Happy Homemaker Monday, Go Chiefs!

Fifty years to do it but the K.C. Chiefs are finally Super Bowl bound again! I’d love to say I watched every minute of that last game but like a dedicated fan, I took one for the team and read my book. (Every time I’ve watched the game, they’ve lost.)

I also bought lucky pillows in “Chiefs colors” for our basement

It sounded like New Year’s Eve all over again when we opened our door after the game yesterday. J and my husband even added a bit to the festivities by shooting off a small firework. Miami sounds really nice and warm about now. Of course, so does an extra roughly $10,000 dollars (estimated price of two tickets to the big game).

On to the week ahead for those of us without quite that much money in our fun accounts. Joining in as always with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather

COLD. It was 12 degrees when the cat shuddered after meowing for the human to open her door to the world. Right now it’s snowing.

Glad we don’t have to leave the house until later. Last week was ice on Friday morning which gave most of us (my husband excluded) a 4 day weekend. This week is more winter weather: snow today but nothing serious, cold all week, warmer as the week ends with a mix of snow and rain and maybe the “advisory” kind of weather. Tomorrow is the only sunny day in the forecast, may need to brave the cold and soak up some of that.

How I Am Feeling This Morning

Honestly, I woke up with a headache and it’s still lingering a bit. And I’m lacking a bit of motivation. Happy the Chiefs won and that this week (so far) isn’t looking nearly as busy as last week.

On My Mind

Lots of stuff. Mostly the stuff I need to do today. Pay the bills. Laundry! Move the trash bag I put just outside the back door on Friday (too icy to walk to the trash) over to the trash. Watering the plants. Whether I want to attempt to go out and run errands today (probably not…might save that for tomorrow).

The Breakfast Plate

Coffee, Cereal (Okay, I had a Rice Crispy treat but that’s still cereal, right?), and whole wheat toast with apricot jelly.

On My Reading Pile

Still doing lots of reading! Finished the Jen Hatmaker book (enjoyed it) and then read three books in a row by the same author.

Read all the books in Brian Freeman’s Frost Easton series: The Night Bird (best one of the three probably), The Voice Inside, and The Crooked Street. They’re of the thriller/mystery genre. While not my favorite genre to read, the main character is engaging and kept me interested. Plus, he has a cat as a sidekick. How can you not like that?

Now, I’m working my way through Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I’d like to say it doesn’t feel like a high school English class assigned reading but I’d be lying. That’s not to say the book is bad by any note…just different than my quick to read thrillers I’ve been blowing through.

TV Viewing

Not much. Didn’t watch the Chiefs game except in very few glances. A few episodes of The Librarians (I’ve reached the fourth and final season…sad as I really do enjoy the campy vibe of the series). And the morning news plus snatches of the morning talk shows if I don’t turn the TV off in time.

On The Menu This Week

No idea and I need to go to the store again. Basing this menu off what I know we have on hand.

MONDAY:  Chicken sausage, potatoes, and cabbage salad (depends on package date) *J has baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY:  Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread *I have Bunco*

WEDNESDAY: Honey teriyaki chicken bites, rice

THURSDAY: Roast in the crock pot *I work 3-6*

FRIDAY: Steak salad *I work 7:15-3:30*

From The Camera

Still doing pretty good with picking up the camera every day.

Looking Around The House

Not awful but needs attention. I do have a big box of kitchen stuff donations now sitting in the middle of the living room. It’s starting to look like part of the decor, not good.

Chore I’m Not Looking Forward To Today Or This Week

Paying the bills! Of course. I’ll probably do it first just to get it out-of-the-way.

To Relax This Week, I Will

Watch my bird feeders and pick up my camera.

On My Prayer List

Friend who just had family member diagnosed with cancer, family near and far, strangers. The nice lady I chatted with in line at the Dollar Tree last week. No reason, I just had a sudden thought I should add her to this list.

Devotional/Bible Verse/Thought For The Week

While I know I should probably share a Martin Luther King, Jr quote here in honor of his holiday, I really want to share something else instead. My word for the year in 2020 is home. And I stumbled across this sentence while reading Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker:

There is nothing more meaningful, life-giving, or lovely than home. 



Clearing My E-Mail: A New Way

This year, I’m determined to stay on top of my inbox.

I don’t know about you but my e-mail inbox can shoot up to 500+ messages in days. It’s worse around major holidays with stores shouting at me about the savings!

Of course,  don’t want to miss out on any great coupons so I tend to be a little lax in my unsubscribing ways. Plus, it doesn’t seem to work very well to unsubscribe.

At the end of last year, I made a small change in how I was deleting my e-mails. Mostly out of necessity as I had over 2000 e-mails stacked up at the time. Had to go through them all. Important ones regarding school dates, personal information mingled with messages shouting save lots of money by giving us all of yours! A rather tedious process.

At some point, I decided to select all and just “remove” the important looking ones. I hit the delete button. Guess what? All those important ones moved up to first place in my inbox. I took a minute, read through those taking any action steps or saving them if needed (I have an e-mail filing system…school, bills paid, etc).

Then, it was back to select all and repeating the process. Went so much faster than trying to read through each one and decide what was important.

An important mantra for me when sifting through the store ones (especially in January!):

There will always be another sale!

Think this may become a Saturday morning routine for me. It feels nice to have an inbox number of 4 as opposed to 4000.

How do you keep your e-mail clear?

Home Love Plans: Valentine’s Day Is One Month Away!

Did you choose a word for the year? How’s your focus on it going so far?

My word, home, feels so much like the right choice at this time. I can tell it’s going to be a good year with a good word. Before I get to my list of home love plans for this week, I want to review what happened last week. 

My home love items from last week were:

  1. Make a Three King’s Cake and nice dinner for the Epiphany.  DONE  although full disclosure: my timing was not great and everyone had somewhere to be Monday night so it was a kind of eat on the fly night. We did have a nice leftover meal of turkey sandwiches and homemade potato chips later in the week. And it took until Saturday, for someone to find the lucky cashew. G holds the honor for this year.
  2. Put away Christmas decorations. DONE
  3. Clean and Clear out two more kitchen cabinets. DONE Look at this progress: See that tiny teacup up there on the right? It’s what my parents used to give us “coffee” as kids. I found it hidden way back in the cabinet behind too much junk. Now, I see it and smile every time I open these cabinets. Only baking dishes and tools in the baking cabinet. I relocated (and threw away!!) a lot of baking goods/expired things. And one last picture, lest you think all this happened by magic:
  4. Figure out storage for video gaming that makes everyone happy and doesn’t look like clutter. Didn’t happen as I got super focused in the kitchen.
  5. Overall cleaning supply inventory/Refresh. Not exactly done but did determine we are out of many things. Planning to go to Target this week.

Not bad progress for my first week, I think. I also bought some yellow roses and plunked them down right in the middle of my sorting mess on the kitchen table. You can see that picture in yesterday’s post if interested.

For this week, I’m keeping my focus mostly on the kitchen as I’ve dubbed January as “kitchen month.”

Home Love Items For This Week:

  1. Put out Valentine’s Day garden flag (Have to put some easy ones on my list!)
  2. Clear out last upper kitchen cabinet (the one with the coffee cups and glasses)
  3. Clean and clear out silverware drawer (It contains so much more!)
  4. Clean and clear out one lower cabinet (We only have 2 so I should probably just do both)
  5. Figure out a new “staging” area for my kitchen clear out project so we can eat dinner on the kitchen table. (May need to have my husband bring up an extra table).
  6. Get some nice smelling dish soap. The top rack of our dishwasher is not working so lots of doing dishes by hand over here. And I’m thinking it might be a great chance to try out some of the Mrs. Meyers stuff everyone seems to love.
  7. Drop off box of kitchen stuff donations


Check back next Tuesday when I’ll update you on how it went with my home love plans for the week and share my new ones.






Happy Homemaker Monday, Happy Winter!

Happy Monday! 

Ready for another week? This one seems a bit busier than usual around here. 

Just going to get right to the post. Joining in as always with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.  Sandra switched up the categories for the new year/decade!

The weather

We had a winner (Go Chiefs!)/Winter weekend.

Bleak picture belies the festive mood of our city. This week is back to our normal all over the place weather with highs mostly in the upper 40’s and another chance of snow/rain (depends on the temperature) on Friday.

How I am feeling this morning

Woke up tired. Slept okay but was not ready for that 6:00 AM alarm. Feeling a bit overwhelmed when I look at the calendar.   I work every single day except tomorrow and J has an activity (lesson/Pep band) every single night except Wednesday.

He also needs new shoes and a hair cut which we now have planned for Wednesday evening. And we’re out of many household supplies meaning tomorrow my “free” day is also slated to be spent mostly running around.  Guess I’m feeling a bit grumpy this morning.

On my mind

All of the above things on the calendar.

My job, the school changed quite a bit in the past few years, it has grown which is a good thing but I’m really missing the small feel of the beginning. I’m not a fan of some of the newer changes (even though I understand the need).

Plus, one of my very favorite teachers is leaving at the end of the school year. She taught me so much as she was there from the beginning and so I’m so sad to see her go. Another newer teacher is also moving on so I’m starting to wonder about things. I have to remind myself I work in a field with a high turnover/burnout rate and yet….hopefully, today will be a good day as I do work at 1 PM.

The breakfast plate

Apple cinnamon instant oatmeal and too much coffee

On my reading pile

Went on a bit of a reading rampage over the weekend since Good reads told me I was behind on my goal for the year!

Finished reading Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home by Danielle Postel-Vinay. Then picked up The Testaments by Margaret Atwood and finished it in a day. Read one of my Amazon Prime, first read choices, Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman. And finally, yesterday, I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Reviewed the first three over on Good Reads. 

I only have one library book left to read this week: Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker.

TV viewing

Didn’t watch the Chiefs game except in glances (I can’t officially watch or they tend to lose…ahem, yes I did watch for the first few minutes).  Mostly, I’ve been watching The Librarians on Hulu. Not sure what I’ll watch this week.

On the menu this week

Did I mention this week seemed busier than normal?

MONDAY:  Chicken legs, rice *I work 1-3:45* *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY:  Pulled pork sandwiches, homemade sweet potato chips *J has pep band at 6*

WEDNESDAY:  Taco salads?  *I work 12:15-3:45* *Haircut/shoe shopping with J*

THURSDAY: Chicken sausage/coleslaw/potatoes  *I work 7:00-3:45* *J has pep band at 6*

FRIDAY:  French Toast (freezer) and sausage *I work 7:00-3:45* *J has pep band at 6*

From the camera 

I’ve been doing pretty good with my goal of picking up the camera every day in 2020!  

Looking around the house

I cleaned a teeny tiny bit yesterday morning but you can’t really tell. It’s in need of a deep clean especially the bathrooms.

Chore I’m not looking forward to today or this week

Clearing off the kitchen table. I’m working through the kitchen in a big clean out/clear out project. I have one upper kitchen cabinet to go. However, it means this is very close to the current state of our kitchen table:

I’ve put away some of the items but the table remains covered with new discoveries.  I also need to pay bills, never a fun task.

To relax this week, I will

Listen to some peaceful music at home. Turn up my 80’s tunes in my car! Take my time in Target (maybe…that might get expensive).

On my prayer list

My children, all the college kids returning to classes this week, some sick friends and their family members, neighbors, strangers.

Devotional/Bible Verse/Quote For The Week

Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)

I finally hung this picture up in our bathroom. It hung in my husband’s grandparents’ bathroom for years. So, seemed a fitting place to hang it up in the bathroom off our bedroom. A nice reminder for us all:


What does your week ahead look like?




What’s Going On Wednesday, Middle Of First Week of 2020

Since I seem to be in a good rhythm with posting, here’s a quick update of how the week looks so far in my world.

Took (overdue) books back to the library yesterday and found this gem while wandering the shelves: 

While maybe not completely relevant, it made this quote pop into my mind:

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it. (Paulo Coelho)

I also put away the last of the Christmas decorations yesterday. And couldn’t even make this stuff up, just as I finished, two Jehovah’s Witnesses appeared at my door. While I (hopefully) was respectful and polite, I don’t see myself converting to a religion that doesn’t celebrate any holidays.

And true to my word, I looked up the reasons on their website. I remain unconvinced and will stick with my mixed up background beliefs founded in the Baptist/Catholic/Lutheran churches. Thank you very much.

Now that we’ve cleared that air….how about a new candle scent?

I was tired of Christmas scents though I suppose technically hot cocoa and cream could go winter once I took away the twisted peppermint small candle beside it.  However, I pulled this out of the closet and now I really wish I’d have bought two! We all love this one. Not even sure how to describe it…a bit of a clean scent with a faint perfume-y undertone but it doesn’t overwhelm.

In slightly related news, I need to restock my candle stash a bit.

Back to putting away Christmas:

What do you do with poinsettia plants after Christmas? After much debate, I moved ours down to the basement window behind this desk. It’s nice to have a bit of life and color down here. We’ll see how long they survive Really, I’m surprised they made it this long.


Today’s plans involve a trip to Target, Bath & Body Works, and possibly the grocery store. Time to clear out two more kitchen cabinets. A night without any running/picking up of the high school kid. Keeping an eye on the news. A quick whole-house clean up. And of course, laundry.

What’s going on in your world on this Wednesday?



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