I love checking off tasks. It’s so rewarding to have things that have been in your mind to do and finally get them accomplished. Sometimes, well, most of the time, things that involve organization or a bit of diligence get pushed aside by the clammering of my kids and their need for clean undies, the complaint there’s no food in the house, or a (gasp!) cockroach in my kitchen which MUST be destroyed and then all surfaces disinfected. And, as an aside, when you live in Florida, cockroaches don’t necessarily mean your dirty but rather it’s a space out of the rain. Not that the knowledge keeps me from cleaning anyway. So, here’s a few tasks off my list…
-The breakfast menu. I’ve had this idea for weeks, but well, sitting and typing it and making sure the menu items were in the house was just daunting for some reason. I’m a product of morning person corrupted by prior night shift work, which means I’m no longer a natural 6 am riser (happily) and I’m not a night owl either. I am happy at 8am. My kids are happy, cheerful, noisy and hungry at 6:30-7:00. And my oldest is now far enough along in her cooking experience to get everyone breakfast without too much input from me, if she has a menu to work from. Which makes for a happy 8am Mommy. Today was the first day it was implemented and it made for a smooth morning for all.
-Food. Isn’t this a normal task I have to fill? HA. We tried (unsuccessfully, I might add), to reduce this month’s food budget to stretch a few dollars. Everyone has been crabby about it. In 2 days I’ve been to 3 different grocery stores to replenish what’s been consumed by locusts and it feels really good to hear everyone’s happy chatter about the juice, cereal bars, breads, and pretzels.
-Supplies. I make my own dishwashing soap, laundry soap and all-purpose cleaners. It’s not a huge chore to do but not one I’m loving to do so it feels enormous. All batches have been replenished and renewed and I’m eyeing my floor cleaner depletion so that will be next.
-Reflection. Odd task but one that I often can’t get any of if it’s not on a task list somewhere. I got a chance to get away this morning and utilized the time in prayer and reflection on what God’s done and some of the changes coming my way. Nothing gives greater hope for the unknown stuff coming than looking back at all the ways God has brought you through. It’s good to remember.
I’ve still got quite a few tasks; one of which I’m avoiding like the plague (organizing my kitchen). But, if nothing else gets accomplished today, then I’m happy with it. There’s always tomorrow.