This Week With Dee – where I share our menu, my planned home tasks for this week, what I’m reading, self care plans and more. I hope it will give you some ideas for planning your own week or at least a glimpse of one homemaker’s life.
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THIS WEEK WITH DEE
I haven’t done one of these “This Week With Dee” posts since the end of November. We had to put my dad in a nursing home, both of my parents got Covid and then my dad died December 17th. It’s been a difficult time and I needed to take a break.
My mom is doing better and with the beginning of a new year I’m trying to get back into a good daily and weekly routine. I wasn’t sure if I would continue this blog feature or not but finally decided to give it another go. Let me know if you enjoy these posts because I’m still on the fence about it.
But now, let’s get started. Today’s music includes birdsong, something I miss in the winter. Enjoy!
- Sushi takeout and homemade cherry pie for Chris’ birthday
- refried beans
- chicken and cabbage stir-fry
- fish and chips
- Crunchy Broccoli Slaw Salad
- pork chops
- Scalloped Potatoes
- cooked apple slices
- takeout or leftovers
- “breakfast for dinner”
IN MY HOME:
REVIEW OF LAST WEEK
Last week? I’m not entirely sure what I did beyond the daily tasks of making the bed, laundry, cooking and dishes. I’m also taking care of my mom by bringing her food and other items since we don’t want her driving or being exposed to anything right now. She’s also rather lonely so I’ve spent a LOT of time on the phone with her each day.
Today is our son’s birthday – Happy birthday, Chris! – so we are picking up sushi for dinner tonight. I’m also baking him a cherry pie, his favorite. After dinner we’ll play a game via Zoom with our daughter and son-in-law. It’s the best we can do for a pandemic party.
I have a couple of Zoom meetings this week and will do a grocery delivery on Wednesday.
I didn’t put out a lot of Christmas decor this year and only put some bows on the tree. I was a bit sad about that until it came to putting things away. It sure was a lot easier. I’m not ready to take down the tree, though, so I bought snowflake ornaments for it. I also bought white ribbon with snowflakes to make bows for the garland on the stairs. I’ll leave both the tree and garland up because I really enjoy the lights on these dark days and nights. I plan to get the ornaments and bows done this week.
I need to write up the minutes from the last meeting of our nonprofit. I still haven’t sent thank you notes to all of our sponsors for 2021 so that really needs to be done.
I have several blog posts I’d like to share in the next week or two that are timely for the beginning of a new year.
I finished 2021 with 32 books read and want to double that for 2022. Chris and I are reading The Brothers Karamazov together. We are taking it slow – 2 chapters a day. I’m also re-reading my old favorite – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. For an audio book I’m currently listening to Cosy: The British Art of Comfort.
I’ve been exhausted and totally lacking in motivation. I’m sure it’s related to grief and stress so I’m giving myself grace right now. David and I are trying to get to bed earlier. I’m not sure I’m really getting any more sleep yet as I’m awake several times a night. David and my kids keep trying to talk me into getting a medical marijuana card so I can try taking a gummy at bedtime. If any of you have tried this I’d love to hear your thoughts about it. Did it help?
HEALTH & FITNESS
Our family is trying to improve our health and fitness this year with some simple daily actions. More water, 30 minutes of exercise, meditation…that sort of thing.
With the explosion of Covid cases we continue to remain at home. That means we have to make our own fun. David and I did a Zoom cocktail party with friends on New Year’s Eve. We continue to have our movie nights and I usually make hot chocolate to go with them. I haven’t made popcorn in awhile but I should.
I’m spending more time reading and am also doing some courses on Master Class. We gave a subscription to Chris for his birthday and there was a 2-for-1 special which means I have a subscription, too! I did Cornel West’s philosophy course and am now doing one on Indian cooking. If you have Master Class I’d love to hear your favorites.
HABIT OF THE WEEK
I’m focusing on firming up my morning routine again. I’ll share more about that in a blog post soon.
What’s on your plan for the week ahead? Home tasks? Menu? Fun? What are you reading?
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