Happy Homemaker Monday, Working All Week

There’s still a bit of Monday left as I type up this post.  It’s going to be a busy week around here as I work every single day.  It’s only Monday and I’m already tired!  Straight to the Happy Homemaker Monday!

The Weather Outside

Hot and windy!  It was 85 degrees this afternoon but super windy as well.  I like it but fall is returning later this week with cooler temps.

On The Breakfast Plate

Sad but true I ate the cold French Toast Sticks that J decided he didn’t want to eat.  I also grabbed a Kind bar as I wanted a bit more protein.

As I Look Outside My Window

The shades are all pulled down, it’s dark out!

Right Now I Am

Trying to get this post written and not feel too guilty about not reading my book with J.

As I Look Around the House

It’s not terrible but I see lots to do if I was going to be home more this week.  I don’t see anything that can’t wait though…

On Today’s To-Do List

  1. Clean out the fridge (mostly done)
  2. Pay bills (done)
  3. Take a nap (I wish!)
  4. Call and reschedule hair appointment (need to move that to tomorrow)
  5. Figure out clothes to wear to work tomorrow
  6. Write this post (In progress)

Happening This Week

  • I’m working basically a full-time schedule
  • Early morning and 1 evening band practice for G (who stayed home sick today)
  • I have Bunco tomorrow night plus I may brave the PTSA meeting at the middle school
  • G has a band competition on Saturday (thankfully, it’s somewhat local)
  • I was supposed to get my haircut but have to reschedule because of work

Currently Reading

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets for my book club.  I need to be reading since that meeting is next week, I think!  J, my child who doesn’t like to read, is reading Eragon by Christopher Paolini and loving it.  G is reading Fahrenheit 451 for required school list reading and so far likes it much better than the last book he read (Catcher In The Rye).

On The TV Today

I tried to watch Supergirl but my teenager kept talking to me during it so I didn’t see much of it.  That’s all I’ve really had time to attempt to watch.


Be sure to check out Menu Plan Monday for lots of great ideas.  This is the one thing I did accomplish last night since I was going to the store.

MONDAY(today):  Grilled chicken legs, corn on the cob, broccoli, salad

Chicken legs on the grill

Chicken legs on the grill

TUESDAY: BLT’s and French Fries

WEDNESDAY: Chili  (probably hot dogs for the boys though J said he’d eat chili if I left out the beans…)

THURSDAY: Deep dish mini pizzas (trying a new recipe, I bought frozen pizza just in case it doesn’t go well)

FRIDAY: Probably out.  It’s not clear whether or not there is a football game.  I think it depended on how all the other teams fared or something.


I’ve been thinking I need a hobby but for this is not the week to start.

New Recipe I Tried or Want To Try

I found these deep dish mini pizzas made in muffin tins on Pinterest (picture only) and I bought the stuff to try them out on Thursday.

Favorite Photos

Another week of phone pictures…

I thought the moon between the trees was eerily pretty on Friday night

I thought the moon between the trees was eerily pretty on Friday night

Silly cat reading my Harry Potter book!

Silly cat reading my Harry Potter book!

Best photo I could get of the super moon on Saturday night...

Best photo I could get of the super moon on Saturday night…

Thoughts For The Week

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.  (Winston Churchill)


And it’s my bedtime!  Don’t forget to go check out Happy Homemaker Monday over at Diary of A Stay At Home Mom.  I’m hoping to get a few chances to catch up with everyone on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.


Out of Stamps? A Quick And Easy Place To Buy Them

Do you still use stamps?  I do sometimes.  I pay most of our bills on-line but I have been trying to send the family actual paper birthday cards this year.

My word of the year is celebrate after all.  I’m trying but one stumbling block I’ve hit with mailing out the cards is needing stamps. I have always liked to have a few stamps around.  It usually takes me quite a while to run out of stamps.  However, I’ve been trying to be better about sending out those paper birthday cards (mainly to family…baby steps) instead of relying on a Facebook birthday greeting.    tinytip

Since I generally don’t go through a lot of stamps, I stick to the Forever designs although for some reason I do have a desk drawer full of 1 cent stamps.  I’m honestly not even sure how many of those I’d have to slap on an envelope to equal the current price of 1 letter stamp.

Last week I needed to mail my sister her birthday card and realized I’d run out of stamps.

On-line is always an option but I don’t like to wait for my stamps to arrive in the mail.  Simply going to the post office is an option but then, I need to deal with the parking and possibly waiting in line just for stamps. Our local post office does serve as a Pokemon Go stop so I guess that would be a positive (please, don’t judge).

The quick and easy place to buy stamps?   The ATM!


It’s always great when you can take care of 2 errands at the same time!

I don’t know if every ATM offers this service but the one at our local bank does and it is so convenient!  Get my cash, and oh yeah, I’m out of stamps.  Put my ATM card back into the machine and get a sheet of stamps without leaving my car.  Put them on my letters and I’m all set to drop them in a mailbox.

Do you still send regular “snail mail” letters?  Where do you pick up your supplies?

Room A Week Challenge: Kitchen Update

Perhaps I would do better with a room a month challenge?  I am making tiny progress on these challenges but a week is not much time.  A lot of plans change in a week’s time.

I still have a lot of items to tackle in the kitchen but I did make a start.  A start is better than nothing I suppose.  Here is how I did with the plan.

The Clutter!

Honestly, it is mostly still there.  I did, however, clear off and wash the front of our fridge.  I even added some cute fall decor.


Found these cute fall magnets at the Dollar Tree

I do smile when I look at the front of my fridge now.  Just don’t ask me to look on the other side, it still needs work.  I still have no idea where to store the kids’ lunchboxes so they are still on top of the fridge as well.

I am also very proud to have cleared off the top of the art supply cabinet of all the clutter.  In an attempt to discourage new clutter finding a home there, I also added a bit of fall decor there.


The lighting wouldn’t cooperate for some reason. 


This fall angel, a gift from my late mother-in-law, is one of my favorites.

No, the can of Pringles is not part of the decor nor do I count it as clutter.  It was my (failed) attempt to hide a popular lunch item from my children in hopes it would last more than 2 days.

The Cleaning of the Kitchen

It’s no secret that I don’t like to clean.  Cleaning of the kitchen is an ongoing project.  I did have the front of the fridge clean and the stove.  I did (finally!) do that massive freezer clean out today purging expired items.  Now, I just need to organize the rest of the items.

Still need to do a serious floor cleaning.  The table was clean for a nanosecond but I failed to get a picture.

The Decorating

I took on the decorating as I cleared the clutter.  I still need to work on making the kitchen trash area look nicer.


Having a few items checked off the list is better than no items at all.  Do you decorate your kitchen for fall?  What touches do you add?

Happy Homemaker Monday, Mid-October Edition

It’s a slightly cloudy, could be rainy kind of Monday around here.  Woke up a little late but still managed to get everyone where they needed to be so we’ll call it a successful morning so far.  I’m going to even give my self bonus points for cleaning the cat puke off J’s binder before he noticed it.

Seems to be a pretty average mid-October week for us when I glance at the calendar.  It’s still the kind of week where a plan will be nice to have.  Many thanks to Sandra over at Diary of A Stay At Home Mom for encouraging us with these Happy Homemaker Monday posts.

The Weather

It rained slightly over night and the sky still can’t quite decide whether it wants to rain a bit more or clear out and make room for a sunny day.  It looks like slight chances of rain all week with highs mostly in the low 70s except for the day it’s supposed to be 80 and the other day when it’s only supposed to reach 58.  Typical fall weather for us.

On My Bedside Table

Mostly the same although Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets is over there since I’m reading it for my book club.  Also, an old Green Lantern happy meal toy seems to materialized from inside J’s closet and now it’s on my bedside table.

On My TV

The Flash is back!  I’m happy and (mostly) unavailable on Tuesdays between 7 and 8 p.m. now.  I might watch the Supergirl season premiere tonight.  Nothing on Netflix has really caught my eye.  I did watch a few episodes of Chuck on Saturday night while waiting to go get G from the high school.

Thinking and Pondering

I’ll be so glad when this election is finally over (less than 30 days to go!).  I’m just so tired of all the nastiness (on both sides and it’s not just confined to the Presidential race in these parts).  I told G it feels as though we are all trapped in some poorly written young adult dystopian novel.

On an unrelated thought, I’m pondering when I became enough of a plant person that I actually had to spend my Sunday afternoon re-potting plants and googling to learn about the tiny gnats attacking some of my plants.  It’s actually a lot less time-consuming to kill all your houseplants but seeing all the plants by my living room window brings me great happiness.

Listening To

Mostly silence and the sound of my typing (My husband has told me I type too loud?  Is that even a thing?) interrupted only by my text message notification on my phone (working tomorrow, SIGH).

Favorite YouTube Video

I apologize in advance.  It is handy for waking up sleepy middle school children:


I felt a bit inspired as I made my menu plan this week with the exception of Friday.  Fridays are hard days to menu plan made harder when people have to be out the door at different times.  Don’t forget to check out Menu Plan Monday over at I’m An Organizing Junkie for all sorts of wonderful menu planning inspiration!

MONDAY:  Waffles and sausage or bacon, orange juice

Sometimes you just need waffles with butter and maple syrup

Sometimes you just need waffles with butter and maple syrup

TUESDAY:  Copy Cat Chik-Fil-A sandwiches, Sweet Potato Fries, these sandwiches have really become a go-to on our menus.  J doesn’t like Chik-Fil-A (I know!) but will usually eat this chicken.

WEDNESDAY:  Taco soup in the crock pot (I work until 6), Trying a new taco soup recipe (I’ll leave out the ranch mix though because G despises all things ranch flavored)

THURSDAY:  Spaghetti, garlic toast, salad (We will probably just eat early since G has early evening band practice)

FRIDAY:  Game night so Subway for G, not sure about the rest of us

To-Do List

  1. Go to the grocery store (Done!)
  2. Write this post (in progress)
  3. Laundry (Always!)
  4. Clean out Freezer (Time to toss some expired food.)
  5. Clean the house
  6. Write a 2-3 more posts for the blog including a Room A Week Challenge follow-up post
  7. Clean out e-mail (I’ve been neglecting it)
  8. Finalize plans for J’s friend to come over some time this weekend
  9. Switch dresser over to fall clothes, get new space bags for summer clothes (tip: don’t buy giant space bags, they take up too much space and they are HEAVY!)
  10. Still a few items from last week that need attention, mainly mowing the lawn one last time before it’s covered with leaves.

What I Plan on Doing For Myself This Week

Watching The Flash, reading my book, and possibly adding some more fall decor

Lesson Learned The Past Few Days

Be grateful for the little things.

From The Camera

Last week ended up being a pretty busy work week for me and the weekend was fairly mellow as well so I only really took phone pictures.  Here’s a phone picture of a sweet little kitten that showed up at our house for a bit on Saturday:  20161010_112427

Thoughts For the Week

We’re all so desperate to be understood, we forget to be understanding. (Beau Taplin)


Do you have a busy week ahead?

Almost Wordless Wednesday, Monarch

I decided it was probably a bit too late in the week for a Happy Homemaker Monday post!  My original plan was to write my Monday planning post on Sunday evening.

However, we all know how plans tend to change.  Sunday night writing time faded into “I’ll do it after work on Monday.”  Tuesday there will be time.  There was no time for mom to have a turn on her computer last night (I see a problem there!).

However, I still wanted to say hello to you all and share these monarch butterfly photos.

Last week our weather was beautiful and still slightly warm almost hot in the afternoons.  Late last Tuesday afternoon, we found this monarch drying its wings on an evergreen tree.  dscn6884 I really wanted to get a photo while the monarch butterfly was opening its wings.  dscn6881 Almost! dscn6883 Someone was jealous and decided to be under my feet the whole time I was taking pictures!   dscn6880 This is the best I could do, catching it as it was about ready to take flight!

I did get a good picture of the monarch butterfly with its wings open on my phone just not with the “real” camera.  I posted that photo to my Instagram account last week.  Still trying to be better about posting over there.

Today is actually my day off in the middle of a rather busy week.  I’m really missing my routine of having a Monday planning post as I do refer to them through out the week and all I have is a rough draft of a meal plan. Today is ham steaks and tomorrow is roast in the crock pot.

My to-do list is so long that I’ve already had to take a nap before starting it.  On the short list for today (aka the stuff I might actually accomplish): clean the house, go to Target, write a few blog posts and visit some blog friends, get out my fall clothes, and get together some donations for the charity truck coming on Friday).

Oh, and in case you didn’t guess it, monarchs are my favorite butterfly!  What is your favorite kind of butterfly?



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