The Week Ahead: Projects Big and Small

Last week I stayed busy all week long.   It's looking like this week ahead will be the same...The weekend was especially hectic, so there is no vintage kitchen narrative this week.  If I'd taken time to do that, too, fitting it in around all else, I probably wouldn't post this until late Monday evening.   


Work on landscaping at the house in town.  I may go get mulch later in the week but first, there's a lot of trimming, cutting and leveling to be done.  I'll lay down what weed mat I have.  Katie will need to power wash the border stones to be put back in place. 

Zone Three is Beds and Baths.    This week I want to get some organization decluttering done in these areas...and by the way, nary a bit of decluttering did I get to last week in the Main living areas.  Not one bit.   

Anyway, decluttering.   The towel storage and our cabinet with toiletries and medicines HUGE mess.  I also need to do something to better store our bed linens.   I have a trunk in the guest bedroom closet that I've used to store odds and ends that likely can be done away with.   It will fit under my bed and I think it will be the perfect thing to hold my sheets and extra mattress pad.   I also need to go through my house clothes drawer and put it to rights once more.  It's a tumbled mess.  

If I have any spare time at all this week, I need to finish the pillows for the guest bed and the curtains as well.  

I'd love to have the three children over from across the field.   Can I find a half day to devote to that?

The usual daily housework, meals and yard work.  

And just maybe I'll get time to go buy mulch and look for a fern and plants?  I need a haircut so it would be a good time to look as well as to drop off donations at Goodwill.


Until I have room in one of the freezers, I'll postpone making the English muffins.  After our grocery shopping the freezers were packed tight.   I also had bagged up ice over the week to have extra on hand for Josh's birthday party and glad I did because that came in handy.

Gathered Fragments:



Teriyaki Chicken 


1/3 of a large tomato

Here's how this week is looking for menus:

Breakfasts:  Now that it's warmer and we're more prone to be working in the mornings I'm going to try to make smaller breakfasts but have them pack a punch with protein and carbs.  I'm thinking toast and eggs, or Muffins with cheese cubes.  I won't by any means be cutting John off from this desired 'big' breakfasts but it's fact that it's harder to do heavy work in the heat of the morning and have eaten a heavy breakfast as well.  

Lunches:  John's mentioned egg salad.  I will try to make some up this week for sandwich filling.  We'll have salads this week, too. We generally have leftovers, too.   I have tortillas and will take the leftover rice, along with some refried beans and make up burritos which are always nice to freeze and then pop into the microwave to heat.

Dinners:  Leftover Pizza slices

Gramma's Fried Chicken, Squash Casserole, Sliced Tomato, Macaroni Salad

Tater Tot Casserole, Fruit Salad

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Green Salad

Leftover Chicken Teriyaki, Rice, Stir Fry Veggies

Beef Stroganoff, Noodles, Salad with Pickled Beets, onions and hard boiled eggs

??? No clue.  There's bound to be more leftovers.  I've asked for a dinner out so we'll see if that happens.


Continue spending a little time in the yard each day.  

Delete the games off my computer and put out a stack of vintage magazines and books to read instead.  Ditto for deleting a lot of blogs off the bookmarks list on the computer.  In other words, less computer time spent just trolling around.  I need the break physically and mentally.   

Make Cards.  I keep saying I will and I really want to do so but I never make it back to that craft table to get started.

(C) Terri Cheney