Monday, September 30, 2013

Planning and Making Do... What I Hope I Get Done in the Next Week or So

Hello Ladies!

So good of you to drop in today.  I've been thinking of things I would like to get done over the next week or so.  You know how it is.  Always something to do.  So, here are some things I hope to do this week.  I think I'll come back here and change items to italics as I do them just to give myself a little encouragement along the way.

*Update, while I didn't do it all, I think I did more than I would have without the list.

I'm going to make a batch of my chocolate chip cookies Remember my plan for making cookies?  
Hubby made them instead.  He wanted to try out a giant cookie scoop.  It's actually a big ice cream soup. 
~  Italian Cream Muffin in a Mug

Decorating:  All finished!
Finish putting out my Autumn decorations.  
~  Wash up my autumn glasses. I found some more that match to complete my set at the Dollar Tree.

~ Make Spicy Can Opener Soup and photograph it for blog.
~ Kombucha tea 

~ I'll check for jalapenos in the garden.  If we get blessed, maybe there may even be a tomato or two.  It wasn't a good garden year for us.  Tuesday ~ Nothing yet, we'll keep checking.

Canning or Freezing:
~ I'm trying to get enough peppers at once to make jalapeno jelly.  I need 24 at once!

YouVersion's Daystar Television 6-month Reading Plan It's a read through the Bible plan.  I'm on Day 56, and I've read or listened to 54% of the Bible so far.  I'll do this each day and post my final %  the end of the week. ~smile~  I made it to 57.8%. 
~  Return to Me by Lynn Austin.  It's a historical novel set in the time when the Persians and Medes took over Babylon from the Babylonians.  It's the time of Daniel and the return to Jerusalem to build the temple.  So far so good. ~smile~  I almost finished.

~ The Book of Sight by Deborah Dunlevy is my current read aloud with the children.  As they get older, it's harder to get everyone together to read.  It's just so important though. ~ I read a few chapters to the children this week.

~ Last week, I sandwiched a large quilt top that my husband's grandmother made.  Upon inspection, I found that I had a large wrinkle in the backing.  I need to un-pin and un-baste, then re-sandwich it.  I'll only get this done if I spend some time at the church.  I don't have a big enough area in my home unless I move the furniture out!  ~smile~  I hope to have it in the frame by the end of the week.  I enjoy hand quilting, but I haven't done it for many years.  Too many children too quickly!
~ My mending basket needs some attention, too.  It always does with a family of five.  ~smile~ I mended a pair of slacks for Lowell and a pair of gym pants for Amy.
~ If I am inspired and have time, I'll finish cutting out a new black dress with little red cherries on it. 

~ Trim Healthy Mama book

~ Photograph some items for my etsy shop, ebay, and my blog.  I might just have Amy, my little photographer do it for me.
~ List some items in my etsy shop.
~ I need to work on an out-line for an upcoming writing project.  ~ Very late Monday night, the Lord gave me a title which lead to a rough outline.  I'm ready to narrow it a bit and begin writing.
~ Write a couple of posts.

If I finish all this list, I'll have been very busy indeed.  I also need to spend time with my kids, teach, check papers, and do some ironing and cleaning.  Thanks so much for dropping in!  I'd love to hear some of your plans for this week.  It's so nice to have a chat over the back fence  internet with you today!

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
Happy at Home


  1. Sounds like a very productive week. Here is my list for the week:

    *put out the rest of my fall décor
    *deep clean the living room
    *inventory my freezers (I am going to try not to do a big grocery trip until after the first of the year. Would like to use some of that money for Christmas.)
    *start cleaning out flower beds and the garden.
    *of course there is the everyday of watching my cousins boys, cleaning and cooking.

    Wishing you the best tackling your list!

  2. Too much to do, Laura. Cut that list in half, and take a 30 minute walk outside every single day. Let your children do the cookie baking. Then enjoy one cookie with a cup of coffee or tea. Relax! ;) Linda @Wetcreek Blog

  3. Laura I feel tired already reading your list - you are a wonderwoman. I have lots on my list as well but none as interesting as yours - look forward to reading more. Have a fabulous week, much love to you and your family Laura

  4. You are certainly going to be busy! it is so wise to manage your time effectively and I'd say you are very organised!
    have a good week!

  5. Hi Laura! How was your weekend? Mine was a very productive one. We got lots of things knocked off our to do list. Mondays are rough around here... Trying to get back in the swing of things for school and getting the house prepared for the rest of the week. I'm on my homeschool planning committee for events and that has been keeping me on my toes! I've been looking for alternative ways to baking with no yeast and trying to get my lessons planned for the month of October. So it's crazy busy here this week!

    And, you look just as busy if not more! You have a wonderful one and don't forget to take a break throughout it all!

    In God's Grace,

  6. Hi Amy,

    It sounds like this week will be very busy for you. I don't know how much I'll get done on my list, but, having it out there on the blog is incentive to finish as much as possible!


  7. Yikes! Christine, I've given you the wrong impression. I'm not nearly as organized as I need to be. That's part of the reason I put this list on my blog. I need a little accountability this week. ~smile~
    Thanks for "talking back". Do check back on me later this week and see which things I've crossed off this week by changing them to italics.

    Autumn Blessings!

  8. That's funny Dorothy, I think you're doing some pretty interesting things at

    your house!

    I've got miles to go before I sleep!

  9. You're absolutely right Linda. I'm not going to get it all done, but I'm going to work at it. Your idea for the 30 minute walks is excellent, especially with the absolutely lovely Autumn weather.

    Thanks for caring, I will take a second look at the list and maybe strike a few things from it.

    May God bless you for your kindness to me. I always think I can do more than I truly can.


  10. Hi Wendi,
    It sounds as though you'll be very busy, too.
    I've received some advice to cut my list in half.
    I think maybe I'd better heed it. ~smile~
    Check back later in the week and see what I've
    finished by changing it to italics. We all need a
    bit of prodding to get us moving & I'm hoping this
    list will help me.

    Happy Autumn~

  11. Hello, I have been gone so much this last week, that getting caught up is my top priority!
    I did look at your chocolate cake recipe. Yummy!
    My dearest friend moved away this last week so I have been feeling a bit down :(
    Blessings, Roxy

  12. Hello Laura thank you for visiting Simply Farmhouse and leaving such a nice comment. What a cute blog, can't wait to read it.

  13. Hi Roxy,
    Enjoy this wonderful Autumn weather.

  14. This blog post helped soo much! Thank you for helping me realize just how much I do everyday.... I think I should start logging my activities too, so I can account for all I do. Great idea doing an online list! Blessings, Therese Brennan.


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