After writing here yesterday morning, I baked banana nut muffins and oatmeal raisin muffins and mini quiches while the kids sliced peaches and vegetables. My husband vacuumed the house and #2 son carried heavy things to and from the porch.

Since much of the action in the video took place on the porch, we cleaned it pretty thoroughly, so that part of the HGP assignment for the week got done. We also did a pretty thorough job with the living room, which is this week’s cleaning focus.

However, I didn’t make any lists. This is Question Week at the HGP, the week for contemplating the meaning of Christmas and what you really want to do with the holiday this year. Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case For A More Joyful Christmas and Unplug the Christmas Machine: A Complete Guide to Putting Love and Joy Back into the Season are a couple of thought-provoking books if you need to get your thoughts provoked.

From the standpoint of the HGP, it’s about deciding what the important elements and activities of the season are, so you can focus on those and not on the unimportant ones.

We’re also supposed to get a meal into the freezer, and pick up some extra flour and sugar. Ordering Christmas cards is also on the list.

Yesterday when all the kids were here, I suggested that we take a picture of all of them for our Christmas cards, an idea which was met with complete indifference. They think they’re too old for that, especially the spontaneous picture bit. And of course they don’t look much different from the last time. They’re adults, that’s what.

We did get our video filmed. I need to record the narration, and then #1 daughter needs to edit it, but we watched the rushes last night, and it looks pretty good. We had fun with the other cast members and had some tentative discussions about future collaborations.

Then we hung out watching stuff on YouTube and Netflix till we went to the movies. The amount of time we spend wit screens is a bit shocking. I suggested going to the fair at one point, and I felt as though we ought to play music or go hiking or something, but we didn’t. We had good conversations, though.

The other thing we’ll be doing this week for HGP is browsing through Christmas gift and decorating ideas. That’s always fun.