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
You may have noticed there was no “This Week” post the past two Mondays. We took a vacation to New Orleans to celebrate our 40th anniversary and it was WONDERFUL! The weather was unseasonably cool and we enjoyed a lot of time on patios and balconies.
We spent a couple of evenings with dear New Orleans friends the first weekend and local friends joined us for the second week. After nearly a year and a half of virtually no travel or socializing, it was a much-needed trip.
Today’s music is light and fun. The title says it all and I really do think it would be cheerful music to play while cooking.
I’m trying to get back into cooking mode but I must say, after all the amazing meals we enjoyed in New Orleans, I’m not feeling it just yet. Our favorite meals this trip were:
But back to real life…
- pasta salad with leftover chicken
- fresh fruit salad
- Mediterranean chicken patties
- roasted veggies
- Busy Day Swiss Steak
- pork chops
- baked potatoes
- take out or eat at food trucks (we have an event to attend)
- Caesar salad with chicken
IN MY HOME:
REVIEW OF LAST WEEK
I spent this past week trying to recover from vacation. Vacations are wonderful but unpacking, laundry and all the catching up isn’t so much fun.
One thing I am proud of is that I boxed up all the items I’ve been decluttering the past few months and they are in my car, ready to drop off at a donation site this week.
I also took everything off the shelves of the china hutch, washed and polished each item, dusted the shelves and replaced the shiny glassware and other pieces. All I have left is to polish the large silver tray. It’s one of those tasks that no one else is likely to notice but it makes me happy to see my pretty things all clean and sparkly.
I should brag on David a bit here, too. He spent most of Saturday cleaning out his closet. He took everything out (oh, my!), sorted, discarded and organized. He also moved the closet rod down a bit. It was so close to the shelf above that it was a pain to get hangers on it. He ended up with two large trash bags of clothes to donate and I have no idea how much he threw away. Good job, Honey!
The house is in relatively good shape so home tasks this week will mostly be the daily home-keeping. I do need to mop the kitchen and laundry room.
I do, however, have a LOT to do for the big music and arts festival our nonprofit hosts in August. I have a two-page list of tasks for that.
And next week is the 5th annual LWD French Week. I want to write five posts for that so I foresee a lot of time at my desk this week.
I thought I might get a fair amount of reading done on vacation but I didn’t. David and I started an audiobook on our drive home. I’d like for us to finish it but I’m not sure when to work that in. Maybe we could go to bed earlier at night and listen in bed.
Otherwise I’m still reading the same selections as before. I really MUST devote some time to finishing them!
I think it’s time for me to begin addressing my sleep issues. There are way too many sleepless nights and I am perpetually tired. I’ve read lots of advice but if you have personally fixed your sleep issues I’d love to hear any suggestions you have.
HEALTH AND FITNESS
Thirteen days of vacation, restaurant meals and day drinking means it’s now time to refocus on diet and exercise. I’m getting back to intermittent fasting, more water intake and daily treadmill time this week.
The three of us are going to watch Fast Times at Ridgemont High tonight. It’s been ages since we’ve seen it and it’s always good for a laugh.
Friday evening is our community’s annual event, Cruisin’ Main. Ordinarily we would get out David’s first car, a beautifully restored 1966 Mustang, and join the cruise. However, I don’t know if we’ll be able to this year. Our nonprofit is hosting music afterwards and I’m not sure if the timing will work. We’ll see…
HABIT OF THE WEEK
This is actually going to be my habit for the month. I’m hosting a decluttering challenge in my Make Over Your Life With Dee Facebook group. The goal is to declutter 100 items in the month of July. Starting today that’s only 4 items a day with a couple of days off. That seems totally do-able, right? If you would like to join the group, here is the link:
So tell me…what is on your agenda for the week? What home tasks are you focusing on? Do you have a menu? Any fun plans?
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