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.
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.
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
- Have J figure out his schoolwork priorities (it’s the technical last week)
- 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.
- Wash our face masks (I need to figure out an easy way to do this. Any tips?)
- Check in with J’s private baritone instructor to see how/if he plans to proceed with lessons
- 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.
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:
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
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?