Our weekend didn't quite go as planned. Katie didn't make it down after all and so I had a lot of extra food. She wasn't very happy with the change in plans at all and I felt it for her as much as I felt my own disappointment. I put the Key Lime Pie I made into the freezer. When I do see her, she shall at least have that.
Can you believe that we are in the last week of June?! I somehow was under the impression we had another two weeks to go but we don't. Just one week and June is gone and we're into July. That's a little bit scary yet for us. For all that we're thinking positive we don't KNOW and won't until July 1, what the true verdict is: yes or no on the job, yes or no if he's still working with the county, how we will handle the new schedule, etc. Well, we'll know by Saturday week won't we?
I've been trying to breathe fresh life into meal plans here. The truth is everything.is.boring. and I need something fresh all around, in every compartment of life at the moment. New earning schemes, new meal plans, new goal setting techniques...I keep day dreaming of starting out fresh, with nothing, and just build up everything from scratch. Lovely in a day dream but not so practical in reality. But I can feel it's time to make some changes once again. I've gone stale.
Meal plans have gone dull as bread and water. It suffices but there's no real pleasure in the nourishment we're getting. I need new recipes, new ideas. To that end I've been sitting with cookbooks on my lap all weekend. One has a very few interesting recipes but once I print those off I'm letting it go. It's meant to be a 'light' eating book but the meal plans are beyond odd, high in carbohydrates and they keep pairing things like bread and pasta and dried beans or a pasta dish with a side dish of white rice....Golly! That's enough to toss the blood sugars sky high! And oddly nearly every dish in the book makes enough for 12. I could have used this when I was cooking for 7 on a routine basis but now that it's just 2 of us it seems a tad silly to keep the book on hand.
I realized this weekend that I need to shake up my goal planning method. Truth is, I do it by rote and then barely glance at them after. It's not helping me accomplish a thing at all. I've decided to try a new method. Not quite sure what yet, but I'm going to play about with my goals and see what I can work out. Since revamping my housekeeping schedule and finding fresh life breathed into that routine, I'm hoping to do the same with my monthly goals.
I'm a bit bored with the way the house looks. I don't need big changes just small fresh changes. It's time to lighten up a little more, put out some fresh pillows and lighter weight throws and maybe edit a few things. I haven't changed it at all since before Spring and so it feels like a seasonal sort of change is wanted at the moment
I will say I'm rather pleased overall with the work I've done in the yard but still no start on that front part of the house as I'd meant to do. And really the work on the back and side yard was mostly popping plants into pots and then having it rain a plenty upon them all so they are all growing like mad. However, I do want to seriously get on with that front yard work and....Oh dear. Let me get busy with the planning part of my week before I plan it all out right here!
...I plan work:
This week is truly going to be all about planning. Planning how to streamline work day preparations, planning a new method of setting goals, planning the work to be done on the front yard, planning menus that will appeal in summer, planning changes for the house (nothing that costs anything but definitely changing something)... Planning to stock the pantry and the freezer, though why I say freezer is beyond me as it's slap full at the moment.
I have paint to finish up the café set.
I have a planned day out with Mama this week. Not sure why I list this under work...
I walked through the grocery today and looked at the stock on the shelves and came away with no further ideas for shoe box meals, nor any items I really wanted to stock to go in them or on the pantry shelf except whole wheat pasta which I found on sale. I'd said last week I wanted to visit this shoe box idea all over again and sample a few of them to see how they work out. Must start.
Put peaches in the freezer.
Must find a remedy for aphids, they've all but killed the lovely purple petunia despite trying to treat it. It might be a lost cause but I'm unwilling to give up just yet.
Think and plan for new earnings venue. I'm doing okay with the ads on the blog but Swagbucks is slow unless I do a shop and earn and Pinecone Rewards has a new format which disqualifies me nearly every single survey. I've gotten ONE in two months time.
Time for a haircut.
...I plan meals:
Chicken Salad plates (Lettuce, tomato slices, carrot curls), Chips, Pickles and Lemon Meringue Pie
Italian Pepper Steak over Brown Rice, Green Lettuce salad, Plums
Hot Dogs, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Grapes
Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella Cubes, Green Salad, Crusty Cheese Bread, Tiramisu Cups (sugar free)
Taco Salad, Corn Muffins, Pineapple with Whipped Cream
on my own x2
...I plan my leisure:
Start a new book.
I love to do those 16 square Sudoku puzzles. I have quite a few of those puzzles on hand so I'll plan to spend time working on one of those. It's a real brain teaser.
Spend time on the porch each day. I've got a fan to use for the gnats...
I think I want to take up embroidery. I have some plain white cotton pillowcases and there are patterns all over the web and Pinterest and I even have a book. I'd like to sit quietly and work with my hands, I think.