Category Archives: Starting Successful on Mondays

Happy Homemaker Monday, Turkey Week!

Happy Thanksgiving Week!  It’s going to be a short but busy week around here.

Do you have big Thanksgiving plans?  We’re not hosting but I decided to do a full on house-cleaning any way.  It’s much-needed.

I’m thankful as always to be joining in with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for the weekly Happy Homemaker Monday link-up.  These posts certainly help keep me on track.

Breakfast Time…what is on the plate this morning

Woke up to yesterday’s Chinese food feuding with my tummy so I didn’t eat for quite a while.  Just had a Chobani Flip Yogurt, a banana flavored one.  Hoping my minimal coffee drinking doesn’t cause a huge headache later.

Right Now I Am

Sitting down to write out this post, thinking I may need to try a another cup of coffee, letting the mildew cleaner do its thing in the bathroom, and letting the washer and dryer do their thing with a couple of loads of laundry.

The Weather Outside

WINDY! It’s supposed to be a warm week, 60s this afternoon, not quite as warm tomorrow (our weather is always back and forth), 55 and sunny on Thanksgiving.  Almost 70 on Friday.

Looking Around The House

I’m just in the mood to clean.  It really doesn’t look awful but my mood is one where I’m sick of everything and want it to be a bit less chaotic.  I know I need to do a huge de-cluttering project to even get started bringing the house to the place I want and at this point, need it to be.  A project for 2018 may be calling my name.

On Today’s To-Do List

Oddly, after waking up sick, I came back from the school run, motivated to get things done. Fridge and Freezer Clean Out

  1. Clean Out Pantry
  2. Clear out fridge and freezer
  3. Clean Shower In Main Bathroom With Heavy Duty Mildew Cleaner (Love the Method stuff but sometimes you need to bring out the big guns for the truly nasty jobs)
  4. Wash all bedding (In process)
  5. Pay rest of bills
  6. Clear off my dresser
  7. Clean out cat box (may postpone until tomorrow morning as that’s trash day)
  8. Clean off this desk
  9. Make a list for what I want to do in the house
  10. Go back to grocery store.  Oh what a comedy of errors!  Couldn’t find my deli meat (small purchase due to short week) so went back to store at 9p.m. last night, got refund.  Returned home and realized it was in the bottom of the ONE sack I didn’t think to check.  So now, I have to go give them their money back.

Currently Reading

May continue to trudge along through Captivology but will more likely return it unfinished. I did read and really enjoy Warcross by Marie Lu over the weekend.  Have the first novel in the Sigma Force series by James Rollins on order.

On The TV Today

No idea.  If I watch anything today, it will likely be the new (to Netflix) episodes of The Great British Baking Show Season 4 or maybe a couple of shows on my CW app on the phone.  I did miss The Flash last week and G hooked me on Riverdale so now I need to catch up on the latest season of that.

On The Menu This Week

Benefit of a shorter week, less menu planning.

MONDAY: Spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread, and salad.  By request.

TUESDAY: Pancakes and bacon.  Or I may make them eat French toast from the freezer.  I’ll be baking pies.  Caramel Apple and Chocolate.

WEDNESDAY: With Family

THURSDAY: Thanksgiving!

FRIDAY: Thanksgiving leftovers

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself, I will

Try to sneak over to a local nature center and take some pictures of the wild turkeys that visit their bird feeders.  Or just breathe!

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

Found some whipped cream cheese in the fridge that we need to eat by Saturday.  Looking for a recipe to use it.  Any suggestions?

Looking Forward To This Week

Thanksgiving, a break in our schedules, spending time together

Favorite Photo From The Camera

Took way too many photos at the park on Thursday! Here are few more: I was a bit late, this drive (or walk) was so much prettier just a week or two before…

Quote(s) For The Week

Current Mood: The most effective way to do it, is to do it. (Amelia Earhart)

For Thanksgiving:


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Do you have a busy week planned?

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, The After Work Edition

I’m just sitting down to plan my week after a busy weekend followed by a full workday Monday. Linking my post to Sandra’s Happy Homemaker Monday like always.

This is the last Monday we’ll have a teenager in our house.  Next Monday, we’ll have two teenagers in the house! J’s 13th birthday is on Wednesday so it should be a fun one.

Breakfast Time: What Is On The Plate This Morning

Seems so long ago but I started my day with coffee and a peach cobbler yogurt.

Right Now I Am

Ignoring the huge pile of laundry on the bed while I type up this post.

The Weather Outside

Dark and Gray.  Not as cold as last week but definitely not super warm.  It’s supposed warm up again though.

Looking Around The House

Oh how I need to clean!

On Today’s To-Do List

  1. Work
  2. Fold and put away laundry
  3. Clean kitchen (dishwasher is unloaded/loaded at least)
  4. Talk to my husband about what we’re getting J for his birthday (no idea still)
  5. Sleep??  or Make list for tomorrow.  Commit to self that I am NOT working tomorrow, too much to do!

Currently Reading

Finished reading Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton over the weekend and loved it.  No surprise about that.  Started in on a book titled, Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention by Ben Parr. Is it bad to say a book about capturing attention is not holding mine?  I’ll try to stick with it for a couple more chapters and see though.

On The TV Today

Nothing.  I may flip on Netflix while I fold laundry but I’m not sure what I’ll watch.

On The Menu This Week

The menus close to holiday weeks are always hard ones for me to plan.  And this one has a birthday dinner thrown in it. I also need to do a grocery store run.

MONDAY: G went to Taco Bell with a friend, J and I split a can of chicken noodle soup. My husband isn’t home from work yet.  *I worked 8-4*

TUESDAY:  Pork chops

WEDNESDAY: J requested chicken legs for his birthday dinner.  We’ll probably also get a Rotisserie chicken since not everyone is a fan of the chicken legs.  I’m thinking of making a giant salad to go along with the chicken.  And of course, we’ll have chocolate cake with white icing. *I work 8-1*

THURSDAY: Something easy. Maybe tacos?  *I may be working 9:30-6*

FRIDAY:  OUT! Or ordering pizza.

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try

This Triple Mint Chocolate Fudge recipe caught my eye! Sounds great for Christmas. Might be a fun thing to take to my December Bunco night.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Trying new kinds of flavored coffee.

Favorite Photo From The Internet Or Camera

A carpet of leaves

Praying For

Wisdom and understanding.

Quote For The Week

The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore. (Jalaluddin Rumi)

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What’s on your agenda for the week?

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, Happy November

Did you enjoy your extra hour of sleep over the weekend? We had a cool, cloudy day Sunday so perfect for a little extra sleeping.

It’s even cooler this morning.  I can’t even explain how happy it makes me to know it will be light out when I get up in the mornings now.  Judging from Internet land, I must be in the rare 1 percent of the population who prefers standard time.

Now that I have coffee in hand, it’s time to plan my week.  Remember when I said last week was not so busy?  And then, life laughed at me.  Time to try again.

Glad to be linking up to the Happy Homemaker Monday post hosted by Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.  Go check it out!

Breakfast Time: What Is On The Plate This Morning

So far just coffee and my stomach is starting to complain about it a bit.  Later, I plan on cooking cinnamon rolls (from a tube) and frying up some bacon.  I may go ahead and eat my last yogurt first, Tropical Escape.  Oh, how I could use one about right now!

Right Now I Am

Waiting for J’s friends to wake up so I can make breakfast (and stop tip-toeing around).  Also, trying to consume enough coffee to properly be awake. We celebrated J’s birthday with his friends a bit early this month by letting him have some friends stay over.  By the way, Daylight Savings has no effect on the time tween and teenage boys go to bed during an overnight.

The Weather Outside

Cold! 31 degrees and now cloudy, I know I saw a bit of blue earlier this morning.  Supposed to have a high of a balmy 46 degrees today. It was in the 60s on Friday, typical Midwest weather.

Looking Around The House

G had friends stay over Friday and Saturday, three of J’s friends spent the night last night (no school today for teacher work day) so…let’s skip this part.

On Today’s To-Do List

  1. Finish This Post
  2. Finish my book due back to the library tomorrow (it’s new so no renewal option)
  3. LAUNDRY
  4. Plan out some blog posts
  5. Clean out fridge before trash day tomorrow (been neglecting it for a couple of weeks)

Currently Reading

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin.  Interesting theories.  The quiz I took (in the book) said I was pretty evenly split between being the Obliger (5 points) and the Questioner (4 points) with a tiny bit of Rebel (2) thrown in for good measure. Except, of course, my main tendencies don’t overlap according to her chart.  Not really surprised to find myself in some void category.

And the on-line version just pegged me as a full Rebel.  Now, I’m really confused. Better finish the book I guess.

Finished up The 6th Extinction by James Rollins and loved it. Really interesting theories in this one.  Hoping there might still be some books by this author I haven’t read on the library shelves.

On The TV Today

No idea.  Probably nothing requiring any concentration.  Maybe I’ll finish re-watching season 4 (random) of Doctor Who while folding laundry.  Or maybe The Bourne Supremacy since I watched The Bourne Identity (Yes, again. Favorite movies are favorite movies.) on Saturday afternoon.

On The Menu This Week

My goal this week is to somehow get us back to eating a little healthier.  Halloween followed by birthday party (even small gatherings require cake) followed by Thanksgiving coming soon…I need to get a handle on things.

Of course, the complete derailment from the menu plan last week also means lots of carry over items this week.

MONDAY: Rotisserie Chicken, Salad

TUESDAY: Ribs in crock pot (not an ideal cold weather meal but I’d like my freezer space back) *I have a 4p.m. hair appointment*

WEDNESDAY: Chicken legs, potatoes *I work 8 to 4*

THURSDAY: Fazolis for school fundraiser *I work 8 to 5*

FRIDAY: No idea, probably leftovers (J wanted tacos last night so I may freeze those leftovers as option) *Possibly out for family birthday but I haven’t heard any plans yet*

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try

I’ve saved this Ham and Cheese Crescent Bake (Yes, I know not healthy) to my Something Different for Dinner Board on Pinterest.  Looks like a perfect dinner for the boys and I one night while my husband is off hunting.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Playing around with my camera although I’ve noticed I much prefer to be in the moment when stuff is happening so rarely take photos of people.

Favorite Photo From The Internet Or Camera

Trouble narrowing it down this week so I have four to share!  Two in honor of the time change and two from the birthday fun.

Beautiful sky on Monday morning, now I’ll be up in time every day to enjoy more of them!

Sleepy kitty…

J wanted to do laser tag for his birthday

Breakfast is almost ready.

Praying For

The world to be a kinder, gentler place.

Quote For The Week

Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti! (Author Unknown)

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What’s going on in your corner of the world on this first full week in November?

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, A New Not So Busy Week

Even with Halloween thrown in there (we have no plans), our week is noticeably less busy than the previous ones.  Still need to plan out the week.

Joining in, as always, with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for the Happy Homemaker Monday link-up.  Don’t forget to go visit her and the other bloggers.

Breakfast Time, What Is On The Plate This Morning

Pumpkin spice oatmeal and coffee.

Right Now I Am

Eating breakfast while working on this post. Also, listening to J in the next room (he stayed home sick today) and the cat complain about being inside (she came in not five minutes ago at her own request).

The Weather Outside

It’s cloudy, windy, 48 degrees, and looks like rain although none is forecast.  Good weather for the Chiefs and chili later.  They’re calling for a cold Halloween as well. Rest of the week shows fairly mild with it warming back up for the weekend with a high of 75 predicted for Sunday.

Looking Around The House

I see lots of things needing attention and a good cleaning.  I’m thinking I need to find a good month-long cleaning project or checklist for the month of November and focus on getting the house completely (okay, presentable at least) by December 1.

On Today’s To-Do List

Didn’t really expect J to stay home so my plan is a little off today.

  1. Work 1:30-3:45 (just covering so a teacher can go to an appointment)
  2. Clean the bathrooms, they’re gross bordering on disgusting
  3. Pay bills
  4. Grocery store & Target run will have to wait until tomorrow
  5. Gather clothing and items for charity truck coming on Friday
  6. Finish (YAY!) up blog posts in 31 Days Series

Currently Reading

I picked up two library books last week but I’ve yet to start them.  This week I actually feel well enough (no pounding congestion headache) and should have time to read! On my book pile:

  • The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
  • The 6th Extinction, A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins
  • Not books but I also have an overflowing pile of October magazines to read and recycle

On The TV Today

With J home, I doubt I’ll have it on much unless he’s watching something.  G has me watching a Netflix series called The Magicians which is kind of intriguing (definitely a show for older teens!).  I may catch up on it later tonight or tomorrow. Has a bit of a Harry Potter, “the college years”, vibe to it but it’s intriguing enough on its own.

It’s based on a set of books by Lev Grossman, so adding those books to the want to read list.  Or maybe I’ll give them to G for Christmas and then, just borrow them to read myself.

Oh, I almost forgot, The Kansas City Chiefs will, of course, be on the TV tonight.

On The Menu This Week

Maybe now that things are slowing down a bit, I’ll be able to follow my menu plans a bit better.  Maybe.

MONDAY:  Chili *I work 1:30-3:45*

TUESDAY: Happy Halloween!  I feel like I should have some Halloween inspired meal but I’m coming up blank at the moment.   Maybe a snack type dinner (this means hot dogs for the boys and left-over chili for my husband in addition to whatever I’d put out there…) or Taco Soup (leaning toward that)

WEDNESDAY: Chicken legs, potatoes, salad

THURSDAY: Ribs in crock pot (carry over from last week)

FRIDAY:  BLT salad, baked potatoes or possibly OUT  *I work 1:30-3:45*

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try

Last Wednesday, I helped G make this Guatemalan Banana Bread for his Spanish class fiesta.

The boys really liked it (and it was a hit in his class as well, he only brought one small slice home).  It’s quite a bit lighter than the traditional recipe I use.  Also, quite a bit easier to make.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Reading, something I haven’t been doing nearly enough lately.

Favorite Photo From The Internet Or Camera

Praying For

At the moment, patience!

Quote For The Week

In a world of people who could care less, be someone who couldn’t care more.  (unknown)

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Can you believe this is the end of October?  What do you have planned for the week?

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, Sick And Busy

I’m sick and it’s another busy week around here.  Starting to think all our weeks are sort of busy but I know it will taper off closer to the holidays.  I hope so anyway!

My sickness isn’t anything serious, just one of those annoying head colds with a cough.  Might mean I’m a bit grouchy but I’m still standing.  Here’s your 80s throwback for today:

While I have a bit of energy, I’m using a bit of it to plan my week.  Don’t forget to visit our host, Sandra, over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

And on with the week…

Breakfast Time, What Is On The Plate This Morning

Oatmeal, not pumpkin spice flavor.  I went with the apples and cinnamon flavor today.  And coffee.  Of course, coffee.

Right Now I Am

Working on this post, drinking some more coffee, and listening to the dishwasher serenade a quiet house.

Looking Around The House

Living room is not too bad, kitchen and our bedroom both need attention as do the bathrooms.  G cleaned his room over the weekend!

On Today’s To-Do List

  1. Go to grocery store
  2.  Parent-teacher conferences for both kids (must do this today as I work the rest of the week)
  3. Target maybe…
  4. Work on 31 Days blog series
  5. Take a nap??

Currently Reading

Haven’t felt like reading with this head cold.  Glanced at a few magazines.

On The TV Today

Not sure I’m even going to turn it on today.  My husband will probably watch The Voice later.

The Weather Outside Is

Sunny and slightly cool.  Highs are supposed to be in the mid-sixties. Thursday into Friday, we are supposed to get our first frost!

On The Menu This Week

With the exception of today, I work until 6 every night this week so I’ll be planning lots of crock pot menus so they’ll at least be something ready for the boys at dinner time.  And of course, they’ll be a few repeats from last week as we didn’t really follow the plan at all last week.

MONDAY: Ham steaks, potatoes, dinner rolls *I have parent teacher conferences at the boys’ schools in the late afternoon and early evening*

TUESDAY: Ribs in crock pot *G has early morning band practice* *I work 4-6*

WEDNESDAY: No idea, chicken in some form or perhaps spaghetti *G has early morning band practice, last one!!!* *I work 4-6*

THURSDAY:  Tacos (I plan to just have the meat warming in the crock pot) *G has evening band practice* *I work 4-6*

FRIDAY: OUT!! *The boys don’t have school* *I work 4-6*

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try

Still dealing with a burnt finger from my candy apple mess.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Breathing through both nostrils.

Favorite Photo From The Camera Or Internet

View from the top of the parking garage at the doctor’s office located near the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. 

Praying For

Peace.  Also, that no one else in this house gets sick and that it stays just a cold and doesn’t turn into anything worse like bronchitis.  Good health for all friends and family.

Quote For The Week

 

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What do you have planned for the week ahead?

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