Friend Makin Monday


Friend Makin Mondays

Today is Monday so it is time for Friend Makin Mondays!!This week's task is to answer some personal questions about our daily lives so here are the questions and my answers.

1. Do you cook every night?
No, it is seldom that I really cook. After cooking every night for 35 years, I have retired from cooking. It is one of the perks of living alone. When I have family or friends over then I full-out cook. In fact, this Saturday I am having a Julia Child dinner party where the kitchen will get a real workout.

2. What kind of laundry detergent do you use & why?

Tide . It is the only kind I have found for high-efficiency washers. I wish Costco had one.

3. Do you do laundry every day or loads at a time?

I do about two loads at a time. When my children were home I did all the wash on Fridays and it was nice to have it all done at once.

4. How often do you eat out per week?
Two or three times a week. I usually eat only half and bring the rest home and have it later.

5. Where do you usually eat out?
My favorite is Mexican food called Cafe Rio. I also love the turkey at Kneaders and the sandwiches at Hagerman's

6. What is your favorite retail store?


7. What's your favorite thing to drink?
I am really trying to stick with water but Tropicana has a delicious light lemonade with only 5 calories and no sugar.

8. Do you take vitamins? What kind?

Yes. I take Arbonne's supplements with vitamins, minerals and calcium.

9. What percentage of the household chores to you do?
Unfortunately 100. --A disadvantage of living alone.

10. Do your children do chores? {Or will they, did they, etc}
Yes, we always had chore charts and they grew up complaining about all the work they had to do. The youngest one is certain we had her just so I wouldn't have to vacuum! But, they all learned how to work and have their children learning the same.

11. Do you go to church?

Yes, faithfully every Sunday for three hours.

12. Do you have a housework schedule?
I just made a new one for this fall--it starts soon:)

13. Do you keep a working budget?
In general, yes. Specifically, no.

14. What do you do at night as a family?
Somehow at night it seems I am still trying to get through my to-do list and by the time I sit down it is time to go to bed.

15. How do you prepare yourself for a new week?
I like to plan out my week so I usually write events and tasks for the next week as they come up and if they are not on it then I review it and add to it on Saturday. Monday morning I make detailed lists and write in the calendar if they are not already there.

16. What do your mornings look like?
I get up, make my bed, get dressed, and begin that to do list. Soon I will add work-out to that list.

17. What time do you get up in the mornings?
Between 6 and 6:30

18. What time do you go to bed at night?

I begin getting ready about 10:30. It usually takes me half an hour before I get into bed and then I read.

19. How do you manage all of the paperwork that floods into your household? {bills, school work, magazines, ads, etc}
I learned a long time ago not to bring in junk mail so I look through it at the mailbox and go right to trash can with anything that does not concern me. I used to look through all the coupons but found that that was just a waste of time since I seldom used the items they pertained to. I also used to look through all the magazines and flyers but now give myself permission to toss them knowing that another one from that same company would be coming soon. This was especially helpful as it gets closer to Christmas and mailboxes are loaded with catalogues. I also call and cancel a lot of ones that I never use so that I don't get them anymore. I feel it is such a waste of paper.
The bills I open, get rid of the fillers in them, write the due date on the outside of the envelope and put them in my bill payer box. I have limited my magazine subscriptions to about 4. After I read each one (it may take me 6 months) I tear out what I want to keep and toss it as well.

20. How do you keep your household organized? {calendars, charts, etc}
I keep a desk calendar and a larger monthly calendar on my desk. On the side of the larger one is an empty space that I use for any phone numbers that I need for that month or new names and phone numbers--like a repairman. I also have my daily to do pad which is divided into these catagories: to do, calls, errands, and letters. That way I can organize my day and can see at a glance what needs to be done and where I need to go.
The bigger monetary bills, like taxes due, I put on my yahoo calendar so it comes to my e-mail to remind me a week before it is due. It has taken me a long time to come up with this system and I hope this is helpful to some of you who are younger and wondering how to balance it all.
To check out other's answers click here.
Have a wonderful week as we progress into September!


Connie Weiss said...

Please tell me you are going to post about your Julia Child party!!

I'm making one of her dishes next weekend! So excited!

Annie said...

What a great list! Stopping in from FMM. :)

Allyson said...

Great answers!

Stopping over from FMM. Happy Monday!

HaB said...

WOW!!! I might have to try not even bringing the junk mail into the house - just automatically trashing it. I can't believe I didn't think of it!

Happy Monday to you!

jenjen said...

Nice list mom! Can't wait to hear all about your Julia party!


Adie said...

Hopping on over from Ambers Blog for FMM!

Thanks for sharing your Q n A

wenderful said...

You are the most organized person I know. Hope you are having a good week. I'm looking forward to hearing about your Julia Child party. Take lots of pics. :)

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

Wow, I loved reading your list!! Yes, please post about your Julia Child party! SO fun.

I have an HE washer & dryer as well. I have found one other brand, but I can't think of it. My grandma has HE, but she used Kirkland anyways. I hesitate, but I've also used a regular one when I ran out. I wish they'd make more. But I do love Tide.

I LOVE your organizational systems. I'm going to have to take advantage of all the working & struggling you had to do to perfect it. Thanks! :) But I promise I'll pass on the knowledge.

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

And thanks for the sweet comment about Saylor! :)

Shannon said...

I can't wait to hear about your dinner party and see the banner you will be giving away! How fun! I'll be checking back! :)