Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Around The House

Do y'all know my college aged son has been home on Christmas break for five weeks?! That's a long time. :) 

He just went back Today and Tuesday just happens to be my favorite day of the week because it's the one day I try not to do any major chores, etc. 

Pretty much Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, I have a few chores I need to do. Laundry on two of those days, grocery shopping once a week, cleaning the house, more laundry, making the grocery list, etc. 

But as I've mentioned before, Tuesdays are golden. :)

But having said that, I still struggle with truly relaxing. I keep looking around the house thinking of things I "need" to do. I'm totally the type of person who just can't relax until all my work is done. I could never enjoy a movie or book knowing there is a sink full of dishes. Not going to happen. Work before play is my motto. Ha!

So on this particular Tuesday, I planned on catching up with my DVR and spending time with my Kindle and a cup of coffee.

Until...I filled my cup with water from the fridge and started thinking about how long it's been since I wiped down the glass shelves in there. But I resisted. It'll still need to be cleaned tomorrow. 

Then I walked over to the pantry to refill my tin with coffee pods and played around with the idea of cleaning it out and organizing it. Nope. It'll just get messed up again. Believe me...the inside doesn't look nearly as pretty as the outside.

I passed by the master bathroom and contemplated throwing a load of towels into the wash...

I "just said no" and walked back out into the bedroom where I DID make the bed. I simply can't go a day without making my bed. It makes me so happy when I walk by and see it all made up and pretty. :)

So, I fixed a cup of coffee and filled it with my favorite creamer (Peppermint Mocha) As you can see, we have SIX bottles of creamer in our fridge. I stocked up on the holiday ones before they disappear until next year. 

And I sat down with my coffee and now I'm enjoying a movie on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel. Do y'all have that channel? Hallmark now has two channels, the regular "Hallmark Channel" and the "Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel." This one has lots of cozy mystery shows and movies. They've made several of my favorite books into movies and they're showing them on this channel. 

They've made the first two books in the "Hannah Swensen Mysteries" (by Joanne Fluke) into movies and they just made the first of the "Flower Shop Mysteries" (by Kate Collins) into a movie. My mom told me about the "Garage Sale Mysteries" on this channel too and now I have four of them set to record this Wednesday. 

I used to not have the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel on my current package, but it was only a $5/month add on and it came with several other channels too. Oh, and they gave me three free months to be sure I liked it. What a deal! 

I'm sure as soon as I watch this, I'll throw a load of towels in and clean the shelves in the fridge. Old habits are hard to break. ;)


  1. Lisa, Enjoy the time to rest, stick to your cleaning routine. I am like you...I prefer my house cleaned and decluttered...so I can relax in peace. Now I need a cup of coffee. :):) Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  2. The work is never done around the house is it? I'll have to check and see if that channel is part of our package. Have a great afternoon :o)

  3. I'm with you, not generally a sitter...I am always doing things. I hope you were able to relax through the whole movie!

  4. OMGoodness, you are too cute! I absolutely cannot just sit and do nothing, but I truly wish I could. The only way I can relax, even while watching a great tv show or movie, is to keep my hands busy. If I don't keep my hands doing something, I simply fall asleep....I know, that's total relaxation, but that's different than what you are talking about. I think you are so smart to take your day off! Now you have me thinking about the inside of our fridge!

    Warm hugs,

  5. I really enjoyed your style of writing in this post! It's like you took us through a story. Of course I enjoy your all your posts though :)

    You are so like me! Relaxing is so hard for me to do. I try to get my to do list done as soon as possible in the day. I'm definitely not one to dally around aimlessly when there's things to be done. Lily knows...she's instructed to make her bed as soon as she's done with breakfast and see what needs to be straightened up in her room.
    I enjoy the feeling of getting things done. The only chore I loathe is if I have to make important phone calls (correct a bill, make appointments etc...) because I can't stand dealing with an automated rep! Just let me talk to a person PLEASE!! Well, that and scrubbing tubs... I need a maid for that lol.

    I'm glad you chose to enjoy your day! It definitely is important to do something for ourselves. I usually have my nights since the kids go to bed early. Speaking of which, Ethan is in his nursery now :( I know, totally random but thought you should know ;) Goodnight!

  6. I wish I had a day "off" like that on a regular basis. I usually don't do anything if I don't see anything that needs to be done. Ha Ha! That seldom happens though. It seems like I always have laundry, cleaning "something", etc to be done. Today, I had dr appts to make, laundry, grocery shopping and blogging.

  7. Toooo cute! I bet it just seemed so good to have the house all yours!
    I hope you were able to sit still and enjoy every moment!

  8. LOL, I'm like you too, although your lucky to have 1 day for YOU! I don't have any at the moment, but I can't complain right? Love seeing different aspects if your home and knowing how your day went. :-)

  9. You need to come and visit...I'll show you how to kick back and relax! :) I love for things to be clean and orderly but I've learned to relax, especially since retiring. My mother had to be doing something every minute and all I wanted her to do was sit down and talk to me. Rarely ever happened and when it did, it felt like about 5 minutes. I guess that is the reason I'm the opposite! :)

    I don't have the 2nd Hallmark channel but see so many good movies on it. I think I'll check and see what the cost would be to add it. AT&T and Hallmark had a feud going on for years so it's just been available to us for the past 6 or 8 months.

    I do hope you enjoyed your day!!

  10. I just really admire that you set aside a certain day not to work too hard. That's smart and important in life.

    Thank you for joining TOHOT! :)

  11. Oh my I just love your home! It truly is so important to pamper ourselves now and again. I try to reserve Sunday afternoon/evening as my weekly down time.

    1. You are so kind, thank you! I love that you have your own down time too. It's so important that we do things for ourselves every now and then. :)


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