Do you know what you are going to do during the day ahead...as soon as you jump out of bed? Or is it all a mystery? I used to have a plan as to what my day would be...now I wait for my body to tell me. I might linger there making plans that never come into fruition....or I could be on a roll and get started doing one thing after another. I think that this is true for many women.. of an age. Some days find me full of energy and then there are the others...where I have to push myself.
A wonderful meal planned in my early morning hours...might become a bowl of soup and sandwich, when it comes to making it later on in the day. I devised a plan years ago to solve that problem. When we first married...we ate our big meal around 5pm and there I was cleaning up the kitchen during the early evening, while Joe was sitting out on our garden bench...enjoying the early evening....oh, he'd help me clear the table and would do most anything I asked, but most times I just did it myself. I thought to myself, "Hey...I want to be out there in the evening...watching people go by and visiting with neighbors." Thus began the change in meal time...we started eating our big meal at 2pm. Now, when evening comes...I can enjoy myself too. I sometimes put dinner on early in the morning. I've learned how to fix a meal and do a bit of housework at the same time. It's all cleaned up by 3 or so
When it comes time to clean the house...I used to do housework like clock work. Always changed the sheets on Monday...all my life this was the plan. My mother did it and I followed.Tuesdays were ironing days...(thank heavens we can eliminate that). Wednesday and Thursday we cleaned the house and did the grocery shopping. and on Fridays she always baked for the weekend...and I did the same. We needed fresh cookies, cakes or pies.....maybe a loaf of bread. Saturday morning we tidied up and got ready for the weekend...and on Sunday...a big dinner with family, maybe, after Church. Remembering back...I am much more relaxed in my weekly planning. As I go through the week, I might remember in the back of my head what my Mom did, but I don't follow that routine. I have to admit feeling a little guilty when my bedding goes a day or two beyond Monday and I still have that mindset of baking on Friday going on in the back of my head.Old habits are hard to break....I have to be honest...as a woman there is always a teeny tiny feeling of guilt.
Finding these humongous grocery stores are more trouble than they're worth sometimes.By the time we shop at these giant stores, drive home (45 minutes to an hour) unload the car...and then find room in the cupboards and fridg...we are pooped. I usually find a frozen entree to fix for the meal that day....or we eat leftovers. Sometimes we are so tired that we stop at a restaurant and eat a meal. Here would come the guilt again...how could we justify eating a meal on the way home, when our car is full of food? Well, that's easy for me to do now. No problem. Yesterday I tried something new.... I shopped here in town at our two medium sized stores..Joe went to the "big store" after having the car serviced the day before. I sat at the kitchen table and made out a very detailed list for both stores. Only the items that were on sale were purchased along with a few essentials. ...resulting in not spending much more than I would have at the big store. The advantages of the smaller stores...not as many choices (didn't take near the time shopping) My thinking is that we should be satisfied with what our local stores offer, use coupons and buy specials that our stores offer,...and at the same time support our local businesses. I don't have to have 20 different brands of mustard to make my choice. I started out yesterday morning by taking my two lists to the grocery stores. After I shopped at one store, the person bagging asked if I would like help out to the car.I answered, "Yes." Then I went on to the next store and after checking out...my groceries were loaded into my car by a friendly fellow. I came home and asked Joe to bring them in the house....and then it took me a couple of hours to put them all away. I rested between....trying to tidy cupboards, and the refrigerator at the same time. We had frozen stuffed peppers Ala Stouffer's for dinner. Much easier...no hassles and I think that I saved money by not having all the choices and temptations of the big store and also on gas.
Today is up for grabs. I started out by making the bed and fixing us a breakfast drink and then coming here to read a few blogs and write a post. It is after 9 and I'm not dressed for the day. It's time to start doing "I don't know what yet" I'd better hurry :)
Oh, my stars... this got long. I'll have to continue tomorrow. If you are hanging on to this thrilling post...bless you.