Happy Homemaker Monday, The New Normal Begins

Our new normal begins this week. The county and our local cities start opening back up in phases. Not really sure what it all means. Really, I think everyone is a bit confused. However, it’s nice to think about getting out a bit again.

Sunrise today:

Been awhile since I was awake for a sunrise! Plan to try and get up at a more normal time this week. And maybe be productive, not watch TV for an hour. I also took a shower, ate breakfast, and spent some time outside getting a few photos. Now, it’s time join up with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for the Happy Homemaker Monday prompts.

The Weather

Wanted to get outside a bit this morning because the weather the rest of our week is pretty stinky! Already, the clouds are rolling around in the sky. We barely escaped at frost warning this morning as it was 41 degrees when we woke. In May! And there are chances of rain every.single.day. this week.  Just slight ones today but it’s only supposed to hit 53 degrees. Then, the rest of the week the chances for rain with strong storms increases. I’m glad to see that the temperature does also at least with highs in the 70’s again (a lot more normal for this time of year).

How I Am Feeling This Morning

Like I drank a bit too much coffee this morning. A bit restless, lots on my mind. Oh, look at the next category!

On My Mind

Cautious optimism for a new normal this summer. I’m ready to get out of the house but I still feel strange about it all. Thinking ahead to the fall and winter and wondering if we’ll be on a repeat loop of this shut down stuff. Wondering what we should do to prepare for it. Christmas shopping. One of my 20 in 2020 was to buy 2 presents each month. Current total on that: 0. Thinking I really should get on it in case of another quarantine situation. As well as stock the freezer. My work. Jury duty in June. My house should be spotless but it’s far from it. Uh, did I mention I drank a bit too much coffee this morning?

On My To Do List

  1. Have J figure out his schoolwork priorities (it’s the technical last week)
  2. Also, have J gather his items to return to school (books, band tux, etc). On the 18th, they’re having a drive-up to pick up/drop off of supplies.
  3. Wash our face masks (I need to figure out an easy way to do this. Any tips?)
  4. Check in with J’s private baritone instructor to see how/if he plans to proceed with lessons
  5. Order some Christmas presents (see rambling thoughts above)

On My Breakfast Plate

The usual, a Chobani Flip yogurt (peach cobbler flavor) and too much coffee

On My Reading Pile

Finished my current book, One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow by Olivia Hawker. Didn’t really expect to like it and ended up loving it! I’ll probably write a proper review over on Goodreads later. Seemed to be just the book I needed to read for our current circumstances.

TV Viewing

We watched Terminator on regular TV one night. I do love that movie for some weird reason. Other than that, I caved and watched Tales From the Loop on Amazon, really kind of enjoyed it though my husband didn’t last the first episode. And I’ve been working my way through the Spring Baking Championship on Hulu, a nice, positive little cooking show.

On The Menu This Week

While it’s the time of year we should be enjoying quick, simple things, the weather keeps crying out for warm, fall comfort foods. Add in the meat shortage thing and I don’t even know what to plan. Oh, and I want to go to the store though I should wait it out one more week. Might try to plan around the pantry a bit this week.

MONDAY: (depends on whether my son has a baritone lesson tonight) turkey hot dogs, sweet potato fries, strawberry brownies (leftover dessert from yesterday) (LUNCH: leftover BBQ from yesterday)

TUESDAY: Waffles, bacon and sausage (leftovers in fridge) (LUNCH: popcorn chicken)

WEDNESDAY: Spaghetti (pasta of some sort anyway), salad, garlic bread (LUNCH: ham sandwiches)

THURSDAY: Roast in the crock pot (carry over from last week) (LUNCH: soup maybe?)

FRIDAY: Teriyaki Chicken (from freezer) (LUNCH: Burritos from freezer)

From The Camera

I’m waiting impatiently for this random bloom in the front yard. Anyone know what this is going to be?  My husband set up his hunting blind in the backyard for me to take bird photos that weren’t through the backdoor glass. We’ve been especially enamored with these backyard guests:

Rose-breasted grosbeak

One morning we had no less than 7 of them milling around under the feeders!

Looking Around The House

Needs a good cleaning.

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

See above

To Relax This Week I Will

For Mother’s Day, the boys pooled some Nintendo gift cards to give me Animal Crossing: New Horizons and helped me get started.  So I’ll escape to Jeansland for a bit.

On My Prayer List

Family, friends, strangers. A smooth restart to our new normal and an end to this pandemic.

Quote For The Week

“Make hay while the sun shines” 

(English proverb though I think of the Little House on the Prairie books with this one.)


Is your area starting to re-open? What are your plans for the week?




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14 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday, The New Normal Begins

  1. Schotzy

    Praying as the new normal materializes and that the co-vid doesn’t rear its awful head once again. Take extra care! THis is such a strange time.. I go form one day to next not really sure how I feel about it all, we can only trust God to see us through and pray we can be His hands and feet to help others as He directs! God bless!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I think we’re all very uncertain with this. Hopefully, the virus will pass sooner than later. Happy Tuesday!

  2. Jo Unbehaun

    Oh, man, do I ever hear you about too much coffee.
    The weather here is downright weird right now. We’ve had frost warnings for most of the last week, and we’re under a nightly freeze warning until Thursday, ugh.
    Let’s hope things normalize soon, in every category.
    Have a beautiful week.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. It’s definitely been strange weather here as well. I’m certainly not accustomed to grabbing a sweatshirt during mornings in mid-May. Usually by this time, we’re all wearing shorts. Hope you have a great week as well!

  3. Lucie

    We are like you … starting to open up slowly. I too have been wondering about Fall and Christmas season, think alot of online will be done or homemade gifts.

    Have a great week

    1. Jean Post author

      It seems so strange to have things opening again. Quite a few people remain cautious and aren’t really venturing out (I haven’t yet myself except to grab bird seed at a store that’s been open all along). I flip/flop between wanting to focus on just enjoying summer and wanting to be ready for another few months at home. Hope you are feeling even better today and have a great week!

  4. Rachel

    Here things are supposed to be able to open today. We shall see how it all goes. Personally, I plan on keeping on like we have been. The only difference it that I did make a hair appointment when they called yesterday to see if I wanted one. It is after Memorial Day so we shall see. I don’t know it is just a weird time. Everything is weird– how I feel about the virus, doing school at home, trying to figure out what we should/shouldn’t be doing, the weather, etc. Like you, my house needs a good cleaning and I am not looking forward to that. LOL I do hope that you have a good week!

    1. Jean Post author

      I don’t really see too much changing for us either. My son does get to start his music lessons again next week if all goes well. I’m happy about that. I have a hair appointment booked for mid-month and am excited. Oddly enough, getting a haircut was one of the last things I did before everything shut down so it seems right that it would be one of the first things I do with everything opening up again. A weird time indeed, who would have thought we’d be living during an actual pandemic (I’m old enough to remember the AIDS pandemic but it was nothing like this!). Hope you are on your way to a wonderful week!

  5. Tamy

    So ironic, I have a random bloom coming up also and am not at all sure where it came from. Mine’s a calla lily I think, but it’s in my zucchini bed of all places. Glad you’re getting a new normal, but I think you’re right – it’s ALL very confusing and we’re going to try and wait it all out a few weeks as there will be nothing normal about it! Have a GREAT week.

    1. Jean Post author

      I think it’s that time of year for random blooms. I’m still waiting to see what this little flower might be. We had enough rain that the peonies all finally opened but this ones holding out. That’s the thing, there’s nothing normal about any of it. Hope you’ve had a fantastic week!

  6. Carrie@northwoods scrapbook

    Hi Sweetie!
    Sorry I’m so late this week – but still wanted to say a quick hello! I feel wary of things too – and you probably saw my state (WI) made national news for vetoing the state order to hold out longer and so many places opened up. Just whacky! I think if everyone does things differently than they used to for now (wear masks, wash and sanitize much more, keep some distance even when out) we could create a safe new normal. I just pray an awful lot too! Lol That helps me feel better. Love the gorgeous photos!!
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    1. Jean Post author

      I did see that although please, forgive me if I sometimes get mixed up and think of you as in Minnesota. (Hoping that’s not a huge faux pas like here when you think all things kc are in Kansas, LOL). Anyway, I think areas where they tried to make blanket orders might have had a harder time. Hoping things don’t get too crazy for you! And you reminded me that I need to go on my search for spray hand sanitizer (darn pandemic, I was using this stuff well before it came along and now I can’t find it. UGH). Hope you have had an amazingly wonderful week up there in Wisconsin! 🙂

  7. Monique

    It’s weird to start thinking we can head back out again. Our state opens on Friday. I’m still not sure what that all means. I guess time will tell. I love finding new blooms. I had a new white flower this spring. I guess a bird decided to drop me a present. Hope you have a good week!

    1. Jean Post author

      I find the birds often leave little presents like that in our yard. Our local area (like most urban areas, I think) is opening back up in phases. We’re in phase one and hopefully, that goes well enough for moving on to phase 2. Hope you’ve had a great week!

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