Ahh, the first time I've sat down on this computer today...the feet are up in the recliner :)
Wow, I cannot believe how productive this day has been. First off, our weekend was rather unproductive with things to do around here (garden, chicken coop etc) but we did have some nice family time at the county fair Saturday. I actually stayed on my diet, for real, except for a bit of cotton candy, but hey, I haven't had any in forever!
Anyways, I determined to go to bed early enough to get up early today. Well, I can't say that I went to bed early, but my alarm did go off at 5am and I managed to get up at 5:15. I made a cup of tea (trying to go easy on the coffee for a bit), then sat down with my Bible and a book by the minister Charles Capps, called "The Tongue, A Creative Force".
I wished I could have started at 5:00 so I had more time for reading, but shortly after 6am my husband was up and I started the morning stuff. I purposed that today I was going to do all the housecleaning I could- hoping it would work out- so I could have more time in the rest of the week. Cleaning bit by bit each day does work well, but at the same time it's nice to get it all done with. I have lots of sewing projects and need to help my husband work in the garden this week, so I decided to try to get it all done.
I switched out some laundry, then I went to take a shower and get dressed, made the bed and tidied the room, made Leiah's lunch and started breakfast. (we had whole grain cream of wheat, homemade banana muffins I had frozen a couple of weeks ago with yogurt cheese to spread on it). My dishwasher had been emptied the night before, so I didn't need to do that. I woke Leiah up (wow- she wasn't up yet, she's usually awake by 6:30) and got her dressed. The other two were awake so they got up. I finished breakfast and got Leiah to the table to eat. Then I started another load of laundry and made a list of to do's for today. We all ate breakfast here and there.
After Leiah and dh left, amazingly, the other two started playing with their toys!!! Breakthrough!! They NEVER ever just sit down and start taking toys out of the toy box and play- shocker! So I got to work- wiped down the bathrooms (sprayed the sinks, counters, toilets, shower/tub and wiped them); wiped down all appliances, screens and mirrors, mopped the kitchen floors, cleaned the girls' bedrooms, changed some sheets, vacuumed the whole house, did more laundry, finished the dishes and started the dishwasher, then we stopped to do school. After we got done, the girls were getting kind of rowdy and didn't want to go outside, so I separated them into different rooms to play for awhile. I boiled some eggs, washed a head of lettuce, unloaded the dishes, made tuna salad, spun the lettuce dry and chopped it, made our lunches and ate. Did more laundry, then I got a phone call. After that we cleaned up the toys, put Sarah to bed and I mixed up the meatloaf for dinner and went ahead and put it in the oven. Next I blended up a smoothie to drink because I was already getting hungry again :( Then time for Alexa to lay down.
Now I'm sitting and drinking my drink. I still have more clothes to fold, my sourdough starter to feed, potatoes to scrub and bake, a big salad to make and fabric that needs to be cut. BUT, I got a week's worth of cleaning done in like 1.5 hours. Now I'll just need to touch up later in the week. I'll give this plan a shot for awhile and see how it goes. Mondays are my best day as far as getting a lot accomplished, so it just makes sense to clean then.
I am having quilt issues for those interested. I'm really not sure what to do...still thinking on it.