Happy Homemaker Monday, Right Back To Busy

We were away last week on a trip, I suppose you could call it a vacation.  I’m not sure I would call it that.

Sometimes trying to make the best of things still leaves you feeling a bit flat.  We had an unexpected death in the family the week before we left.  Going to a funeral the day before leaving for an extended trip was a bit rough.

It was the kind of vacation that left me needing a vacation but not because we did too much. In fact, it was if anything the opposite.

We cut our trip a bit short to come home earlier for a family member’s birthday.  I wanted to be selfish and go on our entire and probably much too long trip but the teenager encouraged us to do the right thing so we skipped the mountains and arrived home on Friday as opposed to Sunday evening.

Now, it’s back to the reality of a busy week.  I am glad though to be back to blogging. Once again, I’m joining in the Happy Homemaker Monday link up hosted by Sandra over at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather This Week

Funny, we went to the desert last week only to return to heat advisory weather here this week.  Mid to upper 90s all week.  Add in the humidity and it’s going to feel lots hotter out there.

Right Now I Am

Barely awake, drinking my coffee with almond milk and trying to get this post together before the boys wake up and I lose my computer to J.

On My Reading Pile

Returned all my overdue books to the library before we left on our trip.  J did want to read with me last night (hardly ever happens!) so I grabbed an old favorite off the shelf. I’m now re-reading A Wrinkle In Time.

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

I did watch one of my favorite movies on the way home from our trip.  The Martian will get you from Oklahoma City to El Dorado, Kansas if you are traveling the turnpike.  Yesterday, I also watched Interstellar, a $5 Wal-Mart bin find. And yes, I do have a weird obsession with incredibly long space movies (especially ones with Matt Damon ;)).

The only other things I watched over the weekend were a few episodes of Orange Is The New Black with my husband. And The Candy Crush game show, it was okay.

On My TV

I’m not really sure. It’s going to be so hot that I’m sure we’ll be watching a bit of it.

Menu For This Week

I’ve been told summer weather and spaghetti do not go together so I guess that’s off the menu until cooler days arrive.  Our record for choosing quality restaurants on this trip was a little sad so I’m going to try to make things I know we all like this week.

MONDAY:  Tacos

TUESDAY:   Ham (in freezer), potatoes, and cornbread  *I have Bunco*

WEDNESDAY:  Chicken legs

THURSDAY:   Roast in the Crock Pot *I work 12-6* *Mom’s Night Out* (it’s usually not the same as Bunco week except for this month)

FRIDAY:  Hoping my husband will cook fish  *I work 12-6*

On My To-Do List

Um, everything!

  1. Pay bills
  2. Mow the lawn
  3. Finish up laundry (thankfully, this is mostly done)
  4. Make Doctor appointments for the boys
  5. See if there is a way to squeeze a weekend trip in before school starts
  6. Register boys for school
  7. Put batteries in the kitchen clock
  8. Clean out fridge before Tuesday
  9. Get Summer materials for a couple of G’s classes
  10. Make some plans for J next week since G has band practice
  11. Look up driver’s ed course times for G
  12. Figure out plan for de-cluttering and cleaning the whole house
  13. Practice more with camera, I didn’t get enough practice before our trip and it shows
  14. Write a few trip reviews for trip advisor
  15. Break down and make a summer bucket list for our last 4 weeks of summer (!!)

What I Am Creating

I’d like to create a clean, organized house in time for back to school.  We’ll see how that goes…

Looking Around The House

It’s been worse but for some reason I’m in a spring cleaning mood.  I think it started when I realized house-keeping doesn’t follow you home from your hotels.

From The Camera

I was a bit obsessed with the skies in New Mexico and Texas. The first two are New Mexico skies. The second photo is the sky at the Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas.

What I’m Wearing Today

Still in my nightshirt at the moment.  Will probably go change into a tee-shirt and jean shorts and tennis shoes to mow and then, a new tee-shirt and shorts  and sandals after that.

Simple Pleasure

The sights and sounds of home.  I love to travel but (for me) nothing beats sitting on my own front porch with the cat enjoying the flowers, green grass, and tall trees as the lightning bugs start dotting the sky in time to the cicadas’ chorus along with the background noises of distant lawn mowers and light traffic.

Quote For The Week

Do you have a busy week on your horizon?

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15 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday, Right Back To Busy

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I am taking your advice and have started trying to see if we can squeeze in a weekend trip, my oldest son being in marching band complicates things a bit as they start practicing early and often prior to school even starting. Still, I do think we need a vacation reset of sorts so a quick weekend getaway to one of our local Missouri lakes may be just the thing.

      1. Jean Post author

        Yes, I’m in the Kansas City area! Where in Missouri are coming (if you don’t mind sharing)? Our area is under a heat advisory this week, we can probably match those Texas hot & humid summers pretty well but I think you’ll love Missouri in the Fall. I think it’s especially beautiful with all the trees changing although I suppose I could be a bit biased.

        1. Tamy

          My family is originally from the Kansas City area and my great uncle was a restaurateur there a LONG time ago with restaurants on the plaza and the restaurant my dad and grandfather began at 63rd and Brookside is still there configured in the same layout my dad designed, but owned by someone else now for many years. My cousin still lives in Merriam.

          LOL we have been under heat advisories for over a month now with high humidity and dew points making it not only miserable, but dangerous for me with my health issues. We’re looking at the Springfield area and have been watching the weather closely and even the local heat advisories there would be a welcome relief to this southern gulf coast. We are really looking forward to ALL 4 seasons too!
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          1. Jean Post author

            Wow, small world! The Springfield area is nice, I really like it when we are down there for band competition stuff or on our way fishing.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. It was hard on the kids so I didn’t push them to do a lot of the things I’d planned for our trip. I’m hoping this is a much better week as well. I think just knocking some items off my insanely long to-do list will help.

  1. Rachel

    So sorry for your loss.
    Sounds like your vacation kind of mimic ours–by not being very relaxing and not having great food. I know EXACTLY how you feel! I hope this week turns around for you. 🙂

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I’m hoping it is a better week as well. It does look promising with Bunco & a Mom’s Night Out plus I’m actually looking forward (somewhat) to getting back to work a couple days later this week. Preschool kiddos always make the world seem brighter 🙂

  2. carrie@northwoods scrapbook

    Hi Jean!
    I’m so happy you had a nice trip – even if it was cut short. 😉
    I remember my teacher reading us that book in 6th grade (Wrinkle in Time) – and that I loved it! I don’t remember a lot of it now so I’ll need to add that to my re-read list too. I hear Oprah is going to be in the movie version in the future.
    Your menu sounds yummy to me! 😛 And I love the photos – gorgeous skies!!
    Blessings to you. xoxo
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I hadn’t heard that about Oprah but I am anxious to see the new movie. Hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks. I don’t think my almond milk separates but it did take me a while to get over it not ever really being the “right” color of coffee as opposed to when I use regular milk. It’s going to be so hot today that I’m thinking of forgoing the almond milk and just using ice cream 😉 Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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