Monday, February 28, 2011

February Comes to an End

The view out my upstairs window. I like to work here in the morning, watching the snow or admiring the whiteness every time I look up from my laptop.

February is over. How did you do with your goals this month? Did you remember birthdays, pamper yourself a couple times, go to any parties, throw any parties yourself, read your book club book, exercise, spend time with your family and pets, spend time with friends, keep your home clean and lovely? What will you work on improving in March?


  • Pay and mail any bills that are due tomorrow.

  • Set aside some time tonight to read a book or your favorite magazine. Winter is perfect for catching up on enjoyable reading.

  • Make meal plans, menus and grocery list for the rest of the week.

  • Reach out to any distant relatives you haven't managed to make time to talk to this month.


I've caught a cold, so I'm resting tonight, staying in bed with my book club book (I need to finish Mansfield Park by March 15). I might do a little light dusting and organizing of my bedside nightstand - it currently holds my thermometer, mug of honey lemon tea, tissues, remotes, and the spray bottle I use to keep my cat away in the middle of the night.

But that's about all the housecleaning I'll do tonight. Nights like tonight, when I am sick, achy, tired, and grouchy, are exactly why I work every single day to do something towards maintaining my home in a clean, tidy, mostly organized condition. That way when I accidentally get sick, I can take a couple guilt-free days respite from work, socializing and cleaning, in order to get myself better.

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This cozy blog provides craft ideas, family resources, homemaking tips, and recipes. She's recently posted about St. Patrick's Day crafts, a checklist for cleaning the bedroom and kitchen, and described the kitchen as the heart of her home.


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