• Some house sparrows built a nest behind this gutter. They planted their own rooftop garden with the seeds they carried in for the young.

    two house sparrows standing on a roof above a rain gutter, with several varieties of wild plants sprouting from it

  • Thanks to @aa for this wonderful key wrist strap! The leather lining on the inside means it’s way more durable than my old one. A Buy it For Life item, for sure.

    leather wrist strap with key ring attached, shown on my wrist

  • Don’t Hold a Job, Hold an Office Instead annahavron.com

  • You are Here, and Here, and Here: Organization as Mental Extension annahavron.com

  • Roles from the Outside, Roles from the Inside annahavron.com

  • We have three species of fireflies in our yard: Flares, Lawn Blinkies, and Tree Blinkies. I love fireflies. Perhaps I should learn their real names, though.

  • Getting Organized Means You Separate Deciding from Doing annahavron.com

  • Sculpture depicting one of my favorite childhood games.

    a sculpture of a paper origami crane balanced on a pair of scissors balancing on top of a rock

  • When Work is Love Made Visible annahavron.com

  • Whew, we were running low on house finches. Grateful for home delivery.

    bird's nest built on floral front door wreath, with six eggs inside

  • We don’t have an aquarium; just a school of catnip fish - microblog photo challenge, May 30

    catnip toy shaped like a fish lying on a wooden floor

    catnip toy shaped like a fish lying on a carpet

  • After a hard week, it’s great to hang out with my favorite stripes - microblog photo challenge, May 29

    the handsomest stripey cat in the world gets cuddled

  • Perfection versus Potential: Be a Tree annahavron.com

  • “Did you save any birds for me, or did you watch them all?” – my husband

  • Make Your Home a Sanctuary with the Four S’s annahavron.com

  • How to Find Out What Actually Makes Your Life Better annahavron.com

  • I wait all year for this tree peony to bloom.

    pink tree peony blossom, in peak bloom, covered with raindrops

  • How to find inspiration for what to write about, on your blog

    Various thoughts, in response to a question about how writers find inspiration to post regular content on their blogs:

    • What about turning the question around backwards? You don’t have to have an idea to write. Writing is what generates ideas. If I’m struggling for content, I just start writing: rambling, really. I set a timer or a word count, and write whatever comes to mind that fills the minutes or word count. Generally I will hit on something that energizes me enough to write more about it.

    • I made a shift in my thinking. Rather than assume that what I write is not interesting to others, I assume that somebody, somewhere, among the billions on this planet, shares the problems and interests I have. My job is to publish my thoughts, so that they can be useful to others who struggle with the same things I struggle with. I also don’t worry about being unique or literary. I worry, instead, about making my thoughts clear.

    • I commit to writing deadlines. Due to having had several jobs where I had to write for deadlines, often when I had no idea what I’d write about, I KNOW that I don’t have to have an idea to start writing. I just have to have a deadline! This is why both of my blogs have newsletter components. I have to write something at least 1x a week for analogoffice.net, and I have to write something at least 1x every two weeks for annahavron.com; because that’s when the newsletters come out.

    • I commit to learning in public. I never know which posts will resonate with people. It’s okay if something doesn’t get much of a response; I’m going to write more posts and maybe the next post will be something that someone finds useful. And sometimes stuff I wrote a long time ago gets a response much later. You never know.

    • I commit to AIC time. Keeping this family-friendly, I commit to putting my (backside) In Chair, early every morning. When my backside is in the writing chair, it is time for me to write. I have AIC time 5 times a week. If I am not writing during AIC time, I am not allowed to do anything else. So, yeah, sometimes I just sit there staring at a screen, but usually something will occur to me.

    • I carry a notebook everywhere I go, because some ideas that energize me come to me when I am out on a walk or doing the dishes or ironing stuff. And then I regularly review that notebook.

    • I have a couple of topics I’m obsessive about. I blog so I don’t bore my IRL family and friends to tears with my personal obsessions. If they want to read it, they can; but it’s an outlet for me.

    • If I don’t write, I’m miserable, which is tedious, and an own-goal, besides. Because I know this about myself, I look at writing like I look at getting out for a walk. If I want to be energized for the day, I have to write first thing in the morning, and I have to get out for a walk. Otherwise, I’m crabby. Since I hate being crabby, I write and I walk.

  • Just got back from a fantastic visit to Portland, Oregon. Here are some pics, from most to least manicured mossiness. But everything is mossy… including some people’s cars.

    Zen garden, with moss-covered rocks in a landscape of carefully raked gravel

    a moss-covered Japanese stone lantern in a garden, set in a bed of moss under a tree

    a tree in a forest with its trunk and branches covered with several different kinds of moss

  • Make a “Yes and No” List annahavron.com h/t @uncertainquark

  • Cherry blossom.

    a single fallen cherry blossom resting on a brick walkway

  • It’s Crunch Time annahavron.com

  • Hey, Let’s Talk About Death annahavron.com

  • So someone in my family needs a medical screening test. I asked the medical expert I live with, what the difference was between a CAT scan, a mammogram, an MRI, and a PET scan. He said, “Well, with a PET scan, you can use either a cat or a dog…”

  • We find what we are looking for:

    “There aren’t very many toys in the prehistoric archaelogical record. For a long time, archaelogists thought that was because prehistoric kids were somehow fundamentally different from modern kids. But now some scholars think that the toys are missing from the record simply because early archaeologists didn’t recognize them. Whenever they saw objects that could easily be used for children’s play, they categorized them as items used for ritual instead.”

    Meg Conley, Left Behind

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