Tips for Tired Times

Are you tired this morning?   Me, too.  Thankfully, this is a good tired (for those of us who are Kansas City Royals baseball fans).  However, I’ve been the other tired for most of the month.  The exhausted, don’t feel good at all tired.

Unfortunately, tired and busy collided for me during late September and early October.  Here are some tips for getting through those tired times when all you want to do is hibernate but that is not an option.

Tips for Tired Times

  • Prioritize!  How many of all those things on your to-do list have to be done TODAY?  When you are absolutely exhausted, it is okay to procrastinate.  It is also okay to let things slide a bit.  I had to do the laundry but I didn’t have to deep clean the whole house.

  • Apply The Do It Now principle to the items on your to-do list you’ve determined must get done.  If you wait on those things, you may find yourself to tired to get them done and it seldom ends well if we put off the have-to items on our list.

  • It is ok to take shortcuts and skip things.  The family will survive a few boxed “heat and eat” meals or meals out.  I was surprised at how many lunches and dinners I could pull together out of my pantry and freezer (of course, a big grocery trip now looms on the horizon).  The world won’t come crashing down if you miss a school event with your kids.  I honestly should have missed a few marching band performances that I pushed myself to attend (because sitting in a cold football stadium is a great for when you’ve been sick.  Ha!)

  • Do the Minimum.  I love this concept!  It really does work if the house is really out of control and you are feeling overwhelmed and too tired to even start.

  • If you can rest, do it!  This one was hard for me.  I always feel like I’m being lazy if I’m sitting and watching Netflix because I’m tired as opposed to if I’m sitting and watching it because I made the choice to do it instead of something on my list.  It is okay to rest and take a small nap if you get the chance.

  • Sometimes you have to take steps to boost your energy level!  Things that work for me:  coffee (not too much though!), green tea (I prefer Stash Chai Green Tea),  Showering, Stepping outside for a few minutes, and my latest discovery thanks to the teenager, something called Gamma, an energy drink that doesn’t taste completely horrid.  I like it because it is not carbonated like Emergen-C which means I can mix it in a water bottle and take it with me.  Do NOT try to mix Emergen-C in a water bottle.  Trust me when I tell you the results will not be pretty.

  • Stay away from sugar because the low from a sugar high when you are feeling tired anyway is not pretty.  Speaking from experience on that one.  A lot of experience.

  • If someone is willing to step in and help, let them do it.  A tough one.  I’ll just say I don’t really practice what I preach here but I’m sure it would have helped if I’d been more willing to say okay and let me husband do some shuffling and making of the kids’ lunches.

I’m probably forgetting a few tips but I must finish up this post and move on to the big grocery trip on the horizon before I decide I’m too tired to cope with it.  What tips do you have for getting through the days when you lack energy and are so tired you’d much rather hibernate?



Hello! Happy Homemaker Monday and Menu Plan

I’ve decided this is the week.  I’m getting back to writing and posting on this blog.  My break wasn’t scheduled and it wasn’t for any bad reason (well, I could have done without the nasty  virus and the cough that will not leave). 

Life just got busy.  Sometimes it does that.  Sometimes you have to choose between blogging or being on time to work.  Sometimes a nap is more necessary than a blog post (scary but true).  However, I think I see things slowing down a bit (said very cautiously and in a whisper) and now it is time to get back to blogging. 

I couldn’t think of a better place to start than with a Monday planning post to link over at Happy Homemaker Monday hosted by Sandra from Diary of a Stay At Home Mom as well as a menu plan (how I’ve missed and needed these!) to link at Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura from I’m An Organizing Junkie.

The Weather This Week

Last week, it was so hot in our house at bedtime one night, I caved and turned on our a/c.  This morning it was so cold, I bumped on the heat for a few minutes.  My boys actually choose to wear long sleeves to school today.  I guess fall is finally here.   We’re supposed to have morning lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s all week with a chance of rain on Tuesday.

Weekly Menu

My menu plans have been fairly sporadic the past few weeks.  We’ve had quite a few “planned” meals out.  I shopped the pantry/freezer quite a bit.  Here’s my plan for this coming week:

MONDAY:  Spaghetti

TUESDAY:  Ham steaks and sweet potatoes

WEDNESDAY:  Pumpkin Waffles and Sausage (or French Toast…depends on my mood)

THURSDAY:  Ribs in the crock pot

FRIDAY:  Tacos or Out (depends on how the day goes)

Things That Make Me Happy

Having time to post on this blog, a snuggly kitty cat, mango green tea from Quick trip, my kids

To-Do List

We’ll see how much of this happens but here is the list for this week:

  1. Go to parent teacher conferences for G & J
  2. Go to the grocery store
  3. Clean the house & laundry (always)
  4. Take the Cat to the vet (I was going to do this a few weeks ago but she and I didn’t agree on the method of transportation.  Putting her in the carrier needs to be a team effort).
  5. Get out the fall clothes (probably need to buy some new pants for the boys)
  6. Pay bills
  7. Write and publish 2 more blog posts

On the Blog

At this point, I just want to get back into a bit of a posting routine. 

Books, Movies, and Television

I re-read some of the Chronicles of Narnia series when I just needed a book to read because J wanted to read together.  Right now, I’m working my way through Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.

One thing about feeling bad is it gives you a decent excuse to watch movies and television a bit.  Keep in mind this is a month’s worth of stuff I’ve watched (not a week).

Movies first:  I slept through a fair amount of Sharknado 2 but overall I really enjoyed it!  Gone Girl followed the book fairly well until the end…one line from the book made it and they left it out!  I love dumb science fiction movies but when your science fiction movie is so dumb it makes Sharknado 2 seem Oscar worthy, then you have a problem.  Jupiter Ascending hit that category.  G and I watched Maleficent together yesterday and both of us enjoyed it. 

Television:  I caught up on some Netflix shows mainly Walking Dead as my teenager walked through the room rolling his eyes at me (you would think it would be the other way around but nope, I’m the one watching the stupid zombie show around here).  I watched the entire Heroes series and loved it (even with the plot holes and a couple of less than stellar seasons) and am now really enjoying watching Heroes Reborn.  G also managed to get me hooked on The Flash.  He loves Arrow but I can’t seem to get into that show.  My husband watched Longmire and something called Hand of God but I couldn’t get into either of those shows either.

I guess I could add the radio since it wasn’t on television for us (cable only):  Also listened to the Royals!


One thing I’ve really missed about keeping up with the blog is how intentional it makes me about taking photos.  Here are a few of my favorite random photos from my phone: 

Gorgeous sky!

Gorgeous sky!

Photo from UCM football stadium. I was setting up to get a shot of the band but then they came from a different direction!

Photo from UCM football stadium. I was setting up to get a shot of the band but then they came from a different direction!

Turkey vulture that was on pole across the street from the house on Saturday.

Turkey vulture that was on pole across the street from the house on Saturday.

Fall colors are starting in Springfield, Missouri. Fall color is late this year in our state.

Fall colors are starting in Springfield, Missouri. Fall color is late this year in our state

Looking Forward to This Week

Watching (or listening to it on the radio) the World Series (Go Royals!), the boys having a day off from school on Friday, a less busy (maybe) weekend, and Daylight Savings end on Sunday.  I’m ready to reclaim my hour of missing sleep!

Thoughts for the Week

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it (Proverbs 4: 23)


Have you been busy as well?  I do think that May, October, and December may be the busiest months of the year!  Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Ten Things of Thankful on The Eleventh of September

Somehow, this seems a very fitting day to stop and reflect on the blessings of the week.  So does the next day.  Ahem.

Ten Things of Thankful


The first item on my list for the ten things of thankful this week has to be the warm welcome I received from so many who participate in this link up.  Wow, thank you!  I’m hoping to be better about visiting everyone this week.  And, yes, it an addictive one (in a good way!) because here I am back for the second week.

And the rest in official ten item list form which will technically mean I’m doing 11 things of thankful but I’ve never been too great at the math stuff:

  1. I figured out how to make the button show up in my post!  That’s a huge one for a non-techy person such as myself.
  2. Family get-togethers.  My nephew held a family get-together over Labor Day weekend for my side of the family and it was so nice to see those who could manage to get there.  It’s hard to get a large family together for non-occasions and it was very needed one.
  3. Friends willing to go the extra mile and do more than their fair share.  The mom of one of G’s friends has been available to give G and his friend a ride home every day the past few weeks (when they haven’t walked) and helped me out tremendously by giving G a ride home on Wednesday so he wouldn’t have to walk or try to catch the bus with his band hat and shoes in tow.
  4. Summer flowers lingering into the fall.


    Black-eyed Susan

    Black-eyed Susan

  5. The smell of the honeysuckle growing wild down the road.  One night, as we arrived home, the amazing scent filled the air.  Then, the wind blew and the scent of someone’s bonfire filled the air.  The scents of late summer and fall all at once soothing our senses.

    And inhale...

    And inhale…

  6. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets I was able to view.  I also opted to not take any pictures and just enjoy them.
  7. The flexibility of my job.  It is so nice to work at an understanding place where I can work it out to leave early when my kids are home sick.
  8. I’m HUGELY thankful that G never ended up with the full on stomach flu making the rounds in these parts.  AND that none of us got it (so far, fingers crossed, knock on wood, and all the other things…).
  9. Hy-Vee cookies.  Some day they’ll quit having them on sale with a gas discount and I’ll no longer have any justification to buy them.  I could make cookies myself but these are such a great time saver (and yummy as well).
  10. Comedians who make me laugh!  I’ve been trying to catch Ellen this week when I have had the chance.  And watching this clip of her and Jimmy Fallon was just what I needed in the middle of a week that was a bit emotionally rough at times (note: language in one of the songs):

Those are my ten for the week!  I’m turning the computer back over to J (he’s building something in Minecraft) and heading out the door for a little retail therapy.

Hopefully, your blessings numbered way more than ten last week!

Happy Homemaker Monday & Menu Plan: Holiday Edition

I’ve missed making these weekly plans!  Funny how weeks when you are too busy to make the weekly plans are the weeks when having a weekly plan would probably help the most.

Since today is a holiday (Labor Day in the U.S.), I’m taking advantage of our relaxed and rainy (sigh) morning to make a weekly plan.  As usual, I’m going to link this post up with
Sandra over at Diary of A Stay At Home Mom, host of Happy Homemaker Mondays, and Laura over at I’m An Organizing Junkie, host of Menu Plan Monday.

The Weather This Week:

“Lightening has been detected in your area.”  My phone kept buzzing with that this morning.  I found it funny since it would usually buzz about 5 minutes after the thunder.  Um, it is stormy and raining this morning.  It was a great morning for sleeping late (minus my younger son’s alarm going off at 5a.m.!  UGH.) but I do hope it clears off this afternoon.

The rest of the week is calling for highs in the 80s and pretty decent chances of rain until later in the week.  I probably should have mowed the lawn on Sunday since it is now Tuesday and rainy yet again.

Weekly Menu

My menu the last two weeks have been pretty sparse and I’ve mostly been winging it.  We haven’t gone out a bunch but instead have eaten stuff out of the freezer, standard meals (think spaghetti and tacos), or “heat and eat dinners.”

I’m still working on trying to clear out the pantry and freezer a bit (although I didn’t plan to do it the last two weeks, it was kind of nice to have stuff there so I want to clear it out more so I can start filling it up again).

Here’s the plan for this week:

MONDAY:  Brisket (purchased already cooked from Sam’s Club, this was J’s request)

TUESDAY:   Waffles, Sausage

WEDNESDAY: Chicken Enchiladas, Rice, Chips & Salsa

THURSDAY:  Fish Sticks, baked potatoes, salad

FRIDAY: OUT or whatever brilliant thing I can figure out to make so we can be out the door by 5:15 for the football game.  So, OUT.

Things That Make Me Happy

Getting together with family, sleeping in on stormy mornings, days where the only thing on the to-do list is Netflix, and pretty flowers outside.

To-Do List

*I’ve been trying out this new app (it’s not new at all) on my fancy phone called Cozi and I really like it for tracking our schedules so far.  I’m late to the party with using my phone as a planning tool but it seems to work fairly well for me.

  1. Get both boys haircuts (this was on for tonight but now G is home with an upset stomach)
  2. Grocery Shopping
  3. Clean the House!
  4. Find our pencil sharpener.  I guess that sort of goes with clean the house.  We have so many un-sharpened pencils…
  5. Clean out fridge, I’ve been trying to do this every Monday
  6. Work for me, Band practice for G if he feels better, Curriculum night at J’s school, sadly my husband and I have a funeral to attend on Wednesday, and then, the football game on Friday (high school), plus I’m hoping to talk them all into a little day trip if everyone is healthy on Saturday.

On the Blog

I’m just hoping to get into a better posting routine.  I did manage to get a few posts published last week at least including one on saying goodbye to summer guilt yesterday.  I need to do some blog visiting and commenting (I’ve been reading but haven’t mastered commenting from my phone or Bloglovin’ (this only works about every other time, is it me?).   I still have posts in progress so hopefully, this will be a good week of blogging.

Books, Movies, and Television

I need a book!  I keep thinking I’ll get over to Half-Price Books but haven’t made it there.

Haven’t seen any movies with the exception of making the teenager sit through Weekend At Bernie’s.  That one wasn’t quite as funny as I remembered it to be.

On regular television, I’ve become rather hooked on American Ninja Warrior while waiting for all the season premieres to begin.  I told G that if I were 20 years a few years younger I would want to train for it.  On Netflix, I’ve gone back to the island.  “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!”


Random choices.



We finally got a new table & chairs for our deck!

We finally got a new table & chairs for our deck!

I commissioned J to make me a stand for my phone so I could listen to music while working in the kitchen

I commissioned J to make me a stand for my phone so I could listen to music while working in the kitchen

It works great!

It works great!

View from the Santa-Cali-Gon festival Ferris Wheel

View from the Santa-Cali-Gon festival Ferris Wheel

Looking Forward to This Week

Maybe an almost free day on Friday.

Homemaking Tips and Trials

Not sure if it fits this category but since I have one home with a rolling stomach, there’s a tip on Pinterest about grape juice being a deterrent to stomach ailments.  I do think it works.  I’ve certainly added it to my grocery list again (albeit a bit too late this time).

Lessons Learned the Past Few Days

It’s ok to step back and let others help, I need to pick up the phone and just call friends and family more often because we’re all busy.

Thoughts for the Week

J had an assignment last week that involved using an inspirational quote.  This is what he picked and I love it so I’m stealing it for this week (although he’d probably tell me I have to find my own quote since that’s what I told him):

Don’t change so people will like you, be yourself and the right people will love the real you. (unknown)


I’m glad to have a bit of a plan for the busy week ahead.  Why are the shorter weeks always the busiest?  Do you have a busy week ahead as well?



So Long Summer Guilt

Do you end summer with that extra helping of guilt as well?  Every summer, I think this summer will be different!  We’ll do tons of fun things, my kids will read all the library books and do extra educational stuff for fun.

I guess before I officially start my post on saying so long to the summer guilt, I should share some summer confession with you:

  1. My teenager read exactly ONE book all summer.  He read it on the Fourth of July because he was bored.  My younger son read 3 because I bribed him to do it.
  2. The only summer slide I contemplated was the one on the underused swing set in our backyard.  There were no summer workbooks around here.
  3. I was just as guilty as overdoing it on the screen time as the kids.

Here is why I’m going to say goodbye to the summer guilt (at least until next year):

I’m slowly learning to accept that my children aren’t going to magically morph into different beings each summer who want to leave the house.  For better or worse, these children of mine are home-bodies.

We did do fun stuff.  We just didn’t do fun stuff every single day.  That would have, of course, taken the fun out of it.

My idea wasn’t always the same as the boy’s idea of fun stuff.

I wanted to go to a beach at a local lake.  They wanted to go to a swimming pool.  Actually, what they really wanted to do was have a water balloon fight in the back yard.

We made it to the swimming pool once (weather did not cooperate well for swimming this summer).  And we had a water balloon fight.  Twice.  It was enough.

summer guilt

Water balloons ready to go

We didn’t go to the library every week like I thought we would (yet, I still racked up an excessive share of late fees, hangs head in shame) but we still read.  My oldest watched a subtitled Japanese anime show (I’m counting it) and my youngest read the directions on-line for most of our science experiments.

They also had numerous Yu-Gi-Oh card battles where the math involved gives me a headache so no workbooks needed.

Screen time is down time for us and summer is all about down time.  It is supposed to be a break.  I’ve decided to try to not sweat it (as much).

Summer seemed a lot more fun when I simply embraced it.  It worked much better than trying to make it perfect or fit a mold of what all that screen time was telling me I should be doing.

Now, it’s time to say the traditional (Labor Day weekend) goodbye to summer.  I’m also going to say so long to my summer guilt because while this summer was not perfect, it was pretty darn good.

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