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
Take a few moments to really look at the details in this charming, cozy picture. Steaming cups of coffee, fresh flowers, a comfy sofa, books…what more could anyone want? Enjoy!
I’m still focusing on making meals mostly from what we have on hand this week. I did go to Braum’s last night when we were in town and got bread, cheddar, lunchmeat, a tomato, eggs, chips (they were on sale) and a few other items. I don’t plan to do a regular grocery order until August and honestly, my pantry and freezer are still full.
- chips & salsa
- Moroccan Chicken and Vegetables
- naan bread
- coleslaw if we have any left from Monday
- baked potatoes
- mixed veggies
- leftovers or takeout
- soup and sandwiches
IN MY HOME:
REVIEW OF LAST WEEK
We finally got around to planting the East side of the front flower beds that David rebuilt. The house faces North so we will need shade tolerant plants in the main portion of these flower beds. However, the section on the East end gets morning sun. We bought garden soil and some compost to fill out the bed. David dug these into the soil and then we planted Mexican heather and vinca, both of which I know do well here. We also planted some type of low, decorative grass. I may add some wildflower seeds I have had awhile. I’m not sure if they will germinate but figure it’s worth a try. We also bought two gorgeous potted plants/flowers which we repotted in some nice decorative planters I bought several years ago. It all looks so nice!
I also picked up four tomato plants which I’m going to put in large containers I already had. But after getting the bed planted we were both pooped so I’ll have to get to that sometime this week.
Saturday, after we bought the garden soil and plants at Home Depot, we ordered lobster rolls from a food truck in town and brought them home for a (very) late lunch. This was definitely a splurge but they were oh, so good.
Early Sunday evening we gathered up all the recycling, two huge boxes of clothes and Charlotte’s playhouse that we bought her for her birthday in April. We drove out to my mom’s and picked up a couple of boxes of donations from her. We went to Matt and Joy’s house first to drop off the playhouse now that they are moved in and got the backyard mowed. We hadn’t intended to stay long but Charlotte had other ideas. She had to show me all around the house and then we played in her room for quite a long time. Needless to say, I didn’t mind this in the least. 😉
We then dropped off the recycling and took the donations to our church. They are doing their annual rummage sale August 5th so I’ve been dropping things off periodically.
I needed a few grocery items so I quickly ran into Braum’s. We then got gas in David’s truck. Somewhere along the line, Chris had texted us with a dinner suggestion. It sounded good to us so we picked up enchiladas from a local Mexican restaurant. It was about 8:30 by the time we got home. David offered to do the dishes so I could finish up the final French Week blog post.
All in all, I’d say I had a pretty productive week although little of what I did involved indoor housework.
I want to focus on my house this week now that French Week is over. I spent a LOT of time writing blog posts last week and have some catching up to do. I especially need to vacuum and mop.
As mentioned above, I need to plant the tomatoes. On Wednesday morning I’m hoping to go to the farmers market. I need some fresh vegetables. That afternoon I’m taking Lisa to the doctor and I’ve already promised David that I’d pick up Starbucks cold brew coffees for us afterwards.
Since last week was French week and I wrote 7 blog posts, I’m planning to take it easier this week. There may or may not be a post later this week. We’ll see…
I’m still plugging away at my usual morning books plus Rules For Visiting, the June 2023 book club selection. I was certain I had an old paperback copy of Cheaper By the Dozen which I was going to start this morning but I cannot find it. It was a very cheap copy from a used book store so perhaps I got rid of it at some point. I did check and our library has it. I’ll probably run by and pick it up one day this week. It will be a quick read.
I’m listening to “You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself” on Scribd. It’s quite interesting.
Last week I mentioned my poor sleep and plans for afternoon naps. Did I sleep better? No. Did I take any naps? Another no. Saturday night I was awake from around 2 a.m. until well after David left to go fishing a little before 7:30 a.m. I think I dozed off around 8 and slept until around 10 a.m. Should I keep trying to get better sleep or just accept this as my life curse?
In any case, I want to choose something else for self care this week. If for no other reason than I’m sure y’all are tired of hearing about this – ha!
I want to do a “dopamine detox” of sorts. I’d love to do an entire week of no screens but that’s not reasonable because of my blog and its associated social media accounts. But could I take a whole day off? I think so. People will understand if I don’t respond to comments for a day, right? Now I just need to check my calendar and pick a day.
HEALTH & FITNESS
I’ve gotten back into my morning walks and David went with me today. It was actually sort of amusing. We had just stepped outdoors when a delivery truck drove in. David had ordered a new air compressor since his old one was barely working. He joked that it looked like we were both really excited about this delivery. But it was good timing because David told the driver he could back up in front of the garage and leave the big, heavy box there rather than putting it on the porch as he normally would have done. This was a lot easier for him since it’s a fair distance from the driveway to the front porch. And it saved David having to then carry it to the garage.
After the delivery we went ahead on our intended walk. I’m hoping I can catch David at a good time for these morning walks as he needs the exercise, too.
On my “no screens” day I plan to fill my time with such pleasures as coloring, reading, listening to albums on our stereo, and playing the piano. I might even finally get around to starting a painting.
HABIT OF THE MONTH (July)
I’m leading a creativity challenge in the Life With Dee Facebook group this month. Every day, we will try to do something creative. Your choice! You can draw a picture, color in a coloring book, write a poem, play an instrument, do a craft, knit, crochet, sew, bake a loaf of bread, make homemade jam, or anything else that you find creative and enjoyable. If you aren’t already in the group, here is the link:
I’d love to see pictures of your creative pursuits so feel free to share them in the group or on Instagram and tag me:
You can also use the hashtag: #LWDcreativitychallenge
What’s on your plan for the week ahead? Home tasks? Menu? Fun? What are you reading?
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