What I'm thinking of doing with this week of vacation.
Here's a menu from which I can choose:
1. Harvesting our beets and then deconstructing the garden (which I pretty much neglected especially during our dry August, anyway. So how did my parents plant a huge garden every year and do absolutely nothing to it all summer except sit back and receive it's fruits? I don't ever remember them - or us - watering it or weeding it. I just remember putting stuff in the ground and then gathering food from it a coupla months later...).
2. Painting the living room - Burning cheap oil in your vigil lamp means you get that sooty stuff on your walls...and not just the walls of the room where the vigil lamp is burning. Having a couple of rambunctious boys means paint on any surface in the house gets all nicked up. It's time.
3. Laundry. Instead of cramming it all into a single day (Saturday), this week I have the luxury of dragging the monotony out for an entire week.
4. A last minute checkover session is planned midweek to put our church cookbook in the mail to the cookbook company. They will hopefully take one ream of printed paper and a CD with some images on it and turn it into a lovely little cookbook for members of our church and their friends and family. I find myself thankful that they will send us a proof copy in a month, so we will have one last chance to save ourselves from the dreaded page of "errata" which is tucked into most church cookbooks I have.
5. Work a little - or a lot - on an icon I started, which has a long way to go. (I'm currently on the 8th do-over of one section. A section which should be one of the simplest parts of all, but which I can't seem to get right...). This morning I saw some inspiration here.
6. Perhaps try and grab a cup of catch-up coffee with my friend, "you-can-just-call-me-Bob-now."
7. Host a "come and get it" old hymnal giveaway for a seminary student friend and his cronies. We need the bookshelf space now. I gave away a little slab (20 or more) of my old hymnals to another friend a few months ago and found that it didn't hurt a bit!
9. Go fishing with our boys one evening.
10. Sit on my duff and watch re-runs of Law and Order, with intermittent naps.