Happy Homemaker Monday and Meal Plan

I worked a full-time schedule at preschool last week covering for another teacher’s vacation.  I love being there but I also miss being here and working on my blog.  Still haven’t quite figured out how to manage both things at the same time.

I work again this morning but I don’t have to go in until 9:15 as opposed to last week’s 7:45a.m. start each day.  Then, I am (whispering this very softly) free for the week so far.

I think I have just enough time this morning to write this post and then, hopefully, come visit and catch up with some of you later tonight and tomorrow.

On to the Happy Homemaker Monday post…thanks to Sandra from Diary of A Stay at Home Mom for the Happy Homemaker Monday post link up and Laura from I’m An Organizing Junkie for the Menu Plan Monday post link up (I really need to get over there and find some fresh dinner ideas for us!).

The Weather This Week

HOT! HOT! HOT! We’re under a heat advisory today starting, I think, at 1p.m. until 7p.m. and the temperature is just supposed to go up all week..99, 100!  Heat indexes in the triple digits.  The rain we were supposed to maybe get last night apparently went north of us.  Good thing I watered the garden.

On My Reading Pile

Since I’m a week behind, and worked last week, not much.  I did read the rest of the books in The Giver quartet two weeks ago.  I really wasn’t a huge fan of The Giver and hadn’t bothered looking for the rest of the books until I watched the movie on Netflix.  I thought the rest of the books were much better and more interesting than the first one.  I think The Messenger was my favorite.

For this week, I’ll tackle my Gretchen Rubin book plus the Chuck Grossart e-book I downloaded called The Phoenix Descent.  His book The Gemini Effect had been one of my Amazon Prime free Kindle books one month and I really enjoyed it so when this new book (to me) came up as a suggestion, I went ahead and bought it.

On My TV

I’ve been watching the series, Limitless on Netflix.  I had watched a few episodes on regular TV and then, lost interest but found it got better once I had no time to watch it.  I do like when Netflix adds series like this so I can play catch up and see shows I may have missed.

Menu Plan


With the weather, our meals are not going to be anything too exotic or hard or that needs to spend much time in an oven.

MONDAY:  Kielbasa sausage and potatoes (hot dogs for the boys), salad

TUESDAY: chicken legs in the crock pot, cucumber slices, rice?  (I have Bunco!)

WEDNESDAY: Pancakes and bacon or maybe French Toast

THURSDAY:  Spaghetti and salad (I am going out with friends)


To-Do List

I am so far behind I don’t even know where to begin with things….most important five are…

  1. Pay Bills!
  2. Go to Grocery Store!
  3. Go to Sam’s Club and make sure we are stocked on water (G has band camp next week plus my husband is doing some outside work this week)
  4. Make the boys leave the house and do something fun.  Yes, forcing my kids to have fun is actually an item on this week’s to-do list.
  5. Double check dates for back to school enrollment and make sure I have the right paperwork


Nothing.  I’ve decided to put the Room A Week Re-Do Challenge on hold until school starts so we can cram as much fun into the end of our summer as possible.  (School starts super early for us, August 11th!)

Looking Around the House

It doesn’t look awful but I am planning to spend some time cleaning it this week.  We’re also dealing with a bit of a fruit fly invasion (one “joy” of summer I could do without) and I’m hoping to see less of the little things now that I’ve put two fruit fly traps into action.

From the Camera

On Friday night, J went with us to the marina at a local lake where you can feed the fish.  G was staying the night with a friend.  J wasn’t enthused at first but he had fun once we were there.

The Carp!

The Carp!

Sunset at the lake

Sunset at the lake


I was taken with these little birds...

I was taken with these little birds…


So hopefully, we’ll have a not so busy but very hot week around here.  What’s on the agenda for your upcoming week?


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8 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday and Meal Plan

  1. Christy

    Hi! I’m visiting from HHM. We had a fruit fly problem a couple of years ago. I put some apple cider vinegar in a cup with a few drops of blue Dawn dish detergent, gave it a stir, and left it on my counter. It took two or three times of doing this and they went away. Also, didn’t leave any vegetation out on my counter. Is that what you are doing for traps? It worked great for me, and I admit it was satisfying to see the dead flies in the cup.

    1. Jean Post author

      I’ve done fruit fly traps like that in the past. This time I had a 30% off coupons to a local hardware store so went and bought a couple of traps. It’s basically the same solution inside a plastic “peach” except the cider vinegar doesn’t seem to smell as potent (my husband can’t stand that smell) and they are supposed to last 30 days. I’ve bought them in the past and they’ve worked really well. I like to lift them up and see the dead bugs in there as well. It was hard to go to the store tonight and not buy any fruit that would normally sit out (like bananas) but I think a bad bunch of bananas is what started our problem this time.

  2. Elizabeth Sims

    Sounds like you’ve been uber busy *whispers* I’ll cross fingers the rest of the week stays free for you.
    Ah Fruit Flies hate those buggers. I put a bit of wine in a glass and then plastic wrap over the glass and poke a couple small holes. It seems to do alright.
    Feeding the fish looks like a lot of fun I bet my girls would get a kick out of that.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, please cross your fingers. I just read something on-line about leaving about 1 inch of red wine in a bottle and how that would work. Hmm, reminds me I have some red wine in the fridge that I really did not like, maybe I’ve found a new use for it 🙂 I bet your girls would like feeding the fish. There are a couple lakes in our area where you can do it. It’s cheap activity as well since a bag of fish food only costs $1 (I think it used to be 50cents and might still be at some places). Hope you have a great week!

  3. Tamy

    We must be neighbors – our weather is almost identical! Love those pictures, especially the fish.

    I love that you are going to make the kids “PLAY”. Too sweet.

    We are having a fruit fly, biting gnat issue here and I keep a small bowl of apple cider vinegar on the drainboard. They seem to be attracted to it and every few days I spoon out 6 or 7 and put them down the drain.

    Have a great week.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks! I was wondering if the fish pictures would turn out okay. It really is something to see all those fish fight over the food (they are quite well fed as it is a popular activity). Wish me luck on making my kids “play”, of course, first I have to get them out of bed 😉 Hope you keep cool during this current heat wave (our weather does seem to the same).

  4. carrie@northwoods scrapbook

    We’re getting the hot weather here too. Ugh!! So rare for us and when we get it we get such humidity with it too. Yuck!

    Hope you’re cooling down a bit there. How cool to feed the fish like that. And what cool birdhouses. Holy Hannah – you guys do start school really early!! Pack that fun in folks….and right quick! Lol

    Blessings on the rest of your week Sweetie. xoxo
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    1. Jean Post author

      Oh no! I’m so sorry you are getting this weather as well. They extended our heat advisory until Saturday now. It’s not been too bad though (sitting here in the a/c, ha!). Yes, our school district seems to bump that date up early every year. It used to start late in the 3rd week of August and now they’ve moved it to the 2nd week, I’m afraid they’ll be looking at a parent rebellion if they move it up too much more. Hope your week is going well and that you are doing okay in the hot weather (we’re used to it here so I can only imagine how miserable it must be if you aren’t used to it).


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