Starting Successful on Monday, September 9

mondaystartbutton I’m linking up with Starting Successful on Monday over at Felicia’s Red Door Life again today.  Do you ever have those days where you wake up and feel like you can conquer the world?  Yes?  I’m not having one of those today.  It’s not so much that I want to crawl back into bed as much as it is that I simply can’t seem to get motivated or focused this morning.  I’m hoping writing this post will help inspire me if only a tiny bit.  How do you get yourself going on those “I don’t wanna” days?

Scripture of the Week:

Judge Not, that ye be not judged.  (Matthew 7:1)

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote of thy brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:5)

I needed to remind myself of these over the weekend and thought it would be good to keep them in mind for the rest of the week.  I think it is very important to give others the benefit of the doubt and not make any judgments (not our place anyway) until we know all the details of another person’s situation.

Focus of the Week:

My focus for the week is simply going to be on the basics.  Dinner, clean clothes, making sure everyone has enough socks and underwear.  We also need to revisit the focus on routine.  Amazing how 1 holiday, an entire week ago, could have thrown us so off course around here.

The Weather This Week:


Now that all of the pools in town are closed, our perfect pool weather has arrived.   This ended up being our weather last week as well so all that outdoor stuff I had on last week’s to-do list, did not happen.  It was too hot even for me.


I am thinking about how I need to start some laundry and take a shower instead of sitting here working on the blog.   My coffee is cold and needs zapped in the microwave but it was already hot enough out that I may go ahead and switch to water.

To Do List:

  1. Go to the grocery store and take advantage of their Monday only deals plus get lunch box stuff and dinner food (once I plan what we’ll be eating around here)

  2. J must have new shoes.  Hopefully, tonight.  They are falling apart and I’m just hoping they make it through the school day.

  3. Both boys need haircuts.

  4. Eating experiment (I didn’t do this last week but want to give it another try)

  5. Order some prints from Snapfish before their 1cent print sale ends (tomorrow!)

  6. Decide on a family activity for this weekend BEFORE the weekend arrives.  I’d like to take a day-trip out of town.

What I am Reading This Week:

I plan to read 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine this week.

In the Craft Corner: On the shopping list:

Scented candles, a candle-lighter, Asian pears (G and I sampled these over the weekend and I thought they were great!  I normally do not like pears), shoes for J, and macaroon cookies from a bakery (hopefully, I can find a bakery somewhat close to home to get these and they aren’t QUITE as expensive as the linked website. Ouch! If they are that price, we’ll pass.  I thought it would be fun to try them while watching the Masterchef season finale on Wednesday night.)

From The Camera:

I made the boys go to the Beanstalk Children’s Garden free Family Festival this weekend.  We didn’t get there until 2p.m. (it closed at 3p.m.) and it was HOT.   Boy, were they ENTHUSED.  Ha!  We still had some fun though.  The squash vine house was the neatest thing.  J and I went to the garden earlier in the summer when it was just a wire frame so it was fun returning to see the completed “house.”

The squash vine house

The squash vine house

View from inside the squash house.

View from inside the squash house.

Close up view of the wall from inside.

Close up view of the wall from inside.

I loved these giant sunflowers!

I loved these giant sunflowers!

They were watering the flowers but it was so hot the boys were starting to wilt and needed some water as well.

They were watering the flowers but it was so hot the boys were starting to wilt and needed some watering as well.

 On the blog:

I’m participating in the Commentathon hosted by Blogelina this week so I’m very excited about the potential to discover some great new blogs to read!

Upcoming posts include that chocolate pie recipe that I didn’t quite get to last week, a post reviewing my new steam mop and sharing my plan for organizing and keeping track of the mop pads, plus a “just for fun” kind of post on the many lessons we’ve learned watching Masterchef. 

I also need to continue working on my sidebar and would like to update my about me page as well as put together a few more rough draft pages for my upcoming 31 days series.  I found the rough draft of day 1 from last year before I chickened out.  It was on the exact same topic so it must be a meant to be thing, right?


An entire blog post written and I still “don’t wanna”.  What’s on your agenda this week and could I borrow a cup of motivation, please?

Make sure you go check out Starting Successful on Mondays over at Felicia’s Red Door Life for a little weekly planning inspiration!






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11 thoughts on “Starting Successful on Monday, September 9

    1. Jean Post author

      I’m excited to finally read the book (I’ve had it in the “library” forever it seems). I could use one of those challenges as well.

  1. Elizabeth

    Work, appts, cleaning…. I think I could repost the same agenda over and over again every week.
    Hope you find some motivation hun. Perhaps I stole it because I’m making pretty good progress on my ‘To-Do’ List though am running behind schedule 😛
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    1. Jean Post author

      I know that feeling! It’s like that e-card I saw on Pinterest or somewhere: Why do they want dinner EVERY single night? 😉 And clean clothes. And a clean house (well, I don’t think they care on that one as much…). I never did find my motivation today but tomorrow is looking promising for getting loads (of laundry and other stuff) done.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks for hosting 🙂 I really do find this planning helpful. Today was sort of lost although I did rally (with LOTS of help from my husband) at the last minute and we managed to get new shoes for our youngest and both kids’ haircuts. I sense tomorrow is going to be a rather busy day around here to get everything I slacked off on today completed.

  2. Beverly

    I know what you mean about the basics. This morning my husband said he needed socks. I told them they were in the laundry basket (in our bedroom). what I thought was – so washing the socks, drying the socks, taking the socks upstairs is not enough? They actually have to be put in your bin in the closet before it counts? Sigh. So, as you can see I am feeling blah too. I have been trying to decide if making a list of long term goals and dividing them up into daily or weekly parts would help.

    1. Jean Post author

      I’ve been having the kids (not my husband though) check to make sure they have clean clothes at night lately. I think it would help to make a list of goals. I should really sit down and do that in a specific and focused way but just making a list of weekly goals has really helped me a lot.

    1. Jean Post author

      They always seem to have great deals. I’ve been really happy with them any time I’ve ordered.

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