2020 Happiness Project Weeks #12 & #13

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Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

Maybe someday I will get back into the lovely routine of posting regularly and getting my weekly posts up like clock work.  Right now I am just doing what I can with the energy that I have and for now that is good enough for me.

My arm is still falling asleep at night and I hate waking up and feeling (or not feeling) numbness and pins and needles.  I think that I must have pinched a nerve at some point.  Please let me know if this has ever happened to you and how do you treat and prevent it?  Comment below to share!  I also know that I carry my stress in my hands so I am working on being more mindful of my worries and thoughts and how they affect my body.

It is raining deliciously, in Hawaii right now.  The type of rain that rattles your soul (in a good way) and helps you to feel more alive.  I am thankful that I am here with the love of my life and our cats.  What better place to call home in the midst of a pandemic?

Speaking of the pandemic, I am glad that Hawaii started taking some precautions to hopefully lessen the spread.  We have been under a “Stay At Home” order that is scheduled to stay in place until April 30th.  School has been canceled and all “non-essential” businesses have closed.

On Tuesday, before this order went into affect I had to make it into the nursery.  It is so nice that the local nursery is right here in our neighborhood.  We brought our sanitizer and wore our masks to the nursery and finally chose our 1st two citrus trees (I have always wanted to grow lemons, limes, oranges, and so much more.) I chose the Calamansi Lime tree and Christopher chose a Navel Orange tree.  I also got Dragon Wing Begonias, a Bleeding Heart Vine, a Lavender Bougainvillea, strawberries, and succulents.  I need to get more soil to plant the rest of our plants for now they are enjoying the porch and the trips outside for a rainshower.

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Gardening has become my favorite hobby and newest obsession

I almost forgot to mention that last Sunday (after spending all week weeding a large plot, we planted seeds for veggies.  They started sprouting seedlings just 4 days later!  I am curious to learn more about the soil composition depending on where the seeds are living.  I will keep you updated on the growth of our garden!

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This picture is to give you an idea of what the plot to the left of me looked like before I weeded it.
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Last Sunday after weeding and adding soil and planting seeds
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This is Brownie ❤ she is one of the Oreos and my favorite chicken
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Things are growing here!

Have I mentioned the chickens lately?  They are absolutely adorable!  I feed them down at the A-Frame and when it takes me longer to get outside in the morning (I’ve been sleeping in lately and it has been so nice) they pay us a house-call and walk right up our steps.  Then together we parade down the driveway for breakfast.

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It’s a new set of baby Oreos!

I will have to post a video soon and write an entire post dedicated to the chickens and chicklets because they are so adorable!

Now before I forget; I better post the blog posts that I wrote:

I have not been a very active blogger, lately.  I haven’t felt like doing most of the things that I usually do like working out, blogging, writing, and reading books.  It is kind of a bummer because this is a time in life (with the whole quarantine culture) where all of those activities are acceptable and encouraged.

All I want to do is work and spend hours in the garden.

I can’t remember if I told you that my renter’s bought a house!  They are a family of 4 who came to Hawaii with their 2 kids and 2 cats from the mainland and now they have 3 cats.  They initially planned on staying here for 6 months from August to February then extended their lease to give them more time to find a house.  Last week they told us the exciting news and said that they would be moved out by May 1st.  I have a feeling that they might move out before April because, why wouldn’t they?  They own their house now!  We shall see what happens.

MARCH: FIND PEACE

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”

-Wayne W. Dyer

  • Breathe deeply.  I need to take more deep breaths.  Sometimes I forget…  Especially this week.
  • Garden.  YES!   I am reaching this goal with flying colors!
  • Practice yoga everyday.  No, I was barely practicing yoga at all, but I started again this morning because I want to stop feeling numb and unpinch that nerve.
  • Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.   I am trying, but it is challenging in the midst of this pandemic.
  • Tidy everyday.

There are only 2 days left in the month of March and this is a good time to start thinking about my areas of focus for the month of April.  Here they are!

APRIL: CHALLENGE YOURSELF

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

-Norman Vincent Peale

  • Get an earlier start.
  • Do what you must with ALL your heart.
  • Train harder.
  • Blog everyday.
  • Learn a new language and / or expand on what you have learned so far.

Okay!  I’m excited about this.  My monthly goals have been very much in line with the things I need to focus on.  I am so glad that I was focusing on finding peace throughout this month of March.  It helped me to stay a lot more calm even in the midst of a pandemic.

Physically, I have been feeling very tired, drained, and honestly a little sick especially with this numbness in my arm. It hasn’t stopped me from gardening and enjoying the fresh air!  We even went to the Ocean viewpoint that is a few blocks from my house.  I thought that we were just going to drive there, but no one else was there so we were able to get out and enjoy some ocean air!

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As beautiful as ever
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Just needed a little fresh air
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I feel so blessed to live so close to this place. It is right in my neighborhood!
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Living Out Loud!

How are you doing?  It has been WAY TOO LONG and we are due to catch up!  Please comment below to tell me about your life!

❤ Alana

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