Happy Sunday from Vancouver where we have just come through some very heavy rainfall, stormy winds and wet snow. It stopped now. The sky is still gray but yesterday it was blue with fluffy white clouds.
The first week of November has been about adjustments as the city transitions to the colder weather. I've had to turn the heat on in the bedroom and front room every day. I never quite feel organized at this time of year and the constant cold keeps me busy trying to stay warm. It's especially hard to keep my legs warm enough, a symptom of diabetes. I'm alternately going for long walks to keep the circulation going, or sitting down with a hot drink, raised legs and a heated throw.
I've also been busy with errands almost every day this week. Part of it is an excuse to get out and get some exercise. In addition, I've been playing the MacDonald's Monopoly game and needed frequent trips there to pick up a coffee and some stickers to play. The game ends soon (November 7th). So far I didn't win anything.
This week has mostly been about food cooking, food shopping, online shopping for cold weather clothing (Jonah needs everything related to cold weather and I need a few things), cooking, household cleaning and routines, a bit of clothing alteration for DH, a bit of reading and watching television. I'm far behind on the reading bit but catch a few minutes here and there to indulge. I had a physiotherapy session and enjoyed a body massage and manicure as well. I connected by phone with a cousin of mine who lives far away in Edmonton, Alberta. We usually catch up when she makes an annual visit to Vancouver but she didn't make it this summer.
|Jeans were taken in and hemmed|
A small decluttering and organizing job was accomplished while watching television one night. The contents of the white and blue container were separated. Everything on the left of the first photo was trashed. I kept the stuff on the right of the first photo and put away those things that didn't belong (like seam rippers) in their proper place. Now the pens and markers are all organized (mostly) in one place by colour and a few emery boards stored there for easy reach.
I was out and about late last night. I didn't get home until almost bedtime. Having said that I stayed up very late and before bed I realized I hadn't set the clocks back. The time on the cell phone alerted me. I manually set the clocks on the stove, microwave and the battery operated clocks. Then I worried that DH might have forgotten about the time difference so I stayed awake until it was time for him to rise for work. He awoke an hour earlier than usual because he had gone to sleep at the usual time. He's lucky he can sleep so easily. He can also rise easily as long as he has slept long enough. He has a very long day of work today. In the meantime I'm keeping busy at home. I might make a small run to the grocers later for things like laundry soap.
It's linen changing day at my home so everything on the bed has been stripped, washed and now in the dryer. I've also given the pillows a steam refresh. I keep the pillows covered with pillow protectors and refresh them each week but only wash them every month or every other month. A small load of towels and clothing will also be washed.
I'm not doing any major cleaning today because I've been doing the big chores like vacuuming, sweeping, washing floors and so on since Thursday - doing a little here and there. Today I'm focussing on little tasks that once done add up to a smoother, daily flow:
* coloured my hair and rinsed out the bottle
* refilled hand soap in bathroom
* scoured the tub and toilet (I do spot clean these daily but still they need a good scrub)
* looked for a screw to attach a plate to the side of the tub. The other was loose and fell down the drain.
* refilled the spray cleaner containers in kitchen and bathroom with some cleanser I bought on Friday.
* recycled toilet paper rolls
* gathered the trash from master bathroom, laundry room and kitchen
* updated the calendar with DH's work schedule and my upcoming appointments.
My major task today besides changing out the bed linens will be trying to make progress on an excel spreadsheet to track grocery spending over the past several months. I want to know exactly what I've spent. each month. I may add other bills like hydro (electricity), internet/television/phone. I've saved all receipts for the grocery spending and receipts for bills are on line. I've been procrastinating about this project for so long but I really want to do it for future budgeting purposes.I know once I start it really won't take that long.
Last but not least, it snowed today! It's hard to tell by my photo but you can see the white lines to the top right of the photo. The snow didn't last because it's wet.
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If you are interested in the Kenyan missions, I will be publishing a short series but no set schedule.
The first post is here.