Saturday night I felt like I was coming down with a slight cold, and by Sunday I felt very tired. It took until around Friday before I started to feel better. I pretty much shelved my list of goals for the week.

Since I was resting, though, I decided to read. I read 5 books this week!

The Lightning Thief
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan’s Curse
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)
The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, Book 2)

Yesterday I started The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3)and I finished that one today. I was really glad that before reading this one, I had recently read Archimedes and the Door of Science, because the part about Archimedes was so much more interesting to me because of it! (The book about Archimedes is amazing! I highly recommend it!) I also was glad to have read about Horatius fighting at the bridge, even though it was a brief mention. I think my daughter (whose books I borrowed) enjoyed these books even more because she had read about these things first as well in our history studies.

Last Week’s Goals

1. Work on green dress for Winter.

2. Make waistband and finish skirt for Winter. Some progress is better than no progress.

3. Continue to embroider handkerchief at night. Not finished, but I did work on it!

4. Continue to prune trees in the garden.

5. Spread manure in the garden.

6. Replant where seedlings were eaten/nothing came up, depending on weather.

7. Cut out new dress for Winter. This will be a church dress for colder weather that I’ll give to her on her birthday or Christmas. I wasn’t able to do this, but I was able to cut out the bodice and collar for a dress for Liberty, which isn’t a surprise (so I could do it in front of the children). I also cut out the front to two drool bibs for the baby.

8. Eat at least 3 dinners al fresco.

9. Work on eating from the freezer.

I realize that I could set easier, more attainable goals each week, but seeing as these things still need to get done, I will continue to set my goals high. I’m also hoping that since I cooked a turkey on Saturday (and I didn’t freeze any of it), that we’ll be able to have some meals that are quicker this week, which should help make my more time-consuming goals more attainable.

This Week’s Goals

1. Work on Green dress for Winter (maybe? Hopefully!)

2. Finish skirt for Winter

3. Continue to embroider handkerchief at night

4. Plant more seeds in the garden

5. Cut out new dress for Winter

6. Take pictures for tutorial

7. Spend some time organizing the pantry

8. Prune trees for Thursday’s trash (have trash cans full)

9. Organize part of the library

10. Sew bibs

11. Praise each child each day

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  1. You are so right, every little bit counts! I will be working tomorrow on my daughters skirt and top for nice dress daysand for wearing with her grandparents when they attend theirCongregation (church). I also am hoping to making a set of jersey fabric bracelets and I found a tutorial for fabric necklaces so i am hoping to make these so they match color-wise with the bracelets.

  2. If you have not tried him, I highly enjoyed the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull. Well written, exciting, and nicely moral but not in a beat you over the head way.

  3. Oh right, goals. I want to try your graham cracker recipe and I am STILL trying to conquer Mt. Laundry. The seasonal sort is taking forever. I also am trying to finalize plans for my mom’s 65th birthday, and am continuing my quest to get my son potty trained. Not an awesome day with that today. No. No it was not.

  4. I’m so impressed that you were able to read so much in one week! I wasn’t able to even pick up my current book this past week.I also like your idea of cooking a whole turkey and then freezing the meat for dinners. I will have to make a note to buy some extra turkeys when they are on sale during Thanksgiving to save for later in the year.

  5. Keeping your goals is great, it is a reminder of what needs to get done. I think I may try this approach, because I feel just like I did when my oldest daughter was born, like I am getting nothing done. A goal list might help me see all that I do get done in a week, even if I don’t cross it all off I’ll have something I did to show for that time.

  6. I always feel like if I accomplish 50 to 75% of the things on my list that I have made progress. Especially with projects that I may call one thing but that are time intensive. I used to feel like my list was too long. Then I started breaking projects up and I started including things like work and other every day task so that I could feel more accomplished. I still have a list of 15 things but most weeks there are at least 5 things that are always on there (like cooking, working, even exercising). I am sharing this so that if anyone else struggles with this they can know that they are not alone.

  7. We will be painting, painting, painting! Only three more rooms to go! 🙂 I am also trying really hard to finish reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis before I have to return it to the library! I have one dress to fix the hem on, and start sewing Christmas gifts. I am always amazed at all the things you accomplish every week!

  8. My goals for this week:Harvest and store potatoes.Harvest and roast sunflower seeds.Harvest ans store squash.Plant and mulch garlic.I think that’s all the major stuff that I need to plan ahead for if it’s going to happen. 🙂

  9. You are doing a great job!I never get everything done on my daily list. Most of my days are filled with basics (cooking, baking, yard/garden work, laundry, cleaning) but I keep on writing everything on my list. If I didn’t, I’d just forget most of things that need to be done once or weekly/monthly basis, and that would create a chaos! Yes, I am a dreamer… 🙂

  10. My goals for this week:1) Move the dogwood tree in the front yard to the final destination. This tree was given to me as a “start” by a neighbor, who ordered 10 baby trees from the Arbor Foundation for free. She grew it in her garden for 2 years & I have babied it in a flower bed for a few more. Now it is big enough to not get run over by children & dogs, & needs planted in the yard.2) Finish off the apple butter in the crock pot & put it into the jars.3) Clear the garden of the frosted bean, cucumber & squash vines.4) Plant the “Marvel of 4 Seasons” lettuce, some under the glass cloches & some not.5) Use the pumpkin that is turning soft.-Marivene

  11. Since I live in South Texas, I love how your other website still has ice cream on it in October. Makes sense to me! We have had some much more pleasant temps lately, but it’s in the low 90’s today, and the a/c is running.

  12. Speaking of books, I wonder if you have ever read Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer? It is a about a family trying to survive after an asteroid knocks the moon into a lower orbit, causing natural disasters on Earth, knocking out the satellite systems, and changing life forever. The mother rushes to the stores and they buy cartfuls of canned goods and other supplies. The book is written in journal form, kept by the teenage daughter. It was one of the best books I’ve ever read.

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