This week in my home...
Lord love February in Georgia! This past week it's been 80F and sunny, cloudy and humid, rainy, and blustery and frosty cold. Yes, the whole gamut of weather in a week's time. Yet signs of spring will surface here and there. My own daffodils have been diligent in trying to bloom since December but I saw my first official February bunch growing roadside Friday as we returned home.
We survived the first week of February rather well. We are now down by two birthdays (just two more to go and one of those is well on its way). We have paid property and car taxes and prepared our tax returns, so all the big heavy stuff is behind us and we start fresh. I'm ready for a lot of freshness in my life...aren't you?
...I plan meals
I keep promising myself that I will take down the cookbooks now and start fishing for new or forgotten recipes to plan into my meal rotations. I stay busy though and never do get around to doing that, sigh. Well I'm consistent in what I choose to make anyway. I don't know just what it is about February that makes me long for turkey and dressing but I do. I suppose it's a tradition and who wants to break with tradition?
I've learned to streamline meals on Saturday and while I am all about changing things up in most areas, I'm finding it is very easy to have some 'givens' on Saturdays to keep things simple and easy. Bagels and coffee for breakfast, whatever meal I've prepped the day before, popcorn as snack and an omelet and toast as our supper. I don't have to think overmuch about food and it works for me.
on my own
out with Mama
Beef Stroganoff with Whole Wheat Noodles, Beets, Green Salad
Chicken Enchiladas, Corn, Salsa Fresca Salad
(I made these last week and put in the freezer)
Sirloin Tip Roast, Roasted Potatoes, Asparagus
Vegetable Beef Soup, Cornbread, Baked Apples
Turkey Breast with Dressing, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans with Mushrooms, Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake
...I plan work:
I managed to get the last of the clutter from the master bedroom closet. I have a pile of shredding to do now but it feels good to know that one room is now clutter free. I can move on to the living/dining room and front entry. I've been culling through my vintage magazines as I read them and the bookshelves were done towards the end of December and the videos were done in November. So not too much is needed in those rooms but I'll go ahead and expect to find I have a lot to do just as I found in the bedroom.
I'll finish up a sewing project I'm doing for my niece. It's a surprise for her husband and I'm very happy to be a part of it. I almost feel like I should put this on the fun list but the truth is it's required some hard thought and a good bit of work, but yeah, I'm having fun with it.
I need to finish up the walls in the kitchen/back entry/kitchen sitting area.
Must get the daffodil bulbs planted.
I need to go to Lowe's and pick up two blinds for our room. While there I mean to get some mulch for the flower beds and hopefully get it spread on three beds.
I promised myself this week I'd get the guest room back in shape, since I tend to dump my clutter in that room when I'm removing it from other areas. I'll haul all that out to the shed and gather things that will be going out for donation.
I need to go over the calendar and add Jewish Holy Days to it so that can be sure and have those dates and the prep time beforehand set aside. Nothing this month for us but we're getting closer to Passover and that one requires a bit of work ahead.
...I plan fun:
Attend a Super Bowl Party at the home of friends.
Finish this sewing project which I may well be done with this afternoon. I'm resting my back at the moment.
Library for more reading materials. I renewed my current book which is due tomorrow but I think by Wednesday I'll be done or very nearly and since that is Mama's day I'll stop by there on my way back home. Maybe even take along my notebook and look over some of the genealogy stuff they have on hand there.
Pull out March issues of vintage magazines and go through the latest lot Mama gave me. I don't really have another day this week to myself, besides today (Sunday) so it's all fit stuff in where you can this week.