It's a quarter til eight on Thursday morning and I've been up for about an hour and a half.
In that time I've bathed, dressed, made the bed, read my Bible, washed last night's dishes, wiped down the kitchen counters, shined the kitchen sink, and spritzed and shined the bathroom.
Now I'm ready to settle down with a cup of hot tea (Benter's with pumpkin spice Coffee-mate) and spend a few minutes visiting with you.
How has your week been thus far?
My week here is going well, but it's been busy. It seems that there is much to be done on every front and not enough hours in a day to get it all done...BUT...I am determined to get things decluttered around here, which will help, but, at the same time, I am trying very hard to slow down and take each moment (and circumstance) as it comes. With my personality, that's hard. I'm always looking ahead to the next thing on the list and list gets longer and longer every day. It seems that it's a never-ending cycle, but I'm determined to break it before it breaks me!
- I worked alone at work on Monday, which, for what I was working on, was nice. I cleaned the nature center and designed and put together the autumn bulletin board. I featured fall favorites found at Prairie State Park...a monarch butterfly, New England aster, showy goldenrod, fiery red sumac, a bobcat hiding in the tall grasses, big bluestem, little bluestem, Indian grass, a coyote, a buckeye butterfly, white-tailed deer, and, of course, the bison. I labeled each photo to help with plant and animal identification and included a couple of thought-provoking questions for anyone who takes the time to read and ponder them.
- I also, with the help of the person who created the original documents, via the telephone and with much picture taking and sending, created answer keys for a couple of run-offs on Native American tools made from bison pieces and parts for a 4th grade teacher that had called requesting them. I was happy to be able to create them, scan them into a PDF file, and e-mail them to her. I will use those sheets myself in future programs at some point...IF...we ever get back to doing any. 😩
- I worked around the house on Tuesday and started my fall cleaning (washed the bedroom and bathroom curtains, cleaned out the closet, exchanged summer clothes for fall and winter, loaded up two white trash bags full of stuff to be donated, and did a thorough cleaning of both rooms). I made it as far as my kitchen with general cleaning and got caught up on laundry.
- The starter on my car has been dragging a bit lately and, as I was running errands around town on Tuesday, it finally went. Fortunately, my last stop that day was at my daughter's house. When I got ready to leave, no matter what we did, the car would not start. I called my mechanic and made arrangements for the car to be towed to the vo-tech at Lamar; I am hoping to get it back sometime today or tomorrow. In the meantime, our daughter and son-in-law have very generously lent us their Kia, for which we are very thankful!
- Yesterday I took a family member grocery shopping at Aldi's in Pittsburg. Aldi's are in the middle of remodeling and will be closing for a month come Monday. While I was there I took advantage and started our winter stock-up. I also spent way too much money on fall favorites and stuff for upcoming get-together...apples, hot dogs, candy corn, boxes of hot cocoa mix, marshmallows (all that sugary stuff that none of us need), long-handled wiener-roasting sticks, paper plates, paper bowls, hot cups, and more. I also got quite a bit of meat (ground turkey, turkey Italian sausages, ham for beans, and chicken breasts)...much of it on mark-down. Now I shouldn't have to buy anything until Thanksgiving! 😆
- A few random things to share...
... if you haven't checked out these free printable recipe cards yet, and need some, this is a great place to get them. I've printed off multiple designs on card stock and am using them to get all my loose recipes organized and into my recipe file. I use the 4" x 6" cards, but there are other sizes.
Here's the link:
... here is a neat article on how to preserve autumn leaves from the Missouri Department of Conservation. I can't wait to try this method!
... while at Walmart in Lamar recently I found these pink bins on clearance for $1.00 each and these pretty turquoise towels on clearance for $2.00 each.
- My plan today is to work at home...continue fall cleaning and decluttering, get the car port finished, work in the Van Gogh room, and, hopefully, go get my car.
What are your plans for today?
Until next time...
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