Now that we’re empty nesters (again) I kind of like Mondays. It’s the start of a new week and I get myself organized for the next five days. For me, organized is a very loose term. It means I make a meal plan, a grocery list and a “to do” list for the next five days. It doesn’t matter which fancy planner I use, it always falls to the wayside after the third or fourth month. I like a piece of paper that I can write my list on and my menu for the week, and then I need a master calendar.
I did find a weekly planning pad at The Lamare that I like. I’ve been using it consistently for about three months. It has a general “to do” section and each day of the week has it’s own area for accomplishing items from your “to do” list. There’s also a habit tracker which I was using for a while, but I think I might repurpose it into a meal planner. I need a space where I can write down the dinner/menu that I’m planning for each night of the week (well, at least four of them anyways). I don’t use the “Top 3” section hardly at all. So, it’s not the perfect planner for me, but it’s close.
I am picky about my writing pens, and I finally found one that I love: Uni-ball Jetstream retractable ballpoint pen. It’s pictured below along with the weekly planning pad. The ink flows beautifully and I like that it’s retractable. I hate having to stop to take a cap off before I write.
I also have The Quilter’s Planner which I use sometimes, but it’s more like my master calendar. It works great for my quilting needs, but it doesn’t really hit the mark for my household management needs. I want something simple but effective for me. It might be an impossible quest. Do you have a good planner or system that works for you? Leave a comment and share!
I just finished Month 3 of the Strawberry Garden Mystery BOM from Fig Tree Quilts. Now I’m just two months behind. These blocks are so darn cute! This month included one 12″ block, one 9″ block and four small basket blocks. Each month I receive the instructions and fabric to make the blocks. This BOM is closed so I don’t have any links for it, but I’ll keep you updated on my progress. Fig Tree always has great BOM’s going on throughout the year.
I am still working on the Nordic Star quilt block and table runner tutorial that I mentioned last week. I just finished piecing the table runner together and it turned out better than I hoped! It’s basted and now I’m machine quilting it. The block size is 12 1/2″ (unfinished) and the table runner measures 14 1/2″ x 53 1/2″. I’ll have the free instructions for you this weekend. If you want to start looking at your fabric stash, you’ll need 1/4 yard each of two complimentary colors and 1/2 yard of background fabric.
That’s all for now. I hope you have a wonderful week. Happy Monday!