My original plan had been to attack my To Do List, which I had revised, last night. But, of course, I was not feeling very energetic. I had to ease into my day - I had a cup of coffee. I replied to blog comments and commented on a couple of blogs. I commented on a social media group where I am a member and whined about not having enough energy to do housework. I finished knitting my sweater front and joined the shoulders.
A little later, I put away a load of laundry and took the opportunity to tidy up the linen closet, a little bit. Not a full, "take everything out, sort, and put things back" sort of closet organizing, but a mini-tidy of the shelves where I keep the bed sheets and towels, so that the stacks stay stacked, instead of toppling over. The bed sheets and pillow cases are on one shelf, the towels are on one shelf, crocheted table covers and some knitted items are on another shelf and the bottom shelf has some quilts, and the chair coverings I use for almsgivings, etc. The linen closet is also where I keep things like extra toiletries and household items such as candles, facial tissues, and light bulbs. I wasn't going to take a picture of my linen closet, but I decided to go ahead and do so, anyway - as you can see, the two lower shelves have not been tidied! Obviously a task for another day (maybe when I am retired - ooh, what exciting posts you all get to look forward to! LOL!)
I also washed the fronts of the linen closet doors and one of the bedroom doors that is next to it. These doors have horizontal trimming on them and they tend to get dusty.
Then, I dusted the living room and dining room. And I washed out the micro fiber cloth I used for dusting.
In between, I watched some programs on TV.
Shortly before 1:00 p.m., I began to get hungry. I cooked some spaghetti noodles, sliced half of a chicken breast that I cooked yesterday, added it to the last bit of the stir fry I had cooked earlier, added a little bit of chili powder and tossed everything together. My Chinese relatives (my step-father was of Chinese ancestry) will no doubt cringe at this version of chow mein, but it was a good lunch!
|Not Quite Chow Mein|
After lunch, I continued with my kitchen cleaning and the lower kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts. I am a messy cook and I have white cabinets! Enough said! I have eight drawer fronts and seven lower cabinet doors. At first, I thought I will leave the upper cabinet doors for another day (they were not quite as bad as the lower cabinet fronts were). But then, after I rested a bit, I went ahead and washed them, too! At least, I washed ten of them. I didn't wash the ones above the fridge, or the doors of the floor to ceiling cabinet. They will be kept for another day. I also washed the stove vent hood and scrubbed the sink. The kitchen is almost done!
I should have vacuumed, but a certain kitty was sleeping and I hate to disturb him (he's afraid of the vacuum cleaner noise!) Instead, I cleaned the bathrooms.
By then, it was late afternoon and I was getting tired. It was time for a cup of tea.
After tea, I showered, got dressed, took the trash cans out to the curb, put gas to the car ($3.59/gal), and did a little more grocery shopping! I went mostly for cat food, but, I also bought some yogurt, corn, and bananas:
|May 14 Groceries|
Yogurt (8x 6 oz. cups) = $4.49
Bananas @$.49/lb = $.62
4 ears of corn @$.25 = $1.00
Total = $6.11
May grocery budget = $70
Spent to date = $34.50 + $6.11 = $40.61
Balance left in the budget = $70 - $40.61 = $29.39
|Dancer enjoying some of the corn silk - hard to tell from the picture, but he is holding it up in his paw|
After I came home, I thought about putting water to the garden, but I was hungry, so, had dinner, instead - a yogurt, corn on the cob, some of the canned chili I had bought on Friday, and a banana. I was starting to feel tired by then, anyway. So, watering and vacuuming will have to wait until tomorrow.
But I accomplished a lot, today! Yay! It has been such a long time since I have been able to do so much in one day! I feel I was productive!
Today, I am grateful for:
- All that I was able to accomplish, today!
- My stamina is improving
- Having another day off from work
- Gas being available even if the price has gone up
- A clean kitchen!
Tuesday's To Do List:
- Go to the office
- Bring the trash cans in
- Water the garden
- Vacuum (if up to it)
How was your Monday? Do you have days when you feel you've accomplished much?