Happy Homemaker Monday, Happy Fall!

Happy Fall! Surprisingly, it arrived right on time for us. Crisp sunny days, cooler nights, and open windows to start the season.

And of course, a busy weekend! Not so much for us as for kids. Isn’t that the way it goes? Friday night, G went to the rivalry high school football game, J hung out quite a while at a neighborhood friend’s house, my husband worked late, and I read my book (Whew, I’m exciting!).


We had the first marching band festival of the season (the last first..pass, the tissues). The band placed fourth overall, not bad considering the competition. And apparently, they put them in the wrong division during the preliminary contest (with bigger schools) where they placed 2nd! So, G’s senior year of marching band is off to a great start!


We had a bit of a slower day. G drove me to Target so we could stop by the gas station and I could help him with putting gas in his car. (That should be a part of driver’s education, I think) The $$ going into the tank seemed to shock him a bit.  I watched the Chief’s game (my husband had to help a friend) while the boys did whatever my non-sports kids do (I know J serenaded me with the Jurassic Park theme on his euphonium during part of the game). In the late afternoon/evening, I drove out to my sister in law’s house to practice for our other sister in law’s upcoming wedding. Overall, not a bad weekend!

Now, that I’ve finished with my weekend report, it’s time to move on to this week. Happy as always to be joining in with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom. If you blog, join in, it’s a fun way to plan the week!

The Weather In My Neck Of The Woods 

If it were a candle scent, we’d call it perfect fall. High of 81 predicted today, might be a bit too high for some but the rest of the week is all lower to mid 70’s. Slight chance of rain this afternoon or tomorrow.

What kind of winter do you suppose this guy’s predicting?

Things That Make Me Happy

Hot coffee on cool, fall mornings.

Book I’m Reading

Not my typical style of book but I couldn’t pass up this  “delicious” title at the library:  Goodbye Cruller World by Ginger Bolton. (It’s a murder mystery and surprisingly not bad though I kept my expectations low)

What’s On My TV Today

The Walking Dead on Netflix! Finally, a new season added (Guilty pleasure)

On The Menu For Dinner

I’m going to make a lasagna and not from a box. Hopefully, they won’t all hate it.

On The Menu This Week

Need to make a grocery run today but also want to work with what we already have in the house.

MONDAY: Lasagna, salad, bread sticks (made from hotdog buns)

TUESDAY: BLT’s , French Fries *G has early morning band practice*

WEDNESDAY: Danish meatballs, salad *G has early morning band practice* *I have a hair appt*

THURSDAY: Something with chicken (detailed, huh? I may also switch this up with Wednesday) *G has evening band practice**I may go help with the band parents cooking in the evening*

FRIDAY: Probably, pizza. Maybe fish. *Both boys are off school for a teacher work day*

On My To-Do List

Too much. I keep thinking of that line from Top Gun, “Your ego’s writing checks your body can’t cash”  Still making my list:

  1. Usual stuff: clean out fridge/freezer/grocery store/laundry
  2. Clean the house, focusing on flat surfaces and floors
  3. Pare down more clothes (worked on my dresser last week)
  4. Take and inventory of what is actually in the fridge/freezer and prep stuff
  5. Go get grass seed and get it in yard before rain comes
  6. Get out fall decor
  7. Work on clearing out some papers/clutter
  8. Take book (I checked out a 14 day hold) to library
  9. Make master list of all the home projects I want to finish
  10. Blogging, make list of possible posts for 31 Days Series

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try Soon

Adapted the pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe from an old PTA magazine to make pumpkin spice cookies last week. The Danish meatballs are a new recipe I’m trying this week.

In The Craft Basket

Still nothing.

Looking Forward To

Traveling out-of-town to the marching band competition this Saturday.

Photo  Lesson Learned The Past Few Days

Had to remind myself of this one last night. What is right for my marriage and family does not have to be identical to everyone else.  When two highly independent (and completely opposite) people get together and stay together for 26+ years (married 20), it’s not because they do almost everything together. Sometimes I forget this and worry when I hear/see other couples doing almost everything together. Then, I have to remember…that would drive me crazy as I’m a space-needing person who likes to be around people (don’t try to figure that out…).

Quote For The Week

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore seeing we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily ensnare us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 


What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?




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14 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday, Happy Fall!

  1. LeeAnna Paylor

    you found your person. I found my person, and sometimes I’m still irritated at habits that are so opposite to mine even though he’s exactly the person I need and want! I must remind myself when he won’t talk, that I needed peace and reliability not a talk show host! Etc. We’re the lucky ones to find a match.

    I haven’t even written my post today but had to come read yours.
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  2. Stacy Duncan

    Love your photos and your top gun quote… oh my sounds like me! I also totally agree with you that one thing that is right for someone else’s family is not right for yours! We are all different, and if you guys are happy then you’re doing it right! Glad you are getting some cool perfect fall days, and I hope your family loves your lasagna! I’m sure that they will 🙂

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I’m hoping they like it, making it a bit different this time. They’ll be salad and bread for them if not 🙂 Hope your week is off to a great start!

    1. Jean Post author

      You are having my kind of weather 🙂 I’m sure we’ll have a few more summer like days around here before we have full-on fall weather. Hope your Monday is going well.

  3. Rebecca Knox

    It never ceases to amaze me, Jean, how similarly we post sometimes. I love your pic of the wooly-worm! Check out the one I videoed this weekend munching away on white crown beard. It’s in today’s HMM post, as well. I don’t know if I’ve told you this or not, but chickory is one of my favorite wildflowers and it’s the one I miss most from back home. Occasionally, I see a sprig of it here or there down here, but not often. I do love and miss it and it’s the wildflower that I have most often sketched when doodling or drawing. Thank for including a photo of it in this week’s post. Love your lesson learned and that’s the second time that Hebrews 12:1 has been before my eyes in the last few hours. Thanks for sharing! Blessing for a beautiful week ahead! <3

    1. Jean Post author

      Oh, I meant to tell you…I couldn’t get your video to work for me. Not sure if it’s this end or not. I know it’s supposedly a myth but I do wonder if the lighter brown means a harsher winter? Usually when I see them around the house, they’re almost black. That one was out at George Owens Nature Park. Is chickory the flower I see along the highways? I absolutely love it! Debating trying to plant some next spring/summer. Hope you have an amazing week!

  4. Lucie

    Yes all marriages don’t have to be the same. Me and my husband are always together but then I see my daughter with her boyfriend and they each do their thing and are very happy about it. All is good as long as people care for each other.
    Have a great week

  5. Sherry Jolly

    I loved everything about marching band when I was in school! Not a single one of my kids joined band! Boo! I’m loving our cooler weather – and had my first vanilla chai latte the other morning. Yum. I only drink them in fall and winter!

    Have a wonderful week!

    1. Jean Post author

      You sound like me, the weather has to be just right for certain foods/drinks. My kids are both in band (marching band doesn’t start til high school but it looks like my youngest is also on that path) and I knew nothing about it in high school other than watching the show. Having a kid in band certainly gives a new appreciation/admiration of how hard those in band work. Hope you have a wonderful week as well!

  6. Carrie@northwoods scrapbook

    Hi Sweetie!

    Yay for G’s marching band – that’s awesome! You and I are both going to suffer a lot of those “lasts” this year, aren’t we?? ::sigh::

    I bet your lasagna will be awesome! And love your marriage words of wisdom. So true …do what works for you as a couple and don’t compare. Love your photos too! That caterpillar though – has me worried as a person of the north what kind of winter is waiting. Yikes! Lol

    Blessings on your week xo

    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, I’m afraid it’s going to be a bit of a bittersweet year. My lasagna was not such a hit, think I need a do-over. Already have plans to make it “proper” during hunting season (my husband isn’t a fan of some of the main ingredients needed like ricotta cheese). Uh oh, do you know something about what my caterpillar is saying? A cold front did move in here overnight… Hope your having a terrific week & a wonderful Wednesday so far!


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