To-Do list revisited

As I said in my earlier post, the to-do list changed as the day went on.003-List-3

Before I starting on the “real” work, I had to make a phone call and take bread dough out of the freezer.

Then I tackled the list.

Flower pots – clean and put away.



Tomato cages and hardware cloth/mesh – gone but not forgotten.




I want to staple/nail the hardware cloth to the lattice around the base of the deck and a few inches underground then paint it black.  Small furry creatures like chipmunks and rabbits live under the deck and I want them to move.


Heartless?  Maybe.  But those little furry things ate through the wiring for our deck lights and repairing that was a bit costly.


And it might keep snakes out of there, too.


After Mr. Aitch weed whacked, I raked up all the debris and clippings.



Waffle mix.  Done.


I also moved a planter box that was between our cars in the garage to another place along the side wall. 023-Planter

And picked some grape tomatoes to share with our neighbor, Peggy.


It might be cheating but I add things to my to-do list after I do them just so I can cross them off.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment and proof that I did something.  Do you do that, too?

Painting the wall above the shower and sewing the box bag didn’t make the cut.  tomorrow-ia-another-day


To-do list

Looks doable.


Already adding to it…


As the day wore on, the list changed.

Mr. Aitch and I have waffles every Sunday.  I used to buy a mix but now make my own.  I just mix up several batches of the dry ingredients and store it in a container with the rest of the recipe taped to the side.


After a shower emergency (more on that another day) last month, I have to repaint the repair.


When we cleaned out the garage earlier this summer these pots “were” scrubbed.  They have been sitting here for way too long so they need washed again before going back into the garage.


That big black thing on the left was the collar for the septic tank that was removed in June.  It was buried up to the top for easy access clean-out for the septic tank.  Now that we don’t need the collar anymore I want to fill it with soil and transplant my mint so it doesn’t take over the yard.  It won’t stay there but I’m just not sure where to put it.


Mr. Aitch can’t weed-whack around all that.


Yes.  Rain water and grass clippings in that tub.  Gross!


Again from the garage cleanup: Hardware cloth/mesh and tomato cages.  Two of the three tomato plants don’t need any additional support from the cages and the third one is a monster and too unwieldy to get a cage around it now.



Mr. Aitch said four little words to me and I am on it!  Today!!

What did he say?

This will attract snakes.  It was the last word that got me.  Snakes.


In the 22 years we’ve lived here, I’ve only seen three snakes.  That’s pretty good for living in a rural area.  God has a purpose for all creatures but I’m not a fan of snakes and I certainly don’t want them close to the house.


These have to go NOW so the grass/weeds can be cut down.

What I really want to do is sew and start making a box bag.

Do you make to-do lists?

Do you follow them?

Did I cross off everything on my to-do list?

What’s for dinner?


When the kids were still living at home, I planned our weekly meals based on who had to go where and when each evening.   Piano lessons, drum lessons, band practice (for Mr. Aitch and the kids), soccer practice, orthodontist appointments, meetings, teaching, you name it.  Something was happening practically every weeknight so I had to be organized.  I made 30-minute meals long before Rachael Ray coined the phrase.

I went to the market every Sunday morning right after church while my kids were in CCD (Sunday School for the non-Catholics).  I still go then even though I don’t have to.  It’s just a habit.

The newspaper ads helped me decide our meals as I mostly bought whatever was on sale.  Ribs were on sale this week so that’s what we had Sunday evening but I didn’t think much about the rest of the week.

dinner plate

Like tonight.

I have no idea what to have.

What are you fixing for dinner tonight?

What did you have last night?

Any ideas for tomorrow?



The most amazing jigsaw puzzle

Five of us put together this amazing puzzle while we were visiting my brother in New Hampshire last week.  My brother, sister, sister-in-law, sister-in-law’s nephew and I.  Mr. Aitch and Mr. Are (my brother-in-law) cheered us on.

The puzzle has irregular edges.  It was in the shape of a frog.


The pieces were not the typical shaped pieces either.  There were frogs, fish, mermaids, sharks, at least one seahorse, buffalo, birds, and many other fun shapes. Sorry, no separate photos of those but you can make out some of those shapes below.


009-NH-Trip-Frog-5The puzzle called “Frog” by Sue Coccia and is produced by Liberty Puzzles.  Their logo piece is an eagle with the word “Liberty” on the back.  The cut pattern for this puzzle is different from the one currently one their website.

As we started oohing and awing over the various shapes Sunday afternoon, my sister kept saying “It’s too hard.  It’s too hard.” But we persevered.



And by Tuesday afternoon it was complete.  The amusing, whimsical shapes and family interaction were extraordinary.

What fun group activities does your family do?  Do you like jigsaw puzzles?