The next Rooster on our kitchen calendar for April.
Well. Here we are. April! And we are to "distance" for another 30 days. I can get really sad about that, but I have to be honest too - I'm willing to do what it takes to not get sick. And I hope you will as well. This is hard but we can do it so let's get busy with our April to-do's and even set up the tea table (for ourselves). Here is the list (and it's a long one thank goodness!):
*inspect and adjust your window hardware especially if you have older windows
*tune up your lawnmower and clean it up if you didn't when putting it away in the Fall - fill your gas can up with gas
*prune appropriate trees/shrubs
*rake up the winter debris
*repair any walkway/driveway cracks
*store some of the heavy duty winter clothes and freshen up/wash/iron/Spring clothes
*remove storm windows and put the screens on - again, if you have older windows - and also begin cleaning windows!
*clean out the garage - take things out and sort through what you have and clean shelves and organize
*put your garden furniture out - right now with the more mild temps that can be a blessing just to go out and sit!
*bring the garden hoses out - if you know that you won't have any more hard frosts
*clean the BBQ grill
*clean out any birdbaths/feeders
*start preparing your garden beds
*assess any Summer clothing needs
*plan Easter - I know this is difficult this year, but we have to celebrate our Risen Lord!!!!!!
My Easter menu is:
*Crockpot glazed ham
*Sweet potato casserole
*Green beans with bacon and caramelized onions
*Layered pudding dessert
Our plan (as of now), is to take some of this over to our son and his wife, hurry home where we can all "sit together" via face time and eat together. Of course, nowadays plans change but I'll still make the above menu. : )
Now for the April tea party idea. Let's keep our home doings as festive as we can - it's okay to pamper yourself with this:
*Decorate with dyed eggs (or your plastic ones!) and ribbons of different Spring colors
*Serve your favorite tea in the prettiest teacup you have
*Serve pastel cupcakes with buttercream icing, sugar cookies with pastel buttercream icing, and fruit kabobs
*Play piano music in the background
Since this will be for yourself, choose a favorite magazine or book and sit by a window to look out of just like you would at a tearoom or coffee shop - or if you are experiencing nice warm weather, set up a little table outdoors! When I do this, I will try to take photos of what I did. : )
Yesterday when I heard about the 30 more days thing, I thought "okay, how can I turn this month into something positive (I mean, there's only so much cleaning we can do - although the above list will take a bit of time). So I also remembered that it takes 30 days to develop a habit. Well I worked on a notebook today that not only holds my household information and to-do's but I turned it into a "homeschool" notebook as well.
I sat down and wrote down all the things that I'm interested in along with all the things that I could learn about in the next 30 days. Things like:
*math (my weakness)
*reading about the history of clothing through the years
*working on sewing projects that I've been putting off
*learning about costume design and fashion
*using up fabric for quilt blocks and reading about the history of quilt design
*looking up famous artwork and the artists behind them
*take my sketch books outside and sketch again
*work on the crafts that I do have all the supplies for such as card-making, etc.
*listening to compositions and looking up the composers
*look up all those words that I write down when reading for their definitions - they are kind of piling up on me! : )
*look up biographies of my favorite authors
*try learning a new language - Spanish, Latin, Sign language
*when outdoors, collect things to look at under the microscope (that we've had since homeschooling years ago!) and make sketches of what they look like
*we collect rocks around here so I want to look them up and actually label them (using our field guides)
*taking our telescope outdoors at night and finding the constellations and looking at the moon
*learning more about the different plants we already have and what we plan to have
I'm pretty sure that should keep me busy this month!!!!! : ) What kinds of things can you think of now that we're home that you might have the desire and time to learn and do?
There. I think that's it for today. I hope I have given you some ideas and maybe have motivated you in some way. The time is going to pass anyway, so why not use it to keep our bodies and minds active?
Thank you SO much for dropping by because you know I appreciate it and I appreciate you! God bless the rest of your week!!!! : )