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Happy Homemaker Monday (Again, On Sunday Night)

I woke up this morning in a panic at 8a.m.  I’m super late for work!

Then, I remembered. It’s Sunday. The panic subsided although it left me a bit out of sorts for much of the morning.

I am, however, working (hopefully on time) tomorrow. So, it’s yet another Sunday night edition of my Happy Homemaker Monday post.

Be sure and check out all the links over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom, blog of our host Sandra. Look for my linking activities and visits later in the evening on Monday.

On to the categories!

Breakfast Time…What Is On The Plate This Morning

Workday breakfast means either scrambled eggs or Chobani Flip Yogurt. Work days starting prior to 8a.m. definitely mean Chobani Flip Yogurt, probably peach cobbler flavor.

On My To-Do List

  1. Return books to the library, I seem to have a problem doing this
  2. Decide/Finalize plans for a small vacation (hopefully)
  3. Get J’s haircut (G had one today)
  4. Sort out rest of April magazines/recycle them
  5. Grocery store!
  6. Start figuring out a simple Bunco menu since I’m hosting this month

Currently Reading

Since I stalled out on reading The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph Of The American Libido by David Friend, I picked up a different library book today. So far Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits Of Our Every Day Lives by Gretchen Rubin is a much easier read. Now that the weather’s agreeable enough to sit outside and read, I’m hoping to do a lot better in this category.

On The TV This Week

Hopefully, less than last week but maybe not. Perhaps, I’ll just set a goal to stay off Netflix for the week and weekend.  On Regular TV (too much): The Voice and Good Girls on Monday, The Flash and The 100 (completely sucked back in and may or may not have caught up on 3 seasons over on Netflix during the week/weekend). Wednesday’s a band concert so nothing unless we get back in time to catch the end of Seal Team…rest of the week, nothing that I can’t miss.

The Weather Outside Is

Stinky tree season is in full bloom

Spring! It’s here! We had a very quick and very light rain shower this afternoon but most of the day was sunny, windy, and in the 60s.  Another windy day tomorrow but most of the week’s going to be sunny and in the low 70s. Chance of a thunderstorm on Thursday. After so much snow and cold, I’d welcome a good spring thunderstorm. Especially if it would help wash away some of the Bradford pear tree blooms. They’re beautiful but stinky!   And not native to our state. Give me a Red bud or Dogwood any day.


On The Menu This Week

No idea, as usual.  Let’s look at last week…

MONDAY: Maybe Taco Salads We walked to Taco Bell (Taco salads would have been better but I was beat)

TUESDAY: Bacon Wrapped Chicken Somehow, we ended up having bacon and biscuits (I had a salad with bacon)

WEDNESDAY: Roast in the crock pot

THURSDAY: Shrimp from box in freezer and baked potatoes Pork chops and baked potatoes

FRIDAY: We went out for Chinese food (I worked 10:15 to 5 instead of until 3:30)

SATURDAY: An on your own day, hamburgers, popcorn chicken, I think J had a Lunchable

SUNDAY: We had spaghetti

Hmm, last week was a bit of a mess. Let’s see if we do better with a busier week on the horizon…

MONDAY:  Chicken legs, fruit salad *I work 7:45-4:00*

TUESDAY: Tacos, maybe taco salad *I work 8:00-4:00*

WEDNESDAY: G’s choice, maybe Subway (tradition) *G has a band concert*

THURSDAY: French Toast, Sausage (maybe…but I’m still craving shrimp or fish) *I have a coffee date with a friend in a.m.*

FRIDAY: Hamburgers *I work 8:00-4:15* *J has plans for a friend to stay the night*

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself I Will

NOT waste them staring mindlessly at my phone or on Facebook or watching too many episodes of any show on Netflix. I’ll go outside, read my book, pet the cat, or talk to my family (maybe if I can get them off their devices).

What I’m Knitting, Sewing, Or Creating

Nothing yet but there are signs of my flower garden returning.  Can’t wait to get started on it. So glad I took some photos last year so I can try to match leaves and not pull up flowers instead of weeds.

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

A bit stalled out in this category. Need some fresh ideas for spring dinners…

Favorite Photo From The Camera

Noticed a random tulip in the yard while sitting on the porch taking in the sunshine…

Quote For The Week

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. (Henry Ward Beecher)


What kind of week awaits you as May arrives?



Happy Homemaker Monday, Busy Days Ahead

My plan to spend part of last week with camera in hand fell through. I spent most of it working. Still, a happy week. Just a busy one.

While this week seems to have a bit of breathing room, my entire May calendar exploded with events in the past week.  What about you?  Let’s make sure we take some time to just breathe this week.

While I hope to sneak in a bit more blogging, it’s possible that you’ll only see my Happy Homemaker Monday posts for the next few weeks. Definitely plan to stick to following through on posting every week since it’s one of my 18 things for 2018.

And of course, I’m grateful that our host, Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom does this fun link-up every week. Be sure to visit her!

Oh, and I should mention, this is another Sunday edition as I’m working a full day again tomorrow. On to the categories!

Breakfast Time…What Is On The Plate This Morning

Since Monday’s a full day of working at the preschool, it’ll be a Chobani Flip Yogurt, gotta get in that protein! Probably, the newest strawberry shortcake flavor but I may end up going with the peanut butter one.

On My To-Do List

  1. Clean the house! It’s much-needed.
  2. Boys still need haircuts
  3. Send cards to Grandpa in Oklahoma
  4. Pay a couple of straggling bills
  5. Gather items for charity truck coming on Friday

Currently Reading

Finished up The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search For The World’s Happiest People by Meik Wiking.  You can read my review over on Good Reads if interested.  Suffice it to say I enjoyed the happy book and promptly added his Little Book of Hygge to my “want to read list.”

Now, I’m back to reading about those naughty nineties. It’s a bit of a tedious read (hello, footnotes) but in an enjoyable way. Not something I think anyone not a fan of nonfiction could probably endure.  Oh, the proper title of what I’m reading is The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph Of The American Libido by David Friend.

On The TV This Week

The Voice, The Flash, and my Wednesday night favorites of The Goldbergs, whatever that new show is called that’s after it, and then, I think Seal Team is actually on again this week. Oh, and I may watch the one tonight about the magician helping the FBI.

Over the weekend, I caught up a bit on DC: Legends of Tomorrow via Netflix. Such dumb plot-lines on that show but still enjoyable. I have to respect a show that embraces its own stupidity. That and has John Noble as a guest star voice of the villain.

The Weather Outside Is

It did not snow this weekend! It did, however, rain today. I’ll take the rain. The rest of the week promises sunshine and temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Speaking very softly, she wonders shall spring finally arrive?

On The Menu This Week

Fresh out of ideas and motivation. Let’s look at last week and see if I find inspiration or if not that, perhaps some unused meal ideas to carry over to this week.

MONDAY: Waffles and sausage

TUESDAY: Sweet Potato/Kielbasa bake (hot dogs for the boys)

WEDNESDAY: Bacon wrapped chicken plus plans to maybe also make a roast  I unexpectedly worked a full day, we had leftover brisket sandwiches (from the freezer)

THURSDAY: BBQ sandwiches from brisket or roast Thank God for rotisserie chicken from the grocery store

FRIDAY: Leftovers or OUT Weird to cross out, OUT but my husband made us hamburgers

SATURDAY: My nephew spent the night and we ordered pizza

SUNDAY:  Leftovers, pizza for most of us, J had French Toast sticks

Not much inspiration there…whole menu may be subject to change after I go to the grocery store, I guess on Tuesday.

MONDAY: Needs to be easy since I work all day, maybe taco salads *I work 8:30-5:30*

TUESDAY: Bacon Wrapped Chicken

WEDNESDAY: Roast in Crock pot

THURSDAY: Shrimp (from box in freezer) and baked potatoes

FRIDAY: Probably OUT *I work 10:30-3:30*

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself I Will

Breathe. Go Outside. Take Pictures. Read My Book. Work On The Blog.

What I’m Knitting, Sewing, Or Creating

Ideas in my head of how I want the house to look.  Starting with clean.

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

Not sure.  Probably need to figure out some new after school snacks for the boys since it’s testing week for J and G will have End of Course exams coming up soon as well.

Favorite Photo From The Camera

Our newest neighbor…

Quote For The Week

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.  (John Lennon)

On top of working all last week, I helped J sort through songs for his writing assignment. He didn’t pick this song but it’s been stuck in my head all week so I thought I’d share it.


What’s on your agenda for the week?


Happy Homemaker Monday, Wish It Was Sunday

Today’s certainly been a manic one.  Heard the song on the way home from work and thought it appropriate for today. Bit of a long day at work so it’s a Monday evening post from me.

However, I still wanted to join in for Happy Homemaker Monday.  Having a plan in place (even if I don’t follow it) helps give a bit of sanity to these long days of work and busy weeks.

Breakfast Time…What Is Was On The Plate This Morning

A Chobani Yogurt Flip and Coffee

On My To-Do List

  1. Go to grocery store Done last night
  2. Pay bills
  3. Write and publish this blog post (meal plan)
  4. Sort out spring clothing
  5. Take boys for haircuts

Currently Reading

Slowly working my way through The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph Of The American Libido by David Friend.  However, I also started reading The Little Book Of Lykke: The Danish Search For The World’s Happiest People by Meik Wiking.  I’m really enjoying it. A great read for warm spring days on the front porch.

On The TV This Week

I spent Sunday, my I don’t have to run day, watching The Lord Of The Rings trilogy of movies (and folding a little laundry).  If you aren’t familiar with the movies, suffice it to say it was another too much TV kind of weekend.

Tonight I’ll watch The Voice with my husband and maybe the show after it.  And then Wednesday, probably The Goldbergs, that new show after it, and then, Seal Team. Planning to spend more time on the porch reading than watching yet more TV.

The Weather Outside Is

Slowly improving.  Last night, snow flurries were flying as I ran to the grocery store. Generally in April, I don’t throw a snow scraper in the back seat of the car “just in case.”

Thankfully, it warmed up to the 50s by this afternoon.

Warming back toward the 60s and 70s for the rest of our week and more rain is supposed to arrive, just in time for the weekend. Snow/Cold/Rain every weekend is a bit tedious.

On The Menu This Week

Glad I did a little minor menu planning last night so I had something in mind for tonight.  Now, time to tackle the rest of the week.

First, a look back toward the plan from last week. With my husband unexpectedly leaving town for a few days, our menu veered slightly off course:

MONDAY: Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa Verde We had the meatball Parmesan casserole

TUESDAY: Meatball Parmesan Casserole I picked up McDonald’s for the boys and myself on my way home from work

WEDNESDAY: Pork Chops, Sweet Potatoes (I also went ahead and cooked the Chicken Salsa Verde on this day)

THURSDAY:  Taco salads, rice Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa Verde

FRIDAY: Hot dogs on the grill, left-overs  We ordered pizza

Saturday we had leftover pizza and yesterday we had regular tacos.

So moving on to this week…another busy work week for me…

MONDAY: We had waffles (from a mix) and sausage *I worked 8:15-3:45*

TUESDAY: Sweet Potato/Kielbasa bake, hot dogs for boys *I work 12-4:15* *Bunco night for me*

WEDNESDAY: Bacon wrapped chicken, baked potatoes (may also make a roast in the crock pot)

THURSDAY: BBQ sandwiches (from roast if I make one, if not from brisket in freezer leftover from Easter) *I work 8:00-4:00*

FRIDAY: Leftovers or OUT

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself I Will

Pick up the camera! Go outside! Read! Go for a walk!

What I’m Knitting, Sewing, or Creating

Still nothing….

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

The Meatball Parmesan Casserole was a new one. I didn’t mind the idea of the recipe but didn’t care for the meatballs I used and so the dish lost some appeal in that way. Boys would have (no surprise) rather had plain spaghetti and meatballs.

Favorite Photo From The Camera

I did a poor job of picking up the camera last week. Here’s another one of my Carolina Wren…

Quote For The Week

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”   (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers)


Did you also have a Manic Monday?  Don’t forget to go visit Sandra, our host, over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom!

Sunday to Saturday (A Belated Five on Friday)

Since I work most Fridays, my Five on Fridays tend to be belated and show up on Saturdays.

A bit of a random post this morning. I’m a bit tired after Murphy and his aggravating law showed up for an unannounced visit.  Not a lot of photos either and they are a bit random as well.

Sunday And Monday:

On yet another snowy Sunday in April, I opted to make hot chocolate using all the fancy dressings: whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, and left-over Easter sprinkles. 

I also took photos of my groceries thinking I’d share what I bought in a post.  Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom does this in her grocery haul posts. Are you a snoop like me wondering about the things you see the people buy at the grocery store? Sometimes I wonder if the person surveying my groceries can tell I’m attempting to purchase healthy items (mostly for me) and trying to feed two teenage boys and keep my junk-food loving family content all at the same time?

On Monday, the outside world no longer looked like this:

These are Grackles, I think. The tree is a block over so the camera is at its zoom limits to see.

However, Monday night our phones buzzed with the news that my husband’s grandfather fell. He’s back in the hospital.  This time in the ICU. The diagnosis of two broken vertebrae and pneumonia did not sound optimistic.


My husband and his brother opted to travel to Oklahoma on Tuesday. I stayed here and juggled working with the school runs.   I arrived late to work on Tuesday (Traffic! Ugh! And…don’t let me jump on my soapbox about the need of some car-line parents to watch their 7th and 8th graders walk 100 feet into a building…please, keep it moving! Some of us have places to be.)

Tuesday, the weather began to improve.  On Wednesday, I broke the coffee cup pictured above. Knocked the handle off of it. Super-glued it back on though.

The Carolina Wren popped out of hiding! Actually, I spotted two wrens but only managed to capture one with the camera. My fuzzy gray assistant kept bumping the camera and switching the angle. Some sort of cat petting emergency.  This wren sang a beautiful song of spring! Wednesday evening, my husband called. They moved his grandpa out of the ICU, no pneumonia although he did break a rib. He’s still in the hospital but recovering.  Quite miraculous!  He and his brother were coming home on Thursday.


Tiny signs of spring in our backyard

Work days for me. Thankfully, my work is full of understanding and compassionate people who adjusted their schedules a bit since I now had to arrive later than my promised time.

We had a wonderful outside day at preschool cleaning up the playground and surrounding area.  And my husband arrived home in time to go with me to our tax appointment (Something he usually handles that I dreaded doing on my own).

Friday (yesterday), another day spent mostly outside at work enjoying the wonderful weather. It felt like summer!  And, I hardly noticed any bad luck with it being Friday the 13th, quite the opposite for me.

Today, we’re full-circle back to winter weather with a chance of snow showers tonight and tomorrow.  Yet, over all it’s been a good week.

What kinds of ups and downs did your week bring you?


Linking this post to both Five on Friday hosted by The F.A.S.T. blog as well as The Bird D’Pot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’.  Both great blogs to go visit!


Happy Homemaker Monday, The Sunday Afternoon Edition

Since I am working early tomorrow, I thought I’d write my post today.

My workday starts early tomorrow at 7:15a.m.  Although it’s only a half-day tomorrow for me, I’m pretty sure I’ll come home in need of a nap.

Somehow, this week has a bit of a busy feel to it. I think it may just be me. It’s our first full week after spring break so back to official routines. I’m glad about it. And in need of a plan for it.

Breakfast Time…What Is On The Plate This Morning

I had a chocolate chip muffin, a few doughnut holes from the grocery store, a couple of slices of bacon, and coffee/hot chocolate.  Not the most healthy breakfast.

On My To-Do List

  1. Go to grocery store before it starts snowing
  2. Write this post/plan meals for the week (In progress)
  3. Clean up e-mail in boxes, reply to a few
  4. Clean house (either tomorrow afternoon or Wed)
  5. Take boys for haircuts
  6. Pretend spring/summer might arrive and do a clothing inventory
  7. Take G to bank
  8. Check and make sure all events are in calendar for spring/end of school year

Currently Reading

I finally finished The Sentient Machine: The Coming Rise of Artificial Intelligence by Amir Husain! AND returned it to the library. New stack of books to settle down and read. I tore through The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins in one day. You can check out my reviews over on Good Reads if you want to know more of my thoughts on those two books.

Now, I’m hopping back and forth between reading The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido by David Friend and The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston.

On The TV This Week

I may or may not have watched enough Netflix over the weekend to see the message of shame (Are you still watching?) a few times. Finished the latest season of Better Call Saul. Watched a few more episodes of Heroes on Crackle TV. Need to make reading a priority this week to invigorate the brain cells, I think. Still, I will watch The Voice with my husband and The Flash if it’s a new one.

The Weather Outside Is

Quite confused. It’s snowing! Warmer days ahead (72 degrees on Thursday!?) followed by another cold weekend. Hopefully, no more snow after today but who knows.

On The Menu This Week

Want to break out of my menu rut (feels like we’re in one) this week. However, first let’s look at how we did last week:

MONDAY: Brunch leftovers, salad I think we may have had spaghetti this day

TUESDAY: Spaghetti can’t remember, I think my husband may have made dinner for us

WEDNESDAY: Pork Chops Brunch leftovers (by way of BBQ brisket sandwiches, fried potatoes, watermelon)

THURSDAY: Left-Overs, Clean Out The Fridge Bacon and biscuits (I had a salad)

FRIDAY: Chicken of some sort We ate at Sonic

Saturday: Hamburgers

Sunday (today): We’re having fish (crappie), maybe oven fried potato chips, and crunchy coleslaw

Hoping the menu goes a bit smoother this week and we’ll eat out a little less as well:

MONDAY: Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Verde *I work 7:15-11:30*

TUESDAY:  Meatball Parmesan Casserole   (I’ll probably make a side of spaghetti) *I work 8-4*

WEDNESDAY: Pork chops, sweet potatoes

THURSDAY:  Taco salads, rice  *I work 8:15-4:45*

FRIDAY:  Hot dogs on the grill, leftovers *I work 8-4*

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself I Will

Read my library books on the cold days and get outside with the camera and do some bird-watching on the warmer days.

What I’m Knitting, Sewing, or Creating

Nada. Need to change this one.

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

The Meatball Parmesan Casserole.

Favorite Photo From The Camera

Pretty blah week for photos around here…I did play with the close-up setting on the camera a bit

Quote For The Week

Not exactly a quote but I’ve had this song stuck in my head all day….

Make Your Own Kind of Music (Mama Cass Elliot)

And suddenly, I think I need to re-watch Lost.


Don’t forget to hop over and visit our host, Sandra at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom and the other great bloggers participating in the link-up!


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