Happy Homemaker Monday, Working Summer Week

I work full-time hours all week. Being off today on Monday feels a bit like getting a bonus weekend day. One with lots to do but still an extra day.

Happily taking a few minutes as I sip my morning coffee to join up with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom and plan my week. One more sip of coffee and then, let’s get to the categories.

The Weather 

A bit of relief from our high heat for this week. Comes with good chances of much-needed rain on Wednesday and Thursday. The ground’s already dried out from Saturday’s rain. Highs in the low 90’s all week.

Right Now I Am

Drinking my coffee, working on this post, and trying not to think about the mammoth to-do list looming in front of me today.


I’m glad we took our vacation earlier this summer. Worked out well for us. When my Facebook feed fills with fun-filled vacation picks (as happens at this time of year), my inner restlessness doesn’t kick into high gear quite as much.

On My Reading Pile

Finished Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, And Never Giving Up by Elizabeth Smart. And started The Little Book Of Hygge by Meik Wikig.  Going to the library is on the to-do list for the week.

On My TV

Been limiting my watching of the Netflix shows so I’m still working through Selling Houses With Sarah Beeny. Watched a few movies over the weekend including Blade Runner 2049 on Friday evening. I enjoyed it but knowledge of the first movie is important (and it helped me to have read the book as well).

I stumbled on a network show called Reverie and watched it again last week. The premise surrounds an ex-hostage negotiater helping people out their virtual reality games when they can’t or won’t leave. Good for a 9:00 PM summer show.

On The Menu This Week

J asked me to make chili last week! I immediately thought of my mom. She ate chili in the summer. I say it’s still too hot!

MONDAY: Pork chops, baked potatoes, salad

TUESDAY:  Pancakes, sausage*I work 8-4:30* *Bunco*

WEDNESDAY:  Ham steaks, green beans, pineapple *I work 8-4:30*

THURSDAY:  Tacos *I work 8-4:30*

FRIDAY:  OUT *I work 8-4:30*

(All subject to change after I clean out the fridge/freezer today)

On My To-Do List

  1. Clean the entire house
  2. Laundry
  3. Clean out fridge/freezer
  4. Return books to library
  5. Still need to do on-line school enrollment for the boys
  6. Pay bills
  7. Schedule posts for 30 Days of Summer Series (didn’t do very good with it last week)
  8. Have G do more driving and help me with a computer sound file (2 separate items but I feel better lumping them together)
  9. Spend 10 minutes in each room doing a declutter
  10. Check calendar, respond to some event invitations, and mark out some no work days to spend with boys before school starts

In the Craft Basket

Flowers to grow (a Target clearance purchase), pictures to frame as well as part of an old tea towel. The embroidery on the towel looked great, the rest of it trashed so I cut the embroidery part off the towel. Thinking of framing it? (It’s a family heirloom thing or I’d have tossed the entire towel).

Looking Forward To

Working (I still love my job), Bunco on Tuesday night, seeing family this weekend…

Looking Around The House

Aside from needing a good cleaning and clearing, it’s the time/money conundrum for our projects. Thinking of giving myself a small budget to make one change in each room for the summer.

From The Camera

The problem with planting perennials when not a great gardener is deciding “are they weeds or flowers?” Glad I guessed flowers on these!  My garden is now full of cheerful yellows.

And my Blazing Star finally started blooming! 

Quotes For The Week

In reading a few posts on Facebook and general conversation, two bible verses popped into my (annoyed) head last week and during the weekend:

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? (Luke 6:41)

Judge not, that you be not judged. (Matthew 7:1)

And a quote to end my slight rant:

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation. (Henry Ward Beecher)


What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?



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8 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday, Working Summer Week

  1. Rachel

    I had to laugh at your chili comment. My hubby asked me when I was going to make chili again as he wanted some. I told him in the fall. LOL I can’t eat chili when it is 90+ degrees outside. Have a great week!
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    1. Jean Post author

      I’m with you on that! My mom, however, used to make chili even during the hottest months of the summer and I’d complain about it being too hot. However, it’s one of my youngest son’s favorite meals (I think the pickiest ones always have the strangest favorites) and he’s been asking for it. Hope you have a great week as well!

  2. Rebecca L Knox

    I always enjoy your posts, Jean! I found your to-do list and the way you handle some of the things on it to be particularly inspiring today (i.e. – marking out some days to spend with your boys). It seems that, at times, many of my days get taken up with stuff that really doesn’t matter and that, a lot of the time, the things (and people) that matter most get what’s leftover…and I know better. I know that I’ve got to live life on-purpose and always be on guard, but, after a while it seems that I slip off into the same old thing again. Thanks for the inspiration! Getting ready to mark out some days in August and September before my calendar gets full again! Have a nice day and a great week ahead! <3
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I certainly spend enough time on the wrong things by getting distracted (it’s almost 4 and my to-do list is mostly a big to-didn’t, LOL). Maybe I can get on track for the night. Hope you have a great week as well!

  3. sallie rainville

    I’m in awe of anyone who can blog while they are still a working woman…. I didn’t start until well after we were both retired. (Heck, they probably hadn’t even invented blogging back when I was still working!) Your URL says ‘sonotorganized’ and that is SO not true for you!!!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks, I’m pretty sporadic with it during busy work weeks. I actually started this when I was a stay at home mom with elementary/middle school aged kids. I put on a good show for being organized but mostly, I’m usually a mess 😉 Hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Jean Post author

      I’ve heard that about the hot beverage, didn’t know it worked with the cold though. Time to look at the to-do list again, mid-week and see what’s left or been neglected rather. Hope you’re having a great week as well!


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