There have been a few times when I’ve tried to hunt down the napkin, or envelope, or random scrap of paper that I’ve used to pen down something important. I know most people would advise becoming a citizen of the 21st century and recording important information into my smartphone or tablet and thus eliminating the search for the utility bill envelope upon which tonight’s new experimental recipe for chicken enchiladas is written.
Don’t get me wrong, there have been plenty of times when I’ve taken screen shots, pinned images, or forwarded links. I’ve used my phone to take pictures of garden bed designs I’ve found in magazines while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store. But I have come to the realization that digital isn’t always best. Files can be deleted, hard drives can become slow and bogged down, and batteries can run out where there isn’t a place to plug in the charger.
For these reasons, and many more, I love a good notebook. I have several that I keep scattered around the house, in the car, and in my purse turned diaper bag. Some are a little unorganized. Within a few pages you’ll find everything from next month’s dinner ideas to lesson ideas for my floral design class. But there is one notebook that I favor above all others, one that has smudged pages and one consistent theme: everything green.
Since we purchased our home this past March, I’ve used it to keep track of our yard renovation budget and keep track of new ideas for projects. Because we’re doing a complete redesign I’m keeping lists of perennials and shrubs I’m considering for our yard. It’s a great way to keep everything in order while I’m drawing up our master plan. Also, keeping track of things like pest timelines and fertilizer schedules helps me keep things consistent from year to year.