...the weather has decided to be summer-like. I have every intent of continuing to work on that flower bed around the Faith Tree, but I'm sure not going to push myself on doing much more than watering and sweeping porches unless I can go out very early. Goals tend to somewhat lose importance when the temperatures soar into the 100f range for days which is what they are meant to do this week. Gracious, I don't even want to do so much as think when it's this hot. When Summer sizzles, work fizzles!
Hot weather is the best time to plan, though. For one thing it's time to bring out my August magazines which is fun to contemplate. I'll bet hey have plenty of hot weather recipes in those magazines. And it's time to dig around and look for as many good crockpot and frying pan meals as I can conjure up because it's too hot to even think of turning on that oven.
What's more, it seems to me a nice time to settle in the sewing room with a project I've been meaning to start. Or maybe even to finish up some of the UFO's, Unfinishished Objects.
Or maybe I'll go into list making mode, which is a lovely way to feel productive and pass away a few hours of time, too...
Oh and I'll be sure and make plenty of iced tea this week...Now doesn't that sound like a plan?
...I plan work:
It's Harvest Week. That means: balancing my checkbook, writing out bills, planning errands and grocery shopping.
Grocery shopping means planning meals and doing a quick pantry/freezer inventory.
Clean out the fridge...Which brings up a question: How often do YOU clean out your fridge? I've read online that most recommend once a month. I don't wipe down shelves more often than that unless I have a spill, but I do try to check it once, and sometimes twice a week, for foods I need to use up. It sort of keeps my meal planning on it's toes, too.
Get a haircut. I'd meant to do this last week and postponed it. I can't postpone any longer. My pixie cut isn't looking pixie-ish these days.
Get another bag of soil so I can properly plant those two tomatoes that are somewhat planted. They don't need the stress of heat and not quite enough soil.
Thaw some more broth to make Maddie more pupsicles.
Try to get the big freezer better organized. I'd really like to move the meat into the big freezer and out of the fridge freezer.
I added some deep cleaning tasks to my cleaning list last week. I mean to tackle them this week: vacuum under all the furniture in the bedroom and living/dining room; sort out the jars and lids in the storage cabinet, and remember that job from last week: sort out the kitchen cupboard on the back side of the dining room wall. I never did get around to that task. While I'm sorting I might as well go ahead and clean it really well.
Get up all the items that are meant to go outdoors to the shed and take them OUT of the house.
...I plan meals:
I need to go back to planning breakfasts and suppers. I'm struggling with that area once again and it's all due to lack of planning.
Oatmeal x 2
Steak and Eggs with Hash browns and toast
Pancakes and Sausage
Crockpot breakfast casserole, Fruit cups
Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls, Fried Spam
on my own x 2
chicken salad plates, Gelatin
Chicken and noodle soup, fruit and cheese plate
Roast Beef Sandwiches, Chips, Canned chilled peaches with whipped cream dollop
Baked Potato (Microwave) with toppings, melon
Mongolian Beef, Wild Rice, Stir fry vegetables
on my own x 2
Tuna Pasta Salad, Crackers, Lemon Pudding
Fried Chicken, Black Eye Peas, Corn on the Cob, Coleslaw
Hot Dogs, Potato Salad, Cucumber and Onion Pickles
We'll likely have one meal out this week. We generally do on Grocery day...
...I plan shopping:
Facial Tissues. These typically go on sale at the beginning of the school year. I had a decent supply but they were taking up donations for a school and I offered up my stock. I figure I can pick up more reasonably.
Condiments: Mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup. I have a woeful lack of these items on my pantry shelf.
Mulch and soil.
All items still on my list from last week. I bought the chicken breasts and ground beef. Nothing else was purchased.
...I plan my leisure:
I've started a Jane Austen book. It seems a suitable read for summer though I can't tell you why. Perhaps it's all the natural landscape she describes.
Play in the sewing room. I have a couple of UFOs and I have a project in mind that I've put off paying about with.
Continue practicing my embroidery.
Put all the printed material into my genealogy book. Jot down questions I have so I can look up some finer points.