Q3 was filled with excitement.So was Q2, for that matter. Travel, house guests, a new baby in the family, new jobs, and lots of intriguing projects at work. Now it’s October 1st and I’m ready to recommit to good health habits, following a schedule, and using a budget.

I enjoyed the changes, spontaneity, and liberty I’ve been experiencing, and obviously the reasons for the disruption — starting with a trip to Paris and ending with a grandbaby — are wonderful But I also know that the ordered life is more peaceful, more wholesome, and more conducive to happiness.

“Be steady and ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.” — Gustave Flaubert

One part of my well-ordered life is the Holiday Grand Plan. This week we are to clean kids’ rooms, which I will interpret to mean my office. That used to be the boys’ bedroom.

Our holiday prep tasks:

  • Make one batch of Holiday Goodies. I made banana bread yesterday for Master Bath week.
  • Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL. I haven’t done this at all this year, but I hope to get started this week.
  • Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive). I’ve stocked up on mandarin oranges and cranberry sauce, as well as flour.
  • Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes. I bought a selection of books last week
  • Wrap and label packages. I haven’t started this yet, either.
  • Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts. I’ve been working on the Little Girl’s gift.
  • Check smoke detectors and clean them, change batteries if needed.
  • Make “goody basket” for guest bath, from samples found in abundance in stores right now.