Do you ever wake up super motivated to just get everything done? Yeah, me either. Except for today. For some reason, I woke up with a jolt (that may have been the phone ringing) and just felt motivated to start getting things done.
I made myself focus on the kitchen before I focused on the computer. There may be something to that. So far today, I’ve cleaned the kitchen counters, cleared off the kitchen table, taken out the trash (twice), and cleaned out the refrigerator. Thrown out a dead plant, switched over the laundry and started a new load, made 3 shopping lists (something I definitely usually don’t do), researched an outing, made a phone call, put together a gift, and prepped some lunch foods. It may not seem like much but I certainly feel like I accomplished something before sitting down to plan my week.
I’m hoping I can keep this get it done energy and mentality going all week. It still seems strange that it is only 1p.m. around here. Maybe making a plan for my week will help. As usual, I’ll be linking this post up with Sandra’s Happy Homemaker Monday post over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom and Laura’s Menu Plan Monday post located at I’m An Organizing Junkie.
This week, I’m starting with my menu plan because I’ve already finished it as well! Here’s what will be on the dinner table around here this week:
MONDAY: Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad
TUESDAY: Bacon Wrapped Chicken
WEDNESDAY: Fish Sticks and French Fries
THURSDAY: Pork Chops, Corn on the Cob, Salad (request)
FRIDAY: Hamburgers and Hot Dogs on the grill
As you can see, our meals are going to be pretty basic this week. I work two days, G has high school orientation, and we have an outing planned for another day. It will also be the last week of hot at home lunches for the boys so we’ll be having some of their favorite lunches including macaroni and cheese, mozzarella sticks, and French bread pizzas.
It’s August. Going to be hot and humid, highs in the upper 80s to low 90s. Might rain Tuesday night and Wednesday.
BOOKS AND TELEVISION
I actually read a book last week. It was one of the Amazon Prime Kindle selections for July. Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel was a pretty good suspense novel type read. It wasn’t something I would typically chose to read but I still enjoyed it.
My husband and I are still watching The Americans and finished up season 1 over the weekend. I’m already sad there are only 3 seasons of it. I love the subtly of the show even though it can be a bit predictable at times. We also watched the second episode of Zoo (I missed the first one) and found it rather hokey (more so than the book) but I was surprised to see Billy Burke in it (playing a character not even in the book) so I may give it another shot.
TO DO LIST
I’m torn this week between wanting to get everything done and just wanting to slow down and enjoy the last week of summer vacation.
- Go to the grocery store
- Get the boys’ school supplies
- Clean the house especially the bedrooms
- Get a New Welcome Mat for the front door
- Return Library books
Really, this week’s main to-do items are more shopping lists than anything else: food for breakfast, lunches, and dinners, school supplies, new lunch boxes, cleaning supplies, new trashcan for desk area, new tennis shoes for me (the kids have their new shoes already)…
P.S. I think I might have some blog posts that just need some spit & polish and I can schedule them.
LOOKING FORWARD TO
Getting back to the routine of the school year. An upcoming trip to see family later in August. Going shopping later.
HOMEMAKING TIPS TRIALS
I saw a tip on Pinterest about making boxed blueberry muffins taste more like homemade or bakery muffins and tried it out. Adding the juice from the can of blueberries in place of all our part of the liquid did nothing for my Hy-Vee brand muffins except make them so blue that Violet Beauregarde would have been delighted.
This one wasn’t quite as blue.
I also saw one that said to rub baby oil on a stainless steel sink to make it shiny. I didn’t use baby oil but a few drops of tea tree oil did seem to make a difference. At least, for the five minutes before I had to use the sink.
Can you find the cat in her new hiding spot?
Flowers closer to home: Surprise Lilies
Guess where we went yesterday?
LESSONS LEARNED THE PAST FEW DAYS
Painting is a harder job than it seems (I painted our front porch railing), I’m still not a plant person (the orchid lasted from March until August), knowing exactly what you want is not a bad thing, and it is also okay to have lazy, summer days.
THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Philippians 4:8
What’s on your agenda for the week?