Happy Homemaker Monday In The Merry Month Of May

Aren’t we all hoping this is going to be a good month? 

Currently, it feels about as surreal as the month of March. I think the weather this morning is adding to my feelings as it’s fairly gloomy. 

On a positive note, our area starts tentatively opening again this week. Our whole state, today. Some counties today as well. Our local area, however, is still on lock down for another week.

Let’s just look at the week ahead and see if it looks any different than the one we just left. Linking up with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather

Gloomy and green cast. The world has the weird coloring of the impending spring thunderstorm. We’re under a severe thunderstorm watch until this afternoon.

The rest of the week shows 60’s and varying chances of rain. Means they have no idea. Might be rainy all week or it might be beautiful.

How I Am Feeling This Morning

Better after I’ve showered. Woke up a bit tired. Weird since I woke up quite a bit later than normal. Guessing I didn’t sleep well. Of course, I’ve been going to bed a bit later so that could also explain it. Missing the sunshine very much. Keeping positive amid a global pandemic is much harder under gloomy skies.

On My Mind

My work. I miss it. J’s school. He won’t admit it but he misses it, too I think. I’m sure he misses band class at least. Wondering if it’s too early to take a nap.

On My To Do List

  1. Check in with my work (I’m scheduled for Friday but probably not needed)
  2. Work on the flower garden (if it isn’t too rainy)
  3. Help J keep on his school work (it’s a fine balancing act here)
  4. Laundry/clean house (always)
  5. Find some motivation

On My Breakfast Plate

Benefit of sleeping late on a gloomy day. Husband was up early and made breakfast so I had a pancake and sausage along with my coffee.

On My Reading Pile

I read Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Didn’t really care for the author but her descriptions of the trail were interesting and it did make me a bit nostalgic for the 90’s (However, I do realize it’s odd to use a blog platform to miss a time prior to social media and mainstream blogging.) It was the last library book I had left (not counting several children’s books about the grasslands) so it was nice to pick up a “real” book.

Since I enjoyed reading a “real” book so much, I went and raided our bookshelves here for something I hadn’t read. Finished Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger last night. G kept amused at my face as I read the book from his high school sophomore honors English class. Not one of my favorite reads.

TV Viewing

Watched the final installment (almost 3 hours of sub-titles!) of my Millennium trilogy movies, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. I liked that book the best and that movie the least. Found myself really disappointed by how they developed Erica Berger’s character in the movies (she’s a side character but they didn’t get her right at all to the point it annoyed me).

Spent my Friday night watching La La Land as I’d never seen it. It was okay. Not something I’m itching to watch again. My husband and I enjoyed watching Upload on Amazon Prime though I do wish Amazon Prime focused more on making new seasons of their current shows than constantly throwing the new shows out there.

On The Menu This Week

Went grocery shopping last night so probably a pretty standard fare as far as our menus go.

MONDAY: Pork chops, sweet potatoes, salad (lunch: leftover pizza)

TUESDAY: Taco salads (What else would we have?) (lunch: peanut butter sandwiches)

WEDNESDAY: BLT’s, sweet potato fries (lunch: leftovers probably)

THURSDAY: Bar-B-Que Baked Chicken, corn, salad (lunch: scrambled eggs, toast)

FRIDAY: Roast in the crock pot (lunch: baked potatoes)

From The Camera

We finally got our garden tilled on Saturday.

So yesterday afternoon, we went to see about some seedlings and ended up mostly with seeds. However, I was happy to find my little blue flowers! 

Going to have to make my own hanging basket this year but that’s okay.

Glad I had an extra empty hanging basket from last year!

Looking Around The House

It’s dark! The rain’s here along with some hail. I just returned to this post after running outside to grab my little flowers pictured above and bring them inside.

Chore I’m Not Looking Forward To Today Or This Week

Discussing school work with J.

To Relax This Week I Will

Watch my birds, maybe bake something, turn on some music.

On My Prayer List

A friend who lost her mother last week (not to the virus), all the workers considered essential, family, strangers. An end to this crazy global pandemic.

Quote For The Week

How about a song instead?


What are your plans for this (hopefully) very merry month of May?

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14 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday In The Merry Month Of May

  1. Carol

    I’m feeling pretty much the same as you, today. I felt pretty good this weekend, and I do think the sunshine helped. Now we are back with gloomy skies, and it is not exactly motivating. I was not a big fan of Catcher in the Rye, either! I was the only one on my Sophomore English class who disliked it. Reread it a few years ago and still felt the same. Anyway, here is hoping your week perks up!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Our sun came out today and I feel so much better! Can’t tell you how vindicated I felt to see my old high school composition teacher give the same “3 star” rating to that book on Goodreads as I had. LOL! Hope you are getting some sunshine today as well!

  2. Rebecca Knox

    Greetings, Jean! We had sunshine this morning, then storms. More storms expected this afternoon with a possibility of tornadoes. When I was in Casey’s while ago they were letting people get their own stuff out of the cases which has been a no-no since all this started, so hang tight. Things are starting to open up. We got our garden tilled up Saturday, too. Actually, my cousin tilled it for us, but, the point is, it’s out there. Now…for it to dry up enough to get out there and plant. Could be a while! I love the blue flowers! They’re so pretty! I hope you have a nice week. Keep looking up, my friend! The best is yet to come! Blessings! <3
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! The hummingbirds like to visit my little blue flowers (found out their called blue lobelia) in the mornings sometimes. So glad I found them. Hope your Tuesday is off to a terrific start!

  3. Carrie@northwoods scrapbook

    Happy Monday Jean!
    Sorry for your gloomy weather. I’m with you that when it’s gray and blah, it definitely doesn’t help with mood. But your flowers look lovely and I’m excited for you to start your gardening. I can’t wait to dig in the dirt!
    I saw La La Land in the theater and I didn’t think it was anything that special either. I liked the book Wild – but I haven’t seen the movie yet. I’d like to catch it one of these days and see how that is in relation to the book.
    I hope your weather improves and that you hang in there Sweetie! Have a blessed week ahead. ☀️
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    1. Jean Post author

      Sun came out today so it’s all good. Except the need to mow the front yard again 😉 I didn’t know there was a movie based on that book. Interesting. Happy Tuesday!

  4. DaydreamsInTheDesert

    I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be in lockdown. We have been lucky here, my state has seen a total of 28 cases, 0 deaths. All 28 cases are travellers who arrived already ill, there has been no community transmission. We have closed our borders, and are limited to 10 people at a gathering, and most workplaces are working from home, or like my son at the library, they are still going to work but are closed to the public. We lived in the most isolated place in the country, and are homebodies anyway as there is not much to do here, so very little change for us. My son already studies online, there are no good schooling options here, his entire school life has been online. I feel for those people who are used to going out and being active, it must be very hard for them right now. Your flowers look so pretty, one thing I am always envious of, living in the desert, nothing grows lol!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Glad your area has not been so hard hit. It’s certainly an adjustment to stay home. My kids are sort of homebodies but I do miss the routine of the school days. Thank you. I’d definitely miss my flowers! Of course, I don’t think I’d miss the freezing cold and super snowy days quite as much 😉 Hope you’re having a great week so far.

  5. Sallie

    We’ve had some nice days interspersed with rainy ones, so the weather, for this time of year in Western
    Oregon, has been good and we can walk the river paths in our neighborhood and visit parks … that really helps. I even walked with my daughter last week (at the prescribed distance… so good. (We are both in the “vulnerable” age group … I tell ya, you know you’re elderly when your children are also classified in that group, even if just barely). …… walking, reading, and cooking.. and blogging about it all … and keeping in touch with family and friends by phone, Facebook, texts …. so far haven’t really had time to be bored. (Although, I sure do need a haircut.).
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    1. Jean Post author

      Glad you’ve been able to get out and see family as well. I think we are all ready to get a haircut 🙂 Hope you are having a great week so far!

  6. Sandra

    Your description of the weather, made me laugh LOL

    I’m thankful to be in Texas, our state opened up on Friday, but I do feel for those States that are in indefinite lockdowns.

    Love your garden pictures, I’ve been pottering around my garden too, it is so relaxing and calming. Hope you have a blessed week.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Our area began opening this week a bit. Should be interesting. I’m certainly ready though still not sure how it’s all going to look. Yes, being outside and working with my flowers and in the garden has been such a help during all this. Hope your week is going well so far!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! It’s been an up and down week with motivation (sunny days alternating with rainy ones, suppose you can guess which days I had motivation). Happy Friday!

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