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
I’m starting to feel a bit more motivation. The coming of spring usually does that for me. Let’s hope it sticks around! Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, click the playlist below and let’s see what the week has in store.
I pulled out a few cookbooks and selected some new recipes for this week. Sometimes you just need to change things up. The new-to-me recipes include curried chickpeas, shepherd’s skillet and round steak casserole. If we really like any of these I’ll try to remember to share them.
- curried chickpeas
- naan bread
- apple slices
- chicken tacos
- refried beans
- chips and salsa
- Shepherd’s Skillet
- round steak casserole (crockpot)
- baked parmesan fish filets
- baked potatoes
- leftovers or takeout
- “breakfast for dinner”
IN MY HOME:
REVIEW OF LAST WEEK
One of the highlights of the past week was a very pleasant patio lunch with David on Wednesday. It was sunny and in the low-70s. Absolutely perfect! We went to a barbecue restaurant and I had a delicious salad with smoked chicken on it. It was so nice to have this little mid-week “date” with my husband. We had the patio to ourselves which was lovely but I have no idea why people in our area crowd indoors (especially during a pandemic!) instead of enjoying perfect weather. We joke that they must be afraid of fresh air.
While eating lunch we received a text from a friend asking if we’d like to meet them Thursday evening for an event at a local outdoor venue. They were showcasing local vendors of cigars, stout and hand-forged knives. While none of those are on our to-buy list, it was great to see friends and enjoy some socializing. We picked up dinner to-go afterwards at a nearby restaurant.
Sadly, my niece’s 12 year old son passed away on Saturday following a heroic battle with cancer the past 7 months. His name was Bryson and I know the family would appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this time of tremendous grief.
I have three Zoom meetings/calls this week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Wednesday meeting is at 9 a.m. and it looks to be a fairly nice day so that’s when I’m planning to pick up a grocery order for ourselves and my mom.
I’m continuing my spring cleaning. All I’ve done so far is to thoroughly dust 11 of the 19 shelves in the large, built-in bookcase in our family room. I should finish that today. That still leaves the bookshelves at the top of the stairs, in my office and our library. Not to mention the bookcase of cookbooks in the kitchen and several other smaller collections of books. I’d love to finish all of these this week but that’s unlikely.
I’m pleased to say I achieved “inbox zero” yesterday. I also went through a bunch of email files and deleted a TON of stuff. Yes, I’m an email hoarder. I do have things well-organized in files but I tend to keep things way past their usefulness. My goal is to do “inbox zero” at least once a month in order to stay on top of things.
I’m working on creating a cohesive collection of my Francophile posts here on the blog. Some of the older ones need a bit of updating. And I want to organize links to all of them in one easy-to-navigate page.
I’m also determined to work on my book. I am going to write for a total of 3 hours a week. And I’m scheduling that time!
I haven’t been sleeping well…at all. I know this keeps showing up here but more sleep is something I need to keep striving for. I did buy an annual subscription to Calm. I’ve heard good things about the “sleep stories” and want to give those a try.
HEALTH & FITNESS
My kids and I are going to form a team to do a walking challenge later this month. It’s a virtual “Trail of Tears” walk. We are Choctaw and I think this will be meaningful for us. I need to get back in the swing of things and work up to it over the next couple of weeks.
Our weather will be on the cooler side this week so unless that changes, we don’t have any outdoor plans. I did buy myself a new puzzle which I’d like to get started on.
HABIT OF THE WEEK
I haven’t been playing the piano at all lately and I’d like to get back into the habit.
What’s on your plan for the week ahead? Home tasks? Menu? Fun? What are you reading?
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