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My Goals for the Month of September

Octavius September The Prudent Homemaker 


Garden Goals: is predicting hotter than usual weather for the southwest U.S. for September and October (and predicting an early fall for the Northeast and South). The heat makes it hard to want to work in the garden (just a couple of days ago it was 113ºF/45ºC), but work still needs to be done.  It's still too hot in September to plant most things for my fall garden (soil temperatures are 80-85ºF and air temperatures are over 100º, cooling down into the upper 90's by the end of the month) but I need to have the garden ready to plant in October.


1. Weed the garden

2. Fertilize fruit trees

3. Pull out dead vines

4. Deadhead zinnias

5. Start cutting down the dead peach tree. (My large Early Elberta tree died this year and I want to get it out so that I can replace it this fall).

6. Trim hedges

7. Fertilize roses

8. Pull out plants that died (several bushes and a tree) that are within the one-year warranty and return them to the nursery for credit. I will also take the pots back for credit, as they give a few cents credit for each of the larger black pots. 

9. Pull out large bushes that fried in June. June had 117º temperatures (something we don't usually see until July) and a lot of my plants completely burned. 



Sewing Goals:

1. Mend 10 items of clothing

2. Hem three pairs of pants for my husband

3. Continue to work on whitework embroidery project

4. Sew a gift (or two) for my daughter for her birthday



1. Donate items to the thrift store

2. Tidy the garden shed

3. Organize school supplies

4. Organize toiletry cabinet 


What are your goals for September?


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  • Lisa in Maine September 04, 2017

    This month we will be pulling out the onions then using the fresh onions in my cooking instead of my frozen ones so I have less to cut & freeze in Oct or at the latest November when we begin to heat with wood. I do not have cold storage so I will have to freeze what's left.I will also need to pull out the remaining garden produce--Zucchini, beets, carrots and any remaining cucumbers.
    I need to cook said zucchinis for meals--my husband would prefer them to be all zucchini bread--haha
    i need to go through my youngest daughters clothes to pull out what no longer fits and see what she will need for this winter.
    I need to take out my big bag of hats/gloves/neck warmers to see what still fits and what I need.
    I also need to check out the snowboot needs and order any if needed
    My kids are on school vacation starting 9/21 for potato harvest so I need to prepare quick lunches for them to eat while I work.
    Continue to write letters to my son in bootcamp
    The family dynamics have changed since said son left for bootcamp. I need to update the chore assignments.
    Teach my middle son to wash his own clothes.
    Take my middle son for lab work before his doctor appointment
    sell items on ebay
    continue organizing the freezer
    concentrate on organizing the household paperwork.
    I need to sit down and revisit the basics of my houshold's budget and spending.

  • Athanasia September 06, 2017

    Lisa, our potato harvest must be ahead of yours as our schools start late here always after Labor Day due to harvesting and tourism.

    We are also getting out the warmer clothes as has been in the mid 40's now in the mornings.

  • Cindy in the South September 07, 2017

    I find it so interesting that your schools work around the potato harvest for both of y'all. My mother used to get out of school in late October/early November to pick cotton. All the farms raised cotton in the part of Alabama where she is from, back in the 1940's, and all the kids that were age four and up, were in the fields helping to pick cotton. She and her siblings often spoke of dragging the cotton sack behind her.

  • Athanasia September 07, 2017

    Cindy, we watched a DVD of PLACES IN THE HEART. They grew a crop of cotton during the Depression to try to save their farm and that looks like an awful crop to have to deal with.

  • Juls Owings September 07, 2017

    Lisa in Maine..THANK YOU for the reminder to check snowboots... I checked Hubby's but not my own. Need inserts for the muck boots. Thanks

  • Jenny September 05, 2017

    Goals include:
    Plant out garden beds with native plants.
    Plant stevia in the vegie garden.
    Weed the courtyard from all the weeds that grew through winter.
    Repurpose an electric blanket into a delicates wash bag, wire garden ties for the roses, and a wool blanket for an emergency kit I am slowly putting together.
    Cute kid in the photo.

  • Caroline September 05, 2017

    Oh my goodness. He is so handsome!!! I love his haircut! I do believe the weather is correct. We live in the south and it feels like we will be having an early fall this year!!

  • momsav September 05, 2017

    What a cutie Octavius is! I love those little teeth!
    Garden goals...
    -Harvest any apples that are edible. It's not looking good.
    -Dump my compost can, play in the dirt with my shovel, replace.
    -Hack away at lilac bushes
    -Dig through my sewing tote and find x-stitch patterns I need to start a project. It's been years since I did any cross stitch so this may be a stretch.
    Go through eBay piles and donate or list. I need a clean slate for the new year. Clutter is not in my nature and it's already making me crazy.
    -Look for great meat sales. One of my sons is a meat manager at Kroger, which we don't have here. The sales they have are just incredible. I'm actually thinking of driving a couple of hours away to find better food deals before the snow flies. If we go to visit this son we'll definitely be taking coolers! (He's eight hours away.)
    That's enough for me. Wishing everyone a fabulous week!

  • Rhonda A. September 05, 2017

    Could your son pick up some of those great meat deals for you and store them in his freezer until you come for a visit? Not sure if he has the room to do that for you. But if he can, you could arrange to come visit him maybe once every couple weeks to a month, instead of going more frequently.

  • Athanasia September 06, 2017

    momsav and Rhonda, I wonder if he could store them up in the meat locker until they could be picked up.

  • Mary September 05, 2017

    My goals are to continue to lower our bills and keep working on swagbucks and survey sites for gift cards.
    To use up food before spoilage.
    To use up what we have as much as we can.

  • Becky @ Becky's Place September 05, 2017

    Move my two raised garden boxes to higher ground. I have one's frame moved but need to get the other moved and both of them filled so I can plant my garlic in both this fall.

    Get our shower surround pieces straightened out (they sent us a wrong piece) and get it installed. We'd hoped to have had it done last weekend. But it had to be delayed once we discovered the wrong part. Now we are waiting to hear back on how they are going to remedy this and when. Grr. We've already invested about a month's time since ordering the parts.

    Harvest and process some sweet baking variety of pumpkins that I grew from a few seeds from a friend from one of her pumpkins. There looks to be about five small to medium sized pumpkins ready to be taken off the vine soon. I'll roast and then mash and freeze. I'll likely give one pumpkin to my daughter, too, to do as she wishes.

    Need to order another work shirt. My employer pays half. But they are from Land's End and are still sort of expensive. Also, for work, I need to squeeze in the time to do several more training sessions on the computer at work (paid) and would like to learn how to access my pay stubs on my own home computer, which I have yet been able to do since starting there nearly a year ago.

    Husband and I need to figure out how to either order glass or a new window for one of our double pane windows that had a crack in one piece, which he removed.

  • Maxine September 05, 2017

    Call any glass supplier. I have had glass replaced for about half the price of a new window. It doesn't matter which brand of windows you have.

  • Jo September 05, 2017

    We have had so much rain and high heat, that it's killed several of my herbs that don't like that much moisture and heat. So, I will try to figure out what to replant, and how to grow them. Heat and humidity are going to be a problem every year, but this year was a topper.
    I still need to clean out my junk drawer.
    I need to clean carpets. Our old Cavalier K.C. spaniel is starting to have accidents. I've blocked her from the carpeted rooms now, but she had already had a couple of oopsies when I realized what was up.
    SO much weeding needs to be done, it's mind boggling. Spanish needles are taking over this place and are grown up around every tree and shrub.
    Pick more beauty berries and freeze them for jelly later.
    I managed to get some grapes before the critters did, for the first time in three years! So I am making things with grapes -- so far wine and juice to use later. I hope to get some more grapes soon, if the raccoons, opossums, crows, squirrels, deer and random birds don't beat me to it. They seem to know the exact second the grapes are ripe, and wipe them out.
    We need to get some outside painting done, and it's just not happening. I may have to use some of my precious remaining vacation to paint. I hate using most of my vacation days as work days, but sometimes, I don't have another way to do it.
    Brandy, that photo is gorgeous, as is your very photogenic model!

  • Juls Owings September 07, 2017

    talk to your vet, our old dog had bladder issues after being fed rat poison (thankful she didn't eat it but got enough on her teeth and mouth to damage her and NO we never caught the person) . The med was on the expensive side until we cut it in half and she did fine with that amount instead of what the vet said to use. Vet was okay since it worked.

  • How Mama Saves September 05, 2017

    Some of my goals for the month of September are the following:

    - Start a fall garden with spinach, radish, lettuce and carrots seeds I have on hand.

    - Continue to eat more protein/veggies and less sugar. I am easily losing weight this way and have much more energy!

    - Get a birthday box together for my sister-in-law and niece. Instead of buying everything at one time, I pick up things here and there and keep a gift box under my bed for birthday gifts I have found at great prices.

    - Continue to stock up my pantry and freezer, when items are at their lowest price.

    - Re-list and add more items to my account. I prefer to sell on there now, instead of Craigslist or Ebay.

    I'm sure there is more, but that is all I can think of at the moment! Hope you have a productive month and reach all your goals!

  • Juhli September 05, 2017

    Cross Country Move Related:
    • Schedule handyman service for:
    - Recirculating pump installed and old pump and outlet under bathroom sink removed
    - Holes in attic firewall between garage and living area repaired
    - Back door threshold repaired
    • Shutters for family room window ordered
    • Update wills, power of attorney, health care power of attorney, living trust
    • Identify items needed for earthquake/emergency supplies & bug out kits for home & car; start purchasing
    Retirement Related:
    • Hubby sign up for Medicare Parts A & B
    Family & Friends Related
    • Meet up with cousins during their vacation
    • Go to visit granddaughter using credit with Southwest plus some more
    • Have lunch with elderly aunt and uncle
    • Arrange to get together with another cousin
    • Write aunt and a cousin
    • Call friend in former location to hear about her vacation in Italy
    • Pick out a pattern to make a small cross body purse and get fabric
    • Keep promise to myself by stretching and exercising daily
    • Add one more weekly activity to my yoga class and OLLI class
    • Get flu shot

  • Lilllanna Pickles September 05, 2017

    Sweet Octavius makes me want a dozen more babies. Sadly, I just got too old for more.
    I would like to paint most walls in my crayon box colored house. The former owners were quite colorful.
    I need to nail up some drywall and at least tape it up.
    I want to insulate all Windows with bubble wrap and cover with plastic.
    I have an assortment of winterizing products to install like stuff that goes behind the electrical outlets.
    I imagine I will putter around the house slowly as I must not injure my back while I recover from back surgery. I will be having a second one done soon but feel like I can get something's done. All the materials were bought long ago so pulling them all out is the hardest part. ( I think some are hiding from me )
    I want to pull my Xmas tree out.
    I will continue to look for Xmas presents . All clearance, marked down or discounted of course.

  • Athanasia September 06, 2017

    Lillianna, I like the idea of a crayon box colored house! Are you thinking of adding more colors or toning it down?

  • Lilllanna Pickles September 06, 2017

    Kitchen and dining room are orange. Family room rose. Son's bedroom bright pink. Sugar cookies room is baby blue. Bathroom bright yellow. Living room two shades of army green. Master bedroom and bath are dark gray. I have 3 5 gallon buckets of good paint medium sandy colored ? These were left over from a job I did. Trying to decide cheapest way out as I will either need multiple coats are some Kilz. I am going to leave the green as it matches my furniture. I am confused as to what they were doing as paint types are wrong. Doors are stained brown over paint.I paid little at auction for my home, so I have all the time and patience in the world. It is an eyesore.

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