Now that we are home, all day, every day, it’s easy to lose track of what day it is. For someone who enjoys planning, this is a challenge. I made a decision to add variety to our days by changing up what’s for dinner. I love to cook and Tom loves to eat. We get along quite well this way. 🙂
Walter Weekly Menu:
Sunday – Grill (This is also Tom’s night to cook)
Monday – Date Night (We order from one of our favorite local restaurants to support them through the crisis)
Tuesday – Steak or Seafood (Since this is our one day to go grocery shopping we can buy this fresh, if available)
Wednesday – Chicken
Thursday – Leftovers (We actually eat them now.)
Friday – Wild Card (We can choose whatever sounds good)
Saturday – Italian
Walter Daily Chores:
I have also assigned different things to do each day like when to clean and where, when to write blog posts, when to do the laundry (although there isn’t much these days), and when to weed our garden.
I have found that having something different to do each day helps keep me from becoming bored. And it keeps every day from looking exactly the same.
And there are a variety of fun things we can do too:
- Put together a puzzle. Spice it up by putting rewards under certain pieces. Whoever finds where that piece fits in the puzzle gets the prize.
- Play Gin Rummy.
- Go for daily walks and keep track of how many steps you’re getting in each day.
- Binge watch your favorite movies like James Bond, Mission Impossible, Star Wars, The Godfather, Lord of the Rings, etc. Or Hallmark movies if you’re so inclined.
- Set up an air mattress out under the stars and enjoy the…crickets 😉
- Hide Easter Eggs in the house for your spouse to find. Put one word in each egg and once they find them all, unscramble the message. Make this as hot as you wish.
- Have a spa night complete with massage, bubble bath and soft music. Don’t forget the candles.
We have also made a Prayer Board that is getting longer each day. Whenever we hear of someone in need of our prayers it helps us to write it down so we are faithful to pray as we said we would. We like to begin each day reading our daily devotional from the You Version app. We are also enjoying Paul Tripp’s New Morning Mercies, one we highly recommend!
I am reading Jay and Katherine Wolf’s book, Suffer Strong. It has been a timely read for me on many levels. I will share more about it when I’m finished.
Tom is reading Tim Lane and Paul Tripp’s book, Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, again. This is one of his favorite books on how to do community. It has been timely for him as well, since we are missing community so much.
I am also involved with helping our neighborhood children (and adults too) have something with which to look forward. We have had events like Chalk The Walk, Peek and Seek Teddy Bear Hunt, and we are planning something really fun for Easter weekend. I can’t share it yet–it’s a secret.
How are you making the best of this time at home? I would love to hear your ideas. Let’s spur each other on as we lean in to our family during this crisis. We pray you will be well through it all.