Happy Homemaker Monday, Goodbye Summer!

Today is the last day of summer. 

It’s been a bit of an odd one with the pandemic cancelling so many events and things we’d normally do. Called one of my older brothers yesterday as I’d realized it’d been much too long since I’d talked to him. Normally, we would have had at least one random get together on my side by now.

My sunflower finally bloomed!

Hoping next summer finds us doing all the usual things once again. Swimming at the pool, going on vacation (without masks and virus worries), eating too much greasy, sweet food at fairs and festivals, and having random get-togethers, parties, and holiday celebrations with friends and families (again, without virus worries).

Time to embrace the next season. At least this one calls for a bit more being at home under the blankets, drinking tea, and enjoying coziness. So it might feel a bit more normal. (Minus the things I’m already missing like sitting on cold concrete bleachers watching the band on the football field, going to band competitions each weekend, and the general sense of routine that band practices and school schedules force upon us. On-line school doesn’t tend to do that. Hooray for an in person week this week at least!

Time to plan the week with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom. And first we look at our local forecast.

The Weather 

Ironically, the last week of summer here was rather mild and fall-like and the first week of fall is going to warm up again into the mid 80’s. Typical Missouri weather. Chance of rain overnight Saturday into Sunday. We need the rain, I just don’t want to see any on Wednesday night.

How I’m Feeling This Morning

As if my to do list is longer than the hours in the day. Annoyed at the crickets serenading me down in this basement. Wish they’d find their way back outside. A bit tired as I didn’t sleep great except for a few early morning hours on the couch (went out there to “discuss” the incessant meowing to go outside with the cat).

On My Mind

The long to-do list for today (this entire week?). A bit of a longing for simpler times. Yesterday morning, I was scrolling through my phone and my husband was looking at things on his tablet and I was thinking of how we used to spend Sunday mornings leisurely going through the newspaper (when it was actually thick and full of content and advertising fliers, probably pre-internet days). I miss personal connection instead of just seeing political opinions and cutesy quotes shared on social media. Seems like there is so much “noise” everywhere lately.  And yes, I could unplug from all of it and do consider it from time to time.

On My To Do List

Includes quite a few things I didn’t do last week…

  1. Finish up the laundry
  2. Grocery store/Target run
  3. Finish paying bills (just a few)
  4. Clean house
  5. Need to sort out internet hosting. Expires in October but the renewal fee is considerably higher than if I were a new customer. Going to have to call and/or change companies. Ugh.
  6. Sort out training schedule with work. See if I can opt out of two days of it.
  7. Water lawn (new grass seed) garden, and flowers
  8. Camera homework
  9. Write/mail a letter (or two)
  10. Finish planting bulbs along side of house

On My Breakfast Plate

Flip yogurt (peach cobbler), coffee, and vitamins.

On My Reading Pile

Read an interesting one I’d downloaded quite a while ago called A Man by Keiichiro Hirano. Japanese novel. Interesting premise (man dies and wife discovers he was going by the identity of another man, lawyer tries to figure it all out for her) but the book went down quite a few existential rabbit holes that I found a bit distracting.

Not sure if maybe it lost something in translation or it’s a norm for Japanese novels. The only other Japanese novel I’ve read was Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami. I preferred that novel.

Currently, I’m reading He’s Not Lazy: Empowering Your Son To Believe In Himself by Adam Price. I’ve already found it helpful though it’s a bit like reading a textbook. Plan to find something a little lighter to read during J’s lesson tonight.

On My TV

Chiefs football. Go Chiefs! Not sure what we’ll watch this week.

On The Menu This Week

MONDAY: Something easy. Might decide after I go to the store. Probably going to involve baked potatoes as a side or maybe that shall be our main dish. Loaded baked potatoes. *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Enchilada Chicken in the crock pot (from a spice mix I picked up at the grocery store)

WEDNESDAY: Turkey sausages and hash browns *J has a band performance 7-9. We have tickets for the 7:00 PM performance. They had to break it into 3 shows for number compliance*

THURSDAY: Husband’s choice *I work 12-6* *J might have band practice 6:00-8:45, not sure*

FRIDAY: OUT (pizza coupon?) *I work 7:00-3:30*

From The Camera

We drove over to Manhattan, KS this weekend so my husband could pick up a purchase (He bought a new ATV for hunting season). Here are a few pictures from the Konza Prairie scenic overlook. 

Looking Around The House

Needs some TLC.

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

No picture but I did make my favorite apple chip cake. Made the full 13 x 9 pan this time as well.

To Relax This Week I Will

Work out in the yard, go through the September magazines while drinking a cup of tea.

Something I Want To Share

Last week I watched a really interesting documentary on Netflix called The Social DilemmaOne of those really makes you think kind of shows. Probably what got me longing for the simpler times of the past. Realizing it is a kind of propaganda of its own sort (I did find myself mumbling correlation does not equal causation once or twice but more or less agree with almost every point made) I highly recommend watching it.

Certainly makes you think about how much of your time and attention you’re allowing companies to sell to advertisers. Social media is not free to use. You’re paying for it with your time and attention.  I’d like to watch it again with my husband (he came in late to the program while I was watching it and fell asleep) and kids to discuss it all.

On My Prayer List

Our HHM host, Sandra and her family for their loss of her mother-in-law, that all were safe from a house fire we drove by on Saturday, family, friends, strangers. A return to civility and kindness. And of course, an end to this pandemic and the continued good health of all reading this.

Quote For The Week

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12 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday, Goodbye Summer!

    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, every year about this time. My husband tried spraying around the outside of the house but no luck. Thank you. Hopefully, fall will a great season for us all. Happy Tuesday!

    1. Jean Post author

      They really aren’t the same at all. Guess we can still eat donuts and drink coffee at least 😉 Hope you are having a wonderful first day of fall!

  1. David Gascoigne

    Nineteen year ago I had the good fortune to visit Konza and was left with an indelible impression of its beauty. I had friends in Larned, KS at the time, both of whom have passed away since then, but the memories of my visit to the prairie will be imprinted in my memory forever. I have a book called “The Birds of Konza” purchased there in July 2001. I hunted with my binoculars and was happy to do so.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Wow, small world after all. I was very sad that we didn’t get to go on a trail while we were there (took too long in the shop and eating lunch so that by the end we didn’t have time to go on a hike and still be home at a decent hour). Hoping to get to go back one day. Happy Tuesday!

    1. Jean Post author

      Hopefully, everything will be settled by next summer. Looks like this fall is also going to be a bit different. Just have to make the best of things. Hope you are having a terrific week!

    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, that’s what it feels like just half of each season. Hopefully, next year we’ll have our full summers (and all the other seasons as well) again. Hope your week is going well.

  2. Tamy

    I LOVE that quote!!!! Perfect for the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. I feel like we lost summer this year with all the restrictions. The Social Dilemma is on my list to watch, but have been avoiding anything too heavy recently with all that’s going on in my world. Sorry I’m so late this week – I hope you have a GREAT weekend.
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    1. Jean Post author

      It took me a while to get around to watching it. However, I’m really glad I did. It doesn’t really focus on the pandemic or directly on politics (though it is easy to read between the lines and see which way they sway) but rather on the information gathering and money making processes of the social medias. Yes, summer didn’t seem the same this year. I don’t think any season will feel quite right until we can go back to doing all the things and seeing all the people (mask free). Hope you’ve had a wonderful week and your weekend is off to a great start!

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