Happy Monday! It’s a cool September morning around here. And with my husband at work, plus both boys at school, I have a quiet house to myself. So I’m sitting here with the windows open, drinking my coffee, and working on this post.
Did you add that glorious morning bit to your title just so you could add this picture of your morning glories? Yes, yes I did. Aren’t they glorious? I waited a long time for these blooms! Okay, now let’s get back to the serious business of planning the week ahead. Happy as always to join with Sandra’s blog for her fabulous, inspiring and encouraging link up. Check it out here: Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.
The Weather In My Neck Of The Woods
I mentioned above this morning it’s picture perfect out there. A bit chilly but the sun is shining and it’s 62 degrees. Later today and this week, low to mid 80’s with a slight chance of rain for the weekend.
Things That Make Me Happy
All the late-blooming wildflowers growing along the side of the roads. Sunflowers, goldenrod, yellow cone flowers, lots of others I couldn’t identify.
Book I’m Reading
Still reading A World In Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order by Richard Haass. It’s interesting and refreshingly non-partisan.
What’s On My TV Today
Not sure. Need to see if any new fall shows premiere this week.
On The Menu For Dinner
A carry-over meal: ham steaks, sweet potatoes, maybe salads and tomatoes. Might make a dessert.
On The Menu This Week
MONDAY: See above
TUESDAY: Popcorn shrimp, baked potatoes or maybe rice, salads, garlic toast *G has early band practice*
WEDNESDAY: Chicken legs, salad *I work 9:00-12:30* *MNO*
THURSDAY: Roast in crock pot made into BBQ sandwiches, frozen French fries *G has evening band practice*
FRIDAY: OUT (we’ll eat at the high school football game) *I work 7:45-12:30* *Football game*
On My To-Do List
- The usual: Clean out fridge, grocery store, laundry
- Make another list (ha!) of home projects to-do
- Mow the lawn
- Pay a few bills
- Work on some blog stuff (edit photos, blog post ideas)
- Get things together for charity truck donation
New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try Soon
Thinking of trying to make my late aunt’s bread pudding recipe using cinnamon bread.
In The Craft Basket
I might have something once I make my big to-do list of home projects.
Looking Forward To
A peaceful, quiet day spent at home. (Except for the side trip I must take to the grocery store!)
Tips And Tricks
Sometimes I take a cotton ball (or damp paper towel wadded up…more likely around here) and add several drops of peppermint and lemon to it. Then, place it in one of the car vents. Makes a refreshing scent to help wake up on tired mornings.
Lesson Learned The Past Few Days
Our kids might be okay. The boys stayed home alone. We arrived home to find the house still standing (whew!) and the cat alive (sigh of relief!) as well as two kids who were perfectly fine without us (tears!). Next time we might leave them a few ground rules about having friends staying over (thankfully, they’re all good kids so no funny business or they were smart enough to hide any evidence at least).
Also, I learned it might be important to check the cell phone coverage of a location before traveling out-of-town. No cell service (at least on our network) in the park! We had to drive 7 miles into town to call the kids. We did stay at the parks lodge and conference center so we were able to give the boys the landline number to our room in case of an emergency.
On My Mind
Still thinking (I should be doing!) about getting the house all cleaned and cleared out for the fall/winter seasons. Overhead a man in Target last week telling his son that the Farmer’s Almanac predicted this to be one of the worst winters in history. Don’t they always say that?
Quote For The Week
This seems appropriate given the significance of tomorrow’s date:
United we stand, divided we fall. (Aesop)
I will certainly never forget taking a walk with my 4 month old son, 17 years ago, stopping to chat with neighbors about a plane “accidentally” flying into one of the world trade towers. Returning from my walk, flipping the TV back on and discovering the news about the second plane and how none of it was an accident.
What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?