Saturday, January 20, 2018

5792 Steps yesterday.

Did the grocery shopping yesterday. Found a great deal on chairs at Salvation Army; 3 for $15.00 each. Exactly the colors I needed, too :-)

I haven't done any of my morning routine (except coffee and KoolAid), since Hubby is still asleep and I don't want to wake him

Today, as soon as I'm done with my computer work, I will finish getting the music ready for tomorrow and take my grocery money from the family's main account. I will also get a gift ready to mail.

I may or may not get extra housework done, though I do need to do the cooking for tomorrow. Hubby has some sort of plan he isn't telling us about for after lunch.

Early Morning Routine:
  • Dress
  • Change trash bags in Master Bath can.
  • Wash the mirror
  • Wash the toilet
  • 1 weekly chore in the bathroom (None today.)
  • Made my bed
  • Straightened up my bedroom.
  • Started a load of laundry
  • Fixed Hubby's KoolAid for supper
  • Fixed my coffee
  • Devotions time
  • Worked on my Dad's book
  • Rotated Laundry
Today's Bible Study

I still need to:
  • Do my morning routine
  • Rotate laundry again
  • Eat breakfast
  • Do my emails, deleting everything I won't need in the future
  • Check off the children's computer school work
  • Post some posts explaining the goodies available for Lilla Rose on Facebook
  • Clean the Family bath
  • Make the 6yo's bed (its a loft bed and he can't reach it well enough to make it)
  • Vacuum the kids rooms and hall (I just hit the parts of the floor I can get to without moving anything. Some days that's the whole floor. Some days it's only the hall way). 
  • Water my plants
  • Shower
  • Cut up veggies for munchies
  • Hopefully, walk around the block (about a mile- but not today!)
  • No School today.
Later (not) today:
  • Practice my music
  • Do an herbal lesson
  • Clean unders all around the house (set the timer for 15 minutes and just do what I can in that time. Got my bedroom done yesterday)
  • Dust for 10 minutes
  • Wipe down all windows, mirrors, and fingerprints (this takes about 15 minutes in my house if I do it every week)
  • Work on the music and website for the church.
  • Clean out the fridge.

Today's Meals:

  • Hot dogs
  • Nachos
  • Hubby is taking everyone out

     Today's FlyLady Mission:

    • Do something fun with your family

    Tami's assignments (Tami is a homeschooling mom of 6 who is a partner of FlyLady):

    • Do something fun with your family

    How about you? What's on your list today?

    Have a great day!

    I highly recommend Flylady.com

    Friday, January 19, 2018

    I think we have another cold coming on. Hubby didn't feel well last night, and I'm having a hard morning. Everyone else slept in.

    Yesterday I only did around 2500 steps. This is not unusual for a Thursday. It's simply harder on days I don't have time to go around the block to get enough steps in.

    Nice lunch with Dad and visit at his house yesterday.

    I've done most of my early morning routine. I'm achy, so I skipped the Swish and Swipe in the bathroom. Still need to do emails and correct yesterday's school work.

    Today, as soon as I'm done with my computer work, I will get the shopping lists ready and we'll go grocery shopping. May go to the thrift store and Walmart, too. I haven't decided yet.

    I may or may not get extra housework done.

    I did get the powerstrip fixed and the microwave shelf cleaned up. The nails holding the strip to the wall came out. So I put drywall reinforcers in and added screws. If that doesn't hold (as it might not in this house) I will have to do something besides hang the strip.

    Still need to finish picking the music for church, and catch up on some paper work in my Control Journal (office in a bag).

    Yeah. Busy day ahead.

    Early Morning Routine:
    • Dress
    • Change trash bags in Master Bath can.
    • Wash the mirror
    • Wash the toilet
    • 1 weekly chore in the bathroom (None today. Let the dog out and shut the gate instead. The son who usually does it is sleeping in since he got his new mattress.)
    • Made my bed
    • Straightened up my bedroom.
    • Started a load of laundry
    • Fixed Hubby's KoolAid for supper
    • Fixed my coffee
    • Devotions time
    • Worked on my Dad's book
    • Rotated Laundry
    Today's Bible Study

    I still need to:
    • Rotate laundry again
    • Eat breakfast
    • Do my emails, deleting everything I won't need in the future
    • Check off the children's computer school work
    • Post some posts explaining the goodies available for Lilla Rose on Facebook
    • Clean the Family bath
    • Make the 6yo's bed (its a loft bed and he can't reach it well enough to make it)
    • Vacuum the kids rooms and hall (I just hit the parts of the floor I can get to without moving anything. Some days that's the whole floor. Some days it's only the hall way). 
    • Water my plants
    • Shower
    • Cut up veggies for munchies
    • Hopefully, walk around the block (about a mile- but not today!)
    • No School today, though each child has their own shopping list and is to compare prices and pick the best deal. Add to that the work and learning accomplished on Sunday and I count Friday-Sunday as a full school day.
    Later (not) today:
    • Practice my music
    • Do an herbal lesson
    • Clean unders all around the house (set the timer for 15 minutes and just do what I can in that time. Got my bedroom done yesterday)
    • Dust for 10 minutes
    • Wipe down all windows, mirrors, and fingerprints (this takes about 15 minutes in my house if I do it every week)
    • Work on the music and website for the church.
    • Clean out the fridge.
    It may be noticed that washing dishes is not on my to do list or routines anywhere. I have 9 children and we dirty a lot of dishes!

    I divided my kids into 4 teams of 2 (my oldest son isn't on a team since he works outside the home. My second son also works, but insists he stays on a team. I fill in for him when there is a clean up and he's not here.)  These teams change every month.

    Then I divided up the "after meal clean up" into 4 zones;
    1. Wash and Rinse dishes
    2. Dry and Put up dishes
    3. Clean the counters
    4. Clean the table and Sweep the dining-room.
    Each team does one zone and the zone rotates every meal (so, whoever washes/rinses breakfast dishes, dries and puts up lunch dishes, washes the counters after supper, and cleans the table and sweeps the dining room after breakfast the next day.)

    So, honestly, I seldom wash dishes :-)

    If I had a dish washer and a smaller family I would turn the machine on before bed each night and empty it first thing in the morning. This way my family could hide all the dirty dishes in the machine all day long and the kitchen would stay clean :-)

    Today's Meals:

    • SOS (Search or Starve)
    • Same as breakfast
    • Actually, the same. Hubby is wanting Prime Rib and it goes on sale at all the casinos on Friday, so he wants date night tonight instead of Sunday.

     Today's FlyLady Mission:

    • Shine your tub and sink. I will be skipping this. The sinks don't need it (shining my old sinks makes absolutly no difference at all and I wash them when I Swish and Swipe). The tub in the Family bath has the cat's litter box and I'm just too achey to tackle that today. I wiped down the tub in my bathroom 2 days ago while doing my Swish and Swipe.

      For the laundry room, wipe down your washing machine and dryer. I did this a couple days ago when I cleaned the Laundry Room.

    Tami's assignments (Tami is a homeschooling mom of 6 who is a partner of FlyLady):

    • Clean your tub
    • Empty the trash, sweep, and mop. (I have my trash emptied everyday. It cuts down on the mousey problem. The sweeping and mopping the middle rooms, I would try to get to it if I felt better, but today, I'm not holding my breath)


    How about you? What's on your list today?

    Have a great day!

    I highly recommend Flylady.com

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    One of my sons came to the conclusion his mattress was worn out and that was the cause of his backaches. So, since he has a job, he ran to Walmart after work one day and bought a new mattress. Unfortunately, he didn't call me and ask what size his bed was, and ended up buying a full for a twin sized bed.

    So, Hubby ordered a twin mattress from Walmart to trade with him. It arrived yesterday. So during my housecleaning time, instead of doing what I had planned, I took the full mattress, and since its a Memory Foam type, I cut it up to make new mattresses for my two youngest kids (both of whom were using crib mattresses, though the 10yo had to extend it by adding padding under her pillows off the mattress. She now has a almost twin sized mattress. She sleeps on a bottom, full sized, bunk, but all her toys are also on her bed in shelves. We added plywood to the bed to make a sitting room type of arrangement. This was fine when she was little, but now she is taller and was really needing the bigger mattress.)

    We've decided to go ahead and replace all the mattresses that need it. This may end up being as many as 7. It will take some time.

    Yesterday I topped 5000 steps again. :-)

    I've done my early morning routine. Still need to do emails and correct yesterday's school work.

    So, today I will still do my late morning routine and school, but since I'm supposed to meet my dad for lunch, we will start school early instead of walking around the block.

    I may or may not get extra housework done.

    Ideally, I would clean under my microwave and fix the powerstrip/surge protector it and the coffee pot plug into (extra protection, over the GFI already installed. Besides, I can't reach the plug behind the dresser they sit on. My dad is an electrician and approves this set up as long as we don't overload the powerstrip) For some reason the strip fell off the wall where I hung it. I need to figure out what happened, remedy that, then clean everything up from the mice (have I mentioned we have a biblical-level plague going on here?)

    I should also get my menu ready for next week, make the shopping lists for tomorrow, finish picking the music for church, and catch up on some paper work in my Control Journal (office in a bag).

    Yeah. Busy day ahead.

    Early Morning Routine:
    • Dress
    • Change trash bags in Master Bath can.
    • Wash the mirror
    • Wash the toilet
    • 1 weekly chore in the bathroom (None today. Let the dog out and shut the gate instead)
    • Made my bed
    • Straightened up my bedroom.
    • Started a load of laundry
    • Fixed Hubby's KoolAid for supper
    • Fixed my coffee
    • Devotions time
    • Worked on my Dad's book
    • Rotated Laundry
    Today's Bible Study

    I still need to:
    • Rotate laundry again
    • Eat breakfast
    • Do my emails, deleting everything I won't need in the future
    • Check off the children's computer school work
    • Post some posts explaining the goodies available for Lilla Rose on Facebook
    • Clean the Family bath
    • Make the 6yo's bed (its a loft bed and he can't reach it well enough to make it)
    • Vacuum the kids rooms and hall (I just hit the parts of the floor I can get to without moving anything. Some days that's the whole floor. Some days it's only the hall way). 
    • Water my plants
    • Shower
    • Cut up veggies for munchies
    • Hopefully, walk around the block (about a mile- but not today!)
    • School time!
    Later (not) today:
    • Practice my music
    • Do an herbal lesson
    • Clean unders all around the house (set the timer for 15 minutes and just do what I can in that time. Got my bedroom done yesterday)
    • Dust for 10 minutes
    • Wipe down all windows, mirrors, and fingerprints (this takes about 15 minutes in my house if I do it every week)
    • Work on the music and website for the church.
    • Yes, I'll clean out the fridge. That will include fixing the rest of the veggies to be eaten raw so they will be gone by shopping Friday.
    It may be noticed that washing dishes is not on my to do list or routines anywhere. I have 9 children and we dirty a lot of dishes!

    I divided my kids into 4 teams of 2 (my oldest son isn't on a team since he works outside the home. My second son also works, but insists he stays on a team. I fill in for him when there is a clean up and he's not here.)  These teams change every month.

    Then I divided up the "after meal clean up" into 4 zones;
    1. Wash and Rinse dishes
    2. Dry and Put up dishes
    3. Clean the counters
    4. Clean the table and Sweep the dining-room.
    Each team does one zone and the zone rotates every meal (so, whoever washes/rinses breakfast dishes, dries and puts up lunch dishes, washes the counters after supper, and cleans the table and sweeps the dining room after breakfast the next day.)

    So, honestly, I seldom wash dishes :-)

    If I had a dish washer and a smaller family I would turn the machine on before bed each night and empty it first thing in the morning. This way my family could hide all the dirty dishes in the machine all day long and the kitchen would stay clean :-)

    Today's Meals:

    • Breakfast is BLT's cooked by Jennifer (14yo)
    • Lunch will be out with Grandpa
    • Supper will be spaghetti as made by Joe (18yo)

     Today's FlyLady Mission:

    • Check your supplies in the bathrooms and laundry room (only this isn't how I handle that. I have all such supplies listed on my weekly grocery inventory list. The person assigned to do the "non-food" items checks the cupboard we store cleaning supplies in. If we don't have an unopened bottle, pack of rolls, or bar of whatever, it goes on the list. So, I actually do this every week.)

    Tami's assignments (Tami is a homeschooling mom of 6 who is a partner of FlyLady):

    • Check your supplies in the bathrooms
    •  Declutter your magazines and papers


    How about you? What's on your list today?

    Have a great day!

    I highly recommend Flylady.com

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    I think I accomplish more when I'm not doing what I'm supposed to be doing :-P I got the laundry room cleaned and things pulled out from behind the machines while NOT cleaning windows, fingerprints, dusting, or cleaning the unders besides my bedroom, which I did do.

    Yesterday I topped 5000 steps.

    I've done my early morning routine. Still need to do emails and correct yesterday's school work.

    So, today I will still do my late morning routine, school, and then tackle my to do list.

    Early Morning Routine:
    • Dress
    • Change trash bags in Master Bath can.
    • Wash the mirror
    • Wash the toilet
    • 1 weekly chore in the bathroom (today, Moved everything and cleaned the whole counter instead of just what shows)
    • Made my bed
    • Straightened up my bedroom.
    • Started a load of laundry
    • Fixed Hubby's KoolAid for supper
    • Fixed my coffee
    • Devotions time
    • Worked on my Dad's book
    • Rotated Laundry and put a second load on (something I rarely have to do, though I ended up doing three loads yesterday. It's been a dirty weekend.)
    Today's Bible Study

    I still need to:
    • Rotate laundry again
    • Eat breakfast
    • Do my emails, deleting everything I won't need in the future
    • Check off the children's computer school work
    • Post some posts explaining the goodies available for Lilla Rose on Facebook
    • Clean the Family bath
    • Make the 6yo's bed (its a loft bed and he can't reach it well enough to make it)
    • Vacuum the kids rooms and hall. 
    • Water my plants
    • Shower
    • Cut up veggies for munchies
    • Hopefully, walk around the block (about a mile)
    • School time!
    Later today:
    • Practice my music
    • Do an herbal lesson
    • Clean unders all around the house (set the timer for 15 minutes and just do what I can in that time. Got my bedroom done yesterday)
    • Dust for 10 minutes
    • Wipe down all windows, mirrors, and fingerprints (this takes about 15 minutes in my house if I do it every week)
    • Work on the music and website for the church.
    • Yes, I'll clean out the fridge. That will include fixing the rest of the veggies to be eaten raw so they will be gone by shopping Friday.
    It may be noticed that washing dishes is not on my to do list or routines anywhere. I have 9 children and we dirty a lot of dishes!

    I devided my kids into 4 teams of 2 (my oldest son isn't on a team since he works outside the home. My second son also works, but insists he stays on a team. I fill in for him when there is a clean up and he's not here.)  These teams change every month.

    Then I divided up the "after meal clean up" into 4 zones;
    1. Wash and Rinse dishes
    2. Dry and Put up dishes
    3. Clean the counters
    4. Clean the table and Sweep the dining-room.
    Each team does one zone and the zone rotates every meal (so, whoever washes/rinses breakfast dishes, dries and puts up lunch dishes, washes the counters after supper, and cleans the table and sweeps the dining room after breakfast the next day.)

    So, honestly, I seldom wash dishes :-)

    If I had a dish washer and a smaller family I would turn the machine on before bed each night and empty it first thing in the morning. This way my family could hide all the dirty dishes in the machine all day long and the kitchen would stay clean :-)

     Today's FlyLady Mission:

    Clean out the fridge
    Fish all the things out that have fallen behind the washer.

    Tami's assignments (Tami is a homeschooling mom of 6 who is a partner of FlyLady):
    • Toss out of date cosmetics. 
    • Wipe windows and mirrors in the whole house (no more than 15 minutes).


    How about you? What's on your list today?

    Have a great day!

    I highly recommend Flylady.com

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    I didn't get the things done I wanted to yesterday. Instead I remembered I needed to pick up some medicine at the pharmacy. While I was there I decided to go the the Dollar Tree nextdoor and buy 1 week's worth of food for our church's food pantry. This is an experiment to see if it would be better to fix standard bags of food to help or keep being quite random.

    Oh, and I've been keeping track of my steps per day. I do good to hit 4000 most days. I hit more than 6000 yesterday. You wouldn't think just walking would make you sore, but today I ache all over.

    I've done my early morning routine. Still need to do emails and correct yesterday's school work (best "first day back" ever, by the way. The norm is to get nothing done.)

    So, today I will still do my late morning routine, school, and then tackle my to do list.

    Early Morning Routine:
    • Dress
    • Change trash bags in Master Bath can.
    • Wash the mirror
    • Wash the toilet
    • 1 weekly chore in the bathroom (today, dusted the edges in the bathtub)
    • Changed my sheets
    • Straightened up my bedroom.
    • Started a load of laundry
    • Fixed Hubby's KoolAid for supper
    • Fixed my coffee
    • Devotions time
    • Worked on my Dad's book
    • Rotated Laundry and put a second load on (something I rarely have to do)
    Today's Bible Study

    I still need to:
    • Rotate laundry again
    • Fix my breakfast
    • Do my emails, deleting everything I won't need in the future
    • Check off the children's computer school work
    • Post some pictures of hair clips to Facebook
    • Clean the Family bath
    • Make the 6yo's bed (its a loft bed and he can't reach it well enough to make it)
    • Vacuum the kids rooms and hall. 
    • Water my plants
    • Shower
    • Cut up veggies for munchies
    • Since it's raining, we'll probably put Wii on for exercise today.
    • School time!
    Later today:
    • Practice my music
    • Do an herbal lesson
    • Clean unders all around the house (set the timer for 15 minutes and just do what I can in that time)
    • Dust for 10 mnutes
    • Wipe down all windows, mirrors, and fingerprints (this takes about 15 minutes in my house if I do it every week)
    • Work on the music and website for the church.

    Today's FlyLady Mission:

    Throw away all your worn out linens
    Fish all the things out that have fallen behind the washer. 

    How about you? What's on your list today?

    Have a great day!

    I highly recommend Flylady.com

    Monday, January 15, 2018

    Morning All!

    This morning I have done my early morning routine, worked for 5 minutes on editing my dad's book, and caught up the church financial books.

    I'm fixing to make my breakfast and do my late morning routine, including the weekly chore of cleaning all the glass and fingerprints off doors and light switches.

    Then a walk around the block and we will have our first day of school for the year (which I am totally not ready for!)

    This afternoon, I need to water my newest trees, work in the yard for a bit, and do a bit of cleaning under things (a weekly chore). I also need to do my weekly church chores (i.e. pick the music for the next week's worship service, catch up the church's prayer list).

    So, daily:
    • Early and late morning routines
    • School
    • Afternoon routines
    • 15 minutes in my yard
    Weekly chores:
    • glass and fingerprints
    • unders 
    • Church stuff
    Plus I need to runt to the store to pick up a prescription and do a bit of shopping for the church.

    Busy day ahead!

    How about You?

    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Morning.

    Trouble sleeping last night. We plugged in an electric heater we hadn't used in a while and I kept smelling the dust burning. Blahhh.

    Today's Bible study: http://bestbiblecommentary.blogspot.com/2016/05/chapter-8-end-of-flood.html

    I've already done most of my morning routine, but not all of it. Just too tired.
    • Laundry is started
    • Bed is made
    • Devotions done

    On schedule for today is:
    • An eye dr appointment for my oldest.
    • grocery shopping
    • pay some bills for the church
    • Set some mouse traps where I am hearing them again :-P
    • 10 minutes dusting again, hopefully :-)
    • Get as ready for school Monday as I can without ink in my printer. (I try to alwasy have an extra on hand but have some how run out)
    • Read the links I found on Jesus and minimalism. Here's one to start http://www.wordslingersok.com/2014/10/five-reasons-why-christians-should-consider-minimalism/
    • Flylady says to detail clean the kitchen floor. Mine actually looks pretty good, but I do have some bad spots in the dinningroom. If I have time I'll tackle those
    Chicken stir fry for supper tonight :-)

    So what are you up to today?