Saturday, January 20, 2018

Productive Saturday

Roses for the Mantel

Today has been a beautifully sunny, yet windy day and "cold" by our standards (mid 50s).  I opened the windows to air out the house and put on a sweater (and later, a shawl) because the house was at 60F.  Later in the evening, I turned on the heater!

I slept in and then, woke up to my half-sister's phone call.  She had returned from her cruise last week and was calling to see how I was doing.

After I got up, fed the cats, had my coffee, and replied to blog comments, etc., I made myself a brunch of a scrambled egg (1 egg) and hashbrowns with a glass of orange juice to go with it, as I don't like drinking water after eating eggs!

Then, although I said I wasn't going to make a To Do list, yesterday, I went ahead and did just that!

Weekend To Do List:

- Water and fertilize indoor plants - DONE
- Laundry - DONE (3 loads)
- Living room - dust, vacuum, put pink cushions on sofas, put fresh flowers/greenery - DONE
- Dining room - dust, vacuum - DONE
- Hallway - vacuum - DONE
- Bedroom - dust, vacuum - DONE
- Family room - dust, vacuum - SUNDAY
- Kitchen - put away dishes (DONE), sink, stove, counters, floor (Vacuumed), fridge - SUNDAY
- Bathroom - toilet, sink, litter box, floor - SUNDAY
- Groceries - SUNDAY
- Meal plan/cook - STARTED
- Declutter - DONE
- Call friend A - DONE
- Call friend S - DONE
- Visit friend S (Sunday) 

I had a very productive afternoon - I watered the indoor plants; dusted and vacuumed the living room, dining room, hallway, and my bedroom; vacuumed the kitchen, too; did three loads of laundry and hung everything up to dry (will put away, tomorrow); did some decluttering; called two friends; and picked flowers from the garden for the altar and the living room mantel. 

Paperwhites for the Altar (placed them on the mantel for the picture)

I cooked a fish curry for dinner and there are leftovers for another couple of meals.   Tomorrow night, I am planning to make a cottage pie with some of the ground beef in the freezer and the last two potatoes in the bag for dinner; I'll sneak in some vegetables in the ground beef (onions, celery, tomato, carrots, etc.) and there should be enough leftover for another meal.  I have enough leftover spaghetti sauce for one meal and enough leftover chicken stir fry for another.  I will need to make something else, mid-week, but I don't know what!  Might have to buy something to cook, when I go grocery shopping, tomorrow (as opposed to eating what's in the freezer).

Today, I am grateful for:
- A lovely, sunny day
- Getting some house cleaning done
- Fresh flowers from the garden
- Chatting with friends
- Video chatting with daughter

Plans for tomorrow include finishing up my Weekend To Do list!

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



  1. Your flowers are beautiful. Nice to get many chores done and off the list. Hope Sunday is equally good!

    1. Thank you, Anne. Hope you are having a nice weekend.

  2. How about that. We had the same weather yesterday-in the 50's and windy. However, that was a warm day for us. :)

    1. Ha, ha, it's all relative, isn't it? I remember when I was in Wisconsin, in the fall, when it got DOWN to 40F, we'd say how cold it was and then, in the winter, when it got UP to 40F, we'd peel off layers and say how warm it was! :D

      Hope you are having another warm day, today, too, Live and Learn. :)

  3. I love your photo as well!

    Now that you did a lot on Saturday, you can relax on Sunday!

    Why don't you want to eat what you have in the freezer? Just curious.

    1. Thank you, Nathalie.

      I think I am tired of eating the same things! My daughter says it is because I tend to cook the same things over and over and she might be right. I did look at some recipes, last night, so maybe I'll try something different, one of these days. :)

  4. OH! You get so much done, come to my house please? :-)

    1. Hi, Kay! Believe me, days like this tend to be very rare! Most weeks, I'll be lucky to get one room done! But, thank you for the invitation! :)

  5. I have found it is hard to scale down to cooking for less people, so we end up eating the same thing over and over, as well. So, occasionally, we get tired of something. I get it!

    I think it's a good move to look at magazines or the internet to find a few new ways to cook the same old food:). I'm trying to do that, and I''m trying to make less of each batch. Then, I'm trying to make "old favorites" but in smaller batches. Like today, I made ham and beans. When I was putting it into the crock pot, I realized I had soaked way too many beans, since none of the children will eat ham and beans. So, I only used 1/2 of what I soaked, cooked the rest, and will use them for something else.

    Yesterday, I was fairly productive in the morning, but fizzled out in the afternoon! I was glad to get done what I did:)

    1. Becky, yes, I think if I cook something one day, and there are leftovers, then, I don't have to cook for a couple of days, which is nice. But then, by the time that item finishes, I am tired of eating it, because I've had it several days that week! I think, for me, the answer is to keep only enough for 2 meals and freeze the rest in 1 serving sizes!

      Good think you were able to get things done in the morning before you fizzled out! :D


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