7 Quick Takes: Toddlers, Gardens, and Closets

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I think when people bemoan the “terrible twos,” they are really bemoaning the phase where you must teach a small one about obedience and self-denial, about not being the center of the universe.

It just so happens that we do this at 11-18 months instead of at 2 years, so Geneva – 16 months old – is at the “terrible twos” period except without the ability to communicate. She’s often not too happy with life of late, but she’ll catch on – eventually. She’s got herself a personality and a half, that’s for sure, and the time for her to learn that she can control it instead of it controlling her starts now – it will continue her whole childhood, but it starts now.

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Geneva is my walking undo button.

And she is learning about controlling that personality: she’s already quite adept at turning on the dimples at just the right moment.


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In need of a focused spring cleaning?

I’m not sure how much longer the sale will last, but Sarah Mae’s 31 Days to Clean is 99-cents if you use the discount code spring.

I bought the book three years ago and actually did work through all 31 days (it took me more than 60 by the end, but who’s counting?) and I was surprised how helpful it was. The short devotionals gave a rightly focused motivation and the tasks were all things that needed to be done but several of which I had never even thought to do and all of which were things I needed an extra prod to actually just do (like clean my oven). A friend and I worked on it at the same time (I think it only took 3 or 4 days before we weren’t on the same tasks anymore, but oh well, we both got more done than we would have otherwise!), and that really helped, too.

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I love my location.

Sunday it was freezing cold and we had sleet-like rain. Monday afternoon, it was sunny and 50 degrees. Yesterday, it was in the 60s and gorgeous.

That is, until gray clouds and wind moved in after lunch. But, today is forecasted to be beautiful and in the low 60s.

The days that come in late February and March that hint of the coming spring and make the children itch to get their shorts out? I love those days. And I probably love them even more because of the days of chilly gray that preceded them.

We took Thursday morning off school for some much needed fresh-air exercise. I spent some time getting ready to plan next year’s educative efforts and also weeded a few feet of my strawberry patch. It looked like my chives had even grown an inch since I cleaned up the herb bed two weeks ago, so spring is definitely on its way!

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So, it’s time to start thinking garden!

March is one of the best gardening months because it’s all still an ideal in your head and all you actually have to do is order seeds. Of course the best gardening month is May, when seeds actually turn into sprouts poking green up through the dirt, and when weeding is easy and gives you a great sense of virtue.

My favorite gardening books to browse this time of year are Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening, the original Square Foot Garden, and A Year on the Garden Path.

What are your favorite gardening books and your favorite place to order seed?

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Here’s my closet!

Thank you all for your encouragement about the clean closet thing. After writing the post, later that Friday while talking on the phone I tidied up my closet, washed my laundry and put it away, and gathered and neatly lined up my shoes. I have allowed myself everyday to just look at it and enjoy it, because coming to feel affection for a tidy closet might be key to changing my habits about keeping it well.

I had a small epiphany when my mom commented, “Of all you kids I think Kirsten is doing the best and still the clothes pile up on the floor – she just deals with them more often.” Huh. Dealing with the piles more often. That might actually work. Ha!

Dropping something on the ground once isn’t a failure, then, but just leaving it there to attract companions is. Pausing to put three things away rather than just adding to the pile because it’s there already is a worthwhile small first step. Also, one shelf in my closet is empty, so I use it to lay my pajamas or yoga pants or cami or pair of pants I might wear again the next day. So now there’s a place to lay clothes other than the floor, and it’s limited in size, so I can’t just stuff a week’s worth of clothing in there to deal with later.

So far, it’s working.

Do you have an area of the house or your habits you’re trying to improve upon?

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4 Responses

  1. Lisa V in BC
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    Hi Misty,

    Have you read the newest Square foot Gardens? Is there a particular reason you like the original better? Just curious… :)

    • Mystie Winckler
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      Because I have my mom’s old hardback copy and when I once flipped through the new one, it seemed his opinion was that you were wasting your time unless you did a raised bed with his soil mix. His original book allows for flexibility. :)

      • Lisa V in BC
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        Hmm… I only have the new one, I think I’ll have to check out the old one too! I find his mix overwhelming and really need something simple, but was given raised boxes a few years ago and had a couple simple 2×6 boxes for my kids last year. It was really neat for them and I’m hoping to expand :)

  2. Lisa V in BC
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    Oh, and LOVED the clean closet :) and the dimples… :D