Happy Homemaker Monday, May Marches On…

It’s another Monday in May! Do you feel like this mama? It’s kind of how I felt this morning. I just wanted to sleep a little (okay, a lot) longer. Too early to count down to Saturday? Probably.

If we can get to Saturday, the pace should slow for a tiny slice of summer. Can’t wait to savor that!

Meanwhile, it’s time to plan the week ahead. Last week of school around here!

The Weather

Still cloudy right now but it’s supposed to be sunny and almost 80 degrees today after our fairly rainy weekend. Sunny and upper 80s most of the week (another chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday) and I see 90s showing up for the weekend. Summer’s arriving!

Right Now I Am

Drinking a berry protein shake and hoping this post helps me get a better feeling for the things I need to do today and the rest of this week. Just finished calling J in sick as he caught his brother’s cold.


I might also have a touch of the same cold and how I really don’t want to be sick. Also, trying to decide what to do for G’s birthday. It’s today! He didn’t want to celebrate with friends until this weekend as he has lots of finals this week.  Can’t believe I have a 17-year-old son. I’m just not old enough for that 😉

On My Reading Pile

Finished reading Under The Wide And Starry Sky by Nancy Horan.  Gave the library back The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of The American Libido by David Friend (I may pick it up again in the future but it was taking me way too long to get through all the footnotes). Felt the need to read something I could get into and quickly read so I’ve started on Altar of Bones by Philip Carter.  Enjoying it so far.

On My TV

Last week left me a bit behind on my TV viewing so I’ll be playing catch up a bit this week. Need to see last week’s episode of The Flash before Tuesday’s season finale. Now that the weather is nicer, I’d so much rather be outside than watching TV although I do enjoy a few of the summer shows coming back like American Ninja Warrior and Beat Shazam when I catch them.

Something Interesting I Watched

My husband and I watched The Dressmaker (an Amazon movie) over the weekend.  It’s the type of movie I’d have never picked to watch myself (my husband has a talent for picking random movies and usually they turn out to be great) but I really enjoyed it.

It’s about a small town and a woman returns who was sent away because as a child she killed another little boy. The whole town despises her yet hires her to make them beautiful using her dressmaking skills. Lots of twists in the plot and it’s also a bit campy. Apparently, based on a novel of the same name written by Rosalie Ham. Probably going to seek it out and read it.

What I Found While Surfing The Net

Didn’t really have a lot of time to do this last week.

On The Menu For This Week

Since last week didn’t go as planned (do they ever?), let’s look back at it first.

MONDAY: Tacos (think we did have these though they weren’t met with much enthusiasm)

TUESDAY: My Bunco theme didn’t go as planned although my family did get to enjoy Picnic Chicken (I only did chicken legs) for dinner. I deemed it to messy and not pretty enough for Bunco. I picked up Subway for Bunco (not an exciting choice).

WEDNESDAY: Frozen pizza  I fed the boys mozzarella sticks, my husband had a ham sandwich, and I still had my pizza salad.

THURSDAY: Pork chops, baked sweet potatoes

FRIDAY: Asian inspired Flat Iron Steak, broccoli, rice My husband cooked hamburgers (I ended up working until 5:30)

SATURDAY: Hamburgers, Jicama Fries Date night, we went out

Yesterday, we had chicken strips and I went ahead and made the Jicama fries. Think I over-seasoned them a bit but not sure they’d have been a big hit even without that. I didn’t mind them though.

So…on to the coming week…

MONDAY: No idea. J’s choice although I think I’m going to pick up some ribs at the store this morning as a stand by meal in case he can’t decide.

TUESDAY: ham steaks, biscuits, salad *I work 10-5*

WEDNESDAY: Chicken enchiladas (mini tacos for the picky ones) *MNO?*

THURSDAY: Asian inspired flat-iron steak (carry over from last week)

FRIDAY: OUT for last day of school

*all subject to change as I really need to go to the grocery store

On My To-Do List

  1. Go to grocery store!
  2. Pay straggler bills
  3. Still need to get cat flea medicine (she doesn’t have fleas but I know the season is here)
  4. Clean house
  5. Start getting vacation folder together
  6. Write a few blog posts
  7. Store returns (ugh, I despise doing returns!)
  8. Get with J about his birthday weekend plans
  9. Any of the stuff from last week I didn’t get done (mostly cleaning)
  10. Make summer guidelines for boys

In The Craft Basket

Not much. Too rainy all weekend to really do anything outside. Maybe this week. I do have some ideas…

Looking Forward To

The last day of school for the boys! A summer of not making lunches! Not having to worry about getting anyone up early but myself!  Going on vacation! Sunny, warm days at the pool!

Looking Around The House

Cat hair! Everywhere! And all from one tiny cat. Also, stuff from a whole family. Needs a good cleaning.

From The Camera

While sitting on the deck steps talking on the phone one evening last week, I looked up and saw this looking at me… The second one is a bit blurry (zoom lens, I’m not getting close to a racoon!). We have a raccoon family residing in one of our backyard trees.

Quote For The Week

I really loved reading this in Under The Wide And Starry Sky:

In the end, what really matters? Only kindness. Only making somebody a little happier for your presence. (Nancy Horan)


Hoping your week is filled with things and people who make you a little happier.

Don’t forget to visit our host, Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom!






Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.

My boys showed me a really nice Mother’s Day. Flowers on the kitchen table from my husband, cards from G and J plus a new movie and a gift card to eat out. Followed by dinner out at Fazolis (we like it better than most the expensive places and added bonus it wasn’t crowded at all) and then dessert at Dairy Queen. 

Glad to have the morning to work on my post and plan out the week. Don’t forget to go join in the fun with Sandra (our host) and the other bloggers linking up over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather

Pretty humid this morning with an expected high of 85 and a chance for storms this afternoon and tonight.  Typical May weather. Same for the rest of the week, sunny with a slight chance of storms. Highs in the mid 80s. I’ll take it!

Right Now I Am

Working on this post, pondering what to eat for breakfast, and thinking about jumping in the shower before I finish the post. Also, glad I threw laundry all over the bed already so I can’t give into the temptation to go back to bed.


Glad to be making this post as I have a lot to do this week and so have all those little tasks on my mind.

On My Reading Pile

Finished Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits Of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin. As I read it, I realized I had at least read parts of it at some other time. Still it was a book worth a re-read and made me think about some habits I’d like to add. Started Under The Wide And Starry Sky by Nancy Horan.  I’m thinking it should be a fairly quick read.

On My TV

So they cancelled two of the new shows I’d started watching, Deception and Alex, Inc. Both were cute, silly shows but probably not worthy of a Twitter campaign to save them.  Will probably just watch The Voice this week as we have activities during my other two shows I like to watch.

It’s so nice out, I’d rather be outside than watching television. G gave me the latest Thor movie for Mother’s Day so I may start that while folding laundry.

Something Interesting I Watched

My baby robins testing their wings and leaving the nest with their parents standing guard nearby. Made me think of all the graduations happening this month.

(I also went to see Avengers: Infinity War at the movie theater. No spoilers but certainly not my favorite movie and definitely not for the younger crowd simply because it’s a lot to process.)

What I Found While Surfing The Net

Something excellent! They’re making a 3rd installment of the Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter signed on for the project per The Hollywood Reporter!

I loved these movies. Will it likely be extremely stupid? Yep. Will I go see it anyway? Absolutely!

On The Menu For This Week

Still trying to expand our vegetable horizons a bit!

MONDAY: Tacos *I work 3-6*, probably taco salad for me, maybe everyone

TUESDAY: BUNCO for me (I’m hosting and thinking of a picnic theme)

WEDNESDAY: Frozen pizza (pizza salad for me) *J’s induction into JNHS*

THURSDAY: Pork chops, baked sweet potatoes (carry over) *I work 12-5*

FRIDAY: Asian inspired Flat Iron Steak, rice, broccoli *I work 8:15-4*

SATURDAY: Hamburgers, jicama fries

Bunco menu coming in separate post!

On My To-Do List

Too much!

  1. Pay bills
  2. Make sure J has “nice” clothes for Wed
  3. Make Bunco menu, get stuff, host Bunco on Tues
  4. Grocery store
  5. Laundry
  6. Still need to clean J’s room and this desk
  7. Clean house
  8. Mail out graduation card
  9. Mow lawn
  10. Get flea medicine for cat

I’m sure there’s more…

In The Craft Basket

Still working on my outside flower garden area. Added another actual basket of purple pansies to the area. They smell amazing! 

Looking Forward To

Bunco! Seeing J’s induction into the Junior National Honor Society.  Is it too early in the week to say the weekend?!

Looking Around The House

Bed’s covered in laundry, still need to unload/reload dishwasher in kitchen (I let it go last night), and every other room also needs attention.

From The Camera

playing with the close up setting on the camera…

Quote For The Week

Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.  (attributed to Harry S Truman but I couldn’t confirm it by my quick research)


Are you making it through the busy month of May? What’s on your agenda this week?

Randomness From A Busy Week In May

Sharing a few random moments from my week with today’s Five on Friday post. And yes, I know it’s Saturday. Let’s just get straight to it.

ONE: The World Is Green Again!

I mowed our lawn last Sunday and by Friday, it looked like I hadn’t bothered. Complete with these little white flowers randomly appearing.  The creeping Charlie (the little purplish ones) also gives parts of our lawn a lovely lavender hue. Time to get out the lawn mower again but not today as thunderstorms roll through this morning.

TWO: Teacher Appreciation Week

Worked a few days this week and while they were busy and a bit chaotic (standard school days in May), I felt so loved. I’m still not used to being on this end of teacher appreciation week. My “haul” pictured below. The nicest note from one of our regular teachers, a Starbucks gift card from the parent organization, a coaster (back says if teachers were flowers, I’d pick you). And not pictured, a super hero themed school shirt. 

THREE: Growing Like Weeds

I’m having the best time watching the baby robins in their nest. They seem to get bigger every time I look out the back door.  They keep their mama busy. We’re hungry! Again. And now, we’re getting our feathers!

FOUR: Another Wren House Hunting

Caught this little wren checking out the wren house in our yard!

FIVE: Returning Flowers

Last Sunday, I stopped and picked up a hanging basket of my little blue flowers. And while out “chasing” birds around the backyard, I noticed the hydrangea I “rescued” from the rack late last summer, survived the winter. As well as a yellow (?we planted purple ones) Iris bud. And with a bit of overnight rain… A yellow Iris!


Along with working a bit last week, my youngest son also had his last band concert of the year plus a reunion picnic for the elementary gifted program, my oldest son had a rather tough Chemistry exam, and my husband traveled out-of-town to attend the funeral of one of his former classmate’s parents.

And I may or may not have sneak off by myself to go see Avengers: Infinity War last night. Definitely, not a movie I’d recommend for the younger ones. My teenager wouldn’t see it again with me and I found it intense as an adult.

Looks as though the sun’s decided to make an afternoon appearance around here so it’s time for me to get outside and inhale the just rained smell and take in all the lovely green hues of the world.

Hope your weekend blooms with happiness!

(Linking this post up with both Five On Friday hosted by the F.A.S.T. blog as well as the Bird D’Pot hosted by I’d Rather B Birdin’)


Happy Homemaker Monday

I woke up to blue skies, sun shine, and the sound of the birds singing. Okay, technically, I woke up to my alarm buzzing. Then, I heard the birds singing and looked out the window to see the blue, sunny skies.

Happy Monday, my friends!

I have the day off from work so I’m looking forward to a few projects. First, I want to complete this Happy Homemaker Monday post and plan my week. Be sure to check out the blog of our host, Sandra, over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

On to the categories….

The Weather

These were our storm clouds rolling out last Thursday evening. Today, however, we’re on target for lots of sunshine and a high of 85 degrees. Highs in the mid-eighties all week with a few chances for spring thunderstorms (tomorrow, Thursday, and Sunday).

Right Now I Am

Working on this post while listening to the birds sing through our open bedroom window.


So many thoughts about the things I need to get done in the next few days. How we need to start eating better, we’ve fallen way off track with our dinners. How excited I am for our upcoming vacation next month.

On My Reading Pile

Same books as last week. I’m also sorting through my May magazines in search of new, exciting dinner recipes.

On My TV

Last night we watched a bit of American Idol (was not a fan of what a few of those singers did with my favorite Prince songs) and Deception. Tuesday is band concert day so viewing of my favorite Tuesday night show (The Flash) must wait. Not sure what else, so nice outside…

Something Interesting I Watched

Nothing better to jump-start healthy eating habits than to watch a documentary on Netflix.  The Magic Pill focused on the Ketogenic diet.  The food is medicine concept in documentaries is nothing new but it was still fairly interesting.  I admittedly cringed when they threw away basically everything in one poor woman’s cabinets.  The health of all the subjects improved with the new way of eating (not surprising although the diet seemed incredibly restrictive). It did inspire me to start carb-cycling up again (well, that and our upcoming vacation).

What I Found While Surfing The Net

Something thoughtful: Article About Attempting To Leave Facebook

Something silly: Have you heard of Flat-Earthers? Here’s an explanation involving Pac-Man for why we don’t fall off our “flat” planet.

On The Menu For This Week

Let’s just say last week did not go as planned and leave it at that. I don’t even want to look back at it. Time for a fresh, healthier start.  While having coffee with a friend last week, she mentioned the need to add more vegetables to her menus.  So do I. My goal this week is to make sure we have a vegetable with every meal this week.

MONDAY: Bacon-wrapped chicken, broccoli, baked potatoes (for the boys, low-carb day for me)

TUESDAY: Subway (we’re counting the sandwich toppings as veggies) *J has a band concert*

WEDNESDAY: Grilled Balsamic Flank Steak, sautéed zucchini, salad  *I have a hair appointment*

THURSDAY: Pork chops, baked sweet potatoes *I work 8:15-3:45*

FRIDAY:  Corn dogs, carrots, hummus *I work 8:15-3:45* *Reunion picnic for J at local park*

SATURDAY/SUNDAY: Graduation party/Mother’s Day. Hoping one day my husband makes the shrimp we were gifted.

On My To-Do List

  1. Return books to library (hangs head in shame)
  2. Buy graduation cards in bulk (Tis the season!)
  3. Clean J’s bedroom (he needs help with it at this point)
  4. Usual laundry, rest of house, grocery store
  5. Determine weeds from returning flowers in garden
  6. Clean off this computer desk (it’s bad, again)

In The Craft Basket

I consider the flower garden my outdoor craft basket 🙂 Added a new actual basket of little blue flowers back to it.

Looking Forward To

J’s band concert on Tuesday evening (though not so much sitting on the gym bleachers), working out in the yard, and doing a bit more vacation planning.

Looking Around The House

Glad I’m home to give it a bit of love. The kitchen isn’t too bad at least. No comment on the rest.

From The Camera

Blue skies from Saturday. Can you spot the hawk flying overhead through the leaves?

Strawberry blossoms!

Quote For The Week

Don’t Worry, Be Happy.  (Bobby McFerrin)

Sing along with me!


What’s on your agenda this week?

Spring Portraits

Have I mentioned May is a super busy month? Have I mentioned our weather has (finally) turned and spring is here. Posting on this blog must take a backseat to days with sunny blue skies and warm weather.

However, I decided to share a very late Five On Friday post combined with a bird-watching post tonight. These portraits of spring fill my heart with joy. Maybe they will fill your heart as well.

ONE: The Robin Family

They do have more than one mouth to feed….

TWO: A Few Blooms

First, white flowers on a couple of not so stinky trees. Much prettier than the Bradford pear blooms.  Can’t remember the name of the tree with these first blooms. The second is a dogwood.

Make a wish!

THREE: More New Neighbors!

A new neighbor moved in next door to the robin family today. They tried moving in on Thursday and weren’t welcomed. Today, they were tolerated.

I found myself elated as a family of one of my favorite little birds worked away. Only one stood still long enough for a quick portrait. Hello, little house wren!

FOUR: This Thrush Seemed To Be Checking Out The Neighborhood As Well

I “chased” him around the front and back yard all morning before settling on thinking he’s a Swainson’s Thrush. Please, let me know if you think he’s a different type. Not even sure these are both the same bird. The bird in the second photo seemed a bit smaller than the first one. So nice to see a variety of birds around the yard again.

FIVE: A Few Other Creatures Wandering About The Yards

And then, there were bunnies…I caught this bunny bathing this morning. Not pictured, later I spotted a baby bunny hopping not far from the tree. He was in the underbrush well before I could go back and grab the camera again. It seems this squirrel may have finally figured how to forage for his own food. Maybe. And of course, the little gray cat continues to not be amused by the time I spend taking photos. ****

Has spring arrived for you yet? Linking up very late to Five on Friday hosted by the F.A.S.T. blog as well as with The Bird Depot hosted by I’d Rather Be Birdin’. Be sure to go visit both wonderful places!

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