Happy Homemaker Monday, The Return of Routine

It was a rough one getting out of bed this morning.  Of course, I’m sure that’s not related to staying up a bit later last night.  This week will be the boys’ first full week back to school after Christmas break.  I’m working a bit this week as well.

Wish I were a bit more excited about it all.  Perhaps I just need better rest.  I am, however, determined to not miss any Happy Homemaker Mondays this year.  It was so fun to look back on them to review our 2016.  Many thanks to Sandra from Diary of A Stay At Home Mom for continuing to host this link up in 2017!

Let’s get on with the planning of this second week of the new year shall we?

The Weather

It’s a balmy 26 degrees out there right now.  Balmy and 26 degrees don’t normally belong in the same sentence but after last week’s start with 1 degree mornings, it fits.  Supposed to hit a high of 44 this afternoon, almost 50 tomorrow, and 60 (!?) on Wednesday before plummeting back down to winter temps in the 30s with a wintry mix (means they don’t know whether it will snow or rain) for the weekend.

On My Reading Pile

I read two books on my phone’s Kindle app.  I read this month’s Amazon Prime free pick of In The Shadow Of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell and really enjoyed it.  I found it to be a quick read with a lot of good twists especially at the end!  The second book I read was better though.  Mark Edwards Follow You Home kept me intrigued from beginning to end and was also full of interesting twists and turns.

On My TV

I watched Maximum Ride on Netflix.  It’s based on a series of James Patterson books of the same name.  Think after school special with a science fiction type twist both in terms of acting and plot lines.  The boys watched Kung Fu Panda 3 on Saturday night. And of course, I watched the Golden Globes last night just to see the pretty dresses.

Menu This Week

Honestly, I’m at a loss this week.  I need to go to the store.  I’m also still casually trying to clear out our freezer/ pantry as well.  Last week’s menu didn’t really go as planned (do they ever?) so some items are repeats.

Couldn’t get the colors quite right on our Three Kings Cake but it still tasted good!

MONDAY:  Ham steaks, baked potatoes (perhaps sweet potatoes), and cornbread.  (I work 12-6)

TUESDAY:  Veggie rotini with red sauce, salad, garlic bread

WEDNESDAY:  Tacos or something else that is easy (G and I need to make dessert empanadas again to take to his Thursday Spanish class, another Fiesta in there!)

THURSDAY:  Chicken strips, broccoli, and maybe French Fries.  I may do copy cat Chik-Fil-A sandwiches (I work 12-6 again)

FRIDAY: Pancakes and sausage at the high school for a band fundraiser (I work 12-6 so likely won’t get to go unless I can get it worked out to switch with another teacher.  I missed this on my calendar when I agreed to work).

To-Do List

  1. Pay bills
  2. Go to the grocery store
  3. Pick one area in the house to clear off and clean each day (thinking of starting with my desk)
  4. Help G make dessert empanadas on Wednesday night (We’re going to cheat and use apple pie filling to start this time)
  5. Fill out wall calendar with birthdays and dates

What I Am Creating

I made a wreath for our front door!  It took a few tries (see Friday’s post) but we now have a sweater wreath hanging on our front door and welcoming us home.

Scarf Wreath Try 2, still needed something

At Christmas-time, I had pried a small wooden sign with our last name off of another Christmas decoration we no longer used since it listed pets no longer with us and came before our youngest son arrived.  I thought maybe I could find another use for at least that part of the decoration and I did!  It was the perfect thing to finish off the scarf wreath!

The completed project!

Looking Around The House

See number 3 on my to-do list.  The floors (with the exception of the boys’ rooms) are clear though and it’s not in awful shape over all.

From The Camera

While these will all be phone pictures this week, I fixed the camera!  Thank goodness because a new one really wasn’t in our budget.  And, importing pictures from my phone is not a simple task.

The camera lens cover wouldn’t open properly but I managed to get it pried open in a permanent state.  It should be okay as long as I keep the camera in its case unless I’m using it.

Tracks in the snow 

There’s more than one way to make a snowman.

Something Fun To Share

I thought this idea from Rite While U Can might be a fun challenge for the year!  I know it always brightens my day to get mail.

What I’m Wearing Today

Right now I’m wearing a striped long-sleeved shirt and jeans plus tennis shoes but I just threw these clothes on for the school drop off run.  I’ll shower and change into something else to wear to work after finishing this post.  No idea what that will be yet.

One of My Simple Pleasures

Spending some time outside especially on sunny days and I don’t do it nearly enough.  Perhaps I need to set a goal for the year to make sure I spend time outdoors every single day?

Quote for the Week

This quote of the day showed up in my inbox over the weekend and I love it!  Perfect for a Monday morning or any morning really…

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.  (Eleanor Roosevelt)


What do you have going on this week?


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12 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday, The Return of Routine

  1. Pamela

    Stopping by from Happy Homemaker Monday. I love the Rite While U Can idea – I really would like to work on a 52 Letters (or notecards since I seem to have so many) in 52 Weeks project. I know I love to receive mail from friends. Have a great week!

    1. Jean Post author

      I really do think I will give it a try as it sounds like a fun thing to do and I never do seem to get as many Christmas cards sent as I’d like or any type of letter written in them any more. Hope you have a great week as well!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I stumbled across the idea on Pinterest and thought it was something even someone of my meager craft talents could manage. Hope you have a great week as well.

  2. carrie@northwoods scrapbook

    Howdy Jean!

    Happy Monday! I love your adorable cake. Lol 😉 And I really need to get back to reading more. I have a whole pile waiting for me!

    Your wreath turned out perfectly!! It’s absolutely adorable and perfect for winter. Give yourself a big pat on the back.

    I’m so happy you were able to fix your camera!! I love the 2-dimensional snowman. Too cute.

    Blessings xoxo
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks, the cake hardly looked appetizing but we ate it. I realized I need to update my food coloring supplies. I was actually surprised with how well the wreath (finally) turned out. Fixing the camera was definitely the highlight of my weekend, now to make sure I have a chance to pick it up this week. Hope you have a great week ahead!

  3. Sandra

    That is such a cute idea to do the sweater wreath, how adorable. 🙂

    And now you have me craving ham steaks hahaha

    Hope you’re having a good week 🙂

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! And we ended up not having the ham steaks because I was called into work and my husband took the kids to Burger King instead. My week is going pretty well although it sure feels like a long one, probably because I thought it was Wednesday all day yesterday for some reason, oops.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I enjoy reading all the blogs of the HHM link up as well. Hope your week is going well!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks! The week hasn’t been too bad. My work schedule has been a bit scrambled this week but it will settle back down soon enough.

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