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Happy Homemaker Monday, May Marches On…

It’s another Monday in May! Do you feel like this mama? It’s kind of how I felt this morning. I just wanted to sleep a little (okay, a lot) longer. Too early to count down to Saturday? Probably.

If we can get to Saturday, the pace should slow for a tiny slice of summer. Can’t wait to savor that!

Meanwhile, it’s time to plan the week ahead. Last week of school around here!

The Weather

Still cloudy right now but it’s supposed to be sunny and almost 80 degrees today after our fairly rainy weekend. Sunny and upper 80s most of the week (another chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday) and I see 90s showing up for the weekend. Summer’s arriving!

Right Now I Am

Drinking a berry protein shake and hoping this post helps me get a better feeling for the things I need to do today and the rest of this week. Just finished calling J in sick as he caught his brother’s cold.


I might also have a touch of the same cold and how I really don’t want to be sick. Also, trying to decide what to do for G’s birthday. It’s today! He didn’t want to celebrate with friends until this weekend as he has lots of finals this week.  Can’t believe I have a 17-year-old son. I’m just not old enough for that 😉

On My Reading Pile

Finished reading Under The Wide And Starry Sky by Nancy Horan.  Gave the library back The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of The American Libido by David Friend (I may pick it up again in the future but it was taking me way too long to get through all the footnotes). Felt the need to read something I could get into and quickly read so I’ve started on Altar of Bones by Philip Carter.  Enjoying it so far.

On My TV

Last week left me a bit behind on my TV viewing so I’ll be playing catch up a bit this week. Need to see last week’s episode of The Flash before Tuesday’s season finale. Now that the weather is nicer, I’d so much rather be outside than watching TV although I do enjoy a few of the summer shows coming back like American Ninja Warrior and Beat Shazam when I catch them.

Something Interesting I Watched

My husband and I watched The Dressmaker (an Amazon movie) over the weekend.  It’s the type of movie I’d have never picked to watch myself (my husband has a talent for picking random movies and usually they turn out to be great) but I really enjoyed it.

It’s about a small town and a woman returns who was sent away because as a child she killed another little boy. The whole town despises her yet hires her to make them beautiful using her dressmaking skills. Lots of twists in the plot and it’s also a bit campy. Apparently, based on a novel of the same name written by Rosalie Ham. Probably going to seek it out and read it.

What I Found While Surfing The Net

Didn’t really have a lot of time to do this last week.

On The Menu For This Week

Since last week didn’t go as planned (do they ever?), let’s look back at it first.

MONDAY: Tacos (think we did have these though they weren’t met with much enthusiasm)

TUESDAY: My Bunco theme didn’t go as planned although my family did get to enjoy Picnic Chicken (I only did chicken legs) for dinner. I deemed it to messy and not pretty enough for Bunco. I picked up Subway for Bunco (not an exciting choice).

WEDNESDAY: Frozen pizza  I fed the boys mozzarella sticks, my husband had a ham sandwich, and I still had my pizza salad.

THURSDAY: Pork chops, baked sweet potatoes

FRIDAY: Asian inspired Flat Iron Steak, broccoli, rice My husband cooked hamburgers (I ended up working until 5:30)

SATURDAY: Hamburgers, Jicama Fries Date night, we went out

Yesterday, we had chicken strips and I went ahead and made the Jicama fries. Think I over-seasoned them a bit but not sure they’d have been a big hit even without that. I didn’t mind them though.

So…on to the coming week…

MONDAY: No idea. J’s choice although I think I’m going to pick up some ribs at the store this morning as a stand by meal in case he can’t decide.

TUESDAY: ham steaks, biscuits, salad *I work 10-5*

WEDNESDAY: Chicken enchiladas (mini tacos for the picky ones) *MNO?*

THURSDAY: Asian inspired flat-iron steak (carry over from last week)

FRIDAY: OUT for last day of school

*all subject to change as I really need to go to the grocery store

On My To-Do List

  1. Go to grocery store!
  2. Pay straggler bills
  3. Still need to get cat flea medicine (she doesn’t have fleas but I know the season is here)
  4. Clean house
  5. Start getting vacation folder together
  6. Write a few blog posts
  7. Store returns (ugh, I despise doing returns!)
  8. Get with J about his birthday weekend plans
  9. Any of the stuff from last week I didn’t get done (mostly cleaning)
  10. Make summer guidelines for boys

In The Craft Basket

Not much. Too rainy all weekend to really do anything outside. Maybe this week. I do have some ideas…

Looking Forward To

The last day of school for the boys! A summer of not making lunches! Not having to worry about getting anyone up early but myself!  Going on vacation! Sunny, warm days at the pool!

Looking Around The House

Cat hair! Everywhere! And all from one tiny cat. Also, stuff from a whole family. Needs a good cleaning.

From The Camera

While sitting on the deck steps talking on the phone one evening last week, I looked up and saw this looking at me… The second one is a bit blurry (zoom lens, I’m not getting close to a racoon!). We have a raccoon family residing in one of our backyard trees.

Quote For The Week

I really loved reading this in Under The Wide And Starry Sky:

In the end, what really matters? Only kindness. Only making somebody a little happier for your presence. (Nancy Horan)


Hoping your week is filled with things and people who make you a little happier.

Don’t forget to visit our host, Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom!






Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.

My boys showed me a really nice Mother’s Day. Flowers on the kitchen table from my husband, cards from G and J plus a new movie and a gift card to eat out. Followed by dinner out at Fazolis (we like it better than most the expensive places and added bonus it wasn’t crowded at all) and then dessert at Dairy Queen. 

Glad to have the morning to work on my post and plan out the week. Don’t forget to go join in the fun with Sandra (our host) and the other bloggers linking up over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather

Pretty humid this morning with an expected high of 85 and a chance for storms this afternoon and tonight.  Typical May weather. Same for the rest of the week, sunny with a slight chance of storms. Highs in the mid 80s. I’ll take it!

Right Now I Am

Working on this post, pondering what to eat for breakfast, and thinking about jumping in the shower before I finish the post. Also, glad I threw laundry all over the bed already so I can’t give into the temptation to go back to bed.


Glad to be making this post as I have a lot to do this week and so have all those little tasks on my mind.

On My Reading Pile

Finished Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits Of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin. As I read it, I realized I had at least read parts of it at some other time. Still it was a book worth a re-read and made me think about some habits I’d like to add. Started Under The Wide And Starry Sky by Nancy Horan.  I’m thinking it should be a fairly quick read.

On My TV

So they cancelled two of the new shows I’d started watching, Deception and Alex, Inc. Both were cute, silly shows but probably not worthy of a Twitter campaign to save them.  Will probably just watch The Voice this week as we have activities during my other two shows I like to watch.

It’s so nice out, I’d rather be outside than watching television. G gave me the latest Thor movie for Mother’s Day so I may start that while folding laundry.

Something Interesting I Watched

My baby robins testing their wings and leaving the nest with their parents standing guard nearby. Made me think of all the graduations happening this month.

(I also went to see Avengers: Infinity War at the movie theater. No spoilers but certainly not my favorite movie and definitely not for the younger crowd simply because it’s a lot to process.)

What I Found While Surfing The Net

Something excellent! They’re making a 3rd installment of the Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter signed on for the project per The Hollywood Reporter!

I loved these movies. Will it likely be extremely stupid? Yep. Will I go see it anyway? Absolutely!

On The Menu For This Week

Still trying to expand our vegetable horizons a bit!

MONDAY: Tacos *I work 3-6*, probably taco salad for me, maybe everyone

TUESDAY: BUNCO for me (I’m hosting and thinking of a picnic theme)

WEDNESDAY: Frozen pizza (pizza salad for me) *J’s induction into JNHS*

THURSDAY: Pork chops, baked sweet potatoes (carry over) *I work 12-5*

FRIDAY: Asian inspired Flat Iron Steak, rice, broccoli *I work 8:15-4*

SATURDAY: Hamburgers, jicama fries

Bunco menu coming in separate post!

On My To-Do List

Too much!

  1. Pay bills
  2. Make sure J has “nice” clothes for Wed
  3. Make Bunco menu, get stuff, host Bunco on Tues
  4. Grocery store
  5. Laundry
  6. Still need to clean J’s room and this desk
  7. Clean house
  8. Mail out graduation card
  9. Mow lawn
  10. Get flea medicine for cat

I’m sure there’s more…

In The Craft Basket

Still working on my outside flower garden area. Added another actual basket of purple pansies to the area. They smell amazing! 

Looking Forward To

Bunco! Seeing J’s induction into the Junior National Honor Society.  Is it too early in the week to say the weekend?!

Looking Around The House

Bed’s covered in laundry, still need to unload/reload dishwasher in kitchen (I let it go last night), and every other room also needs attention.

From The Camera

playing with the close up setting on the camera…

Quote For The Week

Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.  (attributed to Harry S Truman but I couldn’t confirm it by my quick research)


Are you making it through the busy month of May? What’s on your agenda this week?

Happy Homemaker Monday

I woke up to blue skies, sun shine, and the sound of the birds singing. Okay, technically, I woke up to my alarm buzzing. Then, I heard the birds singing and looked out the window to see the blue, sunny skies.

Happy Monday, my friends!

I have the day off from work so I’m looking forward to a few projects. First, I want to complete this Happy Homemaker Monday post and plan my week. Be sure to check out the blog of our host, Sandra, over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

On to the categories….

The Weather

These were our storm clouds rolling out last Thursday evening. Today, however, we’re on target for lots of sunshine and a high of 85 degrees. Highs in the mid-eighties all week with a few chances for spring thunderstorms (tomorrow, Thursday, and Sunday).

Right Now I Am

Working on this post while listening to the birds sing through our open bedroom window.


So many thoughts about the things I need to get done in the next few days. How we need to start eating better, we’ve fallen way off track with our dinners. How excited I am for our upcoming vacation next month.

On My Reading Pile

Same books as last week. I’m also sorting through my May magazines in search of new, exciting dinner recipes.

On My TV

Last night we watched a bit of American Idol (was not a fan of what a few of those singers did with my favorite Prince songs) and Deception. Tuesday is band concert day so viewing of my favorite Tuesday night show (The Flash) must wait. Not sure what else, so nice outside…

Something Interesting I Watched

Nothing better to jump-start healthy eating habits than to watch a documentary on Netflix.  The Magic Pill focused on the Ketogenic diet.  The food is medicine concept in documentaries is nothing new but it was still fairly interesting.  I admittedly cringed when they threw away basically everything in one poor woman’s cabinets.  The health of all the subjects improved with the new way of eating (not surprising although the diet seemed incredibly restrictive). It did inspire me to start carb-cycling up again (well, that and our upcoming vacation).

What I Found While Surfing The Net

Something thoughtful: Article About Attempting To Leave Facebook

Something silly: Have you heard of Flat-Earthers? Here’s an explanation involving Pac-Man for why we don’t fall off our “flat” planet.

On The Menu For This Week

Let’s just say last week did not go as planned and leave it at that. I don’t even want to look back at it. Time for a fresh, healthier start.  While having coffee with a friend last week, she mentioned the need to add more vegetables to her menus.  So do I. My goal this week is to make sure we have a vegetable with every meal this week.

MONDAY: Bacon-wrapped chicken, broccoli, baked potatoes (for the boys, low-carb day for me)

TUESDAY: Subway (we’re counting the sandwich toppings as veggies) *J has a band concert*

WEDNESDAY: Grilled Balsamic Flank Steak, sautéed zucchini, salad  *I have a hair appointment*

THURSDAY: Pork chops, baked sweet potatoes *I work 8:15-3:45*

FRIDAY:  Corn dogs, carrots, hummus *I work 8:15-3:45* *Reunion picnic for J at local park*

SATURDAY/SUNDAY: Graduation party/Mother’s Day. Hoping one day my husband makes the shrimp we were gifted.

On My To-Do List

  1. Return books to library (hangs head in shame)
  2. Buy graduation cards in bulk (Tis the season!)
  3. Clean J’s bedroom (he needs help with it at this point)
  4. Usual laundry, rest of house, grocery store
  5. Determine weeds from returning flowers in garden
  6. Clean off this computer desk (it’s bad, again)

In The Craft Basket

I consider the flower garden my outdoor craft basket 🙂 Added a new actual basket of little blue flowers back to it.

Looking Forward To

J’s band concert on Tuesday evening (though not so much sitting on the gym bleachers), working out in the yard, and doing a bit more vacation planning.

Looking Around The House

Glad I’m home to give it a bit of love. The kitchen isn’t too bad at least. No comment on the rest.

From The Camera

Blue skies from Saturday. Can you spot the hawk flying overhead through the leaves?

Strawberry blossoms!

Quote For The Week

Don’t Worry, Be Happy.  (Bobby McFerrin)

Sing along with me!


What’s on your agenda this week?

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?


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