Another happy success of the week, our greenhouse is doing what it is supposed to do. With no outside intervention, the temperature in the house stayed a whopping ten degrees warmer than the outside temp. That is a quite an accomplishment. And with this triumph, we fearlessly met the threat of temps in the teens later in the week. We turned our heater on and slept assured. When we went to check the temperature differences the following day, we saw a 21 degree difference! Needless to say, we are feeling pretty confident that our seedlings are going to be just fine.
Back in the office, Jim and I had one of our most important meetings of the year: Goal Setting! We try to set quantifiable goals with a relative time frame. This way when we look back through the haze of busy times, we can decide whether we really accomplished what we set out to do. Making sure the goals are measurable turns the goal "have less weeds" into "use the flame weeder to manage initial flush of weeds in direct seeded crops", a goal with a much simpler success assessment. It can be tricky to create measurable forms for some goals. For instance, the important but elusive goal "fight less". We considered capping the amount of time that either of us will be permitted to remain irritated over a miscommunication but that seemed risky. Can you imagine trying to enforce that? But despite its resistance, we were able to come up with a substantive plan, mostly relating to milestones of communication and delegation.