In my home this week, I...
...am appreciating the new season. And I don't just mean the new season in the natural world...Do you ever have the feeling you've crossed over a milestone somehow? Not a birthday, nor an anniversary, nor a move or anything like that has occurred, yet something feels brand new and different. It's a funny sort of feeling when you can't see the change, or count it off, but I can still tell that something is definitely different than it was before. It will be interesting to see what manifests in this new season in life.
I have been watching in awe as God answers prayers of many. Kathy reports that her husband found a new job which is great news. I sat down earlier this week and noted ten items of prayer had been answered in the past two weeks, which is mighty awesome. I guess God means for me to keep right on praying as he added two to my list last week. It's very reassuring to see that this small ministry of prayer is something He will pay attention to.
In the meantime, the natural season has been predictably all over the place. Last week we had frost...twice! It made me awfully glad I hadn't planted anything and that much more impatient to do so. Especially with three and four time weekly bulletins from Katie who spies something new growing in her yard with each passing day.
I think I'm just gonna start each day with "Oh What a Beautiful Morning!" and end each one with "Oh What A Beautiful Day!". It's all so lovely, every single thing.
John is off all week long and won't return to work until next Sunday. There's only one day I am currently aware of that we'll be out of house at meal time and that is grocery day. I suspect, knowing my husband there will be a trip to 'do something' at least one day. I'm thinking of suggesting a picnic but will definitely check weather forecasts before I pack a chilled lunch for what may well prove to be a cold day. One of those frozen picnics is more than enough!!
Katie's Brunswick Stew, Rice, Green Salad, Cornbread, Lemon Pudding
The Brunswick Stew has a really nice background heat but I thought John might find it a bit too spicy, so I served over rice to decrease that.
Turkey Strata, Steamed Broccoli, Fruit Salad
I really want to make a carrot cake but we're having our traditional Orange Rolls for breakfast which is plenty enough sweet and can use leftovers as 'dessert' if we choose.
out on grocery day
Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs, Coconut Pilaf Brown Rice, Lemon Green Beans
Macaroni and Cheese, Tomatoes, Spinach Salad
Grilled Steak, Grilled Asparagus, Potato Packets
Warm Roast Beef Sliders, Chips, Pickles, Fresh fruit, Gingersnaps
This is a proposed picnic menu just in case and if not it will do as well for at home. I will be sure to thaw and cook and thin slice a roast. I need to purchase Horseradish Cheddar to go on these but that isn't costly when just 1/4 pound is required, and should I find it terribly expensive, I'll use chedar and caramelized onions instead.
...plan my work week:
I know this looks like a lot but honestly it can mostly be done in increments of a few minutes to an hour tops and should all fit easily into a normal week. I'm pretty sure John is going to tackle mowing the yard at least one day and since he typically waits until afternoon when the lawn is dry that will give me a rather large window of 3 hours at least to work indoors unhindered. I mean to take advantage of every one of those hours...
If weather allows, I'll be spray painting something, whether it's dining room chairs or the guest room bed, something. will. get. painted! NOT on John's mowing day though.
Move the few extras from guest room to shed. I got caught out with the guest room looking a bit unkempt last week and no remedy time for it. From here on it will be as near company ready as I can keep it.
All of the following items from last week's list:
Booth. A new month is nearly here and I really need to go in and attend to my booth with general upkeep and rearranging for a fresh look. Print new tags and place at least 5-10 new items.
Transplant things in the back flower bed pots to the front patio pots. Pot up the petunias. Plant basil and parsley seeds as well as move one of the rosemary plants to the back pots. If at all possible I mean to pick up some healthy herb plants in town and plant, too.* Plant the dahlias and other bulbs I bought on grocery day at Aldi...
Spread the one bag of mulch I was able to get last week.
Finish the review book and get that review posted here and on Blogging for Books.
Piece together outfits for Spring.*Cleared the drawers and closets. One big bag to go to donation, one small pile for scraps, about 6 pieces put in the storage drawer. If I lose 5 pounds they will fit. Now to plan outfits...
Finish front porch.
Clean under stove hood.
...and plan my fun:
I am going to make it my goal to do some art work each week. I've struggled with writing lately and I know from past experience that taking some creative time out to play in the craft/art forum always sparks creativity in other areas of my life. I could use some new cards for my stash and really need to sort out old ones and determine which I should just pass on.
Write a letter to one of the children and a pen pal.
We have a Crosley record player and a box full of records and drawers of CDs. High time to take a few moments out of each day and reacquaint myself with my music, I think. It seems very relaxing to think of taking a half hour or forty minutes to sit quietly and really listen. A good time to take our afternoon coffee break, I think. I find it does me well to have a snack mid-afternoon and I'm thinking coffee, an appetizer of some sort and music would make a nice break in the day.
Plan for April and for the second quarter. I like planning and do consider it fun.
Do a fun manicure since I never got round to it this past week.