Happy Homemaker Monday, Checking the Calendar

So did everyone have a nice Christmas? What? Oh, it is still October (for one more week). Well, I’m a bit confused over here as it’s 28 degrees and snowing this morning.

Can’t say it really puts me in the mood for Christmas though it does have me thinking about the holidays. Wondering (like everyone else, I’m sure) how different they’ll look this year.

Let’s move on to planning the week by joining in with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom and the other lovely bloggers who link up with her over there.

The Weather

Already discussed the weather this morning. Winter weather advisory (why not a fall weather advisory?) with snow giving way to rain for the rest of the week. Then, Halloween is supposed to be sunny and almost 60 degrees. I guess I’ll just wait my 5 minutes until the weekend for better weather.

How I’m Feeling This Morning 

A bit scattered. Woke up early but not working, feeling a bit off from not working all last week. Plenty to keep me busy around here.

On My Mind

The rest of this year. J’s school. His wonderfully kind and compassionate teachers. Met them during conferences via zoom last week. Interrupted only once by the little gray cat. Trying to come up with a plan to better structure his online weeks (current one is not working so well).

On My Breakfast Plate

Back to the boring usual breakfast: Chobani flip yogurt (key lime) and coffee. Plus two vitamins.

Right Now I Am

Sitting in the basement, working on this post, listening to the wonderful sound of the heat kicking on for us. Watching to see where the little gray cat decides to nap for a bit (We’ve already discussed that she’s a cat and shouldn’t want out on a 28 degree, snowy day.).

On My Reading Pile

Read some good ones over the weekend. Finished Boundless Ambition and found it probably the most engaging of the 5 books in the series. Looking forward to book 6 when it arrives. Also, read a spooky one. The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb contained just enough spookiness for me. Realized I’d previously read and enjoyed another of her books, Daughters of the Lake about two years ago.

And now, in a complete turn around, I’m working my way through a set of cozy mysteries by Kate Bell. All very short, I’m on the third book after starting the series on Saturday afternoon. Decided I wanted to read Halloween books to lead up to the holiday and these fit (I don’t do scary much). Current one is Chocolate Covered Murder: A Pumpkin Hollow Mystery. Pass the crackers because these stories are cheesy! Still enjoyable enough.

On Today’s To Do List

  1. Clean the house!
  2. Sort the bills, might even pay them!
  3. Finish this post
  4. Plan for upcoming holidays (and J’s birthday)
  5. Start making Halloween treat bags for Saturday

On My TV

Started watching Fargo last week. Husband says it’s too slow but I’m enjoying it. Already on season 3.

On The Menu This Week

Went grocery shopping yesterday. However, still stumped on my menu. Should note we didn’t follow the plan last week at all.

MONDAY: Probably leftovers. We (meaning my husband) grilled pork chops yesterday. *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Spaghetti for them. However, I’d like to try this recipe from our local morning news.

WEDNESDAY: Maybe bacon wrapped chicken? Sweet potatoes. *I have a hair appointment at 10:00*

THURSDAY: Cabbage roll soup (recipe clipped from magazine). Keeping a frozen pizza on standby just in case.

FRIDAY: Chicken tacos

From The Camera

Looking Around The House  

Perhaps there is a reason clean the house is number one on today’s to do list. Kitchen table tells the story. 

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

Made this banana cake last night. Used a white cake mix instead of yellow and didn’t frost it (husband isn’t a fan of cream cheese.). Still undecided, J and I are the only ones who tried it so far. Seems like it’ll be a good cake to go along with a cup of tea in the afternoon.

To Relax This Week I Will

Read my books and magazines, start a “Netflix” fire, pick up my camera, make myself spend some more time outside (I didn’t get outside nearly enough last week). 

Something I Want To Share

Counting down to the election and the end of those obnoxious ads (mostly that) with me? J came down here and found me fussing at Facebook over the weekend. While discussing things, I showed him Ballotpedia (one of my favorite sources for election stuff, lets you preview the ballot) and we stumbled on this site: PredictIt.

It’s basically a market for shares on future events. Interesting stuff. Basically, the higher the share price for that event, the more likely it happens.

Can’t wait to check back on this after the election. Interesting to see no matter how your politics run. Also, a tab for world events so not just limited to U.S. stuff.

On My Prayer List

Family, friends, strangers. A return to civility. A healing of the world from this virus. A happy and healthy holiday season for everyone.

Quote For The Week  

We don’t have to agree on anything to be kind to one another. (Unknown)


What’s happening in your world on this last week in October?

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6 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday, Checking the Calendar

  1. Carol Bancroft

    Oh my gosh, I can’t believe the snow!!! That’s crazy! And yet, it is SO 2020, isn’t it? The banana cake looks really good. I’ll have to print out that recipe. Sometimes I want something different than banana bread. Have a great week (and bundle up!)!

    1. Jean Post author

      Once in a while, we get snow in October here. Today is a lot of snow though and that is crazy. That’s what I was doing with the cake. Personally, I think it probably needs the frosting. And if planned to make it again, I’d probably use spice cake mix for it. Hope it stays nice and warm for your week!

    1. Jean Post author

      They forecasted our snow, never wrong when I’d like them to be. Not too busy today but now I do work in the afternoon. Kind of glad, need to get out of the house a bit. Hope you have a great week as well!

  2. Carrie@northwoods scrapbook

    Well welcome to my usual world my Friend! Lol Nice to have someone else getting the white stuff for a change.
    Love the kitty visit during the zoom. God bless teachers, though – I completely agree there. I feel for all teachers and students during this crazy time.
    Thanks for reminding me about Fargo – I need to add that to my list. I hope you stay warm and cozy and have a wonderful and productive week ahead! xoxo
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    1. Jean Post author

      I don’t mind the white stuff (as much) during the winter but it’s so weird when it finds us in October. Yes, it is such a hard time for the students and teachers. Fargo is fun if you like crime type shows. A little dark, not sure if it’s supposed to be a bit of a dark comedy. Hope you are enjoying this last week of October!

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