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
If you celebrate Thanksgiving I hope you had a lovely holiday. And if you celebrate Hanukkah, may your candles burn bright this season. I generally hold off on Christmas celebrating until after Thanksgiving but now I’m ready to enjoy it. I’ll be decorating, buying gifts, writing our Christmas letter and sending cards, and watching Christmas movies. There’s a fair amount to do but I’m determined to take things at a reasonable pace and not get stressed out. The wild card in all this is the poor health of my parents. However, that is something beyond my control and I’ll just deal with it as best I can.
I decided to wait until next week’s “This Week” post for Christmas music. I’ll likely put on one of my Christmas playlists later this afternoon while cleaning house but for now, let’s enjoy some jazz.
We will be finishing off the last of the Thanksgiving turkey. Everything else was gone by Saturday night.
- turkey and sausage gumbo
- lemon pepper chicken
- baked potatoes
The weather is lovely this week so we’ll grill one more time before cleaning and covering the grill for the winter.
- grilled burgers
- french fries
- corn casserole (we loved the one I made for Thanksgiving and need a repeat)
- spaghetti and meatballs
- garlic toast
- seasoned rice
- sugar snap peas
- candied carrots
We are providing Christmas music via our nonprofit for a couple of hours downtown before the Christmas parade. We’ll order takeout before we head home.
IN MY HOME:
REVIEW OF LAST WEEK
I spent the better part of two days last week cooking for Thanksgiving. It was just the three of us although I did take plates of food to my parents. Yeah, it was probably overkill but it was so nice to enjoy leftovers the following three days. We also mostly relaxed during the 4 day holiday weekend. We saw our niece and nephew Friday at my parents and I did some shopping for my parents on Sunday. David mowed and mulched about three acres of leaves Sunday. But otherwise it was just a nice, quiet holiday.
I have a Zoom meeting early Tuesday morning and will be picking up a grocery order in the afternoon. On Wednesday my mom has a doctor appointment so I’ll go stay with my dad. Saturday is our town’s Christmas parade and our nonprofit is hosting a 5-piece jazz band playing Christmas music for a couple of hours in the afternoon before the parade.
My main household goals this week are to get the family room thoroughly dusted and vacuumed before putting up the Christmas tree. Hopefully we will do that on Sunday.
I also plan to get all of our Christmas gifts ordered this week and start writing our annual Christmas letter.
I’ll be promoting local Christmas events on all our social media and have plans for two more blog posts in addition to this one.
I didn’t get very much reading done last week so I still have four books going. Hope to wrap them all up soon!
Sleep! David and I have decided we should set the timer in the kitchen to go off at 9:30 p.m. One of us will have to get up to turn it off and hopefully we can then make ourselves go to bed. We now have a t.v. in our room and we watch two half-hour programs before going to sleep (well, HE goes to sleep and I read awhile). We’ve been watching Ted Lasso and The Dick Van Dyke Show. We just finished all of Ted Lasso (highly recommend!) so we are replacing it with The Kominsky Method. We watched the first episode last night and I think we will enjoy it.
HEALTH & FITNESS
I’ll be happy if I at least do my simple morning exercise routine and get on the treadmill a few times a week.
I want to start watching Christmas movies this week. What are your favorites?
HABIT OF THE WEEK
My morning routine has been sort of hit or miss lately. I want to be consistent about it.
What’s on your plan for the week ahead? Home tasks? Menu? Fun? What are you reading?
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