Happy Homemaker Monday, A Cold January Morning

Bit of a late start this morning as it is a holiday.  J had a friend sleep-over and they’re both still snoozing which is good considering they were both going strong at 2a.m. YAWN!

It’s also a super chilly start to our week. I think it snowed a tiny bit more (just enough to cover footprints…still waiting for a decent snow where we can’t see the grass poking through) and the current temperature out there is 12 degrees with a predicted high of just 14. Wind chill advisories issued as well.

A good day to stay inside and plan the week ahead while drinking a few cups of coffee. Inspired as always by Sandra’s Happy Homemaker Monday post and link up. Don’t forget to check it out and visit the other bloggers. Maybe join in the fun if you haven’t already!

As I Look Outside My Window (Out The Backdoor Window)

The bright blue and sunny sky belies the bitter cold. Snow birds having a feast on the seed spilled over on to the deck from when I re-filled the bird feeder about a half-hour ago. My cold feet confirm the weather reports.

Right Now I Am

Drinking coffee, wondering what I’ll fix the boys for breakfast (maybe lunch?) , and trying to warm up a bit. Probably should have worn a coat and maybe boots instead of tennis shoes when I went outside to fill the bird feeder.

Thinking And Pondering

Embracing January is not easy but I’ve been trying. Definitely a month meant for blankets, coffee (and/or tea), and books!

I’m determined not to say how this year is already flying by on us. In trying to live my 2018 word, I’ve making an effort to savor bits of each day and week. Doesn’t always work but I’m trying. Also, limiting my time on Facebook. If I click on it and it seems filled with negativity, I’m clicking right back off of it (and usually right over to Pinterest because we have to waste time somehow).

On My Bedside Table

The usual, a mess! Clothes I need to put away, books, my phone, usually a little gray cat staring out the window, and lately, a large bottle of cocoa butter lotion.

On My TV Tonight

No idea. Maybe season 2 of Humans on Amazon. I know the winter season premier of The Flash is on tomorrow night so that’ll be on Tuesday.

Listening To

My husband is watching Silverado back here so it’s providing my background noise. Can also occasionally the snowbirds chirping outside.

On The Menu This Week

No idea! Certainly don’t want to go grocery shopping in sub-zero wind chills. Hmm, looks like other than spaghetti we didn’t follow the plan at all last week. Lots of repeats for this menu.

MONDAY: Maybe French Toast (from freezer) and sausage

TUESDAY: Tacos, chicken enchiladas for G and myself

WEDNESDAY: So, I still haven’t made the pork chops in the crock pot…

THURSDAY: Kielbasa or turkey sausages, cabbage steaks

FRIDAY: *I work 8:30-5:30* Probably pizza in some form

On My To-Do List

  1. Get another bag ready for the charity truck (They delayed last Friday’s pick up a week)
  2. Go to grocery store (when it warms up later this week)
  3. Work so far just on Friday this week
  4. Mail some packages
  5. Clean off dresser and bedside table (Wonder where I got that idea?)
  6. Clean out one desk drawer (the top needs it as well)
  7. Find a calendar for back here
  8. Write a few blog posts
  9. Clean out fridge
  10. Still need to organize pantry

What I Am Sewing,Crocheting, Knitting, or Creating

Something yellow!

My Simple Pleasure

Finding a new science fiction TV series to watch (and watching old ones as well). Stumbled on this gem on Amazon Prime: Humans.  Ready to start season 2!  Bonus: My husband liked it and watched it with me.  Do have to admit though I watched it right after finishing season 10 of Doctor Who (another great one!) and spent some time thinking The Doctor would show up and declare it alien technology and fix everything for everyone.

Lesson Learned The Past Week

Things have a way of working themselves out if I simply take a step back. Hard one for a former/reformed control freak.

And a bonus repeat lesson: It’s okay to say no to someone’s plans if they don’t work for me. No explanation necessary.

From The Camera

Everyone should have a laundry folding cat!

(Don’t get too jealous, she’s folding laundry to make up for puking in my black pumps. Yuck-o!)

Prayer List

A couple of old friends, anyone who has to be out in this frigid weather, family

Quote For The Week

Has to be a Martin Luther King, Jr one for today, of course:

Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.


And now that lunchtime’s arrived, I suppose I should finish this post and actually go change out of my pajamas and fix something.  What’s on your agenda for today?


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14 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday, A Cold January Morning

  1. Rebecca L Knox

    As always, enjoyed your post, Jean! You always manage to get a smile out of me somewhere along the way. 🙂 You should add me as a friend on Facebook. I just added an album that I think you would enjoy…Prairie In Winter. It’s pictures that I took just a bit ago when my husband and I went for a drive through the park. No bison today, but lots of lovely, snowy things to see. You’re free to add me if you’d like. Have a blessed week ahead, my friend, and stay warm! <3
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I’ll have to look your up on there 🙂 It’s climbed all the way up to 1 degree here slightly before noon in KC. So very thankful for a house with heat this morning. Hope you are staying warm while enjoying your snowy landscapes!

  2. Carol

    Oh, your cat is just adorable!!! My kitties love to “help” too, LOL! And I love the photo with all the yellow – so bright and cheerful! Have a great week!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. She usually just “helps” by plopping down and taking a nap on the laundry. Seems like a week when a lot of us need a little yellow, bright cheerfulness to warm things up a bit. Hope you have a great week as well.

  3. Rachel

    I am also waiting until it warmer to go to the grocery store. Hopefully tomorrow. Today the kids have another snow day as we got dumped on yesterday after they were only forecasting 1 inch… we got like 5-6 inches instead so road crews couldn’t keep up. Roads are still bad this morning. Love the pic of your kitty. Our cat, Gus Gus, likes to lay on top of the basket of already folded clothes. My husband uses that as an excuse to not put clothes away. LOL
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    1. Jean Post author

      My kids’ lunches may be interesting this week. Lucky for them they’ll only go 3 days. That’s a good amount of snow! Hoping you don’t have this crazy cold along with all that snow. I’m not sure about our roads (currently no plans to go out although my husband went to work) but my kids also have a “snow” day since the current wind chill is -16 (was worse this morning) and they decided it would be too dangerous for the kids to wait on the buses. Our first cat, Maui, would actually attack me if I tried to fold laundry or take it to put away while she was laying on it. Hope you are staying warm and enjoying your day!

  4. carrie@northwoods scrapbook

    Hi there Jean! Hope you’re having a great week so far. 😉

    I loved that book (Eat, Pray, Love) but the movie always makes me so hungry. Lol I love your sunshiney yellow goodness! And I want a laundry folding cat (but not a puking one). Just sayin

    If you get chance pop over and look at my blog post about my blogaversary. I would love for you to comment so I can enter you in a drawing for goodies as a way to thank you for your friendship here in blogland. Could win some fun stuff!

    Hope you have a blessed rest of the week Hon. xoxo
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    1. Jean Post author

      Oh, I had forgot there was a movie. The eat chapter of the book made me hungry, LOL! I’ll have to go comment on your post, read it earlier but then, forgot to comment (may have been on my phone or something). Hope you are having a wonderful week and your weekend is also great!

    1. Jean Post author

      Maybe pork chops just aren’t winter food? I don’t know…they’re going to wait yet another week around here as my oldest has a bit of a stomach bug and pork chops don’t sound like a less than ideal fit for that. Hope your week has been wonderful so far.


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