Happy Homemaker Monday, Thanksgiving Week

An unexpected work day means my post goes up at night.  One more day of school for the boys, then we’ll be on our way to Thanksgiving.

Lots to keep track of doing this week. I’m certainly very grateful for this link up hosted by Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom. It helps so much with the planning of my weeks.

The Weather

Right now, cold! My phone says 38 degrees but it felt much colder outside with the preschool kids in the late afternoon. Supposed to warm up and be in the high 50’s for Thanksgiving.

Right Now

I’m working on this post while having a cup of Green Chai tea with a splash of almond milk. Still trying to warm up from after school outside time at work!


About the grocery store trip I planned to take this morning. Now, I need to do it tonight or put it off again until tomorrow morning. Trying to decide which time will be worse with the crowds.

On My Reading Pile

Still reading Kind Is The New Classy: The Power Of Living Graciously by Candace Cameron Bure. However, I did go the library & get myself a whole new stack of books. I’ve already read one of them, The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks.

On My TV

Tonight: GO CHIEFS!  Not sure what else since it’s a holiday week. Probably more football and maybe the Macy’s Day Parade.

On The Menu This Week

MONDAY: I worked a little later so we did McDonald’s *I worked 8:30-5:30*

TUESDAY: Ham steaks and brocoli *I have Bunco* *Pie baking & cranberry sauce making day*

WEDNESDAY: OUT (on the road to see family)

THURSDAY: Thanksgiving meal: turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, apple pie (or pumpkin)

FRIDAY: Leftovers

To Do List

  1. Go to Grocery Store
  2. Laundry
  3. Make caramel apple pie, pumpkin or maybe chocolate pie, and cranberry sauce
  4. Pay a few bills
  5. Target
  6. Clean the House


A Christmas list?

Looking Around The House

It really doesn’t look too awful

From The Camera

I simply didn’t pick up the camera last week. Here’s a look back at last year when I spotted wild turkeys at a local nature center: 


Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. (Native American Saying)





Things I’m Liking This Week

It’s only the second week of November and yet, it seems the month is passing us by so fast!

I like the new “I like” link up hosted by LeeAnna over at Not Afraid of Color. Makes a nice reminder to slow down and think about all the good things happening during the week. I also like how it makes me post at least twice a week even on busy weeks (another Wednesday night posting going up!).

Let’s start with the weather. While I’m not a fan of the winter-y weather especially in November, it does make pretty “winter” scenery. 

Just a note: snow-covered leaves are slippery! Pretty but slippery! I like that I didn’t fall on the ones in the front yard while going to grab the trash bin.

I am also very thankful our city did a great job of keeping the roads clear and safe. Didn’t have to miss enjoying a peppermint mocha and the good company of good friends!

Also, since the roads weren’t bad, I ran out and did a bit of shopping the next day. I was birthday shopping for my son’s birthday but came up short in the ideas department. Coupons are nice though. Let’s me justify picking up a few extra just because items like this cinnamon broom: 

Yes, our front door is a little rough but the broom smells so nice. And since it’s apparently off-season, they were buy one, get one free!  I also couldn’t pass up this Christmas gift bag I know a special aunt will love: 

That’s okay, right? Putting the gift bag before the present? Or is that like putting the horse (or flamingo) before the cart?

It’ll be time to figure out a present for the gift bag soon enough. Right now it’s time to stop this post as tomorrow’s another work day and a 7:30 AM (YIKES!) one at that.



Happy Homemaker Monday, Just Another November Snow

Wait. What? Yes, it’s snowing around here for the second time in less than a week! I can recall an October snow quite a few years ago (BK…not Burger King, before kids) but my mind struggles with trying to remember the last time I saw it snow in November.

As pretty as it is out there, it’s much too soon. Good day to sit inside and drink coffee and cocoa (starting with the coffee) and plan my week.  Joining up with the other fabulous bloggers who link up with our host, Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather Outside

I snapped this on my drive through the park on Friday morning after last Thursday’s random snowfall:

Today, it’s cold and snowing! We’re  under a Winter Weather advisory until 6 p.m. this evening. Cold tomorrow as well. We do get back to the upper 40’s on Wednesday and 50’s by Friday. No more snow after today.

On The Breakfast Plate

So far only coffee. I’m starting my post early before I take J to school. Probably going to have a piece of toasted Guatemalan banana bread when I return home. And more coffee.

As I Look Outside My Window

Snow globe living!  

Right Now I Am

back to working on this post after pausing to take J to school and eat a piece of banana bread. Roads were okay, not great but okay.

Looking Around The House

Surprisingly, not too awful. Needs the actual cleaning but the surfaces aren’t as cluttered as normal.

On Today’s To-Do List

  1. Go to the grocery store (Should have stuck to my original plan and went last night)
  2. Pay bills
  3. Make birthday party invitations for J’s birthday get-together (He’s only having 2 friends but I said I’d make him a couple of invitations to hand them)
  4. Figure out what else we’re going to give him for his birthday
  5. Finish up the laundry
  6. Clean the house
  7. Return/renew library books
  8. Make a list of what I need for Thanksgiving next week (!)

Currently Reading

Kind is the New Classy by Candace Cameron Bure. Think with this one I’ll have officially read every one of her books except the one actually on my “to read in 2018” list. I do like her style very well and may put her books on my birthday/Christmas wish list.

Over the weekend, I also quickly read my Amazon Prime Kindle First pick of Rapid Falls by Amber Cowie. It kept me engaged but I didn’t care for the story at all.

On The TV Today

Not sure.  Probably just The Voice and Manifest tonight. May spend today catching up on some Netflix/Amazon Prime series. Last night I caught God Friended Me for the first time. Seems someone in the HHM group mentioned it. Really enjoyed it!

On The Menu This Week

Planned my menu loosely around what I know I have in the house. Most of it with the exception of the birthday request may change after my grocery store trip.

MONDAY:   Ham steaks and fried potatoes, salad *MNO*

TUESDAY: Chicken Cacciatore, spaghetti

WEDNESDAY:  Maybe pork chops, baked potatoes  *I work 2-3:45*

THURSDAY:  Tacos per request, chocolate cake with white icing *J’s birthday & baritone lesson*


SATURDAY: J’s friends coming over for his birthday. Maybe Subway?

What I Am Creating At The Moment

So many ideas…so little talent.

Favorite Photo

It’s good candle weather. 

Quote For The Week

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. (Samuel Johnson)


What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?


A Few Of My Early November Favorites

Joining up with LeeAnna over at Not Afraid of Color to talk about the things I like again. It’s fun to focus on the positive!

I’ve been a bit on the go since the month started so it’s nice to take a minute to put up another blog post.

Where’d I go?

On A Road Trip!

Last Friday, I took a road trip with my high school senior to check out Mizzou! (The University of Missouri, Columbia) I liked going on a road trip with my son. It was fun.

And sometimes scary, like when we were ready to leave and couldn’t find the car. GPS for finding cars? Is that a thing? It needs to be! Can’t say I like parking garages.

Though I’m not ready for him to leave and go off to college, should he choose to go there, I would feel okay with it. If he does choose to go there, I’ll be accepting donations! Actually, I might need to accept them anyway.  Senior year is expensive. YIKES!

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, Off To Work I Go

Good thing I also like my job. I actually love it. My plan is to some day move from being a substitute to teaching full-time at the Montessori preschool. If you want to spend your days with some of the kindest, most compassionate, funny, loving, and wisest people, go hang out with a bunch of preschool kids! Happens to be a great remedy for living with teenagers as well. It’s been a full-time week for me and I’m tired (And it’s only Wednesday as I’m doing my post early!) but it’s a good tired.

Speaking of preschool, sometimes I bring the inspiration home. Read a story called Pumpkin Jack to a group on Tuesday afternoon. Gave me a great idea about what to do with our starting to rot pumpkin…plopped it down in the garden. Maybe a pumpkin vine in the spring?


Outdoor time is always a good thing! Chilly this afternoon but I spent that last glimmer of daylight, cleaning out my car and walking around the yard a bit. Noticing how the oak tree still had quite a few leaves left. Not many trees with the leaves left but those oak leaves are still there. 

Cutting it a bit short tonight, I like sleep and I need some because the animal man is coming to school tomorrow! Can’t wait to see what animals he’s bringing to share with the kids. Did I mention I love my job?




Happy Homemaker Monday, The Night Edition

Feels like it’s the midnight edition but really, it’s only 7:30. Been a bit of a long day. Not a bad one. Just a long one.  Worked all day, went to the grocery store, and now it’s time for a Monday planning post.

Be sure to check out all the great posts linked up with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom!

The Weather Outside 

Most definitely, autumn. Today it rained pretty much the entire day and I think the temperature inched up to 50. Maybe. Tomorrow there’s still a slight chance of rain with another predicted high of 50. Not sure what’s up with snowflakes on Thursday and Friday with predicted highs of 40. Hmm…

On The Breakfast Plate

Not enough coffee (ha!) and a Chobani Flip yogurt, peach cobbler flavor. Also, a Gamma G-Fuel pink lemonade water bottle.

As I Look Outside My Window

Darkness! I don’t care though. It’ll be light in the morning!

Right Now I Am

Taking a break to work on this post and trying not to think about the clothes in the washer or what to wear tomorrow.

Looking Around The House

The living room is a bit of a mess, the kitchen in a bit of a mess, you get the idea

On Today’s To-Do List

  1. Work
  2. Grocery Store
  3. This post (in progress)
  4. Bake cookies for lunches (dough is already made)
  5. Need to get a birthday card and present (pushing this item to tomorrow)
  6. Still need to figure out J’s birthday!
  7. Tomorrow: VOTE!

Currently Reading

Between books as I just finished A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen yesterday. It was an interesting novel about a man who immigrated with his parents to America at age 6 returning to Moscow to help his ailing grandmother.

On The TV Today

My husband’s watching The Voice. I may watch Manifest if I can stay awake.

On The Menu This Week

I work every day this week so it’s a simple one.

MONDAY: Workday/weeknight special: Rotisserie chicken and salad (Except that was my lunch at school so I had leftover pizza and salad) *I worked 8-4:15*

TUESDAY: Roast in the crock pot made into BBQ sandwiches, waffle fries (frozen) *I work 8-4:30* *Election Day*

WEDNESDAY: Ham steaks and sweet potatoes *I work 8-4:30*

THURSDAY: OUT, dinner with family *I work 8-4:30* *J has a baritone lesson at 7:30*

FRIDAY: Tacos or OUT *I work 9-4* *J has friend spending the night*

What I Am Creating At The Moment


Favorite Photo 

Our little gray cat enjoying a sunnier day: 

Quote For The Week

We don’t have to agree on anything to be kind to one another.


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