That's not just the bees you hear, it's also me humming as I move from one task to another. I always start with basic housework, zoom out to the yard to work as long as I can stand, then back in to shower and dress and start dinner. I sit for a bit after dishes are done and think of more things to do, then jump up and start a deeper cleaning project, do a little more light housework, possibly run outdoors to do something minor and realize it's too hot, run back indoors to cool off and make supper. Then after dishes are done, I write and work a puzzle or play a game while we watch tv, crawl into bed and start all over again the next day. That's on the days when I've nowhere else to be. On those days, I rise extra early, zip outdoors at first light to work as long as I can, shower, run errands, come home to make dinner and collapse in the chair before getting up to tend to housework and so it goes. It's busy. Not hectic, but busy.
Kate came out to visit this weekend and had a visit and meal with us. It was pleasant and nice. I enjoyed that and a conversation on the phone with Sam who chattered away as he hasn't in a long while. He'd gone out to the porch where it was quiet to talk and Isaac kept coming outdoors to join him. He'd say "Go back inside!" and Isaac would for a bit and then he'd
I walked about on Saturday and looked at the refreshed spaces and felt satisfied with what is done and what is happening with those unfinished spaces. It is the season when the yard is most upon my mind and the season is ripe for planting and fashioning into something pretty. I contemplate areas where I want to make changes. I think hard and long about what I'd like to plant and where it might be most suitable and most possible. I dream of new beds stretching out across the sides of the yard filled with flowers, shrubs and trees and grasses. I dream big when it comes to my dream garden, likely bigger than I can manage but I will continue until I can do no more.
The week behind:
All the pay day harvest activities were attended to, but I did not make it to the bank to make a savings deposit. Since we've contracted to have the work done on the underpinning of the house, I think I may just hang on to that money in our checking and use it towards this work.
I kept Isaac and as it happened I kept Josh, too. I wasn't surprised at having to keep the boys later than Bess thought necessary. The procedure requires a recovery time and you never know if you'll be in on time or how long it will take before you are dismissed. I also suspected with auditors in that Samuel wouldn't make it home as early as she thought either. I fed the boys supper and we sent them home when Bess came by for them.
We did our grocery shopping. I spent more than I've ever spent at Aldi and I did not buy pricey things, nor go 'stock happy' as I refer to stocking up. No, it just happens that groceries cost more even at Aldi. It will be our last such pay period for a long while so I'll be sure to trim hard over the next several pay periods to bring things back into balance.
Not one bit of meal prep got done, but we did have some really easy meals over the week so really none was necessary.
I switched the guest room over to something fresh. I bought lamp shades. And there that project stalled. Not because I had nothing to work with but I had no energy to spare between housework and yard work and three days out of the house.
Nor did I hang pictures in my bathroom. I just gave everything a good basic cleaning and called that enough. I did honestly think I'd fit in more work but it just didn't happen.
Menus were not followed except the Turkey Tenderloin meal. Everything else was a makeshift thrown together affair and that worked fine.
I did try to work on a list of things I'd enjoy doing as quiet activity. And so far I'm doing everything I think I like best. No great revelations there. I did pull out a puzzle book and begin using a portion of my time to work on those. I like the mental strain, lol.
I have lots of yard work to do yet. I need to buy more mulch. I am working hard and enjoying it and appreciate the way the few spaces I've finished with for the moment look. I'll continue this week. I'm not ready to buy anything new to plant yet. I have to empty pots, buy soil, etc.
John only works one day this week...That means my time is only partially mine to do with as I want. It will be a challenge that I shall accept happily.
Make bread or rolls to use for Shabats.
There were things I didn't get to last week in the guest room, namely hanging pictures and taking out the things that don't belong. Though this is not my work zone this week I hope to get more work done on that room.
Give my projects list and finances a quarterly check and plan the next three months.
All the usual housework and whatever John tosses into the mix.
Kitchen. I don't really have a task I want to get done in the kitchen but I do want to do a pantry and freezer inventory and get my cabinets restocked. I like to keep a couple of cans of this or packets of that in the kitchen and let the bulk of my pantry be in the back of the house, but I really haven't stocked the cabinets since the first of the year. Time to get that done.
Prepare a few freezer meals. You'll see what I mean in the menu section.
Leftover Roast Chicken, Creamed Spinach, Brown Rice
All three of us ended up eating chicken and rice, Katie made herself a salad and skipped the spinach. The spinach was a frozen steamable bag from Aldi. Disappointment. After we tasted it, I scraped it from our plates and put in the fridge. The salvage operation will occur later in the week.
Spinach Chicken Alfredo over Pasta, Salad
Following a suggestion from Katie, to use the spinach in an alfredo sauce with the leftover chicken diced into it and toss with pasta.
Cheeseburgers, Fries, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickles
Pinto Beans, Coleslaw, Cornbread
I used leftovers last time to make up Bean and Cheese Burritos which we have reheated for suppers. They were good! I'll be doing this again with leftovers.
Quiche and Salad
for me and only me. John doesn't care for quiche. I saved back some asparagus to make quiche. I'd like to make four or five mini quiche and put some in the freezer for future solo meals for me.
Chili Mac, Salad
Before it gets too hot to eat chili (and we're nearly there) I'll make up a batch. I'll likely put a quart in the freezer and will make chili mac for John. I have some leftover rice and may make up a few Chili Rice Burritos for the freezer, too.
A Meal Out
We're bound to go out somewhere and do something while John has so many days off, and we're bound to eat out. I'm just going to plan it in and if we don't I'll likely have leftovers of something to serve us.
I'm changing up this section because I think it's gotten boring, lol. Y'all know me by now. I have to rattle things up a little bit and do something different.
So as of this week I'll share little things that made me smile or grateful over the weekend.
Listening to Caitlin Canty on YouTube especially the songs "River Alone" and "Who?"
Time spent with Katie. I so enjoy having moments of time with my youngest daughter.
Sam called early Saturday morning to ask a question which led to a long conversation first with me and then with his dad. He went outdoors to get away from the boys, dog, cats, TV etc that was making noise while he talked. Isaac kept trying to come outdoors with him. Sam kept sending him back inside. Isaac finally decided there was a compromise...
He's sorta in...
John was supposed to work today. Rather than give up all of his Sabbath he asked a fellow medic to work a half day for him. He spent the day at home which was lovely. I'm glad he was able to do this.
It was a terrific Sabbath. Now to enjoy the week ahead.