Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Weekend Plans

I am so glad it's the weekend; I think I worked at least 15 hours "overtime" this week in order to make up for the15 hours of time spent in meetings. I finally left at 7:30 Friday night, but be assured, I brought some work home to make sure I'm well prepared for Tuesday. I forgot to take pictures of my room, so I'll have to wait until Tuesday to do it. Normally, the building would be opened for 4-6 hours on Labor Day weekend, to allow teachers to finish up whatever they needed, but not this year. Our building is a designated emergency shelter and the city decided the expected flooding from Tropical Storm Hermine warranted putting it to use. I would have thought that would have allowed us more access, but apparently not. Just as well though, because this meant I had to wrap it up today and I'll be forced to stay in my pajamas, while knitting and watching some British tv instead. As I'm writing this, I can hear the wind and rain lashing against the windows.

If I feel the urge to be productive this weekend, I'll have plenty to keep me busy. I haven't touched either of my spare rooms for over a week, and they are a disaster. But at least the living room is in decent shape. I need a lampshade for the lamp on the table, but either it's an unusual size or else I have no talent for choosing the correct shade. I've bought at least two a couple of years ago before I gave up; I saved the lamp because I love the colors, so I'll have to try again soon.

The china cabinet has never looked so neat. I tried to be thoughtful about my arrangement and I'm pretty pleased.

I need something in this corner, perhaps a large plant? Maybe colorful curtains? Not sure just yet.

The large bookcase needs some decluttering, especially the top, but again, not my most pressing priority. The stuff on the floor is destined for the thrift store, but I'm waiting until the rain stops before schlepping it out.


As you can see, Gracie is exhausted from all this activity. I took this picture of her on Friday morning, as I was getting ready to go to work. Apparently, she needed a little more snooze time. Lucky girl. But that will be me this weekend, so lucky me as well!

Edited to add: You may need to click on the photos to see the entire image; they are cropped on my iPad so not sure what you're seeing.


  1. Your house is not only darling, but also neat and organized. Really, it is. You haven't see mine (though you are welcome to!). I meant to get things done this weekend, but it's ended up being devoted to my parents. Sigh.

    1. I need to show you my knitting and craft rooms; they are in shambles!! I'm so overwhelmed with all the stuff I can't get started! But I will, in due time. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  2. Best wishes for a good year.

    As far as getting your home organized, at least you've got a few serene spaces to be calm and relaxed in. Maybe do what I did when the boys moved out and I felt overwhelmed: just set a timer for 30 minutes and start at one end of the room and clean and organize as you go. But when the timer buzzes, drop everything and walk out. Period.

    Saved me from lots of stress, and things got done!

    1. Nance, i try and remind myself that only two rooms are messy and they will get done when they do, probably on a rainy day or two, which we are sure to have soon. But I've used the timer trick before and agree with you that it works well for me. Will keep everyone apprised of my progress though, trust me!

  3. Your cabinet is looking lovely and Gracie so cute! Hope your week is going great ♥