Lesson 1540 – Results from the best motivation out there (I’m not kidding)

Final results of my 5K-a-day for 30 days challenge.

ACLU – $30
Trump Re-election Campaign – $0
(fin.)

(Want to know what this is about? Click here.)

 

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Lesson 1539 – The best motivation out there (I’m not kidding)

My son heard a story on NPR about how using a negative “reward” is more effective at motivating behavior than a positive one.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

He proceeded to tell me that while a positive reward (I get an ice cream cone every time I do …) helps to motivate people, it’s having a negative consequence that really makes a difference and which actually  makes people do the task. This is how it works.

Step 1:

Choose a task that you want to do every day for the next 30 days, i.e., stop snacking, stop drinking alcohol, or even getting out and exercising every day. In my case it’s going for a 3+ mile loop around our neighborhood.

Step 2:

Choose an organization that you would *NEVER* give money to. (I looked for a “New Hampshire adorable puppy, kitten, and baby raccoon kill center” but apparently we don’t have any of those up here, so I chose the next best thing.)

Step 3:

For the next 30 days, every time you complete the task, reward yourself with a dollar.

If you don’t do the task on one day (it’s hot, it’s raining, I’m too tired) then all of the money collected to that date gets donated to the organization you chose.

The next day you start over at $1.

Step 4:

At the end of 30 days you either have $30 to spend on anything you’d like or (as it is in my case) you will have contributed to Trump’s re-election campaign.

We’re having a wet summer. I’ve walked in pouring rain, I’ve walked under stormy clouds. I’ve walked when my legs are sore from a weekend hiking. I’ve walked late at night.

But I’ve walked Every.Single. Day. since we started this challenge.

Because there’s just no way in hell, that man’s campaign is going to get a cent of my money.

I guess this method really is motivational.

 

Wendy – $15

Trump’s re-election campaign – $0

 

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Lesson 1538 – Flyfishing in New Hampshire

This weekend I attended a flyfishing workshop put on by New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Ten lucky people got picked. We were taken from the Hike Safe card mailing list – a hike safe card is essentially NH insurance so that *if* you need to be rescued while hiking and *if* you have the card *then* you won’t be charged for the cost of the rescue.

I had applied for card last summer in advance of Griffin and my walk from the New Hampshire/Canadian border to the New Hampshire/Massachusetts border – I figured that you could never be too safe right? A rescue is a rescue even if it’s on the side of the road.

Because I had done that, I was one of the lucky ones to be invited.

I had done some flyfishing when I was young and one evening well after dusk had arrived, I cast my line and when I felt a tug reeled it in to discover that I had hooked a bat that had been flying over our heads.

That was the last time I had gone flyfishing.

But what the heck, I’m game for a new experience.

So I said yes. Continue reading

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Lesson 1537 – Making Dinner Like a Mom

 

Everyone is home for the summer, yup that means that we have 8 adults living under one roof.

I like to make evening meals that even those who come in late can still enjoy. But having so many people causes some conflict at dinner time. In the family mix we have vegans, vegetarians, and Neanderthal meat eaters.

What’s a mother to do?

So like a mom, I came up with a rotation solution that would be acceptable for all. During the week we would have:

  • 2 meat dinners
  • 2 vegan dinners
  • 3 vegetarian dinners

Everyone’s happy.

And then like the tricky mom that I am (and always will be), I decided to help my family out in its quest for a healthy diet and I quietly changed the schedule to 1 meat dinner a week and the rest vegan/vegetarian.

And I didn’t tell anyone. Continue reading

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Lesson 1536 – Flag Cake Made Wrong

 

 

Flag cake. It’s been a part of all my kids’ childhoods since early on.

So easy to make (especially when you’re busy managing 6 little kids) and yet so dramatically memorable, so literally finger licking good. A tiny pretense of being good for you.

Helpers standing on chairs pulled up to the kitchen counter. Red Stripes becoming straighter over the years as little hands grew and developed coordination.

Every. Single Fourth of July – flag cake sat patiently, a shining jewel at the end of the table, waiting for us all to end our meal so we could finally pay it the proper attention it deserves. Continue reading

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Lesson 1535 – Knitting When Trump Is President

When the Trump administration moved in, like many others , I began spending  many (too many) hours of my nights watching the evening news – rotation after rotation of people discussing the latest political bombshells. Reports on leaks. A lie followed by more. Yet another forgotten Russian meeting.

One can’t watch that kind of constant chaos without having some kind of release. I needed to do something to do with my hands and knitting sounded like just the ticket. Think about it, when you imagine knitters, you think of calm – amiable women sipping iced drinks in the comfortable shade of trees, sharing stories while efficiently knitting baby blankets.

A few weeks ago, I attended a Howto Knit workshop where I learned how to cast onto my bamboo needles (if I’m going to knit I want wooden needles.) I was taught a knit stitch and then when I had that one down, how to purl. I have been knitting off and on since then. It’s something that appealed to my inner granola-wannabe. I had visions of knitting hats and mittens for my family – a way they could wrap my love around and be warm. Continue reading

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Lesson 1534 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 4

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 4 Loneliness

The next day (after Wilbur’s unexpected burst of freedom) was rainy, dark and dreary. The rain upset Wilbur’s plan to go out and dig a new hole in his yard.

After all Wilbur has his entire day planned out. Breakfast, napping, digging holes, talking to his friend Templeton the rat, and even standing still from three to four where he would think of what it was like to be alive, and to wait for Fern.

But the rain put a damper on those plans. Wilbur couldn’t find Templeton and the little pig began to feel lonely.

“One day just like another,” he groaned.  “I’m very young, I have no real friend here in the barn, it’s going to rain all morning and all afternoon, and Fern won’t come in such bad weather. Oh honestly!”

And when Wilbur is given his breakfast, he realizes that he doesn’t want food, he wants love. He wanted a fiend.

Wilbur ties to make friends with the mother goose, but she is too busy taking care of her clutch of eggs.

Next he tries one of the lambs who replies that she will certainly not play with a pig. “Pigs mean less than nothing to me.”

Wilbur goes to sit down. He sees Templeton and asks the rat if he would like to play?

“Play?” replies Templeton “I hardly know the meaning of the word.”

Friendless, dejected and hungry, Wilbur throws himself down in the manure and sobs.

Lurvey reports that something is wrong with the pig

“Give him two spoonful’s of Sulphur and a little molasses.”

Day turns to night and Wilbur doesn’t know if he can endure the awful loneliness anymore.

In the darkness, he hears a small voice “Do you want a friend Wilbur?” it said. “I’ll be a friend to you. I’ve watched you all day and I like you.

 

Chapter 4 Lessons Learned

 

Even if you have plans for the day, unexpected things can still happen which will mess things up.

Lesson Learned – Always have a plan B.

 

Sometimes you just have to endure the rain to get to the sunshine on the other side.

Lesson Learned – After every dark night, there is a dawn.

 

Wilbur has an obsessive relationship with his food. He knows the textures, the different flavors.  It’s fair to say that he lives for food, but because he is so lonely, Wilbur can’t eat. Clever pig.

Lesson Learned – It’s true, sometimes you don’t want food, you want love.

 

Wilbur is so lonely that he cries, feels dejected, and wants to give up.

Lesson learned – Loneliness is very, very  painful. If you know someone who is lonely, reach out to them. Today.

 

Wilbur tries to make friend with the goose, a lamb, and a rat. None of them want to be his friend.

Lesson Learned – there are times when you are better off not being friends with some people.

 

Something appears to be wrong with the pig, so he is given medication.

Lesson Learned – it’s important to figure out *why* you are in pain or are sick. Medication can’t fix everything.

Bonus lesson – If you’re hurting, try to tell someone so they will know best how to help. Don’t have someone give you tummy medication for a broken leg.

 

Wilbur hears a small voice in the darkness telling him that he has a friend.

Lesson Learned – Never, ever, ever give up.

 

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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