It is the week of the Georgia National Fair, something we look forward to and sometimes are able to attend. This year the plans are to go...we'll see if our plans hold. The weather at least will be very nice and pleasant all week long IF the forecasts are correct...but then again we only had a 30% chance of rain Saturday and guess what? It was 100% raining from 5 until 7am that morning and after the skies cleared off it was clouding again by noon. Pfft! Weather men. The only sunshine I've seen today is on the televised football game. I don't mind if it's cloudy when we go to the fair, but I will mind if it's rained out!
I did a lot of extra shopping this past week. We purchased our quarterly bulk beef supplies at the meat market. I stocked up on breakfast sausages (polska kielbasa, beef links and turkey sausage patties) and chicken breasts ($.88/pound and I'm figuring we'll get two servings from each breast as they are BIG). So with the freezer fully stocked (I added bogo frozen cheese pizzas to the back freezer for easy meal days) I need purchase only eggs, bread, milk and produce this week. Anything else is really and truly extra. I suspect even with the spend ahead on the budget (not including the beef purchase but all the rest) I'll have money enough left to set a little aside and a little to indulge John's wants whatever they might be. He's never unreasonable in splurges.
The money for the fair was set aside when we returned from vacation in May, left from funds we'd set aside for that trip. I'd give much to put it towards a trip to the beach just now. I need a break from the reality of our lives...just past Octobers when we broke our routine and played for a month. I feel in the need of such respite but not seeing it happen. So I'll stretch my stoic muscle and move on.
Here's the plan for meals this week:
Dinners: Chicken and Dressing (crock pot), Baked Sweet potato, Salad with Apples, toasted walnuts
Tacos, Pico de Gallo, Whole kernel Corn, Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette
on my own
VFW Burgers and Fries, Caramel Apple
Pot Roast with Vegetables, Steamed Broccoli, Corn Muffins
Chicken Enchiladas, Green Salad, Baked Apples
I think I'll have leftover chicken from the first meal. If not I'll poach a breast to use.
Swedish Meatballs, Whole Wheat Noodles, Sliced Beets, Green Beans
Breakfasts: Gingerbread Apple Waffles, Turkey Sausage
Bagels/Cream Cheese, Fruit cups
Cold Cereal, Peanut Butter toast
Eggs and Toast
Sausage Egg Muffin Cups, Grits, Toast,
Blueberry Muffins, Yogurt Parfait
Western Style Omelet, Warmed over Corn Muffin
Egg Salad Sandwiches
me on my own
Homemade Chicken Nuggets, crudites and dip
Pimento Cheese sandwiches, Vegetable soup
Turkey Pepperoni Pizza, Carrot and Pepper Strips
Leftover Vegetable Soup, PBJ
Jobs This Week
This week I hope to:
Get the guest room tamed once more
Finish the front porch? Honestly, it's been a big lot of hurry up and wait. After three nice days I felt the porch was at last dry enough to finish up and the next morning a heavy fog saturated the wood, it poured rain the next day...Now it's wait, wait, wait. I'm not done decorating...Heck I haven't even started since I found I had next to nothing to work with and of course, what I do have all needs to be painted and freshened up, too. I guess this will just be a standard on my list for the rest of this month.
Weed rose bed.
Plant the new package of daffodil bulbs.
Plant the pansies I purchased Friday.
I could go on and on, but I suffer enough guilt when I don't get items done on this weekly list, so I won't keep going. Somewhere in here, I am hopeful we'll get to the fair. It's the last few days of that time. What do you have planned for the week ahead?
How about a new category tacked on to this post each week?
I just realized that I don't have any real photos of fun things. I show photos of me working and even have vintage photos of women working away in the home or yard. I'll see if I can't remedy. I do believe there should be a balance of fun and work and rest and work in our lives. I guess I'd best start sharing the fun things, too!