This Week With Dee – where I share our menu, my planned home tasks for the 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
- grilled hot dogs
- french fries
- Crunchy Broccoli Slaw
- green salad
- refried beans
- Mexican rice
- Tuna Noodle Casserole
- spaghetti & meatballs
- garlic bread
This will be our third recent attempt to get sushi. Wish us luck!
- bbq chicken drumsticks
- corn on the cob
- coleslaw or potato salad
- baked beans
- “breakfast for dinner”
IN MY HOME:
REVIEW OF LAST WEEK
Last week was *interesting*. Early Tuesday morning, David received a call from an employee who was running a fever, had a headache and body aches. David told him to go get a Covid test. Yep. Positive. A second employee tested positive later that day and a third in one of his other locations did, as well. That meant David and Chris had been exposed. They do stay in David’s office with the door closed and air filter running. And they always wear a mask if they have any contact with anyone else. Still…
So we instituted our isolation protocols at home. Chris brought his computer to his house and worked from home. David went to work as both of the office employees were out sick and he would be alone. When he came home each evening he’d come in wearing his mask (I’d put mine on, too) and go straight upstairs. I moved downstairs to the guest room. I masked up and brought his meals up to him. I made Chris’ meals and handed them to him on the front porch. I also avoided any contact with my elderly mom.
Fortunately neither David nor Chris caught it which was a huge relief since it seems everyone in town has it. All that to say that last week was pretty much a bust when it came to my own plans. Between fixing meals for the guys separately, bringing meals to my mom’s front porch (20 minute drive each way) and all the kitchen clean up without the usual help from David, and a HUGE grocery order for us and for my mom, it seemed to be another week of just focusing on food. I also didn’t sleep well at all. I decided to just cut myself some slack and not worry about any of my goals for the week.
I’m determined to get back into a productive routine this week. I’m washing sheets from two beds today (another downside to sleeping in separate beds last week!), watering all my plants (no small task), and some general tidying up.
Tuesday, I plan to clean bathrooms. On Wednesday I’ll focus on the kitchen. The refrigerator needs some major organizing after that huge grocery order last week. I will dust and vacuum on Thursday and hopefully, if all goes well, take some time off on Friday.
I am trying to get back into the habit of doing my blogging and other work in my home office rather than sitting in the library with my laptop on my lap. I tend to be much more focused and productive when sitting at my desk. I’d like to begin working on organizing my office closets.
I didn’t finish A Tree Grows in Brooklyn but I’m getting close. I did listen to a very short audio book while driving back and forth to my mom’s. It was about “cottagecore” but I wasn’t very impressed with it. Not worth recommending. I’m also reading an Amish fiction book, The Secret, by Beverly Lewis. I’m nearly half way through.
I participated in a “digital simplicity” challenge last week and as a result I’m taking some time off social media, other than what I need to do related to my blog or our nonprofit. I hope this will free up more time for me to focus on the things that bring me more pleasure than simply scrolling on my phone.
Each day I want to read, work on French on Duolingo, do at least one episode of a class on Masterclass, meditate and play the piano.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Water, exercise, better sleep…you know the drill.
We did enjoy one of our Zoom cocktail “parties” with dear friends last Friday night. David and I were still isolating from one another so I was on my laptop downstairs and he was on his upstairs. A little weird but still a nice way to end a stressful week. There isn’t much we can do these days other than Zoom parties and watching movies at home. Maybe David and I could play cards one night. We haven’t done that in ages. Or maybe work on a puzzle together. Tell me what you are doing to have fun these days. Any suggestions?
HABIT OF THE WEEK
In order to even begin to do all the things I want to do each day, I need an earlier start. And of course that means an earlier bedtime. I’d like to be up and starting my morning routine by 7:30 a.m. I did today and hope to keep it up.
What’s on your plan for the week ahead? Home tasks? Menu? Fun? What are you reading?
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