Sunday Matters: It’s Been a Trying Week

Sunday Matters

A number of things took place this week that threw my little family into a bit of a spin. To put it in perspective, nations were not destroyed or anything but it was just one thing after another.

Right Now:

Today, I am at church pretty much all day long. We are hitting the service, then a special event, then The Hub is hitting another special event off-site and then The Girl and I will have a short break to pick up her friend and then we are back at church for the middle-school ministry. Did you catch all that?

This Week:

Dental appointment, choir concert, volunteering, track rehearsals, first track meet on Saturday and it’s an away meet,  and then a Humans vs. Zombies food drive right after, at the church! It will be a full week but also an exciting week because there is some fun in there.


I finished Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child for book club and it was pretty good. Some said it was not her best work. However, I found it to be a very interesting read. It was a good discussion.

I am so close to finishing The Nakeds. Honestly, I thought I HAD finished it before starting my book club book but then when I tried to write the review I couldn’t remember the ending. Well, that’s because I have about 5% left! I don’t know why I thought I was done.

I just started Gold Fame Citrus and it’s also proving to be a very interesting read. It’s HARD though because it’s about the drought in California and although we are not quite as bad as what is depicted in the book, we will be there soon if we don’t get measurable rain.


I haven’t had much time to hang out on the couch with Netflix but I have been keeping up with The Walking Dead. It’s so good! I am really hoping we don’t lose Glenn this season. Everyone is talking about the finale and how it might be THAT scene from the comic that we are all dreading. I certainly hope not. I can think of one other way it could be even more horrible and I am hoping the story doesn’t go that way.



I dragged my butt to the market yesterday to get it done before the big storm hit. Well, we had some rain but a big storm? Nope. But, we will be throwing pork chops on the grill later and have them with scalloped potatoes, collard greens and corn.

Grateful for:

Simplified Planner

My planner. I bought a Simplified Planner this year and I can’t tell you how much I rely on it to keep me together. It’s a daily planner which I don’t think I use to its full potential, but it’s been a real life-saver this year.

What’s going on with you today?

20 thoughts on “Sunday Matters: It’s Been a Trying Week”

  1. Sorry its been such a trying week for you and your family. I hope this week proves to be a much better one for you all 🙂 Definitely sounds like a busy, but fun week. I’ve heard the same thing about the Morrison book, but I still want to read it. I just love her writing. As you know, I’m all over TWD and I’m really hoping its not the end of Glenn. That would just be so awful, especially after all that stress earlier this season when we thought he’d been killed and then found out he had just rolled under the large skip. Cripes, that show is just getting better and better! Love the look of your planner – mine’s green and I have to admit that I’m pretty bad about using it 🙂

  2. I hear ya on the trying week. They’re tough to get through but it’s important to remember things could be worse. I don’t see how you could get by without a planner.

  3. I know I say this way too much but you really do so much. I am not even working and I would freak if my Sunday looked like that. We love a more relaxed Sunday. Right now I am reading and watching a Harry Potter Marathon! I aM trying out a new recipe later for oven fried chicken. Den is making his special Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes and we are having peas with everything!

    1. I do try to cut things out or not schedule things back to back but with all of the activities they do, that is what happens. Plus, track meets start this weekend so every Saturday from 7-2 will be taken until around May… We just sit there often, eat snacks and cheer but there are times when we have to volunteer too. This an away meet so factor in commute time. An hour each way.

  4. My husband is sick with a cold, so I’m in for the evening, as well as being home the whole day. Love it! Not that he’s sick, of course, or that I’ll probably come down with it tomorrow(!), but having this day at home has been nice! I’ve been cooking meals for the week and listening to the most recent Louise Penny book, The Nature of the Beast. I put off listening to it for a few months because I was so sad that Ralph Cosham died, but the new narrator is very good, and Louise Penny gave a really touching tribute to Ralph Cosham at the beginning of the recording. I should get a planner because I end up making a lot of to-do lists in various places and still forgetting stuff.

    1. I am sorry that your husband is not feeling well. Whatever was going around here, I managed to get twice. My co-worker is still sick and others are too. It just keeps going around.

      The planner I have is very good for to-do lists. Plenty of room for that. My problem is that half my stuff is electronic and half in the planner. I am always surprised at what I’ve forgotten to sync, like dental appointments.

      1. I have different calendars, too, and don’t sync them very well! I’ve got the cold today (no more convincing myself it’s just allergies!) so I’m hoping it doesn’t lay me out flat.

  5. I hear you on the trying week…I hope you get some rest in! I don’t know how you manage to read so much with so much going on! I just finished Perelandra a little bit ago and am so eager to start That Hideous Strength (yay C.S. Lewis!) but it feels there’s just so much going on…grading, errands, housework (not that *that* ever gets done!), class planning, work, etc….

    1. ​One good thing is that for some reason I am not exhausted. A first! I just want a little less drama and a little more down time. ​Not too much to ask. I’ve been reading but the review writing is a bit behind. I will work on that this week.

  6. I need to go to work tomorrow just to relax. I feel like every moment of this weekend was booked up with something I should be thinking of getting ready for tomorrow but instead I am trying to work on a grad class I am taking.
    Hopefully your week – which looks jam packed with activities goes smoothly.

  7. Huh, I didn’t realize THAT scene from TWD was out in the public but I guess I can talk about it then? I really really hope it doesn’t happen. It was the worst scene in the whole of the books and it was tough to read it. I can’t imagine how it will be to watch.

    Hope you have a great week!

  8. I know all about crazy weeks. We had a full weekend of birthday activities for my daughter, even though her true birthday is this week.

    I hope things slow down for you. I have no planner, just a calendar that’s small enough for my purse these days.

    I have not watched Sunday’s episode yet, but we will soon.

    1. I could not live without my planner. I am mad though because I was trying to carry three folding chairs in one hand and my planner in the other and I dropped it!! The coil was all screwed up but I fixed it.

  9. We haven’t gotten as much rain as we expected this storm either. Maybe it’s still to come. I’m just hoping it’s clear for Wednesday. My daughter will be so disappointed if it’s not. We’re having her party that day–and she really wants to be able to have a jumper and her pinata.

    I haven’t seen this week’s episode of TWD. I’ll get to it before the week is out. I really hope Glenn doesn’t die either. He’s one of my favorite characters on the show.

    I hope things settle down for you! Have a better week, Ti!

  10. Hi. I hope you have a good week. It sounds busy! Will you get more rain? I havent seen WD from Sunday, but we have it taped. I might have to watch it on Weds night. I cut off my long hair last week — and told the lady to make it just like “Carol’s” — ha. It’s short!

    1. We are supposed to get some rain tomorrow and on Saturday. We have two big events on Saturday, first track meet and an outdoor church event. I hope the rain does not hit that day.

      A short Carol haircut, huh? I don’t have a good face for short hair. The shortest I can do is a long bob without looking weird.

  11. Well, that certainly sounded busy, Ti. I hope you have a good (and calm) week 🙂 Love the look of your planner! ❤ For myself, I'm feeling relieved. Surgery went fine and I'm recovering pretty well. Yay!

  12. Can’t wait to hear what your thoughts are on Gold Fame Citrus. I’ve picked it up a couple of times but then couldn’t make myself pay for it because of, you know, shelves of books I haven’t read yet. Hope this week was better!

    1. Gold Fame Citrus is pretty good. I am about 35% in. My only complaint is that I live in California and what the author depicts is a really, dire, dark, desperate way of life. Very depressing for me to read about since El Nino never panned out for us and we are looking at another horrible summer of no water. But the writing is great.

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