And the Up-Cycle Has Arrived…

Did you know I was thinking about you all last week?   While I slaved away at a hundred different projects?

I did – – because, I’ve hit my “Up-Cycle”, which means, for now, I can wonder how you’re doing while weeding at the same time.

(On a really good day, I even dare to add ‘chewing bubblegum and walking’ into the whole mix…)

I Hibernate 2-3 times a Year

When I’m hibernating, I soak in the external experience of whatever shows up – Pretty laid back – spend lots of time researching and going to the cynical dark side of my nature while attempting to put my “Oh-Why-Bother?” We’re all gonna die, anyways”  time to good use –

The two main periods are Feb/March and Aug/Sept –

I’ve been told this is because of biorhythms, enneagram or astrological chart –

I’ve also been told it is mere laziness, or depression –

Accusations of SAAD, and every other acronym dreamed up in attempts to quantify/explain/fix the ups and downs of life are offered, as well….

I don’t care –

I’ve learned to honor my unique cycles – fight to preserve and protect them – and not feel bad about myself while doing so –

Because I’ve learned that when I finally get through all the ‘prep’ cycles and am ready to Do – I’ll churn out a year’s worth of projects in a month or so – works for me and I finally have a Lifestyle that meshes nicely with the Me I am today…

(Sometimes, I have to write an “I R Sorry” note to someone who reached out for comfort when I was deep in hibernation and, I, in attempt to cheer them up, actually stressed them out even more, by sharing my favorite pick-me-up mantra,

“Cheer Up! Yellowstone is set to blow any day now – you only have to hold on for a bit longer….”

I Don’t Promise What Works for Me will Bring Comfort to You….

(but! if Mother Nature deems me acceptable, I can promise you a rose garden…in about 3 years…)

Newly done Rose Bed
New Rose bed – the bare root roses are there – but hard to see – 🙂

Sometimes, I just need to hibernate –

(I’m sure, in my own arrogance, you would benefit from hibernation, too, but won’t press the opinion…just now….)

Hibernation is Always Followed by the Fermentation period

Here, I start ruminating about how this tangled mess of new info from a hundred-thousand perspectives, can be put to good use for me and others…

When I’m up to it cross-referencing and organizing the files in my grey matter…

When it doesn’t seem so overwhelming to add yet another item to the “To Do” list….

Fermentation time is like living with someone who’s going through hot flashes –

It’s a dicey period and maybe things get done and maybe they don’t and woe to anyone demanding anything other than what IS, this second….

About 1 Day Or 3 months later, the “Doing, Doing, Frantic Doing” Period Arrives

If you chose to stay friends with me during the hibernation and fermentation period, you’ll be the recipient of all the things I learned the past few months that may be of help to the thing you bitched about 7 years ago – – Cuz all the pieces of the puzzle have arrived over the years of Hibernation and Fermentation and NOW! I think I actually have a pretty picture to give to you as a solution…

It’s also the time where I’m furiously crossing 9 items off the top of the To Do list …

…and adding 27 new entries to the bottom –

Good thing I have software that allows me to add ‘tasks, soft-maybe- need more info – must be Done’  labels, complete with reminder alarms – to keep me focused on what to actually DO, For Today…When I have a hundred options to choose from….

Juggling what can be done that day is always dependent upon what my body says is possible –

And  if My Mind confirms, “Yup, we know what we need to, Let’s get ‘er done…”

And if My Spirit roars, “What are ya waiting for? Let’s Go!!!

This System Works Fairly Well Until….

I either drop dead from the frenzy or the next cycle of  Hibernation appears…

Since I haven’t dropped dead yet, and overall, am much happier than I was in my 20’s – I guess I’ll stick with the current approach…

Until something better shows up….


Frequently, My Cycles Are not In Tune With the Accepted Status Quo

“You sound like Elmer Fudd!  You Overdid! Why do you do this to yourself?”

“Why can’t you just set a steady pace to work Mon-Friday 8am-5pm?”

“Why can’t you just slow down before you overdo?”

Granted, most pleas come from those who love/care, but seriously, after all these decades of same-ole, same-ole, you’d think they might have caught a glimpse of the whole cycles thingamabobber –

Alas, I’ve been repeatedly informed there are strict, accepted seasons for said hibernation periods that are socially acceptable –

My only response is…

“I’m not a tree or a bear – get over it….”

You’re Likely Tired of Hearing Me Say It –

But a very smart lady, over 15 years ago, asked me one question:

“Do you think you could fashion your life to work with your natural cycles instead of against them?”

And That’s Been My Goal – Ever Since…

To do what I want to do in a way that meshes with who, I currently, Am….

Body hurts?


Need to stay up all night to monitor security updates or a child with a concussion?


All my living room bookcases were in need of dusting, anyhoo – if only I don’t fall asleep while dusting –

I can’t find the stats just now, but I’m certain people have died from boredom while dusting…

I can garden, landscape, weed while thinking about what I simply must share with you – my community

Maybe with pictures, maybe not  – – Depends upon how much energy is left over after wrangling dirt and tires..


So Here’s the Short List –

I thought about sharing with or asking  you about last week – –

I know, somewhere in my community here, there is someone who will get what I’m talking about, has the answer or who is hot on the trail of the next shiny solution, for all of us…

  1. Over 12 Robins showed up after the big dirt moving day – and have made steady appearance ever since – just there for the worms, or a Sign to Guide me in the right direction?
  2. Didja Know – The little, white, looking worm-thingees that like to nest right next to the Purple-Stinking-Weed-from-Hades have been identified by others as either, “cutworms’ or “Not sure what they’re called, but you don’t want those lil’ bast***s in your garden.” – So, feeling less and less guilty about the mass murder of wild mustard plants, because it seems the non-beneficial bugs move to purpler pastures once I’ve weeded an area….
  3. Apparently, Robins won’t lower themselves to feast upon the buffet listed in Item 2 – but Chickens, apparently, love ’em – should I become a Chicken Wrangler?
  4. Does anyone else hate the new ‘great for mobile’, ‘sucks for desktop users’ style of websites showing up?   Where you have to scroll, scroll, scroll to get to where you want and no longer have a nice top and sidebar selection of options to choose from on the very first page you land on?
  5. Do any of these said companies understand that the combined stats of my local customers indicates less than a 10% usage by return visitors via a tablet/cell phone? (Hey!  We live in spotty internet, no wi-fi on every corner, low median income area!)
  6. If I still layout sites like it’s 1999, but plan for moving forward, easily, when things change here, will that be good enough?
  7. Sob…when will I learn to type on my smarter-than-me-phone without so many errors?
  8. Why do the new tools/clips for fence building not work with the recycled T-Posts I was gifted?   Were they given to me, because the giftor knew I’d be fiddlin’ with 20 year old baling wire and fencing pliers, while they whipped through using the Fencing Solution Fork on their newer T-posts?
  9. Did the bunnies really just shear off the yellow tulips because I griped about not seeing my purple/white, color coordinated preferences a few weeks ago?  Or are the purple/white ones so GMO’d that the bunnies know better than to eat them?
  10. While I acknowledge the sentiment of the songwriter who penned, “Driftin’ Along with the Tumbling Tumbleweeds” I also believe they are personally responsible for all the ones that stop their drifting at my place –
  11. Did you know you can get a staph infection from handling tumbleweeds?   Hasn’t happened to me, scratched hands, arms, legs, face and all – yet, but apparently – it has been known to happen…
  12. Who would have guessed that neurological exams for concussions and possible brain bleeds look very similar to roadside sobriety tests – – neither me nor the man-child could (during my stroke and his concussion) rattle off the alphabet, backwards, while balancing on our left foot – – and touching our nose with both fingers…arms parallel to the ground – thankfully, we both received medical care instead of being incarcerated for suspicion of indulging in a beer lunch….
  13. Do you know how much your art here enriches my life?
  14. Do you?

Thank You – for all you do and share! 🙂

3 thoughts on “And the Up-Cycle Has Arrived…”

  1. YES to hibernation, fermentation and action. I do think we would all benefit from it. I hibernated as much as my world would allow this winter and it feels good, and good things are happening as a result. I do not understand why the modern world is so able to ignore a person’s natural rhythms and why, when someone doesn’t ignore them, they are looked down on so strongly. Or at least, viewed as quirky.
    can’t wait to see the roses!

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