Happy Homemaker Monday, School Starts This Week!

So strange to type that. Where or where did my summer go? I feel like I missed it somehow.

Getting a bit of a later start today as G and I were talking quite a bit this morning. He’s having some pretty serious anxiety and second thoughts on going off to college.

He leaves (maybe) on Friday or Saturday to move in to his dorm.  Kind of wish it would have all come up before I spent yesterday washing all the towels, sheets, etc we bought for him to take down there.

Of course, he also didn’t get any sleep and is now (thankfully) asleep in his room. I’m kind of at a loss about it all at this point. Not even sure what to say or do.

J’s going to be a high school freshman and if he’s having any worries about it, I’ve not heard about them. Of course, he’s not enthused about school in general (though super smart/yes I’m biased as his mom but it’s true). He will get to start all his days with his favorite class now (band).

Decided between attempting to clean the house a bit and do more laundry, to just focus on the normal things. So that would mean putting up a Happy Homemaker Monday post to link up over at Diary of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather 

The news says a heat advisory starting at 1 PM today but really it’s not felt terrible out there. It was hotter last night at 10 than it is right now. Of course, I’ll probably be saying something different after I wait the proverbial 5 minutes. It’s supposed to be hot the rest of the week and maybe rain later. Typical stuff.

On My Breakfast Plate

Since both boys and I were all awake, I went ahead and made sausage and biscuits. Sorry, no gravy as none of us like that except my husband.

Right Now I Am

Working on this post and thinking way too much about things probably.

On My Bedside Table

a random library book, the same box of Ziploc space saver bags, some clothes

On My Reading Pile

I did a bit of binge-reading last week. Is that a thing? I read: Educated by Tara Westover, The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, Trophy Life by Lea Geller, Päntsdrunk (Kalsarikänni): The Finnish Path to Relaxation by Miska Rantanen, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms, and Lying Next To Me by Gregg Olsen.

I reviewed a few (not all) of them on my Goodreads profile if you’re interested in what I thought.

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

D.C. Legends of Tomorrow was my Netflix laundry show and about the only thing I really watched.

On My TV This Week

Not too sure.

On The Menu This Week

This may all change after a grocery store trip tonight or tomorrow.

MONDAY: Spaghetti

TUESDAY:  Rotisserie Chicken and Salad *First Day of School for J*

WEDNESDAY: Maybe pork chops

THURSDAY: Fish in the air fryer maybe *J has evening band camp starting at 5:30* *I work 1-4*

FRIDAY: Pork chops? Not sure

On My To Do List

  1. Pay Bills
  2. Clean House
  3. Locate 2 library books I thought I returned but they say I did not
  4. Grocery store
  5. Whatever I’m forgetting

Looking Forward To

Marching Band season and watching my youngest son out there on the field.

From The Camera 

What I’m Wearing Today

striped tee-shirt and jean shorts, slide sandals.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Catching up with friends over a cup of coffee

Quote For The Week

If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present…Gratefully. (Maya Angelou)


What are your plans for the week ahead?


Happy Homemaker Monday, Time to Get Back on Track

Happy Monday! After a weird mid-week start to things last week, I’m happy to get back on track this week starting things off my a normal timed Happy Homemaker Monday post.

Joining in as always with Sandra, who hosts the Happy Homemaker Monday link up over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. 

The Weather 

Feels like August out there this morning. A bit hot and humid. J’s been getting sunburned at band camp. He’s trying new 70 SPF this morning so hopefully, it works better. Slight chance of thunderstorms the rest of the week with highs in the mid 80’s and low 90’s.

On The Breakfast Plate

Chobani Flip Key Lime Pie yogurt & coffee.

Right Now I Am

Typing up this post around piles of papers and stuff removed from the desk drawers yesterday. Desk is empty but I still have the “no idea where to put the stuff I took out of it” problem.

On My Bedside Table

A book, the box of Ziploc space saver bags, and a tee-shirt

On My Reading Pile

I really need to get some new books as well as finish From The Ground Up by Howard Schulz. It’s on my to-do list for today.

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

Please don’t judge. I did lots o’ TV watching this weekend. Must have needed the downtime. I watched: Season 3 of Jessica Jones on Netflix. Then, hopped over to Amazon Prime to watch Good Omens (so fun!) before returning to Netflix for season 2 of Stranger Things. Now, I only have 3 episodes left in season 3 of Stranger Things.

On My TV This Week

Plan to finish Stranger Things and then, I might watch season 3 of Humans since Amazon finally added it. After that, I hope I’ll have found a book or two to read instead.

On The Menu This Week

Took advantage of being out of the house early to drop J off at band camp and went grocery shopping early today.

MONDAY: hamburgers and hot dogs *J has band camp 8-4*

TUESDAY: chicken strips *J has band camp 8-4*

WEDNESDAY: Steak strip salad *J has band camp/freshman orientation* *I have a hair appointment*

THURSDAY: Ribs in the slow cooker

FRIDAY: Taco salads or Rotisserie Chicken salad

On My To Do List

  1. Finish cleaning off/out this desk (need more storage containers)
  2. Find out why the maintenance required light is on in the car
  3. Take back library books
  4. Go with G to get stuff he needed to take to college
  5. Usual clean house/do laundry
  6. Get household supplies (maybe while out with G) like toothpaste
  7. Write more than one blog post this week
  8. Price/buy deck sealer (and then, seal the deck)

Looking Forward To

Finishing this desk project, spending some extra time with the boys this week

From The Camera

I didn’t do a very good job picking up the camera last week….the pictures in my post are still from our trip out-of-town.  

What I’m Wearing Today

Navy blue top with tiny gold dots, khaki linen shorts, tennis shoes

One Of My Simple Pleasures

When we can all sit down and eat dinner together, spending time with family

Quote For The Week

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put into that action. (Mother Teresa)


What’s on your agenda for this week?

Late Start to the Week, Happy Homemaker, uh, Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! We had a bit of an extended and busy weekend. After finishing up my 2 weeks of a full-time work schedule, J and I were up early on Saturday.

He performed for a judge in the Mid-America Music Association contest. After that, we loaded up the car and headed south to have a quick family weekend before G’s college orientation.  

When did my first “baby” get so tall?

While there, J’s instructor sent us news that J made the cut to get a trophy from the contest. (The judge gave him a “superior” rating which meant he scored at least 95% on his pieces. Did I mention he had to play them from memory?).  

So on Tuesday, as soon as G finished registering for his classes, we hurried back to town so J could play with his other class-mates in a recital setting and get his trophy. It was a nice event but it didn’t end until almost 10 PM.

WHEW! A busy and whirlwind of a weekend but now it’s time to move forward and see what the rest of this week holds for us. Even though it’s late in the week, I’m still linking my post up with Sandra over at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom where she hosts Happy Homemaker Monday (not Wednesday, oops!).

The Weather 

Saturday was a beautiful, sunny day for traveling and exploring a bit of forest.

This morning is a bit rainy and fall-like. Perfect sleeping in weather and yes, I took advantage of that! It’s supposed to be in the upper 70’s and low to mid 80’s the rest of the week with slight chances of rain.

On The Breakfast Plate

After so much running around, I made myself a bit of a bigger breakfast this morning: bacon, biscuits, and a fried egg. Plus coffee, of course.

Right Now I Am

Soaking in being at home with no place I have to be. Enjoying a quiet house and the slightly dark, rainy skies outside my windows.

On My Bedside Table

Same mess as last week except it’s grown to include a couple of plastic bags and 2 tee-shirts.

On My Reading Pile

I started reading Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers on the Kindle app on my phone. Still working through From The Ground Up by Howard Schulz (almost finished).

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

Friday evening, I watched Saving Mr. Banks on Netflix. I enjoyed it and yes, it inspired me to read Mary Poppins. However, why Netflix listed it as a comedy, I have no idea. It is not a comedy!  We also watched  Tommy Boy in the hotel room one evening. A true comedy and one of my favorite movies.

On My TV This Week

I have no planned viewing. Whatever interests me.

On The Menu This Week  

Wish we were a little closer to this place! One of my favorite road-trip stops.

Not sure why just planning 3 meals feels harder than an entire week. Probably because I desperately need to go to the store again.

MONDAY: We ate at the college orientation dinner (except J who had Subway) *Out of Town*

TUESDAY: We ate a late lunch at a Mexican restaurant and a later dinner at McDonald’s *Out of Town*

WEDNESDAY: It feels a bit like a spaghetti day

THURSDAY: Chicken legs, French Fries, Salad *J has band camp 8-4*

FRIDAY: Maybe frozen pizza? *J has band camp 8-4*

On My To Do List

  1. Clean out fridge and go grocery shopping
  2. Laundry!
  3. Clean the house
  4. Books back to library
  5. Unfinished items from last week (sweaters in space bags, clean off desk, etc)

Looking Forward To

Being off work this rest of this week and next. Spending some time at home and with G getting him ready for college

From The Camera 

My husband and J checking out the fish in the aquarium at the Wonders of Wildlife Museum in Springfield

What I’m Wearing Today

Black high school band show shirt, green Capri pants, and pink slide sandals.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Being in my own house (sleeping in my own bed, using my own bathroom, etc) after being out-of-town.

Quote For The Week

Home is the nicest word there is. (Laura Ingalls Wilder)


Happy Homemaker Monday, Another Full Week Ahead

Survived working a full-time schedule last week. It was actually a great week and I enjoyed it. Of course, things around here fell to the wayside a little. One more full-time week to go….

Glad I have these Happy Homemaker Monday posts to keep me on track (and keep me blogging!). It’s actually Sunday but I thought I’d plan my week a bit early since tomorrow will be a busy one. As always, I’ll be linking up with our wonderful host, Sandra over at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather:

Thankfully, no more of this:  What the car said at 3:45 yesterday when I was taking J to an extra baritone lesson. The real temp was closer to 98-99 but it was pretty hot out there. The entire week. This week is supposed to be mostly in the 80’s. Better grab our sweaters, ha!

On The Breakfast Plate:

I’m sure I’ll be having a Chobani flip yogurt and coffee, my standard work day breakfast.

Right Now I Am:

Working on this post, trying to ignore the piles on the bed (I started cleaning off my desk), and thinking about how fast the weekend went.

On My Bedside Table:

One empty storage bin (filled the other one, hooray), a bag of Ziploc space saver bags, and the pillow without a pillow case (really need to figure out a home for the pillow).

On My Reading Pile:

Still working on From the Ground Up by Howard Schultz.

Movies or Shows I Watched This Weekend:

I did take a minute and watch The Grinch  on Netflix. Not exactly the true to the book telling of the story though it stuck to theme.  Still cute and enjoyable. I could watch it again at Christmas but it doesn’t replace the original cartoon. And J didn’t like how they left out the song while the Grinch stole the Christmas items. I pointed out they probably did that on purpose as nothing would beat the original “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” song.

On My TV This Week:

Not sure.

On The Menu This Week:

Planning for another week of easy dinners!

MONDAY: Thinking breakfast for dinner with French Toast sticks, bacon, and eggs*I work 8-4:45* *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Chicken legs, some type of potatoes, salad *I work 8-4:15*

WEDNESDAY: Frozen shrimp/fish in air fryer, salad, maybe baked potatoes *I work 8-5*

THURSDAY: Roast in the crock pot (made into sandwiches) *I work 8-5*

FRIDAY: Chicken strips, salad *I work 8-5*

On My To Do List:

Got a fair amount accomplished today (Sunday)…

  1. Still need to mow the lawn (too hot all week, thunderstorm overnight…SIGH)
  2. Clean off/out this desk (In progress)
  3. Pay bills DONE!
  4. Hotel reservations for upcoming trip DONE!
  5. Hang to dry laundry DONE! Other laundry…Never ending
  6. Go to grocery store
  7. Put sweaters in space bags
  8. Clean the house
  9. Get Happy Retirement card for a friend

Looking Forward To:

Spending some time out-of-town with just the 4 of us.

Looking Around The House:

One day it will be clean. Today is not that day.

From The Camera:

Didn’t even pick up my camera until today!

Poor little gray cat’s been sick with an upper respiratory virus plus somewhere she got a little scrape over her left eye. Vet visit, one week ago Friday, followed by 2 times a day antibiotics and eye cream. And then, back to the vet on Saturday morning to get those needed immunizations. She’s not been too happy with us the last week but she is feeling much better tonight.

My little yellow flowers (are they Black-eyed Susan?) finally started blooming yesterday!  

Spotted a dragonfly on the lemon grass. 

What I’m Wearing Today:

Grey band show shirt and jean shorts. Tomorrow (Monday), I’ll probably wear a preschool t-shirt and Capri pants plus tennis shoes to work.

One Of My Simple Pleasures:

Drinking lemonade and tea mixed together in the summer.

Quote For The Week:

The true secret to happiness lies in the taking a true interest in all the details of daily life. (William Morris)


What are your plans for the week ahead?





Happy Homemaker Monday, Busy Days Going On Now

I wasn’t sure if I’d get a post up tonight or not. It’s a bit late (after 9:00 p.m.) but I have a few minutes.

Joining in with Sandra from Diary of a Stay At Home Mom to plan the first of my two weeks worth of working full-time hours.

The Weather 

Someone slept through the giant tree branch knocking off part of the gutter, missing the a/c by inches, and smacking against his window.

Nice right now but supposed to get *HOT* again later this week. They’re not sure if we’ll get rain from the remnants of hurricane Barry or not. Or was it just a tropical storm? I don’t remember.  Hopefully, not too much rain and hopefully, no more out of the blue heavy winds from freak thunderstorms.

On The Breakfast Plate

I had a Chobani flip yogurt and coffee

Right Now I Am

Working on this post while listening to the news and thinking about how I should really be loading the dishwasher

On My Bedside Table

Two empty plastic storage bins, a bag of Ziploc space saver bags (for gifted sweaters), and a pillow without a pillowcase. Odd mix.

On My Reading Pile

Took advantage of the Kindle Unlimited deal (3 months FREE…think it actually goes until the end of the month) and signed up for that so read Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine over the weekend.  And I started reading From The Ground Up by Howard Schultz while waiting on J at his baritone lesson.

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

I had a Thursday night Netflix party (started my weekend early last week) and watched Mary Poppins Returns followed by Christopher Robin. Loved both movies! Then, Saturday we went to a friend’s house (just my husband and I) for an outdoor movie showing of Den of Thieves. I probably would’ve enjoyed it more if I didn’t fall asleep.

On My TV This Week

Probably just random bits of shows.

On The Menu This Week

Easy stuff, I hope!

MONDAY: The plan was for fish in the air fryer but J ended up with a mini frozen lasagna and my husband had a ham sandwich. I still ate fish. G ate out with friends. *J had a baritone lesson* *I worked 8-4:15*

TUESDAY: Spaghetti, salad *I work 8-4:15* *I have Bunco*

WEDNESDAY: Steak salads *I work 8-4:15*

THURSDAY: Pork Chops, sweet potatoes *I work 8-4:15*

FRIDAY: Breakfast for dinner? *I work 8-4:15*

On My To Do List

  1. Mow The Lawn!
  2. Clear off/out this desk
  3. Put sweaters in space bags
  4. Pay a few bills
  5. Cut up some fruit (bought yesterday at store)

Looking Forward To

Relaxing, going to Bunco tomorrow night

Looking Around The House

It’s only Monday so there’s still hope…

From The Camera

Namaste. Doesn’t this robin look like it’s doing a yoga pose?  

What I’m Wearing Today

Blue Super Hero themed work shirt, green Capri pants, and sandals (wore tennis shoes to work)

One Of My Simple Pleasures


Quote For The Week

The best way out is always through. (Robert Frost)


What’s on your agenda this week?

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