Olympics but I heard about Shaun. I’ve been on the slopes and he reminds me of those kids on snowboards flying by me (and I’m there, thinking I’m going fast). HA

    It sounds like wiccans believe in a deity, then, and witches do not -that’s how I’m hearing this, since the term “religion” involves the belief in a deity, or a god. That makes it sound like witches are atheists and/or that they worship nature, rather than someone that worships the creator of nature. Not sure what you mean by “how you ask” -did I ask something that didn’t make sense or sound right? I don’t really want to do any major research on it; I was responding to the post. Your answer means more to me than some website I have no affiliation with.

    I’m here, at home, looking out my window at the most beautiful blue sky. Right now, it’s a shade I can’t describe. At night, it turns into cobalt. Earlier today, a bald eagle flew right over me. 🙂

    • February 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm

      Yes, Wiccans believe in deities but no, witches are not all atheists. Atheism is too ambiguous a term. Some witches do believe in a sort of deity, but it’s indescribable as an entity. Not all witches worship, though some do. It is all personally interpretive. Which is why things can be so vague. In the end, I don’t believe in a higher power, I believe in an energy (not a creator, not a controller) which we are all apart of, none greater then the other, I don’t worship it, I use it to my benefit, through witchcraft. Everything you do in life is only possible because somebody before you did something that made what you’re doing possible. See what I mean?
      As to “how you ask”, well I can’t explain it beyond that, because it’s not really my place (my right?) to shed light on others, it goes against my morals as a witch. It is not right that my beliefs should ever influence or offend another. I can really only tell you in answer to what you ask. Specifically. And I can only answer in accordance to what it is you are looking for. Sorry, but that’s just the way it works for me!

      There’s a bald eagle living in the marsh across from my house, but we haven’t seen him in a while, wonder if he’s still around. I would love to see your cobalt sky, I’ve seen nothing much but grey cloud lately!

    • June 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm

      sorry to just butt straight in and dig myself a hole, but Buddhism is one of the world’s main religions… and there are no deities in Buddhism (methinks). If i’ve just totally made a complete and utter fool of myself, then please feel free to laugh at me*.
      * actually yes, there are deities in buddhism, but only in some forms– other types of buddhists don’t believe in them. i googled it. 😉

      • June 28, 2010 at 8:27 am

        (Never apologize for butting in! I’m happy to have you here, and welcome any input!)
        Many beliefs in Buddhism walk hand in hand with my own, in fact they both sort of strive for the same outcome in the end. Happiness.
        You’re right on the deity points…some do, some don’t 🙂

  14. gigisanchez said,

    February 19, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    a McTwist… sounds like something you’d find at McDonald’s.

    “As to “how you ask”, well I can’t explain it beyond that, because it’s not really my place (my right?) to shed light on others, it goes against my morals as a witch. It is not right that my beliefs should ever influence or offend another. I can really only tell you in answer to what you ask. Specifically. And I can only answer in accordance to what it is you are looking for. Sorry, but that’s just the way it works for me!”

    I have no idea what you just said but it’s okay with me. 🙂

    Maybe your eagle flew above my head?

    …an unusual evening… I am having brownies for dinner!

    • February 19, 2010 at 11:33 pm

      MmmMmm….browwwwniessss. We had chocolate cream pie for dessert and I just noticed Paul left the pie on the counter and Portia (the cat) licked all the cream off the top!
      If you see the eagle again tell him I said hello!

  15. gigisanchez said,

    February 19, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Will do. Aren’t they BEAUTIFUL??? I just love to watch them soar in circles in the sky. One was only 20 feet away from me once, standing on a branch. God, it was beautiful. Something to behold.

    I am making a very cool sculpture. I think you would like it because it’s so earthy. My hands are going to be ensconced in clay in a few minutes. I don’t normally work with clay but I’m reading a book called, “The Vein of Gold” (you might like it) and it has you do all these homework assignments. I’m making a doll out of clay.

    GoodNight, my sweet new friend 🙂

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    March 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Wow. What an eye-opener. I think I might adopt the list, thanks. I’ve read a book that kinda covers some aspects about your lifestyle i.e. meditation but not to an entity. Can’t remember the book title though…but it was a good read about energy patterns and stuff. Well, I’ll work on my list this week but 100 would be quite a stretch. I accomplished 2 things last year which I wanted to do before hitting 30: move out of my parents place into my own 3-bed apartment and; buy my own car (yay me :))

    • March 2, 2010 at 3:26 pm

      The best part about the Day Zero project is the length of time it gives you….about two and a half years, it doesn’t make the tasks so daunting! I’ve done the list quite a few times over the years and if anything, it’s a good filler for boring days. I often look at the list when I’m feeling unmotivated or uninspired and then I pick something to accomplish. That usually gives me the boost I need to get motoring….lol. Good for you, buying a car and getting your own place…two major accomplishments in one year! It’s not as hard as it sounds coming up with 101 things, because they can be as simple as you want. The sense of accomplishment is still there as you cross things off the list, so it makes the more difficult things seem achievable. And having a tangible list to look at makes you feel like you’ve done something, on those days when you’re wondering if you’re living up to your potential!

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    May 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Now I’ve read three inspiring lists, and can think on no reason not to write my own. Thank you 🙂

    • May 23, 2010 at 10:18 pm

      Thank YOU for stopping by…if you do happen to write your own list, let me know…I love to read them as well as do them. Cheers!

      • nobodyouknow said,

        May 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm

        You’re welcome 🙂 I love your writing so I’ll keep stopping by… And I hope I’ll finish writing my list by this weekend at least so that I can get started actually doing stuff

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  21. Matthew Drake said,

    June 21, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Good luck on emptying your Amazon wish list. I have about 60 books in mine, and every time that I buy one, I end up putting around three back in the list.

    • June 22, 2010 at 12:10 am

      Hehehe, well, THAT’s not very encouraging! 😀
      I wonder if I can get someone ELSE to buy all the books *looks around* That way I’ll never have to be tempted to add to it!

  22. June 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    *sighs* oh… i want to do one… but i have no time (i clutter my life up doing pointless things…) one that’s definitely going on my list (i hope you don’t mind…) is the sew something fabulous. i’ve only just realised the true power of the needle and thread, and on my first go for about five years, i managed to sew a twenties style dress. with no sewing machine. on a thursday night.
    so yes! sew something fabulous and i’ll sew something too! good luck!

    • June 28, 2010 at 8:35 am

      That’s wicked! Good for you! I have never made a piece of clothing, although I’ve repurposed clothes here and there. I try to sew as often as I can, but so far, I haven’t come up with anything fabulous. All in due time, I guess. You can bet that if I do manage to amaze myself, I’ll post it…lol. I would love to see your dress!

  23. Vena said,

    November 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Just stumbled across this looking for meaning of Boxing Clever because it’s a challenge on Mixed Media Monday blog! LOVE the amulet you made of your list – like an old phylactery! (probably spelled that wrong)…
    Vena

    • November 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks so much Vena! And thanks for stopping by. I myself am a mixed media artist, so it’s interesting that you ended up here at my blog. I’d love to see what you come up with for your challenge!


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