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
Let’s settle in with some music first…
Did you enjoy French Week last week? I had intended to write five posts but only managed four. Ah, well…
I haven’t forgotten the Home Ec series. Look for a new post later this week!
David’s boss is in town and we are taking him out to dinner.
- enchiladas (not sure what kind – maybe black bean?)
- chips and salsa
I have an online event at 6 p.m. so I need something that will be ready to eat as soon as I’m done. I’ll prep the salad ahead of time and put the rice in the rice cooker. I haven’t decided what sort of chicken recipe I’ll use. If you have any suggestions, leave me a comment.
- chicken in slow cooker
- grilled hot dogs
- sweet potato fries
- fresh fruit
- lemon pepper chicken
- baked potatoes
We are going to be out of town with friends.
I’m not sure what time we’ll be home. We’ll either pick up something on our way into town or I’ll fix something easy like soup and grilled cheese.
IN MY HOME:
REVIEW OF LAST WEEK
The plan was to just maintain over the week and clean house thoroughly on Saturday. Didn’t happen. I mean, I did the usual daily stuff but that weekend cleaning? Nope. We had a couple of extra late nights (2-3 a.m.), an unplanned event and a planned one.
The laundry and dishes were done each day and I do usually keep things tidy. I’m a little disappointed to not be starting the week with a perfectly clean house but that’s the way things go sometimes.
Did you know that the best way for you and your household to see what you “do all day” is not to do it? Today I had a very clear picture of what that looks like. But within about 45 minutes I had things back in good order and I’m feeling better about my home this afternoon than I did this morning. It’s sometimes surprising how even a short time on home tasks can make such a difference.
We’ll be out of town this coming weekend so I’ll *try* to get a bit of cleaning done each day this week and that will have to do. Truthfully I’m the only one around here who will notice and since we aren’t having any non-family in the house I guess it doesn’t matter, right?
I’ve got the sheets in the dryer and a second load in the wash. I gathered trash from all the wastebaskets, did a quick clean of the master bathroom, emptied the dishwasher, reloaded it, wiped down all the counters and kitchen table, folded a load of laundry, swept the kitchen and entry hall, sorted mail and tidied up a few things. In other words, I’ve “reset” the house to the level I can live with on a daily basis.
My goal is to find 15-20 minutes per day the rest of this week for the following home tasks:
- clean downstairs bathroom
- mop kitchen
I was listening to a podcast in the car yesterday and had a lightbulb moment. It was the Cal Newport podcast (I believe it was episode 114) and he was responding to a listener question. The question had to do with the man’s job which was divided into two fairly distinct types of work. Cal Newport recommended that he think of these as two different part-time jobs and focus on each separately. He even suggested working on them in different locations if possible.
For a number of years I’ve been frustrated with my work. In a sense I have three part-time jobs: my blog, our nonprofit, and homemaking. I have tried to dovetail them all into each day but always feel as though I’m not giving any of them my undivided attention. I’m now thinking that perhaps I should devote entirely different days to each of these. Of course there are a few things with each that need attention each day. But I could do those daily essentials pretty quickly each morning and then put on “my hat” for that day’s focus. In fact, I could even dress differently for these roles. Hmm…I need to give this more thought.
I’ve not been playing the piano regularly for quite some time. I think I’d like to get back to that. Music always soothes my soul.
HEALTH AND FITNESS
Sigh…I’m not doing well on any front in this area. I think daily treadmill time should be my focus this week.
Stargazing on clear nights, coloring, reading and hopefully a movie or two.
HABIT OF THE WEEK
I need to make a point of getting outdoors each day. This past Friday I enjoyed some stargazing time. Saturday night we took a friend to an outdoor venue with live music to celebrate his birthday. Sunday evening we hosted Music in the Park. Our weather has been unseasonably cool for July and it’s been nice to spend some time outdoors.
What’s on your plan for the week ahead? Home tasks? Menu? Fun?
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