Homemaker Monday: Back to Busy!

Since we are back to busy this week, I definitely need to take the time for another Monday planning post.  Last week I followed Felicia from Felicia’s Red Door Life over to the Happy Homemaker Monday link-up hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom and so I’m returning again this week.

Bible Verse and/or Thought of the Week:

The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of God stands forever (Isaiah 40:8)

There are always flowers for those that wish to see them (Henri Matisse)

Focus of the Week:

We are back to busy schedules this week.  So my focus is going to be on not rushing.  Taking the extra time to be prepared and focused so we aren’t in a frenzy trying to do things and get places all week-long.

The Weather This Week:

I saw a weather forecast last Friday that said rain for the first 2-3 days this week.  However, it seems to have changed and now the weather is supposed to be sunny and hot (high 80s and low 90s) with a simple chance of storms in the afternoons.  Dear Summer Weather, you’re late!


Trying to get this post finished so I can start in on laundry and a serious cleaning of this house!  J is home sick, sniffling, and watching television in the next room.

To-Do List:

MONDAY:  Laundry and Clean House.  I had a trip to Sam’s Club planned but I’ve had to postpone that with a sick kid here.  I’m hoping he feels well enough tonight to still attend the orientation for an academic program tonight since there is a new teacher and we all want to meet her.

TUESDAY:  Work most the day.  Make or pick up something to contribute to the PTA potluck meeting.  Go to Bunco!

WEDNESDAY:  Run all the errands that I should be doing today.  Take sometime to see what is actually in the freezer as it’s getting full.

THURSDAY:  Find out what time Meet the Teacher Night at the middle school begins.  Finalize Weekend plans (I really want us to go pick apples somewhere although it may be a tad to early in the season).

FRIDAY:  Work on my Follow Through Friday tasks.

Homemaking Tip:

I am surprised to have anything to contribute to this category but I did make a discovery this weekend as I was steam mopping the bathroom not once but twice thanks to an overflowing toilet (New toilet paper is on the list this week!).  One thing I didn’t like about my steam mop was that I missed the “clean smell” that comes with using things like Pine-sol.  A few drops of lemon extract worked great to add a simple clean smell (I’m sure oils would work as well but I haven’t jumped on that bandwagon yet) to my cleaning efforts!

Books & Television This Week:

Haven’t decided what I’m going to read this week.  Not much time for television viewing this week.  I’m just hoping to catch the encore presentation of Masterchef on Friday night.

From the Camera this week starts with a  little Sunflower Sadness:

Remember last week how I excitedly posted my picture of the sunflower about to bloom?  Well, I walked out to check on things last Wednesday only to discover this:


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What happened here?

A Sunflower Head-Clipping Weevil

A Sunflower Head-Clipping Weevil

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This garden spider was not much help

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The bloom opened in its bath of soapy water

This had also happened to another bloom previously although at the time I blamed squirrels or thought maybe one of our cats caught it with their claws as they jumped off the porch based on its location.  I’m guessing now that it also fell victim to a Sunflower Head-Clipping Weevil.  I had two tall sunflowers left yesterday.  Then, I still can’t quite believe I did it but I accidentally mowed too close to one of them and it is gone as well.  One tall one is left.   My fingers are crossed for at least one fully blooming sunflower this year.

On the blog:

Keep in the rhythm of actually posting  plus work on my idea for the 31 days series I want to do in October.



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19 thoughts on “Homemaker Monday: Back to Busy!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I was very sad about the sunflower. I admit that almost cried over it. I’d been working so hard on these sunflowers. Still hanging on to hope that I’ll get at least one bloom. I have some other sunflowers that didn’t grow as tall (victim to snails, I think) but they still have buds on them.

  1. Sarah

    If J is too sick to go to orientation tonight, go without him. That teacher will remember you, and that you care about your child’s schooling.

    This is J’s chance to make a good impression and if he can’t, going without him absolutely will!

    1. Jean Post author

      I think he’ll be fine to go tonight but I had thought we’d go without him. If not for the new teacher, we may have passed since it is the same information (and the same questions from I think the same parents) each year. Aren’t I nice? However, he does want to go and meet the new teacher as well. He just has a cold (definitely going to school tomorrow as he was just sick enough to stay home and just well enough to drive me crazy all day 😉

    1. Jean Post author

      I was zoomed in a bit so it looks a bit bigger. Really about the size of an average beetle with the annoying clippers attached.

    1. Jean Post author

      Hooray! Always nice to find another Masterchef fan. Any guesses on who will win this season? I’m thinking it will be either Leslie or Elizabeth although big Willie is one of my personal favorites.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I’m hoping to still have a sunflower that blooms! I’ll have to try your mix on my floors, soon since they could stand a good cleaning.

    1. Jean Post author

      I hope it does as well. I’ve decided to leave it alone and not fight the leaf hoppers on it hoping that maybe they are natural enemies of the other bugs. My week did go well although it seems like it went by super fast!

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  3. Deanna

    Your poor sunflower struggles. It’s truly a gift that one remained hanging on for life.

    Did you dry out the seeds from the one you bloomed in soapy water? Why blooming in soapy water anyway? Trick you learned from your mom? How long did it last in there?


    1. Jean Post author

      No, I don’t think the bloom went to seed once I cut it. It didn’t last as long. No, I read that on-line. I can’t remember how long it lasted but it wasn’t nearly as long as when they are on the stems. I still have seeds from last year so maybe I’ll try again next summer. I didn’t save these seeds since none of the sunflowers did very well.

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