Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up

We've had some lovely weather, this weekend.  Sunny and warm (highs in the 90s).  But, my house tends to be on the cool side, so it's 68F inside, when I wake up, and I open the windows to let the warm air in to warm up the house.

On Saturday, I woke up feeling tired and achy.  I had felt achy on Friday, too, and eventually took a Tylenol to help.  It wasn't bad enough for Tylenol, on Saturday, but I didn't have the energy I needed to do all the things I had planned to do.  So...I decided to take it easy.  I did a load of laundry to help me feel like I did something, went for a short walk, took some pastries over to my cousin P, called cousin V, called another friend to remind her about the prayer gathering, read some blogs and commented on them, cleaned the litter box, cooked spicy "devilled" beef, exchanged emails with a friend, and video chatted with my daughter.

Dinner was some of the spicy beef with pita bread:

"Devilled" Beef and Pita

Later in the night, I decided to bake some cornbread.  Even though the daytime temperature is high, the evenings are cool and I have been doing a bit of baking to make up for a summer of not turning on the oven, if you haven't noticed. 


Breakfast on Sunday morning was a piece of cornbread:

Piece of Cornbread
Later in the morning, my neighbor T called for our weekly Sunday morning chat.  After that, I responded to an email one of my long-time friends had sent me.  We've been friends since 5th grade, I believe; the only friend from childhood with whom I've kept in touch on a regular basis.  

In the afternoon, I put away the dried laundry from yesterday and did the dishes.  I had been collecting them from Friday, in order to have enough to run the dish washer.  I still didn't have enough for a full load, but the dish washer needed to be run, because I haven't used it in about two weeks (I usually just wash each day's dishes by hand).

Then, I started to clean the kitchen: I cleared and wiped down the kitchen counters and the stove top; put all the empty jars I had washed and dried in a box to store in the garage until needed; cleaned the microwave; tidied up the cabinet where I store the Tupperware-type containers and wiped the shelf; refilled the bottle of dishwashing liquid; swept the kitchen; and took out the kitchen trash. Really need to tidy the rest of the kitchen cabinets, too, but that is not urgent.  I might do that after the prayer gathering is over. Need to mop the kitchen floor, too, but I didn't do it, today.

Later, I cleaned daughter's bathroom, which is also the visitor's bathroom.  It will need to be wiped down again, just before the prayer gathering, but it is cleaned. 

Finally, I watered the houseplants and changed the dust sheets on the family room sofas. 

Considering the fact that I wasn't feeling very motivated to clean, I think I did OK.  What happens is, I write a list of everything that needs to be done and then, it becomes overwhelming!  So much to do!  So little energy!  But then, when I tell myself, just do one baby step - just do the dishes, just wipe the small counter area, just the stove top, etc., I manage to get something done. 

Daughter's cell phone started to give her trouble, yesterday.  It wouldn't turn on at times.  When it did the same thing, this morning, too, I told her to go ahead and buy a new phone, I'll pay for it.   Her old phone is something she bought about 7 years go; she said the phone store offered her $5 for it for a trade-in! 

I wasn't hungry for any lunch, today.  So, I had a meal replacement drink.  But I had an appetite for dinner: rice, spicy beef, cabbage, and lentils.  I served the same for my lunch to take to the office, tomorrow.


I am afraid I opened one of the passion fruit drinks I bought for the prayer gathering!  It's one of my favorite drinks and I knew I wouldn't be able to resist! 

Today, I am grateful for:
- A pleasant weekend
- Warm weather
- But cool enough to bake
- An email from my long-time friend
- A clean and tidy kitchen

I am going to post my do to lists, again, to help motivate me.

Monday To Do List:
- Put gas to the car
- Go to the office
- Put away washed dishes
- Do a load of laundry (sofa dust sheets)
- Tidy the spare bedroom
- Clear the dining table/put away sewing machine
- Empty the trash cans/waste baskets
- Take the big trash cans to the curb
- Water the garden

How was your weekend?  Did you accomplish most of what you wanted to do?  How do you motivate yourself to do cleaning and housework when you don't feel up to doing it?  What are your plans for Monday?


  1. Hope you're feeling less tired today Bless. You managed to do a lot of things considering you weren't feeling 100% and I think you deserved to have that passion fruit drink.

    My phone is quite old but I'm not bothered at all about having the latest technology. As long as I can make calls, sends texts and take a photo I'm happy. Same with the laptop. It's years old and is held together with tape on one side. It still works though so no need to buy a new one yet :) Hope you daughter finds a phone she is happy with. xx

    1. I'm alright, thanks, Suzanne. I don't like to grumble; the tiredness, aches and pains, etc., are all due to side effects of the meds I am on, but, I am grateful for the meds as they enable me to live!

      Daughter was able to buy her phone, yesterday. I am like you - as long as my devices do the basics, I am happy. :)

  2. You did accomplish quite a lot. I have frequent migraines, but I am lucky that I respond to medicine. However, I still don't feel great even when I take it, so I also get overwhelmed with what needs to be done when I have one. I usually set the timer for five minutes and do what I can for that long. Then I set it again, etc. I may not get as much done as I want, but I do do something which makes me feel better all by itself.

    1. I'm sorry to hear about the migraines, Live and Learn. I used to get them, a long time ago, but not anymore, just the occasional eye aura thing. Just starting seems to be the hardest thing, for me. Once I get going, then, I manage to get a few things done. But that getting started takes a lot! :)

  3. LOL "sunny and warm (high in the 90's) that's boiling hot where I am from! Glad your house felt comfortable to you and you got a lot done. Corn bread looks yummy.

    Bless I think it is quite different feeling not up to doing house work when you are not feeling well, recovering as you are, than when you are in good health and not in the mood. Your prayer group surely will accept your home the way it is and to me it sounds ready. You are very brave to continue hosting following your illness. If you continue to feel achy take a couple days off work to recover and do your final preparations.

    1. Thanks, Sandy. The aches and pains are side effects from my medications. Most days, they are fairly mild and I am able to ignore them; some days, they feel worse and then, I need to take some pain meds. instead of complaining! But, I like to whine, occasionally. :) I am planning to take Friday off from work and I'll have most of Saturday to do things, too. Worse comes to worst, I'll put everything in the spare bedroom and close the door! :D

      By the way, we were 100F, today! :)

  4. It is always nice when the weather turns cool enough to bake! We love cornbread and eat it through the summer with vegetables but I cook it on a griddle like a pancake to keep from heating up the oven.

    1. Anne, that's a great way to get around heating up the oven! I hadn't thought of it, although I read about Ma Ingalls making cornbread in a skillet on the open fire in the prairie. I also made it in the microwave once, but I prefer the baked version.

  5. I'm sorry you were not feeling well this weekend. It sounds like you may have been hit with some kind of mild virus that is making the rounds. Please be kind to yourself and take it easy this week. Much love to you!

    1. Debbie, no, it's all the side effects from the medications. I usually don't talk about them, but this weekend, I felt the aches and pains even more than usual and felt like whining! :)

  6. It must be cornbread season!! My daughter made it again this morning, and it's over 1/2 gone already, and it isn't even 9 a.m.!!! She had some, her dad ate some and took some for lunch, her uncle that was here to do math with the girls I homeschool (his daughter and mine) ate some, I ate some....Yum! I'm glad you got some, too:)

    1. Becky, the first time I tasted cornbread (not something I grew up eating), I didn't like it. It took me awhile to like it, but now, it is one of my favorite things to have! I'm glad your daughter made you some. :)

  7. You really got a lot accomplished..
    the corn bread looks really good.. Love corn bread..
    Have a great day.

    1. Thank you, Judy. I'm pleased with what I was able to get done. Hope you have a lovely week ahead.


Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. Your comments are much appreciated. Please comment in English. Thank you.