On the Mend

Tracy / August 14, 2006

I couldn’t help but snap this photo during a recent down pour! This is the only down side to drying laundry outside.

Believe it or not, it was so hot last week, after the laundry came in, the children stayed outside to play in it for a few minutes!

We seem to be slowly returning to the world of healthy people.

I hate being sick! I am not good at resting and waiting to feel better. I’m the one who always jumps up to do this or that and ends up paying for it by spending an extra week feeling worse than I did to begin with. UGH.

Anyway, I’m so glad that seems to be slowly behind me. We are feeling a little better today. Still a few yucky noses and still some coughing but the worst seems to be over.

The last month has been incredibly difficult. There have been so many things happening that it’s been hard to stay on top of it all. Thank you for all of your prayers and calls of encouragement. They mean so much to me!

So today, (I feel like it’s been a life time since I was last able to do this) we’re going to try to get back to normal. There is no trick to housekeeping around here. Our normal weekly schedule looks like this:

Monday– Straighten the house, Clean bathrooms

Tuesday– Clean Living Room

Wednesday– Clean Kitchen (This is the day before our grocery visit)

Thursday– Halls, Laundry and Bedrooms

Friday– Gardening and Preparation for the weekend

Saturday– Work on big family projects, Prepare foods for tomorrow.

I change it every few months to reflect changes in our weekly school or activity schedule.

Having a simple house cleaning schedule has kept me on track for our home to stay realistically clean. I can always tell when we’ve not been following this schedule because the house really suffers!

With that being said, every day as I clean the assigned space, I also try to deep clean one area of that room. Today that will be under bathroom sinks. We need to go through, de clutter and wipe the cabinetry down. If I can stay on this task without distraction, it doesn’t usually take more than 30-45 minutes per room…and the larger rooms really don’t take long because there is space to recruit some help!

*It’s also a good idea to have your homemaking notebook with you so as you clean, so you can make note of supplies you need for that room or repairs that need to be made.

I’m actually excited about getting back to our routine.

Today’s Prayer Requests

Continued for healing and health for our family.

Our finances. (For just about everyone else I know, too!)

The Fuchs family and upcoming medical procedures.

Deborah Miller is having health related issues.

Today I’m Thankful For

My Family…they’ve been great while we’ve all been feeling bad.

Our emergency menu plans have been going very well!! I’m really impressed that for 10 people we spent as much as we did and are having great meals! I’m looking forward to posting the entire list on the site when our two weeks are up!

The watermelon are getting bigger and bigger and now we have tiny beans making their appearance. As I’ve said before, I really regret that we started our gardening so late. Just one day last week, we harvested over 15 tomatoes! I couldn’t believe it! I know if we had started this little gardening project earlier, we would have been seeing lots of produce by now!

I spoke with my Grandmother last week and she seemed to be doing well.

Things that Paul and I were able to accomplish over the weekend.

Tracy’s Task

If you don’t already have one, join me today in creating a weekly family cleaning routine for your family. You won’t be disappointed.

Don’t think that your system has to look like mine. Some people prefer for their house cleaning to all be done on one day…that’s O. K.– it can be personalized for you and you family. The point here is to just have one.

What I’m Learning

The new Sudafed PE is *NOT* the same. I sent Paul to the drug store and due to the pharmacy being closed this was all he could get. It is not the same!

I hate that a few people who would insist on using medications for illegal purposes would ruin it’s convenience for the rest of us!

In any case, don’t even waste your money.

Today’s Scripture Meditation

I love the book of Ecclesiastes. I have actually spent a great deal of time reading this little book over the last couple of years.

Eccl 3:12-14
“I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil– this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.”

Eccl 12:9-14
“Not only was the Teacher wise, but also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true. The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails– given by one Shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”

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