Happy Homemaker Monday, First Full Week of February

It’s the first Monday in February and we’re inching closer to Spring.  It’s cold, it’s snowy, and it’s definitely still winter around here.

A busy week looms on the horizon over here and I feel like I have tons to accomplish.  Since last week was rather boring, I’m kind of glad.

Let’s just jump right into the categories today. (Green headings in honor of the Superbowl champions. What a great game!)

The Weather

COLD.  Currently 8 degrees but feels like -4 this morning.  A decent (finally!) snow predicted for tomorrow and a bit on Saturday as well? We are supposed to hit 46 for a high Thursday, my husband’s birthday, so the roads will hopefully be okay for his celebration.

As much as I’d like to say I’m ready for spring, I’m surprisingly excited to see a little winter weather around here.  I think one of the local television weather announcers summed it up best yesterday. “I’d like one good snowstorm and then, it can be 70 degrees.” Couldn’t agree more.

As I Look Outside My Window

I see snow-covered ground but the brown grass pokes through it still.  Remnants of bird seed on the deck (greedy squirrel) and a sky starting to cloud up again.

Right Now I Am

Trying to get a start on this post before I go to my hair appointment and half-listening to the local news my husband forgot to turn off this morning.

Thinking And Pondering

How although Christmas isn’t my favorite holiday, it is my favorite holiday for hiding a messy house.  People can focus on your Christmas tree instead of your dust! Yes, I desperately need to clean house this week.

Also, thinking I need to do a much better job of getting the camera out this week. I hardly touched it last week.

And randomly, pondering where we should go on vacation this year.  A beach? Mountains? Or stay close to home?  Debating letting the high school junior decide since he’ll only have one year of high school  left after this summer.

On My Bedside Table

A little gray cat looking out the window, bottle of cocoa butter lotion (reminds me I need to go to the Dollar Tree today), a box of tissues, a few preschool books, and for some reason, J’s new bus pass.

On My TV

Lots of television watching last week (In addition to our regular shows of Better Late Than Never and The Flash, I finished watching The Colony, started a bit of The Naked Truth series, watched Ocean’s 13 on Saturday, then the Superbowl last night.  So probably aim to watch a little less this week and do a lot more reading. Still planning to watch The Flash on Tuesday and probably a bit of the Winter Olympics opening ceremonies and events over the weekend.

On The Menu This Week

Good question.  Is it any surprise I didn’t really follow my menu last week? We did have the pork chops and eat at the pancake supper but those were the only planned items that fell in line.  Time to try, try, try again.

MONDAY: MNO and I need to run the kids on an errand first so something easy. I’m probably going to offer the arches to the kids and let the husband fend for himself. OR we’ll have salads with chicken and/or bacon.

TUESDAY: Chili and cinnamon rolls (the BEST cinnamon rolls ever from a local restaurant near where I go to get my haircut) *G has pep band if the weather isn’t awful*

WEDNESDAY: Waffles and bacon (debating making the waffles from scratch as I do have a recipe)

THURSDAY: OUT for husband’s birthday (tacos) and then, chocolate cake with white frosting for dessert.

FRIDAY: Probably pizza *G has pep band*

On My To-Do List

  1. Clean the house
  2. Battle for bread and bananas Go to grocery store
  3. Take boys to get birthday cards for their dad
  4. Buy birthday cards and Valentine’s Day cards
  5. Mail a late birthday card
  6. Buy hairspray!
  7. Get haircut
  8. Go to Mom’s Night Out
  9. Upload J’s picture to ACT site (He’s taking it on Saturday)
  10. Get a new Valentine’s Day (or other winter) garden flag for front of house (noticed my snowman looks a little Christmas-y)

What I Am Sewing, Knitting, or Creating

Not much. Hoping I can manage to create at least the image of a clean house by Thursday night.

My Simple Pleasure

Orange slices.  I’m not sure anything tastes better than a fresh orange wedge during the blahs of winter and especially while recuperating from a cold. (Adding oranges to my grocery list right now!)

Lesson Learned The Past Week

Sometimes it’s important and necessary to step up and take control.  Still working on finding that balance between knowing when to let things flow and work themselves out and when to say “Enough” and do something.

From The Camera

Here’s a picture of the cold, 5 degree sunrise from this morning.  And the morning moon setting as well.

Making a goal to take at least 3 pictures each day this week.

Prayer List

Our link up host, Sandra and her family, as they are all down with the flu. All the rest of those suffering this flu season.  Friends, Family, Strangers.

Quote For The Week

Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.  (Elliot Erwitt)


Don’t forget to go visit Sandra (who managed to put up a post today despite having a house full with the flu) and all the other fabulous bloggers who link to Happy Homemaker Monday.





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10 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday, First Full Week of February

    1. Jean Post author

      Oh, I didn’t even think to look for blood oranges when I went grocery shopping. Maybe next time. Hope you are having a great Tuesday!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I like the Cuties and start buying them as soon as they come in season around December. Yes, the stores are saying spring is “next month” now as well I’ve noticed. Hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday!

  1. Jodi

    You had a cold start to your day as well… brrrr Oh shoot… did Colony start back up?? I need to check ondemand and get caught up! Hope your week is going well!

    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, we seem to be having lots of cold starts around here. Sad when standing outside without a coat (just for a second) while it’s 19 degrees doesn’t feel too bad. I’m not sure about season 3 of Colony but they did add season 2 to Netflix. It’s been a pretty nice week so far. Hope your week is also going well!

  2. Tamy

    I LOVE your photos – stunning! LOL I love your green headings in honor of the Eagles (who I was pulling for). I wish I’d thought of that 😀 So what does MNO mean on Monday’s menu? Happy birthday to your hubby! Have a GREAT week.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! MNO stands for Mom’s Night Out, means I’m getting together with long-time friends 🙂 We were the beginning/founding members of a local mom’s club and although our kids have grown, we’ve all stayed friends and still have a MNO once a month. I think my husband had a good birthday yesterday. He got one of his presents early thanks to the Amazon app on his phone giving a detailed report about a delivered package. Hope you have a nice, relaxing weekend.


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