Originally Posted by sunnysandiegan
Jan 8 - Two playdates and an evening meeting left me with very little time to work on our home today.
I did, however, return my friend's cherry pitter and pie plate from New Year's Eve. We brought her some pie and a movie (You Can Heal Your Life
) that she and I watched while our kids (age 7) played together. They had a great time together and so did we!
Jan 9 - DD pretty much stuck to me like glue all day long...like right on top of me all day type of day. I recall watching the same movie again with DD and then reading a book with DD most of the afternoon and evening, taking turns reading aloud. DH worked from home, too. While it was a "cozy" day
, it was completely unproductive. Like someone above said, "priorities"!
Jan 10 - An impromptu playgroup get-together at the beach gave me an opportunity to give a bag of barely worn gifted clothes of DD's away to another little girl who is thoroughly loving them!
: I also had a brand new hairbrush that DD was given for Christmas that is too big for her and really hurts her head... I had also tried it and also disliked it immensely. One of the moms LOVES this type of brush and was so grateful to have a new one.
: I also returned a Mason jar to a mom who had given us homemade jelly. YUM!
Jan 11 - Today was a different type of "decluttering" day.
DH had an eye appointment at Costco this morning. First one in 10 years and the doc told him he has the best eyes she was likely to see all day. We had planned for new glasses for him and he didn't need them.
I was there simply to help him choose new glasses after I exchanged a non-functioning DVD we had purchased a few days ago. Aside from the replacement DVD, we walked out of there with nothing new. Ah, AMAZING!
Later in the day, we attended a fire ceremony as a family. Each person in the group (25?) wrote out a list of the specific things (qualities about ourselves, beliefs we had, etc) we no longer wished to have and we tossed them into the fire. That felt celebratory!!!!
: Each person then wrote out what we do want to create in our lives for 2009, including why they were important to us. We then wrote on a different sheet of paper what the potential obstacles would be and tossed those into the fire. (We have some homework for the next part of the exercise and then will be continuing with this work in the next few monthly meetings.) I feel lighter already!
Thanks for the positive comments!
The fire ceremony was really beneficial and lovely!
Jan 12 - Mondays are my "home blessing hour" days. I borrowed the inspiring term from FLYlady, but I execute it differently than she suggests.
I just spend an hour doing whatever needs the most love and attention in our physical home. I do not recall what got accomplished this particular day, but I had help from my DD (age 7). I also had a healing session and cleared out some negative "stuff" in order to make room for wonderful thoughts and feelings (to go along with my intention for 2009, as written the night before).
Jan 13 - On Tuesdays, I spend an hour on finances and paperwork. I got rid of a stack of paperwork and "processed" another stack.
I also spent a bit of time on the phone taking care of some lingering business. Dare I say I cleared some more "mental clutter"???
DD & I also ran errands and took care of a lingering task or two.
Jan 14 - Wednesdays are usually "project days" for me, but DD is still on Winter Break and a project not directly involving her is unlikely to succeed. LOL However, she decided to go on a picnic with grandpa for a couple hours in the afternoon and then played at his house, so I got to finish some *long* lingering finance projects. It took me hours to do the research, but we'll be saving money and we are ready for the changes to DH's healthcare coming on 2/1/09. More "mental clutter" GONE!!! Not to mention the paper clutter I had been keeping to remind me to do the tasks. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, I filled the larger than usual wastebasket 3-4 times!
Oh, I also converted this particular wastebasket in the family office to a "recycling only" receptacle.
Jan 15 - Thursdays are special Mommy & Daughter days usually.
It is DD's short day when she is in school, so we spend the extra time doing something special together. Um, well, since she had an upcoming sleepover at our house, our oh so special activity this Thursday was cleaning the house!
We had gotten so far off track due to the holidays and extended work break for DH (6 days off) and school break for DD (4-1/2 weeks off). As I pulled laundry out of the dryer, I inspected for holes and wear/tear. As we straightened up rooms, items were critically analyzed. We filled a bag for charity already. (We just donated an entire TRUNK FULL of stuff last week!) We did get out for an hour or so for a fun playdate.
Jan 16 - Our family Winter Break project has been building DD a dollhouse from recycled items. We had been collecting gently used items and had neighbors collecting for us, too. Our living room was a disaster zone from this project! We checked potential items against the dolls and the space in the house and recycled all the items that were not suitable. Um, five trips to the recycling bins! Other housecleaning resulted in a trip or two to the trash. DD decided she wanted to pull out her trundle for the sleepover for the first time in, um, a year. DH rid the house of dust bunnies. LOL I painted the girls' nails and that finished off one of those lousy bottles of kids nail polish.
(Friday, btw, is traditionally 'Friend Day' at our house. LOL It is rarely a sleepover night, though.)
Jan 17 - Today DD had a birthday party to attend while I was in class most of the day. These are the times I am SO GRATEFUL I have a gift box with items purchased on sale for kids and women and general adult gifts. DH & DD "shopped" in my special box and DD made a card with existing (and plentiful) craft supplies. They even figured out where the gift wrapping supplies were. I had sort of forgotten all about the birthday party.
(I had remembered I was picking DD up from the party after class, so that's the important part, right??? LOL) Anyway, this "box" had grown to two boxes and was overflowing at that. I had recently gone through it all and pared it down considerably. Just one box now and things fit even better now.
DH also helped me declutter the freezer a bit by starting a turkey stock on his own. He actually cooks far more often and far better than I do, but the whole stock (bone broth) thing is my baby and he hasn't even paid attention to it...or so I thought! LOL He had been saving cut-up pieces of veggie scraps in a freezer bag just for me. So, the old foil roasting pan got recycled along with the rest of the turkey carcass from Thanksgiving and a bag of veggie scraps from the last two weeks. Our freezer is looking GOOD!
January is turning out to be a mighty productive month for our family!!!