Happy Homemaker Monday, First Day of School Here

Something had to give last week. And it was blogging. Worked even longer days than planned. And I just needed some quiet (even from myself) at the end of most days last week into the weekend. It wasn’t a bad week at all, just tiring. 

And now it’s Monday again! This week, (so far) I’m not scheduled to work nearly as much. However, it’s still a bit of a crazy one around here. Today J started his first day of 10th grade.

Our school is doing a hybrid plan so he’s in person this week, at home next week. It’s exciting and scary all at once. Hopeful that this plan works and he has a great year. (Our local district is one of only a handful starting this early, most pushed back until September. However, they had a successful summer school session doing this so I’m cautiously optimistic. That said, I may or may not have shed a few tears on the way home after dropping him off this morning. It’s an emotional thing for all parents and the teachers!).

Let’s go ahead and see what the week ahead might look like for the first week of school. Joining in with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather 

Hot. Our weeks seem to alternate between cooler fall-like temps and hot regular summer weather. We’re on a hot week. Highs in the low 90’s all week with a slight chance of thunderstorms on Thursday night. Back to actually needing rain in these parts.

How I’m Feeling This Morning

A bit on edge, just a hint of anxiety about J being back in school. Little tired, we were both up at 5 a.m. (how I know my non-morning person son was excited to go back this morning)

On My Mind

I’m a bit all over the place this morning, thinking of how a lot of the Corona stuff doesn’t make sense (in this area anyway). Example: J can carry a reusable water bottle all day (water fountains off at school) but must bring his lunch in a sack. Thinking of all the things I’d like to get done today (cleaning), J’s lesson tonight and whether I’ll have the energy after to go to Mom’s Night Out (outside) late. A bit of frustration with my new camera (just need to learn more but I’m not patient).

However, I guess I should re-frame things. I’m grateful J is getting to go to school in person to start. I love going to J’s lessons and reading my books. The weather is nice for outside gatherings. And I know I’m lucky to have a new camera.

On My To Do List

  1. Clean the house!
  2. Pick up the camera every day (still need to do the warranty cards as well)
  3. Post on the blog every day this week that I’m not at work (so far only Thursday)
  4. Sort out fridge/freezer (how do they get in such a mess so fast?)
  5. Fix on-line calendar, need to take out lots of band practices, events. Kind of depressing for things we’re missing to keep popping up on there.

On My Breakfast Plate

Made J and my husband cinnamon rolls this morning (from a can, don’t get excited I’m not that ambitious) but I still ate my usual flip yogurt along with drinking probably way too much coffee.

On My Reading Pile

Reading one called The Last Monument by Michael C. Grumley. Fairly interesting mystery that feels like a combination of several books I’ve read previously. It starts with a mysterious delayed letter, goes back in time to World War 2 and the Monuments Men, then we trek off to South America on a search for more clues. Has a James Rollins/Douglas Preston feel to it.

On My TV

Netflix added Lucifer season 5 (the first half of it anyway) so I may or may not have watched all 8 episodes over the weekend. I was a little concerned they’d mess it up (season 4 was to be the end) but they did a good job and I really enjoyed it!

On The Menu This Week

MONDAY:  Pork chops and baked potatoes *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30* *I might go to Mom’s Night Out after*

TUESDAY: Sheet pan chicken and veggies with rice (trying a new recipe)

WEDNESDAY: Hawaiian pulled pork sandwiches (pork already cooked in freezer)

THURSDAY: Enchilada chicken in the crock pot *I work 12-6* *J has band practice 6-8:30**G works*

FRIDAY: Chili (J requested this, I think it’s still way too hot outside!) *G works*

From The Camera 

Since I missed even my bird-watching post last week, here’s the bird from the photo under my weather heading. Think this is a Mississippi Kite.

Saw it at a local park where my husband and I were the only ones out for a walk. Tip: maybe don’t go to a park without lots of shade at 1 p.m. when it’s 93 degrees outside. Been seeing a lot more butterflies. 

Looking Around The House

Needs a good cleaning as always. Planning to start a fall cleaning countdown tomorrow if you’d like to join me.

On My Prayer List

All the students, teachers, and staff in our local district starting school today whether virtual or on-line. And of course, all the parents! Family, friends, strangers. Our country.

Quote For The Week

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  (Proverbs 3:5)


What are your plans for the week ahead?


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16 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday, First Day of School Here

  1. Tamy

    Sorry you had such a tiring week. I’m finding that just “BEING” right now with all the unknowns is tiring so I can only imagine having kids in school and at home so much is even more so coupled with working. I’m praying the “hybrid” plan works. This is all so scary for everyone, but parents in particular. I especially love the butterfly photo and hope you’re enjoying the new camera. Have a GREAT week.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks, it was all mostly good stuff just a lot of longer days. Yes, I really do hope this hybrid plan works, they still have to wear masks, get temp checked before entering the building, etc but it’s nice to have a small feel of normal. Hope you have a great week as well!

    1. Jean Post author

      I love seeing the herons fly over head, don’t see them very often but always love it when one happens by. I think we’re all wondering just how “special” this school year is going to be. Thankful to have one kind of in the middle of his high school years. Couldn’t imagine trying to navigate all this and switching schools (from elementary to middle or middle to high school) as well. And oh those poor kindergarten parents. Hardest for them I’m sure. Hope you have a wonderful week as well!

  2. Eileen


    Scary times, I feel for all the students, teachers and workers at the schools. I hope the hybrid plan works for your son’s school. I know the students would like to be taught in person and also be able to see their friends. Love the butterfly, flowers and the Kite. Great photos. Take care, enjoy your day! Wishing you a great new week!

    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, it sure is a little scary. I know the teachers and workers (and administrators) are doing all they can to keep the kids safe while still giving them the education they’re used to getting. It’s such a balance. I feel for everyone. Thank you. Hope you have a great week as well!

  3. Schotzy

    I absolutely love your beautiful photos you added in today! I miss so much .. just havent been going outside much this year… I know I saw a monarch flutter past my window. I should have grabbed my camera!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I try to make myself go outside if only for a few minutes every day. Really helps my mood. Hopefully, many more monarchs flutter by your window. Hope you have a great week!

  4. Rachel

    You are not the only momma on edge with anxiety about this coming school year! My kids start back tomorrow also on hybrid model. However our model is the district is split into 2 groups… Group A goes to the school buildings Tuesday and Thursday and then does virtual on Wednesdays and Fridays. Group B goes to the school buildings Wednesdays and Fridays and then does virtual Tuesdays and Thursdays. Everyone does virtual on Mondays. We shall see how this goes. I am a wreck thinking about it. I hope your son has a great year! Your quote is very fitting for these times! I hope you have a good week and are able to get some rest.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Hopefully, all will go well for your kids tomorrow. That’s quite the hybrid plan. Here I was worried about getting weeks mixed up, wow lots of days to keep track of for you. Thank you. Hoping to get lots done at home this week. We’ll see. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Jean Post author

      Actually, this week (so far) is not near as busy as other weeks. Normally, this week would be full of early morning and late night band practices on top of everything else. Just one late night band practice (and it’s a maybe) and one work day. I’ll take it for now 🙂 Thank you. Hope you have a great week as well!

  5. Kenneth C Schneider

    I can’t believe that we are about to go into the seventh month of seclusion..Our granddaughters are living with the uncertainties of whether and how the hybrid plans will work, as they go to different high schools. Stay safe and I do hope your child has a good experience.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. The first day seems to have went off without a hitch. So many different plans, hopefully the ones for your granddaughters work well and they also stay safe. It certainly does seem as if this virus is lasting forever. I keep reminding myself all this insanity (for lack of a better word) won’t last forever. It might not end as soon as we’d like but it will end eventually. Hope you have a great week!

  6. Jo Unbehaun

    You are giving that camera a good workout already! I saw a red-tailed hawk today 🙂
    I hope you have a great week!

    1. Jean Post author

      I’m trying to pick it up as much as I can and get used to it. Quite a few differences between it and the one I was using. Always fun seeing hawks! Hope you have a great week as well!

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