Happy Homemaker Monday, Back In Town

Still starting this on Sunday night as I have to be out the door early tomorrow. Day one of Driver’s Education for G. Long overdue.

Let’s just get straight to the categories again.

(Don’t forget to go check out the blog of our host, Sandra. You can find her and the rest of the wonderful HHM participants over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom)

The Weather

Hot! Low 90s all week unless the local weatherman mumbling about 100+ tomorrow is right. A slight chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday. A bit different from up in Minnesota.

Of course, I still stepped outside this afternoon and said, “Oh, it’s not too bad out here.” The heat and humidity don’t get to me too much but the mosquitoes count is 100% so I didn’t stay outside too long.

Right Now I Am

Sitting in the A/C and working on this post. Half-listening to a program about the planet Earth and the whir of a fan we keep running back here.


Since we took our vacation early this year, I’d like to spend the rest of the summer focusing on making the house a bit more of a relaxing place that feels a bit more like a resort (hotel room didn’t seem like the right word there…).ย  I’d like to find a way to bring that first day of vacation-clean into our home.

On My Reading Pile

Finished one called The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent. Didn’t care for it. Right now, I have just a few pages left in Live Lagom: Balance Living, The Swedish Way by Anna Brones.ย  And a stack of books about Minnesota, waiting for a library return.

On My TV

Mostly watched Chopped reruns in the hotel room at night. Over the weekend, I did catch up on Sherlock via Netflix. Need a new series to watch but nothing’s grabbing my attention. Probably because it’s summer and I feel like I need to be doing things other than staring at the TV.

Something Interesting I Watched

My husband watched a little bit of a show about undercover agents infiltrating the Hell’s Angels and it caught my eye. Think it may have been an episode of Deep Undercover (maybe that’ll be my next Netflix series).

What I Found While Surfing The Net

A trailer for Wreck It Ralph 2! Despite being skeptical, I think it actually looks pretty good.

And this funny take on the coming sequels to Legally Blonde and Top Gun…”32-year-old spoiler alert,” my favorite line in the article.

On The Menu This Week

Back to the reality of having to cook (and clean up) dinner each night! Did I mention I’ve been on a grocery store strike? It’s been an interesting weekend…

Last week:





FRIDAY: Ham steaks, potatoes, biscuits, and fried apples (We had the frozen pizza at lunch)

SATURDAY: My husband and I had salads topped with bacon, J fell asleep at 5 (!), and G went out with friends

SUNDAY: Fried crappie (fish), french fries for lunch and then, on our own at dinner (I had Lucky Charms, J had deli ham, My husband heated prepackaged tamales, and G went out with friends again)

Now..time for a real meal plan:

MONDAY: Pork Chops, Sweet Potatoes, Salad (LUNCH: mozzarella sticks,salad) *G has Driver’s Ed from 8-10a.m.*

TUESDAY: Spaghettiย  (LUNCH: Chicken/Cheese Quesadillas, Fruit) *G has Driver’s Ed from 8-noon*

WEDNESDAY: Pancakes and Bacon (Lunch: Leftover Spaghetti) *G has Driver’s Ed 8-12*

THURSDAY: Hamburgers (Lunch: Something Quick, maybe PBJ’s) *G has Driver’s Ed 8-12* *I work 1-6*

FRIDAY: OUT or maybe we’ll actually make the steak from 2 weeks ago *G has Driver’s Ed 8-12* *I work 1-6*

All subject to change after I finally go to the grocery store.

On My To Do List

  1. Definitely, Go to the store!
  2. Follow the Flylady missions
  3. Go to the library
  4. Make a list of summer (and beyond) projects for the house
  5. Still need to do those returns…blah, even went to Target once already and FORGOT my stuff

In The Craft Basket

Lots of project ideas, nothing tangible though

Looking Forward To

Joining Rebecca from Rebecca’s Hearth And Home on a joint blogging adventure. Look for more details about our 30 Days of Summer series, including Thursday linkups, coming soon. We’re hoping a few of you might want to join in our fun and blog about all things summer with us!

Looking Around The House

Cleaning is going to be a BIG priority this week. AND next.

From The Camera

This little Swallow Tail Stopped by to see us off on our journey north last Sunday morning. J walking along the shore of Lake Superior taking in the waves. And…saving the best for last, I was able to meet Carrie from Northwoods Scrapbook!ย  It was so fun meeting a friend from blogland in real life! Left wishing she lived closer so we could get together again.

Quote For The Week

There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met. (William Butler Yeats)


Time to actually spend some time cleaning the house (bathrooms first, ugh) instead of simply thinking about it. Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

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11 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday, Back In Town

  1. Rebecca L Knox

    As always, enjoyed reading your post this week, Jean, and I, too, am looking forward to our 30 Days of Summer blogging adventure! Love the tiger swallowtail picture and, of course, the one of Lake Superior. How cool that you got to meet Carrie of the north woods! I love her blog! Have a great week and I’ll be talking with you soon! <3
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! It surprised me how long the swallowtail stayed still on our boxwood. It was super cool to meet another blogger in real life. Now, we’ll have to figure out a way to meet. Got to get down there to visit your park ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a great week as well.

  2. Lucie

    Fun to meet someone from the blogosphere! Can’t wait to read the summer series. I like the idea of making your home feel more relaxing, I need to do that too – will be looking for your updates. Have a great week

    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, it was super fun. Thanks, maybe you’ll want to join in and blog a bit about summer as well? So far my updates on making my home feel more relaxing involve falling down the rabbit hole of Pinterest. Oops,didn’t get much accomplished doing that! Hope you have a great week.

  3. Billie Jo

    Meeting Carrie?
    How awesome!!!
    Love your selfie…you should post more pictures of yourself!!!
    Excited to follow along on your summer blog series too. : )

    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, it was very exciting and fun to meet another blogger friend in person! Thank you. I’m not good at posting pictures of myself, something to be brave and work on ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a great week and maybe you’ll join in with a few summer posts when we get things going?

  4. carrie@northwoods scrapbook

    Hello Sweetie!! Adored getting time with you and so happy you had a great trip and made it home safely. I wish you were closer too and we could gab during walks along the big lake. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m excited to check out your summer blog series!! I hope to get more time in blogland now that summer is here and I”m around home a bit more. And I agree with Billie Jo about more selfies. Just sayin ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

      Thanks. I’ve really been missing that lake walk and the big lake! We would have fun if we were closer ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay, so I’ll have to challenge myself a bit on the selfies thing. Hope your week is going well. It appears the computer problems are catching, by the way, I have to run my beloved computer to the repair shop later. Sure hope they can fix it as I’m not a big fan of my husband’s laptop (what I’m using this morning). Hope you have a wonderful Thursday and weekend as well!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I was happy it decided to stop for a minute and pose for a photo. Usually, they are flying so far up in the sky out of the range of my camera (or at least not staying still long enough to get one in focus).

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