Taking Time For Gratitude

Winter this year reminds me of the Jack Nicholas character in the movie, The Shining. It’s not here’s Johnny, it’s here’s winter! I’m off to work very soon as my schedule but wanted to share my gratitude list since I missed it yesterday.

And yes, we had yet another winter storm move through the area last night. This part of town had mostly a bit of ice and maybe 2 inches of snow. Better, I guess, than the predicted 3-6 inches of snow.

Lots of winter woes out there but I’m not minding having real winter so much this year. Time to share my Tuesday to Tuesday (or Wednesday) Gratitude list.

  1. A reliable car
  2. Safe travels to and from work in a snow storm
  3. Boys who shovel snow (and a husband who “encouraged” them to do it) 
  4. No school on Friday so no worries about teenager driving in the snow
  5. Grace given at work on an unusual day
  6. A neighbor who enjoys music
  7. Husband wanting to try a new brand of spaghetti sauce
  8. Friends who push us (and our children) out of our comfort zone
  9. Lazy days at home
  10. New bird feeder (late Christmas) and new birds visiting!
  11. Late start school days (for me, snow days for the boys)
  12. Having a husband who clears the snow off my car for me
  13. Hot coffee!
  14. Hot water in the shower
  15. A job I love

What are you thankful for this week?

Happy Homemaker Monday, President’s Day

Holiday here for most of us.  Boys are off school and I’m off work. My husband decided to go ahead and work today. Left while we were all still sleeping.

Lazy, late start kind of morning. Nice but I think I need to get back to a serious morning routine. And soon.

Time to plan the week ahead with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom. Go check it out and join in the fun if you’d like.

The Weather  

You’d have to live here to even begin to understand it. Here’s a photo shared by a local news station last week:

And then on Saturday, just when we thought the weather couldn’t get any stranger, graupel fell from the skies. What? Now, you’re just making up words. I thought that while watching the weather on Sunday morning. Nope, graupel is really a thing. 

And moving on to this week’s new (and not improved) weather forecast:

Sixteen degrees and cold this morning with a high of 27 later, snow storm again tomorrow though warmer 31 degrees, regular winter days for Wed-Friday and then, rain for Saturday.

Right Now I Am

Working on this post, trying to decide what to eat for breakfast, listening to J and his friend who stayed over play the X-box (made them chocolate chip muffins and heated up a bit of leftover bacon for their breakfast).  And getting lots of help on my post from the little gray cat sitting at my side on top of the computer desk.

Thinking

It’s time to get back into shape. The scale read the very wrong number this morning. I’ve been eating too much of the sugary junk foods and now I’m paying the price. Maybe I’ll check out Sandra’s 7 minute exercises.  Definitely time for another sugar-free challenge.

On My Reading Pile

It’s not here yet but I won a book from Goodreads! Can’t wait for my copy of Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin to arrive.

Meanwhile, last week I finished Hippie by Paulo Coelho and made a bit of progress in UnChristian: What A New Generation Thinks About Christianity…and Why It Matters by David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons. The second one’s a little heavy on data but it’s still interesting.

On My TV

I was super excited to finally watch God Friended Me again last night. I don’t even mind it’s mildly predictive nature, it’s just nice to watch a happy, feel good show.  My husband and I also watched a couple of Gabriel Iglesias comedy specials on Netflix. He’s funny and fairly clean in his comedy, very refreshing.

Other things watched on Netflix/Amazon Prime: Left Behind (the Nicholas Cage one), Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and I started re-watching The Walking Dead.

Not sure what I’ll watch this week. Seal Team‘s been replaced for the winter it seems by yet another talent competition show. I’ll spare you my rant about that one.

Favorite Blog Or Blog Post This Week

I found this food blog called Dinner, then Dessert via Pinterest while searching for a recipe. I like how her recipes are so detailed and most of the dishes seem “normal” which is a big find living in a house of picky eaters.

Something Fun To Share

Just stumbled across this one. In honor of President’s Day, all the current and past President’s favorite foods. 

On The Menu  

Still trying to sift through some fridge/freezer/pantry items as I menu plan.

MONDAY: Tacos/Chicken Enchiladas (I have sour cream about to expire)

TUESDAY:  Chicken strips *I have Bunco* *G has Pep band*

WEDNESDAY: French Toast and Sausage *I work 1:30-3:45*

THURSDAY:  Flank steak, not sure what I’m going to do with it yet*G has Pep band* *J has a baritone lesson*

FRIDAY: Pizza, maybe homemade

On My To Do List

  1. Pay bills
  2. Laundry
  3. Find some snow boots (for me)
  4. Take books back to library (Tuesday)
  5. Take down Valentine’s Day stuff
  6. Start spring cleaning the house

Looking Around The House

It’s not terrible but I’m ready to give it a good spring cleaning and freshen things up a bit.

From The Camera 

On My Prayer List

Family, Friends, All the people involved in a huge crash on I-70 Wednesday afternoon, Strangers.

Quote For The Week

How about a song instead. I’ve had this song stuck in my head ever since I started reading the Paulo Coelho book, Hippie. (note: song is not referenced in book, just what popped into my mind when I picked up the book)

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What are your plans for the week ahead?

I Like Gratitude on a Thursday

Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy Thursday! I missed posting my gratitude list on Tuesday so I’m going to combine it with this post a bit.

I like Valentine’s candy! And I’m quite grateful for chocolate.  Although my heart might take me back to the candy dish a few too many times. It’s dark chocolate (my favorite) so that makes a couple extra pieces okay, right?

A better sight than chocolates? A gorgeous sunrise on a Tuesday morning after too many gloomy gray days. 

Stepped out on a cold, still slightly wet porch in my fuzzy socks to snap the quick (and sorry, blurry) photo above. How about a second try a bit later with shoes on my feet?

So grateful for some sun and a bit warmer weather after days of clouds, cold, ice, snow, and rain. 

I like the shadows the sun makes in the yard. Of course, now it’s not so much white as brown from all the mud.  Inside now for dinner. Still not the week to come to dinner unless you’re feeling a bit adventurous.

Tonight: Fish Tacos with Pineapple jalapeno Sauce.

Turns out I like the idea of such a thing a lot better than the taste of fish tacos. I did like the sauce on my cabbage salad/fish topping though.  Still cleared out some fish from the freezer and the sauce from the pantry.

Grateful for getting a bit of inspiration to try a little better with dinner ideas after reading my blogging friend, Carol’s menu planning post. My husband and G even agreed to try the fish tacos.

J remained skeptical so I made him fish sticks. That worked out since I didn’t care for the tacos so I had fish sticks as well.

Another week of not a lot of photos so I’m just going to end this post with my belated gratitude list.

Gratitude List

  1. A husband willing and able to take the deck partially apart to retrieve my dropped car key
  2. The joy my job brings me. Favorite from Monday: asked a kid to do something and he looked at me and said “Not today.” I had nothing for a response to that one but a smile.
  3. My daily medicines being simply a vitamin and a cup of green tea
  4. Time to relax and watch a movie
  5. Knowing when to take time to relax and watch a movie
  6. Music
  7. Conversations with my sons
  8. Sons with critical thinking skills
  9. My silly little phone game I play everyday (Pocket Camp Animal Crossing)
  10. Spring inching closer each day no matter what the weather
  11. Not having big plans for Valentine’s Day (and not worrying that we don’t)

Stopping this post here to go spend some time with the little gray cat. Be sure to go check out the I Like Thursday posts over at Not Afraid Of Color.

Happy Homemaker Monday, The Dinner Time Edition

Late today as I unexpectedly went into work for a full day. It’s certainly been a bit of a Monday around here as well. Weather making us all crabby, G waking up not feeling well, me dropping my car key in the crack between the back door and porch. Oh, and it poured rain all day.

Better get a start, even if it’s a late one, on planning the week ahead with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather

Blah! At least it stayed above freezing today. However, really I’d prefer snow to an all day rain.  The rain’s turned the ground into a bizarre slush (we had ice/snow last week). I do see some 48 and 50 degree days predicted this week, hope the sun shows itself as well. Need some outside time. We all do.

Right Now I Am

Waiting for the oven to preheat so I can throw the (box) lasagna in it. Working on this post. Stopping to let the little gray cat outside (hoping I remember to let her back inside). Trying to decide if it’s worth it to take off my wet shoes and socks (I need to run out again later).

Thinking

It’s taking pretty much all the thought-power I have left today for this post.

On My Reading Pile

Finished Dark Winter by Anthony J Tata and Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng last week and into the weekend.  Not sure what I’ll pick up for this week.

On My TV

Last week we watched Deadpool 2 and I really enjoyed it. On Netflix, I started (why?) watching The Ted Bundy documentary…creepy. Then, we (not the kids) watched Silence of the Lambs. And by myself I watched both Terminator and Terminator Genisys.  Really, I’m just waiting for Seal Team and God Friended Me to air again. I miss my regular shows.

On My Menu

This is not the week to invite yourself to dinner at our house. I have no idea what we’re having. Trying to live out of the freezer/pantry and use what we have. Let’s see…

MONDAY: Box lasagna, salad, bread sticks from hot dog buns *I worked 9-3:45*

TUESDAY: Fish, baked potatoes

WEDNESDAY:  Country Ribs in Crock pot (yes, same ones that have been on this list forever) *I have an am hair appt*

THURSDAY:  Steak bites  *I work 9-1* *J’s baritone lesson*

FRIDAY:  Leftovers *I work 11-3:45* *G has pep band*

On My To Do List

  1. Go to grocery store for produce/lunch stuff
  2. Buy toilet paper
  3. Mail electric bill  (this is new, our utility now charges an insane fee for on-line payments)
  4. Valentine’s Day stuff, mail a few cards
  5. Clean out fridge/pantry/cabinets
  6. Get back on track with the clutter clearing
  7. Come up with a “get healthy” plan, maybe start with a sugar-free challenge
  8. Write and schedule a few blog posts

Creating

Nothing but I should add a #9 to my list, find fun project for winter.

Looking Around The House

Not awful because we had a few rooms (the main three) clean for my husband’s birthday. Bedrooms need lots of attention. And there are muddy footprints and paw prints across the hard wood floors and on the living room table (just paw prints there).

From The Camera

Didn’t take too many photos last week. I was super excited about my husband’s birthday cake coming out of the pan easily! 

On My Prayer List

Funeral procession I passed last week, coworkers, family, friends.

Quote For The Week

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

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Did your Monday start off well? What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?

 

I Like Quiet Mornings In February

Even if I slept through most of this one.  Yet another ice/snow day in these parts. I don’t mind too much, thankful not to worry about newer drivers in the school parking lot or buses trying to navigate precious cargo. And not going anywhere myself.

My husband did apparently go to work. Again, I slept a bit late with no alarms other than this one:  

She did insist I get up and keep her company at 5:30 AM for a bit. She’s quite persistent. Once she had a new morning companion, I went back to bed for a bit. Didn’t mean to sleep quite so long but not a big deal today.

Not sure what she’s looking at out there. Thankfully, not trees full of ice. We got mostly sleet around here (I think) and now snow flurries. I spotted this squirrel (look near the top center):

We had ice Tuesday night (just a little) and more last night before the sleet/snow:  It’s 12 degrees out there, let’s come back inside!

You’re welcome to grab a cup of coffee or tea while I show you my tiny bits of Valentine’s Day decor in the living room… 

Valentine’s Day Touches in The Living Room:

Found a spot for picture atop the book-case. 

A few chocolates hidden in the Love box: 

And my favorite touch, this bit of garland framing the kitchen door frame: 

Not too many touches, just enough to make the house not quite as bare.

Dark chocolate (pictured above) or Warm chocolate chip cookies?  

I like them both. These were the refrigerated break & bake kind. And I didn’t make the whole package on Monday night, so the kids might get some warm chocolate chip cookies today. If they’re nice enough…

If not, I’ll just concentrate on feeding the birds a bit more (I like seeing new birds start to visit): 

Other Random Likes From The Past Week:

  1. Taking a road trip with my son and his best friend from preschool, both now high school seniors, to check out a college.
  2. This fun exchange with a pre-primary preschool student: Me (just making a general statement): Why are you all so out of sorts today? The Student: I’m not wearing shorts! (points to pants) See, I’m wearing pants!
  3. The movie, Deadpool 2, I didn’t really care for the first one. Surprised myself by finding this one witty and fun.

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What things are making you smile this week? Be sure to go check out all the likes over at Not Afraid Of Color.

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