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Updated: 12/05/2013 08:00:04AM

The art of making lists

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Making lists helped me cope with a busy life when I was working and now, as a senior, when the memory becomes less reliable, lists become a necessity for efficient living. And of course there are several categories.

First of all ... meals. But I don’t use the conventional day-by-day menu; instead I’ve found what works best for me is at the beginning of each new week, I make two columns of recipe suggestions, one for entrées and one for luncheons, the two categories which handle our daily meals. Then each evening, I simply choose one suggestion from each list for the next day’s repasts, so, if meat needs to be thawed, etc., I can put it in the refrigerator to have ready for the next day. And, occasionally, an unexpected errand comes up, so an “eat-out” cancels one entry. I find it’s a simple way to keep an interesting mix of entrées, plus the menu “list” also helps when I grocery shop.

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