...It is mid-July as I write this and we are well started on the second half of this year. Does that stun you as it does me? I vaguely recalled the first weekend of July I let the idea that the year was half finished sort of slide through my mind. I suppose the truth is that I've just been so busy that it only barely registered at the time. Now that I've taken a short breather, I realized that here we are. I haven't taken time to review my goals for the year nor to see how far I've gotten in achieving them. Indeed, I'm not even sure I've been working on my goals at all! But I am sure that I've been productive thus far. **I went and looked them over and I've done very well indeed. Whew...there's always the thought that I might have gotten lost along the way and sidetracked myself.
Frugal Boot Camp continues. I'm currently reading two more books from my shelf. I am enjoying this reading as it does focus me on what I want to accomplish and that's what I needed. Sometimes I lose sight of the biggest part of the picture. It's not merely to make the ends meet but to live well while I'm doing my very best to improve our lives. Since most of the books I've been reading date from 1930's to 1960's, I've been immersing myself in a culture and time that believed in the business acumen and absolute creative genius that was required to be a homemaker, something that is sadly lacking horribly in today's mindset about women in the home. Of course, I'm blessed to have so many people in my realm of acquaintance who are homemakers in the truest sense. Working women who work outside the home and in it both, women who are solely employed in the art of homemaking are absolutely needed in this world and frankly, I believe they are more needed than ever.
We are the fortress builders, the restorers and the sustainers. We have a duty to our family, to our husbands, to our neighbors to be those very things. Let no one mistake our calling or the vital importance of our place in this world at this time.
Now let's us move forward into the week:
...I plan meals:
I had a whole menu planned for Saturday. Katie and her husband were to come get the little freezer. Then Matt got a hard case of flu. Poor dear was still in bed on Friday despite a doctor visit and medications and worrying Katie no end, as well she might be. He's no slacker that husband of hers and he'll fight through most ailments in double time, but this flu has kicked him hard. He's the overcomer sort which I admire greatly in anyone.
Well fortunately for myself, I was just heading to the grocery when she texted to let me know that she was too concerned to leave him alone for even a few hours. There was no need of the special purchases I was going to make, which was a special menu meant just for them. I got busy mentally going over my supplies and making substitutions. In the end, I came out of the grocery with breads, eggs and prescriptions.
Turkey Tenderloin, Warm potato salad, fresh sliced tomatoes, Three Bean Salad, Croissants, and Cherry Cobbler
Yes it is a big meal but we ate small portions and this is our Sabbath dinner which I like to be a bigger and nicer meal than we'd have rest of week.
Hot Dogs, leftover potato salad, Coleslaw
Just revamped the menu from last week that we didn't use...
Leftover Turkey Tenderloin, Squash and Onions, Sliced Tomatoes
On my own
Steak Fajitas, Corn on the cob, Green Salad with Pico de gallo
...I plan my week of work:
I've been so busy in my home that I'm not even sure anymore what needs to be done and what's extra and what's important and I mean that. I rushed about Friday morning dusting because I'd noticed the build up. I suspect I should clean the ceiling fans, I've not yet cleaned either of the showers, though the baths are being cleaned otherwise, sigh...we won't mention that
third quarter budget sheet I've put off doing either. All of those tasks will be on the docket for this week. Then I mean to take a day and just go through my home and do a routine cleaning and take pictures as I meant to do two months ago and review them so that I can 'see' what I can't see just looking at it in person.
Take another batch of donations off. That will likely be the end of it for a bit.
Start clearing files of excess paper work.
Work on sorting record albums.
Start deep cleaning the kitchen. This will involve wiping down the insides of cabinets, removing excess stuff, bleaching the white counter tops to whiten them once more, wiping down walls, etc. I also want to find ways to
clear countertops. There's too much visual clutter and while I like all that I have it's still too much. It makes the kitchen read as though it's messy when it's not really messy at all. I may or may not get it all done but it's high time I got started on it. It can't all wait until fall!
Finish the new ottoman cover.
...I plan my leisure:
Another leisure time pursuit of late is scrolling through the French files. These are a series of files written by women who are pursuing the easy elegance and composed airs of the iconic French woman. What I'm looking for is not only tips on how to be my best self beauty wise but how to be so composed and unruffled that I influence calm and collectedness in others.
Run down genealogy rabbit trails.
Take time on my only alone day this week to
have a spa hour. I always find this so refreshing and relaxing that it's worth putting it in my leisure section.
Take time on my only alone day this week to
And that should pretty much fill the week ahead. What do you have planned?