Week In Review~October 28~Dazed and Confused

Oh, I supposed I’m not all that dazed and confused but it sounded good.  Monday means Week In Review the list-fest hostessed by the tiny powerhouse Meghan from Clean Eats, Fast Feets. Here goes!

I’m still trying to find my way around being back in New Jersey. The first few days of the week were a blur and pretty much a loss…trying to catch up on sleep and unearth myself from everything that came out of the rental car.  Don’t know where some things went…Where is My GPS??  I’ll find it.

Monday we decided it was time to try the heater. No go. Well…thanks to the PSE&G man, Rob (who had been here before working on the heater) we have heat.  He did tell us that this might be the last season we get out of it.  I can work around the fridge issues and around my current dryer issues (Bless my best friend, Gail for letting me use hers) but if the heater doesn’t work…well I guess we’ll just have to make sure that we’re in our home in New Mexico where everything works!!  Rob has spoken…we have to move!

The heat is working well (too well because Ralph always has it set too high for my liking) I am going to get an appointment with PSE&G (again) to see if they can fix the dryer.  It’s great to have the worry free contract, they just come and fix it. But I’m not sure if they can fix the dryer (it’s pretty old…not as old as the fridge, but…) If not I’ll drop it from the contract, why pay if they can’t fix it?   Then we’ll have to work something out. I don’t really want to buy a new one here. It doesn’t make sense.  We’ll work out something.

I didn’t get much accomplished during the week.  Still trying to get back on track.  In spite of feeling Very off track food wise most of the week, I had a good result at Weight Watchers on Saturday.  I’m still way under my goal but I lost 1.4 pounds of what I gained while we were away.  I’m feeling much more in control of my food now.  Getting my mind in the right place.  I feel much better about it.

Saturday afternoon and Sunday were my big accomplishments for the week, I think.  Saturday afternoon, I decided to attack my spice cabinets.  I had such a huge amount of spices that were So old.  I’ve dealt with food products past their prime before and it’s not good to use them…especially cake mixes.  I got rid of about 10 containers-spices dumped, containers recycled, plus emptying the glass bottles  I received as a wedding present when I was married the First time. Those of you who know me in real life know how old they have to be. I’ll just say, they are almost as old as the fridge.  The glass containers are great and I’ll wash them and pack them to take to NM.  They’ll work well there.

Sunday, I decided to attack my pantry cabinet.  It’s a big, old free-standing metal cabinet that lives between the outside door of the house and the door into the kitchen.  It’s at the top of the basement stairs so I have to be careful not to step back too far to admire my work.

I cleared out so much.  I’m embarrassed to say how many things in there were out of date.  Both packaged and canned things.  Out they went.  I found a lot of things. I was annoyed, I had just bought a bag of lentils on Saturday and I found a bag in there.  Well, it’s time to break out one of Gram’s old lentil recipes…maybe two!  I filled one of my trash cans.  It’ll be fun on Friday when it’s time to put it out.

When I finished there, I tackled the corner cabinet over my counter that housed mugs and all of my plastic storage containers.  I decided that I was sick of looking at the plastic and most of them were kind of crusty looking and smelly.  The recycling guys will be happy to see all of that Tomorrow when I put it out.

Got rid of some mugs I didn’t want anymore.  They’re earmarked for donation. I did find something that I forgot about but that I love.

coffee cup


My wonderful Autumn mug that Ele gave me a few years ago.  It makes me happy to drink my coffee (if I wasn’t already happy enough to drink it!)  I’m drinking from it as I type this.

I just remembered that at some point ( I don’t know what day!!!) I sorted through books.  I weeded out 3 grocery bags filled with books, probably somewhere between 20 and 30  which I donated to the town library.  That was a real accomplishment.

That’s Week In Review for this week.  I’m feeling energized and  as soon as I finish here, I’m off to another project.  I’ll try to keep better track in the coming week.  Be sure to check out the other Week In Reviewers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday!

4 responses to “Week In Review~October 28~Dazed and Confused

  1. I’m in the process of cleaning out my kitchen/fridge too. Hopefully I won’t have to much to pitch.

    I keep saying I’m going to go through my books and donate a bunch to the local library for their book sale, but still haven’t done it. I need to buckle down and get it done!

    • I’m with you, Vicki. All of this cleaning out thing is tough. I have a huge batch of boxes of books stored at my sister’s house. I’ve been through them all at least twice. Each time I weed out more. It’s hard to part with them, but each time I get rid of about 10 or 15 so I guess that’s good. I was proud of myself for weeding out ones that were here at my house. Yesterday I found more…another bag full. I’m working at it! Have a great day!

  2. Man look at you go Fran! Talk about an awesome week. You accomplished so much. Just think, with each thing you purge, you get one step closer to New Mexico. I love how it feels after I’ve decluttered an area.

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