Starting Successful on Monday, September 16

mondaystartbutton I find that doing a little planning for the week really helps me even if my to-do list doesn’t always happen (I managed to accomplish ALL but one item on it last week though.  Wow.  I’m actually a bit stunned.).  If you like to plan your weeks or think you might need to give it a try, I encourage you to go check it out on Felicia’s Red Door life and link up if you are blogger.  The only thing I didn’t complete on my list last week was the eating experiment.  It is rather difficult to cook food for your family and then not eat it.  My husband was also here a lot last week which made it harder as well.  I have noticed that if I don’t eat a proper lunch, then the idea of no snacking in the afternoon and a smaller dinner is doomed.  I may give it a 3rd try this week but I’m not putting it on my to-do list this time.

Scripture of the Week:

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  (Thessalonians 5:18)

Last week was really nice and filled with blessings and I wanted to make sure I was thankful and more aware of my blessings as I carried forward into a new week.

Focus of the Week:

Embracing fall!  If you’ve been around me at all, you probably know I’m all about summer time but I’m going to try to not be grumpy about the next season and instead try to embrace it by making the house feel warm and cozy (sigh, I guess I will have to start by making it clean).

The Weather This Week:

Fall seems to have arrived!  We woke up to rain and temperatures in the 60s.  I don’t think it is supposed to get above the mid-eighties all week and more rain is possible.  I had to pull jackets out for the boys this morning.  I think the hall closet may need to be the focus of an organizing project sooner rather than later.


I’m enjoying my Monday morning magic where everyone is gone (even the kittens wanted to venture outside for a bit) and the house is blissfully quiet!

To Do List:

  1. Pay the bills.

  2. Clean the house (specifically, steam mop all the floors!)

  3. Do a light inventory of the boys’ fall clothing.  Doesn’t that sound more exciting that saying “try to remember what tub has all the fall clothes?”  I might add find my own fall clothes to this item!

  4. Have the boys come up with a screen time management schedule for the weekends.

  5. Make Dr.’s appointments for the boys and find out if they do a sports physical there and the charge.

  6. “Shop” the house for some fall decor items and be on the lookout for good deals on it.

What I am Reading This Week:

I didn’t start 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine last week as I planned.  Is that a sign I really need to read it?  Instead I went to a new book store and bought myself a copy of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick.  I already finished that book!   Evidently, the movie Blade Runner was an adaptation of the book.  I picked the book up because a Fringe episode title references the book which is why it caught my eye in the book store.  I was curious to see the connection.  This week I’m committing to actually reading the book about a more disciplined life though.  Of course, if I end up back in the bookstore, I can’t make any promises I won’t end up reading something entirely different again.

In the Craft Corner: On the shopping list:

Vanilla, cat food, candles (carried over from last week), and the pretty kind of duct tape!

From The Camera:

We did take a day-trip on Saturday to Lawrence, Kansas to visit the Monarch Watch open house and a few other things including an ice cream store that I’m very glad is far away (or I’d weigh 500 lbs!).  It was a nice family day(once the boys stopped complaining about their lost video game time about 1/2 way there).

Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth

Monarch Mating Cage

Monarch Mating Cage

You could help tag and release some of the butterflies.  My husband did one.

You could help tag and release some of the butterflies. My husband did one.

Testing reflexes at Booth Family Hall of Athletics on the Kansas University Campus.

Testing reflexes at Booth Family Hall of Athletics on the Kansas University Campus.

On the blog:

I need to finish making all my comments for the Commentathon taking place over at Blogelina.   It’s a fun but time-consuming activity!

I’ve been saving rough drafts for the upcoming 31 days series but my goal this week is to actually turn one of those rough drafts into a proper blog post as well as make a button for the series.

I very much need to update the about me page on this blog.

Not sure if it fits under “on the blog” but I also need to figure out how to fix the date on the digital camera!

Since I didn’t complete those blog posts about the chocolate pie recipe and steam mop organization, look for those to show up this week!


What big (or little) plans do you have for this week?






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10 thoughts on “Starting Successful on Monday, September 16

  1. Elizabeth

    Staining, staining and more staining that’s the biggest plan I think. Though I’d like to accomplish my actual ‘to do’ list but staining takes precedent.
    Sounds like you had a pretty good week though and that’s good to hear. 🙂
    I love Fall it’s one of my favorite times of year. I’m getting all geared up for it and when the equinox hit I’ll start full swing embracing it.
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    1. Jean Post author

      What are you staining? I’d say it sounds like fun but I’m not so sure 😉 I’m trying with fall but I do miss my swimming pool weather already.

  2. Felicia

    How do like the steam mop? I have one section of wood floors and am thinking I might like as team mop to clean it with. I have banned myself from any form of “crack store” aka book store/ library/kindle e-book store until I finish the insane amount of back logged books I have to read.

    I can’t wait for fall, it’s winter I dread although I have no room to complain about it now that I’m back in the south were we really don’t get a ‘winter’.
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    1. Jean Post author

      I really like it but I only have the smallest version. If I was going to do a lot of area with one, I’d want a bigger one as the steam does go fast and the cord is fairly short on my model. I plan to put up a post with a proper review later this week. For some reason, the rainy weather today is making my Internet really spotty. Makes it hard to get much done on the computer.

    1. Jean Post author

      We did have fun on our day trip minus a little complaining here and there. I did like really like the book 🙂

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