Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunny Sunday

Front Flower Bed (taken earlier in the week)


Sunday lived up to its name!  We had bright sunshine, blue skies, and warm temperatures.  I couldn't fall asleep until 4:00 a.m., but woke up at 9:00 a.m. and didn't go back to sleep.  I spent a relaxed morning, drinking my tea, reading news on-line, reading and commenting on blogs, etc.  The friend I called and left a message on Saturday returned my call in the morning and we chatted a bit.  Then, my neighbor called for our weekly Sunday morning chat.  I considered making a big Sunday brunch of eggs, bacon, hash browns and/or pancakes, but couldn't motivate myself to cook, so had a bowl of leftover macaroni and cheese from last night's dinner, instead!

I had planned to go grocery shopping and wrote out a shopping list, but I felt disinclined to go shopping!  I felt that, if I go shopping today, I will feel too tired when I come back to do any of the housework I wanted to do.  I will grocery shop on Monday.

Once I had decided on that, I put away the laundry and the dishes from yesterday and did another load of laundry and hung it up to dry.

Then, I started on my closet.  I pulled out all my clothes and piled them on my bed.  Then, I tried on some of them.  I dislike trying on clothes and I find it tiring. I also find it hard to decide what to do with the clothes that are too big.  Do I hold on to them, in case I gain weight again?  Do I try to alter them to fit me?  Do I just donate them and buy new clothes?  Decisions!

There was a pair of cream colored pants that I had been keeping thinking I'll be able to fit into them again, one day.  Well, I tried them on today and they were too big!


One of the Dresses my Mother Sewed


I did find that I am able to wear at least two of the three dresses my mother had sewn for me, which I had held on to for all these years!  They are all in the same style as it was a favorite style of mine.  I tried on two of them and washed one of them, today.  I will wash the others another day.

I also realized that I couldn't make any decisions on any of my blouses and dresses until I buy a better fitting bra!  Eventually, I just put almost everything back in the closet, again!  Things are arranged in order - from left to right - my formal/evening wear, pants, dresses/2 piece outfits, skirts, tops, cardigans and jackets; all are grouped by category and, within each group, by color.   My sweaters, however, are stored in a chest of drawers, and not in the closet.  I will try them on, again, a few at a time, and then decide if they fit me, if I want to keep them, alter them, or donate them. 

I didn't put back the stack of clothes (mostly skirts, but at least one pair of pants) that I had tried on and were too big.  I need to decide if I want to alter them or donate them.   

After I went through my closet, I decided to continue cleaning the family room.  I had started on Saturday, when I cleared the coffee table.  Today, I gathered all the remaining holiday decorations and stored them in a box in the garage.  Then, I cleared the small dining table that is in the family room and that led to dusting all the furniture!  Finally, I started on the big dining table, putting away things that had piled on there, such as holiday wrapping paper and ribbons, the last of the mugs my daughter decorated to give as gifts (we still haven't exchanged gifts with some friends and family!) and my box of buttons!  There's a pile of paper, as well, and I sorted through and filed some of it, but then, I got tired and I decided it was time to stop.  I didn't want to overdo things.  I spent most of the rest of the evening video chatting with my daughter.  One of my aunts phoned, too, and we had a nice chat.

I was able to declutter a few items when I was tidying and cleaning - they included a small flower pot, some bubble wrap and packaging items, magazines and catalogs, the paper tube from a roll of wrapping paper, a reusable fabric grocery bag (strap had broken and I was planning to resew it, but I noticed that the bag was tearing, as well).

 
Sunday's To Do List:
- Put away dried laundry - DONE
- Do another load of laundry (whites/lights) - DONE
- Put away washed dishes - DONE
- Clear dining table - 90% DONE
- Paperwork and Filing - STARTED
- Grocery shopping
- Menu plan for the week
- Take the last of the holiday decorations to the garage! DONE
- Start organizing my closet - DONE
- Tidy/dust family room - DONE

Monday's To Do List:

- Grocery shopping
- Menu plan for the week
- Finish clearing the dining table
- Paperwork/Filing
- Doctor's appointment
- Put gas to the car
- Take the trash cans to the curb for pick up on Tuesday
- Vacuum? 

On Sunday, I was grateful for:
- Sunshine after all the rain we've had
- A relaxed morning
- A productive afternoon and evening
- A closet full of clothes, even if some no longer fit!
- Family and friends calling and emailing; talking with my daughter

How was your Sunday?  What have you planned for Monday?

20 comments:

  1. You had quite a productive day for someone who didn't get much sleep!

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    1. Yes, I am pleased with what I was able to get done, yesterday. I didn't think I'd get the family room dusted - I hadn't even planned to do it, but the end table needed dusting once I removed the holiday decorations and then it became a matter of, "Oh, I'll just dust the bookcase next to it and why not the TV stand and I might as well do the entertainment center"! LOL.

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    1. Thank you, Jess. All the plants are really enjoying the rain we've had! How are things with you? All is well, I hope.

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  3. You still got a lot done for having such a poor nights sleep. Following my illness and most nights sleeping poorly I have Kearney to pace myself and to take small frequent rests. Shopping is a challenge but the grocery cart helps me stay balanced. I like to go very soon after breakfast when I have the ,st energy. I hope you sleep better tonight.

    Very nice to see your lovely blooming flowers. A few signs of Spring here in the Midwest but it is always off.

    SandyBrit

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    1. Yes, pacing myself is something I am still learning! LOL. Where in the Midwest are you? I attended university in Wisconsin. Spent 6 winters up there in all (undergrad and grad school)! I don't know if I can go back to all that cold and snow!

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    2. I am in Illinois not far from St. Louis, MO. Growing up in England the weather has and is a challenge to me, not so much the winter but the hot summer I find brutal! Thank goodness for a/c.

      SandyExpat

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    3. Yes, the heat and humidity can get to anyone. I've been to Illinois a few times, but only in Chicago and thereabouts.

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  4. Sounds like quite a busy day! I have to sort through my clothes. I have hung onto too many that I am pretty sure I'll never wear again even if I could fit in them lol. I also have to clear out the coat closet - there are things in there from before the kids moved out. Nothing they will miss I am sure!

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    1. I donated a lot of my clothes, last year, and if you look at my closet now, you'd think I didn't give away anything! It is still rather full!

      I've read about turning all the hangers the other way round and putting them back the usual way only after you've worn a certain garment and are returning it to the closet. Then, at the end of 3 months or 6 months, you check to see if you have any still facing the other way. Those are garments you haven't worn during that time period and you can decide if you still want to keep them or get rid of them. I'm thinking now that I should have done that, yesterday!

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  5. Love the flower bed and the dress on you. It's a very flattering cut. I know you're trying to declutter and also hope that you keep the weight off, but as someone whose weight has been a yo-yo through the years, I'd encourage you to keep the clothes if you like them. You never know... consider the fact that you are now wearing clothes that hadn't fitted you for years. I'm thinking that if you have the room for them and you would wear them again if they fit, why get rid of them? But that's just my 2 cents.

    I hope you are having a great Monday!

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    1. Thank you, Nathalie. Yes, my daughter too was telling me to keep the clothes, just in case I gain back some of the weight. She's afraid that, once my taste buds come back, I'll start eating cakes and desserts, again! :D

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  6. I have no problem parting with clothes, but right now my closet is almost empty. When I change over my seasonal clothes I usually do it all at none time. this year it coincided with houseguests coming and I keep all my out of season clothes in the guest room, so I pulled out just a few things. With the extremely warm weather we have been having I just never finished bring my winter duds downstairs. Now that it is the middle of Feb. I see no point in it, so I have been wearing the same 10 things over and over on cool days.

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    1. With spring and warmer weather on its way, managing with the few winter garments you currently have makes sense. I guess you could get another garment or two out of the guest closet if you needed to. :)

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  7. Another pretty item of clothing from the "magic wardrobe"! I know we are encouraged to get rid of things but look what you would have missed out on if you had donated some of the clothes you have shown us recently. I still remember a particularly attractive pleated skirt that I donated when it didn't fit, and I think I should have hung onto that one. I once made a lovely full length gown and that must have gone before we came to Canada, although I don't think I would ever have worn it since. There was also a crochet top and skirt I made, but I do have a photo of me in that at a wedding. See, I am encouraging you to keep your other clothes that you really like. You can always get rid of some more books or ornaments if you feel the need to toss!
    Bushlady

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    1. Yes, I did hold onto some items, didn't I? :D I should try to sell them at a vintage clothing store! LOL. I will, eventually, go through the closet and donate some items instead of trying to alter all of them. I don't have the sewing skills or the time to remake a lot of them. But I am glad I kept some of what I did keep.

      I'm sorry you gave away a couple of items you now wish you had kept, but, hopefully, those items brought a lot of pleasure to the next person to wear them. :)

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  8. Your front flower bed looks beautiful. Proud you had such a lovely day.. You were really productive and accomplished alot.
    I too, hate to try on clothes, and I hate pulling them all out.. Decisions [should I keep, should I mend, should I keep---just in case???] All of these drive me crazy..lol
    Proud you stopped when you felt tired..

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    1. Thank you, Judy. I am going to give myself a time period in which to alter the items I've decided to keep and alter. If I haven't done them by the end of that time period, then I will donate them.

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  9. You have been very busy. I am glad that you are taking time to rest though and trying to pace yourself. The dress your mother made you is just lovely and I can see why you kept it. :) Be blessed my friend!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Pacing ourselves is hard, isn't it? Hope all is well with you and your family. Have a lovely week.

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