A Look Into Our Notebooks – Week 41 of 2020

Greetings! On Monday mornings I share the previous week’s spread in my notebook to keep me accountable to keeping a notebook and help me look at my big picture goals more holistically. Recently I switched to a Traveler’s Notebook Vertical Weekly insert and it has given me a whole new awareness about how I’m spending my time.

I am still loving this Travelers Notebook weekly insert and these pastel highlighters!

Week 41’s spread is nearly the opposite of week 40‘s. During Week 40, I spent the evenings handsewing and watching a lot of television but did very little reading. Week 41’s evenings were spent mostly reading – look at all of the pink in the picture! – but with very little to show for it. I am abandoning books left and right so I’m not even sure that I’ll have anything to share in Wednesday’s Unraveled post. But the point is: give and take. Some weeks I spend more time stitching, other weeks I spend more time reading. It all evens out in the end!

My daily journaling streak has reached 190 days (highlighted green in the spread). I’m laughing as I type this because it’s totally wild. Could I possibly reach 200 days? 300 days? 365 days of journaling?? I claimed about 1.5-2 hours of blogging time each day this week. These early morning hours are a balm.

We spent time outside everyday last week (blue) – the weather has been gorgeous and Bug brings me his shoes as soon as he finishes breakfast every morning. That’s his way of communicating that he wants to go outside! So out we go, typically for a couple of hours. I’m finding myself dreaming about a house with a fenced in yard, but that’s for a different post.

I spent just over 3 hours last week planning for the second term of Blackberry Bluff school (purple). We’re going to resume more formal lessons tomorrow and I’m ready to get started!

Goals for this week:

  • I’m hoping to utilize audiobooks and make progress on my hexies quilt – a bit of balance!
  • Last week I consistently captured a half hour of time from 1:30-2 for reading. This week I’d like to use that time for writing.

Last Monday I shared my meal planning endeavor for the month and the week went as planned! Matthew went to the grocery store on Monday morning and I meal prepped for a couple of hours in the afternoon. By the end of the day, we had 17 meals in the freezer fully prepped to be reheated and eaten! And another 7 meals that will just need a quick shopping trick to gather some fresh ingredients before preparing. Since then, we’ve done absolutely no eating out, have eaten a beautiful variety of foods, and I feel like super mom. No kidding. I hope I can replicate this next month! I’m already looking at my calendar and deciding when I’ll be able to carve out a couple of hours to plan for November’s meals, when to go to the grocery store, and when to start meal prepping. I want to have all of that done by the last week of October so that I’m going into November with confidence.

Super wishful thinking? I’d really like to line this up with our homeschool schedule, so that I do all of my meal planning, shopping, and prepping on our break week so that I don’t have to even think about meals while we’re in the midst of schooling. I don’t want to tackle that right now because our next break is going to be Thanksgiving week and that’s already going to be heavy on meal prep, but perhaps it’s something I can get lined up in the new year.


I’d love to read a blog post about your own notebooks – I’ve found so much inspiration from all of you! Please leave a link in the comments if you’ve recently written one that you’d like to share!

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  1. You are a supermom! You’re doing a great job of balancing everything going on right now. But when, and there will be a when, things don’t work out, you just pick yourself up, say that’s the way it is and start going again because that is what supermom does. Have a great week, enjoy these lovely fall days before the cold weather sets in.

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  2. A month’s meal planning and food prepped- I am impressed- I was never that well organised i can tell you. I love the way Bug says he wants to go out- two of my grandsons did the same with their shoes!
    Love the pastel highlights in your notebooks.

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    1. The trick will be replicating the meal planning again! Bug heads back to his day center today after his 2 weeks home — I’m going to miss that rascal!

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  3. Bravo you on the meal prep! That is hard work, but the rewards will be HUGE! Pulling something from the freezer that just needs to be heated makes the day so much less stressful! Go you!

    I got my act together yesterday and will join you next week to let you all know how my set up worked! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Kat! So far I’ve really enjoyed not having to say, what should we eat today? I hope I can keep it up!

      I can’t wait to see in your notebooks!!!

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  4. Your enthusiasm for that vertical tracker has me simply delighted! I certainly think you’ll get to 200 days of journaling. and another 20-ish after that. and honestly, I’m holding everything for November forward as loosely as I can right now! but habits that make us feel good and reinforce the behaviors we want to continue tend to stick. Sending all the good wishes for continued good weather and the second (?) session of Blackberry School. Y’all are pros now!

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    1. Thanks, Mary! I don’t want to look to far into the future, either. But 10 more days? I think I might be able to achieve that!!

      We’re starting our second term of Blackberry Bluff school TODAY! And it’s going to be a rainy day, which is kind of perfect. There won’t be a tremendous pull to stay outside all morning long ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Isn’t it great??! And I’m not actually ‘planning’ for anything. I’m just filling in the day as I go. So when we go outside at, say 8:30, then I write ‘outside’ in the 8:30 slot. When we come back inside, I just highlight the whole block of time that we were out – whether that’s 1/2 hour or 3! It’s fun to see how much my day actually fluctuates based on the weather, who is at home, and what else is on the agenda.

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