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Happy Homemaker Monday, Welcome To October

I’m not going to say it but I’m thinking it with you: Where did September go?

Starting my post once again on Sunday afternoon since I never quite know what Monday morning might bring.  Right now, it holds the promise of bringing a quiet house that I get to stay home and enjoy.

My full-time work weeks are over for a bit and I’m looking forward to a bit more of a relaxed pace for at least a few days.  Glad to be joining in with Sandra and her Happy Homemaker Monday post for a week at home perhaps!?

Let’s look at the week ahead.

The Weather

Currently, it’s almost chilly and there seems to be the slightest hint of a rain shower in the air. However, by tomorrow (Monday) it’s supposed to be in the low 80s and sunny the first part of our week and rainy and cooler in the second half.

Right Now I Am

Enjoying the open windows and brewing a cup of Chai Green Tea while working on this post.  Also, noticing the Hackberry gnats arrival (ugh).

On My Reading Pile

I’m collecting a list of books I want to read. Since I actually had a dream about my library fines, I suppose I better make paying them a bit of a priority this week. Yesterday, I spent part of the evening reading and recycling a large stack of September magazines.

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

Not on the weekend but I think on Wednesday night, the boys sat and watched Moana with me.  We all were surprised by how much we enjoyed it.  I have a bunch of Netflix shows I’m in the middle of watching:  Parks and Recreation (current go-to), The Walking Dead, Fuller House, Madam Secretary (can’t remember if I finished the season or they added a new one on there?), my husband and I are still trying to find time to watch the next Game of Thrones disc as well.

My Menu For This Week

Looking at my last menu, the only day we followed it was Friday when we had Subway.  We added a sick kid to the busy schedule and the menu didn’t really work so it’ll be repeats on a few items this week.  Also, no more home football games so we’re also going to take a break from Subway.

MONDAY: Chili and/or hot dogs  *Chiefs game*

TUESDAY: Chicken legs *G has early morning band practice* *J has robotics club after school*

WEDNESDAY: Pork chops *G has early morning band practice* *J has robotics club after school*

THURSDAY: Tacos, maybe chicken enchiladas *G has evening band practice* *I might be working 8-4*

FRIDAY: Fish maybe…maybe breakfast for dinner…maybe OUT *I might be working 8-4*

To-Do List

  1. Get definitive schedule for J’s robotics stuff
  2. Call school district transportation department about after school bus stop
  3. Call my work to clarify my schedule for this week plus one other day
  4. Figure out and pay library fines
  5. Continue to change over e-mail
  6. Clean.The.House.
  7. Work on 31 Days blog series
  8. Grocery store changing this to clean out the fridge!
  9. Camera practice
  10. Relax

What I Am Creating

Working on a new blog series:  31 Days of Embracing The Fall Season.  Do you join in the write 31 days in October?  Let me know in the comments so I can check out your series!

Looking Around The House

Needs picked up and a good fall cleaning.  We shall see how far I get.

From The Camera

Yesterday, I went and walked in a 5k to support family members involved with the local chapter of NAMI in Kansas City. The local organization is fully run by volunteers right now.  It was a beautiful day to walk along the river at Berkley Waterfront Park in Kansas City.  I took the picture below with my phone as I opted to leave my camera at home.

Simple Pleasure

Watching movies with the boys.

Quote For The Week

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. (Confucius)

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What do you have on your agenda for the first week of October?

Happy Homemaker Monday, Another Nutty Week

This is my last week of a full-time schedule.  It will be so nice to be back to just slightly busy instead of super busy!

It’s hard to keep up with blogging (and pretty much everything else) while working full-time hours.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch up a bit more next week.

Since I’m still determined to keep up with the Happy Homemaker Monday posts hosted by Sandra from Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom, I’m writing this on Sunday afternoon. These posts help me keep somewhat on track no matter what type of week is on the horizon.

Let’s look at the upcoming week…

The Weather

There’s a Facebook meme floating around that says something along the idea of Fall in Missouri means…Absolutely Nothing. It’s 90 degrees outside still.  Currently, it’s 85 and sunny. The pools closed too early this year!  Of course, we can just wait 5 minutes and see what happens.

We are supposed to get some rain on Tuesday and then, the temps are going to be in the low 70s after that.  A bit more like fall.

Right Now I Am

Feeling a bit like this little guy: Just not sure what direction to turn and what to tackle first. 

On My Reading Pile

I did start re-reading Happier At Home by Gretchen Rubin since it was on sale for $1.99 on the Amazon Kindle App.  (Oops, there went my on-line shopping freeze!)

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

Just a few more episodes of Parks and Recreation.  And the first season 3 episode of Fuller House. 

My Menu For This Week

It’s a bit tricky to figure out a fall menu when the weather feels like summer and our schedules are super busy.  This week is thankfully not quite as busy as last week.

MONDAY:  Going to see if my husband will fry fish  *Boys are off school* *I work 7:45-4:15*

TUESDAY:  Chili   *G has evening band practice 6-8:30* *J has robotics club after school until 6* *I work 7:45-4:15*

WEDNESDAY:  Chicken Manicotti *J has robotics club after school until 6* *I work 7:45-4:15*

THURSDAY:  Leftovers or breakfast for dinner *G has early morning band practice* *I work 7:45-4:15*

FRIDAY:   Subway  *Football game* *I work 7:45-4:15*

To-Do List

  1. Go to Grocery Store
  2. Get G’s class ring ordered
  3. Camera Practice
  4. Work on e-mail switch (switching my yahoo e-mail over to g mail)
  5. Watch training videos for work (needs to be done by the 30th)

What I Am Creating

Lots of things in the idea stage but no time to get much further.

Looking Around The House

Not too awful but not quite company ready.

From The Camera

The previous week, my husband stopped a program we were watching and said listen.  We could hear an owl in one of our backyard trees. A dusk curfew immediately went into effect for the little gray cat.  Each night close to dark, we heard it.  Wednesday evening I waited on our owl.  I slathered myself with bug repellent and sat waiting on our deck. Watching the sun go down and keeping a close eye on the trees.  While I did not get a photo of the owl, the night did reward my patience.  It grew darker.  Too dark for a decent camera photo of any bird.  And the first owl arrived.  I saw it land on a branch.  Just a large dark outline.  I heard its call and was a bit surprised when I heard another bird arrive and answer.  Then, two large owls silently swooped over my head in the sky above, both startling and scaring me.  Perhaps,I quickly ran inside.  And then ventured back out to listen a bit longer. Here’s a Missouri Department of Conservation photo of the owls we think are out there.

Simple Pleasure

Stepping out on the porch in the morning and hearing the high school band practicing.

Quote For The Week

This item found on Pinterest seems fitting.

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What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, It’s Almost Officially Fall

Fall arrives officially on Friday! I’d be a bit more excited if I weren’t so tired.

It’s yet another week of working a full-time schedule around here. Next week is more of the same. Then, I may sleep for an entire day just because I can!

The computer monitor broke over the weekend so my planning was mostly on bits of paper until tonight.  Glad to join in with Sandra’s Happy Homemaker Monday even if I am posting a bit later than usual.

The Weather

It feels a bit like fall right now and it was a rainy day.  However, all the rain is going to add to the humidity and it’s going to be muggy and in the high 80s later in the week. Right now it’s 71 outside and we have the windows open.

Right Now I Am

Working on this post to try to get a handle on what I need to do this week.  Trying to figure out what I still need to do for Bunco since I am hosting tomorrow night.

On My Reading Pile

Currently abandoned.  Weekend project perhaps?

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

G introduced me to Parks and Recreation on Netflix.  I’m loving it.  Just the kind of humor I need after some rather long days.  I think my husband and I watched episode 7? of Game of Thrones. It’s slow-going 2 episodes at a time.

My Menu For This Week

This is the part of my post that needs the most work.  First our menu for the week:

MONDAY: We ate at Sam’s Club while buying a new computer monitor. *I worked 7:45-4:15*

TUESDAY: hamburgers and hot dogs *G has early morning band practice* *J has an after school robotics club meeting* *I host Bunco* *I also work 7:45-4:15*

WEDNESDAY: Chicken legs, salad *G has early morning band practice* *I work 7:45-4:15*

THURSDAY: No idea, scrounge through the fridge and freezer/leftovers…*I work 7:45-4:15* *G has evening band practice*

FRIDAY: Subway *Football game night tradition* *I work 7:45-4:15*

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BUNCO MENU:

I thought about making a separate post but I’m just going to throw it on this one instead.

Appetizers: Summer sausage, crackers, hummus, pita crackers

Main Dish: hamburgers and hot dogs (my husband has agreed to cook these for me and we’ll just have the same dinner) with buns and fixings.

Side Dishes: Chips, Pasta Salad, Broccoli Salad (maybe I’m kind of out of steam tonight)

Desserts: Cheesecake Dip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles or brownies

Drinks: Lemonade, Coke

Table Snacks: Cheese/Caramel Popcorn mix, M&M’s, and one more I haven’t decided on yet.

That’s me trying to keep it simple.

To-Do List

Ha. Ha. HA!

  1. Host Bunco
  2. Reschedule next week’s hair appointment
  3. Attempt to hang on to sanity
  4. Pay bills
  5. Try practice with camera at some point

What I Am Creating

A September Bunco Menu? See above. Not much else although I want to try to make one of these picture walls if things ever settle down.

Looking Around The House

Surprisingly, decent.

From The Camera

This is from a few weeks ago. Sadly, didn’t get a chance to do much with the camera last week.  First one is from J. On the same day he took the photo of the geese in flight, he also took this photo.  The second one is mine of interesting park bench graffiti.

Simple Pleasure

When the recycle bin has more in it than the trash bin.

Quote For The Week

All I can think of at the moment is “just keep swimming” from Finding Nemo.

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It’s just been a Monday is all and not a terrible one at that.  The week will improve.  What do you have planned for the week ahead?

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, Another Full-Time Work Week

I’m putting my post together on Sunday night as I have another full-time work week on the horizon.  This is usually a slower month for my work as sub but not this year.

I’ve found it’s quite helpful especially on my busier weeks to have a weekly plan. So, I’m happy to be joining in with our host, Sandra from Diary of a Stay At Home Mom, for another Happy Homemaker Monday post.

Lots to do tonight to be ready for tomorrow so on to the post…

The Weather 

While the weather is wrecking havoc in the coastal states, we actually are set to have a really nice week here.  Highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s all week and lots of sunshine.  Seems almost wrong to say we could actually use a little rain.  One benefit of working at a preschool all week is that I know I’ll get to spend lots of time outside enjoying it. The Labor Day sunset was a cloudless, strange, beautiful red orb. We enjoyed it a lot less once we learned the smokey haze from the wildfires burning in the west caused the bizarre red sunset.  The photos don’t really capture the essence of it well enough.

Right Now I Am

Wondering when I started working full-time?  Half-listening to the football coverage on the television.  Trying to figure out how to make my part-time wardrobe work this week and thinking I need to probably do a load of laundry.  Thinking that J didn’t bring his P.E. clothes home. Wondering what else is going on this week. Lots of thoughts bouncing around in my brain…

On My Reading Pile

I’ve decided to set aside the Game of Thrones book for a bit.  Will probably look in a bit and see what the Amazon Prime free book selections were for September 1 and choose one of those to read.

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

Netflix finally added season 7 of The Walking Dead so I watched 2 episodes of that.  I already knew who was going to be at the end of Lucille but I was still a bit sad.  My husband watched about 15 minutes of the second episode of season 7 with me before deciding nope. He’s never been interested in the show & the teenager makes fun of me for watching.

Needed something light later so I sat and watched the musical, Bye Bye Birdie.  I’d surprisingly never seen it but it turned out my 7th grader had watched it in elementary school.  I really enjoyed it!

Oh, and my husband and I watched one episode off our two episode disc of Game of Thrones.  He’s almost done with the show…says he’ll give it 2-3 more episodes before he decides.  I’ll probably keep watching it.

On My TV

Maybe the Master Chef finale if I remember. I watched the semi final last week so I’m sort of hoping Karma catches a chef I thought was incredibly rude and disrespectful to another contestant.  Haven’t been watching the whole season just bits and pieces of the shows so I don’t really care who wins.

My Menu For This Week

The word for the menu this week is SIMPLE.  Of course, I’m still working my way through the great pantry, fridge, freezer clean out and on a Spend Less September so it will be interesting.

MONDAY:  Tacos  *I work 8-4*

TUESDAY:  BLT’s *I work 8:30-3:45* *G has early morning band practice*

WEDNESDAY:  Chicken of some sort*I work 7:45-4:14* *G has early morning band practice*

THURSDAY:  Ham Steaks *I work 9:30-6:00* *class ring order night for G* *G has evening band practice*

FRIDAY: No idea, spaghetti?  *I work 9:30-6:00*

To-Do List

  1. Any of the stuff from last week that I can didn’t do and can fit in to this week
  2. Set out fruit fly traps. It’s that season!
  3. Laundry, pick out clothes to wear this week
  4. Make a “I am not available” work date list
  5. Confirm some of my current work schedule since I’m a bit confused by it

What I Am Creating

Well, I did organize the fridge back on Labor Day.  Does that count? And bonus, it still looks pretty good a week later!  These photos are from last week.

Looking Around The House

I think I missed the party!

From The Camera

Super excited to have spotted this monarch caterpillar on some milkweed in our backyard on Saturday afternoon. Simple Pleasure

Watching the little biographical shorts a local movie station airs before it’s Saturday afternoon selections. I don’t make an effort to tune into them so it’s always a pleasant surprise when I come across one.

Quote For The Week

In remembrance of today:

United We Stand.  

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And in true busy week fashion (yes, I’m aware it’s only Monday), I’m finishing the post I started on Sunday night at 5:00p.m. on Monday.  What’s on your agenda for the week?

 

Happy Homemaker Monday on Labor Day

Somehow, I didn’t accomplish as much on my less busy week last week.  Funny how that works, I always seem to accomplish a bit more when busy.  Am I the only one who struggles with it?

This week ranks medium on the busy wheel so it will be interesting to see what happens.

Since the boys are all home today, I am going to move right along to the categories.  Don’t forget to check out our host, Sandra’s Happy Homemaker Post and all the great bloggers linked to it.

The Weather

Summer is planning a final hurrah today with sunny skies and a predicted high of 90 degrees with only a slight chance of a pop up thunderstorm or two. Then, the sunny skies remain but the highs are all predicted to be in the mid to upper 70s.

Right Now I Am

Just finishing up breakfast (chocolate chip muffins and bacon, it’s a holiday!) and trying to complete this post before someone decides to ask for a turn at the computer.

On My Reading Pile

Still wrangling through the George R.R. Martin Game of Thrones book on my Kindle app. I’ve read 35% of it and still not sure I’ll finish it. Need to look at the free book selections for September on Amazon prime and maybe visit the library sometime next weekend.

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

Since Netflix added a few shows, I found The Good Place and ended up watching the entire first season.

If you’re looking for high brow intellectual entertainment, skip it.  My husband’s take after 5 minutes was “This is stupid.”  He wasn’t really wrong.

However, if you are in the mood to just watch something a bit light and silly that is slightly obnoxious and stupid at times, this is your show.  It did have a few really smart twists as the season went along.  I was happy to see they gave it a season 2 over on CBS.

On My TV

I’m not really sure.

My Menu For This Week

One of my goals for this month is a “Spend-Less September” and so I’m going to try to plan as many meals as I can from our fridge, freezer, and pantry.

I also finally got around to clearing out the mess of our freezer this morning.  Most our meals this week come from those discoveries.

Monday:  No idea.  Hoping to talk my husband into either making hamburgers or frying fish…

Tuesday:  Ribs in the crock pot, corn on the cob, salad (yes, this makes more sense as a Labor Day meal but someone forgot to thaw the ribs…) *G has early morning band practice*

Wednesday:  Either bacon wrapped chicken or Chicken Manicotti.  *I work 7:45-4:15* *G has early morning band practice*

Thursday: French Toast and sausage, orange juice *I work 7:45-4:15* *G has evening band practice

Friday:  Frozen pizza or Subway, I’ll let the boys decide so probably the Subway tradition will continue *I work 8:30-3:45* *Football game night*

To Do List

  1. Go to grocery store for boys’ lunch stuff
  2. Clean off desk, file papers
  3. Make new computer file for G with his important numbers (social security, etc)
  4. Take G driving!
  5. Spend some time today and tomorrow working on blog posts
  6. Clean out downstairs freezer plus upstairs fridge, maybe rearrange shelves
  7. Still need to add photos to the flash drive
  8. Still need to make a master to-do list and schedule
  9. Still need to have husband add those dates to the calendar
  10. Mail package to a friend (should do this tomorrow)

Hoping to wipe some of the procrastination projects off the list today!

What I Am Creating

Same as last week.  I find myself in the mood to organize the entire house so hopefully I’ll be sharing some small organizing projects in the future weeks.

Looking Around The House

Considering J stayed home sick from school last Thursday and Friday, then G was down on Friday, it’s not too terrible.  I am ready for it to take on a more clean and organized “fall clean” feel though.

From The Camera

Sadly, I didn’t pick up my camera too much last week…except to snap a few pictures of some flowers around the yard.

My hydrangea bloomed a second time?? So did the Fox Glove… And the Geraniums finally came back to life after the bud worm attacks… AND….my lavender finally gave me a few tiny blooms!

Simple Pleasure

When my husband makes coffee in the morning. We just use plain Folgers most the time but his always comes out way better than mine.  Good thing most mornings he is up way before me and makes it.

Quote For The Week

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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As much as I love summer, I Can’t believe I’m saying this:  I do think I’m actually ready for it to be fall this year.  And then, winter.  After fighting off too many bugs all summer, I am even hoping for a hard freeze and a bit more snow (although not necessarily in September or October!).

Which seasons are you glad to see leaving and arriving?

 

 

 

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