Happy Homemaker Monday, Mid-Month

A little shocked to realize it’s already mid-September. When exactly did that happen?

I’ve been a bit all over the place this morning trying to get a few things done. Since it’s already after 9 AM, thought it time to start my post!

Joining in as usual with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for her Happy Homemaker Monday link up.  Let’s just get straight to it. (I noticed she changed up a few categories so I am following suit).

First, as always we look at…

The Weather 

After a week of cold, gloom, and rain, we’re getting a week of pretty much perfection. Sunny and in the upper 70’s to low 80’s all week long. Sold! Hope it helps the garden items grow. 

How I’m Feeling This Morning

Tired. Didn’t sleep well thanks to a certain teenager who woke me up by being too loud on a video game about midnight. And again when I woke up as the angry “GO TO BED!” parent a bit later. Being tired makes it hard to focus on the things I need to do as well. Certain video game system may find a special bed in our room tonight.

On My Mind

A little bit of everything. Dealing with teenager mentioned above (The high school student. Thankfully, the college student is usually pretty quiet and considerate late at night.). Cleaning and errands I need to accomplish this week. An upcoming trip with my husband (delayed from March) that now interferes with on-line work training I just signed on to do. Always something!

On My To Do List

  1. Pay Bills
  2. Usual House Cleaning and Laundry
  3. Fall Countdown Cleaning (If you’re following along, let’s just make today another catch up day)
  4. Camera homework for free on-line course. Need to look at lesson again, did not understand it.
  5. Grocery store/maybe Target/general shopping/still want to get bulbs but need to find somewhere they don’t sell in crazy bulk amounts. Thanks Home Depot but I don’t need 50 daffodil bulbs at a time!

On My Breakfast Plate

Cinnamon swirl bagel with butter and of course, coffee. Always coffee.

On My Reading Pile

I finished The Son and Heir: A Memoir by Alexander Munninghoff last week. Still on a bit of a reading frenzy.

Thank goodness for the Kindle Unlimited as it’s helping me not miss the library as much. However, I do very much miss going in the library and browsing the shelves. More than I’d ever thought. Miss seeing the “new and notable” section, wandering over to the librarian suggests shelves (found lots of great reads that way) and walking among the shelves to see what peaks my curiosity.

Moving on, here are the other 3 books I read last week. Funny thing, I accidentally downloaded The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith but found I enjoyed it. So, I went ahead and read the sequel, The Glamourist.  Not quite as enjoyable as it read a bit more like Harry Potter fan fiction set in France. Still timely a timely read for the fall and I’ll probably read the 3rd in the series once it’s released.

The final book I read over the weekend was The Village Shop For Lonely Hearts (Riverside Lane #1) by Alison Sherlock.  Ideally, I should have read it during the gloomy, rainy days instead of over a sunny weekend. A perfect light and optimistic read.  It came as a suggestion from a Facebook post shared by How to Hygge the British Way.  

Now, I just need something to read during J’s baritone lesson tonight. I’ll see what mood strikes me later this afternoon.

On My TV

Not all that much. Finished up Cobra Kai on Netflix. Looking forward to the next season.  We watched the movie Aquaman and my husband labeled it underwater Star Wars. I didn’t disagree. Tried a little of some new organizing show called The Home Edit on Netflix as well but prefer “real people” organizing as opposed to seeing celebrity closets. I would’ve preferred another season of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo as I think her show had a lot more heart. Not sure I’ll finish the series. Probably go back to Fear The Walking Dead as my laundry folding show today.

On The Menu This Week

My husbands been doing more of the cooking which is nice but makes menu planning hard. He cooks what he wants. If someone else is cooking, I’m not complaining.

Still need a plan just in case.

MONDAY:  Spaghetti and salad *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Pork  *I now work 12:30-5* *Mom’s Night Out*

WEDNESDAY: Fish and baked potatoes

THURSDAY: OUT, Quick, or Left Overs *I work 12-3:30* *J has band practice 6:30-8:45*

FRIDAY: Roast in the crock pot? Not sure

LUNCH IDEAS: scrambled eggs, twice-baked potatoes, chicken noodle soup, chicken quesadillas, grilled cheese

From The Camera

Our Sunday project, covering up the ugly part of our front porch. Before and after photos.

Still need to add a bit to the ground but I’m happy with the results of our wall made from reclaimed garden gate wood. Plan for next summer it to plant sunflowers all along the base of it. Not sure what I’ll put in the pots.

Looking Around The House

It’s okay. Not great but not horrid either.

New Recipe I Tried Last Week Or One That We Really Enjoyed

On a whim last week, I made the Lemon Artichoke Chicken and Rice shared by Tamy at Chasing My Life. Knew I’d like it as I love artichokes but was surprised my husband enjoyed it as well. Got mixed results from J and G wasn’t home. I’d make it again.

To Relax This Week I Will

You’ll find me outside checking on my 100 days to bloom sunflower (pictured above, we’re almost there!), planting bulbs, moving a peony (maybe) from the backyard to a sunnier spot in the front. Visit with friends. Read. Practice with the camera while watching the birds.

Something I Want To Share

We’re not great gardeners and often barely end up with a single serving or two of whatever we tend to plant. However, for those of you who garden to the point of surplus, I stumbled across this interesting information in the August issue of Better Homes and Gardens.  

There’s a site called AmpleHarvest.org that maintains a nationwide directory of food banks who accept fresh produce. If we ever manage to garden to excess, I’ll be checking them out (and I did confirm with our zip code that there are pantries in our area).

On My Prayer List

Family, friends, strangers. The family and friends (strangers to us) of a rather horrible car accident at nearby intersection (one person died).  A peaceful fall and election season. This pandemic to end! Kindness and compassion to return to every day encounters. Positive news to overtake all the negative.

Quote For The Week

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.  (Anne Frank)

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8 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday, Mid-Month

  1. Tamy

    I LOVE that wall you made – it will look so pretty with spring/summer flowers next year! We started Cobra Kai on your review from last week and are enjoying it – Thanks. I’m really glad you enjoyed the Lemon Artichoke Chicken and Rice – artichokes are not always a kid favorite. I also love your prayer list! Have a GREAT week.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! Glad you are enjoying Cobra Kai, my son gets credit for suggesting it as he’s the one who got us to watch it. Next time I make it, I’ll have to make some plain rice on the side for my youngest son. Hope you are in the middle of a great birthday week!

  2. Sandra

    Love your wall in front of your porch, it looks soooooo cute. What a great idea.

    The lemon artichoke chicken sounds so good, although my kids and husband wouldn’t touch it, they don’t like artichokes lol

    Thank you for following suit and trying some of the new categories, I find that sometimes it’s good to change things up a bit.

    Hope you have a fantastic week.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! Had no idea artichokes were such an acquired taste though I don’t recall trying them until I became an adult and out on my own (my parents must not have been fans). Yes, always nice to change things up a little. Hope you are having a wonderful week so far.

    1. Jean Post author

      Not sure if I replied or not (website issues or me needing more coffee!). Thank you! I’m anxious to see it with the sunflowers as well. The web site is nice but I find I really enjoy her monthly newsletter. Hope you’re in the middle of a wonderful week.

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