1. Clean and organize closet with printer and school papers.

2. Put schoolbooks and teacher’s manuals together for the current school year

3. Make sure I have everything I need to start the school year

4. Clean and organize my desk

5. Put away clutter in my bedroom


1. Pick ripe apples and Asian pears in the garden

2. Plant sunflower seeds in garden

3. Plant zucchini seeds in garden for a fall harvest; these should ripen in October

4. Plant more red noodle beans

5. Trim grape vines

6. Trim espaliered apples

7. Cut flowers to bring in

8. Cut basil and hang it to dry

9. Plant peanuts (if I can find a place to try again; they did not germinate last time)


I don’t usually list cleaning goals, but I want to make sure I don’t forget these this week.

1. Clean glass on oven door (I’m going to try baking soda)

2. Clean oven racks

3. Run a short self-clean cycle on oven (It recommends 8 hours, but it is usually done after 30 minutes. During that entire time the windows have to be open, according to the manual–the smell is quite bad and supposedly toxic, so I only run it for 30 minutes while having the vent fan on and the windows and doors open.)

4. Sweep and mop my bedroom and bathroom

5. Wash hairbrushes and combs


1. Finish hemming my husband’s shirt sleeves

2. Add buttonholes to three items and sew buttons on them

3. Sew Scout insignia on Cyrus’ Scout shirt

4. Sew arrow points on Ezrom’s Scout shirt

5. Look through fabric that I have and decide on some things for some new dresses for Winter


I am working to recover a set of chairs. I’m doing one chair at a time. Last week I removed the double welting and washed the new fabric. This week I hope to:

1. Remove staples from chair

2. Remove fabric from chair and use it as a pattern to cut new fabric

3. Take all stuffing off of chair

4. Strip chair (I want to stain it a dark color, and right now it’s more of a pecan)


I do not plan on buying any food this week; we will eat from what we have on hand in the pantry and freezer, and what is ripe in the garden.

1. Order a print of a picture I downloaded (for free from the Getty) for Ezrom’s room

2. Look online for clearance shoes/sales for Winter, who is outgrowing her shoes and will now wear larger shoes than I do. (All of my family have wide feet, which usually means I purchase shoes online for the biggest selection and best deals). I may or may not purchase anything this week for her.


1. List items for sale on Craig’s list

2. Bump up listing of table and chairs that I already listed on Craig’s list

3. List books for sale online and figure out shipping costs (any suggestions for figuring out shipping expenses/how to best list books online for sale at Homeschool Classifieds would be appreciated, as I have never done this before and I don’t want to shortchange myself in shipping items).


Here are some of the things I plan on making this week:

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread

Tarragon Chicken Salad (using cucumber and tarragon from the garden)



Smoothies using home-canned and frozen fruit

Popsicles from the leftover syrup that was in the canned fruit

Banana Bread and zucchini bread

Fruit Salad using canned peaches, pears, and grapes

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Swiss chard (from the garden)

Chicken Flavored Rice

Cucumbers in Vinegar

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Rosemary White Bean Soup

Minestrone Soup

Bean and Rice Burritos (I’ll cook a big pot of beans and freeze some to use another time as well)

Fruit Crumble

Carrot Cake

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  1. I have recently reupholstered several chairs and a couch. My mother has a complete set of upholstery tools which I borrowed and it helped tremendously both in the destructing and the reconstruction. I would also advise having a pair of needle nose pliers and safety glasses. When the staples are removed they sometimes break off and fly in unexpected places. A second invaluable tool was a simple magnet. No matter how careful I was removing them there were still some scattered tacks and staples. A sweep of the area with the magnet made finding the hidden ones easier. Good luck! It really is not hard, but it does take a bit of time.

  2. Great list. Your lists always encourage me. I always have a todo list going on in my head, but I never write them down. I’m trying to do a better job at writing them down and crossing them off. I love that you have such a long growing period. Ours will be winding down here in the next month, but this year I’m going to try and garden during the winter to see what happens. Can’t wait to see the chairs.

  3. Have you planted a fall garden? You should still be able to get some lettuce, radishes, and spinach in. If you plant chard, you can cut it to the ground and cloche it to ensure an early crop next spring.

  4. Goals for the week:Organization – Clean out and reorganize our walk in closet – Scheduled for TuesdayTeaching – Get 3 classes ready for teaching next term. – Scheduled for today [Monday]Garden – Keep wateringCleaning – More just maintaining this week.Sewing – Dreaming but will not be doing any until October.Projects – Need to establish list for Sept and Oct – Scheduled for ThursdayShopping – My husband loves to shop so I usually have him do the small errand items. He is gone this week so no shopping scheduled.Selling items – Push son to fix to sell his good lawn mower that we do not need – Scheduled for TuesdayCooking – None on the list for this week. Eat food already prepared and lots of fresh.I always have lists. Strategic Planning is one of my passions. Therefore I have created yearly, quarterly, monthly and weekly goals. I love to scratch items off. I decided to do the blog here as another reward motivator for the process.

  5. I used a mist of vinegar then baking soda and then misted again on my son’s oven window that looked like it had never been cleaned since bought in his apt. Had to do it a couple times but it did a good job.

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