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
Anyone else miss hanging out in a coffee shop? Pre-pandemic I would occasionally take my laptop to a local coffee shop and do a bit of writing. It was nice to have a change of scenery once in awhile. I look forward to doing that again but in the meantime, let’s have a coffee and chat in a New York cafe.
- cheesy meatball and pasta bake
- steamed broccoli
The pulled pork I made last week was SO good! We had some of the leftovers in tacos the next day and then I froze the rest. I’m going to see if I can make some tasty enchiladas out of it.
- pulled pork enchiladas
- Slow Cooker Italian Red Pepper Chicken
- rice or pasta
- garlic butter steak bites
- baked potatoes
- Garlic Fried Noodles
IN MY HOME:
REVIEW OF LAST WEEK
A quick review…
The master bedroom, bathroom and closet were on last week’s agenda. I moved all the Easter decorations to one of the new, cloth-covered storage boxes I bought for the walk-in closet shelf. I have five of these and it looks so nice to have the storage boxes all match.
I sorted the big magazine basket in the bathroom. I left just a handful of magazines in it and moved the rest elsewhere. I will likely get rid of a bunch of them as soon as I find someone who wants them. The basket is really way too large so I’ll be on the lookout for a smaller replacement.
The biggest job I did was to work on the linen closet. It’s a huge, cavernous, floor to ceiling closet with just a couple of shelves. It’s poorly designed and really hard to keep things organized.
I now have all my tablecloths in bankers boxes instead of piles that were hard to access. It took THREE boxes which leads me to believe I may have too many tablecloths. I’ll go through them again and see if I can get rid of some. But at least they are all neatly folded and easy to find. I turned the boxes on one end and stacked the tablecloths in them so they are basically “filed” and I can see the folded edges of each one.
I also put all of our extra supplies such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, etc. in another bankers box. Now it is easy for me to see what I have on hand when I’m ordering from Amazon “subscribe and save“. I like to always have at least one extra on hand for things we use regularly. However, I did discover that we have four of the deodorant I use and seven of my husband’s. And let’s not even discuss the fact he has 25 packages of razor blades. I should be able to handle our inventory better now.
Home tasks this week…
We are in Zone 5 this week – The family room
- Get rid of ottoman – We gave away the matching chair a couple of years ago but I held onto the ottoman. It’s handy for extra seating by our large, square coffee table when we have people over to play games. However, we haven’t had parties during the pandemic and I’m tired of it taking up space. We’ve since bought a couple of additional chairs that we can pull into service if needed.
- Dust bookshelves thoroughly. We have a large, built-in bookcase and while I dust the edges often, I usually only take off everything and dust thoroughly a couple of times a year. It’s due.
- Clean sliding door, inside and out
- Vacuum, including edges and under furniture.
I need to devote one whole working day this week to our nonprofit. I need to update the website, create some events and schedule a few social media posts.
I finished “The Peaceful Life” by Fiona Ferris and will be replacing it with one of my Alexandra Stoddard books. I haven’t decided which one yet. I’m still reading all the others that I mentioned last week.
I’m going to do my best to get all my work done by Thursday evening so I can take Friday “off”. I’d love to watch a movie (any recommendations?) and spend a couple of hours curled up with a book.
HEALTH AND FITNESS
David said that a few of his employees at one of his locations have been doing intermittent fasting and have lost quite a bit of weight. Now mind you, if *I* had brought up the notion he wouldn’t have paid much attention but I know how to take advantage of an opportunity. We are going to experiment with this for the next few weeks. We both need to lose weight and would love to take off a few pounds before our trip to New Orleans next month.
I did finally have a movie night with Chris this past Thursday. We watched Minari which was filmed here in Oklahoma. Excellent movie – I highly recommend it.
David and I met up with friends Sunday afternoon for a late, outdoor brunch. We were practically the only people there which was surprising since the weather was perfect – overcast and low 70s. We always have such a good time with these friends.
Some of Chris’ friends are putting on a virtual DJ show Friday night. This will be the third (or fourth?) they’ve done during the pandemic. The app where it streams allows viewers to chat with one another and honestly, that’s the part I like best. I miss all our “kids” and it’s fun to at least visit with them this way.
I’d like to have a coffee date with David on the patio at Starbucks one day this week or maybe this weekend. There’s a lot of rain in the forecast so we’ll just have to see how that goes.
HABIT OF THE WEEK
As the weather gets warmer I’d like to make pitcher of iced tea each day. We’ve all been drinking lots of coffee and hot tea all winter but it’s time for a cooler option.
Here is how my grandma taught me to make iced tea:
I’d love to hear what you have planned for the week. Leave me a comment below and have a beautiful week!
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