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Happy Homemaker Monday, A Sunday Night Edition

It appears I’m jumping right into busy work days this January. Last week I ended up working Wednesday through Friday. This week (so far) I’m working full days on both Monday and Wednesday.

There was a bit of a schedule mix up last week and so I’m wondering if those are the only days. Need to confirm things tomorrow. I do hope to spend a little bit of time in a quiet house this week. Missed it last week.

However, since tomorrow is a full day at work, I’m putting my Happy Homemaker Monday post together tonight. Be sure to go check things out over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom!

Let’s look at the upcoming week.

The Weather

Nice but weird for January. Predicted high of almost 60 tomorrow! Exciting for a preschool work day minus the now 70% chance of rain tonight. Rain = mud. Not as fun as you might think. Coldest day this week is Wednesday with a high of only 38 degrees.  Could change, of course.

On The Breakfast Plate

Planning on my new favorite Chobani Flip flavor, coconut snowball. And coffee. Always coffee.

Right Now I Am

Working on this post, half-listening to the documentary on Theodore Roosevelt my husband’s watching.

On My To Do List

  1. Finish laundry, sort through our clothes
  2. Finish putting away Christmas (tell me I’m not the only one)
  3. Mail one last Christmas gift (plans changed so now I’m mailing gifts)
  4. Go to grocery store for produce/lunch items
  5. Get a new purse (zipper broke on my current one)

Currently Reading

One of the Amazon Prime Kindle First choices, Rock Needs River: A Memoir About A Very Open Adoption by Vanessa McGrady. I’m not sure what I think about this one yet.

On The TV This Week

On Netflix: Got pulled right into Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. I like it, very positive and inspiring. One episode left to watch.  Also, watching season 3 of The Magicians.

On regular TV: watched God Friended Me tonight and will likely watch Seal Team on Wednesday. Decided those are my 2 “go to” shows for now. Everything else is hit and miss.

On The Menu This Week

MONDAY: Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread sticks *I work 8:30-6* *G has pep band*

TUESDAY: pork chops, baked potatoes *G has pep band*

WEDNESDAY: BBQ sandwiches, French Fries (already in freezer) *I work 8:30-6*


FRIDAY: Leftovers

Favorite Blog Post This Week

Since I enjoyed the Marie Kondo show so much, I looked to see if she had a website. Of course, she did! Thought this post about what to do with gifts you don’t really like  was interesting.

From The Camera

Changed up our

Three Kings Cake a bit this year. Made it chocolate and used some gold stars on top instead of my traditional colored sugars. 

Quote For The Week

Gratitude can transform ordinary days into Thanksgivings, routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. (William Arthur Ward)




Happy Homemaker Monday, New Week, New Year Tomorrow

Happy New Week! Happy New Year (tomorrow)!  Getting a quick start on my post as I have a hair appointment in about an hour. Wondering if she can take 10 years off the front and 20 pounds off the back. Alas, probably not.

Once I hit publish on this post, my “join in with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday every week” goal completes! Didn’t do all (okay, a lot) of the things on my 18 for 2018 list but I did do this one.

So for one last time in 2018, I’m joining in with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday. Be sure and visit her & all the other lovely bloggers linking up.

The Weather This Week

The year’s ending on a cold, rainy note. It’s in the mid 30’s and raining this morning. It’s also showing a chance for some snowflakes but nothing serious as the predicted high is 40. First week of January 2019 seems typical with highs in the upper 20’s and 30’s.

On The Breakfast Plate

So far just coffee though I should grab something before I go get my haircut. *UPDATE* I ate a Chobani Flip Coconut Snowball yogurt and a slice of bacon.

Right Now I Am

Debating if 25 minutes is enough time to eat breakfast, get ready, and finish this post. Might come back to my post. *UPDATE* Said in announcer voice, she did not have enough time.

On My To Do List 

We’re still on Christmas break until Thursday (my work starts back on Wednesday but I’m trying to hold off until my boys return).

  1. Pay bills including property taxes
  2. Figure out dessert to take to get-together tonight
  3. Deliver belated Christmas gifts
  4. Go get hair cut
  5. Finish laundry, put away Christmas sweaters until next December
  6. Plan some blogging posts
  7. Pick up on hold book at library

Currently Reading

I finished reading Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure last night!  Funny the first book of hers I wanted to read ended up being the one I liked the least. I knew it was meant as a weight loss book and some of it appealed but it hit too much of a preachy tone at times. Her later books strike a more balanced and kinder tone, a lot more motivating.

On The TV This Week

I’m not sure. Probably more Netflix and I need to find out if Seal Team is back this Wednesday night or next Wednesday night.

On The Menu This Week

It’s definitely time to get back to eating healthy meals together at the table. We’ve been very lax during our break!

MONDAY: Spaghetti (out at friend’s for New Year’s Eve, we’re taking a dessert). Not sure what the boys will eat (J has a party and G is undecided on his plans).

TUESDAY:  Salsa Verde Chicken, Salad, Black-Eyed Peas (I make mine a bit like salsa)

WEDNESDAY: Pork chops, broccoli, baked sweet potatoes

THURSDAY: French Toast, bacon or sausage, orange juice *School resumes*

FRIDAY: Homemade Pizza, salad *G has pep band*

Favorite Blog Post This Week

Can I have two?

First I loved this post from LeeAnna over at Not Afraid of Color titled Looking For Joy.

And a friend shared a link to this fun article on Facebook. It’s so accurate, it’s spooky: Why Teenagers Are Like Cats.

From The Camera

My youngest cat  teenager agreed to go around the block with me last night. It was on his terms which meant an hour after I had asked, right as it was almost dark and almost too cold. I’m so glad I went along with it instead of saying it was too late. Otherwise, I would have missed this stunning sunset: 

Quote For The Week

Embrace the amazing potential magic of today’s small everyday moments. (Zina Harrington)


Happy, Happy New Year to everyone who reads this little blog! Hoping much happiness and good health finds it way to you all in 2019!


Happy Christmas Eve Homemaker Monday!

Thought about not doing a Happy Homemaker Monday today. However, I set a goal to do one each week in 2018. A lot of everything and nothing going on around here this week.

If Sandra, our host, does her post I’ll link up over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom. Let’s just get right to it.

The Weather This Week

So far it’s been beautiful! Our Christmas Eve is starting off green and bright but it looks like instead of a white Christmas, we’ll be getting a wet one. Rain is in the forecast for later tonight and into tomorrow. Temperatures are in the upper 40’s and 50’s though. Makes last-minute shopping a lot more pleasant.  Rest of the week is about the same.

On The Breakfast Plate 

Which one? I’m apparently eating breakfast like a Hobbit today. First I had a sugar cookie with my coffee. Then, I had a Chobani Flip Cookies and Cream yogurt (not a huge fan of that flavor). Ran an errand. Came home, made more coffee and had a Pfeffernusse cookie with it.  So um, really, cookies.

Right Now I Am

Waiting for J to wake up so we can go finish his Christmas shopping.

On My To-Do List

  1. Clean the house
  2. See if the library is open today (or at least return books to the drop box)
  3. Pay bills
  4. Finish Christmas shopping
  5. Get ready for tomorrow

Currently Reading

Blasphemy by Douglas Preston. Hope I can renew it for a second time.

On The TV This Week

Finished Fuller House and now I’ve moved on to The Travelers, both on Netflix.

On The Menu This Week

Christmas chaos!

TODAY: Probably left-over spaghetti, maybe out. No idea really

TUESDAY: Christmas dinner at my brother’s house. He’s making a ham and I’m taking Crunchy Coleslaw per request.

WEDNESDAY: Pork chops? *J has a baritone lesson at 2*

THURSDAY: Chicken Strips (carry over)

FRIDAY: Leftovers, clear out the fridge/freezer

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

I tried Rebecca’s sugar cookie recipe! A big hit, we all agreed it wins over the Betty Crocker cookbook one.

From The Camera

I wrapped presents yesterday. And yes, our tree is quite sparsely decorated this year.

Quote For The Week

Linus says it best:

Merry Christmas!!

Happy Homemaker Monday, So Much For A Slow Start

My plan for today? Spend a quiet day at home, cleaning the house and pulling out the rest of the Christmas decorations.

My reality? Worked a full day, came home to the same messy house.  Learned the cat puked on J’s bed. Listened to his baritone practice (think LOUD) while dealing with that. Cleaned the kitchen so I could mess it up again making dinner.

And now, finally, I am sitting down to plan my week. Hopefully, the rest of it runs a bit smoother than today. Getting a late start instead of a slow start to join in with Sandra and link up with her blog for Happy Homemaker Monday.

The Weather This Week

Pretty nice. We’re back to regular December weather. It was in the 20’s this morning but above freezing by the afternoon. It’s supposed to be in the upper 40’s/low 50’s tomorrow and Wednesday but drop back down a bit and rain on Thursday.  Mostly in the low 40’s for the weekend.

On The Breakfast Plate

Started my morning off with a Chobani Flip, pumpkin pie flavor. And of course, coffee. I put Hazelnut flavored milk in my coffee this morning.

Outside My Window

Darkness. However, this morning the skies were sunny and bright.

Right Now I Am

working on this post and equally torn between going to Target, taking a nap, pulling out the Christmas, or simply staring at the TV for a bit. Reading my book is also an option.

On Today’s To-Do List

Apparently, go to work. Done. Also this post. In Progress. And my Blogmas post.

For tomorrow/rest of the week: Clean the house! Figure out Christmas! Bake cookies!

Currently Reading

The Lost City of The Monkey God by Douglas Preston. Didn’t realize it was a work of non-fiction when I picked it up at the library. Super interesting book on searching for an ancient city in Honduras.

On The TV This Week

No idea. The Voice tonight maybe. I’ll probably watch my new/old “replacement” movie of The Bourne Identity. Christmas movies? Depends on how much running around I find myself doing.

On The Menu This Week

I had high hopes to make chicken enchilada soup today. Didn’t happen with unexpectedly working.

MONDAY: Pork chops and French Fries *I worked 8:15-4:45*

TUESDAY: Pizza In A Pot, Bread sticks (If I work, probably going to be frozen pizza)

WEDNESDAY: Subway or OUT somewhere else *I work 8:00-4:30* *J’s band concert*

THURSDAY: Chicken Enchilada Soup *I work 7:15-3:45*

FRIDAY:   Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes  *I work 8:15-3:30*


Hopefully, a peaceful home and happy memories for the family

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

Thinking of trying Sandra’s Pizza In A Pot recipe tomorrow. Also, making Ranger Cookies, a Better Crocker recipe I used to love but changing them up a bit (mainly leaving out the coconut)

From The Camera

We had cupcakes for my birthday yesterday!


Quote For The Week

Maybe Christmas he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.  (from How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss)


How did your Monday go?



Happy Homemaker Monday, Welcome December!

December arrived over the weekend. Last month of the year, and it’s officially Christmas time in the city (isn’t that a song?).  Lots to do today but I’ve been a bit slow to start and still sit here sipping my coffee.

Actually, I did get up and make 2 lunches, run one kid to school, bring up the neighbor’s trash bin, and change out our fall garden flag for the Christmas one (finally). So I guess I’ve done a tiny bit between sips of my coffee.

Still, the closer to Christmas we creep, the more I need a weekly plan to make sure I get at least a few things done. Joining in as always with our host, Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather  

It snowed again last night! Nothing of blizzard proportions but enough to dust the cars and yards. Looks like the sky sifted powdered sugar over the fallen leaves. Supposed to be mainly in the 30’s all week except Wednesday when it hits the 40’s (hooray, concert night!). Slight chance of rain Thursday evening. Pretty typical December stuff.

Right Now

I’m sipping my coffee, working on this blog post and hoping to get my mind to focus instead of spinning in the million to-do directions like it’s currently doing.


With the passing of the former president over the weekend, I’ve been thinking about my late father quite a bit. Reminiscing about when he went with me to hear former President Bush speak while still a presidential candidate for the office at Westminster College. My dad did not share his views (as dad always voted Democrat) but he still went with his daughter to hear the guy she liked speak. I appreciate him going with me even more in the divisiveness of the current world. Somewhere lost in my basement, the ticket stubs still exist.

Watched the former presidents speak of him on 60 Minutes last night and couldn’t help but think how difficult it must have been for his son to speak on TV so soon after losing his father. The stories shared certainly painted a portrait of a kind and caring man who loved his family.

On My Reading Pile

Same as last week except I didn’t get to the library in time to pick up my hold and they sent it back to the main location.  Maybe next time. Last night I started reading Into The Water by Paula Hawkins. It’s not disappointing me so far.

If you read e-books, this popped up on my Facebook feed this morning. Kind Is The New Classy is on sale at Amazon for $1.99. Great price! I don’t get a cut for endorsing Amazon products just loved the book so much I thought I’d mention it.

On My TV

A bit miffed they put a Garth Brooks concert on last night during the time slot of God Friended Me.  Not sure what else I’ll watch this week. Maybe a Christmas movie on Amazon or Netflix or from our DVD collection.

On My Menu For The Week

Trying to put off going to the grocery store as I was just there! However, we’ll see how it plays out.

MONDAY: Tacos, yellow rice

TUESDAY: Shrimp/fish sticks

WEDNESDAY:  Something easy, maybe out?  *Band concert at the high school* *I work 8:15-2:15*

THURSDAY:  Chicken of some sort *J has baritone lesson*

FRIDAY:  Clean out the freezer/ leftovers *J has birthday party at friend’s house* *I work 8:15-4:15*

On My To Do List

Not sure what I did last week but my to-do list looks sadly quite the same.

  1. Clean house/ get out a bit more Christmas decor
  2. Pay a few bills
  3. Still need to get out the winter clothes
  4. And make a few Christmas lists
  5. Work on blog


Currently, not much. Too many other things to do first. Maybe over Christmas break?

Looking Around The House

It looks like we had 2 snow days last week followed by a lazy weekend. Need to clear the clutter a bit. And probably dust. And sweep. And mop. And add laundry to the to-do list.

From The Camera 

The little gray cat loves to watch TV. She was quite cozy against my pajama pants and socks.

On My Prayer List

The family and friends of the former president, my family, my friends, my blog readers.

Quote For The Week 

This caught my eye while on a fun outing with friends Friday evening. Great advice: 


What’s on your agenda this first week of December?

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