Our first snow fall of the year happened last night. It looks to be about a quarter inch, which is just enough to cover the ground in a rough, white blanket. So much for the 80 degree weather we were in just a few days ago. What a welcome back to a part of the country that actually gets defined seasons.
Sorry for the week of silence. It wasn’t intended and I was shocked to see I had left the blog quiet for so long this past week. My intentions were to post on Saturday, but obviously that didn’t happen. What did happen was ….
Saturday we flew back home, arriving at what should have been just after lunch according to our stomachs, but what was mid-afternoon according to the clocks. After driving most of the way home, we stopped for an early supper then came home to unpack. The first load of laundry was started, kids put to bed and my husband put on a movie. I joined him, made it through the movie, then fell asleep. After two weeks of not sleeping through the night, for various reasons, I finally slept very soundly … on the couch. Oh well. It just felt good to sleep all the way through the night.
We weren’t sure what Sunday would hold, church or not. While we didn’t make it to Sunday School, we were able to attend the main service and actually had one of our best Sundays, behavior wise, in a while. It could be because the kids were still tired from traveling and time changes; there were some BIG yawns happening. After lunch we came home and did yard work. I pulled up most of the garden and removed the fencing around the edges. Once the strawberry plants decided it is actually winter I will be adding mulch to the beds. By 4 p.m. I was sure it was 8 p.m. and we came inside to eat and crash. So much for putting together this week’s menu plan.
Yesterday, Monday, held shopping for me in the morning. My husband had the day off, but the kids had school. He stayed with the ones at home while I went BY MYSELF!! to shop. I couldn’t believe how quiet it was and how quick I was able to go through the stores. We have several meals in the freezer, so I was able to get mostly the items on sale plus ingredients for salads. I also stopped and picked up a few items for small to-do items around the house. The afternoon wasn’t so productive as I spent time actually talking with my husband, visited with a friend for about an hour after lunch, picked up my car that had been left with the mechanic while we were gone, and … I’m not really sure what else I did. What I didn’t do was meal plan or post this week’s goals. I also got another solid night of sleep, which should help today go smoother.
This week’s goals:
- Add a pull chain to our living room fan
- Add something to kids’ dresser so it doesn’t make a loud noise when closing
- Hang bird feed
- Install gutter guards
- Remove fence from around garden
- Pull up dead tomato plants and store trestles
- Mulch leaves
- Clear off kitchen shelf
- Prepare for a birthday party this coming weekend (it is a last minute decision so I’m keeping it as simple as I can considering we are actually inviting more than just family and family friends)
- Read through 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life in preparation for starting the challenge next week.
There may only be 2.5 weeks till we leave for Thanksgiving with family, but I’m hoping to make the most of this “month”. November has become one of my favorite months. I see it as the start to the winter season and the opportunity to work inside the house more.
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