My Spring Fever is Raging, Starting Successful on Monday

After a week of sickness around here, I’m so glad that all the fevers are gone except for mine.  Unfortunately, it is the kind of fever that can only be treated with fresh (warmer) air, sunshine, and flowers.  I woke up with an awful case of spring fever.  Perhaps I’ll be able to convert my spring fever frustration and discontent into some much-needed spring winter cleaning.  Maybe if I spend some time planning my week and freshening up our house on the inside, I’ll once again have a spring in my step as I wait for all the snow to melt away.  As usual, I’m linking up over at Felicia’s Red Door life where she hosts Starting Successful on Monday.  Be sure to link up over there if you have a blog so we can all encourage each other in our weekly planning.


Scripture of the Week:

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.

(Hebrews 13:5)

Focus of the Week: 

Spring Cleaning!  It may not be spring yet but it is coming and with all the sickness that has surrounded us this winter, I’m in the mood to give this house a serious cleaning.  My friend, Andrea from The Distracted Housewife pinned this One A Day: Spring Cleaning Challenge earlier and I was excited to re-pin it.  However, Pinterest was kind enough to gently point out that I already had that exact same pin on my boards.  I took it as a sign that perhaps I needed to apply the wisdom of the pin instead of just saying “What a great idea!”

The Weather this Week:

The weather people toyed with our emotions last week.  It never did get quite as warm as promised but they kept saying wait until this week….

Today the sun is shining and I can see patches of brown earth beneath the snow.  The weather is showing a 40% chance of a.m. showers (um, it’s 10:30a.m. right now?) but double-digit temperatures in the 40s and 50s all week.  Sold!  I’ll take it.  Now, let’s see if they are right.


I’m ignoring my children to work on this blog post.  They are home from school for the holiday although my husband still went to work.  They are both playing on the x-box in a discontented truce that arises after a certain mom (that would be me) gives the “either find a way to get along or we will simply turn all the screens off for the day” ultimatum.  Whew!  I’m so glad they figured it out as I didn’t really want to have a screen-free day either.  Probably a sure sign we all desperately need just that.

To Do List:

Keeping the to-do list short worked out really well last week since the boys were sick.  Although I missed a few items on the list, I never felt really overwhelmed like I might have if the list would have been longer.  I’m going to try the short and simple list strategy again this week.

MONDAY:  Publish Menu Plan Monday post (DONE) as well as my weekly planning post (this one) do at least one load of laundry, Go to store (a must as we are completely out of cat food),  Go to Half-Price Books (I have a coupon!), and complete today’s Spring cleaning challenge task.

TUESDAY:  Publish Movie Mania Blog Post, Prepare snacks for postponed PTA meeting (And I thought I was going to get out of it…), do a general 15 minutes in each room cleanup along with completing the Spring Cleaning challenge task,  clean out one of J’s dresser drawer, and go to PTA meeting and Bunco.

WEDNESDAY:  Publish What’s Going on Wednesday Post to link up over at A Mothers Nook, Dust all horizontal surfaces (Spring Cleaning Challenge task), Complete at least one load of laundry, and make sure G has clothes to wear (that fit) for next week’s band concert.

THURSDAY:  Publish Dare to Clear the Drawers Post, Make weekend plans that involve leaving the house as well as look into making plans for the boys’ upcoming spring break, and complete task in Spring Cleaning Challenge.

FRIDAY:  Publish Follow Through Friday Post by 6:00a.m., Do another general 15 minutes in each room clean up along with the Spring Cleaning Challenge task of the day (wipe down vents with a cloth dampened with vinegar), and complete the 3 Follow Through Friday tasks.

What I Read Last Week: 

I confess I have not yet finished reading How to Win Friends and Influence People.  However, I did finish a different book last week.  Okay, honestly, I read the entire thing on Saturday.  Sometimes you just need an easy book that you can read like that.  When I was picking up J’s prescription on Friday, I slipped into a used bookstore that sells mostly mystery and romance titles and grabbed this off the shelves:

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Yes, I am the type of person who is annoyed by the movie cover on the books.  That said, I did grab this book because I watched the movie earlier this summer and so thought I’d see how the book compared. I also thought I should read something somewhat romantic since it was Valentine’s Day weekend.  Although it was not what I usually like to read anymore than the movie is one I would typically watch, I did enjoy this book more than I expected and how they pulled that movie out of this book is beyond me.  I watched the movie again after reading the book and was quite amused when my husband announced (after making a valiant effort to try to watch the “chick flick” movie with me) that Josh Duhamel really needed to stick to movies where he was fighting aliens.  I am fairly certain the casting director for this movie did not read the book.  Shall I state the obvious?  The book was much better than the movie.

From the Camera:

J and I did spend sometime outside on Wednesday afternoon:

J's snowman

J’s snowman

My snow cat sculpture

My snow cat sculpture

A glimpse of the chaotic start to our Valentine's Day

A glimpse of the chaotic start to our Valentine’s Day

Shopping List:

Cat food, sympathy card, Clorox wipes, toilet bowel cleaner, hand soap, kleenex, and still need vitamins and the Dollar Tree picture frame

On the Blog:

Follow Through Friday information page (I am determined to get this done!), and for my Blogging friends out there, I’m joining in the Boost Your Blog in 100 Days Challenge.  I love the slower pace of the challenge which is perfect for those of us (aren’t we all?) that seem to always be busy with the unexpected items and events in our lives.


What exciting things do you have planned for your week?  And if you have any spring fever cures, I’d love to hear them.


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18 thoughts on “My Spring Fever is Raging, Starting Successful on Monday

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  2. Elizabeth

    I especially love the snow cat. Hope y’all have a great week! And no more icky sickness.
    We’re getting promised warm temps too. – Which reminds me I put down ordering seeds on my ‘to do’ list today oops… I suppose I should try to do that still.
    Go kill those evil dust bunnies! Give them what-for from me too.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks! I’m glad you are getting the warmer temps as well. Isn’t it nice? I can’t wait for green grass!

    1. Jean Post author

      I’m sure we’ve all been on the receiving end of those ultimatums 😉 I’m just glad I didn’t have to punish myself by having this be screen-free day.

  3. Julie

    Wow, that made me tired just reading it. I’d say you got a lot done. I’ve been feeling the spring cleaning fever lately too. I think it’s just because I know I need to get as much done as possible before the warm weather arrives and keeps me outdoors. Thanks for participating in the Boost Challenge.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Well, that’s just this weeks to-do list and I seldom get it all done. I’m having a great time participating in the Boost Challenge. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    1. Jean Post author

      It really has been a long, tough winter. I don’t know about you but I was soaking up that blue sky and sunshine today!

    1. Jean Post author

      I always try to start with a plan. Usually (always) things come up that make it hard to follow but it helps. I usually have to go back each day and look at my plans as well.

  4. Yuliya

    Look at all that snow! It snowed once where we live, and it didn’t stick.

    I definitely feel the same way about the spring cleaning! I can’t wait to get started. We also have some major DIY projects that can be done, buuuut we want to move, so I don’t even know if it’s worth it.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Oh, I like snow that doesn’t stick. I haven’t been doing so well with the spring cleaning so far. Things keep coming up this week but I guess I have a little time before spring.

    1. Jean Post author

      I’m so sorry the sickness has found your family as well. Good for you in looking on that literal bright side. We have rain tonight, MUCH better than snow.

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  6. Deanna

    Ok, so the snow is melting here, and I want snow so we can make your kitty. That is SO cute! WOW! Great job! Who worked on it?

    I so need to get that Spring cleaning bug over here. I have it, believe me, it’s just I’m dreading it because there’s so much that needs to be done just to get to the cleaning. I want to vacuum the lower level today so that will make my feet happy 🙂

  7. Jean Post author

    I made the snow cat with a little bit of input from J. If it makes you feel better, the spring cleaning bug passed pretty quickly over here.

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