Officially, this weekend will be the last weekend in August. Not the last weekend of summer, but certainly we can hear the beginning strains of the grand finale music. We don't make plans for Labor day weekend. No need to since John has worked every Labor Day I can recall. Most Labor Days are spent laboring! I worked myself hard last year as did most every one I know. I think everyone I know starts to get anxious to finish up the summer tasks come that Labor day weekend. So we might say that this weekend is the last summer weekend for many of us.
It is fitting to have had a cookout this weekend and to have spent it with family. I was blissfully happy and had a truly lovely day. I spent lots of time with Katie, which I needed and maybe she did, too. I held Taylor a lot, too, which she is very amendable to, and I watched her toddle about quite the little girl these days and listened to her newest talent, 'fake crying' when no one is paying attention to her, lol. We drove along lovely country back roads that wound here and there and I spied trees vaguely tinted with color, golden rod peeping with yellow blooms, a reminder that yes indeed the final act of summer is nearly here. Katie and I happily talked over Fall decorating and plantings. The sun shone brilliantly in the blue skies and the weather was hot but there was that intangible something...
...I plan meals:
away from home
leftovers: Fried Chicken, Macaroni Salad, Salad, Potato Salad, sliced tomatoes, bread, oatmeal cookies
Beef Pot Pie, Pear Salad with cranberry/walnut cream cheese, Green Peas
(We didn't have this meal last week)
Hobo Packets, Coleslaw
Hamburger Steaks, Potatoes and Green Beans in foil packets.
Chicken Tortellini Salad, Crusty French Bread, Grape Tomatoes
Out with Mama
Spaghetti Meatballs, Green Salad, Garlic Toast
...I plan my work week:
For the first part of this week I have Bess and Josh coming in. It's pay week and I've already attended to bill box. Bess and I will be doing grocery shopping, at least I think we will...I really need to know her plans before I make my own. I'd love to
Sand and paint the dining room chairs...really. I've put it off long enough and I need to get that task finished. It is my goal to finish this one project for August. Plant asters. Clean back porch . Sit down and work out a menu for the month of September. I will plan breakfasts as well as main meals and suppers. (Is this starting to look like last week's list yet? Yep, it's one and the same. Last week I made aprons and went out with John far too many times.)
Katie introduced me to some printable budget sheets, showed me a planner she's using and more. I want to spend some time looking at the pages she's using and perhaps find a few more that I might use to revamp my Home Keeping Notebook. It's only half working for me and I'm sure I can do more with it to make it work hard for me.
Work on blog posts. I don't have a back log this week to put up a post every day. I'd like to have time to work ahead on a few posts for September.
Make up several lists: thrift store,
...I plan my leisure:
I've really enjoyed reading of late and I'd meant last week to pull a stack of books for September. I didn't get around to that so I'd like to do it this week.
It's going to be a busy week. I really want to accomplish a lot of things but I know that if I don't rest I'll accomplish a lot less. While John is gone this week I'll take time to watch one of my movies.