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The Menu Plan, Working?

I had come up with a general menu plan. Last week I managed what’s in column 3. (I skipped week 2 as I was sick again and the menu was abandoned!)

Day Plan Actual wk 1 Actual wk 3
Monday Double Veg Lentils & Yams green rice & salad
Tuesday Soup/Stew/Salad Garlic Soup avocado toast, roasted red pepper soup, braised greens**
Wednesday 2nd Veg Lentils & Yams green rice, sauteed mushrooms, salad, fruit
Thursday Egg Asparagus & herb omelette HM hummus, fresh bread, salad
Friday Double Meat BBQ Beef blackberry cobbler (a.m.) and restaurant food (dinner)
Saturday Sandwich BBQ Beef Sandwich None, did flea market, followed by ice cream, then home
Sunday 2nd Meat Lentils & Yams*, salad lemon chicken, salad, corn

*The 3rd portion of lentils & yams was frozen Weds. We finished the beef Saturday, so we ate the last portion of lentils & yams from the freezer.

** The roasted red peppers were a container from the freezer, frozen last September!

I can say that menu planning this much it hit a few of my goals:

  • less waste
  • less meat
  • cheaper meals
  • set aside excess for “instant meals” so we don’t buy frozen food

But this is Memorial Day weekend, which means my big freezer needs to be EMPTY next week. Ack!

pointing fingerThe fridge’s freezer needed to be cleaned first. That’s now been done. 5/27/19 noon.

There is one empty shelf in the fridge’s freezer and one empty shelf in the big freezer. More work required! 6/4/19

After 5 Days

Cleaning up and Clearing every day? There is still too much stuff here. Still it isn’t as clean as I’d like.

So, I think I’ll ask some folks over for a meal this week and see if I can’t get through another spate of culling and cleaning beforehand? I have plans over the weekend, which makes this idea more difficult.

We’ll see?

By Friday last week I was pretty well burnt out. I spent 5 days intensely cleaning and culling, six if you count the flea market on Saturday and the purge after that. Then just cleaning Sunday – Thursday, and by Friday I really didn’t want to do anything more at all.

This past Saturday (2 days ago) we didn’t do as well at the flea market as we had the first week, but we still did it AND donated a batch o’ stuff to the Salvation Army afterwards.  Then I stopped at the market and bought the groceries for our lunch company the next day.

Sunday DH did a dump run early, which was good: the bins were full, there were 2 bags of garbage (our usual is 1) and things to donate.


Yesterday & Today

Yesterday I did do the general straightening I mentioned, but something else got done here — the bulk of the lettuce, kale, spinach, green onions, argula, etc. which makes my fridge look like it’s been hit by a green, leafy bomb this time of year –mostly got dealt with. My plan this year is to preserve a lot of it, by drying, then use it in the winter for soups and seasoning.

My helper came yesterday and chopped green stuff for a few hours. I have packages of still leafy greens to use fresh and others which have been separated into stems/leaves and rough chopped to dry. All the trays are being used. As is the mostly useless 3rd rack in my oven. It’s packed!

We need to make bread today, so the drying effort will be replaced for a while with bread proofing and baking, but the nice thing about drying leaves is that it takes very little time, unlike cherries, for example.

I want to get all these leaves dried so that when I get another batch, I’ll be caught up. This happens every spring. The CSA the first week or two is easy to keep up with, by weeks 4-5, I’m drowning in food, and it starts to go bad before I deal with it. I’m determined that isn’t going to happen this year!

Other plans this weekend: finish the first coat (at least) where I’ve got the knot sealer. The living room needs to be cleaned; the chimney sweep is coming Tuesday!

The rat wheel has gone into high gear! This rat needs to go DO something rather than talk about it. :*D



A Diary, Of Sorts

(Monday and Tuesday) yesterday differed from what I’d intended (Doesn’t it always?).

  • I did get the larger piece of wall primered, but not the smaller one.
  • I did wash the trashcans which had been gathered and patiently awaiting their baths.
  • I did some work for my job.
  • I also did dishes and laundry.
  • I did add the newly found stock to the accounting.

primered wood wall

  • I didn’t get the freezer clean out finished.
  • I didn’t make cherry muffins.
  • I didn’t get the new appliance cleaned.
  • I didn’t get a bleach load done.
  • I didn’t get the accounting spreadsheet updated.

Today’s plan?

  • Finish the piece for work. Worked on, not finished.
  • Bleach load at laundromat.
  • Return library book.
  • Call the accountant/deliver paperwork.
  • Pick up food at the farm.

farm field

And of course, the normal maintenance: dishes & laundry.

Not exactly what I had in mind!


  • Doctor’s Appt.
  • Work for a friend
  • Work regular job Again, large project not finished, but progress.
  • Finish primering front wall. Same as work project. Not finished, but I made progress.

The usual: dinner, laundry, dishes. DH found the frozen burritos. We had those. Yeah! Less in the freezer, no extra $ spent and it was quick. After driving all over and working on various and sundry all day, I was ready to not need to actually cook.

Not sure how much if any of the dishes and laundry was done. I know there isn’t a mountain of dirty dishes in the kitchen, so obviously at some point, they were washed.

Laundry? Not sure.


I helped a friend at her shop most of the day.

Did maintenance stuff, and that’s all otherwise.


I sanded the primer which needed it.

My helper taped all of the remaining trim on the short wall.

We tidied up the table and the laundry room.

We packed up all the bits & pieces I have to take to the new booth and put them in the car.

We cleaned the bottom shelf of the freezer. (What remains: the bins and wiping down the walls.)

Called the accountant. Paperwork will be delivered Monday.

Partial update on accounting spreadsheet.


I started cleaning the new appliance.

I bleached out the large empty trashcan

Went to the town festival (an annual thing)

Weed whacked around part of the lawn/beds (I can’t do it for a long period of time. The way the thing is made stresses my carpal tunnel and pinched nerve all at the same time.)

Started some of the laundry backlog.

laundry pile


We went to the dump.