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Monday, November 24, 2008

Miscellaneous Monday

It's Monday.  Thanksgiving Day week Monday.  
I fell asleep last night clipping out coupons.  Newspaper flyers and the printable ones. I'm sorting them and putting the doubles together so I can be prepared for all my savings at the grocery store today.  Because, this will be a "big trip."   Daddy and the boys are coming down and they are big eaters.  So, we need LOTS of food.
I'm developing an organization system in my head for all the writing and article stuff I've been working on for Lis at Root & Sprout.  It's amazing how quickly massive amounts of information can be collected.  Plus contacts and sources.  And, of course, information for prospective future ideas are intermingled within.  
If I want to be a "Professional," I need a system.
Anyhow, basically, I'm off to purchase a large Binder with a variety of dividers.  I want stickers, alphabets, and colors.  Eventually, I also plan to do this with a USB thumb drive dedicated to all things "Writing."  So, that I can keep it together and free up my hard drive. Plus, since the PC crashed...hard.  I am fearful daily that I could lose everything all over again.
So, I definitely need a hard copy back up and a memory stick back up as well.
I'm disappointed with myself that I haven't scrapped a single page since....a long time.  I have the pages I was going to mimic for Little Gal from Farmer, Jr. of one of our last annual river trips.  I submitted that one to the local Scrapbook Paradise and won!  That was always a good motivator to finish a lay out (LO).  But, times are tough and the economy was floundering and fuel was Super High and she finally had to close her doors.
So, now I've lost that motivator.  But, I really enjoy this activity.  So, I need to make some time to get back into it.  Since the holidays and colder months are coming, I'll start putting it in my "after the kids go to sleep" routine.  Maybe I'll give myself two hours a night.
I have taken a whole lot more on my plate. My "to-do" list fills every line on the left hand side of page in my spiral note pad.  I get a lot of things checked off, but there are always several that roll over on to the next day's page.
I've taken on a whole lot more responsibility with the children's school.  Which is part of the reason why I am still a SAHM.  So that I may be involved with the children and their school; to be able to be aware of what is going on in their lives.  And, to monitor them.  I'm cooking more at the school, participating in more projects and crafts, holiday projects teaching the children to be thankful and appreciative, etc.
We are currently helping the children to make stuffed bears, puppy dogs, and other patterns for the children at the local hospital.  The school will field trip there to carroll and hand out the little stuff toys they have made.
Me and WonderMom are working to develop and implement a weekly "Manners and Etiquette" class with the children.  It seems a whole lot of the little pleasantries are lost now days.  Like taking a cap off at meal time or holding the door open for the person behind you.
I'm active, as much as possible, with my Kiwanis Club.  We do a lot of projects pertaining to the needy but more importantly with children in the community.  I'm the chairman for our program implemented within a lower income elementary school we've adopted.  I bailed on the Thanksgiving projects but I took up some Christmas projects in December.
I've taken up participating with Root & Sprout e-zine.  I love working with this project.  My brain has been awakened again.   My vocabulary is coming back to me.  And, I generally feel accomplished in my participation.  So, this should really have been posted up closer to the top of this list. ;-)
I'm dedicated to my blogging.  I really enjoy blogging too.  Whether it is rambling, or sharing, or bragging, or reveling, or trying to make y'all smile and giggle -- I enjoy it.  So, it is a "must" in my day.  And, of course there comes the reading and following everyone else to keep up with what's going on and to find a giggle, a share, a care and a revel from someone else.
I'm teaching my CCD class on Sundays.  I really enjoy this too.  It keeps me grounded in my faith.  Faith can get lost along the side of the road in the rush of each day.  And, we have great new literature and teaching books with workbooks for the kids.  So, now I'm developing real lesson plans with a great source of guidance.
Family is what it is all about.  The reason why I'm involved in all the other things.  So, I can't let that fall by the wayside in the day's routine.  I need to stop what I am doing and just "be" with my children.  This time of year offers lots of opportunities for that with tree decorating, baking projects, and breaks within the school year.  Though, there are also more parties and events to participate in and prepare for.
Tending to my home, is important to me.  My castle is my sanctity.  I do tend to make more work for myself, as I've been told.  But, I really enjoy things neat and tidy, clean and shiny.  It grounds me.  It uplifts me.  Though, don't look around here right now.  Because there is quite the amount of dishevelment.  I'll be working on that shortly after I return from purchasing the entire grocery store. :-D
This one has been slipping.  I've never had a true issue with weight.  I've always been good at making the better choice when it comes to what I put in my mouth.  I'm noticing some of my favorite coverings for my lower half are "shrinking."  Which is pretty much impossible because I tend to hang dry them all.  But, I'm developing ring around the waistline.   So, obviously, there is a problem here.
I tried bleach and then pine-sol.  Fantastic once too.  I thought possibly the wring could be a scum of water spots I'd missed in the shower so I played around with the Windex as well.  But, nope.  This ring, I can't clean away.  I'm going to have to take better care of myself and "walk" it away.  It's pretty bad when I squat to clean all the window sills and the next day my thighs feel like someone beat me.
I'm thinking I hold this one off for that "New Year" thingie.  As, I'm pretty booked.
There you have it.  I had a bunch of stuff in my head and now it's possibly rolling around in yours.  Sorry for the bore.  It's good to regroup though.  I do a lot.  I enjoy it all.  I lead a very full life.  I am very blessed and very lucky.
I have issues, but I handle them.  I'm up there somewhere on the totem pole.  I'm looking up (don't ever look down).
Happy Monday!  Make it a Great Day!



C said...

I just want you to know that you inspire me. I am not a great housewife and you make me wanna be. I have held the philosophy that the laundry and cleaning will be there tomorrow so long that the house is actually taking ME over. I need to organize more and get stuff done. I am also busy with life and I love to blog, but I need to get my butt in gear around this house. Thank you for sharing~C

Anonymous said...

My dh wants me to hang out with you, because you like to clean your house. Blogging hasn't been good for my house-cleaning routine...but he also blames the "ring around the waistline" on too much computer time.
(Your definition of the problem cracked me up!)

Happy Monday! I've got a newsletter to finish up and e-mail to the proofreader!

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

windex couldn't do it? wow!

Happy Monday FW! I am truly asleep at the wheel and maybe I need one of your Texas sized mugs of coffee to get me going today...

Tink said...

Excel is my ultimate organization source. I'm also buying an external hard drive to back-up everything on. You can get a really large one for about $100. I suggest putting one on your wish list this year. ;)

Jennifer said...

Uh, I AM so BEHIND on scrapbooking myself, ugh.

Prohomemaker.Com said...

What a wonderful way in which to recap what's going on with you. Hope the huge grocery trip goes well. I still remember how my Mom would say, "Now I get to go home and put it all away." ... I'm off to LA Wednesday to visit my pal Jayne, and come back Friday evening. Bag is all packed, and I am gonna help her do the T-day dinner Wednesday night (of course, I followed all my rules and have it all planned out -- she's happy 'cause she hasn't done a dinner in 20 years). Anyway, thanks for the break -- back to work for me.

Lis Garrett said...

I have an external hard drive that I use to back things on and, really, I should be using it every single day (especially now that I've up and decided to start writing a book).

I can tell from this post that we are more alike than we are different. ;-)

Dianne said...

I wasn't bored at all!! It's cool to hear about all the things you're up to and Lordy!! are you up to a whole lot of things

Have a wonderful holiday Lady. Make sure to actually enjoy all the moments, it doesn't have to be perfect - it does have to be fun.