Happy Homemaker Monday and Menu Plan

It’s the last week of school this week and G’s birthday and I’m working at least 2 days of it.  So much for a relaxing week of calm before the storm of summer arrives.  I am excited for summer to arrive and so are the boys.

It was a long week last week although I’m not sure why and I really don’t feel like I accomplished all that much.  I’m hoping to do better with this week’s plan.   Sandra over at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom hosts Happy Homemaker Mondays over on her blog.  If you like to plan your weeks, I encourage you to check it out and join in the fun.

The Weather This Week

After a week of lots and lots of rain plus thunderstorms on Saturday night, I was happy to see the sun yesterday and today!  We’re supposed to see it most of the week as well.  It’s was warm and a bit muggy Sunday but the rest of the week is supposed to be on the cooler side.  I wish Mother Nature would put her yoyo away!  I need my summer weather.

Things That Make Me Happy

Grocery shopping (I know it’s strange), seeing the Royals logo on the grocery bags, sunny skies and warm weather.

Weekly Menu

If you need menu planning inspiration, please go check out Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura of I’m An Organizing Junkie.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Since this week is busy and we have G’s birthday Thursday, I’m keeping it really simple.

MONDAY:  Fake Subway sandwiches, chips  (J has a baseball game at 6 and I work all day)

TUESDAY:  Spaghetti (Bunco for me!)

WEDNESDAY:  Roast in the crock pot

THURSDAY:  We’re going to Golden Corral for G’s birthday (his choice).   I’ll be making this cake, of course.

FRIDAY:  Waffles and Sausage  (This will probably be shifted to a different day as I’m realizing the boys and I have plans to go to IHOP for breakfast in honor of no more school) or we may just do a Smorgasboard dinner.  It looks like I’m working in the afternoon as well.

Books, Movies, and Television

What else you going to read while the tornado sirens are wailing?  Actually, they didn’t…at least, not super close to us all warnings issued for our local county aside.  Last week I read The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Page.  It was the sequel to Dorothy Must Die.  It was very much another couldn’t really put it down kind of novel.  I found myself wanting more when it ended.

Because her books are about as addictive as the magic of Oz, I found myself reading all the prequel novellas using the Kindle app on my phone.  I paid money to read them!  I hardly ever pay money to read e-books so I guess you can gather from that how much I enjoyed the story of a darker side to Dorothy and Oz.

Didn’t watch any movies or television of particular note this week.  PBS was showing a rerun of my favorite Dr. Who episode with the eleventh doctor Saturday night but I was simply too tired to stay up and watch the entire episode of The Lodger.

Looking Around the House

The mess from the start of last week is still here under the mess that grew on top of it.   The kitchen table is covered with the collection of papers that have started to come home from school as the year ends.  I need to sort and recycle.

To-Do List

Two out of five is not very good.  I still need to do these three things from my list last week:

  1. Clean the house, focusing on the boys’ rooms
  2. Write and mail those thank you notes!  Add two graduation cards to that list.
  3. Plant our sunflower seeds (getting a super late start on these)

And new for this week:

  1. Gather items for the charity truck coming on Saturday
  2. Get G’s birthday cake baked and get the poor kid some presents
  3. Do some summer planning
  4. Focus on writing and publishing blog posts

 Blog posts and Plans

My focus for this week is simply going to be on writing posts.  I’ve been trying to do all the “required” stuff to try to grow my blog and it’s really sort of sucked the fun out of blogging for me.

I’d rather just write and post and interact with the few of you reading and commenting (Thank you!).  It doesn’t mean I don’t want to grow my blog but I need to take a break and go back to the part of blogging that makes me happy.   I’m still participating in the Blog Post Stockpile Challenge though (consider that part of number 4 on the to-do list up there).

Looking Forward to This Week

G’s birthday on Thursday (he’ll be 14!!!), The end of the school year (also on Thursday), and not needing to get up at the crack of dawn on Friday although I’m sure we’ll all be up early anyway.

From the Camera

Put your nose very close to your screen and get ready to inhale deeply…

Pink Peony

Pink Peony

 Lessons Learned the Past Few Days

If your total seems off, check your receipt BEFORE you get home from the store.  I went to a book sale over in Kansas (about a 45 minute drive) and realized after I arrived home, the cashier didn’t apply my coupon to the total.  The coupon was my reason for going to the sale in the first place!

Thoughts for the Week

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us  (Hebrews 12:1)

Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace (French proverb)


What are you looking forward to about this week?

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6 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday and Menu Plan

    1. Jean Post author

      Hope you found the menu ideas helpful although they are admittedly super simple this week.

    1. Jean Post author

      I love them as well. Our whole house has smelled so good with a few of them in the vase on the kitchen table.

  1. Carrie@northwoods scrapbook

    Hope you all have a fun bday party this week! Your menu & that cake sound yummy!!

    I agree – just focus on having your blog be fun for you. That’s what I do too. I just love connecting & sharing with others. 😉

    Love your peony pic – GORGEOUS! Xoxo

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. The cake is a birthday tradition around here. It is a lot less stressful to just focus on the writing especially when my time is as limited as it seems to be lately.

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